Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Cape Escape tour
Culinary & Wine Wildlife viewing Cape Escape package

Cape Escape

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cape Town - An iconic, vibrant city surrounded by mountain and sea.
  • Cape Peninsula - Visit Cape of Good Hope and the resident penguin colony.
  • Stellenbosch - World renowned vineyards overlooked by stunning, rugged mountains.
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - A marine and forest park in the heart of the famous Garden Route.
  • Hermanus - The best place in Southern Africa to admire the humpback whales (in season).
  • Botelierskop - A reserve home to rhino, buffalo, giraffe and orphan predators.

Short Description

Flanked by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Western Cape boasts incredible beaches, beautiful mountain ranges and unparalleled botanical splendour. This tour takes in South Africa's highlights as we journey from Cape Town, through the winelands of Stellenbosch and onto the scenic Garden Route. Along our way, we encounter penguins at Boulders Bay, breeding whales in Hermanus (from June to September) and game in the Botelierskop Reserve.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Cape Town

Destinations

South Africa

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Activities

Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour Cape Town

Description

Cape Town embodies the feeling of energy and hope that South Africans feel for the future of their country. It's a city of spectacular natural assets, with a high-tech city centre and a mixed population living peacefully together, whilst retaining their own customs.
The rest of today has been left free and you may choose to use the transport provided to head down the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Here, you are likely to see Cape fur seals playfully frolicking in the harbour waters, against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Tour Cape Peninsula National Park

Description

Today is spent enjoying a tour of the many points of interest on the Cape Peninsula.
Our drive takes us via the glorious white-sand beaches of Fish Hoek and the important Naval base of Simon's Town. At Boulders Beach, we stop to see the resident African penguin colony, one of the only places in the world where this sea bird resides.
Moving on to a major highlight, our next visit is to the Cape of Good Hope, first seen by a European in 1488 when Diaz sailed round it on his search for a sea route to the East Indies. A century later, Sir Francis Drake described it as 'the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth'. Astonishingly, it was another century before the Dutch East Indies Trading Company established a permanent settlement here, when it was used to supply ships with cattle and water traded from the indigenous Khoi population. We climb up to a viewpoint and watch the reputed turbulent clash of the warm Agulhas current from the Indian Ocean meeting the cold Benguela current from the Atlantic. If you're feeling active, a short trail leads down to Cape Point.
Our return to Cape Town takes us via Hout Bay, an attractive fishing port once flanked by dense forest which gave it its name, translated as 'Wood Bay'. Here, you have the option of taking a short boat trip out to Seal Island - home to 1000 Cape fur seals and guarded by the impressive towering mountain of 'Sentinel'. Alternatively, you may chose to explore more on dry land. Hout Bay has an active tuna, snoek and crayfish industry and prides itself on offering some of the best fish and chips in the world.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Ascend Table Mountain; drive Stellenbosch

Description

This morning we plan to ascend Table Mountain. Weather permitting, you may choose to take the three to four-hour hiking trail up to the top, accompanied by your Tour Leader. Alternatively, an aerial cableway runs frequently to and from the summit, although it does close for 2 weeks for maintenance each year roughly from the end of July, the ticket for this must be purchased locally. This is our first encounter with some of the unique and colourful flowers from the Cape Floral Kingdom. This plant kingdom has more indigenous plant species per square metre than anywhere else in the world. As you would expect, the views from the top of Table Mountain are simply stunning. A network of trails criss-cross the plateau and provide a variety of vantage points.
Later in the day we'll head out of Cape Town to stay for a couple of nights in Stellenbosch. This region produces some of the finest 'New World Wines', honed over several centuries by the Afrikaan wine growers. Should you wish to do so, you will have the opportunity to sample some of their latest vintages during an optional visit to a wine estate.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Exploring the historic town of Stellenbosch and the winelands

Description

To the north and east of Cape Town are the Cape Winelands, where rugged mountains rise above rolling green valleys, neatly planted with vineyards and dotted with whitewashed manor houses. Stellenbosch is one of the most beautiful and heritage-rich towns in southern Africa. A settlement was first established here in 1679 by the Governor of the Cape who recognised the benefits of the lush and fertile landscape.
Today, we have the opportunity to stroll through this historic town, taking in the distinct architecture that reflects South Africa's rich and diverse history. You can choose to explore on your own following self-guided trails, or take an optional guided tour. If you are feeling energetic, you may like to take a walk on the Helderberg Mountains just behind Stellenbosch.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Scenic drive to Oudtshoorn, stopping in wine country on route

Description

We start early this morning for our scenic journey into the Little Karoo, as there are several points of interest worth visiting en route. After a short time, we will stop for a brief visit in Franschhoek. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, it is now renowned for its top restaurants and foodie offering, with property here among the most sort-after in the country. Worcester is our next stop. Located in the heart of the verdant Breede River Valley, it is surrounded by the largest of the Western Cape's fruit and wine producing valleys. Here, we will find the Karoo National Botanical Garden - a haven for rare and endangered plants. We will also drive through the picturesque town centre, with its fine Victorian town buildings.
We continue our drive through the stark and arid landscapes of the Little Karoo, heading east through Barrydale and Ladismith. Finally, in the centre of South Africa's ostrich farming country, we reach our country lodge accommodation near Oudtshoorn, where we will spend the next two nights.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - In Oudstshoorn, exploring the Cango Caves

Description

We head off early this morning to make the most of the stunning variety of landscapes in this region. We start by exploring the massive limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, where we have the option of joining one of the guided tours which run regularly throughout the day. The caves are an underground wonderland of extraordinary structures, millions of years old. The combination of dripping rainwater and limestone has led to the creation of some of nature's most breath-taking natural arrangements. A local European farmer first discovered the caves late in the 18th century. Ever since then, they have been enjoyed and explored by professionals and amateurs alike.
This afternoon, you have the option of a visit to a local Ostrich Farm, where you can see Zimbabwean Blue, Kenyan Red and South African varieties of this bird, along with the rare and beautiful white ostriches.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Drive to Knysna, walk on pensinula looking for Seals and Dolphins

Description

After leaving Oudtshoorn, we travel along the dramatic Outeniqua pass through the Outeniqua Mountains. These mountains form a formidable barrier between the dry interior and the lush coastal strip known as the 'Garden Route'. Our next two nights are spent in Knysna, which is a popular artists' retreat and adventure activity base, twice voted South Africa's favourite town. It was originally a lucrative harbour, forestry and mining centre, established as a commercial town by the reputed illegitimate son of King George III, George Rex. Its wealth was built on its lagoon from which goods could be easily transported.
Later today, it may also be possible to take an easy walk on the magnificent Robberg Peninsula. Named after the seal colony found there by Dutch sailors, it offers stunning views of the coastline. From the peninsula, you may well see seals and dolphins. From June to late November, you may also catch sight of southern right whales that come into the calmer and warmer waters to calve and nurse their young.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, optional walks and short treks

Description

No visit to the Garden Route would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park. This marine and forest park stretches for 80 kilometres, from a lagoon at Nature's Valley to the mouth of the Groot River. Whilst in the park, you have the option to join a canopy tour, during which you can 'fly' through the forest on a zipwire. The lush forest and sheer cliffs also provide an ideal setting for trekking and we are likely to go on a short walk to the suspension bridge that spans the mouth of Storm's River. Here, the rugged coastline with its crashing waves and the forest-covered cliffs are simply spellbinding. Whist in this area, we also recommend sampling the excellent local seafood.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Game drive in Boteilierskop reserve, drive to Swellendem

Description

This morning, we have an early start to drive to Botelierskop Private Game Reserve for our three -hour game drive. Here, a local guide will accompany us as we explore the 3000 hectare reserve in an open four-wheel drive safari vehicle. There are around 1800 animals in the reserve, across 26 species, including rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland, bontebok and black impala. The reserve also attracts over 200 species of bird. During our visit, we are also likely to meet orphaned elephants and lions.
This afternoon, we will continue to follow the garden route into an important farming region where we will find Swellendam - our base for the night.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Along the ‘Whale Route’ to Cape Town

Description

On our penultimate day of the tour, we follow the acclaimed 'Whale Route' along the dramatic south coast to Cape Town. Our first stop is wild and dramatic Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point in Africa. It is also the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. We then drive on to the small seaside resort of Hermanus, regarded as one of the premier spots for whale-watching in Africa, if not the world. Every year, between June and December, southern right whales mate and calve in this area. Hermanus is one of the best places to see them as they come very close inshore and the cliff top coastal walk offers many convenient viewing points. A 'whale crier' keeps everybody informed of the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn and is as much a part of the whale watching experience as the whales are.
Finally, we return to Cape Town via Betty's Bay and Gordon's Bay, affording spectacular views across both Walker Bay and False Bay.
On your final evening of the tour, you may choose to go to a traditional African drumming performance, or simply enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants in the city.
Please note: Final timings of today's itinerary are flexible and depend on seasonality and the likelihood of spotting whales. Out of whale season, we may arrive in Cape Town earlier in the day, allowing us free time to spend as we wish.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Tour ends Cape Town

Description

The tour ends today after breakfast. Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may have enough time to visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens lie on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and consist of landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees. They are a living display of floral beauty and feature 4700 of the estimated 20000 species of indigenous South African flora, and close to 50 per cent of the Peninsula's floral wealth!
Alternatively and depending on the schedule of your flights, you may opt to take a boat trip to visit Robben Island, if you haven't already had the chance to visit it on Day 1. It is here that Nelson Mandela served most of his prison sentence under the South African government and is now a worthy and powerful symbol of the optimism and hope for the future of South Africa.
If this all sounds far too strenuous, you could just soak up the vibrant and colourful atmosphere at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and just wander or do some last minute shopping!

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Excursions

Cape Town - Robben Island (3.5 hour tour) R340; Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens R65; Table Mountain cable car - from R293 return /R151 one way Cape Peninsula - Seal Island boat trip R80. Stellenbosch - Guided tour available R80; Wine tasting R32. Cango Caves - Guided tour of caves from R110. depending on duration; Ostrich Farm R130. Plettenberg Bay - Whale watching R750. Tsitsikamma NP - Canopy trail R650. Oudsthoorn - Wildlife ranch R160. Knysna - Robberg Nature Reserve walk R40.; Township Tour R400. If you would like to book an excursion to Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated please use this link: http://www .robben-island.org.za/ It is very important that you book the 9am ferry on the last day of the trip. If there are spaces it is possible to book this excursion locally.

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

South Africa has a good tourism infrastructure and generally good service standards. Outside of our mid-range, hotel in Cape town, much of our accommodation is in small, family run guesthouses, farms and inns. These are more than just B&Bs; individually styled and tastefully furnished, with en suite rooms and often lovely gardens and a pool. The properties we use give a real taste of traditional South African hospitality and we love supporting these small local businesses. In Stellenbosch we stay in the guesthouse of a working wine farm which gives us a great feel for the country whilst staying in comfortable accommodation. We can also enjoy some great home cooking and views from the pool. Also of note is our thatched country lodge at Oudtshoorn.

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If you are travelling to/via South Africa with minors (under 18 years), additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information.

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If you are travelling to/via South Africa with minors (under 18 years), additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information.

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