Day 1 - from dubai airport to cape town airport.. reached noon.. rented a car from Europcar (GPS a must).. checked in to cape sun hotel (in the city which is 20kms from airport).. sight seeing at chapman's peak (excellent views).. dinner at a Portuguese restaurant...
Day 2 - went to table mountain, the cable way was not working due to wind, went to signal hill, lions head, had lunch at an Indian rest, went to cape point (a must visit in cape town - you should take atleast half a day to cover this place - one day will be gud if you have time), had dinner at another Indian rest.
Day 3 - morning we went to table mountain using cable way.. had a long walk on the top (a must do - you should take atleast half a day to cover this place - one day will be gud if you have time - trekking up the mountain is a good idea if you have time and dont mind the exertion)... afternoon we went to Kristenbosch botanical gardens (nice place to relax, nature lovers will enjoy) and then left cape town and followed the garden route to Hermanus - 130 kms away - which is a popular whale watching destination... checked in at Harbour house hotel, Hermanus .. saw some whales right in the beach...
Day 4 - checked out from Harbour house hotel in Hermanus and went to Kleinbaai for shark cage diving with white shark diving company (this was superb)... afternoon followed the garden route to Mossel Bay and checked in at Protea hotel, Mossel bay
Day 5 - Went to oudtshoorn (100km from Mossel bay) through Montagu pass (very scenic).. visited Cango caves (must visit - 1 hr program) (another 30km from Oudtshoorn) , Karusa Wines (there is nothing much to see here - u can do wine tasting), Cango Winery shop (bought some vines), Cango wildlife ranch (touched a cheetah and tiger here - 1 hr), the restaurant in cango wildlife ranch is good, ate ostrich meat from there which was good..
day 6 - saw seal island off the cost of Mossel bay (1 hr program - you can lots of seals resting in a small rocky island), went to oudtshoorn again and visited Safari Ostrich Farm (good one -1 hr), helped a tortoise cross the road, interrupted another..
Day 7 - checked out of hotel and followed Garden route... went for a catwalk with lions in Zorgfontein, Great Brak River near Mossel bay (this is superb - a must do), went to Knysna and saw Knysna heads (river mouth - scenic), interacted with elephants at Knysna Elephant Park (1 hr), further moved through garden route and passed Bloukraans bridge... jumped from the worlds highest bungee bridge (1 hr - must do), traveled further and checked in to Sandals Guest House, St Francis Bay
Day 8 - the guest house is a superb thatched roof one matching other houses in the beautiful village of st francis bay... this was a rainy day, but we were happy to relax at our room...
Day 9 - went for a whale/dolphin viewing trip in St Francis but saw only a Dolphin, drove to Port Elizabeth Airport, left the car, our flight back to cape town was 3 hrs late.. so we went out and saw South African air force museum which is very near to airport to kill time, flew back to cape town and then to Dubai!
We can cover 100 kms in one hour easily in garden route, if we dont stop in between. But there are places with great view, so make room for stops in your travel. GPS is a must. You will find petrol pumps/gas stations every 30-50kms. Fill your tank accordingly. Its right hand drive there. There are speed camera's occasionally, but our GPS was able to warn us in advance. The roads are good, though occasionally its single lane one way, but they are never crowded. We traveled 2000+ kms but didn't encounter even one Traffic jam. Climate can be unpredictable - we had 6 sunny days, 1 heavy rainy day, a sunny next day. Most of the parks/attractions close by 4pm. Malls and shops close by 5.30-6pm. Restaurants close by 9-10pm. The sun shines from 5.30am to 7.30pm. Start your day early. Most of the attractions (table mountain, safari ostrich farm, cango wildlife ranch, bloukraans pass) in western cape have a restaurant. Its perfectly safe to drive in Western Cape. Just like in any other country, avoid travelling at night. If you encounter some problem with your vehicle, you may not find help.
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