- 3-day Western Cape tour from Cape Town
- Explore the Cape Peninsular on South Africa's stunning Atlantic Coast
- Get a taste of township life in Kayamandi as you explore with a community leader
- Enjoy a wine-tasting session at prestigious wine estates near Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
- Spend time at leisure in the town of Hermanus, or go cage diving with sharks in Gansbaai
- Overnight accommodation in quality 3- or 4-star accommodation with daily breakfast included or budget accommodation
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What You Can Expect
On your second day, visit the Kayamandi Township with a local community leader to learn more about township culture in South Africa before, during and after apartheid. There are still problems in the townships, even today, but they’re much better than they were during the apartheid era. A visit to this township gives you a chance to interact with the Xhosa locals in a unique way, and to gain a new respect for South Africa’s struggles.
After your township visit, head into the wine country around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to taste some of the renowned wine made in this area. In addition to wine, sample locally-made port, cheese and chocolate, followed by a trip to the southernmost point in Africa — Cape Agulhas.
On the last day of your tour, choose from two possible options — a relaxing day in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for land-based whale-watching, or a shark cage diving adventure in Gansbaai (own expense).
Consult the itinerary section below for more details on each day of your trip.
Day 1: Cape Town – Hout Bay – Cape Point – Cape of Good Hope – Stellenbosch
Leave Cape Town behind and head off by luxury minibus to Hout Bay, a gorgeous coastal town, roughly an hour’s drive away. You’ll have time at leisure here, so either relax, soaking up the town’s timeless beauty, or perhaps take a cruise to nearby Duiker Island (own expense) to see the Cape fur seals that live there.
Your tour continues to the Cape of Good Hope, passing along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive that wraps around the peninsula. On the way, stop at Cape Point, a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, encompassing rich flora and fauna alongside rocky cliffs. At the Cape of Good Hope, take a walk along its headland to the lighthouse and see the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against Africa’s southwestern tip. After exploring these dramatic coastal spots on the Atlantic coast, head inland to the town of Stellenbosch, surrounded by soaring mountains, and spend the night here at leisure.
Overnight: 3-star or 4-star accommodation in Stellenbosch or budget BangHoek Place Backpackers
Day 2: Kayamandi Township – Wine Region – Cape Agulhas
After breakfast, meet your guide and set off to the township of Kayamandi to experience a taste of township life. With a community leader to show you around, you’ll get an insider’s view of local life and learn about the Xhosa tribe’s struggle between modernization and ancient customs.
Hop back on your mini bus and visit some of the popular wine estates that are scattered around the Western Cape towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Sample some of the country’s most acclaimed wines and ports, pairing them with locally produced cheeses and even chocolate! In Franschhoek, you’ll have time to spend at leisure, so perhaps find a place for lunch (own expense) in what many consider to be South Africa’s gourmet capital.
From Franschhoek, your tour continues back down to the coast to see Cape Agulhas. After a journey of approximately 2.5 hours, arrive at your overnight accommodation here – on the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide.
Overnight: 3-star or 4-star accommodation in Cape Agulhas or Budget Cape Agulhas Backpackers
Day 3: Hermanus or Gansbaai – Betty's Bay – Cape Town
Either rise at the crack of dawn to go shark cage diving in Gansbaai (own expense), or depart slightly later to visit the popular whale-watching town of Hermanus. Having given your guide your preference the day before, you’ll pack your belongings and head off by coach.
Visiting Hermanus? After approximately 1.5 hours on board your mini bus, you’ll have three hours to see the town independently. Perhaps enjoy some land-based whale watching -- just note that the whale-watching season runs from June to November.
If an adrenaline-pumping cage diving experience with sharks is more your thing, then you’ll set off by boat from the town of Gansbaai for a 1.5-hour cage dive with South Africa’s notorious great white sharks. All equipment is provided; all you need is your bathing suit!
On the way back to Cape Town, you'll pass the famous Betty's Bay penguin reserve to get up close and personal with a large colony of penguins in their natural habitat, before one final last stop at Clarence Drive viewpoint. Arrive back into Cape Town between 5 and 8pm.
My 2nd night of the tour we stayed in a 4 star hotel nearby The Cape Aghulas. The View from the hotel room was great but we unfortunately arrived late which already day. And we also chose Shark Cage Diving in Gaansbaai, the next day we had to leave very early at 5.30 am which quite shame that we didn't have to time in the hotel at all. But this hotel, there was no in room Telephone machine and the heater was so small opposite side to my bed. So I had some trouble with the 10 degree Celsius during the night.
Good value. Issac, our driver and guide, was excellent. Accommodations were B and Bs. I thought we were in hotels. But lodgings were clean and comfortable with very good breakfasts. Third day offered only one unique event: viewing the Penguins; and one far less unique: six hours riding in a van!