Western Cape self-drive discovery

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South Africa is beguiling in its variety. It’s confident, cosmopolitan Cape Town but it’s also big game viewing in Kruger National Park, the farmsteads and valleys of the Winelands, and the remote, wild Elephant Coast. Our South Africa specialists have thoroughly explored this land of contrasts, from the north to the Cape Peninsula, and can recommend the best...
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Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
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Trip pace
Full schedule

What's this trip about?

    South Africa is beguiling in its variety. It’s confident, cosmopolitan Cape Town but it’s also big game viewing in Kruger National Park, the farmsteads and valleys of the Winelands, and the remote, wild Elephant Coast. Our South Africa specialists have thoroughly explored this land of contrasts, from the north to the Cape Peninsula, and can recommend the best South African experiences for you. On your holiday to South Africa, you could learn about the country’s colonial past in the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal, or focus on its more recent history with a visit to Robben Island. Take a relaxed road trip along the Garden Route, enjoying views over the wave-lashed coast. Or go on a Big Five safari in the Eastern Cape. Meanwhile, rail journeys traversing South Africa’s mountain ranges, grasslands, and semi-arid Karoo Desert allow you to see the country’s untouched, far-flung areas.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
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End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Africa
  • South Africa
  • South Africa


  • Canoeing
  • Educational/ learning
  • Game drive
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Horseback riding & Equestrian
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Winetasting

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Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 : Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town, you will be met by an Audley representative. You will be escorted through the airport and meet your driver who will drive you to your accommodation in Cape Town. Later today you may wish to get your trip off to an exciting start with a trip up Table Mountain. The Cableway allows for stunning 360 degree views across the city as you travel up and down.

Day 3 : Cape Town

Today you will be taken on a full day shared tour of the Cape Peninsula's beautifully rugged coastline, passing through pretty towns and villages. You will visit Cape Point which is one of the most iconic spots in South Africa. Here you can take a funicular to enjoy b...

Day 4 : Cape Town

Today you will take the half-day excursion to Robben Island. You will learn about where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and learn the history of the island and of Apartheid. The trip departs from the V&A Waterfront and takes about three and a half hours including the ferry ride.

Day 5 : Franschhoek

This morning your hire car will be delivered to you at your guest house before you drive for around an hour and a half to the town of Franschhoek in the Winelands, passing through a patchwork of vineyards and green countryside. After settling into your accommodation, ...

Day 6 : Franschhoek

Today you will make the most of your location in the Winelands by visiting some of the area's wine estates. You will be on board the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which leaves the town several times a day and runs on a circular route, stopping at various wineries along the w...

Day 7 : Franschhoek

We can arrange for you to have a private guided wine tour of the area. One of the best is led by Pietman Retief, who can tailor the tour to your interests, bringing in his knowledge of history, culture and architecture as well as wine. You visit various wine estates t...

Day 8 : Tulbagh

Leaving Franschhoek behind, drive for around an hour and a half through the Winelands to the town of Tulbagh. Situated in the Land van Waveren mountain basin. The town is surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Your accommodation is a Victorian farmhouse set within the...

Day 9 : Tulbagh

Today can be spent exploring the reserve, home to around 40 mammal species including the rare Cape zebra, herds of eland, springbok and black wildebeest, baboons, bat-eared foxes and ostriches. The lake also attracts birdlife such as fish eagles, kingfishers and occas...

Day 10 : Tulbagh

Another day to enjoy in and around the reserve. You could try to tick more wildlife species off your list, or choose from some of the other activities on offer here, including swimming, canoeing and fishing on the lake, mountain biking and walking. If you're visiting ...

Day 11 : Paternoster

Leaving Tulbagh behind you, drive for around two hours to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster on the coast. The whitewashed buildings and brightly painted fishing boats lining the shore add to the laid-back atmosphere here, and after checking in to your accommod...

Day 12 : Paternoster

Spend a relaxing day in Paternoster and the surrounding area. Make the most of your coastal location by taking beach strolls and exploring the coves and bays of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve just outside the village. Horse rides along the beach, kayaking and deep-sea ...

Day 13 : Paternoster

Today you could take a trip to Langebaan Lagoon - around half an hour's drive south of Paternoster - which is a haven for birdlife such as flamingos and African black oystercatchers. The town has plenty of shops and cafes where you can enjoy some lunch. A little furth...

Day 14 : International return flight

You depart Paternoster today and drive for around two hours back to Cape Town. Drop off your car at the airport's car depot before boarding your onward flight.

Day 15 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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