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Garden Route

Garden Route Road Trip

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

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Landscape Landscape
Beach Beach
Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
Urban life Urban life
Comfort Comfort
Security Security
Garden Route Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages7 km1,087 h/stage2.2

Best months to drive

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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 486EUR drive & more 150EUR sleep & more 473EUR eat & more 432EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,055EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,541EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 729EUR drive & more 200EUR sleep & more 946EUR eat & more 648EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,794EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,523EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,296EUR drive & more 263EUR sleep & more 1,661EUR eat & more 864EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,788EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,084EUR
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 288EUR sleep & more 495EUR eat & more 432EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,215EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,240EUR
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Garden Route Road Trip Itinerary

The Garden Route Road Trip is a spectacular 9-day journey, starting in Cape Town and ending in Port Elizabeth in the Republic of South Africa. This 1087 km route takes you through Gordon's Bay, Cape Angulhas and Mossel Bay, and provides an unforgettable experience along the way. The best time of the year to drive this road trip is during the South African spring (September to November) when the wildflowers are in full bloom. The Garden Route is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, beaches and nature, with the Outeniqua Mountains, the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma Forest making up the backdrop of this spectacular journey. The Garden Route also boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Robben Island Museum and the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, making it a cultural and natural wonder. The roads are in excellent condition, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. The Garden Route Road Trip is suitable for all drivers, regardless of experience, and can be managed on a moderate budget. It is a great way to experience South Africa and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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

START Cape Town

Distance 1,087 km Driving time 15.2 h Pace: fast 326.2 kWh Airports CPT
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Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa is the perfect starting point for the Garden Route Road Trip. The city is known for its rich cultural and historical heritage, making it the ideal destination to explore the beauty of the country. The city's major attractions include the iconic Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, just to name a few. The city is also home to a variety of museums and galleries, such as the South African National Gallery and the District Six Museum, as well as a number of beautiful beaches, perfect for a relaxing day in the sun. The closest international airport to Cape Town is the Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and there are plenty of car rental options available from the airport, making it easy to get around the city and to explore the Garden Route. For those looking to explore the Garden Route, the city offers plenty of activities, such as hiking, biking, and whale watching, as well as a variety of unique towns and villages, making it the perfect place to start a road trip. So if you're looking for a unique and exciting adventure, Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa is the perfect starting point for the Garden Route Road Trip. With its rich culture, history, and plenty of activities, it's the perfect place to start your journey.

1 Cape Town - Gordon's Bay

Distance 143 km Driving time 3.2 h Pace: modest 37.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Cape Town to Gordon's Bay, a journey of 143 km that can be completed in less than 4 hours. This route takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes of South Africa, with plenty of opportunities to explore the country's culture and history. Along the way, you'll be able to visit some of the region's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Robben Island Museum and the Castle of Good Hope. As you drive, keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean, and the lush vineyards of the Cape Winelands. You'll also have the chance to stop at some of the local restaurants, cafes, and markets for a bite to eat. For the more adventurous, there are several camping sites and nature reserves to explore. With so much to see and do, you'll never forget this road trip. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the "Itinerary" of this stage.

2 Gordon's Bay - Gansbaai

Distance 126 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: fast 37.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an unforgettable road trip experience? Start your journey in Gordon's Bay, a beautiful coastal town in the Republic of South Africa, and get ready to explore the stunning landscapes of Gansbaai, just 126km away. The drive will take you fewer than two hours, during which you'll be treated to some of the most breathtaking views of the country. Along the way, you'll be able to admire the scenic roads and enjoy the beauty of nature. Once you reach Gansbaai, you'll be able to explore the charming town and its surroundings. Don't miss out on the opportunity to visit the nearby De Kelders Cave, a spectacular natural wonder that will take your breath away. You can also take a boat trip and spot the Great White Sharks, or go on a whale-watching tour and admire the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. This is just one of the stages of a larger tour, so don't forget to check the "Itinerary" for more information about the attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Have a safe and enjoyable road trip!

3 Gansbaai - Cape Angulhas

Distance 110 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: fast 33.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Gansbaai to Cape Agulhas! This 110 km journey will take you less than two hours, but you will be amazed by the stunning views and interesting attractions along the way. Start your journey in Gansbaai, known for its great white sharks and whale watching. Make sure to visit the Danger Point Lighthouse and the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, both offering spectacular views. Continue your journey to Struisbaai, the oldest fishing village in South Africa, where you can find the Agulhas National Park, the southernmost tip of Africa and the Struisbaai Harbour. Afterwards, make your way to Arniston, a small fishing village known for its white-washed fishermen’s cottages and beautiful beaches. Finally, make your way to Cape Agulhas, the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Here you can visit the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, a historical landmark, and the Shipwreck Trail, a must-see for all visitors. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

4 Cape Angulhas - Swellendam

Distance 108 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: fast 32.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a captivating journey from Cape Agulhas to Swellendam, a distance of 108 km taking less than 2 hours of drive. The scenic road will take you through the picturesque towns of Bredasdorp, Napier, and Caledon, where you can admire the vibrant landscapes and the beautiful mountain views. A must-see attraction in the area is the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Africa, which offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. For a more relaxed experience, visit the Napier Farm Stall, where you can enjoy freshly-baked pastries and artisanal cheeses. In Bredasdorp, you can find the Shipwreck Museum, a unique museum dedicated to the maritime history of the region. In Caledon, make sure to stop at the Caledon Nature Reserve, where you can experience the beauty of the African bushveld and spot some of the local wildlife. Last but not least, don't forget to visit the Swellendam National Park, where you can explore the lush forests and spot some of the unique flora and fauna of the region. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

5 Swellendam - Mossel Bay

Distance 168 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: fast 50.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Swellendam to Mossel Bay road trip stage! This route takes you through the scenic Garden Route of South Africa, a 168km drive that can be completed in less than two hours. Along this route, you’ll find some of the most beautiful and interesting places to explore in the country. Start your journey in Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa. Here, you can explore the historical sites such as the Drostdy Museum and the Marloth Nature Reserve. Then, take a detour to the Bontebok National Park, where you’ll find a variety of wildlife and stunning landscapes. Continue your journey to the coastal town of Mossel Bay and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Here, you can explore the famous Diaz Museum Complex, the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, and the nearby beaches. If you’re looking for a more adventurous experience, you can take a boat cruise to Seal Island to spot the African penguins. Don’t forget to check out the Itinerary for this stage for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Enjoy your road trip!

6 Mossel Bay - Knysna

Distance 104 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: fast 31.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Mossel Bay to Knysna stage of your South African road trip! This scenic stretch of road is just 104km and will take you less than 2 hours to drive. Start your journey in Mossel Bay, the gateway to the Garden Route, and enjoy its beautiful beaches, lagoons and nature reserves. Don't forget to visit the Dias Museum Complex, where you can learn more about the history of the area and the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias. Continue your journey to Knysna, which offers a variety of activities and attractions. Visit the Knysna Heads, two sandstone cliffs that guard the entrance to the lagoon. You can also explore the Knysna Forest, a protected area of indigenous forest, or take a boat trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. For a unique experience, take a ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, a steam locomotive that dates back to the 1940s. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

7 Knysna - Port Elizabeth

Distance 328 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: fast 98.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a scenic road trip from Knysna to Port Elizabeth! This 328km journey will take you less than 5 hours and will be an unforgettable experience. Your first stop should be the Knysna Heads, where you can admire the beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Then, make your way to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can explore the lush vegetation and spot some of the local wildlife. After that, you can visit the Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bridge bungee jump in the world. On your way to Port Elizabeth, you will also find the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can take part in some of the many outdoor activities it offers. Finally, you will arrive in Port Elizabeth, a vibrant city with plenty of attractions, from the Donkin Reserve to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World. Make sure you check out the Itinerary for this stage of your road trip for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route.

  Port Elizabeth

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The Garden Route Road Trip ends in Port Elizabeth, a harbour city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Located on Algoa Bay, it is one of the largest cities in the country and is known as the 'Friendly City'. Port Elizabeth is a great place to explore and take in the stunning views of the Indian Ocean. A great way to experience the city is to take a stroll along the beachfront promenade, which features a variety of restaurants and shops. The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World is also located here, offering a host of entertainment options. Don't miss the chance to visit the Bayworld Oceanarium, where you can explore the wide variety of marine life. Other popular attractions include the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which hosts a variety of sporting events, and the St. George's Park Cricket Ground, home of the Warriors cricket team. The Donkin Reserve is a great place to explore the city's history; the Donkin Lighthouse is a great spot for spectacular views. For a more relaxed atmosphere, check out the nearby beach towns of Summerstrand and Humewood. For those arriving by air, the closest international airport is Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), located about 10km from the city centre. Port Elizabeth is a great destination to end your Garden Route Road Trip, offering plenty of activities and sights to explore. Enjoy the city's friendly atmosphere and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

Garden Route Road Trip at a glance

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 150 EUR. Travel expenses connected with economy overnight stays will cost up to around 473 EUR. Tourists should also take into consideration the fact that they will spend about 432 EUR for restaurants and food in this option. If you also aim for the economy car hire option, you will pay approximately 486 EUR. Thus, going for vehicle rental will increase the expenses of the road trip from more or less 1,055 EUR to approximately 1,541 EUR.
Travellers who are looking for greater comfort and the standard option will pay around 200 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 946 EUR. Holidayers may expect that the standard option in terms of restaurants and food will cost about 648 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of approximately 729 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 2,523 EUR for travellers who would like to try vehicle rental and 1,794 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 4,084 EUR for drivers who are considering car hire and 1,794 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 1,296 EUR. When it comes to the top standard version of the tour, the gasoline cost will amount to 263 EUR. Holidayers who will go for top services in all aspects of their tour should expect to pay around 864 EUR for restaurants and food and roughly 1,661 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 288 EUR. Holidaymakers who are considering camper rental should expect to pay more or less 495 EUR for accommodation and around 432 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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