9 days from £1550pp plus international flights.
This three centre self-drive holiday gives you the opportunity to see all that Cape Town has to offer, and then head off to the less populated West Coast and then inland to the undeniably beautiful Cederberg. The areas are all contrasting and allow you to experience the variety on offer in this stunning country.
Having a hire car means you are free to explore and make the most of your stay. There is plenty to do in Cape Town itself such as taking a trip up Table Mountain or a visit to Robben Island, the boats leave from the Waterfront, but you can also spread your wings and explore further afield on day trips. The winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are well worth a visit, or if it is the right season (July to November) then you could head to the pretty coastal town of Hermanus to enjoy a spot of whale watching.
Once you have had your fill of the Mother City, then it's off in a northerly direction to explore the West Coast. One of the attractions is the tranquillity, you will experience fewer tourists in this area. There is an opportunity to explore the West Coast National Park and the beautiful azure waters of the Langebaan lagoon. The bird life here can be prolific. Then you drive inland to the stunning Cederberg that has a deep history. This is an untouched wilderness area, perfect for hiking, mountain biking as you soak up the atmosphere and go in search of the ancient San rock paintings, some believed to be 10,000 years old.
This trip offers everything and more. From the modern city of Cape Town with its vibrant restaurant and café scene, through to the ancient rock paintings and the peace and tranquillity of the Cederberg.
Your holiday begins as you touch down at Cape Town International Airport. Our local representative will be there to meet you and show you to your transfer vehicle which will take you the short distance to The Twelve Apostles, just outside Camps Bay. You can unpack, relax and unwind and enjoy uninterrupted sea or mountain views from your room. There are several options for dining in the hotel, and relaxation is taken care of with an on-site spa and a private cinema.
After a delightful breakfast you will take delivery of your hire car, you are now free to explore Cape Town and the surrounds at your leisure, the opportunities are endless. Down at the Waterfront you can try the restaurants and shops, Robben Island tours depart from here too. A trip to Cape Point will give you a bird's eye view of where the Atlantic meets the Pacific Ocean and of course there is the iconic Table Mountain to scale, either on foot or via the cable car. (NOTE: Table Mountain cable car is often closed for repairs in late July to mid-August, and is weather dependent too). Cape Town has endless excellent restaurants for you to try, you will be spoilt for choice, returning to the comfort of The Twelve Apostles each night. Breakfast.
For the next two days Cape Town and the surrounds await you. There is so much to do in the mother city, opt to meet the people and take a township tour or take a trip around the peninsula, maybe visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach. You could explore further afield and head along the coastal route to Hermanus, a delightful town well known for whale sightings in season, or make a beeline for the historical town of Stellenbosch and the surrounding winelands. As well as tasting excellent regional wines the scenery is simply stunning too with a backdrop of imposing mountains. Many of the wineries have excellent restaurants so you can enjoy a meal together with superb wines as you soak up the vistas. Then head back to Cape Town to try out a different restaurant for dinner. Breakfast.
After a leisurely start, you leave Cape Town behind and embark on the next part of your holiday, exploring the beautiful west coast. It's only a 2 hour drive to your next destination on the edge of the small coastal town of Paternoster, so you will have time stop off for lunch and explore the West Coast National Park along the way. The azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are a focal point of the park, here you should find some superb bird species. Eland, red hartebeest, caracal and rock hyrax are some of the mammals to search for and keep your eye on the horizon for passing whales and dolphins. Breakfast.
After breakfast your day can take on a leisurely pace if you wish. Paternoster is an iconic seaside gem offering a variety of activities and gourmet delights. You can enjoy endless beach walks, cycling (the hotel has mountain bikes available), early morning kayaking to the penguin colony, quad biking, horse riding or guided hiking trails and wine tasting is on offer in the nearby quaint town of Darling, there are options to suit every mood. Breakfast.
This morning you will leave the coast behind and drive about 2 and a half hours to a completely contrasting yet captivatingly beautiful area, the Cederberg mountains where you will stay at the Bushmanskloof Reserve. There is no mobile signal here so you will be able to switch off and immerse yourself in nature. Once you have settled in why not join fellow guests for high tea and then embark on an evening nature drive? There are around 150 bird and 35 mammal species on the reserve including zebra, foxes and even aardwolf. There will be time to freshen up before sitting down to a delicious dinner at one of the breathtaking outdoor or indoor locations. Breakfast, high tea, dinner.
Today is an opportunity to explore this mesmerisingly beautiful area and it's rich heritage. There are more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, some are 10,000 years old. Guided tours of rock art sites are a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into these cultural treasures. You can explore on mountain bikes, or hike amongst the amazing rock formations. Canoeing and fly-fishing are also on offer here. Return to the lodge for a delicious meal, then after dinner, on a clear night, the sky is perfect for stargazing. The milky way dusts the sky and other planets and constellations become visible, the guides can lead you on a journey through the galaxy, a fine way to finish off the evening. Full board.
Enjoy your last breakfast in the mountains, perhaps preceded by a relaxing yoga class or a final dip in the heated pool. Then it's time to pack your bags and bid farewell to the Cederberg and make your way back to Cape Town airport. After handing the car back you are ready to catch your flight home. Breakfast.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1550 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide price pp sharing: 6 Jan-30 Apr 2019 from £2305. May – Oct from £1550. Sep from £2005. Oct – 12 Dec 2019 £2210.
Meet and greet; 8 night's accommodation, meals as specified, transfers as specified, activities as specified, 8 days Group C car hire.
All flights; any meals or drinks not specified; park fees/conservation levies not specified; tips, items of a personal nature.
You need to fly in and out of Cape Town International Airport. Various airlines fly here, and the prices will range from about £750 pp depending on the season and availability.
A luxury lodge set in a wilderness area of the Cederberg with stunning vistas and rock formations.
Enjoy an unspoiled ocean getaway on the West Coast.
Located near Camps Bay and within easy reach of Cape Town, this is a well-equipped, family-friendly hotel and spa
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Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
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