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Holidays to Cape Town Safari Holiday South Africa Tours Stellenbosch

Whales, Wildflowers + Winelands (self drive)


SCC12C
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,195
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
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 see the wonderful wildflowers at Langebaan Lagoon. Continue to the beautiful Stellenbosch winelands to enjoy some wine tasting, before ending your holiday viewing whales in Hermanus.
Cape Town Self Drive Holiday Penguins Whales Wildflowers 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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Postberg Wildflowers Reserve
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Wine Tasting
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Cheetah Project
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Whales in Hermanus
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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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Postberg Wildflowers Reserve
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Wine Tasting
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Cheetah Project
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Whales in Hermanus
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.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 3
This morning your hire car will be dropped off at your hotel.
 
We recommend you spend 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 4
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.
Days 5 To 6
Today is free to enjoy the wildflowers of Postberg Flower Reserve (pay entrance fee locally).
 
This special flower conservancy on Langebaan Lagoon is only open to visitors during the flower season, ensuring an abundance of undisturbed blooms. Depending on the rains, from mid August to mid September you may see spectacular fields of wildflowers that form a carpet of many colours. On clear sunny days, the wildflowers appear to erupt from every sandy nook and rocky cranny, opening up to the blue sky and providing an unforgettable floral extravaganza.
Day 7
This morning leave Langebaan and drive 2-hours to the historic university town of Stellenbosch in the beautiful Cape Winelands.
 
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.
Days 8 To 9
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 (note: the bus does not operate on Sundays) or book an optional small group tour.
 
In the evening there are several fine dining restaurants in the area (advance booking strongly recommended).
Day 10
Drive 2-hours today from Stellenbosch to the small seaside town of Hermanus, travelling along the scenic coastal route through Gordon’s Bay and along the False Bay coast.
 
Along the way we suggest a detour to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in the small coastal town of Bettys Bay. You may also want to visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, renowned for its fynbos flowers. The walk through the gorge and down to the waterfall is particularly rewarding (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Continue to Hermanus and check into your hotel. From July to November, southern right and humpback whales come here 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.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax in the small seaside town of Hermanus.
 
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 explore this small town on foot, 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 the local botanical society.
Day 13
Drive 2-hours to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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