- Meet wild meerkats, penguins, sharks, whales, and ostriches
- Taste your way through Cape Town's best restaurants
- Ride the wine tram in Franschhoek
- Explore Tsitsikamma National Park by kayak
- Learn about key events in South Africa's history on Robben Island
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Cape Town Food, City & Table Mountain Tour||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Visit Living History on Robben Island||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Free Time in Cape Town||Cape Town|
|Day 5||Meet Penguins on the Cape Peninsula||Cape Town|
|Day 6||Full-Day Wine Tour||Stellenbosch|
|Day 7||Go E-Biking in the Winelands||Stellenbosch|
|Day 8||Whale Watching in Hermanus||Hermanus|
|Day 9||Try Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai||Plettenberg Bay|
|Day 10||Explore Tsitsikamma National Park||Plettenberg Bay|
|Day 11||Greet Ostriches in Oudtshoorn||Oudtshoorn|
|Day 12||Meet Wild Meerkats, Transfer to Franschhoek||Franschhoek|
|Day 13||Franschhoek Wine Tram||Franschhoek|
|Day 14||Transfer to Cape Town & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city. Your driver will meet you at the arrivals lounge and transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to explore the vibrant and beautiful coastal metropolis. From the forest to the beach, the mountains to the ocean, and the grasslands to the Winelands, Cape Town's diverse natural landscape is just the beginning. Head downtown and you'll uncover a melting pot of cultures, creativity, and cuisine.
Day 2: Cape Town Food, City & Table Mountain TourOn your first full day in Cape Town, start with a trip up the famous Table Mountain before touring the city. You'll meet locals from all walks of life as you taste your way through this underrated culinary destination. Your first city stop is a coffee tasting at the oldest artisan coffee roasters in South Africa. From here, you'll stroll through the leafy Company's Garden with local snacks, and later head to Woodstock, a vibrant hidden gem on the outskirts of town for a craft beer and food pairing. You'll visit a special chocolatier to sample the goods and enjoy a hot chocolate before heading back to the city.
Commence a walking tour of Bree Street, Cape Town's coolest strip, where you'll try South Africa's favorite snack—biltong—before heading off to the colorful district of Bo Kaap. Taste the Cape's Eastern-influenced traditions including samosas, koeksisters, and an amazing array of spices. End this delicious day out at a cheesemaker, where you can ask questions while enjoying a cheese platter accompanied by a tasting of South Africa's best wines.
Day 3: Visit Living History on Robben Island
South Africa's first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in jail on Robben Island before his rise in politics. Dive into history when you spend half a day exploring the place that has become a symbol of the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression. The World Heritage Site and museum offers daily tours beginning at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. View a multimedia exhibition before taking the scenic half-hour ferry to the island. Your tour will be guided by a former political prisoner of the island who will share their unique insights into the island's history.
Day 4: Free Time in Cape TownCape Town is a both cosmopolitan city and a celebration of natural beauty at every turn. Today you could head to the waterfront and hire kayaks, or venture into the hills again and look down at Table Bay's sapphire waters from the top of Table Mountain. While up here, explore the Tree Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch, a 1,300-acre (527 ha) botanical garden before returning to town. Get a dose of culture at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, home to the largest collection of contemporary African art in Africa, or explore Long Street's quaint cafés, chic boutiques, and vintage stores.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 5: Meet Penguins on the Cape Peninsula
The early bird gets the worm—or in this case, the penguin. Get an early start for the best views of Cape Point, an hour south of Cape Town on the Cape Peninsula. Here, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, creating a remarkable ecosystem where flora and fauna flourish. Fynbos, baboons, Cape mountain zebra, ostriches, eland, and sugarbirds all reside here. Journey to Simon's Town for a seafood lunch with views before visiting the famous Boulders Beach where you can see the African penguin sanctuary from elevated platforms.
Day 6: Full-Day Wine Tour
South Africa's Western Cape is home to more than 500 wineries, ranging from boutique estates to international producers. Today you'll experience a bit of both as you meet the region's local winemakers and learn about South African wine. Whether you're a fan of bubbles, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz, or the local cultivar of pinotage, you'll be able to sip, swill, and sample it all. Taste the region's top wines and enjoy special pairings with foods such as chocolate, cheese, biltong (local cured meat), olives, oysters, nougat, ice cream, cupcakes, and even salt!
Day 7: Go E-Biking in the Winelands
Cycle from Stellenbosch to Boschendal Wine Estate via a spectacular valley on today's half-day e-bike tour. You'll follow trails past lush vineyards and charming towns, spot eland and blue wildebeest, and cross clear mountain streams through the Banhoek Conservancy. Along the way, your local guide will share stories and give you a deeper understanding of the valley and its history. Put your feet up and enjoy a coffee or lunch at Boschendal before an afternoon transfer back to Stellenbosch.
Alternatively, experience the beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere and Elgin Valley with an adventurous zip lining tour that takes you from mountain top to mountain top. Stop for lunch at one of the many beautiful places in the valley, and enjoy a Cape Brandy tasting and chocolate pairing at Oude Molen. Or turn the adrenaline down with a food walking tour through Stellenbosch. Sip award-winning gin, pair craft beer and food, taste artisanal biltong, learn about sustainable food practices, and hear about the fascinating artworks that dot the historic streets.
Day 8: Whale Watching in HermanusToday you'll board a purpose-built catamaran to witness majestic southern right whales splash, play, and breach while whale watching in Hermanus. The whales pass by between June and November, but you might also spy humpbacks and Bryde's whales, African penguins, Cape fur seals, and even pods of dolphins. The vessel will stop as close as 55 yards (50 m) from the curious marine creatures, who often come right up to the boat to "people watch." A whale specialist will provide insights en route while an onboard videographer captures the action.
Day 9: Try Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai
Afraid of sharks? Today's your day to conquer those fears. After an early transfer to the town of Gansbaai, the heart of shark cage diving in South Africa, enjoy a light breakfast while being briefed on your upcoming adventure. Each person will get the opportunity to spend some time in the cage, and when you're not at eye level with these dangerous creatures you can see them from the boat's viewing deck. If you're lucky you'll lure a great white! When you return to dry land, enjoy a soul-warming soup and tasty lunch before continuing on to Plettenberg Bay.
Day 10: Explore Tsitsikamma National Park
Indigenous forest meets the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline at Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can enjoy hiking, swimming, and the thrills of a suspension bridge. En route, stop at Bloukrans Bridge to see the world's highest bungee jump bridge at 708 feet (216 m) high before diving into the wilderness. The best way to explore is with a kayak and lilo experience, where you paddle across the ocean, under the famous Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridge, and up the majestic river. This is when the real adventure begins.
Day 11: Greet Ostriches in OudtshoornSpend today exploring the "ostrich capital of the world." Oudtshoorn is a relaxed town that relies on ostrich farming, with plenty of farms offering tours to meet and interact with the big birds. Just be sure to look and not touch, and avoid offers to ride the ostriches—this activity ranks high on the animal cruelty spectrum. After spending time face-to-beak, swap the town for the trails and explore Karoo's arid landscapes with a mountain bike. If you prefer a slower-paced activity, opt for a hot air balloon ride over the region instead.
For lunch, venture to the countryside at De Kombuys Winery and try the wagyu beef burger followed by a wine or olive tasting, and a wander through the vineyards. Afterward, visit the Cango Caves, an extensive underground system of limestone chambers and tunnels. Join the Heritage Tour to check out the cave's stalactite and stalagmite formations, as well as remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Or if you're up for a thrill, take the Adventure Tour and navigate a series of tight squeezes and narrow limestone chimneys.
Day 12: Meet Wild Meerkats, Transfer to Franschhoek
Day 13: Ride the Franschhoek Wine Tram
One of the most memorable ways to see the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley is by tram, with a choice of eight different lines that showcase a selection of the valley's best wine estates. Choose the hop-on/hop-off experience to curate and plan your day, choosing how long to spend at each winery, where to eat lunch, and which activities to enjoy along the way. Taste your way through some of South Africa's greatest wineries while taking in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside aboard the famous wine tram.
Day 14: Transfer to Cape Town & Depart
It's time to say goodbye to South Africa. Your driver will take you from Franschhoek to Cape Town International Airport in a private car, where you can catch your departing flight. Safe travels!
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