Explore the winding roads from the Stellenbosch Winelands to Hermanus - considered to be the best land-based whale watching spot in the world - to visit the tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas on this thrilling itinerary. Begin your journey in the midst of the Stellenbosch Winelands as you experience some of the finest wines the region has to offer. Explore the quaint French Huguenot town of Franschhoek and travel to the southernmost tip of Africa – where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
Whilst the Big Five draw many visitors to Africa, on your second day of adventure, the Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks – are the stars of the show, with cliff path hikes and the opportunity to go kayaking in the ocean. During whale season (June - November) you'll also have a chance to gaze upon enormous southern right whales from one of the best land-based whale watching sites in the world.
If the big blues didn’t tickle your fancy then the visit to the Stony Point Reserve in Betty’s Bay (home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguins in the world) will certainly do the trick! These feathered entertainers always come dressed to the nines and are bound to waddle their way right into your heart. Learn about the conservation efforts of the reserve and have a peek into the many artificial penguin homes littered along the shores.
End off your adventure with a delight for the senses as you drive along Clarence Drive, with dramatic twists along steep mountainsides, the perfect vantage point to view the vast False Bay. On a clear day, you can even see waves crashing on the tips of the Cape Peninsula!
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.
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.
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.
Discover the roads between the Cape Winelands toward the tranquil Overberg region as you journey like a local on this tantalising day. Set off toward the colourful lean-to houses of Kayamandi as you embark upon a journey to Mama Swartbooi's cosy home. Feel the warmth of the Kayamandi residents as Mama Swartbooi welcomes you into her home where you’ll be treated to colourful stories, tea or home-made gingerbeer and an array of local Xhosa treats such as amagwinya (vetkoek) and chakalaka.
With the fragrance of local delights lingering on your palate, you'll travel to 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 an optional wine and biltong pairing instead where you’ll taste how the wine flavours are enhanced by beef and game biltong.
As lunch nears, you’ll have time to explore the charming streets of Franschhoek, dotted with restaurants, cafés, galleries and quaint shops. This historic town was settled by French Huguenots in the 17th and 18th Century, but today is best known as the culinary and wine capital of South Africa with around 30 wine cellars and a similar number of restaurants including eight of the top 100 in the country.
Take in the views of the mountainous Overberg region as you travel to Cape Agulhas. Here, at Africa’s southernmost point, the warm Agulhas current that flows along the east of the continent meets the colder Benguela current of the Atlantic and turns back on itself. The marked beacon is the ideal spot for that must have photo, and if you're daring enough, you can try and dip your toes into the icy waters while keeping an eye out for the resident stingrays. Soak in the deep colours of the rich sunset against the silhouette of shipwrecks as you spend the night in the area.
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 African penguins of Stony Point are waiting to greet you in Betty’s Bay. Watch these endangered waddlers in one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguins in the world. Journey home via Clarence drive and soak in the scenery. Be sure to look out for the Cape Peninsula across the bay, and keep an eye out for baboons and the abundant birdlife. You’ll return to Cape Town by the 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.
1 night accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.
1 x Breakfast is included
Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
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Children under 12 years are not allowed. Children between 12 and 18 years must to be accompanied by an adult.
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.