Explore the winding roads from the Stellenbosch Winelands to Hermanus - considered to be the best land-based whale watching spot in the world - to visit the tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas on this thrilling itinerary. Begin your journey in the midst of the Stellenbosch Winelands as you experience some of the finest wines the region has to offer. Explore the quaint French Huguenot town of Franschhoek and travel to the southernmost tip of Africa – where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Whilst the Big Five draw many visitors to Africa, on your second day of adventure, the Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks – are the stars of the show, with cliff path hikes and the opportunity to go kayaking in the ocean. During whale season (June - November) you`ll also have a chance to gaze upon enormous southern right whales from one of the best land-based whale watching sites in the world. If the big blues didn’t tickle your fancy then the visit to the Stony Point Reserve in Betty’s Bay (home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguins in the world) will certainly do the trick! These feathered entertainers always come dressed to the nines and are bound to waddle their way right into your heart. Learn about the conservation efforts of the reserve and have a peek into the many artificial penguin homes littered along the shores. End off your adventure with a delight for the senses as you drive along Clarence Drive, with dramatic twists along steep mountainsides, the perfect vantage point to view the vast False Bay. On a clear day, you can even see waves crashing on the tips of the Cape Peninsula!
Cape Town to Cape Agulhas:
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Discover the roads between the Cape Winelands toward the tranquil Overberg region as you journey like a local on this tantalising day. Set off toward the colourful lean-to houses of Kayamandi where you’ll be treated to colourful stories, tea or home-made gingerbeer and an array of local Xhosa treats such as amagwinya (vetkoek) and chakalaka.
With the fragrance of local delights lingering on your palate, you`ll travel to the picturesque Simonsig, home of the country’s first ever produced MCC. Enjoy a bubbly tasting from the masters as you take a moment to soak in the fresh country air and the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Your next destination sees you venture into the quaint town of Franschhoek for some fine wine paired with hazelnut, cranberry or rich mint chocolates. You could also opt for a bit of local flair and choose an optional wine and biltong pairing instead where you’ll taste how the wine flavours are enhanced by beef and game biltong.
As lunch nears, you’ll have time to explore the charming streets of Franschhoek, dotted with restaurants, cafés, galleries and quaint shops. This historic town was settled by French Huguenots in the 17th and 18th Century, but today is best known as the culinary and wine capital of South Africa with around 30 wine cellars and a similar number of restaurants including eight of the top 100 in the country.
Take in the views of the mountainous Overberg region as you travel to Cape Agulhas. Here, at Africa’s southernmost point, the warm Agulhas current that flows along the east of the continent meets the colder Benguela current of the Atlantic and turns back on itself. The marked beacon is the ideal spot for that must have photo, and if you`re daring enough, you can try and dip your toes into the icy waters while keeping an eye out for the resident stingrays. Soak in the deep colours of the rich sunset against the silhouette of shipwrecks as you spend the night in the area.
Hermanus to Cape Agulhas to Cape Town:
Day 2 is just as exciting with the opportunity to see the "marine big 5": whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks. The braver guests can choose a shark cage-dive or opt for a drier option on an eco-cruise to spot some of the marine life.
Then, walk the cliffs of Hermanus as you search for the southern right whale and its hefty counterparts during whale season. The next stop are the boardwalks of the Stony Point Reserve in Betty’s Bay, home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguin in the world. Finally, a delight for the senses as you drive along Clarence Drive, with dramatic twists along steep mountainside, the perfect vantage point to view the vast False Bay. On a clear day, you can even see waves crashing on the tips of the Cape Peninsula.
Accommodation will vary depending on the time of year.
Backpacker accommodation will usually have a communal kitchen to prepare food.
3* guesthouse accommodation will include breakfast
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Trip Name: Winelands and Whale Coast
Duration: 2 Days
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