South Africa: Cape Town & Western Cape - Waves, Winelands and Whales


Cape Town, Wine Route and Southern Cape: 15 Day 14 Nights
Winelands, Whales and Waves

Day 1 & Day2: Cape Town and Surrounds

Visit Cape Point, Hout Bay, seal island, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Robben Island (subject to availability), Table Mountain, Two Oceans Aquarium, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Day 3 & Day 4: Wine Route

Explore the Cape Winelands and visit Fairview Cheese and Wine Estate and the Cheetah Outreach Centre. Take an exclusive off-road journey through the vineyards or mountain bike in the wine route.

Day 5: Kogelberg Biophere via the scenic Whale Route on the South Coast

Follow the scenic Whale Route to Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and visit the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Explore the quaint villages of Rooiels, Bettiesbay, Pringle Bay, Kleinmond and go dune boarding at Hangklip World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Hermanus and surrounds

Known for its excellent Whale Watching (seasonal) Hermanus boasts its very own Whale Crier and visitors can explore the Whale House, Old Harbour Museum, do a township tour, visit local art and craft shops, visit the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley and get to know the wines produced in the Overberg area (surrounding Hermanus)

Day 7: Hermanus to Cape Agulhas

Go shark cage diving in Gansbaai (optional) before we continue to the southernmost point of Africa and climb up the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse before we visit the shipwreck of the Meisho Maru and explore the fish traps built by the San People (Bushmen) that are still used today by local fisherman to provide food for their families.

Day 8: Cape Agulhas to De Hoop Nature Reserve

Explore the fishing village of Struisbaai with its quaint fisherman’s cottages and browse around in the local shell shops and explore Waenhuiskrans (ox wagen cliff) before we travel to Bredasdorp and visit the shipwreck museum. From here continue to the start of The Whale Trail in the stunning De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Day 9, 10, 11, 12: The Whale Trail

A leisurely hike for nature lovers with a moderate degree of fitness, through one of the Western Cape's most unique and diverse nature reserves, with unique comfortable overnight accommodation at spectacular locations. Between June and December, this coastline is transformed into one of the world's most important nursery areas for southern right whales. Hikers carry only their day pack with water and lunch and a swimming costume to cool down in the dams and rock pools.

Day 13: De Hoop Nature Reserve to Robertson

Travel to the small village of Malgas where we cross the Breede River on the only hand-driven river pont (ferry) in operation in South Africa. Visit the Faerie Sanctuary in Swellendam - a garden filled with faeries peeking out amongst the indigenous trees, plants & herbs. It is also home to many famous artists who get inspiration from these beautiful surrounds. Overnight in Robertson - well known for its beauty, renowned for its wines of connoisseur quality, radiant roses and thoroughbred horses.

Day 14: Robertson

Explore the Robertson Wine Valley and go for a tractor ride through the vineyards. Blend your own wine and observe a “Witblits en Mampoer stook” (witblits is a type of raw spirits, often one that has been illicitly distilled and mampoer is a peach or fruit liqueur. Stook is a brewery) before we visit the Klipdrift Brandy Distillery for a brandy tasting. End the day with a scenic sundowner cruise on the Breede River

Day 15: Robertson to Cape Town

Take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Worcester and Paarl back to Cape Town and do some last minute shopping before the transfer to Cape Town International Airport






















Other information:

Best time to go:

September to March (summer – avoid the cold rainy cape weather). Whale watching best June to November (rainy season May to August) although whales can still be observed in December – Bryde’s Whale can be seen year round.

Included:

All accommodation, breakfast and meals where indicated. Reference books and field guide books will be available for your use. Satellite phone and first aid kit for emergencies in guide vehicle. All guides are professional adventure and/or nature guides and have a first aid qualification

Excluded:

All meals, refreshments, cold drinks and activities excluded (breakfast included). Snacks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water (a container with drinkable tap water will be carried with the guide vehicle), curios, guide tips (not compulsory). Please bring your own personal first aid kit and medication

What to bring:

Binoculars, camera, sunscreen, hat, comfortable clothing and shoes, swimming costume, warm jacket

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