Take a journey with me to experience Cape Town, Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Stellenbosch and the Winelands. This perfect combination of dramatic scenic beauty, enthralling history and exhilarating activities that have come to define this beautiful corner of South Africa. The city of Cape Town and the surroundings has a rich heritage of historical sites, as well as natural, rural and cultural landscapes. This tour explores extensively the Cape Peninsula, Wine Lands and Cape Town.
You’ll go to South Africa
You’ll visit Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula), Cape Winelands & Cape Town Surrounds
This tour starts and ends in Cape Town – Getting there
This Region is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional floral diversity. We follow the west coast via Clifton with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay then to Hout Bay, a charming little town where we enjoy a boat trip to Duiker Island, home to the worlds largest fur seal colony. The scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass offers breathtaking scenery.
The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners.
Journeying down to the False Bay coast, lunch is at the old harbor of the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. After lunch we visit the well known Boulders beach, home to Africa’s largest land based jackass penguin colony.
We finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch manor house and wine farm built by the first Governor of the Cape.
• Cape of Good Hope
We drive to Stellenbosch, a fertile area vines quickly replaced the giraffes, elephants, Hottentot and Khoisan peoples.
Today, Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful varied architecture, renowned wines and university where the language of instruction is still mainly Afrikaans.
We visit a museum, historical shop and partake in a cellar tour before travelling over the beautiful Hels Hoogte Pass on our way to Franschoek.
A visit to the Huguenot Museum.
At an exceptional boutique wine farm we taste local vintage including a pinotage which is South Africa’s own unique cultivar. At Paarl we stop in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990.
Paarl means “Pearl”, in Dutch, and refers to the imposing granite mountains surrounding the town. The Taal monument, dedicated to the Afrikaans language, is the world’s only monument to a language.
A definite highlight on this tour is a visit to the cheetah outreach program, entrance fee included.
• Cape Winelands
Today, we will visit Cape Town, Table Mountain (cable car), its historical places and parks like the Dutch East Indian Garden, Castle of the Cape, South African Museum, Malay quarter, District 6 and Greenmarket Square. Before noon, we take the opportunity to visit the noon gun in action on the slopes of Signal hill, the worlds oldest canon, still in action.
After lunch, we visit the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site, this garden has more endemic plant species than any other in the world.
In the late afternoon we head along the west coast towards Blouberg where you can enjoy a “postcard” view of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay.
• Cape Town Surrounds