15-Day Highlights of the Cape Journey from Cape Town

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Overview

Truly a discovery of the best places in the Western Cape this tour takes you to some of the most famous landmarks in the Western Cape including Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point, an informative tour of Cape Town City and the Cape Winelands. Take a cultural exploration on the West Coast, experience both Rooibos and Wine Safaris, visit many charming villages and towns, marvel at the dramatic scenery along the Garden Route and relax at Knysna Lagoon.  This magnificent journey includes 14 nights in 4 star accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicles and an English speaking THETA registered tour guide.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 2: Cape Town - Clanwilliam - Langebaan (B)
Morning departure from the Mother City, travelling northbound along the national highway into the Cape West Coast region - an almost undiscovered treasure trove of unspoiled beaches, incredible mountain ranges, rich geographical diversity, and the most astounding carpet of wild flowers in Spring. Drive past villages such as Citrusdal which is synonymous with its superior citrus fruits and products, and Clanwilliam, one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa and also renowned as being the only place where rooibos is planted and cultivated and famous for its locally made veldskoens or leather shoes. Here you would visit the Rooibos Factory, the only active production plant. After this fascinating visit, an opportunity would be made to enjoy lunch (to own account) before heading to Elandsberg Eco Tourism farm. Here you would embark on a Rooibos safari through the rooibos plantations and the processing plant. Continue to the coastal hamlet of Langebaan via the coastal route.

Accommodation: The Farmhouse Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 3: West Coast (B)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to Paternoster. Paternoster, meaning "Our Father" derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailors. Visit the Cape Columbine Lighthouse which was the last manned lighthouse constructed, and it rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve. The spiral staircase within the lighthouse takes one high enough for incredible views out over the Britannia reef and the Atlantic. Cape Columbine stands on a massive outcrop of rock known as Castle Rock from where you could possibly view dolphins and whales (during season). Browse around the town of Paternoster, drinking in the nostalgic atmosphere of this old fishing village before heading to the West Coast Fossil Park for a guided tour. Return to Langebaan for a relaxed afternoon at leisure. During the months of August and September a visit to the Postberg Section of the West Coast National Park would be included to view the colourful carpet of flowers at this time of year. The park also offers opportunity for the more active guest to enjoy mountain biking, horse-riding or to follow the walking/nature trails (any additional charges to own account). Alternatively, one could simply enjoy the beaches along the Langebaan Lagoon.

Accommodation: The Farmhouse Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 4: Langebaan - Darling - Franschhoek (B)
After breakfast make your way to the Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre which offers the unique experience of being introduced to the world of the descendants of the first indigenous people of Southern Africa. The San themselves will take you on a journey into their history, traditional knowledge, skills, languages, customs and current affairs. This enjoyable and eye-opening event will stay with you for a long time. Continue to Groote Post Cellar for a wine tasting before heading to Bloubergstrand for lunch (to own account) and the opportunity to capture a picture postcard image of Table Mountain with the city, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the Cape Town Stadium visible from across the bay on a clear day. Travel to the Cape Wine region of Franschhoek where you would spend the following two nights.

Accommodation: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa (standard room) or similar

Day 5: Franschhoek (B/D)
Breakfast is followed by a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa's oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Commence the experience with a visit to the Huguenot Memorial, then on to Haute Cabriere, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and ending the experience at Grande Provence. Lunch (to own account) could be taken at any of these estates. This evening includes dinner at the hotel before retiring for the night.

Accommodation: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa (standard room) or similar

Day 6: Cape Winelands - Cape Town (B)
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Depart Franschhoek and travel over the Helshoogte Pass to Stellenbosch. En route, stop at Boschendal Wine Estate for a tasting before spending some time in the 'dorp' (town) of Stellenbosch with its characteristic Cape Dutch buildings and historic landmarks such as 'Oom Samie se Winkel'. Continue to Clos Malverne for a second tasting for the day before heading to Paarl. Stop at the Taal Monument and Laborie Wine Estate before heading back to Cape Town.

Accommodation: The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 7: Cape Town (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cape Town.

Accommodation: The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 8: Cape Point & Peninsula (B)
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach (optional boat trip to Seal Island - to own account). Continue via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), go on to historic Simon's Town - a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon. Dinner to own arrangements.

Accommodation: The President Hotel (standard room) or similar (Breakfast)

Day 9: Robben Island & City Tour (B)
After breakfast, you will be collected for your scheduled Robben Island & City Tour. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza. The tour commences with a ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island (weather permitting). From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa and of the price paid for freedom. In the city itself enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Continue to Table Mountain where you shall reach the top by cable car (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also get a bird's eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard. Return to the city bowl area to the Company Gardens. Enjoy a walk through the garden and a visit to the SA Museum. This is followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through the city centre would also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990.

Accommodation: The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 10: Cape Town - Overberg - Swellendam (B/D)
Morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry's Pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour and tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During whale season (June to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path. Here you would have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). After lunch (to own account), continue to Swellendam - the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Schoone Oordt Country House (standard cottage) or similar

Day 11: Swellendam - Mossel Bay - Plettenberg Bay (B/L/D)
After a leisurely breakfast, depart Swellendam and enjoy your journey along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay. Travel to Plettenberg Bay - millionaires' playground for lunch and a stroll along the white sandy beaches. Check into your accommodation during the afternoon. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge.

Accommodation: Hunter Country House (standard room) or similar

Day 12: Plettenberg Bay - Tsitsikamma (B/D)
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the 'garden of the Garden Route', the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hunter Country House (standard room) or similar

Day 13: Plettenberg Bay - Knysna - Oudtshoorn (B/L/D)
Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay to the lagoon-side town of Knysna - gem of the Garden Route. Embark on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2 kilometre downhill nature trail walk. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour. Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Rosenhof Country House (standard room) or similar

Day 14: Oudtshoorn - Route 62 - Cape Town (B)
Before departing Oudtshoorn enjoy a morning visit to the Cango Caves - one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch (to own account), enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town.

Accommodation: The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

Day 15: Departure (B)
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Today you shall be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight arrangements.

Information

Includes:
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Excludes:
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Meeting Point

Cape Town International Airport
Departure Time:
Your arrival flight into Cape Town
Return Details:
Cape Town International Airport
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