• Whale Watching

Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands

South Africa is known for its enviable natural beauty; magnificent mountains, incredible beaches, lush forests and sweeping vineyards. Our Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands tour lets you experience South Africa’s incredible scenery and immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture. 

Beginning in exciting Cape Town and ending in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus, this six night tour is full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to tick off your bucket list. This includes whale watching on the open waters, wine tasting in the famous vineyards of Stellenbosch, spectacular coastal drives and exploring the majestic Table Mountain of Cape Town by foot or cable car.

Your exhilarating tour covers the best that South Africa has to offer and is ideal if you have a love of nature and the great outdoors. Brimming with adventurers, it’s also the perfect trip if you wish to experience the real South Africa and all the must-see attractions of this incredible country.

Your itinerary has been carefully planned to include a balance of outdoor excursions, city sightseeing and your own leisure time. Our experienced English-speaking tour guides know exactly where to stay, the best places to eat and drink, and boast great local knowledge to help you get the most from your South African adventure.

Whether it’s your first time in South Africa or one of many, you’re sure to leave our Cape, Whales and Winelands tour with a new love for this remarkable country. South Africa is where special memories are made.

Duration
7 days

Guide Price

 £1,999  pp
Best time to go
July to November
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Lions Head and Cape Town

Trip highlights

  • Discover the incredible flora and ‘fynbos’ of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the lower slopes of majestic Table Mountain
  • Explore Cape Point, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is rich in wildlife and vegetation and home to spectacular beaches and bays
  • Visit world-famous Stellenbosch, South Africa’s best known wine-producing region
  • Witness majestic marine mammals during your whale watching trip in Hermanus, and explore this town’s historic harbour
Table Mountain Cape Town

After touching down in glorious Cape Town, you’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to your luxury hotel where you’ll stay for two nights. After freshening up, it’s time to discover Cape Town.

Sitting in the shadow of magnificent Table Mountain, with the famous Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on the horizon, Cape Town is an exhilarating combination of incredible natural scenery, rich history and a vibrant social scene including bars, restaurants and cafes at the trendy V&A Waterfront. Your Cape Town adventure begins at Table Mountain, which, if you’re feeling fit you can explore on foot . Alternatively take the thrilling cable car ride, which allows you to enjoy unrivalled views of the city and bay both on the ascent and descent.

There’s plenty of time to see the other landmarks and attractions that Cape Town has to offer, including the Company Gardens, S.A. Museum and the Castle of Good Hope. Head to Greenmarket Square to pick up a bargain at the flea market, and see the brightly coloured houses and steep, cobbled streets of the former Malay Quarter of Bo-Kaap.

Suggested Accommodation

  • ONOMO Hotels-Inn On the Square
a tree with a mountain in the background

Today, it’s time to explore the great outdoors and see the natural beauty that Cape Town is known for, with a fun-filled day trip to Cape Point. You’ll travel along the Atlantic Seaboard, seeing some of the country’s most beautiful bays and beaches. Charming coastal villages are also scattered along the route. Stop at the lookout point at Llandudno to enjoy unparalleled views and take postcard-perfect pictures. Then it’s on to Hout Bay – a seaside town with a pretty fishing harbour and mountain views.

After lunch at a local restaurant, it’s time to see the unique penguin colony at Boulders Beach and explore Simon’s Town. The naval base dates back more than two centuries and offers plenty to do, including the Simon’s Town Museum and Martello Tower. You can also take a trip to the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which are nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, with plenty of walks and trails for you to enjoy.

Suggested Accommodation

  • ONOMO Hotels-Inn On the Square
a large green field with trees in the background

It’s time to leave Cape Town and head to the stunning wine region of Stellenbosch.

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll hit the road on a scenic drive through majestic mountains, green vineyards and historic homesteads before reaching the famous wineries of Stellenbosch. Many of the vineyards along the route offer cellar tours and wine tasting – an absolute must on any South African tour - all against a backdrop of these extremely picturesque winelands.

When evening comes, it’s time to head back to rest your head at Spier Hotel for the first of two nights in Stellenbosch.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Spier Hotel
a cactus in a green field

After so much outdoor adventure, it’s time to relax and take a day exploring the gentle and calming streets of Stellenbosch. Sitting at the head of the Eerste River Valley, pretty Stellenbosch is steeped in history and is well-known for its beautiful scenery, as well as being one of South Africa’s most prolific and renowned wine-producing regions.

Stellenbosch has a rich history that can be seen in the different architectural styles of buildings that pleasantly sit alongside one another throughout the town. Spend an afternoon walking around and you’ll witness beautifully simple Cape Dutch farmhouses, meticulously-restored Georgian and Victorian architecture, and the charming whitewashed buildings around Stellenbosch Braak, or the ‘village green’.

Adding to Stellenbosch’s charm is its stunning location, surrounded by imposing mountains and lush vineyards. There’s a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere here, which will capture your heart.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Spier Hotel
Hermanus

It’s time to leave the beautiful Cape Winelands and head to South Africa’s sleepy coastal town of Hermanus, which is famous around the world for its unparalleled whale watching. A two night stay here gives you plenty of time to see the sights of this charming town and enjoy a meal at one of the fine seafood restaurants. If you’re lucky, you may even hear the call of the local ‘Whale Crier’ who is there to signal the appearance of a southern right whale in Hermanus Bay.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Baleines Guest House
a fish swimming under water

Find out first-hand why Hermanus is one of the best places in the world to observe whales in the wild, during your epic once-in-a-lifetime whale watching cruise, which leaves from Kleinbaai Harbour. You’ll sail over the waters to the Pearly Beach area, where you can see southern right whales in abundance between July and mid-December. This awe-inspiring experience is not to be missed.

After spending some time watching the whales, your cruise will set sail for Dyer Island, which is home to a large colony of African penguins. Beyond Dyer Island (and past the great white shark-filled waters of ‘Shark Alley’) is the impressive Geyser Rock. Here you’ll see tens of thousands of Cape fur seals who have made Geyser Rock their home.

After this incredible boat trip concludes, you might wish to opt to reflect on the day’s events when tucking into a meal at the Great White House, a thatched-roof restaurant that features locally-produced ingredients, in nearby Gansbaai. Kindly note this meal is on a chargeable basis. Pick up a lasting memento of your time in South Africa in the scenic town of Stanford, which you’ll visit on the way back to Hermanus and where you can pick up antiques, artwork and other collectables.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Baleines Guest House

Your South African adventure has come to an end. Make your way back to Cape Town International Airport for onward travel to neighbouring South African countries, or to return home with a lifetime of memories.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 6 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Breakfast in ONOMO Hotel Cape Town - Inn on the Square, Spier Hotel, Les Baleines
  • Private/small group (air-conditioned) transport / transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fees) for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Activities: Half Day City Tour, Full Day Cape Point Tour, Full Day Winelands Tour, Boat-based Whale Watching Tour (June to November), Eco Marine Cruise (January to May)

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)