15 Days Cape Highlights

Day 1: Cape Town

Start of the tour in Cape Town

During the day you reach Cape Town, the dream city between two oceans.  Upon arrival, you can take your rented car and drive to your booked accommodation. Relax the rest of the day, go for a walk and let the first impressions affect you.  Enjoy the (mostly) beautiful weather and finish off the day in one of the many excellent restaurants with good food and an excellent bottle of local wine.

Day 2: Cape Town

Cape Town

A whole day in Cape Town! There is so much to explore and do. What do you want? A good way to explore Cape Town on your own is for example a city tour with the hop on – hop off bus. In this way you get a very good overview of the city, can get out wherever you like and stay as long as you like. Even a driveway on Table Mountain is an absolute must! Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Botanical garden of Kirstenbosch, there is so much to experience! And don't forget: Robben Island must be seen too!

TM and Stadium

Day 3: Cape Town

CAPE TOWN

Today would be a good day for a trip to the Cape Peninsula. There is much more to see than the world-famous Cape of Good Hope. An unforgettable experience awaits you: spectacular coastlines with steep cliffs and endless beaches, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, a unique animal and plant world (only here you can swim with penguins) and of course the undulating cape. Go early, you'll need the time!

Day 4: Stellenbosch

CAPE TOWN - STELLENBOSCH (ca. 65km / 1:30h)

Today they leave Cape Town in the direction of the Winelands. The route is not far and we recommend you to take the small detour via Tableview. From the local beach you have the typical view over the Bay on Table Mountain, which is so famous we are spectacular. 

Then drive over the small but very beautiful wine-growing area Durbanville to Stellenbosch. Surrounded by rugged mountains and lovely vineyards, this very picturesque town is situated in a picturesque valley. Stellenbosch is an ideal base from which to explore the region.

DBVille Panorama

Day 5: Stellenbosch

STELLENBOSCH & WINELANDS

Another day to explore and enjoy! Today we recommend a trip to Franschhoek, just a good 30km away. You drive through lovely vineyards with a variety of wineries that are open for sightseeing (and of course for wine tastings). In Franschhoek, you can go for a stroll, hike and enjoy a meal in one of the exquisite restaurants.

Restaurant Vines

Day 6: De Kelders

STELLENBOSCH - DE KELDERS (ca. 170km / 2:00h)

You leave Stellenbosch today and drive back towards the ocean. Along the False bay, it goes via Somerset West and Gordonsbay on a spectacular coastal road towards Betty's Bay. In the local nature reserve you can very well visit a large penguin colony and watch the lively sea creatures. Continue along endless beaches to Hermanus, the so-called whale watching capital of the world. In the season from September to December you can watch the peaceful giants just below the cliff path with a little luck. Its current destination is on the opposite side of Walker Bay, de Kelders.

Recommended

Day 7: De Kelders

WHALE COAST

You will spend the day in one of the most interesting places on Earth to observe the fascinating life in the open sea. Not only the whales, which live here all year round, sometimes only seasonal, are a highlight, even for the white sharks the area is known. In the neighboring Van Dyks Bay is one of the world's best places to get close to these giant predators. Various companies have specialized in bringing these fascinating creatures closer to tourists and at the same time fighting for their protection. Only through knowledge and understanding for the robbers can one take the fear of the people and protect these magnificent animals. We encourage you to experience this fascinating adventure and to experience the adrenaline rush with the cage of these great sharks eye-to-eye.

Whale watching with Southern Right Charters Close up of the Great White Eye

Day 8: Oudtshoorn

DE KELDERS - CAPE AGHULAS - SWELLENDAM - BARRYDALE - ROUTE 62 - CALITZDORP - OUDTSHOORN  (ca. 420km / 5:00h)

Today the stage is a little longer-but very appealing! The way is the goal! You go to Cape Aghulas, the southernmost point of Africa. Continue through Swellendamm (worth walking for a short walk) over the Langeberg into the little Karoo to Barrydale, a sleepy desert nest. Here you come to the famous Route 62, which leads through the little Karoo to Oudtshoorn.

Day 9: Plettenberg Bay

OUDTSHOORN - KNYSNA - PLETTENBERG BAY (ca. 160km / 2:30h)

In Oudtshoorn, who likes to call itself the ostrich capital of the world, the biggest birds in the world are the main attraction. Visit one of the many farms and learn a lot of new things about these wonderful creatures. But also the nearby Cango caves are worth a visit! 

You leave the dry semi-desert of the Little Karoo and cross the coastal mountains. What a change of vegetation! Suddenly everything is green, subtropical rainforests pull along the slopes of the mountains and the everywhere it blooms in all colors. You pass George and Wilderness, already located at the Indian Ocean. You could stop in Knysna, located on a large lagoon, which is connected only by a narrow cut through the cliffs to the sea. Don't miss to visit the Knysna heads!

Just a short distance away, and you can reach the area around Plettenberg Bay, with its long beaches, excellent restaurants and many attractions.

Ostriches Interior

Day 10: Plettenberg Bay

PLETTENBERG BAY

Today you have the whole day at your disposal to experience the things in and around Plettenberg Bay that you really want. This could be a relaxing day on one of the numerous beaches. Or a walk along and through the Keurboomsrivier Lagoon. Or a hike over the Robberg peninsula with its beaches, flowers and animals, especially the huge seal population. 

There are also a great number of attractions to visit, such as the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary or the excellent Birds of Eden. Sports enthusiasts can also experience the diversity of the coastal landscape with sea canoes.

OCEAN BLUE ADVENTURES Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

Day 11: Cape St Francis

PLETTENBERG BAY - TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK - CAPE ST FRANCIS (ca. 170km / 2:00h)

On your route today lies the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park, known for its vast rainforests with huge trees. Drive through the idyllically located nature's Valley to Stormsriver mouth. There is a lot to see and experience here. Hike along the rugged coastline to a waterfall, walk across footbridges and suspension bridges to the mouth of the Storms River and book a boat trip to the canyon. Canoes are the best way to paddle into the spectacular gorge.

Another stop should be put on the Bloukrans bridge. Here you can make one of the deepest bungy jumps in the world – or just watch it.

The goal of today is the relaxed Cape St Francis.

Bridge

Day 12: Cape St Francis

CAPE ST FRANCIS

Today you can just leave your car and explore the wonderful area of Cape St Francis. There is a lot to do. We would like to offer you Betty's tour, where you can get a deep and lasting insight into the local life. Or experience a lot of nature with a romantic cruise on the Kromme River. Or simply enjoy the sun, beach and waves with a good book.

Day 13: Kariega Private Game Reserve

CAPE ST FRANCIS - KARIEGA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE  (ca.180km / 2:00h)

This morning, departure is your last stage and at the same time a highlight of your journey. The next few days will be a sign of such wonderful African wildlife. In the Kariega Private Game Reserve You can watch the big and small animals in their natural environment on game drives. Until noon you should have reached the nature reserve to relax in the afternoon for your first stalking.

Day 14: Kariega Private Game Reserve

KARIEGA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Today it is called to get up very early! Even before sunrise they are awakened. After a coffee and the typical South African ' Rusks ' (hard pastries), drive on the open SUV deep into the bush. At this time there is a lot going on, the nocturnal animals return, the diurnal come from their hiding places. In the light of the Rising Sun, the bush shines in wonderful light, a paradise for photographers! After the game drive you go back to your lodge, where you will have a rich breakfast. Afterwards you have time to relax by the pool, to read, or perhaps to catch up on a little sleep.

But there is always something to see: Thirsty animals come to the Lodgeeigenen water site, colourful birds drink in the pool, and small antelope strips around the accommodations and enjoy the safety of the closeness of the people. After a lunch and often also a ' high tea ' it goes back in the afternoon on game drive, only interrupted by a sundowner in the bush. From now on you can also watch nocturnal animals. Equipped with strong headlights look for the many animals that are not visible during the day. With a good dinner and one or another drink at the bar, an exciting day is a turning point.

Kariega male lions Kariega elephant Kariega zebra

Day 15: End of Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Port Elizabeth airport, return your rental car. If you have not booked a follow-up programme, your holiday is already over. We are sure that you have experienced a lot and collected unforgettable impressions.

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