Whenever you decide to go this is a relaxed holiday in stunning surroundings, with an amazing amount of variety on offer. June to November is the whale watching season in South Africa, August and September is when the Spring flowers are in bloom. This is not a tour, but a multi-centre itinerary, with private road transfers between each of the three towns and cities, none longer than 2 hours. We have selected hotels/guesthouses in each place that are centrally located, with a good choice of restaurants nearby.
On arrival into Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your first hotel / guesthouse for your 4-night stay.
Described by Sir Francis Drake in 1580 as ‘the fairest cape in all the world’, the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The oldest city in the country, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain, Cape Town is a vibrant and colourful city.
With plenty to offer the traveller you should never get bored. Table Mountain is the iconic backdrop of Cape Town rising over 1000m above sea level - it can be seen from all over the city. Taking the revolving cable car up to the top is a must or if you’re feeling adventurous there are several hiking routes to the summit.
The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is a prime attraction in the city, a working harbour and tourist attraction offering world class shopping, a huge variety of restaurants, cafes & bars and the Two Oceans Aquarium. The ferry trip to Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration for much of his 27 years in prison, leaves from here.
The park-like botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town’s beaches and the city centre with its outdoor street markets, boutique shops & stylish restaurants are all added attractions.
Just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town and you’re in the scenic mountains and valleys of the Winelands. Experience the historical and cultural heritage of the region while visiting quaint villages and vibrant townships, outdoor museums and galleries, open-air theatres and outdoor art and craft exhibitions.
For the more adventurous visitor there are activities such as canoeing, 4x4 trails, horse-riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock pool swimming, abseiling and kloofing.
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Attentively restored, award winning B&B providing comfort & convenience in the upper slopes of Table Mountain, Redbourne Hilldrop boasts stunning views of Cape Town.
FOUR ROSMEAD GUEST HOUSE
Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a stylishly re-modelled Edwardian home, with magnificent views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hills, Table Bay, and the city centre.
THE VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA
The Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel in the leafy suburb of Newlands. Within seven acres of attractively landscaped parkland, it has 200 years of history within its walls.
The Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel in the suburb of Newlands. In 7 acres of attractively landscaped parkland, it has 200 years of history within its walls.
THE CAPE GRACE HOTEL
The Cape Grace is a classic boutique hotel, set on its own private quay on Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, overlooking the yacht marina, with Table Mountain as a backdrop.
The Cape Grace is a classic hotel, set on its own private quay on the vibrant V&A Waterfront, overlooking the yacht marina, with Table Mountain as a backdrop.
ABSEIL FROM TABLE MOUNTAIN
This is the world’s highest commercial abseil, at 112m and 1000 metres above sea level, but with the illusion of a 1000m descent, just step off the edge of Table Mountain.
This is the world’s highest commercial abseil, at 112m and 1000 metres above sea level, but with the illusion of a 1000m descent. You just just step off the edge of Table Mountain.
DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS
South Africa is the Mecca for diving with sharks, one of the most feared predators on Earth, and cage diving with Great White Sharks is the adrenaline pinnacle for this activity.
South Africa is the Mecca for diving with sharks, one of the most feared predators on Earth, and cage diving with Great White Sharks is the adrenaline pinnacle for this activity - get up close!
South Africa is the Mecca for diving with sharks, one of the most feared predators on Earth, and cage diving with Great White's is the adrenaline pinnacle for this activity.
CAPE TOWN CITY INFORMATION
The Mother City of Cape Town is truly one of contrast. The ancient natural world meets a modern city with nightlife, shopping and stadia all set at the base of Table Mountain.
Approximately 2 hours spectacular coastal drive to the south is the Cape South Coast and the charming town of Hermanus. From June to November this is an ideal area from which to see the Southern Right Whales that come into the warmer waters to calve. Outside this season one can experience the peaceful beaches & coastline, or visit nearby Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, the quaint fishing village of Arniston or De Hoop Nature Reserve.
This is also an ideal base from which to enjoy the many other marine experiences available. Travel to a nearby island for huge colonies of sea birds and delight in the behaviour of the 60 000 strong Cape Fur Seal colony. This area is also the habitat of the awesome great white sharks – you can view them from the safety of a boat or for the more adventurous be lowered in a cage to get a close up view!
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Metres away from the cliff path, Pelagus & Nautilus House awaits you. Elegant and tranquil, with spectacular views of the ocean, this is an ideal spot for viewing the whales.
Metres away from the cliff path, Pelagus & Nautilus House awaits you. Elegant and tranquil, with views of the ocean and the sound of its waves, this is an ideal spot for whale watching.
HARBOUR HOUSE HOTEL
Enjoying one the most prominent of positions in the Old Harbour area of Hermanus, Harbour House Hotel is flanked by the ocean and the bustling center of this spectacular holiday town.
Enjoying one the most prominent of positions in the Old Harbour area of Hermanus, Harbour House Hotel is flanked by the ocean and the bustling center of this town.
The Marine holds prime position atop the cliffs at Hermanus, with spectacular seascapes over Walker Bay and the Overberg Mountains. Relax in it’s finely manicured gardens.
The Marine holds prime position atop the cliffs at Hermanus, with seascapes over Walker Bay and the Overberg Mountains. Relax in it’s finely manicured gardens.
GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Grootbos is in the Cape Floral Kingdom, overlooking the whale watching haven of Walker Bay. It includes two lodges which have been built in harmony with the natural surroundings.
Grootbos in the Cape Floral Kingdom, overlooks the whale watching haven of Walker Bay. It includes two lodges which have been built within the natural surroundings.
This morning after breakfast you will be collected for another spectacular drive, over the Franschhoek Pass and into the Franschhoek Valley in the winelands for a 3-night stay. Franschhoek is a town dedicated to tourism and the centre of a varied wine route. Visit some of the many estates for picnics, wine-tastings and cellar tours. There are many estates involved in the production of much more than just wine – sparkling wines, brandy, cheese and olive oil are all produced in this beautiful area of The Cape.
Franschhoek has also established itself as one of the gourmet capitals of South Africa, with a large and varied selection of restaurants, so mealtimes should be an event in themselves.
Alternatively you could opt to stay in Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the centre of the largest and most varied wine route. In this historic town enjoy any one of the 75 restaurants in the town or head to a wine estate for a cellar tour and tasting.
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OUDE WERF HOTEL
In a historical town and part of the Cape Wine Route, at Oude Werf Hotel you can enjoy a myriad of shops, museums, art galleries, world class vineyards and beautiful architecture.
FRANSCHHOEK COUNTRY HOUSE
Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a privately owned boutique hotel, located minutes away from the Franschhoek town, it boasts historical charm with uninterrupted views.
Mont Rochelle is a stunning hotel in one of the most unique and beautiful settings, surrounded by vineyards, up on a mountain overlooking the picturesque Franschhoek valley.
GO WINE TASTING
South African wine routes are predominantly found in the Western Cape where the majority of the country’s wine production takes place. It encompasses many routes to explore.
South African wine routes are predominantly found in the Western Cape where the majority of the country’s wine production takes place. There are many routes to explore.
You will be collected and returned to Cape Town airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
Where prices are shown for a travel itinerary, they are intended to give you some guidance as to what is possible and to help you budget. Where multiple accommodation options are shown, the "guide price" shown is based upon the cheapest accommodation option. The prices are accurate at the time of being published, but they are not definitive rates and are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking.
There are also many offers, value adds, discounts and specials throughout the year. Honeymoon offers, wedding packages, early booking offers, free nights, discounted airfares and more - contact us for full details. Please note that holidays which do not fall completely within a price or date band may be subject to increase or decrease.
|London > Cape Town||± 12hrs|
|Cape Town > London||± 12hrs|
|Cape Town > Hermanus||± 2hrs|
|Hermanus > Franschhoek||± 2hrs|
|Franschhoek > Cape Town Airport||± 1hr|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
This is a good itinerary for those a little shorter on time, or who do not want to drive large distances - the maximum journey time on this itinerary is 2 hours. A self-drive version of this itinerary is also available and will reduce the overall price.
It can be done pretty cheaply by staying in Portfolio Places guesthouse-style accommodation, or there are extreme luxury options in each place for those of you looking for a really high-end experience. As with most of our itineraries, the options are myriad.
"I just wanted to say thank you for putting together a great itinerary for us. We absolutely loved all three hotels (I think you’ll guess which one was our favourite!). I was hugely impressed with the service at all of the hotels and in shops, bars and restaurants througout our holiday."
"Just to say a huge thanks for putting together such a wonderful trip for us. Everything ran so smoothly and we were really pleased with all your choices. We would have no hesitation in going back to any of the properties as they more than met our expectations. Once again many thanks for making our Anniversary trip so memorable."
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