Day tripping simply just doesn’t do South Africa’s Western Cape justice and, like all good tasting plates, this tour delivers the very best of the region – from Cape Point, Winelands, Whale Coast and to the Tip of Africa; Cape Agulhas. You'll taste local MCC and pair wines with biltong and chocolate in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek regions, enjoy an optional kayak among marine life, spot majestic Southern Right Whales (seasonal), watch the sun sink and pastel colours flood the sky at the most Southern Tip of Africa and meet penguins at Betty’s Bay.
The history, hospitality and the sheer diversity of flora, fauna and cultures in the Western Cape, together with a landscape that dramatically transforms with every curve of the road will naturally wow… Think serene hikes along rugged cliff paths, wine tasting in the heart of the Cape Winelands, local delights on a foodie history walk, winding coastal drives, kayaking, sightseeing and more. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find beyond Cape Town.
Hike along the Hermanus cliff paths amongst fragrant fynbos, stopping to marvel over the crashing waves below.
Meet the cute 5,000+ resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.
Wind along the wild beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere with dramatic coastal scenes of Clarence drive.
Prepare for unparalleled views as you drive along Chapman's Peak.
See wild Atlantic waves crash at the southwestern most point of Africa.
Drop in at the surfer's shores of Muizenberg.
Tease your tastebuds along Franschhoek's charming streets in the gourmet capital of South Africa.
Stand at the point where two oceans meet at Africa's southernmost tip.
Get a front row seat to view some of Hermanus' largest residents.
Wander your way through the historic streets of Stellenbosch on a unique foodie journey.
Let your vagabond spirit run wild in the eclectic seaside town of Kalk Bay.
Delight in La Bri's decadent wine and chocolate, or wine and biltong pairings.
Raise a glass with an MCC tasting of the first bubbly ever produced in South Africa.
Experience a colourful slice of Xhosa culture and local delights in Kayamandi.
Test your grit as you glide across the ocean and spot the abundant marine wildlife in a sea kayak.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Cape Town CBD fades into the distance as you crest the hill toward the Atlantic seaboard, be sure to try snag seats on the right-hand side of the bus for the best views. You’ll pass some pretty iconic white sandy beaches, with the likes of Camps Bay and Clifton flowing by as you head onwards toward Chapman’s Peak. 114 perfect curves await you along this scenic route, famed for its panoramic vistas.
The morning drive sets the standard for the day, so expect inspiring views at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope with their rich fynbos flora and the inevitable baboon spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Mountain zebra, ostriches, the elusive eland and sugarbirds. Once you’ve had your fix of the great outdoors, you’ll head to the delightful Kalk Bay, filled with local talent, vintage bric-a-brac and pristine views. Make a stop at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay Harbour, where you could indulge in a classic South African fish and “slap chips” (you know, the deliciously oily ones). Or treat yourself to a local brew at The Brass Bell, with waves crashing against the windows and views second to none.
As you meander into the afternoon, the Atlantic coastline hugs cloud-capped mountains at the seaside town of Muizenberg where you'll stop briefly to explore and ‘shark spot’ from shore. In the blink of an eye - on the road to Stellenbosch - the backdrop flattens and turns the tell-tale green of wine country, rich with fine wines, farm stalls and homemade goodies. Stellenbosch, with its distinctive Cape Dutch architecture and rich history, delivers ‘quaint’ in spades and is the perfect spot for an historic journey. Saunter through the historic oak-lined streets, making stops along the way to taste local flavours such as “droëwors” and rusks, and learn about the charming history of over 300 years. Settle in for the night in this vibrant town, free to spend your evening at leisure.
Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.
In contrast to the stark whites of the old Dutch architecture and surrounding farmlands, the modest, yet colourful buildings and corrugated lean-tos in Kayamandi township illustrate the diversity of our beautiful country. Pop in at Mama Swartbooi’s house, where you’ll be treated to tea or home-made ginger beer and an array of local Xhosa treats such as amagwinya (vetkoek) and chakalaka. Be swept away by the stories of the diverse history of the area as Mama Swartbooi shares fond memories of the past.
Just a little way on, you’ll pop in at the picturesque Simonsig, home of the country’s first ever produced MCC. Enjoy a bubbly tasting from the masters as you take a moment to soak in the fresh country air and the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Your next destination sees you venture into the quaint town of Franschhoek for some fine wine paired with hazelnut, cranberry or rich mint chocolates. You could also opt for a bit of local flair and choose a wine and biltong pairing instead where you’ll taste how the wine flavours are enhanced by beef and game biltong.
As lunch nears, South Africa’s epicurean capital, Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries is a must-do for gourmands and on weekends the local farmers’ market beckons with colourful stalls and tasty aromas. You’ll have time to soak up the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in the 17th Century, catch an impromptu street performer, shop for nic-nacs along the main street, taste local creations or savour a gourmet meal at a 5-star restaurant.
From the rolling fields and unending vineyards of the Winelands, you'll head to the southernmost point of Africa and the very spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans collide. Watch the sky burst into colour as the sun kisses the sea and spend a relaxing night at the tip of Africa.
Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.
Wake up to the sound of the ocean in Cape Agulhas and take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air. You’ll then start the short journey to the coastal haven of Hermanus where winding ocean cliff paths await and are sure to enthral. Meander along coastal paths lined with indigenous fynbos, lulled by the crashing sounds of ocean waves against the adjacent rocky shoreline. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the rich birdlife and the chance to see local marine life frolicking about. Hermanus is also one of the best land-based whale watching locations the world, so you can look forward to trying to spot a few southern right whales during whale season from June to November. The hike will take around an hour, after which you’ll have a choice of how to spend the rest of your morning.
You could hop on an optional whale cruise in search of some cavorting whales (during whale season), or choose to stretch those sea legs with an optional guided sea kayaking experience. Test your grit as you glide across the open ocean and spot various marine life. For a tamer pace, have a whale of a time in the seaside town of Hermanus, littered with curio shops, fine restaurants and an unmistakable old world charm.
The thriving African penguin colony at Betty’s Bay adds the final nature wow. Being one of the only remaining breeding grounds of the African penguin, these clumsy creatures are sure to pull on your heartstrings. Try out your sightseeing skills as you spot rock hyraxes (dassies) sunbathing on the rocks in between the waddling penguins. Flap a wave goodbye as you head on along one of South Africa’s most scenic coastal routes - Clarence Drive - to reach Cape Town by late afternoon.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
2 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.
2 x Breakfast included
Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
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11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.