On a given Monday you will be collected at your hotel by our professional driver guide to depart for the Cape Winelands. The tour will take you to the Wineland towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Riebeek Kasteel. The Winelands is the largest wine producing region in South Africa with more than 200 cellars. The history of viniculture in this region dates back to the arrival of the French Huguenots in 1688. The climate of the Winelands is ideal for producing award winning wines. Lately olive groves have also become popular. On your first tour day lunch and wine tasting will be en route at a wine estate near Malmesbury (own account). This area is also the largest wheat producing area in South Africa. Riebeek Kasteel, in the heart of the Riebeek Valley will be your overnight destination.
On day two you travel to Paternoster via Porterville and Clanwilliam in the Cederberg Mountains. The Cederberg Mountains are named after the endangered Cape Cedar tree, it has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the charming small town, Clanwilliam, you visit two factories producing typical South African products, one producing traditional "velskoene" (leather shoes) from untanned leather and the other producing rooibos tea. The day ends at quaint Paternoster where you overnight.
Day three take you on a tour of the unique West Coast with visits to Saldanha Bay, the West Coast National Park, the unique village of Darling and Blouberg Strand for the classic view of Table Mountain, before returning to Cape Town.
R10,945 per person sharing
R250 single supplement (±US$ 18 )
Duration: 4 days , 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ***
Accommodation: 3-star hotel; B&B or cottages
Transport: Luxury sedan or minibus
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-6 max-9
Languages (guides): English , German
Other languages available on request.
Countries: South Africa
Highlights: Cape Winelands , Riebeek Valley , Paternoster , The West Coast , Cederberg Mountains & Wilderness Area , Bird Island Nature Reserve .
Starting dates: Tour departs Mondays from Cape Town (Sea Point ±07:30; the Waterfront ±08:00 & city hotels ±08:15).
Available starting dates: Feb 2015 - Oct 2015
Accomodation: Riebeek Valley Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Attractions include: Cape Winelands , Riebeek Valley , Riebeek West , Paarl , Wellington , Swartland , Malmesbury , Wine tastings at estates in South Africa .
You will be collected at your hotel in Cape Town by a professional driver-guide. Travel inland to the Cape Winelands, a beautiful wine-making region framed by the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The Winelands have over 200 cellars, of which many have won international acclaim. Travel via historic Paarl (‘Pearl’) and Wellington - an important educational centre and typical Winelands town featuring Cape-Dutch architecture..
You stop for lunch (own account) and a wine tasting at a Swartland vineyard near Malmesbury. Contrary to the vineyards of the Cape Winelands that are irrigated, the vineyards of the Swartland (‘Black Land’) are cultivated in dry conditions, which adds to a special flavour. The Swartland is also the largest wheat producing region of South Africa.
You end your day in the beautiful Riebeek Valley, below the Kasteelberg (mountain). Dinner at the hotel (own account)..
Accomodation: Paternoster Seaside Cottages
Meals included: breakfast
Attractions include: Paternoster , The West Coast , Cederberg Mountains & Wilderness Area , Porterville , Clanwilliam , Elandsberg Eco Tourism .
After breakfast you depart from Riebeek-Kasteel and travel to Clanwilliam in the Cederberg Mountains. The mountains are named after the endangered Cape Cedar that is endemic to this region. The Cederberg was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a sparsely populated area with typical red sand stone rock formations. Many examples of ancient Bushmen rock art are to be found here.
Head for the Elandsberg Eco Reserve - a ‘Rooibos Tea and Fynbos Estate’. The property features a a rooibos tea factory. Rooibos tea is produced from the indigenous rooibos (red bush) and is growing in popularity internationally. It is caffeine free and deemed to be very healthy. More than 50% of the rooibos tea produced at Clanwilliam is exported. You have the option to take a guided tour on the property (own account).
Lunch will be enjoyed enroute (own account). From Clanwilliam travel to Paternoster, one of the last remaining traditional fishing villages on the Cape West Coast. Check in to your accommodations for a two night stay and relax before you have dinner at Abalone House located in the village.
Today you travel along the coastline of South Africa’s ‘West Coast’, a sparsely populated area dotted with quaint fishing villages. Head to Lamberts Bay. There’s the option of tasting ‘Bokkoms’ - dried, salted fish - certainly not everyone’s taste, but very popular in these parts. A milder option is curried fish.
Lamberts Bay is especially well known for Bird Island, connected to the mainland by a breakwater (not accessible if rough seas prevail). The island houses a Cape Gannet (bird) breeding colony and also provides shelter to thousands of Cormorants, as well as Penguins and Cape Fur Seals. The birds and island is conserved within a small nature reserve. For a small fee (own account) you can visit the Island’s bird hide and get up close to the thousands of birds. There’s also a small aquarium, penguin pool and curious shop on offer.
Lunch (for your own account) is to be enjoyed in Lamberts Bay, which is well known for its seafood. On returning to Paternoster you briefly head beyond town to the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, located on a rocky outcrop called Castle Rock. You have the option of ascending the spiral staircase inside and taking in the view from the top. Return to Paternoster for a leisurely evening, with dinner (own account) once again at Abalone House in the village.