2 day Zip & Sip, Tip of Africa + Hermanus Whale Coast - Closed Group tour 2day Cape Ahulhas, Whale Coast | Hotspots2c
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Zip & Sip, Tip of Africa with Hermanus

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Overview

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Explore the winding roads from the Overberg region to Hermanus - considered to be the best land-based whale watching spot in the world - to overnight and visit the tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas on this thrilling itinerary. Travel to the southernmost tip of Africa – where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Along the way soar above the tree line as you zipline along astonishing Elgin Valley mountainscapes.

Look out for the Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks – with a cliff path walk in Hermanus and in whale season (June - November) you'll have a chance to gaze upon enormous southern right whales from one of the best land-based whale-watching sites in the world. After some free time in Hermanus you'll visit the Stony Point Reserve in Betty’s Bay - home a colony of African penguins. End off your adventure with a delight for the senses as you savour on Benguela Cove's dessert treats & wine pairing, before returning to Cape Town. 

 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 
Distance
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600
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Tempo
Packed pace
Ideal For
Friends

Itinerary guideline

This tour itinerary guideline is suited for groups of students, friends, volunteers or interns travelling together and can run in reverse or a different order.
Day 1
Cape Agulhas

Start with an afternoon pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

Drive via the spectacular Sir Lowry's Mountain Pass to Elgin. Get ready to zip through the Elgin Valley region. After a safety briefing and kitting up at the reception, you will be transported by 4×4   high into the mountain range: this is where the fun begins! Two professional guides will accompany the group, ensuring strict safety standards all the while providing an enlightening and educational experience, providing interesting facts about the nature and geology of this interesting area. Slide along with steel cables from platform to platform, taking you past waterfalls and through valleys, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. With 13 platforms and slides up to 320m long, both nature and adventure enthusiasts will have an amazing time!

A quick lunch stop Elgin's Railway Market - set in a converted apple warehouse with a vibrant Victorian, Art Deco atphoshere. This renovated 1940s station building and market now serves as the gateway to the picturesque Elgin Valley and features live music and diverse vendors and food stalls offering homemade and local goods. Ceres Rail still operates weekends with 80-year-old steam trains, creating a thrilling spectacle for all ages if trains arrive at the station. 

After lunch - head even more South.. well, until we reach Cape Agulhas – the official meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the southernmost-tip of Africa.   This wild, treacherous coastline is said to be the graveyard of many many ships. Take steps to the the lighthouse or beacon to mark the point where two oceans meet, and get the necessary photos as proof of your visit to this special place.

 

 

 

Stay Package

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

Day 3
Cape Whale Coast

Wake up to the sound of the ocean in Cape Agulhas and take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air. Move on to explore the coastal haven of Hermanus. Meander along coastal paths lined with indigenous fynbos, lulled by the crashing sounds of ocean waves against the rocky shoreline, and be on the lockout for whales. 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 in 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. 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.

Enroute stop at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate to indulge in a dessert and wine pairing experience that harmonizes with the surrounding indigenous beauty, providing a soul-nourishing escape. Immerse yourselve in tranquility while savoring a menu of decadent delights; Cap Classique complementing a pineapple and confeti bush crème, while the Cab Sauvignon pairs extremely well with a chocolate and mint 'ash cooked' tart. Conclude the sweet treat experience with a Noble Late Harvest (made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes) paired with a 'spekboom' infused cheesecake - pairings inspired by the scenic Walker Bay region. Enjoy the wine tasting in the picturesque Kogelberg Biosphere with views of the lagoon and Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

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. You can also 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 (if open* closed due to floods currently) - to reach Cape Town by late afternoon.

 
 

End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

 
 

Included

Small Group

You will join a small group size of travellers per vehicle. 

The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides or transport will change during the trip.

A minimum of confirmed people are needed to confirm this tour - if minimums are not reached an alternative option (at extra charge) or another possible date will be offered.

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

1 nights accommodation according to the itinerary.

Meals

1x Breakfast,1x Dinner (bbq) braai

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Cape Zipline with 4x4 drive in Elgin Valley
  • Browse the Elgin Railway Market
  • Reach Cape Agulhas - The Tip of Africa
  • Hermanus Cliff Paths Walk
  • Benguela Cove Treats + Wine Pairing
  • Meet the Betty's Bay Penguins

Excluded

✕ Optionals

Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey.

✕ Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

✕ Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

✕ Drinks

All drinks can be purchased on tour.

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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.
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My passion for hiking gave me a deep appreciation for being surrounded by nature... With some of my local and international must-visit outdoor spots already ticked off from my travel wishlist, I'll always be dreaming about my next adventure. Being part of the travel industry since 2016, especially my recent position as an airline ticketing and customer care consultant; helping fellow travellers plan their perfect holiday perfectly aligns with my love to share our uniquely diverse cultures and places with the world. - Tammy Mackriel

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Why You'll Love It

  • Walk amongst fragrant fynbos along the Hermanus cliff paths for some of the world's best seasonal land-based whale watching.

  • Meet the cute resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.

  • Stand at the point where two oceans meet at Africa's southernmost tip.

  • Soar above the tree line as you zipline along astonishing Elgin Valley mountainscapes.

  • Take a trip back to Victorian times as you visit the Art Deco inspired Railway Market in the Elgin Valley.

  • Indulge in Benguela Cove's indigenous plant and nature inspired dessert and wine pairing amid lagoon views.

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: No children under 8 years

Children under 8 years are not allowed.

Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and book a private room.

Children under 18 years are not allowed to stay or book a dorm sharing room package.

Minors under 18 years are not allowed to consume alcohol and will require adult consent to partake in some optional activities.

country info

 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

  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, however, should you wish to tip the team on the road you are welcome to decide on a value that match the level of service received. A recommendation usually range from R50 to R200 per person per day.
  • 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.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may also leave money to housekeeping at the end of your stay. Porter fees may already be included in your quote, and will be listed under your tour package inclusions.
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