The Garden of Eden

Cape Town | Whale Route | Garden Route

On this 11 night itinerary you’ll get to explore the gorgeous coastline on the south east side of South Africa, starting in Cape Town before moving along the Whale Route to the Garden Route. It’s the perfect self-drive holiday, with good roads and easily accessible destinations and places of interest. After spending time in the Mother City you’ll head to Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of the country, and then on to Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route for a wild Big 5 safari experience!

- Itinerary -

  • Day 1-4 - Ellerman House

    3 nights | Ellerman House, Cape Town

    You will be transferred from Cape Town International Airport to Ellerman House in Bantry Bay for three luxurious nights. During your stay in Cape Town you’ll get to go on scheduled tours in and around the city, including to Cape Point and the Cape Winelands.

    Accommodation: Classic House Room

  • Day 4-6 - Birkenhead House

    2 nights | Birkenhead House, Hermanus

    Your rental vehicle will be delivered at 10 am – right to your doorstep so that you can continue on your journey. Hop in and head off on your South African road trip. Destination: Hermanus on the Whale Route, about two hours away. Spend two nights at the spectacular Birkenhead House (part of the Royal Portfolio), where you’ll enjoy waves crashing beneath you while you enjoy top class cuisine, fine wine and unique art.

    Accommodation: Birkenhead House

  • Day 6-9 - Tsala

    3 nights | Tsala, Plettenberg Bay

    Drive from Hermanus to the Knysna area on the Garden Route, about four hours away. You’ll be spending three nights at the exclusive Tsala Treetop Lodge, amid the treetops of an indigenous forest. You’ll find out just why this is the “Garden of Eden” tour…

    Accommodation: Tsala Treetop Lodge

  • Day 9-12 - Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

    3 nights | Shamwari Bayethe, Eastern Cape

    Drive from Tsala to the malari-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape for three nights at Shamwari Bayethe Lodge. Enjoy a variety of activities on your Big 5 safari, with game drives, birding trips, visits to the big cat sanctuary and animal rehabilitation centre, spa treatments – you name it. On the last day, drive from Shamwari back to Port Elizabeth, drop off your rental car and check in for your flight to Cape Town.

    Accommodation: Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

Classic House Room

Classic Room


Shades of warm grey and charcoal complement this warm and intimate space with a distinctly feel. This room has no terrace with no ocean view.

Size: 30 square meter / 323 square foot


  • En-suite bathroom, satellite TV, Air Conditioning & heated floors
  • Uncapped Wireless Internet access
  • Fully inclusive breakfast
  • Fully stocked in-room and snack drawer with our selection of luxury brands
  • All beverages, including spirits and beer (excluding wine and Champagne)
  • Daily sunset cocktails and canapés
  • Laundry packed in tissue paper
  • 24h Guest Pantry stocked with in-between meal options
  • Return airport transfers

Birkenhead House

The best way to describe Birkenhead House is as a beach house with exceptional 5 star service. Relaxation is key when you check in here and if you’re lucky, you might spot a whale from your room. The hotel has its own spa for guests to enjoy. For extra privacy, stay at the child-friendly Birkenhead House Villa, which comes with five bedrooms.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge is all stones, wood and glass high up in the forest on the Garden Route. If you want to get away and be one with nature this is a perfect hideaway and ideally situated between coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Here guests can enjoy a number of activities from swimming with seals, elephant interactions to walking with cheetah’s at a sanctuary nearby. The area is great for bird-watching.

Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

Shamwari Bayethe Lodge is situated in the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape slopes. “Bayethe Nkosi” means, “I salute you great one” in Xhosa and you can expect to be treated like royalty at this lodge. The lodge has only 12 luxury tents up in a hill with a spectacular view of the bush. You won’t have to worry about malaria in this bush but the other great thing about Shamwari is that their lodges are child-friendly. There are a number of activities designed to keep children entertained making this an ideal bush getaway for families.




All the tours listed on the Ellerman House website can be tailor-made to fit your style, budget and time constraints. Whether you’d like a chauffeur, a private chef, your own dedicated game ranger or even a private jet, simply contact one of our expert travel planners who will tailor-make your African adventure of a lifetime.

- Price From -

Prices quoted are per person sharing and are subject to availability, exchange rate fluctuations and seasonality. Bookings for Ellerman House only will be quoted in ZAR.

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