Discover the Cape in South Africa and explore one of the most beautiful and dramatic cities in the world.
From there head into the lush Cape Winelands for a wine tasting experience in the quaint towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington or Franschoek.
There are unlimited amounts of outdoor activities available in Cape Town and this is where the South African adventure begins.
Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town
Once you arrive at the Cape Town International Airport pick up a rental car and from the airport drive to Cape Town, which is about a 30km drive. Cape Town awaits local and international visitors with its many sights, attractions, activities and scenic landscapes. This is a great place to jumpstart a South African adventure, not only because of everything available in this post, but also as a travel hub to major South African cities. There are plenty of options for accommodation in Cape Town that make traveling between the two cities a great choice for those looking to explore several regions of the country.
Start off on your day with a trip around the magnificent Cape Peninsula. Follow the False Bay coastline via Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. Take a rest at the penguin colony which can be found at Boulder’s Beach and then continue to the Cape Peninsula National Park and Cape Point. Within the reserve you will see a wide range of indigenous fynbos as well as baboons, buck and Cape Mountain Zebra. Take a picture at the most southwestern tip of Africa and admire the views from the cliff tops at the old Lighthouse.
Take a leisurely drive to the town of Stellenbosch which takes about an hour. Once you reach Stellenbosch, explore the magnificent surroundings of this beautiful village. Collect a wine route map from the tourism office or decide where to stop as you go along. As the sun sets, take a walk through the vineyards and get a taste for the local atmosphere.
In Stellenbosch there are many historical hotels from which one can choose from to relax from an exciting day. In the evening, reserve a table at the exciting Moyo Restaurant, which is located on the Spier wine estate, which is a popular place. This open-air restaurant offers the most delicious authentic African dishes while fire and drums, African songs and dance make a beautiful setting for an unforgettable evening.
Day four can be spent to visit and explore Stellenbosch and its surroundings areas. Here, you will find many Cape Dutch-style houses and the famous ‘Oom Samie se Winkel’, as well as the market square, where the Burgerhuis is located.
No holiday to Cape Town and the Garden Route would be complete without a wine tasting tour during your stay in Stellenbosch. One of the most popular and well-visited wine estates is Blauwklippen. This wine estate is located about 4km south of the town on the road towards Somerset West, where Cabernet Sauvignon is made. The wine estates are all located close to one another and surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Between wine tasting sessions, take a local lunch or enjoy a leisurely picnic in the vineyards.
Driving back to Cape Town can be enjoyed via Hermanus from where whales can be observed during the months of August to November each year. Hermanus is one of the best land based whale watching places in the world. From Hermanus, a beautiful coastal route via Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Gordon’s Bay leads back to Cape Town.
Once Cape Town is reached, you can take the cable car upTable Mountain for a wonderful sunset. Looking down upon the city from the ‘Table Top’ is an incredible experience.
Day 6 and 7:
A visit to the former prison of Robben Island is well worth a visit. The ferry to Robben Island departs from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, the ferry ride itself if a wonderful experience from where magnificent views over Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town can be enjoyed.
The Two Oceans Aquarium which is located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s most popular attractions. Visit Greenmarket Square in the city center for some African art, jewellery and clothing.
Go to the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and enjoy either a leisurely stroll or a more strenuous hike. The gardens are a showcase of South African flora with meandering pathways, small streams and spectacular views from the upper slopes. Then, go on an organized township tour and experience for yourself the vibrancy and spirit of the African people. Spend the afternoon and evening at the V&A Waterfront with its shops, craft markets and many restaurants and cafe’s.
This post was written by Ryan Mackie of www.south-african-hotels.com. Ryan is based in Cape Town and regularly contributes to travel blogs.