Overberg and Whale watching

2018
Tour No : 
11
Start Date : 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
End Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Duration: 
8
Per Person Sharing: 
R14500
Single Supplement : 
R2000
Booking: 

Highlights:                                                            

  • Whale watching
  • Cape Aghulhas
  • Hermanus
  • Franschoek
  • Barrydale
  • Tradouwpass
  • Montagu
  • De Hoop Nature reserve
  • Swellendam

Overview

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.

Day 1:  September 5

Johannesburg to Cape Town and Swellendam

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: September 6

De Hoop Nature Reserve

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: September 7

Barrydale, Robertsonand Montagu

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: September 8

Overberg

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: September 9

Hermanus

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: September 10

Franschoek

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: September 11

Overberg to Cape Town

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.

Cost of the 7-day tour is R14 500 per person sharing. Single supplement is R 2 000

 

Included in the costs above:

Accommodation

Entrance fees

Breakfast

Dinner

All activites as per Itinerary

2 flights

2 transfers

 

Excluded in the costs above:

Lunch                           Drinks                           Laundry            Telephone calls

Curios                           Porterage                      Gratuities

Printable 2018 Tour Program (click here)