15 days Western and Eastern Cape camper holiday ER 404

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Camper holidays allow you to explore at your own pace, with the freedom to literally stop wherever holds your interest. The beauty is there are no tents to set up at the end of a long day, your camp sites have been pre booked and your food is prepared in your own kitchenette. It is a perfect way to relax into the South African country side. What about exploring the interesting Western and Eastern Cape of this fascinating country. Think about the mother city of Cape Town, Cape Wine lands, the Garden Route, the Addo Elephant National Park, Oudtshoorn and the famous Route 62 and more. In these exciting two weeks you will experience the most beautiful parts of the Cape with even more to discover.

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15 days Western and Eastern Cape camper holiday ER 404

Itinerary:

Day 1 Melkbosstrand/Ou Skip Holiday Resort/Camping 1 night.

Your holiday home can be picked up from the designated camper depot in Cape Town as from 08.00 am. According to your arrival time you can drive straight to Melkbosstrand where your first night will be or explore a bit of Cape Town already.

Just half an hour outside Cape Town you will find Melkbosstrand where you will be staying at the peaceful Ou Skip Holiday Resort. Your caravan site will be surrounded by trees and shrubs. From here you will have an easy access to major attractions such as long white sandy beaches offering safe swimming as well as many exciting watersports, including windsurfing, kite surfing, paragliding and surfing at the famous Big Bay. The Dikkop and Grysbok hiking trails are on our doorstep and pass through areas with sandy beaches, cliffs and dune veld with an abundance of wildlife. Robben Island , where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the impressive Table Mountain can be seen quite clearly from the nearby beach at Blouberg.

Day 2-3 Kommetjie/Imhoff Park/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 60 km.

Ready to explore beautiful Cape Town and her surroundings in the next two days! There is lots to see so make your choices beforehand. The next two nights you will be staying at the Imhoff Park in Kommetjie which is situated on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula. You will enjoy the famous Chapman's Peak Drive which winds it way between Noordhoek and 'fish and chips' Hout Bay. It is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. Kommetjie is conveniently close to Cape Town city centre and other major sightseeing attractions. It is a small unspoilt fishing village dotted with Milkwood trees.

Imhoff Park is landscaped so as to harmonize with the natural environment. The resort fronts on two of the Capes finest unspoiled beaches - Long Beach, renowned for its surfing and the expansive Noordhoek Beach. The park has a clear view of the world famous Chapmans Peak and Hout Bay harbour.

Experience a unique journey through the Constantia wine lands, the birthplace of the wine farming industry a mere 15 minute drive from Imhoff. Stellenbosch and Paarl with their delightful restaurants and surrounding wine routes are within a pleasant 40 minute drive.

There is something very special about Nature's wonder Table Mountain, it will leave a majestic and powerful impression. From the top of the mountain you are treated to panoramic views of Cape Town and Table Bay. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a world famous garden which is home to indigenous flora to the Cape. Have a picnic and enjoy the incredible scenery. Situated in the working harbour of Cape Town the vibrant V&A Waterfront. You can visit for numerous reasons; to shop, dine, sip on cocktails, to listen to music, go on boat trips and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium .. the list goes on. The underlying appeal is its magnificent setting.

For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. The three and a half hour tour includes a return trip across Table Bay, a visit to the Maximum Security Prison, interaction with an ex-political prisoner and a 45 minute bus tour with a guide providing commentary (book beforehand).

Like to leave your home at home for a day and you're interested in a relaxed tour of the city of Cape Town or a tour of the Cape Town Peninsula come on a guided tour aboard the double decker buses (Hop on/Hop Off city bus) and either ride the tour from start to finish in a little over two hours, or hop on and off through the tour route of your choice for an entire day. Ask at your reception where the closest hop on spot is.

A visit to Cape of Good Hope cannot be missed. The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is recognized globally for its extraordinary land formation, rich and diverse fauna and unique flora. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and such rich biodiversity exist almost within a metropolitan area. It is a scenic wonder, where soft white sandy beaches alternate with rugged stretches of rock and breathtaking cliffs. The cliffs at Cape Point are among the highest coastal cliffs in the world.

The mingling of the icy Atlantic Ocean with the warmer Indian Ocean results in a unique coastal environment and one of the most productive marine zones worldwide.

Day 4 Swellendam/Kambati River Resort/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 230 km.

The beautiful stretch of coastline from Cape Point to Pringle Bay known as the False Bay Coast, offers you a multitude of little hamlets and (fishing) villages with myriads of art & craft shops, coffee shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, picnic spots and scenic lookout points to explore and enjoy. You can start this scenic route from Fish Hoek towards Muizenberg and via the edge of the partially informal township Khayelitsha ('New Home') back on the N2 highway. False Bay is the largest true bay along the South African coast and is considered to be one of the great bays of the world. Some of the more popular areas along the False Bay Coast include the historically rich naval village of Simonstown, the stunning beaches of Muizenberg and Fish Hoek and the quaint little fishing village of Kalk Bay.

According to your time you have two choices to reach Swellendam. Or you stay on the N2 which climbs Sir Lowry's Pass to enter the Overberg region. It passes near the town of Grabouw on the Hottentots-Holland plateau before descending the Houwhoek Pass. Do visit the Peregrine Farmstall for a traditional filled pie or enjoy a local lunch dish at the Houwhoek Inn Farm Stall. After Botrivier it passes across the agricultural plains towards Swellendam.

Or keep hugging the coast towards Kleinmond (R44) and enjoy the extremely scenic ocean drive along a steep coastal road carved from rocky sea cliffs. It provides pleasant whale and dolphin watching spots, all along the route where you can stop and watch them. It also leads you through the Kogelberg Biosphere, the first and only Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by UNESCO, a testament to the stunning diversity and large number of its flowering plants. Hope you have time to visit the African penguins or have a cup of coffee in the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty's Bay.

Tonight you will be staying close to the picturesque little town of Swellendam. You will stay at the Kambati River Resort, where the Riviersonderend and Breede Rivers meet. The campsite hosts grassed sites with electrical points. The sites are nestled peacefully under giant trees on the lush river banks. A new swimming pool and small shop facilities are also on offer for your convenience.

Swellendam lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. One of the oldest settlements of colonial times, Swellendam is seeped in history and buildings such as the Drostdy date back to the time when Swellendam was declared a magisterial district in 1743. It still lives up to its reputation as a foremost 'refreshment station' and there are many restaurants and coffee shops in the town. Only 6 km outside of Swellendam is the Bontebok National Park, home to the rare and beautiful antelope of the same name and dedicated to saving it. The Marloth Nature Reserve offers gorgeous examples of the local wild flowers and fynbos and the hiking trails alone make it worth the visit.

Day 5 Wilderness/Ebb and Flow South Camping/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 230 km.

Time to explore the famous Garden Route which includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays and vividly coloured wild flowers delight the eye. Between Heidelberg and Storms River, the Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber coloured rivers and golden beaches. The coastal drive links a series of charming towns interspersed with natural beauty. Along the way, every kind of adventure activity is possible; scuba diving, abseiling, fishing and more.

Please do visit a traditional Farm Stall for coffee/tea and home made cakes or find yourself a peaceful spot to enjoy a picnic.

Tonight you will spend the night in the Wilderness National Park where a charming world of lakes, rivers, fens, estuaries and beaches gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains.Nature trails wind through densely wooded forest and along tranquil rivers, affording you the opportunity to encounter the brilliantly coloured Knysna lourie, or one of the five kingfisher species that occur here. During the spring, the lakes are surrounded by a carpet of flowers, further enhancing the verdant beauty of this wetland national park.

You will stay at the Ebb and Flow South camping along the banks of the Touw River which facilities include a shop where basic commodities may be purchased; no restaurant; laundromat and dryer. The closest shops and restaurants are in the little seaside village of Wilderness. Portable barbeques are also available. Your site is equiped with 220V power points (caravan plugs only - an adapter is required for normal three point plugs).

Excellent viewpoint to admire the breathtaking scenery of lakes, forests, mountains and coast is the Dolphin's Point, which is known for its whale and dolphin watching.

Day 6 Storms River/Storms River Mouth Camping/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 130 km.

Trust you had a peaceful night and ready to drive towards Storms River. On your way you will pass Sedgefield with its unspoilt beaches. Little further the indigenous forests, fynbos, lakes, rivers, mountains and beautiful coastlines combined with a moderate climate make the Knysna area a natural Eden. The populare holiday town of Knysna is beautifully surrounded by lush forests, clear lakes and beautiful beaches. Here you can enjoy o.a some shopping in the artistic town centre or at the Waterfront, eat fresh oysters out of the Knysna lagoon and drink the locally brewed beer, Knysna reflects the finer things in life.

Arguably the most striking geological feature along the Garden Route are the The Heads in Knysna, these sandstone headlands flank the deep and sometimes treacherous channel which floods the Knysna lagoon. You can book a boat trip and experience them yourself.

Plettenberg Bay offers you miles of sweeping, unspoiled beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and ocean. The little bay's untouched indigenous trees, forest and beautiful unspoiled coastline has been jealously preserved at Nature's Valley.

Nestled in the great forests at the foot of the fabled Outeniqua mountains and Tsitsikamma mountains, the quaint hamlet of Storms River is teeming with birdlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate eco-systems within wetlands and lagoons, gigantic trees and adrenaline pumping activities such as one of the world's highest bungee jump of the Bloukrans Bridge (125 m) and tree canopy tours.

The Tsitsikamma National Park, where you will be staying tonight, perched on a tumultuous Indian Ocean shore is one of South Africa's most dramatic protected areas, combining marine and land attractions. Its indigenous forests are a haven for birdlife. The heartland of the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. Dolphins frolic in the breakers, surfing and playing for the sheer joy of life, and the gentle giant of the ocean, the southern right whale visits here, coming inshore to breed. Within this natural beauty you can park your camper at the Storms River Mouth Camp.

There is a shop where souvenirs and basic commodities may be purchased, a a la carte restaurant, also serving light refreshments, a laundromat and an information desk. There are many activities in the area of the park, for which staying in the park is an excellent base.

Gate opening 06:00 am and closing times 22:00 pm due to restaurant service. Late arrivals (after 18:00) may collect keys at the entrance gate. Overnight guests arriving after 18:00 should call the camp on (042) 2811 607 - key may be picked up at the gate with the security service.

Dag 7-8 Close to Port Elizabeth/Addo Elephant Park/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 210 km.

Experiencing the Eastern Cape which is a region of great natural beauty, particularly the rugged cliffs, rough seas and dense green bush of the stretch known as the Wild Coast. Lying in Algoa Bay is Port Elizabeth, the largest city and an important harbour.

Now the third largest national park in South Africa, the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman's river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.

Hope you are ready to have close encounters with the gentle giants and enjoy their surroundings. The popular main rest camp of the park offers a wide variety of activities to keep you busy. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole. The caravan sites each have a 220v electricity supply point. You will need to provide their own international adaptors or two-point plug adaptors.

Day 9 Port Elizabeth/Pine Lodge/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 60 km.

The Eastern Cape is an interesting place to visit. Some of the country's most powerful political figures, like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, were born here and the capital city, Port Elizabeth, was a crucial center of the anti-apartheid movement. You can book here excellent township tours that provide an insight into Port Elizabeth's role in South African history, as well as an introduction into traditional Xhosa rites and ceremonies.

Situated just minutes from Nelson Mandela Bay's City Centre, Pine Lodge is nestled amongst the indigenous flora of the Cape Recife Nature Reserve and is a stone's throw from the ocean. Their four star graded caravan and camping grounds all have electrical points and are well-grassed. With a large variety of activities and amenities on-site and close-by (including the Humewood Golf Club, The Boardwalk Casino and Bayworld), there is something for everyone to enjoy. A beautiful sunset and invigorating sea air awaits you during your one night stay.

Day 10-11 Oudtshoorn/Kleinplaas/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 360 km.

A long driving day ahead of you so leave as early as possible. A suggestion is to take the famous R62 route which will take you to your next destination, Oudtshoorn. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure.

Visit 'De Rust' which is a Victorian village flanked by the Swartberg Mountains. Home to blueblood ostriches, golden vineyards, sundrenched orchards and spectacular displays of the rare pelargoniums from which geraniums emanated. De Rust's most renowned attraction is Meiringspoort, an incredible passageway of towering red cliffs that pierce through the heart of the Swartberg Mountains.

You will spend the next two nights in Oudtshoorn, the principal town of the Little Karoo, where you will be welcomed with hospitality which has become synonymous with the people of the Klein Karoo. The Klein Karoo is an oasis-like setting in a fertile valley cupped by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges. Experience the joy of life in the country and breathe in the healthy, unpolluted air. Taste the art of the fine local wines and dine on the excellent cuisine of restaurateurs from a five course meal which could include Ostrich, to a delightful lighter meal, all exquisitely available to satisfy every taste.

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. But the world's biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts.

The Cango Caves are the oldest and one of the most popular attractions in this region. It is also one of the great natural wonders of the world. Several systems of spectacular limestone caverns have been discovered. All are filled with a wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and limestone formations that grow in unusual directions.

Or touch a Cheetah, dive with crocodiles, view wild Meerkats, go on Safari and meet the Big Five if you feel more for a wildlife experience.

Visit seventeen local wineries for tasting and buying award winning wines ports and sherries. For the brave the locally distilled "witblits" is just what is needed.

You will be staying at the Kleinplaas Holiday Resort which is situated within walking distance of local restaurants and curio shops, located near the outskirts of Oudtshoorn and on the main road leading to the Cango Caves. Their location is perfect for exploring Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo. You can jump in their swimming pool after the long day driving and have a braai. Amongst the trees and shade they offer large stands, level with grass and with electrical points.

Day 12 Montagu/Montagu Caravan Park/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 230 km.

Enjoyed this interesting part of South Africa and time to follow route R62 towards Montagu.

In the Klein Karoo, the land of ostriches, wild flowers and birds, the land of majestic sandstone mountains cleft by spectacular ravines, of vineyards and orchards, you will pass Calitzdorp. Take a walk down Queen Street, the oldest street in town, with its fine examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture and don't miss the lovely stone church. The Hennie Cloete Nature Garden offers a lovely view of the town and a one-hour walk to view many of the succulents for which Calitzdorp is famous. You can visit the five wine cellars on the wine route: Boplaas, Die Krans, Calitzdorp Winery , Axe Hill and Withoek, which produce a variety of red, white and dessert wines as well as the famous port for which Calitzdorp is world-renowned.

Ladismith serves as an extensive farming area with ideal climate for the production of quality fruit apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and grapes. They produce a third of South Africas apricots! Ladismith also has two cheese factories, Ladismith Cheese Factory and Parmalat. The local Winery offers the wine lover a great selection of Towerkop wines.  A variety of architectural styles can still be seen in the old building of the town: from neo-Gothic to Victorian to the typical Ladismith style, square with round vents at the front.

Tonight you will stay in the peaceful town of Montagu which is steeped in history and is famous for its awe inspiring rock formations, orchards, vineyards, local herbs and healing hot mineral springs. A stroll through the village will introduce you to its fascinating architecture and historic buildings. Here you can visit 'padstalle', arts and crafts stalls, antique furniture galleries, jump in their hot mineral springs, savor sweet fruit and visit the excellent wine tasting cellars in the area. There are also really picturesque river boat cruises on the Breede River such as The River Goose and Viljoensdrift and more than one tractor trip to take you up into the mountains for the most scenic views and best experience of your life!

Montagu Caravan Park is serenely situated in the middle of an apricot orchard surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the Cogmans Kloof Mountains, this pristine resort offers beautifully laid out and grassed camping sites for caravans with electricity and conveniently well appointed ablution facilities and complimented with bright blue skies.

Day 13-14 Stellenbosch/Mountain Breeze Holiday Caravan Resort/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 150 km.

There are lots of roads leading to Stellenbosch. If you are enjoying the interesting country side of the Western Cape do stay on the Route 62/60 for some more.

Robertson is situated in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg mountains with the Breede River as its life blood. With 150 years of history, Robertson has grown into one of the most attractive Cape Wineland towns, with Victorian buildings, jacaranda-lined streets and beautiful gardens. Robertson Wine Valley forms part of the longest wine route in the world. Boasting a large number of cellars, co-operatives and private estates, their award winning wines will be a treat for all wine lovers. The local farm stalls overflow with fresh produce, dried fruit and freshly made breads, homemade jams and preserves.

Worcester is home to the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden situated against a spectacular backdrop of mountain peaks. Worcester's wine making tradition dates back more than 250 years and therefore serves as a well-deserved (lunch) stopover to experience fantastic wines and excellent cuisine.

Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa. Their restaurants will treat you to cuisine that is delectably indulgent, ranging from gourmet to rustic with something to please every palate. Franschhoek's wine estates encircle the village and on these award-winning wine estates acclaimed winemakers create glorious wines. You can spend some time wandering along the tree-lined streets with the main street as the heart of this vibrant village. Lined with shops and specialist stores, arts and crafts studios and galleries it is always buzzing.

With its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage and its world-renowned wines, the Winelands region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. Join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover's delight.

Stellenbosch is without doubt one of the prettiest little towns in the whole of South Africa. It is surrounded by mountains and vineyards and all the leafy oak trees that line the streets are the reason it was dubbed Eikestad or City of Oaks. Besides being a great place to indulge in some gourmet fare, Stellenbosch also retains much of its Dutch heritage. Take a tour and explore the town on foot to hear fascinating historical facts, learn more about original Dutch architecture and discover more about Stellenbosch's rich culture history. Being a student town there is always something to do and there are lots of restaurants, bars and interesting shops.

Your last two nights will be at the Mountain Breeze Holiday Resort which is situated on the R44 leaving Stellenbosch for Somerset West. There you can experience the unique ambience of this tranquil forest setting in the heart of Stellenbosch winelands. Far from the maddening crowd, yet close enough to explore the many natural beauties of the Cape, as well as the diverse cultural experiences of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and surroundings. Restaurant and farm stall, strawberry picking and pony rides at entrance and close to beaches, golf courses, restaurants, outdoors adventure and sporting facilities. The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve comprises the imposing Jonkershoek Mountains and portions of the upper Jonkershoek Valley where large raptors such as the Black Eagle, the occasional Fish Eagle and Spotted Eagle Owl live.

Day 15 Camper depot Cape Town.

Today is the day you have to say goodbye to your holiday home. Please deliver your camper van before16.00 pm at the camper depot in Cape Town. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and hope to see you again. Have a safe flight.

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Duration:

15 Days, 14 nights

Departure:

Daily or based on availability

Accommodation:

Camping sites with electricity or otherwise

Care:

Based on self-catering

Price:

Per person based on double occupancy

Starting point:

Cape Town

Endpoint:

Cape Town

Malaria area:

No

Age:

All ages

Trip characteristics:

Relaxed, adventurous and wining and dining

Countries:

South Africa

Highlights:

Cape Town, Garden Route, Addo Elephant Park and the wine lands

Visa required:

No

Including:
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Reserved camping sites
(according to description or equivalent)
- Road map

Excluding:
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Flights
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Camper hire: book directly via www.camperspecialist.co.za
- Optional activities
- Cross-border fees, gratuities and entrance fees