The Great Garden Route Adventure: A 12 Day Road Trip

Exploring South Africa's Scenic Wonders from Durban to Cape Town

The Great Garden Route Adventure: A 12 Day Road Trip

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Road Trip Highlights

South Africa

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12 days

1679 km

  • Embarking on a scenic drive from Durban, through the beautiful Eastern Cape hills and valleys, to Mthatha.
  • Exploring the charming coastal cities of East London and Port Elizabeth.
  • Enjoying the surf culture and beautiful beaches in Jeffrey’s Bay.
  • Experiencing the natural beauty and outdoor activities in Knysna and George along the Garden Route.
  • Arriving in the vibrant city of Cape Town and spending quality time with family.
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Road Trip Itinerary

Activities Kms Stay
Day 1 Depart from Durban at 4am, drive south via Kokstad, Mount Frere, Mount Ayliff to Mthatha. Enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful Eastern Cape hills and valleys. Take a break in Kokstad for fuel, coffee, sandwiches, and a restroom break. Continue the journey through East London to Port Elizabeth. Stay at Road Lodge Port Elizabeth for 1 night. 912 Road Lodge Port Elizabeth
Day 2-12 After a fresh shower and breakfast, continue the journey through Jeffrey Bay, Knysna, and George along the Garden Route. Arrive in Cape Town in the evening to meet with family. Stay 11 nights at Bakovenbay Luxury Suites. 767 Bakovenbay Luxury Suites

Photo Gallery

A group of African penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Cape Town Water Front wheel
Knysna Heads, South Africa
On top of Lion's Head Mountain, South Africa
A group of African penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Cape Town Water Front wheel
Knysna Heads, South Africa
On top of Lion's Head Mountain, South Africa

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