From the scenically spectacular Cape Point Nature Reserve to shore based whale watching in Hermanus to the vineyards and villages of the Franschhoek, Swartland regions to the West Coast wild flowers, this is a tour that will give you an intimate insight into all that Cape Town and the surrounding regions have to offer.
CAPE TOWN - HERMANUS (Lunch & Dinner)
The tour starts with a drive along the coast, past Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandadno to Hout Bay. We then travel into the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The coastline stretches for almost 40 kilometres of Southern Africa's most dramatic scenery, including the famous promontory of the Cape of Good Hope where we stop and, weather permitting, there is the option to walk up to the lighthouse.
We continue to Boulders Beach National Park for great views of an African Penguin colony. Nestled in a sheltered cove between Simonstown and the Cape Point the penguin colony has grown from just two breeding pairs in 1982 to around 3000 pairs today. After a light lunch en-route we travel to Gordons Bay and then along the scenically spectacular coastline via Rooiels, Bettys Bay and Kleinmond to reach the quaint town of Hermanus.
Originally established as a fishing village in the late 1800's, it has grown rapidly and today lays claim to being the "Whale Capital of the World" with large numbers of Southern Right Whales starting to arrive in late June and leaving again in November. Time to check in and possibly for a short walk in front of the hotel before dinner is taken at a restaurant in town.
The Windsor Hotel or similar in Hermanus
Cape Town to Hermanus via Cape Point - 225km
HERMANUS - LANGEBAAN (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
An early breakfast in the hotel restaurant and then there is time to walk a section of the cliff path with beautiful views of the coastline and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve in the mountains behind town. From July to November the Southern Right whales visit Walker Bay and Hermanus offers the best land based whale watching in the world. Alternatively visit some of the great art and craft shops along the waterfront.
From Hermanus we travel via the Franschoek Pass - from the summit at 700 metres there are superb views westwards over the upper reaches of the Berg River valley - into the charming Cape Winelands village of Franschoek. Formally established in 1860 the first farms in the area had been granted to French Huguenot settlers as far back as 1694. The French influence can be seen in many of the names of the beautiful wine farms dotted around the valley. There is time to explore the village and we visit a wine farm for a cellar tour and wine tasting (eg. Chamonix) with a light lunch being taken either at the estate or at a restaurant in town.
After leaving Franschhoek travel via Paarl, one of the Cape Colonies first farming districts settled by the Dutch and French Huguenot settlers. Options would be to take a walk down Main Street which gives you insights into the rich architectural heritage of the region, stop to shop at a large variety of art and craft shops or time permitting visit Paarl Rock or the Afrikaans language monument - Die Taalmonument. In the late afternoon travel via Malmesbury and the vineyards of the Swartland Wine Route to overnight in Langebaan.
Dinner is taken in the hotel restaurant.
The Farmhouse Hotel or similar in Langebaan
Hermanus to Langebaan - 300km
RETURN TO CAPE TOWN (Breakfast & Lunch)
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant and then we spend the day taking in the sights of the West Coast on our way back to Cape Town with the final routing being dependent on where / if the flowers are on show! Possible options for the day (dependent on flower viewing) would be:
Visit the West Coast National Park.
Visit Darling for a light lunch at Evita Se Peron, Café Mosaic or one of the other great restaurants in town.
Visit the West Coast Fossil Park.
Visit the 800 Ha Rondeberg Private Nature Reserve or Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.
Visit the West Coast Ostrich Farm situated just inland from Blouberg with views towards Table Mountain.
The tour will end at approximately 17h30 when you will be dropped off at the Cape Town International Airport or your hotel in Cape Town.
Langebaan to Cape Town - 130km
Pre: CSU01 / Post: CSU02
Pre Tour: 06 - 08 May 2016
Post Tour: 14 - 16 May 2016
3 days / 2 nights
±08h00 from Cape Town Waterfront or City Hotels
Luxury air-conditioned vehicle to suite group size.
12 passengers Sharin
ZAR 8 000.00 per person sharing
ZAR 9 563.00 in a single room
Registered Guide, transportation as per itinerary, accommodation, meals as per itinerary, entrance fees, information pack, porterage at hotels on tour, sightseeing as specified.
Gratuities, drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature, internal domestic flights.
2 x Breakfasts, 3 x Lunches, 2 x Dinners
Standard accommodation as per the itinerary.
The tour will run subject to minimum numbers being reached.