Cape Town and the Garden Route

Cape Town & the Garden Route

Throughout the year

Enjoy an extended short break taking in both Cape Town and the fabulous Garden Route to Knysna

Enjoy a relaxing start to your South Africa short break with 3 nights at the luxury boutique hotel 'Cape Cadogan' in Cape Town, from which you can explore the city, take the cableway to Table Mountain or travel further afield to Haut Bay or Camps Bay for penguin and whale sightings, or take in a trip to Robben Island with its history as a prison camp (Nelson Mandela's "home" for 18 years). Cape Town is a fascinating destination in its own right.

Then you'll follow the picturesque Garden Route as you head to Knysna from where you can take in a range of activities including swimming, canoeing, hiking, golf, bird watching and whale watching (seasonal: June - November).

Welcome to Cape Town

The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches.  The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants.

Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this region is often visited on foot, encompassing the historic Parliament Buildings, the Company Gardens and the cafés, culture and boutiques of Kloof Street.

Welcome to Knysna

The word Knysna comes from the Khoi-San language and it is thought that the word refers to the Knysna heads, which guard the entrance from the lagoon to the Indian Ocean and which are perhaps the most famous feature of this naturally beautiful town. The British-born entrepreneur, Sir George Rex, founded Knysna in 1904, a gold nugget was found in 1876 and allucial gold found in 1885, but even through the mini gold rush, Knysna's most important industries have been made up of generations of woodworkers and fishermen.

Situated at the heart of the Garden Route, the town is established on the shores of an estuary and is surrounded by lush indigenous forests, making Knysna a wilderness of beaches, lakes, mountains, forests and rivers where the endangered Knysna seahorse, the famous Knysna turaco, the endangered dwarf chameleon, the Brenton Blue Butterfly and the highly elusive Forest Elephant can be found. The town itself is a vibrant mix of artists and craftsmen, as well as waterfront restaurants, making it one of the most appealing towns in the country.

Sample itinerary

Your itinerary includes:

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town, collect hire car, check-in at Cape Cadogan

Flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town. On arrival collect your hire car and make your way to the Cape Cadogan. Evening at leisure

Day 2 & 3: at leisure to explore or take an optional experience

Day 4: Drive the Garden Route to Knysna, check-in at Milkwood Bay Guest House

Day 5 & 6: at leisure to explore or take part in a number of local activities

Day 7: Car drop, internal and international flight to UK.

Note about Car Rental: Collect at Cape Town Airport, return to George Airport

Based on 2 people travelling together the following will be provided. Larger groups will be allocated appropriate vehicles. Should you require an upgraded car then please discuss your requirements with us.

1x Group B (aircon & power steering): Hyundai i20 or similar on a 'Classic Plus' basis

Specification (approx - each vehicle may vary)

  • Seats: 4 (3 adults, 1 child)
  • Luggage: 1 large case, 1 mid-sized
  • Doors: 4/5
  • Air con: yes
  • Radio + tape/cd: yes
  • ABS Brakes: yes
  • Airbags: yes
  • Power steering: yes
  • Manual/Auto: manual


  • CDW, TW, PAI, unlimited mileage, airport surcharge, carbon emissions tax, tyre & rim damage and windscreen cover

Please note: Each driver must be in possession of a valid driver's licence. Driver's credit card required for rental (no cash/debit card) as security guarantee. Your quotation will include details of any surcharges or costs which may be payable locally.

Package and Price

We offer this break as an outline package to which guests are able to add experiences and 'day trips'.

The outline package includes:

  • Flights (from London Heathrow)
  • Internal flights as described
  • 3 nights' accommodation at Cape Cadogan (bed & breakfast)
  • 3 nights' accommodation at Milkwood Bay (bed & breakfast)
  • 7 days' Group B car hire on Classic Plus basis (Super Cover insurance) 

Price, per person: from £2150

Prices based on two people sharing a double room.

Optional excursions and day trips - choose from a selection. Details with your proposal - just make an enquiry!


Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

3 nights in a standard room, bed & breakfast

Situated in the residential suburb of Gardens in Cape Town, the Cape Cadogan is a stately 19th Century Georgian and Victorian style building that have been proclaimed a National Monument. It combines historic charm with contemporary style in a central part of Cape Town, nestling between Table Mountain and the city centre and within easy walking distance of a variety of boutique stores, restaurants and bars. The V&A Waterfront is a just short journey at around 5Km from the Cape Cadogan.

With 12 rooms and a Presidential Suite, Cape Cadogan is well known for its comfortable, luxurious accommodation and atmosphere. Interiors are a combination of bohemian chic and simple elegance. All rooms are en-suite with superior luxury rooms including an outdoor area or balcony, and lounge. The Presidential Suite includes a kitchen, pool and courtyard. The standard rooms feature air conditioning and heating, select satellite TV channels, DVD player, personal bar fridge (at additional cost) and tea and coffee facilities.

Main guest areas comprise a comfortable lounge with an open fire place, a library with computer and internet facilities, a breakfast room and a garden and pool area. The hotel offers complimentary transfers to the V&A Waterfront (fixed times) and there is a gym in nearby Wembley Square that can be used at additional cost. 

Milkwood Bay Guesthouse

3 nights in Coral Bay Room, bed & breakfast

A contemporary luxury guest house, Milkwood Bay is located in Knysna, the heart of the picturesque Garden Route. Situated on the beach alongside the Knysna Lagoon, the guest house has breathtaking views across the tidal waters to the distant Outeniqua Mountains.

The five elegant en-suite bedrooms are individually decorated and stylishly furnished. Offering space, comfort and magnificent views from the large windows, the bedrooms are tiled and marble, there is under-floor heating, satellite TV and tea and coffee facilities. 

Guests staying at this elegant retreat can enjoy a relaxing breakfast in the dining room or on the balcony overlooking the expansive lagoon, there is a partially enclosed heated swimming pool with a tiled verandah, sun loungers and magnificent views from its elevated position, a sauna, guest lounge and Wi-Fi throughout.

There is a sandy beach directly in front of the guest house, great for relaxing or taking a stroll. Ideally located for exploring the area, guests have the choice of an array of activities from swimming, canoeing, hiking, golf, bird watching and whale watching (seasonal: June to November) to the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Some activities at additional cost.

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View of Table Mountain, Cape Town
Cape Town waterfront buildings
A view of Table Mountain
Stunning scenery
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Image of Cape Town & the Garden Route
Image of Cape Town & the Garden Route