Prepare to be wowed by the Western Cape! See the best spots from Cape Point to the most Southern Tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas on this action-packed 3-day trip from Cape Town. A journey of discovery awaits you along the rugged coastline of the Overberg, filled with mystery and awe-inspiring beauty to the grandeur of the renowned Cape Winelands. After visiting Hout Bay and enjoying the dramatic coastal scenery along the Cape Peninsula, sample esteemed South African wines at estates near Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then meet a local leader on a guided walk through the Kayamandi Township for a sensitive insider view at post-Apartheid life. Spend your final day relaxing in Hermanus, whale watching, visiting an African penguin colony at Betty's Bay and the adventurous can even go shark cage diving in Gansbaai!
This small group tour is led by a local tour guide and ideal for couples, families or solo travellers to join.
Day 1: Cape Point - Stellenbosch You'll be picked up in the morning by luxury minivan to the first stop at Hout Bay. Wander around the charming market or opt for an optional Duiker Island cruise (own expense) to see the Cape fur seals. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope and stop at Cape Point, a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park. Observe wildlife in a fynbos landscape and walk to the lighthouse where the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash against Africa's southwestern tip. Head inland to spend the evening in Stellenbosch to enjoy local wine, food and buzzing nightlife (own expense).
Overnight in Stellenbosch4-star Roosenwijn or similar
Day 2: Franschhoek - Cape Agulhas (B) Visit the township of Kayamandi to experience a taste of township life. With a local community leader to show you around, you'll get an insider's view of local life and learn about the Xhosa culture. Then, visit some of the popular wine estates that are scattered around the Western Cape towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Sample some of the country's most acclaimed wines and ports, pairing them with locally produced cheeses and even chocolate! In Franschhoek, you'll have time to spend at leisure, a perfect place for lunch in what many consider to be South Africa's gourmet capital.
Travel to Cape Agulhas to a stone marker at shore ' indicating the most southern tip of Africa ' a geographic extreme where the continent meets with the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans. A graveyard of ancient shipwrecks along this legendary 'Cape of Storms' reminds of many tragic and mysterious tales of failed expeditions.
Overnight in Cape Agulhas at 4-star Agulhas Country Lodge or similar
Day 3: Hermanus - Cape Town (B) Either rise at the crack of dawn to go shark cage diving (own expense), or depart slightly later to visit the popular whale-watching town of Hermanus. If you choose to explore Hermanus, you'll have more time here independently. Perhaps enjoy some land-based whale watching along the famous cliff footpaths. Whale season from approximately June to November.
If an adrenaline-pumping cage diving experience with sharks is more your thing, then join a '2-hour cage dive with South Africa's notorious great white sharks. All equipment is provided; just bring your bathing suit! After the dive, you'll also have some time to spot whales along the coast when collecting the group from Hermanus.
On the way back to Cape Town, you'll pass the famous Betty's Bay penguin reserve to meet with a colony of African penguins in their natural habitat, before one final last stop at a Clarence Drive viewpoint. Arrive back in Cape Town between ' 6 pm.
This package is part of a group tour and other customers may sleep at 4-star, 3-star or budget backpacker accommodation.