Western Cape in the summer
This western cape trip not only includes Cape Town, but also all the fantastic places the Western Cape has to offer during the summer months. February is a very busy and pretty month in the Cape. So the trip will also include many visits to farms and areas that will highlight the fruit picking season. We will also be driving through many of the Cape’s unknown mountain passes. In summer, the days are long, balmy and warm, so it allows even more time to experience the beauty of this area. The trip includes 2 flights and transfers to ensure the traveling distances are manageable.
Day 1: Distance for the day: 100 km Cape Town International morning arrival.
Depart from the airport on a scenic drive to the city. Our first activity on the trip will be to visit Table Mountain (weather permitting and own account). We will use the aerial cable way to go to the top of the mountain, (and down) with its spectacular views of the Cape. A light lunch will also be enjoyed at the top. Guests will have time to walk along the pathways offering great views of different parts of Cape Town. After the visit to one of the 7 wonders of the world, we will then drive to Signal Hill to get a different view of the Cape. Form here it’s a short drive to check in at the Leeuwenvoet Guesthouse in Tamboerskloof, which is very central to Cape Town. We will be here for 3 nights. Dinners will be at various restaurants in Cape Town.
Day 2: 08h00. Distance for the day: 250 km
When in Cape Town, one must do the Peninsula route. And that is what today is set out for, with many lovely photo stops along the route. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay to view the 12 Apostles, towards Hout Bay, Then we set off via the spectacular Chapman’s Peak road towards Cape Point. Guests will be taken up (and down) to the viewpoint with a Funicular car. The scenic drive now continues on the False Bay side, towards Simon’s Town, where we will also visit the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The drive then continues via small the harbor suburbs / towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. We return to the guesthouse via Newlands and Rondebosch.
Day 3: 09h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
During the morning we will visit the city attractions, driving through many of the attractive suburbs, and visit the National Museum and Art Gallery in the Gardens, the Parliament precinct, Greenmarket Square, and the Bo-Kaap area. We will then drive towards the Waterfront region, where guest will have time to visit the attractions in their own free time. This can include the Aquarium, a trip to Robben Island, (must pre-book, and for own account) the Blue and Red arts and craft sheds, the Clock Tower precinct, and many interesting shops all over the Waterfront. We will meet again at an agreed time, to enjoy dinner before returning in to the guesthouse.
Day 4: Tuesday 26 January: 09h00. Distance for the day: 300 km
We are off towards the more rural areas of the Cape today. The scenic drive will take us via the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, where we will visit some of the museums and its popular tourist spots. On route, we will start driving through the fruit growing areas, where we will see the harvesting of grapes, peaches, pears, apples, berries, various other vegetables and fruits, and more. We then drive over the Franschhoek Pass towards Villiersdorp, where we visit the well know Elliot art gallery. The next part of the route takes us through a fantastic agricultural valley towards the Breedekloof valley and Worcester. We drive along this lovely green valley towards Robertson and Ashton, and arrive in Montagu, where we will stay over for the next 3 night’s at the charming Montagu Country Hotel. It is conveniently located in the centre of town, and easy to walk to any of the lovely attractions in town.
Day 5: 09h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
Today we will do a lovely drive towards the Keisie Valley, through the Burger’s pass. We then go on a very scenic tractor ride up the Langkloof Mountain to view the various Protea species growing high up in the mountain. It certainly is a memorable trip, and photographers delight. Returning again via the Burgers Pass, we will then visit the Montagu dried fruit factory, and some of the museums in town. There will be enough time left in the day to wander around town.
Day 6: 09h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
Montagu is also very close the Ashton, Robertson and Bonnievale, which forms part of the Robertson and Breede River wine routes. At this time of the year all the farms are very colourful, and the harvesting of fruit and grapes will be taking place. We drive along various farm routes and along the Breede River to explore the beauty of the area. We then also visit some wine farms, art galleries and farm stalls in the area. It is a relaxing and colourful drive.
Day 7: 08h30. Distance for the day: 300 km
A real highlight of the tour is a scenic drive towards Cape Agulhas. Today we travel via Stormsvlei to Bredasdorp and Struisbaai to the southernmost point of Africa, at L’Agulhas. We drive around these towns, taking in the long stretches of beach, visit the Lighthouse and Maritime museum. It is a beautiful area, and we spend quality time here. On the return trip, we visit the famous Kapula Candles and Julien’s Pottery Galleries in Bredasdorp. We undertake tours of their facilities to see how these wonderful pieces of artwork are crafted. We also visit the Shipwreck Museum in town, the only such museum in the southern hemisphere. We continue the last part of the day travelling towards the Skeiding Guest Farm, near the town of Heidelberg. Again, we check in for another 3 night’s stay.
Day 8: 10h00. Distance for the day: 100 km
Skeiding is a mixed agricultural farm, focusing on the farming of sheep, ostrich, cattle, wheat, canola, lucerne and coriander. For those interested, a very informative farm tour will be done before breakfast. Then, after enjoying a hearty farm breakfast, we do a short scenic drive via Suurbraak towards the town of Swellendam, where we visit the Drostdy Museum and the Wildebraam berry farm. We will enjoy lunch in town, followed by a visit the Bontebok National Park. It is only a short drive back to the farm and time to relax, and enjoy the vistas from the veranda.
Day 9: Distance for the day: 100 km
Today we will be travelling on three lovely mountain passes. We firstly travel along the Tradouw pass towards the town of Barrydale. Enjoy walking around this artistic town, before we continue along a part of route 62, through the Huismanskloof pass, towards Ladysmith, where we will enjoy lunch. We return to the farm via the Garcia Pass, Riversdal and Heidelberg. It is a lovely drive.
Day 10: 08h30. Distance for the day: 300 km
From one farm to another, via some more scenic routes. We travel via the N2 road towards Albertinia, where we visit an Aloe Ferox factory. We then arrive in the coastal town of Mosselbay, where we spend some time visiting the beachfront area, and the wonderful Diaz Museum complex, and enjoy lunch. We drive up Robinson Pass towards Oudshoorn and arrive at De Denne Guest Farm for the last 3 nights stay. De Denne Guest Farm is a working ostrich, sheep and lucerne farm situated on the outskirts of town, with lovely views of the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain ranges.
Day 11: 08h30. Distance for the day: 200 km
We will be driving along an unknown route today, namely the Red Rock Mountain Route. The first part of the drive is towards De Rust, where we enter the Meiringspoort pass. We drive through this fantastic pass meandering through the Swartberg Pass alongside the river. We then enjoy coffee at a very scenic spot along the route, before we return towards De Rust, where guests will have time to explore this charming little town on foot. Then we follow the Oude Murargie road, alongside the Swartberg and red rock formations. This is where we will have a comfort stop, before continuing the route via more lovely valleys, seeing the wonderful red rock formations which are only found in a small part of the mountain. We then join the road close to Calitzdorp, and return to the farm in the late afternoon. Again it is a wonderful scenic drive.
Day 12: 09h00: Distance for day: 30 km
Today is a much more relaxed day, starting off with a very informative tour of a working ostrich farm. This is then followed with a short drive towards the town of Oudtshoorn, where we visit some of the historical sights, and the museum. (For those interested, we can also do some wine and/or chocolate tasting). After enjoying lunch in town, we travel back to the farm for an afternoon of relaxation.
Day 13: 08h30: Distance for day: 150 km
Our last day includes some lovely highlights as well, such as travelling over the Outeniqua Mountain Pass, and visiting the Hops farming areas. It is harvesting time, and lovely to view the way it is processed. After last cup of coffee, we then drive through the town of George toward the airport, for your return flight.
Costs are on request.
- 2 meals per day
- Vehicle and Tourist guide fee
- Entrance fees
- 2 flight tickets
- 2 transfers
- Telephone calls
- Personal items
- Table Mountain entrance fees
- Robben Island fees
- Any extra activities that is not on this Itinerary