8 Day Cape Town & Whale Tour


Day 1

Guests will be met at any location of their choice in Cape Town, from where we travel to and explore the town of Stellenbosch. The town lies at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range, which provides soil favourable for viticulture. Grapes grown in this area are primarily used for wine production. After exploring the town of Stellenbosch, we visit two of the fine wine estates in the region. Here guests enjoy wine tasting and gain insight into the production of wine in South Africa. We will book in at the Le Franschhoek

Dinner


Day 2

Guests are met after breakfast and the day is devoted to visiting the town of Franschhoek and the surrounding wine estates. The Cape Dutch architecture in Franschhoek is a must to view. We visit the Huguenot Museum. The three high arches symbolize the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The central female figure personifies religious freedom with a Bible in her one hand and broken chain in the other. She is casting off her cloak of oppression and her position on top of the globe shows her spiritual freedom. The fleur de lies on her robe represents a noble spirit and character. After exploring the town, visits will be made to three wine estates in the Drakenstein Valley. This area is renowned for the fine quality wines it produces. Overnight at Le Franschhoek

Breakfast & Dinner


Day 3

After an enjoyable breakfast, the tour makes its way up the Franschhoek Pass. The pass has spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley. The road descends to the Du Toits River at the foot of the pass. The area lacks the fertility of the Drakenstein Valley and appears arid, even though it is being irrigated from the Thee Waterkloof Dam. The road leads to Grabouw in the Elgin Valley, which is sandwiched between the Hottentots-Holland, Kogelberg and Groenland mountains. The Elgin Valley is the heart of the South African deciduous fruit region, with apples, pears and plums. Back on the main highway the town Hermanus is well known as a station to enjoy land-based whale watching. Since August 1992, it has hosted the world's only 'Whale Crier', who sounds his kelp horn to announce the arrival of whales. Guests spend the afternoon at leisure. The day will end enjoying a cocktail overlooking the ocean. Sleep-over at Marine Hermanus.

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 4

Hermanus is known for the whales. Best times for whale watching are between June and November. It is also renowned for its fishing and perlemoen industry. You will visit the Hamilton Russell Wine Estate before enjoying lunch in town. After some time for relaxation, guests will board a whale charter in New Harbour. The charter gives guests an opportunity to view these giants of the ocean close up, with spectacular displays of Southern Right whales breaching the water, tail slapping and spy-hopping. Sleep at Marine Hermanus

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5

After breakfast the road turns inland with numerous sightings of South Africa's national bird, the blue crane, to be expected. These birds are endangered and are very special. We make our way towards Bredasdorp, a small town established around a Dutch Reformed Church in 1838. Besides sheep farming, the town also boasts other agricultural activities, including wheat, milk, and indigenous fynbos cultivation. The tour then travels on to Cape Agulhas, which, in its Portuguese form - "Cabo das Agulhas" - translates to "Cape of Needles". It is the geographic southern tip of the African continent. We make a visit to the lighthouse and museum. The overnight destination in Arniston is reached during the afternoon. Arniston was named after a ship that was wrecked on the rocks at Waenhuiskrans. This is a beautiful coastal town with a unique character.Sleep at Arniston Hotel.

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 6

Guests enjoy a guided tour of Arniston. Regarded as a national monument, insight is gained into the village's fascinating past. Some of the relics recovered from the ocean bed, such as coins, utensils and personal items, are on display. The afternoon is spent strolling down to the harbor where you can watch the fishing boats coming in with the day's catch. We then take a walk to the Waenhuiskrans caves. Arniston Bay offers excellent whale sightings when the whales come into the secluded bay in order to calve and mate.Sleep at Arniston Hotel.

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 7

The tour returns to Cape Town via a scenic coastal route traversing the town of Betty's Bay and Rooi Els, ending in Gordon's Bay. En route several stops will be made at vantage points from where the Southern Right whale can potentially be spotted. Sleep at the Le Franschhoek.


Day 8

After breakfast we will visit the Waterfront and then depart to the Cape Town airport or Hotel. End of tour.


Excluded From Tour

  • Breakfast International airfare (to and from South Africa)
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Activities not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specifically stated in the itinerary

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