Itinerary: Day 1: Cape Town – Cape Point – Kalk Bay – Stellenbosch
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Cape Town CBD fades into the distance as you crest the hill toward the Atlantic seaboard, be sure to try snag seats on the right-hand side of the bus for the best views. You’ll pass some pretty iconic white sandy beaches, with the likes of Camps Bay and Clifton flowing by as you head onwards toward Chapman’s Peak. 114 perfect curves await you along this scenic route, famed for its panoramic vistas.
The morning drive sets the standard for the day, so expect inspiring views at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope with their rich fynbos flora and the inevitable baboon spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Mountain zebra, ostriches, the elusive eland and sugarbirds. Once you’ve had your fix of the great outdoors, you’ll head to the delightful Kalk Bay, filled with local talent, vintage bric-a-brac and pristine views. Make a stop at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay Harbour, where you could indulge in a classic South African fish and “slap chips” (you know, the deliciously oily ones). Or treat yourself to a local brew at The Brass Bell, with waves crashing against the windows and views second to none.
As you meander into the afternoon, the Atlantic coastline hugs cloud-capped mountains at the seaside town of Muizenberg where you'll stop briefly to explore and ‘shark spot’ from shore. In the blink of an eye - on the road to Stellenbosch - the backdrop flattens and turns the tell-tale green of wine country, rich with fine wines, farm stalls and homemade goodies. Stellenbosch, with its distinctive Cape Dutch architecture and rich history, delivers ‘quaint’ in spades and is the perfect spot for an historic journey. Saunter through the historic oak-lined streets, making stops along the way to taste local flavours such as “droëwors” and rusks, and learn about the charming history of over 300 years. Settle in for the night in this vibrant town, free to spend your evening at leisure.
Overnight in Stellenbosch at Banghoek Backpackers or 3-star Caledon Villa or 4-star Roosenwijn Lodge
Day 2: Stellenbosch – Franschhoek Winelands – Cape Agulhas
In contrast to the stark whites of the old Dutch architecture and surrounding farmlands, the modest, yet colourful buildings and corrugated lean-tos in Kayamandi township illustrate the diversity of our beautiful country. Pop in at Mama Swartbooi’s house, where you’ll be treated to tea or home-made ginger beer and an array of local Xhosa treats such as amagwinya (vetkoek) and chakalaka. Be swept away by the stories of the diverse history of the area as Mama Swartbooi shares fond memories of the past.
Just a little way on, you’ll pop in at the picturesque Simonsig, home of the country’s first ever produced MCC. Enjoy a bubbly tasting from the masters as you take a moment to soak in the fresh country air and the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Your next destination sees you venture into the quaint town of Franschhoek for some fine wine paired with hazelnut, cranberry or rich mint chocolates. You could also opt for a bit of local flair and choose a wine and biltong pairing instead where you’ll taste how the wine flavours are enhanced by beef and game biltong.
As lunch nears, South Africa’s epicurean capital, Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries is a must-do for gourmands and on weekends the local farmers’ market beckons with colourful stalls and tasty aromas. You’ll have time to soak up the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in the 17th Century, catch an impromptu street performer, shop for nic-nacs along the main street, taste local creations or savour a gourmet meal at a 5-star restaurant.
From the rolling fields and unending vineyards of the Winelands, you'll head to the southernmost point of Africa and the very spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans collide. Watch the sky burst into colour as the sun kisses the sea and spend a relaxing night at the tip of Africa.
Overnight in Cape Agulhas at Cape Agulhas Backpackers or 3-star Mermaid Guesthouse or 4-star Agulhas Country Lodge
Day 3: Cape Agulhas – Hermanus – Betty's Bay – Cape Town
Wake up to the sound of the ocean in Cape Agulhas and take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air. You’ll then start the short journey to the coastal haven of Hermanus where winding ocean cliff paths await and are sure to enthral. Meander along coastal paths lined with indigenous fynbos, lulled by the crashing sounds of ocean waves against the adjacent rocky shoreline. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the rich birdlife and the chance to see local marine life frolicking about. Hermanus is also one of the best land-based whale watching locations the world, so you can look forward to trying to spot a few southern right whales during whale season from June to November. The hike will take around an hour, after which you’ll have a choice of how to spend the rest of your morning.
You could hop on an optional whale cruise in search of some cavorting whales (during whale season), or choose to stretch those sea legs with an optional guided sea kayaking experience. Test your grit as you glide across the open ocean and spot various marine life. For a tamer pace, have a whale of a time in the seaside town of Hermanus, littered with curio shops, fine restaurants and an unmistakable old world charm.
The thriving African penguin colony at Betty’s Bay adds the final nature wow. Being one of the only remaining breeding grounds of the African penguin, these clumsy creatures are sure to pull on your heartstrings. Try out your sightseeing skills as you spot rock hyraxes (dassies) sunbathing on the rocks in between the waddling penguins. Flap a wave goodbye as you head on along one of South Africa’s most scenic coastal routes - Clarence Drive - to reach Cape Town by late afternoon.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 12 years
Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult
According to availability at time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned hotel or in one of a similar standard and star rating
The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasions, overnight in Hermanus instead of Cape Agulhas