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DESTINATIONS
South Africa
Highlights:

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Robben Island (1999)

Cape Floral Region (2004)

2 protected areas:
Boland Mountain Complex
Table Mountain National Park

Other highlights:

The Franschhoek Valley – settled by French Huguenot refugees.
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve – the heart of the Cape Floral Region.
The Penguin and Cormorant Colony at Stony Point – wildlife without the crowds
The Table Mountain Cableway
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - world famous gardens
Historic Church Street in Tulbagh – a National Monument
Scheduled tour

Tour code: DWH  SA 101S/14A

Saturday 11th February - Saturday 18th February 2017.

Operates with a minimum of four and a maximum of eight participants.

Please contact us for further information and prices.


Private tours

Tour code: DWH SA 101P     
8 day / 7 night tour

Saturday weekly departures by arrangement.

From Saturday 5th November 2016 until Saturday 26th November 2016
From Saturday 14th January 2017 until Saturday 25th March 2017
From Saturday 29th April 2017 until Saturday 27th May 2017
From Saturday 23rd September 2017 until Saturday 21st October 2017

Tours finish the following Saturday.

Operate with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight participants. All tours are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on the time of year you choose to travel.

Please contact us for further information and prices.


Included in the price

Two night stay in 4* guest house in Franschhoek and one night stay in 4* wine lodge in Tulbagh both on bed and breakfast basis. Four night stay in a sea facing mini suite in 4* hotel on Cape Town’s Platinum Mile on room only basis. Private transfers and guided tours as outlined in the itinerary including admission fees. Two day pass for the Cape Town Hop on Hop off Bus. Pre-booked ticket for tour to Robben Island. Picnic lunch at Olifantbos Beach (weather permitting)


When to go

Cape Town and the Western Cape, unlike other areas of South Africa enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (December – February) and wet, cool winters (June – August). Both spring (September – November), late summer (January - end February) and autumn (March – May) are good times to visit. Cape Town from early December to mid January and over Easter when South African families are on holiday can be both expensive and crowded.


Fitness

A fair amount of walking is involved to enjoy this tour.



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DAY 1
(Saturday) CAPE TOWN – FRANSCHHOEK.

Meet on arrival at Cape Town airport or pick up after breakfast from your overnight hotel and guided transfer to your 4* guesthouse in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands and at the heart of the Boland Mountain Complex World Heritage Site. Visits en route to the historic centre of Stellenbosch with its graceful Cape Dutch architecture and the beautiful Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. Remainder of day free to explore Franschhoek with its fine array of shops, galleries and restaurants and to visit the Huguenot Museum and Memorial. 

Overnight: Franschhoek. B&B


DAY 2
(Sunday) FRANSCHHOEK

A memorable full day guided tour of the Boland Mountain Complex driving over the Franschhoek Pass through the Elgin apple orchards and down to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Visit to the Palmiet River in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve with its wonderful array of indigenous flora followed by lunch at the nearby Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Afternoon visit to Stony Point with its breeding colony of African penguins before taking one of the world’s great scenic drives between the mountains and the sea around False Bay. Return to Franschhoek in late afternoon. 

Overnight: Franschhoek. B&B


DAY 3
(Monday)  FRANSCHHOEK – CAPE TOWN

Depart Franschhoek after breakfast for full-day guided tour driving via Simon’s Town to Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park World Heritage Site. Option to take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the old lighthouse with its stunning views back down the Cape Peninsula before leaving the crowds behind and heading to beautiful Olifantos Beach for a picnic lunch (weather permitting). Visit to Cape Point Vineyards for wine tasting before journeying up and over the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive, along the Atlantic seashore past the Twelve Apostles and through the exclusive seaside suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton before reaching Cape Town. Late afternoon check into your 4* hotel in Sea Point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. 

Overnight: Cape Town. RO


DAY 4 + 5
(Tuesday and Wednesday) CAPE TOWN

Explore the city at your leisure using the Hop on Hop Off buses which stop at regular intervals outside your hotel. The shorter Red Route takes you via the V&A Waterfront to the City Centre with stops at all the main attractions including the Company Gardens, SA Museum, District Six Museum, Castle of Good Hope and the Gold Museum. It also stops at the station for the cableway up Table Mountain. The longer Blue Route takes you around Table Mountain to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s most important historical monument and wine estate. It returns to Cape Town via Hout Bay where there is an opportunity to take a Township Experience Guided Walking Tour. The views from the top of the bus on a fine day on the coastal road from Hout Bay past the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range to Sea Point are stunning.

Overnight: Cape Town. RO


DAY 6
(Thursday) CAPE TOWN

Take your hotel’s free shuttle bus to the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront for a morning tour to Robben Island. Your pre-paid ticket is included in the tour price. The 11.5 km boat trip takes about half an hour each way and the tour of the island lasts about three hours. On your return the rest of the day is free to indulge in some shopping in more than 450 outlets and to enjoy the many other attractions the V&A Waterfront has to offer. Have a romantic dinner by the water’s edge before taking the shuttle bus back to your hotel.

Overnight: Cape Town. RO


DAY 7
(Friday) CAPE TOWN – TULBAGH

Depart your hotel in Sea Point after breakfast for a full day guided tour driving over Du Toit’s Kloof in the Boland Mountain Complex and through the beautiful Slanghoek Valley to the historic village of Tulbagh. Visits en route to the Afrikaans language monument near Paarl with great views over the surrounding countryside and to the peaceful Jason’s Hill Winery in the Slanghoek Valley for wine tasting and a light lunch. Time to relax after checking into your 4* wine lodge on the outskirts of Tulbagh before enjoying a final dinner in one of the restaurants in historic Church Street. 

Overnight:  Tulbagh.B&B


DAY 8
(Saturday)  TULBAGH – CAPE TOWN

Depart Tulbagh after breakfast for final day guided tour driving through the ruggedly beautiful Limietberg Nature Reserve and over Bain’s Kloof Pass one of the most dramatic roads in South Africa and amazingly until 1949 part of the main route from Cape Town to Johannesberg. Continue the journey through the Cape Winelands from Wellington to Somerset West for a farewell lunch at historic Vergelegen arguably the finest of all the wine estates in South Africa.The tour ends with late afternoon drop off at Cape Town airport or in the city for those continuing their stay in Cape Town. (For those with earlier flight connections it will be possible to arrange late morning drop off at Cape Town airport.)



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Cape Town and Beyond


8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
TOUR CODE: DWH SA 101
Scheduled and private escorted tours

Tour prices from South African Rand 12,525 per person sharing         (currency converter)
Itinerary
Few if any worldwide destinations can surpass Cape Town and its surrounding areas for spectacular coastal and mountain scenery and for plant life in the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site, so exceptional that it forms one of only six world floral kingdoms.

Beyond Cape Town lies the rugged Boland Mountain Complex, an area of outstanding natural beauty with the glorious Cape Winelands at its heart enjoyed by nature lovers and gourmets alike.

In the 16th century the great English navigator, Sir Francis Drake, described the Cape Peninsula as ‘the Fairest Cape in all the World’. This description is as apt today as when it was made, but Sir Francis might be tempted to add that the drive from Cape Point over Chapman’s Peak drive and into Cape Town is ‘the fairest in all the world’.

This magnificent 8 day / 7 night tour starts with two nights in Franschhoek, a charming small town in the Cape Winelands which will be your base for exploring the stunning Boland Mountain Complex World Heritage Site.

You next spend four nights in the vibrant and multi-cultural city of Cape Town, giving you the opportunity to explore the city center, visit Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 20 years), and to enjoy the splendours of the Table Mountain National Park, including the Cape Peninsula, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain itself (recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World).

Your last night will be spent in the historic village of Tulbagh before returning to Cape Town on the final day of your tour having enjoyed a farewell lunch at Vergelegen, arguably the finest of all the wine estates in South Africa.



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The Fairest Cape in
all the World