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14 or 21 days: Cape Town to Addo via the Garden Route Return Trip

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.


Day 1 - Cape Town

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.
campsite - Millerspoint (Simonstown) - basic municipal site with great sea views where you must book ahead
campsite - Imhoff Caravan park (Kommetjie) - organised resort style campsite nearby the beautiful Noordhoek beach

Day 2 - Simons Town and the Cape Peninsula

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.
campsite - Millerspoint (Simonstown)
campsite - Imhoff Caravan park (Kommetjie)

Day 3 - Stellenbosch and the Boland Wine region

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.
campsite - Mountain Breeze (Stellenbosch) - amongst pine trees and very close to many wonderful vineyards
campsite - Otters Bend Lodge (Franschhoek) - central location, but not really a campsite
campsite - De Hollandsche Molen (outside of Franschhoek) - resort like, may be good for children

 

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Cango Caves

 

Day 4 - Montagu and the Breede River Valley

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.
campsite - De Bos Guest Farm (Montagu)
campsite - Skurwekop, Vinefera Wine Farm (near Robertson)

Day 5 - Oudtshoorn and Route 62

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.
campsite - Kleinplaas Resort (Oudtshoorn)
campsite - Calitzdorp Station (Calitzdorp) - phone ahead as it is in the process of being sold
campsite - Warmwaterberg Spa (R62 opposite Ronnie's Sex Shop)

Day 6 - Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo

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.
campsite - Victoria Bay (George)

     
 

Day 7 - Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma Forest

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. 
campsite - Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park (Plettenberg Bay)

Day 8 - Addo Elephant NP (Trip HIGHLIGHT) and Eastern Cape

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!
campsite - Addo Rest Camp - have your camera ready for the spotted genets who frequent the campsite at night time

 
     
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Day 9 - Jeffrey's Bay and Sunshine Coast

Welcome to the renowned 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! Stay over at the basic municipal campsite - great location close to the super tubes and overlooking the sandy beach and blue sea.
campsite - Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park

Day 10 - Storms River

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.
campsite - Storms River Mouth Rest Camp

Day 11 - Knysna and the Garden Route

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.
campsite - Monks Caravan Park (Knysna) - resort style campsite, close to town and situated by Knysna Lagoon
campsite - Buffalo Bay - well run campsite outside of Knysna with fabulous sea views and great beach. Make sure you go to the main campsite at the point, not the one on the road beforehand.


 

Day 12 - Swellendam and the Overberg

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. Bonteboks 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.
campsite - Bontebok National Park - lovely camping in nature
campsite - Swellendam Municipal Campsite - very basic, but close enough to walk into town


Day 13 - Arniston and the Foot of Africa

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).
campsite - Arniston Caravan Park
campsite - Struisbaai Caravan Park
campsite - Onrus Caravan Park
campsite - Palmiet Caravan Park

Day 14 - Cape Town

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
CapeTown International- Return your VW Campervan at Cape Town International airport or ask Lekker Camper to collect from the address of your choice.

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Days 14-21: The Longer Lekker Trip

If you are having such a great time that you want to extend your holiday or perhaps you were really clever and already knew that 14 days just wasn't going to be nearly enough, then check out the 7 day extension below. There are so many different and great routes to explore.

Day 14 - Struisbaai


Take a well deserved lazy day out to relax on the lovely sandy beach at the small seaside resort of Struisbaai which is a short 4.5 km drive just up the road from Cape Agulhas. Have calamari, chips & salad and some cold wine or beer at the restaurant overlooking the harbour - it is reasonably priced and basic but just what one may want next to the sea and fishing harbour. The municipal campsite here is simple, but close to the sea and perfectly adequate (very similar to the campsite at Arniston).
campsite - Struisbaai Caravan Park

Day 15 - Hermanus and Kleinmond

Visit Hermanus for spectacular whale sightings and a spot of late breakfast. Then head on the R320 into the Hemel en Arde Wine Valley for some wine tasting at Hamilton Rusell and Southern Right Vineyards. In the late afternoon travel west along the beautiful coastline towards Kleinmond or further to Kogel Bay.

Kleinmond is a basic old school South African small seaside town where you will find all the basics and more. The Palmiet campsite is on the border of the town and is situated right by the sea with grassy terraced campsites, a safe lagoon for the kids or adults plus beautiful mountain scenery. The site also has direct access to the Palmiet River which is ideal for a number of activities such as swimming, canoeing, tubing and board sailing. For the land-loving campers, there are many hiking paths in and around the area from which wildlife and bird can be observed.

Kogel Bay (Cool Bay) Resort forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is located between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els and borders Clarence Drive R44, a 20 kilometre scenic route that boasts whale watching opportunities along largely undeveloped parts of the coastline. This basic and cheap municipal campsite is a great place to visit on weekdays or out of season, but please note that the ablutions are very run down and delapidated. At weekends it can sometimes get a bit rowdy. The truly stunning views and awesome location are what makes this campsite so desirable. The campsite is situated on a 4km long sandy beach with a stunning mountain backdrop surrounded by indigenous fynbos. Great for long beach walks, sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. The high mountains shelter the beach from the strong south-easter winds during summer, making it a sought after beach and camping facility - bookings required for entrance at all times. Watch out for baboons and keep your food out of their reach and sight!
campsite - Palmiet Park
campsite - Kogel Bay Resort - very basic, but awesome views. Book in advance at offices in Gordons Bay - TEL:  021 856 9620

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Day 16 and 17 - Citrusdal

Take a drive from Kogel Bay up to Stellenbosch for a late breakfast or lunch at one of the many wineries or at our favourite bakery/cafes - Schoon de Companje or M. Patisserie in the centre of the town. From Stellenbosch it is a 2 hour drive to Citrusdal.

The Citrusdal Natural hot water springs of 43 degrees Celsius are situated on a citrus farm here in the Olifants River Valley. Established in 1739 this self catering resort has an old world charm in a scenic rural setting. There are 15+ well shaded campsites of which some have electrical points and all have braai facilities. The hot and cold water pools are great to bask in all day long and one can easily spend a few nights here just relaxing. Make sure that you have a night time swim under the stars - it is a magical experience. One can also take a short hike in the daytime up the hill to enjoy a great view of the surrounding orange groves and countryside.
campsite - The Baths Hot Springs

Day 18 and 19 - Clanwilliam and Cederberg

Clanwilliam is known as South Africa's main Rooibos tea processing location - you can sample some tea at the main factory and you can also visit the local Ramskop Wildflower Reserve.

If you are keen on some mountain hiking or rock climbing then the Cederberg is most definitely the place for you. The Cederberg is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and weathered sandstone rock formations, most notably the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross. The Cederberg received its name from the rare Clanwilliam cedar tree, Widdringtonia cedarbergensis, which you will find in the Welbedacht and Krakadouw areas. Geologically, the Cederberg is part of the Cape Fold Belt and consists mainly of Table Mountain sandstone. 

To the hardy hiker the Cederberg Wilderness offers a true wilderness experience with 300 kilometres of well maintained hiking trails. Take a hike up into the Wolfberg Cracks (make sure to get a map from the reception) for an awesome experience or enjoy one of the many other walks in this area. Alternatively just grab a cold glass of wine or beer and wile away the day reading and relaxing in this stunning and natural beauty spot. At nighttime when the darkness falls the stars here are also truly beautiful.
campsite - Algeria Campsite(Cederberg)

Day 20 - Tities Bay, near Paternoster (repeatedly a customer favourite)

Paternoster is a remote and quiet old fishing village on the West Coast of South Africa with some great little restaurants, a pub, a little supermarket, a beach and and an chilled old world vibe.

Just a few kms west up the road you will find Tities Bay within the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve - this is a Lekker Camper favourite campsite. The area is aptly named for some interesting rock formations. It is basic, barren, rocky and wild but if you want to get away from people and be against the sea to relax then this is the place to come. The water is often freezing, but with views like this who cares! The area is sprawling with wild camping spots dotted along the coastline or you can camp in the central area if you wish to be close to the ablutions. There is no electricity here but if you have taken a solar package then you can easily stay at Tities Bay for 2 nights or more if the weather is on your side. There are heaps of places to park up your campervan here and there is no need to book in advance, but if you want to go on a weekend then arrive early to get a good spot as it can get very busy. We have heard that security can be a concern (although we have never ever had a problem) so make sure you lock up if you leave your camp, just incase. We recommend hiring a bicycle to explore the area (this can be added as an extra when you book your campervan) or you can enjoy it on foot.
campsite - Tities Bay Resort

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Day 21 - Fly home or venture further?

Time to return your campervan at Cape Town airport or the address of your choice? It is a short 2 hour drive from Tities Bay down to Cape Town so you can have an easy last morning relaxing by the sea or if you want to do some last minute shopping then head to Cape Towns trendy Waterfront. Another highlight that is great to do at the beginning or end of your trip is a venture up Table Mountain. You can hike or get the cable car - either way the views are breathtaking.

If you are lucky enough to have more holiday then there is heaps more to explore further into the Cederberg, up the West Coast and inner wine regions such as Robertson and Calitzdorp. There really are still so many more places to venture that you could spend months and months here - ask Lekker Camper if you want some advice on where to go.
CapeTown International- Return your VW campervan at Cape Town International airport or ask Lekker Camper to collect it from the address of your choice.

 
     
   
 
 
   
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