Explore the highlights of the Western Cape on a 3-day tour from Cape Town. See the beautiful coast of the Cape Peninsula, including one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. Visit the Kayamandi Township to meet community members and learn about South Africa after apartheid. Taste South African wines at wineries near Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Relax in the seaside resort of Hermanus or go for extreme adventure by shark cage diving in Gansbaai.
Vineyards in Stellenbosch
Begin exploring the Western Cape with visits to Hout Bay (an historic fishing town on a beautiful bay), the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. This coastal scenery is rugged and dramatic, a place where Atlantic Ocean waves hammer the rocks, and the views are stunning. Soak in all the natural beauty of the area at your leisure before heading to Stellenbosch, where you’ll spend your first night.
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.
Breakfast is included both mornings if 3- or 4-Star accommodation option is chosen; all other meals are at own expense and can be enjoyed during free time. Your guide will happily share recommendations for local cafes and restaurants each day.
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.