If you book or buy something through these links, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Below you can find the exact itinerary we followed, including all the things we did in Cape Town, our Garden Route itinerary, where we stayed along the way and the restaurants we stuffed our faces at. We arrived in the city of Cape Town, South Africa late at night and took an Uber to an Airbnb apartment Get a discount on your first stay by signing up through my link!
Our first few days in the country would be spent in the city. Below is just a very brief summary of the things we did and the places we went to. During our time in Cape Town, we spent three nights at an airbnb and two nights at the lovely Blackheath Lodge boutique hotel. If you want to give airbnb a try as well, you can get a discount on your first stay by signing up through my link.
On the fifth day of our South Africa trip, we left Cape Town and drove toward Hermanus, also known as the whale watching town at the Western Cape. You can park your car at the total Western End of Beach Road, like we did, and then walk past the Yacht Club, over the hill along the road to get to the coastal path. You can just walk to the end of the beach and back or stop and rest for a bit, though I recommend going on if you want to do all the things we did that day.
Stony Point is another beach area where you can find a bunch of penguins. But was it really a better spot? For lunch, we drove on to another coastal town known for whale sightings: Kleinmond.
Like so many coastal towns at the Western Cape, Kleinmond is small. To get to the Bistro, you walk through a little gateway that leads to a lovely courtyard where you can sit outside, or you can also cross the courtyard and eat it. As the weather was lovely, we opted to do the former. I had a salad, Boyfriend chose a sandwich and we each had a drink as well. The food was delicious and just what we needed. Enough to recharge our batteries but not so much that we needed a nap after. Walk down Harbour Road first to get to the little beach below.
This too is super short and leads up the cliff next to the beach, from where you can get to a viewpoint. The entire walk takes about five minutes. This is the time to note something else we frequently spotted on our trip: locals drive their car as close to the beach as possible and then just sit in the trunk. Because, why not. The hotel is located across the street from the Cliff Path, a 12 km-long trail along that stretches from New Harbour to Grotto Beach and overlooks Hermanus Bay. They also make a mean carrot cake. There are rooms with a sea view and a balcony and then there are pool rooms which have direct access to, indeed, the pool.
We had one of those and this is what it looked like:.
Want to stay at the One Marine drive as well? Check prices and availability here. As it was late afternoon when we arrived in Hermanus, we simply unpacked a bit before heading out for dinner. But not before we caught the last bit of the sunset from the Cliff Path across the road first. For dinner, we went to La Pentola. The menu offers world kitchen, mixing some typical South African foods like ostrich steak with pastas and fish dishes.
The service here was excellent and we both enjoyed our dinner. The Hermanus Cliff Walk is one of the things to do in Hermanus. Luckily, it was still low season while we were there and so we only saw a few other people on the path. There are tons of entrance points to the walk just about anywhere on the route. As our hotel was located a bit away from the beginning at New Harbour, we decided to start our walk there, head to Grotto Beach, have lunch and then decide if we were still feeling chipper enough to walk back. If not, we could always take a tuk-tuk.
The path is nice to walk as-is, but the best time of the year to do it is during whale season, from June to November. We enjoyed a lovely fresh lunch on the terrace and even spotted a whale while we were eating! I think the entire walk took us about hours, including a long lunch and an ice cream break back at the center of Hermanus.
At night, we walked the ten minutes from One Marine Drive to the center of Hermanus to have lunch at Burgundy. Boyfriend ordered an ostrich steak while I opted for a fish dish. Oudtshoorn is a pretty popular destination for people traveling to the Western Cape, mostly because of its many ostrich farms and the Cango Caves, a big network of caves you can visit. What we were interested in, was the route to Oudtshoorn. During my research, I kept reading how beautiful that route was and so I figured that as we were doing a loop road trip anyway, we might as well include that route into our loop.
It starts on the N2, going through rather open landscapes that make way for mountains and spectacular views as you go through the Tradouwpas. There are plenty of spots along the road where you can pull over to admire the scenery and take a few photos. There are a few smaller towns along this route where you can stop for a snack, a meal or a toilet break.
A popular spot to take a break is Barrydale. Its vintage interior does well on social media and so I too came across it when researching our trip. So instead, we left the main road and drove just a few minutes to the edge of town, where I knew The Blue Cow would be awaiting us. But hey, I said I was going to give you our entire South Africa itinerary, so here it is. The cafe itself consists of a small shop selling local products, the counter, the kitchen and a small seating area.
When you step outside, you get onto a large balcony that stretches out over a pond that seems to have popped out of a painting. It was so much fun to do and incredible to see how everyone turned into a kid again when they did this. The menu contains snacks, salads, and desserts. Oh, and this beautiful cheese platter Boyfriend ordered.
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This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.
Day 9: Himba Tribes: Outjo We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night.
Day Game Drive Safari Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography. Day Windhoek After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia.
Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck. Tour Reviews.