South Africa's Winelands and Garden Route provide so many interesting experiences and activities from tasting sumptuous new world wines to boat-based whale watching where you will see Southern Right whales who have traveled from the Antarctic to this Walker Bay area to calve in the shallower warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. See it all for yourself with this Road Trip: starting in Cape Town, winding along the Cape Winelands and its Whale Route, before ending in the Garden Route.
This 13-day tour is an exploration of what makes South Africa a top tourist destination. A few days in Cape Town where you will be able to take the cableway to the top of Table Mountain and witness the amazing view over the city, the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, a Peninsula tour to the Cape Point is also a must-see experience. Climbing into your rental car, you travel to the renowned Cape Winelands where wine tasting is one of the main attractions on some of the most well-known wine estates in the region. The Cape Whale Route is an ideal way to explore the South African coastline and Hermanus is gifted with a cliff walkway that runs along the coast making it easy to spot whales from an elevated viewpoint.
Wilderness is a stunning beach destination with white sandy beaches and somewhat warmer Indian Ocean water, there are also some magnificent trails to waterfalls and other interesting nature walks. And further up the coast is the beautiful Plettenberg Bay which has so much to offer in terms of activities and experiences, whale and dolphin tours, beautiful beaches, horse trails, Birds of Eden 2 hectare aviary, Plett Puzzle Park, mountain biking trails, the Elephant Sanctuary, Plett Game Reserve and couple that with excellent restaurants and lively bars with great views.
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Accommodation: More Quarters Hotel
Today you arrive at Cape Town's International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Included during your stay is a full day hop-on-hop-off Cape Town city tour and a scheduled Cape Peninsula full day tour to Cape Point. The Cape Peninsula tour is a scenic adventure of magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The view from Cape Point and the encounter with African penguins at Boulders Beach are unforgettable experiences.
The area around Kloof Street has various quaint coffee shops and delicacy shops plus designer clothes outlets. A visit to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is recommended as there are restaurants, markets, art, diamond retailers, buskers, art galleries and much more. A walk along the Sea Point promenade is also interesting and rewarding experience.
Cape Town offers a wide range of activities, so please consult with one of our experts for more information.
Accommodation: Majeka House
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the slopes of Table Mountain then gather your belongings for the arrival of your rental car, then take a leisurely drive out to the Winelands, your guest house is surrounded by various well-known wine estates, the town of Stellenbosch is also quite interesting, a university town where the campus building are scattered far and wide across the town, many of the buildings reveal a mix of Cape Dutch or Georgian architecture and the streets are lined with oak trees.
Spier Estate has a bird of prey rehabilitation facility where these magnificent eagles or hawks are often flown around 11 am each day in their healing process, there is also a Segway tour that takes you through the vineyards and the guide will explain all the ecological projects that the Estate makes use of for growing vegetables, recycling their grey water
Accommodation: The Marine
After breakfast, gather your luggage and head to Hermanus traveling alongside the Hottentots Holland mountain range then cross over the range up Sir Lowry's Pass and on to the seaside town of Hermanus. Southern Right whales travel thousands of kilometers each year from the Antarctic to calve in the shallower warm waters of Walker Bay and the surrounds, they start arriving in and around June and head back to the colder waters towards the beginning of December. A boat-based whale watching trip is an experience that should not be missed, the female Southern Right whale averages between 40 and 50 tonnes and are approximately 14 meters long, it is an amazing experience to see mother and calve swim alongside in these shallow waters in and around Walker Bay.
This region also boasts some well-known wine estates that all offer interesting wine tasting experiences e.g. Creation pairs their wines with food platters.
Sea kayaking trips are also very popular along with Hobie cat sailing and kitesurfing.
Accommodation: Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
This morning you continue on your journey along the garden route as you head towards the coastal town of Wilderness.
Situated between the town of George and the Tsitsikamma Forest, Knysna is perfectly positioned to explore the top attractions of all three areas.
During the next two days, walks along the long white sandy beach and the Collared Kingfisher trail which runs along the River up to a beautiful waterfall. You have the freedom to decide where you wish to go and what you wish to experience.
Accommodation: The Plettenberg Hotel
Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of the Garden Route, although some might argue that Knysna is but here you will find a magnificent bay with long white sandy beaches and a plethora of activities from whale and dolphin tours to wildlife activities like the Birds of Eden ( a 2-hectare dome aviary), Monkeyland, the Elephant Sanctuary, the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. There are also numerous adrenalin activities in and around Storms River, Tree Top Canopy tour, the 216-meter Bloukrans
George airport is your closest airport 105km which should take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to travel there by car to connect with your flight to your next onward destination.
After a hearty breakfast, gazing over the Indian Ocean, you can gather your belongings and travel by car to George Airport which is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. After returning your rental car, you will connect with your onward travel arrangements.
Includes: Luxury accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at all five properties, 10 days automatic sedan style car rental with unlimited kilometers and super cover insurance. Transfer from Cape Town airport to More Quarters in Gardens. Cape Town city sightseeing hop-on-hop-off tour, Cape Peninsula full day tour and a two to three-hour whale watching trip aboard a purpose-built catamaran.
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