Tours for the Enquiring Traveller
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South Africa
Cape Town and Beyond in Springtime
Scheduled and private escorted tours

Tour prices from South African Rand 24,055 per person sharing            (currency converter)


UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Cape Floral Region (2004)

5 Protected areas:-
Boland Mountain Complex
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Table Mountain National Park
Cederberg Wilderness Area
Groot Winterhoek

Robben Island (1999)

Other highlights

Caledon Wild Flower Reserve
Whale watching in Hermanus
African Penguins at Stony Point
Historic Vergelegen
Wild flowers in the West Coast National Park
Nieuwoudtville the bulb capital of the world
Historic Church Street in Tulbagh
Farewell lunch in the Cape winelands

Early spring in the southern hemisphere from mid – August to late September is a great time to visit Cape Town and the surrounding areas of the Cape Floral Region for ‘whales, wildflowers and wine’.

The southern right whales will have returned from Antarctica to mate and calve in the De Hoop Marine Reserve and in the sheltered waters of Walker Bay off Hermanus the whale capital of South Africa.

The flora of Cape Floral Region put on a spectacular show in spring in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, the Boland Mountains, the Table Mountain National Park, the Cederberg and the Groot Winterhoek and the normally barren landscape of the west coast north of Cape Town after good winter rains celebrates the arrival of spring by erupting into a blanket of wildflowers.

The tour includes visits to four of South Africa’s glorious and diverse National Botanical Gardens – the Harold Porter set between the mountain and the sea in the Kogelberg at the heart of the Cape Floral Region, the world famous Kirstenbosch with its unrivalled setting beneath the slopes of Table Mountain, the Hantam near Nieuwoudtville the bulb capital of the world and the Karoo Desert near Worcester set against the backdrop of spectacular 2000 meters high mountain peaks and famous for its succulents and dazzling spring daises.

You will also have the opportunity to sample and enjoy some of South Africa’s finest wines at Vergelegen and Groot Constantia the country’s two most historic wine estates dating back to the 17th century, and in the beautiful Tulbagh Valley.

The tour ends with a farewell lunch in the heart of Cape winelands in the Franschhoek Valley the gourmet capital of South Africa.

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Meet on arrival at Cape Town airport (or pick up from your overnight hotel) to drive over the Hottentot Holland Mountains part of the Boland Mountain Complex into the Overberg (‘Over the Mountain’) for a two night stay in a country lodge near the picturesque village of Stanford. You stop en route at South Africa’s oldest inn and at the Caledon Wildflower Reserve. Remainder of day at leisure.

Overnight: Stanford (DBB)


A morning drive through the rolling wheatfields of the Overberg to the De Hoop Nature Reserve one of the jewels of the Cape Floral Region. A reserve with an astonishing array of plants, bird life and fauna, a beautiful coastline with impressive white sand dunes and southern right whales mating and calving in its off shore waters. You return to Stanford via the historic Elim Mission Village founded by the Moravians and after 1838 a haven for freed slaves.

Overnight: Stanford (DBB)


A great day returning to Cape Town – whale watching from the cliff top path in Hermanus, the tranquil Harold Porter National Botanical Garden set between the Kogelberg Mountains and the sea at the heart of the Cape Floral Region, the African Penguin Colony at Stony Point, the stunning mountain and sea views driving around False Bay and wine tasting at historic Vergelegen arguably South Africa’s finest wine estate. Late afternoon check-in for a four night stay in a sea facing suite in your hotel in Cape Town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.

Overnight: Cape Town (RO)

DAY 4 + 5
(Tuesday and Wednesday) CAPE TOWN

Two days to enjoy the City using the Hop on Hop off buses which stop at regular intervals outside your hotel. The shorter Red Route takes you to the V&A Waterfront to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and for your pre-paid tour to Robben Island. It continues winding its way through the City centre before returning to your hotel via the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the trendy suburb of Camps Bay. The longer Blue Route takes you to the world famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and for wine tasting at historic Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate.

Overnight: Cape Town (RO)

(Thursday) CAPE TOWN

A full day guided tour of the glorious Table Mountain National Park. In the morning you drive to Cape Point over stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive and along the dramatic Atlantic Seaboard. Option on arrival to ride the Flying Dutchman funicular to the old lighthouse for superb views back down the Cape Peninsula before leaving the crowds behind and heading to the beautiful secluded Olifantbos Beach for a picnic lunch (weather permitting). In the afternoon you visit historic Simon’s Town home to South Africa’s navy and have the opportunity to take the cableway to the summit of Table Mountain.

Overnight: Cape Town (RO)


You leave Cape Town to drive to the West Coast National Park a mix of lagoon wetlands, pounding surf and coastal fynbos, famous in spring for its display of wildflowers both near the seashore and overlooking the Langebaan lagoon. You then head inland through the Swartberg for a three night stay in the town of Clanwilliam, the gateway to the Cederberg, the center of the rooibos tea industry and a good base from which to explore the region’s flora and other attractions.

Overnight:  Clanwilliam (BB)


You first visit the Ramskop Wildflower Garden overlooking the Clanwilliam Dam with its wonderful display of watsonias and other spring flowers before heading into the Cederberg a wild mountainous area where nature has been allowed to reign. You drive through villages and over mountain passes with awesome scenery all the way before reaching the beautiful Biedouw Valley with in springtime its swathes of blue and yellow wildflowers. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to experience the Sevilla Rock Art Trail, a delightful walk along the banks of Brandewyn River and considered to be one of the best introductions to San or Bushman painting in the country.

Overnight: Clanwilliam (BB)


Your destination today is the small town of Nieuwoudtville and the Hantam Garden, the ninth and latest of South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens. You drive north towards Namaqualand before leaving the barren coastal plain and heading east up the spectacular Van Rhyn’s Pass and on to the Bokkeberg Escarpment where the soil has the highest concentration of bulb species in the world. The Hantam Garden puts on an amazing spring flower display with an unrivalled collection of bulbs most notably the orange flowered bulbinellas. You also visit the Bokkeveld Nature Reserve with its thirty-meter waterfall before completing a circular drive back to Clanwilliam via the Botterkloof and Pakhuis Passes.

Overnight: Clanwilliam (BB)

DAY 10

You leave Clanwilliam to drive through the fertile Olifants River Valley and over the mighty Piekenierskloof Pass, first constructed by master road builder Thomas Bain in 1859. You then descend into the Swartberg plain, the bread basket of the Western Cape, before making the twisting ascent up the Dasklip Pass into the remote and little known Groot Winterhoek (‘the Great Winter Corner’) with its extraordinary rock formations and high sharp peaks. After good winter rains the spring floral display is superb. In the afternoon you drive to the village of Tulbagh with an opportunity to visit the majestic Oude Drostdy Museum with its impressive collection of antique furniture and a cellar formerly the local jail but now a venue for tasting local wines. You enjoy a final dinner in one of the restaurants in historic Church Street now declared a National Monument.

Overnight: Tulbagh (BB)

DAY 11

The final day of the tour starts with a visit to the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden near Worcester with its important collection of indigenous flora including succulents aloes and trees. The garden is also renowned for its dazzling spring daisies. You next drive over scenic Du Toit’s Kloof Pass with its towering mountain buttresses, carpets of fynbos on the lower slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains and extensive views over the Paarl Valley followed by a farewell lunch at one of the finest wine estates in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley at the heart of the Boland Mountain Complex. The tour ends with late afternoon drop off at Cape Town airport or back in the City.

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Scheduled tour

Tour code: DWH SA 104S/14A

Saturday 27th August - Tuesday 6th September 2016

Operate 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 104P
11 day / 10 night tour

Saturday weekly departures by arrangement:

Saturday 13th August - Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Saturday 20th August - Tuesday 30th August 2016
Saturday 3rd September - Tuesday 13th September 2016
Saturday 10th September - Tuesday 20th September 2016

Operate with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight participants. All tours are subject to availability.

Please contact us for further information and prices.

Included in the price

Transfers and guided tours with experienced driver guide as outlined in the itinerary including admission fees.

10 nights accommodation in 4* hotels, lodges, resorts and guesthouses including 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners (drinks excluded). Sundry picnic lunches.

Two day pass for Cape Town Hop on Hop off bus. Pre-booked ticket for tour of Robben Island.

When to go

This tour operates form mid-August to the end of September during the wildflower season.


A fair amount of walking some in remote areas is involved to enjoy this tour.

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