Regarded by many travelers as the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town will leave you simply breathless. Enjoy the incredible views of famed Table Mountain and savor the renowned wines of the region at vineyard tours.
Monday, February 19
Awake this morning to an early breakfast at the hotel and then your touring vehicle will collect your group and depart for Table Mountain. It is wise to enjoy the mountain during the early morning hours, when the clouds have not yet gathered over the mountain top (or, as the locals say, before the “white tablecloth has been spread over Table Mountain”.)
Descend the mountain and continue with your city sightseeing excursion. Highlights of this half day tour include the picturesque Malay Quarter, City Centre and Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope.
Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and colonial heritage, grand splendor and an assurance of activity of excitement. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of Cape Town, this tour is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings of yesteryear to the dazzling modern buildings of today.
Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Should you feel energetic this evening, we would be happy to recommend some fabulous restaurants… Cape Town, after all, is the ‘foodie’ capital of South Africa!
OPTIONAL, afternoon ferry ride & tour to ROBBEN ISLAND, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, is now a museum island.
Tuesday, February 20
Depart the hotel this morning to commence your full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. First you will travel via the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay, to Chapman’s Peak. This is one of the region’s most dramatic mountain drives and offers amazing panoramic views over the city and environs. Descend the mountain pass and continue on to the coastline.
This strip of the peninsula’s shoreline, commonly known as the Atlantic Seaboard, stretches some 34 miles from the waters of Table Bay along the western coast to the nature reserve at Cape Point. The exceptional beaches and rugged mountains along this coastline not only make this a popular drive, but also provide outstanding views across the Atlantic Ocean, with some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.
The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve comes to an end at majestic Cape Point. Situated at the junction of two of earth’s most contrasting water masses – the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. Guests will take the funicular to the vantage point from where they will be able to witness the “meeting of the two oceans”.
A stop will be made at midday to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on shore above the Atlantic.
Today’s attractions include Boulders beach, which is home to a colony of endangered jackass penguins and onto Simonstown. Technically, these are African penguins…but early settlers thought that their braying sound was more like a four-footed pack animal than a two-footed bird!
You will also have the (optional – cost not included) opportunity to visit the colony of seals on the aptly named Seal Island, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
ACCOMMODATIONS: THE SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT (Breakfast, Lunch)
Wednesday, February 21
Another day of unforgettable scenery begins as you depart on your full day tour to the winelands. Enjoy a spectacular drive through beautiful mountain scenery to the Cape’s World Famous Wine Estates. You will stop at a popular winery where guests can sample some of the esteemed vintages and enjoy a cellar tour.
You then continue to the lovely town of Stellenbosch, with its tree lined streets and historical architecture. The Stellenbosch University is the oldest college in South Africa! There will be time to explore Stellenbosch on foot – exploring the shops on popular Dorp Street and perhaps stopping for coffee in a quaint sidewalk café.
Franschhoek is our next stop – a gorgeous village surrounded by majestic mountains and often called the ‘gourmet center’ of South Africa. Some of the country’s finest restaurants are located in Franschhoek. You will visit the Huguenot Museum here, before continuing to Paarl. This ‘pearl of the Cape’ lies nestled in the Berg river Valley, guarded by the huge granite rocks from which it gets its name. Paarl is also well known for its wine, cuisine and culture, and it also considered the home of the Afrikaans language. At midday we will stop and enjoy a luncheon at one of the valley’s lovely wineries.
Return to your hotel later this afternoon, for an evening at leisure.
During one of your days in Cape Town, the golfers in the group might enjoy a day out on one of the city’s superb courses.
Splendid natural surrounds, cool ocean breezes and rolling hills make for the perfect setting for a good game of golf. So, it’s little wonder that Cape Town and the breathtaking regions that flank it are home to some of the finest places to putt, drive, pitch and chip in the whole of South Africa.
The Mother City is well known for serving up so much beauty you’re likely to swoon at every glance. It’s as if the golf gods asked for the perfect environment of natural landscapes and were given Cape Town, and then one golf course masterpiece after another. All of it then enhanced by the subtle brush strokes of course design genius ……from the likes of Player, Nicklaus and Matkovich.
Please note that the course and starting time will be subject to confirmation closer to departure date. Rental clubs are available.
OPTIONAL SHARK DIVING EXCURSION
Also available in Cape Town is a very exciting shark cage diving adventure. You will be picked up at your hotel very early this morning and driven down the coast to the harbor when your shark boat awaits.
The boat normally leaves the Gansbaai harbor at about 8:45 am and takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach the channel between Geyser and Dyer islands. After the chumming and baiting the first Great White shark hones in with deadly accuracy – (sharks use their sense of smell in the water). The Great White shark makes it’s graceful and swift appearance from just below the sea level, leaping out of the water making its presence felt from nowhere.
A dorsal fin and part of the tail silently slice up through the water, leaving barely a wake. The undisputed lord of the deep has arrived!
Passengers can experience excellent surface viewing of the great white sharks from the boat’s upper deck, getting an all-round view of the sharks, circling and descending. It is the ideal spot to capture some fantastic shark pictures or shoot video footage – the water is no more than 9 meters deep.
Great White sharks can smell the chum slick (crushed tuna/skipjack or sardines) from a considerable distance. In addition, our crew pulls decoys or bait lines closer to the cage and boat to lure the magnificent creatures even closer. The shark, being an inquisitive creature, often comes right up to the boat, bringing its head above the sea level far enough out of the water that you can touch it. The banks of awesome razor edged teeth are but centimeters away – the huge gaping jaws revealing the true danger of an imminent encounter! Return to your hotel later this afternoon.