HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ITINERARY:
A treasurable discovery
The Self-drive enthusiast’s dream
Wake up in wine country
The whale watching capital of Hermanus
Starts : Cape Town
Ends: Cape Town
Destinations: Cape Town, Stellenbosch , Franschoek ,Hermanus
Duration: 8 Days
PRICE (Please enquire with us as price depends on season and year of travel and accommodation used)
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the team, who will escort you to Budget Car Rental, where you will collect your rental car. You will drive yourself into the city of Cape Town, where you will check in at your chosen hotel.
With Table Mountain – one of the most spiritual places on earth — at its heart and two oceans at its feet, the city of Cape Town, strategically situated at the south-western tip of Africa, has been famed for centuries as the Tavern of the Seas. Vibrant, cosmopolitan and an eclectic mix of old and new, this laid-back city is as much at home with its 17th century castle — whose cannons have never been fired in anger — as it is with its sleek skyscrapers and trendy malls. Home to South Africa’s first mosque, oldest wine farm, a 350-year-old garden and timelessly beautiful beaches, it’s no surprise the legendary Flying Dutchman and his spectral ship have spent eternity sailing the city’s shores.
Spend three nights in Cape Town, staying at your choice of value, luxury or deluxe accommodation. Please refer to the terms and conditions for details of what each option includes.
Explore the scenic beauty and varied attractions of Cape Town with your choice of exciting activities.
Take a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain and marvel at the magnificent views from its flat top. Browse vibrant Greenmarket Square, one of the city’s oldest markets, and walk through Company Garden, established by Dutch settlers in 1652. Visit the traditional Malay Quarter, with it brightly coloured houses, and indulge in a glimpse into one of the city’s vibrant cultures.
Set out on a ferry ride to Robben Island, best known as the site of a jailhouse for political prisoners, including former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Your tour of the island is guided by a former political inmate, which means you will hear first-hand tales of its story of hope and hardship.
Drive through the lovely scenery of the Cape Peninsula to beautiful Hout Bay and over the truly awe-inspiring Chapman’s Peak Drive. Touch on the continent’s most south-western point at the Cape of Good Hope and admire the views from the old lighthouse at Cape Point.
After breakfast, check out and self-drive through the picturesque Cape Winelands to tranquil Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, where you will be spending two nights.
The area known as the Cape Winelands is filled with beautiful, fertile valleys and craggy mountains, which are interspersed with the gently rolling vineyards of the country’s premier wine estates. Often described as one of the prettiest landscapes in South Africa, the Winelands boast dramatic mountain slopes planted with vines of different varietals. The perfect weather conditions here allow for the production of some of the best wines in the world.
Stellenbosch the second town to be founded in South Africa in 1685, Governor Simon van der Stel liked the area so much, he named it after himself! Known as the ‘town of the oaks’ – some of which are so old they’ve been proclaimed national monuments, many of the town’s original gabled and thatched buildings still stand. From brandy museums, to wine estates, churches and beautiful old houses, Stellenbosch may be steeped in history, but the town has certainly aged well – probably due to the number of students that pedal their way around this important university town. Whilst the world-famous Stellenbosch wine route has attracted many a visitor, be warned: after three of four tastings, even connoisseurs have been known to express the opinion that everything here tastes good!
The town of Franschhoek is situated in a lush valley tightly hemmed in by spectacular mountains. The area was originally settled by French Huguenots in 1688. The settlers soon developed impressive vineyards and homesteads, many of which still bear their original French names. Today, Franschhoek has become renowned as the gourmet capital of South Africa and is famous not only for its magnificent wineries and beautiful scenery but also for the excellent restaurants that line its quiet streets.
Spend two nights in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, staying at your choice of value, luxury or deluxe accommodation. Please refer to the terms and conditions for details of what each option includes.
Kick off the day in Stellenbosch at the Spice Route Winery, where you can indulge your taste buds with wine, beer, chocolate and biltong tasting. A glass-blowing shop provides fascinating artistic displays. The next stop is Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, where you will be taken on a tour of the crocodile ponds, which house more than a thousand of the reptiles. Enjoy the opportunity to handle a baby crocodile and, in summer months, witness the daily feeding. The day ends at Spier Wine Estate, where wine tasting is combined with a visit to the Eagle Encounter birds of prey rehabilitation centre. Here you can visit the bird enclosure or interact with some of Africa’s largest raptors and owls. The centre also provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of other creatures, including bearded dragons and dwarf chameleons.
Indulge in a full day in the spectacular Franschhoek. The estates visited will vary according to your preferences, but the tour includes the region’s major wine producing areas and visits some beautiful wine estates for tastings of high quality vintages. Nestled in a valley where the French Huguenots settled in 1688, Franschhoek is a delight for antique lovers and gastronomes (the town boasts some world-famous eateries).
After breakfast, check out and self-drive on the Cape coastline to the whale watching town of Hermanus, where you will be spending two nights.
Acknowledged as the best land-based whale watching site in the world, Hermanus even boasts an official whale-crier. Once hunted almost to extinction, these gentle giants loll in the water within stone’s throw of the rocky cliffs.
Hermanus is best known for its whale watching, so spend some time walking the various pathways along the rugged shoreline and keeping an eye out for these magnificent animals or choose to take a whale watching cruise. An abundance of other outdoor activities are available, from kite surfing to sand boarding and bird watching. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings with only the splash of your paddles to disturb your thoughts as you set off on a kayaking trip in the Hermanus Lagoon or on the Klein River. Set off to sea in a kayak in search of whales or come face to face with the mighty predators of the ocean on a shark cage dive. Enjoy a more tranquil adventure as you set out on a hike among the scented fynbos vegetation and beautiful mountain views.
After breakfast, check out and self-drive to Cape Town International where you will return your rented car and check in for your departure flight.