Cape Town

Cape and Garden Route
11 nights, 12 days

 Highlights

  • Historic Cape Town, the Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, St Georges Cathedral, & the South African Museum
  • Explore well known wine estates and sample award winning wines
  • Robben Island – Nelson Mandela’s prison and a World Heritage Site
  • Table Mountain
  • Visit an operating Ostrich farm
  • Whales and dolphin watching
  • Knysna – Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve and Natures Valley
  • Private Game Reserve, with the Big 5
  • The Addo Elephant National Park

Wild Life and Scenery

Nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain is Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This is the city situated on a peninsula where two oceans meet. Cape Town is the springboard to the wine lands of the Boland, fertile vineyard valleys and majestic mountains.

Visitors from all over the world marvel at the breath-taking scenery, diverse cultures and historical significance of this cosmopolitan city.

Day 1

Cape Town

  • On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel on the Waterfront.
  • Today we spend time in the Mother City where we will enjoy an orientation visit through historic Cape Town. We visit the Company Gardens in the heart of Cape Town and stop off at the South African Museum which is located at the top of the Company Gardens. We pass the Houses of Parliament & Castle of Good Hope the oldest building in South Africa.  We finish our orientation tour with a visit to the picturesque “Malay Quarter” known as the Bo-Kaap where the oldest Mosque in the Southern Hemisphere is situated.
  • Lunch (own account)
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore the Waterfront Area
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 2

Cape Town

  • Today we undertake the journey around the Cape Peninsula.  We travel via the Atlantic seaboard through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno. Hout Bay and onto Cape Point.
  • We stop off at Hout Bay where you can enjoy the local market and experience a short boat ride to Duiker Island where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live.  We continue onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
  • The Reserve at Cape Point takes in 40 km of pristine coastline with tradition saying that this is the meeting place of the warm Mozambique Current and the chilly Benguela Current. Scientists however say that the meeting place of these waters is further to the east at Cape Agulhas. On arrival we take a ride up the funicular which takes us up to Cape Point Viewpoint.
  • Lunch (own account)
  • We return back to Cape Town via Boulders Beach and visit the famous Penguin Sanctuary arriving back at our hotel late afternoon.
  • We end the day wine tasting at Groot Constantia Manor Estate and visit their famous manor house of Cape Dutch architecture.
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 3

Robben Island & Table Mountain

  • After breakfast we board the Robben Island Ferry at the Nelson Mandela Gateway on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront to visit this World Heritage Site.
  • Robben Island is most famous for having been the isolated prison of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
  • Lunch Waterfront (own account)
  • This will be followed by a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting).
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 4

Cape Winelands

  • After an early breakfast we depart for the Cape Winelands.  Sample a wide variety of wines and tour the cellars of three wine estates.
  • Lunch is enjoyed on one of the Estates (own account)
  • Return late afternoon to our Hotel/Guest House.
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 5

Cape Town

  • Day at leisure to explore, shop or relax on the beach (Transport available)
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 6:

Knysna

  • After an early breakfast we depart from Cape Town via Stellenbosch & Oudtshoorn for Knysna.
  • We visit an operating Ostrich farm where visitors will see large flocks of ostriches at different stages of development. Highlights of the tour are the ‘Ostrich Derby’ and the opportunity to sit on an ostrich.
  • After our visit we continue on for Knysna
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

 Day 7

Knysna

  • After breakfast we board an ocean safari boat ride. Enjoy the majesty of the ocean and exhilaration of watching whales and dolphins at play. We are able to approach the whales within 50 meters.
  • Lunch is enjoyed at one of the many restaurants in this quaint town. (own account)
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore the town of Knysna.
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 8

Tsitsikamma

  • After an early breakfast we leave Knysna for Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve and Natures Valley, visiting Plettenberg Bay en route. We also visit Storms River Bridge and Jeffrey’s Bay.
  • Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

 Day 9

Private Game Reserve -Eastern Cape

  • After an early breakfast we continue along the Garden Route. Our destination is a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
  • Join us on an exciting journey to one of the finest malaria-free private lodges in Africa where you may experience the Big 5 interacting with each other in their natural environment.
  • We arrive in time for an exciting evening game drive where sundowners will be enjoyed en route.
  • Overnight:  Game Lodge accommodation DBB

Day 10

Private Game Reserve-Eastern Cape

  • We depart for an early game drive with our ranger in open vehicle, experiencing the awakening of the bushveld.  As we travel we encounter many animals together with the predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. We return for breakfast at the lodge.
  • Afternoon is at your leisure.
  • High Tea is served followed by an exciting evening game drive with sundowners en-route.
  • Overnight:  Private Game Lodge accommodation DBB

Day 11

Addo

  • After an early breakfast we depart for the Addo Elephant National Park, which is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the Eastern Cape.
  •  We enjoy a Safari in the Reserve.
  • Overnight:  Addo Area Hotel/Guest House accommodation  BB

Day 12

  • Departing early, we check out and transfer to Port Elizabeth
  • Transfer to Airport for flight to Cape Town.

Cape Stellenbosch Franschhoek & Winelands
5 nights 6 days

 Experience the Mother City Cape Town, Franschhoek and Winelands

Highlights

  • Full Day Cape Point Tour
  • Table Mountain
  • Kirstensbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Company Gardens
  • Bo-Kaap
  • South African Museum & Castle of Good Hope
  • Full Day Winelands Tour
  • Stellenbosch
  • Franschhoek

 Day 1

Cape Orientation City Tour

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel on the Waterfront.

Today we spend time in the Mother City where we will enjoy an orientation visit through historic Cape Town. We visit the Company Gardens in the heart of Cape Town and stop off at the South African Museum which is located at the top of the Company Gardens. We pass the Houses of Parliament & Castle of Good Hope the oldest building in South Africa.  We finish our orientation tour with a visit to the picturesque“ Malay Quarter”  known as the Bo-Kaap where the oldest Mosque in the Southern Hemisphere is situated.

Lunch (own account)

Afternoon at leisure to explore the Waterfront Area

Overnight:   Waterfront Hotel BB

Day 2

Cape Point

Today we undertake the journey around the Cape Peninsula.  We travel via the Atlantic seaboard through Seapoint, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno. Hout Bay and onto Cape Point.

We stop off at Hout Bay where you can enjoy the local market and experience a short boat ride to Duiker Island where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live.  We continue onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

The Reserve at Cape Point takes in 40 km of pristine coastline with tradition saying that this is the meeting place of the warm Mozambique Current and the chilly Benguela Current. Scientists however say that the meeting place of these waters is further to the east at Cape Agulhas. On arrival we take a ride up the funicular which takes us up to Cape Point Viewpoint.

Lunch (own account)

We return back to Cape Town via Boulders Beach and visit the famous Penguin Sanctuary arriving back at our hotel late afternoon.

Overnight:   Waterfront Hotel BB

Day 3

Table Mountain & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Table Mountain

Lunch (own account)

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Overnight:   Waterfront Hotel BB

Day 4

Franschhoek

After breakfast we depart from Cape Town for Franschhoek via Stellenbosch.  The historic town of Stellenbosch is one of the most beautiful and heritage conscious towns in South Africa.

We visit ‘Oom Sammie’s se Winkel’ the world-famous 19th Century Shop. Oom Sammie’s se Winkel literally means “Uncle Sammie’s’ Shoppe”. Situated in the his-toric city of Stellenbosch, many thousands of international visitors have passed through its doors. A General Store reflects on our heritage. It is an authentic commercial undertaking that doubles as a living museum.

The city was founded in 1679, and its wine making tradition is almost as old as the town itself. You will of course visit some of the town’s wineries and taste the glorious nectar for which this valley is famous.

Lunch (own account)

We continue on and drive through the Franschhoek Valley to the picturesque village of Franschhoek. We visit the historical Voortrekker Monument and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the local art shops and stores in the area.

Overnight: Franschhoek Guest House BB

Day 5

Franschhoek – Winelands

Warm hospitality awaits us as we spend the day visiting various well-known wine estates in the area.  We enjoy wine tasting and a guided tour of the cellar.

Lunch is enjoyed on one of the wine estates (own account)

Return late afternoon to our Guest house.

Overnight: Franschhoek Guest House BB

Day 6

Franschhoek to Cape Town

Breakfast

We depart for Cape Town arriving late morning.

Drop off Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Experience Stellenbosch, Paarl & Hermanus
5 nights, 6 days

Highlights

  • Visit V&A Waterfront
  • Historic Cape Town
  • Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, St Georges Cathedral & South Africa Museum
  • The Old Supreme Court-Slave Lodge of the Dutch East India Company
  • Stellenbosch & Paarl visit well known wine estate and sample wines
  • Whale watching in Hermanus (seasonal)

Culture and Scenery

Nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain is Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Situated on a peninsula where two oceans meet, Cape Town is the springboard to the Winelands of the Boland, fertile vineyard valleys and majestic mountains. Visitors from all over the world marvel at the breath taking scenery, diverse cultures and historical significance of this, the most cosmopolitan of all cities.

Day 1

Cape Town

Collected from Cape Town International Airport and transferred to your hotel on the Waterfront.

Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the many restaurants on the Waterfront. (own account)

Afternoon at leisure

Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 2

Cape Town

Today we spend time in the Mother City where we will enjoy an orientation visit through historic Cape Town.

In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, St Georges’Cathedral.

We visit the South Africa Museum, and the vibrant and arty flea market in Greenmarket Square.

We visit the picturesque ‘Malay Quarter’, its dynamic museum and the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. We discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim

Community and their contribution to South Africa’s development.

The most well-known area in Cape Town is District Six. Hear about our three Nobel Peace Prize-winners; Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk. See the building where the apartheid laws were passed and where they were later repealed after De Klerk’s dramatic speech at the opening of Parliament in February 1990.

The Old Supreme Court-Slave Lodge of the Dutch East India Company is thought to be the second oldest building in South Africa (1697). The plaster pediment over the Parliament Street entrance is the work of Anton Anreith Churches.

We will enjoy lunch en route and return to our hotel late afternoon. (own account)

Overnight:  Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 3

Cape Peninsula

Today we undertake the journey around the Cape via Hout Bay, Constantia, and Simon’s Town & the scenic Boyes Drive and onto Cape Point.

Lunch (own account)

We end the day wine tasting at Groot Constantia Manor Estate. The wines from this estate have been gracing the tables of European royalty for over three hundred years! We visit the famous manor house of Cape Dutch architecture. Groot Constantia has become a museum and contains a collection of Cape furniture, Old Dutch paintings, Delft and Chinese porcelain

We return late afternoon to our hotel.

We are collected from our hotel for dinner at the famous ‘Mamma Africa’ where we will experience an authentic African meal and music.

Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 4

Stellenbosch & Paarl

After an early breakfast, we depart from Cape Town. The historic town of Stellenbosch is one of the most beautiful and heritage-conscious towns in southern Africa. Entering the town via historic

Dorp Street is like stepping into the pages of a history book.

Breath-taking scenery can be viewed of the surrounding countryside. Warm hospitality awaits us at one of the famous wine estates where we enjoy wine tasting and a tour of the cellars.

We enjoy lunch at one of the Wine Estates (own account)

Further wine tasting in Stellenbosch/Paarl.

We return late afternoon to our hotel.

Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 5

Hermanus

We depart early morning for Hermanus the best land based whale watching destination in the world (seasonal).

We head for the Southern Cape and this picturesque fishing village to seek out the Southern Right Whale.

We will also visit the outstanding Hemel ‘n Aarde Wine Estate, the southern- most wine estate in Africa.

We return to our hotel late afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel/Guest House accommodation BB

Day 6

Hermanus to Cape Town

Transfer back to Cape Town International Airport.

4 NIGHT 5 DAYS

The Garden Route has a mild Mediterranean Climate and is situated on a narrow belt between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Southern Coast of Africa.  It is known for its natural beauty scenic landscapes golden beaches and lush indigenous forests.  The Garden Route has a mild Mediterranean Climate and extends into the malaria free Eastern Cape where one can also enjoy a Big 5 Experience on one of the many Private Game Reserves.

We visit Cape Agulhas which is situated at the southernmost tip of the African Continent and where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We also visit the quiet fishing village of Arniston.

DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN

  • We depart for Oudsthoorn via R62 over the dramatic du Toit’s Kloof Pass.  The scenery is magnificent with mountain views steep cliffs, gorges and waterfalls.   We stop off at various towns en route.
  • We continue on over Kogman’s Kloof Pass with its rugged sandstone formations and into the Tradouw Valley where one can experience the vineyards and fruit orchards synonomous with this area.  We arrive in Oudsthoorn late afternoon.
  • Oudsthoorn is known as the Ostrich Capital of the World and we spend the afternoon visiting a working Ostrich Farm where you will experience large flocks of ostriches at different stages of development.
  • Highlights of the tour are the ‘Ostrich Derby’ and the opportunity to ride an ostrich.

Overnight: Guest House Oudsthoorn BB

DAY 2 – OUDSTHOORN & KYNSNA

  •  This morning we visit the famous Cango Caves.
  • We depart mid-morning for Kynsna arriving early afternoon.
  • Kynsna is known as the jewel of the Garden Route and is situated on the Knysna estuary and is surrounded by the  lush vegetation and ever-green forests.
  • This afternoon we board our boat and enjoy a Featherbed Eco excursion on the Knysna Lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which includes a delicious buffet lunch.  We also have the opportunity to drive in to the top of the Western head  to experience the spectacular views over the Knysna Lagoon and the Indian Ocean.
  • We return to our Guest House/Hotel early evening.
  • Dinner is enjoyed at one of the many restaurants at the Knysna Quays.

Overnight: Kynsna Guest House/Hotel BB

DAY 3 – KYNSNA PLETTENBERG BAY TSITSIKAMMA

  • We depart for Tsitsikamma Coastal Park via Plettenberg Bay which is renouned for its golden beautiful beaches.  Tsitsikamma is located at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Range. Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Ironwood and Kamassi are found in these dense forests.
  • We arrive in Tsitsikamma and take a leisurely stroll on the Suspension Bridge at the mouth of the Storms River.  We also take a boat trip to view the otherwise inaccessible Storms River Gorge.

Optional Extras

  • Bungi Jumping  at Bloukrans Bridge
  • Elephant Sanctuary Knysna
  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden

We return early evening to Knysna

Overnight: Guest House/Hotel Knysna BB

DAY 4 – CAPE AGULHAS & ARNISTON

  • Today we head via the Wildnerness and Kaaiman’s Pass arriving at Mossel Bay mid-morning.  We visit the Dias Museum and the Old Post Office.
  • We head onto Swellendam an 18th century frontier town which is situated in the Overberg Region.  The area is very pretty with its farmlands rugged mountain ranges, fynbos, rolling wheat and canola fields.
  • We head for Cape Agulhas southernmost tip of Africa, the official meeting place of the two oceans.  Cape Aghulas National Park has more than 8500 species of flora and the African black oystercatcher can be found here.
  • We visit the famous Cape Agulhas Lighthouse erected in 1848 which is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.
  • We head onto Arniston. a quiet fishing village  The name Arniston comes from the British transport/hospital ship that sank near the coast in 1815. The HMS Arniston was carrying 378 pasengers (mainly wounded soldiers as well as women and children) and was sailing from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) back to England when it hit a reef.  Six passengers survived the ordeal.
  • We visit the Waenhuiskrans limestone cave, which can only be accessed at low tide. “Waenhuiskrans” means “wagon house cliff” in Afrikaans and can only be accessed at low tide.

Overnight: Arniston Guest House/Hotel BB

DAY 5 – ARNISTON HERMANUS

  • We return to Cape Town via scenic Clarence Drive.  This drive is considered one of the top 10 scenic drives in the World.  We journey via the coastal villages if Gordon’s Bay Rooi Els. Kleinmond and Bettys Bay.
  • We experience the Jackass penguins known as the African Penguin at Stoney Point.
  • We head back to Cape Town late afternoon.