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Cape Town & West Coast Experience ~ Tour A (8 Days) BSS001

Langebaan| Paternoster| Franschhoek| Western Cape| The West Coast| Cape Town| South Africa| Africa
  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Terms and Conditions

Overview

Introduction

Capetonians are justly proud of South Africa’s oldest city, known affectionately as the Mother City. With a dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and guide, you will be able to explore the rich diversity of Cape Town, as well as the world-famous Cape Winelands and the unique West Coast through the 27 excursions over 8 days that have been created for you. Pick any week of the year to visit! Among the many items included in this tour are 20 meals including gratuities. This tour commences every Wednesday throughout the year.

The Adventure Experience Series is just that – adventure, exactly as it should be experienced. Decades in the making, this experience will delight your senses and excite your soul with the destination’s vibrance, its flavour, its people, its culture and history, as well as its unique flora and fauna. When you think of adventure, this experience is what you will remember for a lifetime.

Accommodation

2 Nights Belle Maroc Blouberg

Room: SUPERIOR ROOM
The new Belle Maroc Boutique Hotel in Blouberg is the quintessential experience for lovers of small luxury hotels. Simply meaning 'Beautiful Morocco', and standing against the magnificent backdrop ...

2 Nights The Shark Bay

Room: Luxury Room
The Shark Bay is a luxurious property which rests between a nature reserve, covered in rainbows of fynbos and the glistening waters of Shark Bay in the famous resort ...

3 Nights Stillness Manor & Spa

Room: Classic Suites
Stillness Manor & Spa is a magnificent and very secluded property located above the Constantia Valley of Cape Town and the False Bay. With its luxurious suites, the historic ...

Itinerary

+ Day 1

Upon arriving at Cape Town International Airport, you will be whisked out along the shores of Table Bay to your hotel in the seaside resort town of Bloubergstrand. Belle Maroc Blouberg is set on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and offers magnificent views across the bay of Table Mountain. That evening, enjoy the lazy sunset over the ocean while having a scrumptious dinner then later take a leisurely stroll along the beach - a great way to mark your arrival in South Africa's Mother City and the start of your new adventure.
Overnight:  Belle Maroc Blouberg or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 2

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A), where you will catch a ferry to Robben Island - a place of great historical significance in South Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island has undergone many transformations, but one of its first and last uses was as a prison. The most famous modern-day political prisoner was Nelson Mandela who was fighting for a new South Africa and democracy. Back on the mainland and after a quick lunch, the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which will take you to Table Mountain and back again hosts the rest of your day’s adventure and will allow you to experience all that cosmopolitan Cape Town has to offer. Including Table Mountain – you rise above the city in a rotating cable car to the top of Cape Town’s most iconic natural landmark. At 3563 feet above sea-level, it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Settled within the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only 6 Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the most diverse, Table Mountain is a place of myth, legend, and spectacular views! On your return to the V&A, discover a diamond’s journey from the Earth’s core to sparkling gem during the Shimansky Diamond Experience. Then enjoy dinner and some leisure time before returning to your hotel. 
Overnight:  Belle Maroc Blouberg or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 3

A unique part of the tour will unfold this morning. While the other days in your tour highlight the beauty of the Mother City and its surrounds, today will focus on the beauty of its people. Living with the consequences of apartheid policies, the people you’ll meet have created singular communities in the townships you will explore. The five townships on the itinerary are District Six, Langa, Khayelitsha, Bonteheuwal and Gugulethu. Each one has a history and flavour unique unto itself. District Six, a vibrant community of different races and beliefs created by former slaves in 1833, saw the destruction of homes and the forcible removal of 60 000 residents in the 1970s to the barren outlying areas of the Cape Flats. Langa, the oldest black township in South Africa welcomes you to visit a school creche to meet the children and discover their challenges and victories despite their circumstances. A local family in Khayelitsha will be your hosts for lunch. The Bonteheuwel township is a former so-called coloured township with deep roots in the Cape-gang culture. In Gugulethu you will visit the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial. This afternoon, you will find yourself on the slopes of Table Mountain. The first of its kind to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 2015’s International Garden of the Year is the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens whose 528 hectares of grandeur and beauty are almost unmatched. Your next adventure begins by heading north along South Africa’s iconic West Coast. After check in at your hotel, guests can relax, perhaps enjoy a spa treatment. Dinner is at your hotel overlooking Langebaan Lagoon.
Overnight:  The Shark Bay or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 4

In 1829, the ‘Columbine’, was wrecked on the West Coast. In 1936, the first South African lighthouse to be seen by ships sailing from Europe and South America, and the last manned lighthouse was built on Castle Rock within the Columbine Nature Reserve. This rugged tower compliments its barren landscape. The Columbine Nature Reserve’s peninsular, the most westerly destination in the Western Cape, covers 263 hectares of wild coastline. Huge rocks line the bays and ocean vistas. Dolphins and whales are often seen here. Kayaking the numerous inlets and coves is a particular delight. The Reserve is home to the well-known West Coast fynbos, Karoo succulents and, in Spring (September to December), vast fields of Spring wildflowers. This lighthouse and reserve are the first stop after breakfast on the drive to one of the West Coast’s oldest fishing villages – Paternoster. A town famous for its unique architecture, pristine white beaches, the challenging-to-harvest rock lobster and other straight-from-the-ocean seafood. After lunch, it’s time to travel back 5 million years at the West Coast Fossil Park, a National Heritage site. It’s one of the most diverse Mio-Pliocene records in the world. Fossils from bears, saber-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes, and early mammoths have been found here. The guided tour reveals fossils lying exactly as excavated. Bokkomlaan in Velddrif is the place to find Bokkoms, a West Coast specialty. Salted, silvery mullet is strung into bunches and hung to dry. This old, timeless, and quaint fishing village of Velddrif is so inspiring the West Coast Gallery displays art from over 100 artists, many being the local fishermen striving to capture the stark beauty of the landscape in both word and on canvas. Back in Langebaan, champagne on a sunset cruise is a great aperitif before dinner at your hotel.
Overnight:  The Shark Bay or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 5

This morning you leave the beauty of the West Coast National Park's tough vegetation and wide stretches of beach which line the Atlantic shoreline. In Spring, which in South Africa is between September and December, you can wander through fields of dazzlingly multi-coloured wildflowers and encounter a myriad of wildlife. Your first stop is Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve, and a leisurely game drive with a high possibility of seeing lion, buffalo, white rhino and giraffe. After lunch in the park, you travel back in time at the !Khwa ttu San Culture And Education Centre, located within an exceptionally significant historical and archaeological landscape, on an 850 hectare Nature Reserve. The Centre, an Award-Winning Heritage Centre, a very different kind of museum, tells not only the story of the San, but of mankind as well. South African and international academic, museum and exhibition design experts created the centre, and it’s linked to some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world, including Harvard and Oxford museums. Your hotel, a classic Cape Dutch manor house amidst the beautiful vineyards and forests of Constantia Valley, is just over an hour away. After check in, enjoy the lazy sunset over the stunning views of both mountain and valley (or maybe some more spa time) before your scrumptious dinner.
Overnight:  Stillness Manor & Spa or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 6

Today's full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula begins near Simon's Town, the highlight is the colony of vulnerable African Penguins in their natural habitat at Boulders Beach. Then, take in the countryside en route to the southern point of the Cape Peninsula. Here three promontories tower over 200 metres above the sea - Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. The Cape Point Funicular Railway takes you to the old lighthouse and panoramic views at the summit of Cape Point. For lunch you journey to Hout Bay, a quaint village with a fishing harbour, which includes a photo-stop at Chapman's Peak. From Hout Bay, a 40-minute cruise charter takes you past the famous Maori Bay Wreck, to the protected home of thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals - Duiker Island Seal Colony. Just outside Hout Bay, you explore the largest bird park in Africa - World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. Driving the route of never-ending breath-taking scenery that is the Atlantic Seaboard and which stretches from Hout Bay to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A), dinner that evening will be at GOLD Restaurant - complete with a djembe drum performance and a 14-dish tasting menu. Each dish is based on African culinary traditions and storytelling.
Overnight:  Stillness Manor & Spa or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 7

What better way to start your last day after a scrumptious breakfast than by heading into the Winelands surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Hills. The relaxed atmosphere sets you up for a delicious day of food, cheese, and wine, all produced on the centuries-old vineyards of the region. Here is where you will find some of South Africa’s finest wines and beautiful architecture. Nestled among the green and fruitful vines are stunning examples of the area’s Cape Dutch homes. If you like cheese, then you’ll find the cheese tasting opportunities a delight as the region produces a vast range of both cow and goat milk cheeses. Following trails of flowers and wildlife winding their way through the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve overlooking the Franschhoek Valley will help you build up your appetite once more as they lead to another foodie delight for dinner in a wine estate setting.
Overnight:  Stillness Manor & Spa or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 8

Depending on your schedule, enjoy a healthy and filling breakfast at the hotel or at the Cape Town International Airport before flying home or onward to another adventure on your vacation.

Activities and Services

Terms and Conditions

CHILDREN:  Adult rate charged for children 12 years and up
Ages 4 to 15 – must share with adult
Pricing for children quoted at time of request

SENIORS:
No age limit; must be able to walk and step up into vehicle

Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 27 excursions/activities
  • 20 meals including the gratuities - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
    Restaurants listed may be changed to similar or better venues due to availability
  • Non-specialty coffee & tea is complimentary but only at accommodation and at included meals
  • Bottled water provided daily in your room
  • Standard transfers from and to airports, accommodations and activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle and bottled water provided daily in your vehicle
  • Dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and local guide

Excludes

​Unless otherwise specified

  • All flights, related costs, and taxes (international and local)
  • All meals and beverages (bottled water, coffee, tea, soda, specialty beverages and alcohol)
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Porterage and tipping
  • Trip insurance and items of a personal nature