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The Fairest Cape Deluxe Self Drive

Discover the natural world highlights of Cape Town and surrounds on this self drive safari allowing you to explore at your own pace. Encounter penguins and whales, explore the city and wander through the stunning vineyards of the wine country.

Duration 10 days
Price From $2,038
When Year Round
Destination South Africa

Safari Overview

Using charming, well-located accommodation throughout on this self-drive South Africa holiday, guests travelling with Natural World Safaris benefit from our bespoke NWS Concierge Service which may include, but is not limited to, superior room category in each accommodation, advance dinner reservations from our ‘little black book’ of contacts, surprise gifts and activities, and access to additional services such as privately guided experiences in the company of experts in viticulture, cetology and the natural world.   

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Spot whales in the bays of the Cape peninsula 
  • Witness southern right whales breaching as you walk the stunning coastal paths of Hermanus
  • See penguins on Boulders Beach
  • Try some of the Cape's famed wines

Discover the highlights of cape town as you make your way from city to sea exploring museums, winelands and beaches along the way.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

Upon arrival, you will be met at Cape Town International Airport and assisted with your car hire collection. From the airport it is a short drive to the centre of town. Check into your stylish boutique guesthouse on the slopes of Table Mountain. From the balcony of your deluxe room enjoy the 360 degree views of the city, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Devils Peak and Table Bay. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Four Rosmead

Days 2-3

Exploring Cape Town

Take a few days to explore Cape Town and enjoy all that it has to offer. Highlights include the cable car up Table Mountain, and a moving and inspiring visit to Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront is also a lively place to explore with loads of restaurants, cafes, shops, markets, the Two Oceans Aquarium and outdoor performances. On the spectacular coastal drive through Camps Bay, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay and the Cape Peninsula look out for southern right whale lolling in the plankton-rich waters of the beautiful bays. Stop off to see the penguins at Boulders Beach and end in Kirstenbosch Gardens one of the great botanic gardens of the world.

Overnight: Four Rosmead B

Day 4

Discover the winelands

From Cape Town you head less than one hour inland to the world famous ‘Cape Winelands', home to some of the world’s best vineyards producing award-winning wines. River Manor is a graciously restored retreat at the leafy heart of historic Stellenbosch. Country style elegance and comfort are features of your stay in the generously appointed superior rooms at River Manor. Stellenbosch is a university town offering lots of fine restaurants and bars. Some of the top culinary restaurants in Africa are based here so advanced booking is highly recommended. From here you can explore the wineland region, wander through the town or just relax at your accommodation.

Days 5-6

Franschhoek

Explore the wineland area at your leisure. Surrounded by majestic mountains with slopes dressed in vines, the glorious Franschhoek valley is home to some of the oldest wine estates and vineyards in the country, many producing award winning wines. You can go wine-tasting on horseback, by bicycle, on a tram trip or on an exclusive tour of top estates with a specialist wine guide. The quaint village high street boasts an enticing range of shops from chocolatiers, artisan bakeries, fromageries and flower shops to craft, curio and art galleries.

Day 7

Franschhoek - Hermanus

Today you leave the Winelands and drive less than two hours eastwards to the coastal town of Hermanus, perched on the edge of cliffs looking out into the Indian Ocean. Hermanus is renowned as one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world with huge southern right whales coming into the bay between the months of July to October. Enjoy superb views from your suite - the cliff top position overlooking Walker Bay is a great vantage point from which to spot whales in season, often without even leaving your room to do so. Hermanus is attractive to travellers all year round for the wondrous setting, quaint fisherman’s cottages and unspoilt natural beauty as well as the myriad of activities on offer.

Overnight: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse B

Days 8-9

Hermanus

Enjoy two full days exploring Hermanus and surrounds. Here you can enjoy a wine tour to the these famed southernmost vineyards, fishing, diving, hiking, cycling, fly-fishing, boating, bird-watching, paragliding, quad biking, mountain biking riding, and great white shark cage diving close by at Gansbaai..there is always something to do. The walk along the 14 km cliff path is spectacular, especially in "whale season" when you can often sit on the coastal path and watch several whales breaching out in the bay. The unique ability to see whales up close from land has earned the village the reputation of offering the best land-based whale watching in the world. Hermanus has the world's only Whale Crier who sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted. While in Hermanus, pop to Bietangs Cave (tucked under the cliff footpath) for a pre-dinner glass of Chardonnay!

Overnight: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse B

Day 10

Depart South Africa

Today you leave Hermanus and follow the scenic coastal route via Betty's Bay and Gordon's Bay to Cape Town Airport. Return your hire car and check in for your onward flight (not included).

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