Cape Town to Kariega tours

We are often asked by guests about the best Cape Town and Garden Route options to compliment their safari experience at Kariega Game Reserve. Our family has lived in the area for many generations and are passionate about guiding people to what we believe are the ideal locations for the best South African holiday experience. 

We feel that for the perfect Garden Route tour, the best four destinations include Cape Town and the Winelands; Hermanus and Gansbaai; Knysna and Plettenberg Bay; and an Eastern Cape safari.

Finding the perfect accommodation can be tricky, but here are our top tips when it comes to touring our suggested locations along the Garden Route. 

  1. Cape Town and the Winelands – the Mother City and surrounding winelands offer so much to the traveler so splash out on your experience instead of your accommodation.
  2. Hermanus and Gansbaai – take this time to completely unwind and relax in this spectacularly unique location where whales, dolphins, sharks and flowers abound.
  3. Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – this coastal area is a must for travelers, epitomising the laid back beach life. Our suggested accommodation options are inspired by and orientated around nature and the outdoors.
  4. Eastern Cape Safari – the perfect safari destination to experience wild African game and enjoy authentic safari lodge accommodation. 

Beginning in Cape Town and ending in the Eastern Cape (or vice versa), these are our hand-selected destination and accommodation suggestions for your perfect tailor-made tour. Whatever your preferences, there is something to suite every traveler.

Kariega is supported by great tour operators and we will pass on your enquiry details to the ideal operator/agent who can help you plan and package your ultimate African experience. You can also contact any of our partner operators directly here.

The Cape to Kariega tour is perfect both as a self-drive or fly-in holiday.


Selected locations

Cape Town Harbour

Cape Town & the Cape Winelands 

One of the most beautiful and romantic city’s in the world, Cape Town is built around the iconic Table Mountain and is flanked on either side by a stunning coastline. Head inland to the vineyards of the Cape Winelands for world-class wine tasting and culinary delights against a backdrop of mountains and rolling hills. Alive with a multiplicity of culture and colour, the Cape offers an endless range of activities for all types of travelers. We suggest five days to experience South Africa’s Mother City to the full, and recommend a minimum of three days.  

Top 10 attractions in Cape Town & the Cape Winelands


Accommodation: Cape CadoganMore QuartersWedgeView Country House & SpaMariner Guest House or Glen Avon Lodge.  


Hermanus Beach

Hermanus & Gansbaai 

Located only two hours drive from Cape Town, this beautiful stretch of coast forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom – one of the most diverse and beautiful ecosystems in the world with an incredible 20% of Africa’s flora. Scenic coastal villages offer travelers a glimpse into the history of the Cape’s early fishing communities. The area is world renowned for whale watching and is a great place to spot the Marine Big 5 – whale, great white shark, dolphin, African penguins, and Cape fur seals. To explore both the oceanscape and landscape of this exquisite area we suggest three to four days, and a minimum of two days. 

Top 10 attractions in Hermanus & Gansbaai


Accommodation: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Whale Rock Luxury Lodge.

Kite in Knysna

Knysna & Plettenberg Bay

The Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas offer everything from beautiful beaches, rivers, lagoons, and nature reserves to trendy restaurants, arts and craft, and a wide range of activities including boat and land-based whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving, river cruises, hiking, mountain biking and horse trails. The region is also known for having some of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses. Whatever your preferences, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay offer the perfect balance between natural tranquility, and an exciting coastal lifestyle. We suggest three to four days exploring this area of the Garden Route, and recommend a minimum of two days. 

Top 10 attractions in Knysna & Plettenberg Bay


Accommodation: Hog Hollow Country Lodge.

Kariega Game Reserve Wildlife

Kariega Game Reserve

Relax to the tranquility of the African bush in the lush wonderland of the Eastern Cape – the third most bio-diverse area in the world with the highest historical density of elephants in Africa. Your safari experience will centre around game drives encountering wild African game including lion, elephant, rhino and more. A range of other safari activities await such as guided bush walks and river cruises. As the sun sets, enjoy sundowners on the deck before heading to the outdoor boma for a sumptuous meal illuminated by soft candlelight and a roaring fire. We suggest taking four days to ensure close-up experiences with a range of wildlife. 


Selected locations

Cape to Kariega destinations are set along the coastal Garden Route of South Africa. The distance from Cape Town to Kariega is approximately 1000km. Click on destinations below for more info.  

Travel Options

Drive two ways

Self drive option from Cape Town to Kariega and back again. We suggest a minimum of two weeks. 


Drive one way, Fly one way

Self drive from Cape Town to Kariega, and then catch a flight back to Cape Town (or vice versa). Perfect for a 10 day tour. 


Fly both ways 

Perfect for those looking for a fly out safari from Cape Town. 


Contact Us

Click the link below to contact us so we can create your ultimate tour of the Garden Route.


If you have any queries please feel free to email or call.

t: +27 (0)41 581 2606

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