7-Day Western Cape Private Tour Including Cape Point, Winelands And Whale Coast - Cape Town

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Departure Time :
    Early Morning
  • Departure Details :
    Your Cape Town accommodation within 10km from the central city area.
  • Return Details :
    Early evening back to your Cape Town accommodation or airport.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

South Africa has a beauty that binds and a week here feels like a month anywhere else. This private tour travel through the Cape and beyond - exploring the city, Cape Peninsula, Stellenbosch Winelands and Whale Coast -allowing you much needed metime to relax and just 'be.Take in the ultrascenic sights and sounds while rewarding yourself with a much needed digital detox. If offline is the new luxury, your stay at Mosaic Private Sanctuary allows you ultimate indulgence Flick your on/off switch to simply bask in the sun while drinking in chilled views on the shores of Hermanus Lagoon. For an extra dose of R'nR, ask us toarrangeoptional activities like; a romantic picnic on a secluded beach; kayak with migrating whales; cruise through a bird sanctuary; dive the deep with great white sharks or indulge with an Africaninspired spa treatment or two, or three. And, with a private driver at your disposal, you can relax into your seven-day bespoke journey.

Know More about this tour

Discover what Cape Town has to offer on the first few days; the history, the passion, the stories, the cuisine and the culture From South Africas oldest gardens; The Companys Garden - to the old slave lodges; the religious heart of the Rainbow Nation with churches and mosques, to the ceremony of the Noon Gun firing; and the utter splendour of Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch through to the spicy exotica of the Cape Malay quarter, theres something different to discover at every twist and turn. Then move over to explore the coastlines of Cape Point. The Cape Peninsula packs quite a punch when it comes to dramatic scenery, but the furry and feathered animal encounters really add the X-factor. From the fur seal colony that cavort in and around Duiker Island to the impromptu African penguin parades on the sands of beautiful Boulders Beach. Pretty little fishing villages like Hout Bay charm with their gaily painted boats and the craggy surrounding cliffs of Cape of Good Hope provide the perfect vantage point for a little sea-gazing over ancient trade routes.

Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Cape Winelands fruit bowl, offers hedonistic pleasures for lovers of fine food and wine. Tasting sessions tease the tastebuds. Rich bold reds and fruity white wines are artfully blended by passionate vintners and, in turn, married perfectly with artisanal cheeses, oils and fresher-than-fresh produce. From winelands through farm lands to craggy coastlines, youll end your day watching the suns golden orb sink into the vermillion skies over the Hermanus Lagoon. 

Arriving at the Mosaic Private Sanctuary for a two-night stay in the Overberg region suddenly slow down the pace even more. Get ready for pure bliss...

On the way back to Cape Town you'll get a chance to commune with nature in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and discover the flora of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A short hike through groves of giant trees leads to a hidden waterfall deep within the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens a must-do on South Africas Garden Route. The unflappable penguins of Stony Point provide a little comic relief as the shadows lengthen and afternoon sets in. And when the sight-seeing is done and the week draws to an end, youll make your way along the ultra-scenic Clarence Drive. This trip is an absolute standout on the Atlantic Seaboard drive due, as much, to the 144 twists and bends on the flat mountain pass as to the world-class beaches that border the route. And, at the end of it all, sink into an over-sized bed with a generous glass of red and let reality seep back in on your final night in Africa. 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cape Town
Start with a morning pick-up from Cape Town International Airport or your accommodation in Cape Town. Your driver will welcome you and a seamless transfer to your home-away-from home for the next few days. 

Today is yours to explore at leisure. An early arrival into Cape Town gives you the luxury of time. Time to acclimatise, time to explore or time to just relax and just enjoy being in South Africa. Midday arrivals can jump straight into Cape Town’s vibrant foodie scene with plenty of options in Bree and Long Streets in the CBD or at the nearby Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Afternoon arrivals can catch the sunset, if they choose, and night-time arrivals will be treated to a light show as Cape Town twinkles to life. But one thing’s for sure, Cape Town never disappoints. You'll overnight at the same accommodation for the first nights.    

Overnight in Cape Town at Portwood Hotel or similar. 

Day 2: Cape Town, Bo-Kaap, Company Garden (B)

On this action-packed day out you’ll also smell the spices of the East, hear the mosques calling for prayer, let the Cape Malay food seduce your taste buds; discover the secrets behind Bo-Kaap’s brightly coloured houses; and soak up the Euro-chic vibes as you better acquaint yourself with the history and happenings in and around South Africa’s Mother City.

The day starts briskly with a walking tour to explore the city, kicking off with a guided walk around the richly historical Company’s Garden – a heritage site and the country’s oldest public garden. The garden harks back to colonial days when Jan van Riebeeck’s planted and cultivated a small vegetable patch in the mid 1650s to feed the original colonists. Also explore nearby places of worship include St George's Cathedral (the seat of South Africa's Anglican Church), the Great Synagogue and South Africa’s first church - the Groote Kerk – built by Dutch colonists in 1665. You’ll see the site of the old Slave Lodge / Iziko Museums, the second oldest building in South Africa. This unassuming museum complex pays tribute to those that were stigmatised through slavery and documents the colony’s role in the Indian Ocean slave trade route. Green Market Square offers an eclectic blend of African-inspired arts and crafts for the souvenir hunters and the city’s flower market lets you carry some of the magic of The Company’s Garden away with you.

Lunch is always a merry affair in the bohemian outlets that border Bree and Long Streets where African fare is served with modern creations in eclectic surrounds. One of the staples of the Cape Malay culture, samosas, are best eaten at the Biesmiellah Cape Malay Restaurant in colourful Bo Kaap, a suburb on the very edge of the CBD.  Ramshackle cobble-stone streets lead to brightly painted houses and Muslim mosques and shrines – including the very first officially recognised Mosque in the country. Spices from the east waft through the air as you drop by the Atlas Spice Trading Centre on your wanderings.

As your day draws to an end, your guide return you to the Waterfront via the ultra-scenic Atlantic Coastal drive for a look at some of the world’s most scenic beaches, including the ultra-famous stretch of sand at Camp’s Bay – one of the world’s most photographed seashores.  

Overnight in Cape Town at Portwood Hotel or similar. 

Day 3:  Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch (B)
South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the richest plant areas in the world. Astonishingly, it covers less than 1% of the African continent, yet sustains an incredible 20% of its flora. By comparison, its nearest rival - the rainforests of South American rainforest - contains around a third of the number of species found in South Africa, so you’re in for an ecological feast.

Today, you’ll spend your day exploring the Table Mountain National Park and nearby Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with your private guide. Both form part of the 553,000-hectare Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site, which boasts more than 9500 species that are found nowhere else on earth. The fauna is equally as enthralling and this area is home to many rare, endangered frog species, including the ultra-shy Table Mountain Ghost Frog, which is only found on Table Mountain and has one of the most restricted vocal ranges of any amphibian on earth. Then onwards to the Cape’s famous table top! Table Mountain looms large as Number 28 on a list of the Top 30 most photographed landmarks on the planet… and with good reason. For most, a trip on the mountain’s famous revolving cableway is the preferred way to see the city. Revolving carriages afford unparalleled panoramic views of the city’s trademark horseshoe-shaped bays, the Atlantic, the CBD and surrounds, the waterfront - with its easily recognisable giant wheel - and the craggy ranges of the mountain itself. 

Acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens on the planet, Kirstenbosch cascades in a sea of colour along the lower slopes of Table Mountain.  A recent addition in the garden; ‘The Boomslang’ (tree snake) loom large over the gardens’ Arboretum. The architecturally-sculptured steel and timber Tree Canopy Walkway snakes its way from the forest floor of the gardens to the treetops and beyond. Expect panoramic views, birdsong - there are more than 125 different species in the parklands - and a sense of peace and tranquillity, particularly if you’re lucky to have the walkway to yourself.  Immerse yourself in the diversity of the indigenous Cape flora at a leisurely pace before returning you to your hotel for the night.

Overnight in Cape Town at Portwood Hotel or similar. 

Day 4: Cape Peninsula (B)
The Cape Peninsula, on the south west extremity of the African mainland combines raw, rugged and rare beauty into one decadent day of scenic touring. 

Leave the bustle of Cape Town behind for the decidedly less frenetic pace of Hout Bay. This tiny coastal village, just 20 minutes from the CBD, is known as much for its colourful fishing boats as it is for being the jump-off point to Duiker Island and its colony of African fur seals. Surrounded by kelp forests and enveloped in the cool Atlantic waters, an estimated 7000 seals call this piece of rocky paradise home. The smallest of the seal species, fur seals are closely related to dogs and sea lions and are able to walk on all fours. They certainly aren’t shy in cavorting, diving and playing up for your cameras either.

Pretty Hout Bay has barely faded into the distance before you’ll find yourself zig-zagging along one of the most scenic stretches of roadway on the planet – Chapman’s Peak. Craggy steel-grey mountains race to meet the Atlantic and a mind-boggling feat of engineering – a roadway that boasts 114 bends and curves – puts you in the thick of some of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes en route to Noordhoek.  Chappies, as the locals call it, is the perfect prelude to the afternoon’s adventuring at the most south-westerly point of the continent, the Cape of Good Hope. 

Feared by sailors for centuries, the jagged, rust-coloured cliffs around the Cape of Good Hope rise some 200m above sea level and look over the old trading route from Europe to India. They are home to antelope, baboons and ostriches and offer great vantage points for sea-gazing across the southern Atlantic.

The white-washed Cape Point lighthouse dominates the skyline and pops against the blue above. Hike the steepish cliff paths to the best vantage point, or if you’re feeling lazy, take the Flying Dutchman Funicular up.

As afternoon arrives, you’ll leave the Point and make your way to the shores of False Bay for the famous penguin parade at Boulders Beach. This wildlife hotspot, within the Table Mountain National Park, is home to a large colony of African penguins with a boulder-strewn beach backdrop.

The journey homeward passes through the coastal towns of Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay before arriving at a beachside suburb of Muizenberg, enroute to Stellenbosch. Muizenberg is famous for its beaches and the trademark bright-coloured bathing pavilions that dot its shoreline, so keep your camera at the ready as you stroll down the promenade. As the sun sets on Stellenbosch, explore the old town, kick back in the historic Oude Werf Inn and soak up the heady wine-country air.

Overnight in Stellenbosch at Oude Werf Hotel or similar. 

Day 5: Cape Winelands (B)
Tucked away deep in the Overberg lies a patch of paradise called the Hermanus Lagoon. Birds flock to its shores; southern right whales frolic in the nearby open ocean and plump grapes are magically transformed into first-class wines. It’s the perfect spot to maroon yourself for a day or two.

As you explore Stellenbosch, you’ll find that wine and olive oil are the heroes of the morning and Hidden Valley Wine Estate is arguably the farm with the prettiest view in all of the winelands. Soak up the atmosphere and educate your palate with a tandem wine and olive oil tasting and, after, take a stroll around the farm’s nature trail. By contrast, nearby Waterford Estate, in the Blaauwklippen Valley, injects a touch of Tuscany into the South African countryside. Here, you’ll sample fine wines paired with chocolate in a bold move designed to elevate your palate. Waterford’s signature reds are overshadowed by their famous JEM tasting - a super secret blend of all the varietals on the property that is reverently served in fine crystal.

As you transition from winelands to the farmland of the fertile Elgin Valley, Peregrine Farm Stall, is one of many that dot the roadside and offers a veritable feast of locally-sourced artisanal goods and wholesome fresh produce. Lunch today is a casual affair and the Elgin Valley is the perfect pit-stop for hungry travellers. 

The afternoon will see you arrive in the Overberg, the gateway to the Garden Route’s coastal stretch, and settled into your luxe lagoon-front bungalows. Mosaic Private Sanctuary on the shores of Hermanus Lagoon is your plush home-away-from-home for the next two nights. When the unpacking’s done, slip into a leisurely cruise aboard the Spirit of Agnes for a touch of bird watching as the sun sets or head out with the Mosaic team and learn about the fragile Cape Floral eco-system and what you can do to help. This evening is a leisurely affair. Drink in a sunset from your private lagoon-facing balcony or indulge in a gourmet meal, great conversation and a local vino at the sanctuary’s charming restaurant.

Overnight in Cape Town at Mosaic Private Sanctuary or similar. 

Day 6: Overberg, Hermanus (B)
Offline is the new trend in luxury. And here in the Overberg, you can switch off all electronic devices for pure unadulterated, guilt-free communion with nature.  

After a hearty or healthy breakfast, you’re free to design your day, your way. Mosaic prides itself on the recreational program it offers and allows you to set the pace for your day out in nature.

If the mood takes you, go nose-to-nose with the apex predators of the Atlantic during a spot of optional shark cage diving in nearby Gansbaai – you’ll come away with a new appreciation for great white sharks. Delight in a spot of whale watching from shore – a must-do during the annual migration – or time out on the water for a more personal experience. Jump aboard an open-air jeep and enjoy a breakfast picnic on a secluded stretch of beach with only seals for company or head out for sunset kayak on a bird-filled lagoon. Pamper yourself with optional self-indulgent, African-inspired spa sessions surrounded by nature. Or, just be...

The choice is yours as you settle in for your second day and starry night in paradise. And best of all you have the luxury of sleeping in tomorrow.

Overnight in Cape Town at Mosaic Private Sanctuary or similar.  

Day 7: Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay (B)
Wake to bird song and a spectacular view or, if the mood takes you, slip beneath the covers, rest and relax and linger in bed a little longer. Slow the pace with a late morning departure from Mosaic, enough time for a final wander along the lagoon’s shoreline and one last leisurely breakfast in the Overberg.

As you leave Hermanus behind, it’s an easy-going, two-hour drive to your next port of call, the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. You’ll follow the coastline past the tiny coastal towns of Sandbaai, Fisherhaven and Kleinmond and the wildlife-rich Rooisand Nature Reserve enroute to Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. And with the luxury of time, you’ll stop for a cup of Rooibos tea and a spot of lunch along the way. One of your last stops on the Southern Whale Route is a gentle hike to a secluded waterfall deep within the parklands. Your walking trail - named for the beautiful red disa orchids which flower on nearby cliff faces and are the floral emblem of the Cape Province - shadows the Disa River in the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and meanders its way beneath giant trees to a Z-shaped bridge and the waterfall beyond.  Naturalists will delight in the diversity of plant life with more than 1600 species of plant life and fynbos on display. And eagle-eyed twitchers might spot the timid African black ducks, ancient bee hives, tortoise, snakes on the trail or the odd chacma baboon or two during the 60-minute walk.

As the sun rides high in the sky, the African penguin parade at Betty’s Bay – the next stop on your journey - adds a comical touch to an otherwise leisurely day. Set on the historical site of a former whaling station, these days Stony Point is more about the penguins than the big boys of the deep. This thriving breeding colony of birds – the largest in Africa – is one of only three land-based colonies in the south.

With fresh air in your lungs and a spring in your step, it’s time to turn tail for the bright lights of Cape Town as you drive along Clarence Drive – another of South Africa’s great ocean drives. Equal in beauty to Chapman’s Peak, a trip along this flat mountain pass, between the seaside towns of Betty’s Bay and Rooi Els, is a study in navigating seventy-seven incredibly scenic bends, large wide curves and a couple of nail-bitingly sharp corners. Lucky your driver is doing the hard work and the 60km/hr speed limit means you won’t miss a thing. Plus, there are plenty of spots to pull over to soak in the views and snap a few pics for posterity.

From Gordon’s Bay and nearby The Strand – both hot spots for locals in the warmer months – it’s a leisurely cruise down the motorway past the township of Khayelitsha to the outskirts of Cape Town. You’ll arrive refreshed, relaxed and with plenty of South African tales to tell the folks back home.

Inclusions

  • Led by alocalEnglish-speakingprofessionaltour guide
  • Van transfersbetween included highlights
  • 6nights accommodation
  • Browse Hout Bay Harbour
  • Duiker Island Cruise
  • Curve Along Chapman's Peak Drive
  • Cape of Good Hope Exploration
  • Make Flipper Friends at Boulders Beach
  • Coastal Joyride Along Muizenberg Beach
  • Hidden Valley Wine + Olive Oil Tasting
  • Waterford Wine Tasting
  • Mosaic Nature Walk or Hermanus Lagoon Boat Cruise
  • Mosaic 4x4 Beach Drive or Hermanus Kayaking
  • Harold Porter Botanical Gardens Hike
  • Meet the Betty's Bay Penguins
  • Wind Along Coastal Clarence Drive
  • Wander through Colourful Bo-Kaap
  • Mother City & Company Garden Walk
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens & Boomslang Canopy Walk
  • 6x Breakfasts

Exclusions

  • Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey;
  • Mosaic Various Spa Treatments R300
  • Shark Cage Diving R2000pp
  • Table Mountain Cable Car R293pp
  • Moyo African Dining Experience R200
  • Local and international flights
  • Lunch, dinner and drinksas per itinerary

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Package is quoted per person sharing and rooms will be shared and private single rooms can be requested or uneven group sizes. Single supplements apply.

Feel free to contact the suppliers dedicated travel consultant to ensure your tours itinerary fits the requirements of your group.

This tour will run exclusively run for you. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored and quoted accordingly to spend more time at the tours highlights that interest you the most.

This package is suitable for children - please enquire.

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 occasion, run in reverse order

The exact arrival time to airports after the tour cannot be guaranteed as it is subject to weather and traffic conditions