Road Trip Part 1 – The Garden Route

From Cape Town To Port Elizabeth – 27th. Of November To The 9th. Of December
Posted on Dec 24, 2016 In South Africa

When we where In Cape Town, we made the preparations for our big road trip - from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park. We prepared the car, gathered information and suggestions for what to see and what to visit on the road. We booked the first 4 nights on AirBnB so we where ready for a relaxed start. This is the diary from the first part of our road trip.

Day 1: Franschhoek - We drove from Cape Town to Franschhoek and spent the night in a small cottage on a wineyard, we found on AirBnB. Franschhoek is a small and cosy town, situated in a beautiful area with a lot of great winefarms – which we really enjoyed.

Day 2-4: Stellenbosch – We found a nice place on AirBnB, were we had our own apartment at a really great family’s house. We made our own meals and visited a couple of winefarms each day, which where recommended by the family. The last night we went to a Street Soiree in town, where a lot of small winefarms got together for a street celebration. We payed 70 Rand each and were able to taste as much wine as we wanted from the wine stalls. We tasted a lot of great wines there and ended up meeting another young couple who where students in Stellenbosch, whom invited us into their apartment. Stellenbosch is a bit too big if you only have a couple of days in this area. We would recommend staying in Franschhoek for a few days of wine tasting.

Day 5-9: Hermanus – We went south and drove on the beautiful coastline onto Hermanus. On our way we visited the Cheetah Outreach, which is a sanctuary for Cheetas and we also saw the pinguin colony in Betty’s Bay. We where very fortunate that the family from Stellenbosch offered us to stay in their summerhouse in Hermanus for only 100 Rand a day. Of course we took this upportunity and spend the next five days there to relax and go for some more winetasting. Hermanus is a city right next to the ocean where local tourists go for their holiday. Beautiful views and nice restaurants. We went for a fresh seafood restaurant, we where recommended called Lemon Butta.  -In Hermanus we booked accomodation for the next week on AirBnB, because so many people warned us about the high season on the garden route and fully booked accommodations.

Day 10: Calitzdorp – We drove to L’Agulhas on the way to Calitzdorp, the most southern place in Africa! The place where the Indian ocean and the Pacific ocean meet.  We had booked a place on AirBnB at the old train station in Calitzdorp, in a very sceneric area. Calitzdorp is a little local town situated in the middle of the Caroo, where you can experience this area without too many tourists. Unfortunately we could’nt stay more than one night because we already booked the next place. The next day, we drove on a beautiful offroad through the mountains, where we swimmed in a nice and peaceful river. We also did a 500meter long zipline at the Cango Caves. An awesome experience!

- Price for the zipline was 280 Rand Pr. person. – South Africas longst Zipline!

Day 11-12: Plettenberg Bay – We stayed 2 nights with Carla and Nels between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in their house in the middle of the forest. The forest reminded us of our forests in Denmark! They enjoyed their life with a Chocolate Café, creative mask making and AirBnB. We really loved this place and once again wished that we could stay longer. Nels showed us their local Township and a Squatter camp where we delivered a used TV to a friend of his.

Day 13: Bathurst – We drove further on to the small city of Bathurst, where we also made a booking on AirBnB. Again we found some really awesome people, that we had a lot in common with. On our way to Bathurst we came by the Bloukrans Bridge, where the highest bungy jump from a bridge in the world is situated – 216 meters! Mikkel did his first and highest jump! – really brave and lifechanging.

- Price for the bungejump: 950 rand.

- The third highest bungy in the world.

- Check out their website for info and booking

AirBnB is such a cool way to step into local peoples life for a couple of days. It’s so wierd to have that connection with locals. It almost felt as a new family for a short time, for every new place we found.

As written, we often regretted that we booked the accomodation in advance. It limited our freedom to stay longer for each place we loved.

- Our pricerange on AirBnB: We paid from 220-400 Rand Pr. night and got apartments with kitchen and often dinner and breakfast though it wasn’t mentioned.

We would definetly recommend AirBnB accommodations on the garden route. This route can be a bit too touristy especially in the high season, so staying with locals made it more calm and fun for us.

Check out our wine gallery from the first part of our road trip here, and dont forget the beautiful gallery of The Garden Route here!


Merry Christmas from Mikkel & Cecilie

Written by Mikkel & Cecilie