The Overberg region and whale watching in the spring

2017
Tour No : 
12
Start Date : 
Thursday, September 7, 2017
End Date: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Duration: 
8 Days
Per Person Sharing: 
R17900
Single Supplement : 
R2200
Booking: 

The Overberg region is beautiful during the springtime. We will be exploring this region with its rolling wheat and canola fields, visit the southernmost point of South Africa, explore some lesser known wine regions to do wine tasting, do whale watching, and visit many other exciting attractions. The trip includes two transfers to and from the airport, and the return flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

Day 1: 07h30: Distance for day: 300 km

Guest will be picked up from their homes, and transferred to the airport. Time for the pickup, transfer and flight will be confirmed closer to the date. It will be around 07h30. Depart on domestic departing around 10h00, from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Your host will be waiting for you on arrival. Depart from the airport on a scenic 3 hour drive towards Swellendam. A convenience and lunch stop will be done on route. Arrive in the scenic town of Swellendam, where we will be staying for the first 3 nights of the trip. Relax, unpack, and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Aan De Oever Guesthouse.

The town has a great village atmosphere, and it is easy to explore it and the wonderful gardens on foot. Dinners will be enjoyed at some of the many restaurants in the area.

 

Day 2: 09h00. Distance for the day: 200 km

It is a day for nature, the ocean, whale watching and scenic mountains. A leisurely drive takes us towards the ocean. We travel to the famous De Hoop Nature Reserve, which is a big breeding area for the Southern Right whales. We view these gentle giants from the cliffs above and spend quality time here. We then return to town, and spend time walking around town and visiting the Drostdy Museum.                   

Day 3: 08h30. Distance for the day: 200 km

Today is set out for very scenic drives. We will follow a circular route to explore some of the fruit and wine growing regions. Wine tasting will be done on route. We travel over the Tradouw Pass toward the charming town on Barrydale. We continue along Route 62 towards Montagu, where we will have lunch. Next is a drive through Cogmanskloof Pass towards Ashton and Robertson. The last part of this scenic drive is alongside the Breede River towards Bonnievale, and eventually back to Swellendam.  It is truly a lovely day of driving through this colourful agricultural region.

Day 4: 08h30. Distance for the day: 300km

It is time to move on, and to do another coastal visit in the Overberg region. We travel amongst the rolling hills filled with wheat and canola fields towards Bredasdorp, Struisbaai and the southernmost point of South Africa at Agulhas, where we enjoy a cup of coffee. We also visit the region’s long stretches of beach and 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 Candle Factory and Julien’s Pottery Galleries in Bredasdorp.  We also visit the Shipwreck museum in town, the only such museum in the southern hemisphere.

From Bredasdorp we continue with another scenic drive towards Caledon and Rouxwil Country House. It is situated on a working wheat and sheep farm.  You will find it nestled between vast, rolling hills of wheat fields, orchards and majestic mountains covered in Protea fynbos-providing an ever changing kaleidoscope of colours, a paradise for landscape photographers.  We check in at the country house for the remaining four nights, and relax before dinner. Experience the Overberg hospitality. All dinners will be enjoyed at the farm, which is always a wonderful experience. 

Day 5: 08h30. Distance for the day: 100 km

A forty five minute drive takes us to the coastal town of Hermanus, where it is easy to view the southern right whales that are usually found in the bay below. Walk along the cliffs of Walker bay, and enjoy these unique giants of the sea. We spend quality time viewing the whales, and also explore the town.  Lunch will again be taken on route at an interesting coastal venue. For those interested, we can arrange viewing of the whales from a boat. This needs to be arranged beforehand and at an additional cost.  We return to the farm via the Hemel and Aarde Valley road. (If the roadworks are completed)

Day 6:  08h30. Distance for the day: 200 km

Today we will explore the wonderful Franschhoek Valley. We travel to Villiersdorp and visit some of the wonderful art galleries in the region. Then we travel alongside the Theewaterskloof dam, and over the Franschhoek mountain pass (a lovely Fynbos region), with its stunning views of the valley below. In Franschhoek, we will visit the wonderful Huguenot Museum and its lovely gardens as well as the wonderful Dutch Reform church. We will also do some wine tasting and allow time for guests to explore all the wonderful art galleries and shops in town. Lunch will be enjoyed in town, and we return to the guest farm via Elgin, and do a very informative farm tour.

Day 7: Distance for the day:  100 km

An easy drive takes us to the artistic town of Greyton, where the town’s gardens are usually covered by roses. Enjoy the various arts and craft shops, art galleries, chocolate factory and many more. We also visit the Genadendal Missionary Station and settlement. It is a real eye opener in terms of South African history. On route back we drive via more agricultural farms, hopefully spotting large flocks of Blue Cranes.  We return in the early afternoon for time relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Day 8: 08h30. Distance for the day:  200 km

After a last farm breakfast, it’s time to return to Cape Town. Depending on your flight departure time we follow the coastal road from Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay. Known as Clarence drive, it is one of the most beautiful coastal drives. We enjoy the views of the mountain and Fynbos on one side and the ocean on the other. On arrival in Johannesburg, guest will again be met by a colleague and transferred home.

 

 

Included:

Accommodation

Breakfast

Dinner

Tourist guide fee

Entrance  fees

2 flights

Transfers

Vehicle

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Excluded:

Drinks                                   Lunch                                    Gratuities                            Laundry

Telephone calls                 Curios                                   Personal items