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Garden Route

Garden Route Road Trip

Cape Town - Gordon's Bay - Gansbaai - Cape Angulhas - Swellendam - Mossel Bay - Knysna - Port Elizabeth

Expect on your Garden Route Road Trip Itinerary

Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Landscape Landscape
Beach Beach
Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
Urban life Urban life
Comfort Comfort
Security Security
ACTIVATE MAP Stages7 km1,087 h/stage2.2

Best months to drive Garden Route Road Trip

I II III IV V VI
VII VIII IX X XI XII

Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Garden Route Road Trip in Republic of South Africa?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 405EUR drive & more 125EUR sleep & more 396EUR eat & more 324EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 845EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,250EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 608EUR drive & more 163EUR sleep & more 792EUR eat & more 432EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,387EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,994EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,080EUR drive & more 200EUR sleep & more 1,386EUR eat & more 648EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,234EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,314EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,025EUR drive & more 250EUR sleep & more 253EUR eat & more 324EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 827EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,852EUR
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Garden Route Road Trip Itinerary

Garden Route Road Trip is an exquisite treat for avid enthusiasts of road trips. This adventure will be an answer to the needs of tourist. Cape Town, Gansbaai, and Cape Angulhas are places that you will have a chance to explore. The trip described in this article will take 9 days to complete, but depending on your free time, you can also complete it even in 6 days. There is always a possibility to extend your road trip if you are charmed with the picturesqueness of what Republic of South Africa holds in store. You will have almost 1,087km to cover, and you will spend more or less 2.2 hours a day on the road. Ready for the journey? So, let’s jump behind the wheel and set out!
number of days 9 number of days
route length 1,087 km route length
budget fair budget
good for tourist good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
Nature enthusiasts will be surely interested in the wonderful natural landscapes that can be contemplated on Garden Route Road Trip. The whole experience during the adventure will be stress-free, and you will visit a range of interesting venues. Garden Route Road Trip is also an excellent way to spend some time close to wildlife and Mother Nature. Travellers should not expect top comfort from the accommodation on the way, yet it is still value for money. Even if low security is the characteristic features of this regions, staying careful while on the road will increase the security of you and your passengers. In Republic of South Africa, you will be moving on the left. When it comes to accident level it is moderate. The best time to travel is between November and March.

START Cape Town

Distance 1,087 km Driving time 15.2 h Pace: fast Airports CPT
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1 Cape Town - Gordon's Bay

Distance 143 km Driving time 3.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
dining venues junction of road trips UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site attractive landscape accommodation options
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2 Gordon's Bay - Gansbaai

Distance 126 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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3 Gansbaai - Cape Angulhas

Distance 110 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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4 Cape Angulhas - Swellendam

Distance 108 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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5 Swellendam - Mossel Bay

Distance 168 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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6 Mossel Bay - Knysna

Distance 104 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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7 Knysna - Port Elizabeth

Distance 328 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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Garden Route Road Trip Summary

The above journey will become an ideal inspiration for your future travels.
Our itinerary can be used as a foundation that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original attractions.
If car travel is a means of travel that you prefer, there are a number of vital traffic regulations to follow and a list of things to be mindful of to make your trip smooth. The following road rules will surely become useful for all holidaymakers considering car rental or camper rental in Republic of South Africa.
When driving around Republic of South Africa, there are a number of traffic regulations to be followed. Alcohol is best to be avoided at any expense if Republic of South Africa is your road trip destination. Drivers should remember that the amount of alcohol that the driver can consume is low and amounts to only 0.5‰. In order to avoid a speeding ticket, it is best to never exceed 60km/h, which is the maximum car speed inside the cities. Around rural areas, travellers can travel at the maximum speed of 120km/h. On highways, 120km/h is the maximum car speed that you should never exceed. In order to stay safe, it is best to equip your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit and drive with your headlights on during the day.
One of the decisive factors when scheduling an itinerary is costs. Depending on the needs of the holidayers, the amount of money that you have to spend will differ. Let’s have a look at the budget options.
If you’d like to benefit from the cheapest option to cover the planned 1,087km across Republic of South Africa, it can cost roughly 125 EUR. Travel expenses connected with economy overnight stays will cost up to around 396 EUR. Tourists should also take into consideration the fact that they will spend about 324 EUR for restaurants and food in this option. If you also aim for the economy car hire option, you will pay approximately 405 EUR. Thus, going for vehicle rental will increase the expenses of the road trip from more or less 845 EUR to approximately 1,250 EUR.
Travellers who are looking for greater comfort and the standard option will pay around 163 EUR for the fuel needed to cover the road trip. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should remember that the expenses may amount up to approximately 792 EUR. Holidayers may expect that the standard option in terms of restaurants and food will cost about 432 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of approximately 608 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 1,994 EUR for travellers who would like to try vehicle rental and 1,387 EUR for those who are not interested in renting.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will come up to the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total about 3,314 EUR for drivers who are considering car hire and 1,387 EUR for those who do not need a hire vehicle. Travellers who would like to cover the tour in a premium rental vehicle should expect a cost of around 1,080 EUR. When it comes to the top standard version of the tour, the gasoline cost will amount to 200 EUR. Holidayers who will go for top services in all aspects of their tour should expect to pay around 648 EUR for restaurants and food and roughly 1,386 EUR for accommodation.
Our adventure will also be ideal for all camper lovers, as it can be easily adjusted to their expectations. When it comes to this means of transport, the expenses are around 2,025 EUR. Gasoline to tank a camper for the whole road trip will cost approximately 250 EUR. Holidaymakers who are considering camper rental should expect to pay more or less 253 EUR for accommodation and around 324 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section shows all the above-mentioned expenses in detail.
The described 8 stages stages are perfect for exploration in a car or camper between November and March. There are numerous picturesque road adventures that we offer on our website if you’d like to see other of our road trip ideas. Even the most demanding of drivers will surely be taken aback by the great diversity of trips that we offer.

Facts for safer driving in Republic of South Africa

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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