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Western Cape - Garden Route

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We have two weeks booked for a first visit Cape Town in October.

So far we have booked a house rental in Hout Bay for the second week.

My wife proposes that for the first week we drive along the Garden Route as far as Plettenburg Bay over five days and the drive straight back to Cape Town in one day. We have ten year old son.

We love wildlife and she wants to stay in one of the Safari lodges.

This sounds fine but I really can't see that I can be bothered to drive 600 miles when there is clearly stunning scenery in Cape Town.

My other issue is that I really don't like the look of the Western Cape Game reserves. They're all quite expensive at £500 plus a night and appear to be glorified five star hotels with animals within stock fences. They appear to be a false environment which I just couldn't stomach.

Question is :

Should we stay in Cape Town for two weeks or take the Garden Route side trip?

Thanks.

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