5 Days in Cape Town
(4 nights / 5 days)
PRICE: 795 dollars per person based on 4 people, private guided tour
PRICE: 495 dollars per person based on 2 people, a self – drive tour
The price of this 5 day private guided tour includes:
– All entrance fees to national parks, cultural activities, museums and wine tastings
– 1 boat cruise (Hout Bay)
– All breakfasts, 1 dinner
– A full time tour guide
– Local Township guide
– Accommodation bed and breakfast quality *** or ****
Day 1. Cape Town, Table Mountain, the West Coast and Kirstenbosch
This tour includes Cape Town, the historical sites and parks, the Dutch East India Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, South African Museum, BoKaap, a Malay quarter which is quintessentially a Township,
District 6 and Greenmarket square. Before midday we have the opportunitiy to witness the Noon Gun in action on the slopes of Signal hill. It is the world’s oldest canon still in action and is an historic time signal since 1806.
After lunch, we visit the only botanical garden, Kirstenbosch, situated in a world heritage site. This garden has more endemic plant species than any other in the world.
In the late afternoon we head along the west coast towards Blouberg where we enjoy a “postcard” view of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay.
we have the option to visit Table Mountain (a 7th wonder of the world) via cable car and appreciate an awsome sunset from the “table” looking over the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island, Lions Head and Cape Town. Weather permitting.
Day 2 The Cape Peninsula
This region is a UNESCO World Heritage area for its exceptional floral diversity. We follow the west coast via Clifton stopping at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the 12 Apostles and Camps Bay, then to Hout Bay, a charming little coastal town where we take a boat cruise to Duiker Island which is home to the world’s largest fur seal colony.
Thereafter we meander along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive which offers breathtaking scenery. Eventually we enter the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners.
We journey to the False Bay coast and have lunch at the old harbour in the historical naval port of Simon’s Town, named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape.
We finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch Manor House and wine farm, built by the first Governor of the Cape.
The Latin meaning of Constantia translates to constancy or steadfastness, attributes Simon van der Stel held in high esteem.
Day 3 The Wine Route
We head out to Stellenbosch, the second oldest Eurpean settlement in South Africa known as the City of Oaks due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, to grace the streets and homesteads. It was was an outpost established in 1682 by Governor Van der Stel, who was amazed at how fertile the area was and encouraged French Huguenot and Dutch settlers to start farming here. Oak trees, wheat and vines quickly replaced the giraffes, elephants and nomadic Khoi San people.
Today Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful and varied architecture ( Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian ), renowned wines and also it’s famous university where the language of instruction is still mainly in Afrikaans.
We visit the Bugerhuis Museum, the famous Oom Samie Winkel and partake on a cellar tour and wine tasting. We head over the beautiful Hels Hoogte pass on our way to Franschoek where the original French Huguenots settled, and today is the culinary capital of South Africa. After lunch we visit the Huguenot Museum and Memorial.
We visit an exceptional boutique wine farm and taste local vintage including a pinotage, South Africa’s own unique cultivar.
We make our way to Paarl stopping in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990.
Finally our day ends in historical Paarl which means “Pearl” in Dutch, referring to the imposing granite mountains surrounding the town. The first French Huguenots also settled there developing a winemaking tradition which still exists today. We visit the Taal language monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language (worlds only monument to a language), perched on a hill in a botanical garden overlooking the town, where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley.
Day 4 The Whale Route (seasonal from July to December )
Leaving Cape Town after breakfast we make our way to the Strand where we will visit a conservation program dedicated to the cheetah and other threatened animals (an opportunity to interact with these predators). We continue our journey via Clarence Drive, a scenic route offering exceptional views of Cape folded mountains and deep blue ocean. We arrive at Stoney Point in Bettys Bay, home to Africa’s largest and lesser known penquin colony.
We visit the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, which is situated at the foot of the Kogelberg mountains, a UNESCO site for it’s unbelievable diversity of flora. Enjoy a short hike to one of the garden’s waterfalls.
Lunch in Hermanus, a charming resort, overlooking Walker bay, a protected bay which offers privileged vantage points to view the whales which breed every year during during the months of June to December. As many as 200 whales are spotted at one time. Hermanus is known as the best land based whale watching in the world,
By mid afternoon we make our way back to Cape Town via Sir Lowry Pass and visit Southern Africa’s most southern wine estate for a tasting before we continue home.
The West Coast flower route ( seasonal from early August to early October )
This morning we leave Cape Town heading north along the Atlantic coast, visiting the West Coast National Park, which includes the Postberg flower reserve and the Langebaan lagoon.
The park has a large variety of antelope species, Eland and Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Cape Grysbok, Caracal and Rock Hyrax. In spring from August till October the West coast literally explodes with carpets of multicolored desert flowers.
We stop for lunch on the banks of the lagoon in the town of Langebaan, famous for it’s turquoise waters and home to many species of migratory birds during the summer.
Next is the West Coast Fossil Park which is known to palaeontologists world wide.
The well-preserved fossil remains include bears, elephants, giant giraffe and lion that date circa 5.2 million years are on display.
We head onto the eclectic town of Darling where we visit a museum dedicated to a famous South African satirist and actor.
Continuing south we visit the historical missionery village of Mamre.
Our last stop will be at Boubergstrand where we enjoy a postcard view of the city of Cape Town and Robben Island.
Day 5 Township Tour
Southern African Tour Company is committed to social upliftment of the poorest and marginalized communities in Cape Town and we therefore are associated with various non-profit organizations.
This tour helps us understand the social history that brings us face-to-face with the harsh reality of our Apartheid past and great successes of the present.
Discover the multicultural side of Cape Town and experience the other side of life from District 6 to the sprawling township of Langa, Guguletu and Khayalitsha.
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Robben Island Tour Option 2
We leave from the Clock Tower on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfont for a 30 minute ferry ride to Robben Island which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, where Nelson Mandela spent the first 18 years of his 27-year prison sentence in a maximum-security facility for political prisoners.
His cell is approximately 0.6 sq m wide and located around a concrete courtyard. Our guides, formerly prisoners, will share details of how Mandela’s leadership surfaced during a rebellion over forced digging in a quarry under harsh conditions.
We have a bus ride, a guide providing commentary about the Island, and explore the Murray’s Bay Harbour precinct attractions, the Muslim Shrine, Kramat, and the Museum Shop.
Our tour then concludes. Transfer to to the airport.