4 day Wild wild West Coast + Cederberg Explorer - 4Day Closed Group Tour from Cape Town - Hotspots2c | Hotspots2c
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Wild West Coast + Cederberg Explorer

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Duration of tour
4 days

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Overview

Explore the West Coast, a fisherman’s paradise and experience the laid back lifestyle of the area, and experiencing local seafood cuisine.

Traverse the trails of the mighty Cederberg Mountains with close-to-nature accommodation at beachside  and tented camp or luxury accommodation in the mountains. Delight your inner history boff as you learn about the extraordinary rock art of the San people, and rock formations that have been standing for generations! 

Ready to go 'wild' on a nature-lovers adventure along these lesser-known regions of South Africa? It’s a rustic, charming, beautiful and incredibly soul-filling journey as you take things back to basics and get up close and personal with the great outdoors. 

 
 
 
 
 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 
Distance
±
400
km
Tempo
Medium pace
Ideal For
Friends

Why You'll Love It

  • Explore the roads of the colourful West Coast National Park - a birdwatcher and nature lover's paradise.

  • Discover rock art and caves along the mountain trails of the Cederberg.

  • Get a taste of uniquely West Coast local life and local cuisine at an open-air beachside restaurant.

  • Enjoy wine tasting for a taste sensation of the west coast region or naturally infused teas paired to deli nibbles.

  • Walk along colourful wooden fishing boats lining the pristine sandy beaches at the oldest fishing village on the West Coast, Paternoster.

  • Cruise the calm azure waters of the Langebaan lagoon on a leisurely boat trip.

Itinerary guideline

This tour itinerary guideline is suited for groups and can run in reverse or a different order.
Day 1-4
West Coast Region > Cederberg
±200km

Start with an early morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Usually between  ±6am to 8am, subject to the pickup route, traffic and your pickup address.

Day 1: Visit West Coast National Park – Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay are the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. The water is home to flamingos and is well known as a paradise for bird-watchers. Eland, red hartebeest, Cape grysbok, Angulate tortoise, ostrich, caracal and rock hyrax are some of the species to search for – but keep an eye on the Atlantic Ocean, where you could see passing whales and dolphins. The park is also home to Eve’s Footprint, which is thought to have been made by a female human and has been dated to approximately 117 000 years. 

The West Coast is known for their abundance of Sea Food. We will take you to one of the local hotspots for an optional seafood tasting experience or enjoy a seafood meal at a restaurant.

Paternoster – This unspoiled fishing village is famous for its traditional fisherman’s architecture and endless pristine sandy beaches. We go for a walk on the beach to soak in the beauty of a West Coast sunset.

Overnight in Langebaan or Jacobsbaai area.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 2:

After breakfast, travel to Club Mykonos for a boat cruise. Glide across the calm Langebaan waters, among the thousands of local bird species, and do not forget to look out for the curious Cape Fur Seals. If weather permits, time to chill or swim will be allowed.

Travel inland to get to the Cederberg Mountain range with a unique Wine, Rooibos tea and food bites tasting experience en route.

Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 3: 

Rise early morning to use your morning energy (and cooler air )  for an exceptional hike to Maltese Cross, to visit Stadsaal Caves & Bushman Paintings before travelling back later that afternoon. 

 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 4: 

End the tour with a transfer and evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

Included

Small or Private Closed Group

Maximum guests per vehicle or guide as kept to 13 to ensure a smaller group tour experience. 

As a private or closed group tour the tour runs exclusively for you or your closed private group.

Some optional activities are best for larger groups so may not be possible for solo or small private group.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

Accommodation

3 nights accommodation as per your overnight stay package selected.

Some Meals

3 x Breakfast

1 x South African braai/ barbeque for dinner 

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • West Coast National Park Visit
  • Paternoster Village Beach Walk
  • Piekenierskloof Wine or Tea Pairing
  • Cederberg Caves and Rock Art Hike

Excluded

✕ Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

✕ Lunch + Drinks

Some Lunches & dinners  & all drinks are excluded but can be bought on tour.

✕ Optional Activities

Some optional activities are not available for single travellers. If booked as a group the optional activities shall be priced per group.

FAQ

How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.

Terms & Conditions

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Payment Policy: Minimum of 8 people per group required. Full payment required to confirm

A minimum of 8 people needs to pay the full amount to confirm this tour departure. 

Cancellation / Refund Policy:
30+day notice 80% refund
21+days notice 50% refund
< 20 days notice no refund

 

  • Cancellation at least 30 days prior to tour departure date = 20% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation 21 to 29 days prior to tour departure date = 50% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation within 20 days prior to tour departure date or no-show will not be granted a refund

 

Refer to the full private tour booking terms online at: https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#privateterms 

Cancellation fees are calculated on the total booking price.

Child Policy: Child Friendly

Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age. 



This itinerary is ideal for closed-groups. Ask us quote for your group's specific travel dates. Usually a group of 6-or-more are needed to ensure affordable per person rates.

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

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.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

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.

The 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. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

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:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

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 doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. 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.

 

Getting Around 

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.

 

Money 

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. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
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