Arrive In Cape Town
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.
Explore Cape Town
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.
Day 3 & 4
Explore Cape Town & Surrounds
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.
To The West Coast
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.
Explore The West Coast
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.
To The Cederberg
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.
Today is an opportunity to explore this mesmerisingly beautiful area and its 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.
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.
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