The tour starts in Cape Town, one of the major highlights of the country and one of the great cities of the world. Moving on to the West Coast, a region of contrast and beauty. Stretching over 400km from south to north, the region and its people offer the visitor a surprising variety of travel experiences and destinations.
The scenic beauty of this solitary coast is complemented by its plentiful sea life, with dishes like mussels, crayfish or line fish pulled from the cold water of the Benguela Current, offering the visitor a rich and unique culinary experience. Migrating whales visit the coastal waters from July to December and heavyside dolphins are often sighted. The region is also a bird watcher’s paradise as bird life abounds and travelling waders, seabirds and birds of prey are just part of the variety offered by this beautiful region of the Cape.
From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.
PJust inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere. During the spring the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, while in the Postberg section many antelope are to be seen in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic.
World renowned for its spectacular beauty, superb Cape wines and world class restaurants…village of Franschhoek is a definite must-visit destination on any trip to the Western Cape of South Africa.
Arrival at Cape Town with meet and greet. At leisure to enjoy one of our Blue Flag beaches, explore the wide selection of sight-seeing and historical guided optional tours available, e.g. full day Cape Peninsula or Winelands tour, Robben Island, Table Mountain or adventure activities incl. abseiling, mountain biking, white shark cage diving etc.
West Coast Collect your hire car and make your way to Langebaan. Places of interest: West Coast National Park, Fossil Park
Drive to the small fishing village of Paternoster and experience the “golden mile” to Shelly Point en-route to St Helena Bay. Places of interest: Columbine Nature Reserve, Vasco Da Gama monument and museum
Make your way to Velddrif, Lambert’s Bay, Vredendal towards Lutzville. Places of interest: Goedverwacht Mission Station, Bird Island, Steenboksfontein Art Gallery, Matzikama Eco Park, Lutzville Women’s Club for beautiful hand painted quilts
This morning you can visit Clanwilliam and Citrusdal before you make your way to Kagga Kamma, once home to the Bushmen. Today many of their ancient cave paintings are still clearly visible on the rocks. This spiritual land offers spectacular scenery, majestic mountains, strange rock formations and phenomenal night skies Places of interest: Rooibos, Veldskoen and Goede Hoop Citrus factories, the Sandveldhuisie
Drive to Franschhoek. The town is nestled beneath majestic mountains, and has become one of the top destinations for visitors to South Africa. Upon your first visit you will understand why; the entire Franschhoek valley, not just the village itself, is breathtaking. From here you can also visit Stellenbosch and the popular Wine Route