Explore the glorious natural beauty of South Africa's south-eastern coast whilst staying in some of the region's finest hotels. Whether twinned with a luxury safari holiday or as a destination of its own, the Garden Route will not disappoint.

Stretching along some stunning coastlines and peppered with hidden coves and charming towns, a luxury South Africa holiday spent exploring the Garden Route is sure to charm the discerning traveller.

A little over an hour from the Winelands, and just a little further still from Cape Town, is the peaceful town of Hermanus. Once a sleepy fishing village, Hermanus is now one of the world's foremost areas for land and sea-based locations to view the Southern Rights whales.

Hermanus is a nature lover's paradise, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery, take nature walks along Walkers Bay, horse ride, play a round of golf, whale-watch or perhaps swim with sharks - if you dare!

Port Elizabeth, at the eastern end of the Garden Route, is the gateway to several malaria-free game reserves; perfect if you have young children in tow. For those wishing to explore a little further afield, the Zulu kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal has an increasing amount of high-quality accommodation and it's easy to combine historic battlefield tours or the majestic Drakensberg Mountains with a few days on the sub-tropical coast near Durban.

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Cape Town, Plettenberg and Shamwari Luxury Tented Safari
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Cape Town, Plettenberg and Shamwari Luxury Tented Safari

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route
Cape Town
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11 nights from £2,715 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • The Taj Hotel in Cape Town is centrally situated to take in the city and see all of the highlights of Cape Town
  • Whale watching is between July and November and can be done from Plettenberg
  • Also a non malarial reserve, Shamwari offers superb big five game viewing in luxury
The Marine
Hotel

The Marine

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route

Perched on top of the cliffs at Hermanus this world-class hotel, has one of the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular seascapes. Take a stroll along the cliff hugging path and take in the breathtaking views of Walker Bay; Hermanus boasts some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and you don’t even have to get out of bed to see these amazing creatures! Stylish individually de...

Grootbos Lodge
Hotel

Grootbos Lodge

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route

Spectacularly sited overlooking the world-renowned whale-watching haven of Walker Bay and less than 2 hours from Cape Town, the 5 Star Grootbos Lodge is South Africa’s premier marine and flora destination. Epitomising service excellence, and with impeccable dedication, Grootbos has achieved a remarkable synergy of a classic service ethic and the finest present-day standards of luxury, incorpor...

Birkenhead House
Hotel

Birkenhead House

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route

Perched high on the cliffs just outside Hermanus, this spectacular sea view property is named after a British troop ship that sank in Walker Bay in the 19th century, and is part of Liz Biden’s Royal Portfolio, together with Royal Malewane and La Residence. All 11 suites are furnished with antiques, most have ocean views and one has a spectacular mountain view. From some of the suites you can watch...

Kurland Hotel
Hotel

Kurland Hotel

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route

A stylish escape on a 700 hectare estate, you’ll be impressed by the personal service and attention to detail at the Plettenberg Bay hotel. As well suited to couples looking for a South African honeymoon retreat as families searching for a place to unwind, there’s plenty to see and do here. Family suites have loft rooms for children and dining will be enjoyed by all with specialist kids’ menus for...

Tsala Treetops Lodge
Hotel

Tsala Treetops Lodge

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route

According to local legend, a race known as ‘the beautiful people’ first came here, using local stone, wood and even gold to fashion a fabulous settlement rich in vines, fruits, fish, oysters and honey. Although the original beautiful people may be long gone, today’s international elite are discovering this glorious destination anew. In local tongue Tsala means ‘the elevated resting place’, an apt ...

The Plettenberg
Hotel

The Plettenberg

South Africa
Hermanus and the Garden Route

Standing atop a rocky outcrop, overlooking the most magnificent coastline in South Africa, this Relais & Châteaux hotel and part of the The Collection by Liz McGrath , comprises of 38 rooms and suites. The two bedroom Beach House, situated next to the main hotel, boasts a main b e d room, which lead onto a sun deck and private pool. The three bedroom Lookout Villa boasts spectacular views over one...

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