Trip 2: The Western Cape during summer:
This trip not only includes Cape Town, but also all the fantastic places the Western Cape has to offer during the summer months. February is a very busy and pretty month in the Cape. So the trip will also include many visits to farms and areas that will highlight the fruit picking season. We will also be driving through many of the Cape’s unknown mountain passes. In summer, the days are long, balmy and warm, so it allows even more time to experience the beauty of this area. The trip includes 2 flights and transfers to ensure the travelling distances are manageable.
Day 1: 07h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
Guest will be picked up from their homes, and transferred to OR Tambo airport. Time for the pickup, transfer and flight will be confirmed closer to the date. It will be around 07h30. Depart on the domestic flight around 10h00, from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Enjoy the flight to Cape Town, where your host will be waiting for you on arrival around 12h00. Depart from the airport on a scenic drive to the city. Our first activity on the trip will be to visit Table Mountain (weather permitting and own account). We will use the aerial cableway to go to the top of the mountain, (and down) with its spectacular views of the Cape. A light lunch will also be enjoyed at the top. Guest will have time to walk along the pathways offering great views of different parts of Cape Town. After the visit to one of the 7 wonders of the world, we will then drive to Signal Hill to get a different view of the Cape. Form here it’s a short drive to check in at the Rutland Guesthouse. We will be here for 3 nights. Dinners will be at various restaurants in Cape Town.
Day 2: 08h00. Distance for the day: 250 km
When in Cape Town, one must do the Peninsula route. And that is what today is set out for, with many lovely photo stops along the route. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay to view the 12 Apostles, towards Hout Bay. Then we set off via the spectacular Chapman’s Peak road towards Cape Point. Guests will be taken up (and down) to the viewpoint with a Funicular car. The scenic drive now continues on the False Bay side, towards Simon’s Town, where we will also visit the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The drive then continues via small the harbour suburbs / towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.
Day 3: 09h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
During the morning we will visit the city attractions, driving through many of the attractive suburbs, and visit the National Museum and Art Gallery in the Gardens, the Parliament precinct, Greenmarket Square, and the Bo-Kaap area. The rest of the day guests will have time to visit the attractions in their own free time. This can include the Aquarium, a trip to Robben Island, (must pre book, and for own account) the Blue and Red arts and craft sheds, the Clock Tower precinct, and many interesting shops all over the Waterfront. We will meet again at an agreed time, to enjoy dinner before returning to the Guesthouse.
Day 4: 09h00. Distance for the day: 300 km
We are off towards the more rural areas of the Cape today. The scenic drive will take us via the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, where we will visit some of the museums and its popular tourist spots. On route, we will start driving through the fruit growing areas, where we will see the harvesting of grapes, peaches, pears, apples, berries, various other vegetables and fruits, and more. We then drive over the Franschhoek Pass towards Villiersdorp, where we visit the well know Elliot art gallery. The next part of the route takes us through a fantastic agricultural valley towards the Breedekloof valley and Worcester. We drive along this lovely green valley towards Robertson and Ashton, and arrive in Montagu, where we will stay over for the next 2 night’s at the charming Mimosa Lodge. It is conveniently located and easy to walk to any of the lovely attractions in town.
Day 5: 09h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
Today we will do a lovely drive towards the Keisie Valley, through the Burger’s pass. We then go on a very scenic tractor ride up the Langkloof Mountain to view the various Protea species growing high up in the mountain. It certainly is a memorable trip, and photographers delight. Returning again via the Burgers Pass, we will then visit the Montagu dried fruit factory, and some of the museums in town. There will be enough time left in the day to wander around town.
Day 6: 09h00. Distance for the day: 300 km
A real highlight of the tour is a scenic drive towards Cape Agulhas. Today we travel via Stormsvlei to Bredasdorp and Struisbaai to the southernmost point of Africa, at L’Agulhas. We drive around these towns, taking in the long stretches of beach, visit the Lighthouse and Maritime museum. It is a beautiful area, and we spend quality time here. On the return trip, we visit the famous Kapula Candles and Julien’s Pottery Galleries in Bredasdorp. We undertake tours of their facilities to see how these wonderful pieces of artwork are crafted. We also visit the Shipwreck Museum in town, the only such museum in the southern hemisphere. We continue the last part of the day travelling towards the Skeiding Guest Farm, near the town of Heidelberg. Again, we check in for another 2 night’s stay.
Day 7: 08h30. Distance for the day: 100 km
Skeiding is a mixed agricultural farm, focusing on the farming of sheep, ostrich, cattle, wheat, canola, lucerne and coriander. For those interested, a very informative farm tour will be done before breakfast. Then, after enjoying a hearty farm breakfast, we do a short scenic drive via Suurbraak towards the town of Swellendam, where we visit the Drostdy Museum and the Wildebraam berry farm. It is only a short drive back to the farm and time to relax, and enjoy the vistas from the veranda.
Day 8: 09h00. Distance for the day: 128 km
Our last day includes travelling via Riversdale and Mosselbay for the return flight to Johannesburg from the George Airport. It will be around 13h30. You will again be met at the airport, and transferred home.
Tourist guide fee
2 flight tickets
Drinks Lunch Gratuities Laundry
Telephone calls Curios Personal items Table Mountain
Robben Island Any extra activities that is not on this Itinerary