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Cape Town Self Drive Holiday: Penguins + Whales + Wildflowers + Winelands

Cape Wildflowers + Whales + Winelands (self drive)
SCB14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Cape Town Self Drive Holiday Penguins Whales Wildflowers Winelands

From July to October, this seasonal Cape Town self drive holiday focuses on whales, wildflowers & wine tasting. After ascending Table Mountain, view penguins at Cape Point & drive up the West Coast to Langebaan Lagoon, where thousands of sea birds roost & wildflowers bloom (Aug/Sept). Visit the Cederberg Mountains, Swellendam & whales in Hermanus, before relaxing in Franschhoek & Stellenbosch winelands.

Cape Town Self Drive Holiday Penguins Whales Wildflowers Winelands
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Cape Town Self Drive Holiday
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Penguins
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Langebaan Lagoon
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Wildflowers Reserve
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Cederberg Mountains
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Swellendam
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Whales in Hermanus
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Winelands of Stellenbosch
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Cape Town Self Drive Holiday
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Penguins
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Langebaan Lagoon
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Wildflowers Reserve
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Cederberg Mountains
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Swellendam
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Whales in Hermanus
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Winelands of Stellenbosch
Day 1
You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
To orientate yourself, we suggest you purchase a pass onboard the convenient Red Route Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and attractions, including the Table Mountain cable car (discounted tickets are sold on the bus). Here you can ascend and enjoy one of the world's most famous views.
 
Continue to trendy Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Note: Don't let the colour of the bus confuse you. All buses are red, but they run two different routes - the Red City Route and the Blue Kirstenbosch Route.
Day 3
At leisure to relax and explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can also take the Hop Off bus (Blue Route) to visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, enjoy a city tour or simply relax on golden Camps Bay Beach.
Day 4
This morning your hire car will be dropped off at your hotel.
 
We recommend you spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula. Start with an optional short boat trip from Hout Bay to view Cape Fur seals at Seal Island and continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we recommend driving through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach. You can also make a short stop at the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 5
Enjoy the stunning scenery of the West Coast, as you drive 2-hours to Langebaan.
 
This rugged lagoon is a Ramsar Wetland of international significance, with thousands of seabirds roosting on the nearby sheltered islands. Large concentrations of flamingos and migrants can also be seen wading on the salt marshes.
 
In West Coast National Park on the shores of the lagoon, you can see zebra, wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, caracal and rock hyrax. Migrating whales may be seen between July and November.
Day 6
At leisure to relax in Langebaan and explore the area around the lagoon.
 
Geelbek Hide offers excellent opportunities for both birding and photography. You can also enjoy activities on the lagoon, or drive to nearby Paternoster - a peaceful fishing village that has sustained a local community for many decades.
Day 7
This morning leave Langebaan and drive throught the Piekernierskloof Pass to the scenic Cederberg Mountains.
 
At Clanwilliam we recommend a visit to the Ramskop Wild Flower Garden, which boasts over 350 different species of indigenous wild flowers and wonderful views of the Cederberg Mountains. The best viewing is between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its warmest.
 
Aftrewards check into your hotel in this region of dramatically beautiful rocky mountain scenery, renowned for its Bushmen paintings.
Day 8
At leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cederberg Mountains.
 
Local activities include walking trails to see ancient Bushmen Paintings, nature drives, canoeing and star gazing in amazingly clear night skies.
Day 9
Today leave the Cederberg and enjoy the scenic 5-hour drive through the mountains of Tulbach, Worcester, Robertson, Montagu and the Breede River winelands to the historic town of Swellendam, in the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountains.
 
Check into your hotel in Swellendam - the third oldest town in South Africa, with some wonderful examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Day 10
At leisure to relax and explore the small town of Swellendam.
 
It is the gateway to the Little Karoo, with three nature reserves within easy reach - Bontebok National Park, Marloth Nature Reserve and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
Day 11
Today drive 3-hours from Swellendam through the fertile Overberg region to Hermanus.
 
We suggest you detour through the small fishing village of Arniston, with its white limestone cliffs, giant sand dunes, pristine beaches, stunning nature reserve and aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Also visit Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa and the true meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, before continuing along this beautiful coast to Hermanus.
 
From July to November, southern right and humpback whales come to Hermanus to breed and this is considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the natural beauty of the coastline.
Day 12
At leisure to relax in the small seaside town of Hermanus, with its open-air craft market in season and coastal path with wonderful indigenous fynbos and bird life. The small Fernkloof Nature Reserve, situated on the slopes of a mountain outside the village, is a fynbos wildflower sanctuary cared for by local volunteers.
 
During the whale season enjoy Whale Watching from the cliffs, which usually offer excellent viewing. For closer views, you can take an optional whale watching boat trip (advance booking recommended in season).  There is a small beach at the foot of the cliffs, with steep access.
 
You can visit the Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary or venture further afield to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa and the true meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans (pay all entrance fees locally). You can also drive 2-hours to De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Day 13
Drive 2-hours today from Hermanus to Stellenbosch in the beautiful Cape Winelands.
 
Along the way you can stop at the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West, to observe these magnificent endangered cats up close. This community-based programme is seeking to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and campaign for its survival (pay entrance fee locally).
 
On arrival in Stellenboch, you can also stop at Vergelegen - the historic Cape Dutch homestead of Simon Van Der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony, with its magnificent 300-year old giant camphor trees.
 
Check into your hotel in this famous wine producing area, relax under the giant oak trees and savour the fine food and wines of this region.
Day 14
At leisure to relax in beautiful Stellenbosch, surrounded by its mountains and vineyards.
 
Explore this old university town with its many street markets, craft shops and museums, including the Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery, or visit Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens.
 
You can also self-drive the wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl with many opportunities for wine tasting at famous wine estates. Alternatively use the Vine Hopper hop-off bus to explore these winelands or book an optional small group tour.
 
In the evening there are several fine dining restaurants in the area (advance booking strongly recommended).
 
Note: Vine Hopper bus does not operate on Sundays.
Day 15
Drive to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.