The Garden Route is world famous and deservedly so - the long coastline and interior Karoo is diverse and beautiful. There are great opportunities for hiking, bird watching, nature, seeing the big 7, surfing, sunbathing, craft shopping and having a relaxing and fun holiday here. There are so many great places to enjoy in the Western Cape and Garden Route that it makes planning a campervan itinerary for 14 or 21 days pleasantly hard. Here is a small selection of places to visit on a return trip from Cape Town to malaria free Addo National Park over 14 or 21 days. Please use this as a guide only - there are plenty of other places on route to choose from and Lekker Camper provide a campsite guide book with all campervan rentals. If you have comments or places to add then please do get in touch with us via facebook or email.
You will arrive on your flight to Cape Town International Airport where a member of Lekker Camper will meet you directly from your flight in the Arrivals Hall with your Lekker VW Campervan.
Head for breakfast in Cape Town and explore this wonderful city. There are plenty of supermarkets in Cape Town where you can stock up your fridge. Take a dip in the sea at Camps Bay beach before driving to Hout Bay for fish and chips in the harbour (search out 'Snoekies' Fish & Chips - a Cape Town institution since 1951). After a stroll on the sandy beach then head over the famous and picturesque Chapman’s Peak drive towards Simons Town and Kalk Bay.
You may wake up to the noise of penguins at the nearby Boulders beach. You can visit and swim with the penguins at this fabulous beach near Simons Town. The sea is cold but the experience is unique and great. Explore trendy Kalk Bay and old Simons Town. Kalk Bay has some cute arty, antique and fashion shops plus some fabulous cafes and restaurants including Olympia Cafe & Deli, Polana for fabulous cocktails, Brass Bell for a beer and more. If you have time, then drive to the famous Cape Point to explore the wonderful scenery (super for a picnic) and take in the amazing views from the light house. Sleep over in Simons Town or Kommetjie or head to Stellenbosch via the coastal route of False Bay.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest European established town in South Africa known for its stunning oak lined trees, historical buildings, cute shops and marvellous restaurants and cafes. There are an abundance of wine estates to visit, so check out the wine route map in your campervan or visit a local tourism office and decide where to stop as you go along. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with a great view at one of the wine estate restaurants such as Dornier or Rust en Vrede or stop-off in Stellenbosch central for a selection of quaint cafes, pubs and bistros - Basic Bistro, Craft (good beer tasting of local brews) and Fat Butcher are a few of our current favourites in the centre of Stellenbosch town. The scenery all around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Somerset West is spectacular. In the late afternoon we love Hidden Valley or Waterford (near Mooiberg strawberry farm where you can pick strawberries in season) for a cheese platter, wine tasting and sundowners (you may see the Lekker Camper crew there!) followed by a tasty braai back at the campsite. If you stay at Mountain Breeze campsite over a weekend then be sure to pop into the close by Root 44 market (open Saturday and Sunday) or the Blaauklippen market (open Sunday) to sample some local food, listen to live music, chill next to the vineyards with the locals and do some gift shopping.
The Breede river wine region produces some of the best wine in the country. Pop into McGregor for small town charm and a relaxed vibe. An old English Fort (1899) is positioned above the road leading into Montagu in Cogmanskloof and Long Street has 14 of the town's 22 national monuments. If you are hungry or just want a good coffee then the Barn on 62 in Montagu is highly recommended.
What makes Cape Route 62 really special, is the calm and peacefulness that it offers travellers. Heading into the Karoo one will be amazed by the vast beauty of this dry landscape. The route is safe so adventurers need not be concerned about their personal security. The people on Cape Route 62 are another alluring attraction. They are friendly and eager to both assist and entertain passing travellers. Ronnie's 'sex' shop (it's a cafe/bar) is a quirky stopover for a break on the R62 after Barrydale and continuing on through the valleys. There is also a campsite and natural springs located opposite incase you want to stopover for the night, or you can continue driving to Oudtshoorn. Alternatively consider a night at the Calitzdorp old train station - this campsite is receiving great reviews from our lekker customers - unfortunately it is in the process of being sold so phone ahead to see what the status is. Calitzdorp is known as the port growing region in South Africa.
Here in the hot and dry ostrich capital of the world you find the world's biggest bird in great numbers and the region produces great feathers, leather products and ostrich meat. There are many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts. The unique position means that every road into Oudtshoorn follows a dramatically picturesque pass or "poort" (portal). Visit one of the several surrounding ostrich show farms. The Cango Caves are the oldest and one of the most popular attractions in the region full of mystical limestone underground caverns, stalagmites and stalactites. If you are brave then crawl through the tunnels to visit other fascinating chambers. For your overnight stay then head south over the Outeniqua Pass towards George and the coast to sleep in Victoria Bay with a fabulous view over the ocean.
This land lies between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Beautiful indigenous forest is home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others. Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water". Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs. Plettenberg Bay is a great town to explore with its sweeping golden beaches, the iconic Robberg Peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, rivers, vineyards and wine estates.
Welcome to surfer's paradise, surfing town Jeffrey's Bay. Home to some of the world's best waves and golden beaches, Jeffrey's Bay offers trendy restaurants for lunch and a multitude of factory shops offering branded surf-wear at discounted prices. Plenty of time to shop, eat and catch some sun rays at the beach! Stop for lunch or stay over at the basic municipal campsite - great location close to the super tubes and overlooking the sandy beach and blue sea.
Go & search for the BIG 5 in one of South Africa’s largest National Parks and home to the BIG 7! Addo Elephant National Park (proclamation in 1931) stretches over 5 of the worlds 7 biomes and includes a marine section. Malaria-free, the park offers an abundance of wildlife that includes over 450 Elephants, Lion, Black Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Caracal, Spotted Genet, a variety of Antelope and so much more…wild Africa! Great for self drives with your Lekker Camper VW Campervan and a really pleasant campsite (we prefer the smaller tent sites) with well stocked shop, swimming pool, bird hide, waterhole and good restaurant. It is definitely worth staying here for 2 nights or more if you have the time. Lekker Camper never misses an opportunity to stay here!
Tsitsikamma National Park, encompasses a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline and offers the visitor magnificent scenery, walks, a small beach, restaurant and shop. The famous Storms River Suspension Bridge spans the river mouth. Look out for the gruff call of the beautiful Knysna Lourie bird. This is an adventures dream with hiking, kloofing, kayaking, tree-top tours and the highest bungi jump in the world just around the corner. To avoid disappointment, book your bungi jump, canopy tree top tour or kloofing adventure in advance with Lekker Camper. The Storms River Mouth remains a favourite campsite amongst Lekker Camper customers, although in recent years the pricing for overseas tourists has increased.
Knysna has been called South Africa’s favourite small town and with its stunning lagoon location, numerous art galleries, craft shops and the excellent Knysna Quays marina shopping and dining complex, it’s not hard to see why. The Garden Route, as its name implies, really is a scenic delight! This magnificent stretch of coastline encompasses mountains, lagoons, pristine beaches, indigenous forests, wetlands teeming with birds, lakes and mountains, all blended together in a feast of sheer natural beauty: it really has it all. Buffalo Bay is just 15 minutes drive up the road and has a good campsite with awesome sea views and a fabulous long sandy beach for walks and sunbathing. This is located in the renowned Goukamma Marine Reserve. Victoria Bay, near George, also offers a campsite overlooking the sea and highly recommended by many campervan customers.
If you can bear to leave Knysna and Buffalo Bay then head towards Swellendam. After Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Laying at the foot of the beautiful Langeberg mountains this place is not only famous for its youngberries, but as well as for its architecture and its history. The nearby Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains create a picturesque backdrop for this Park that is home to the endangered Bontebok. The Breede River provides an idyllic western border and offers guests scenery, bird watching, fishing, and a refreshing swimming or picnic spot right by the camping area. Bontebok roaming through the campsite are an added bonus! If you would prefer to be closer to town then check out the very basic municipal campsite which enables you to easily walk into town and visit the museum and eat out at one of the many great restaurants or cafes here.
Head ‘way down south’ towards Arniston, the true southernmost point of Africa and the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Agulhas. The rocky headland of Cape Agulhas is also known as the Cape of the Needles. Although renowned for its turbulent weather, evident in the shipwrecks hidden under the dark waters, Agulhas also plays home to an abundance of migrating whales and dolphin in season. After a visit to the point, head on to the 2nd oldest lighthouse in South Africa for a magnificent view of the surrounding coastline and marine reserve famous for the best land-based Whale watching in the world and the chance to send a postcard from the true southernmost point of Africa! Alternatively you can visit the whales in Hermanus or further all along the stunning Clarence Drive during September to October.
Stay over at Arniston Caravan Park or down the road at Struisbaai where you can visit the resident stingrays in the fishing harbour! If you stay at Struisbaai then take a pit stop at Pelicans Harbour Cafe in the little harbour where you can get a cheap glass of wine and some tasty calamari or fresh hake and chips. Alternatively if you chose to head to Hermanus then stay in Onrus campsite (Onrus <-> Hermanus 9.5kms) or Palmiet campsite (Palmiet <-> Hermanus 38kms).
If this really is the last day of your campervan holiday (didn't we tell you that 14 days isn't really enough ;-)) then we hope that you enjoy the last day touring with your campervan. Take the long and scenic drive from Arniston to Bredasdorp to Napier to Hermanus to the Cape's beautiful Winelands along one of South Africa's most stunning coastal roads, Clarence Drive. If you've got time we also suggest squeezing in shark cage diving early morning - book in advance with Lekker Camper to avoid disappointment. During August to November you will hopefully see some whales as this is another best spot for onshore whale watching. These gentle giants move in seemingly permanent slow motion and are a truly amazing sight as they playfully cavort in the water.- Return your VW Campervan at Cape Town International airport or ask Lekker Camper to collect from the address of your choice.