Cape Town & Winelands, South Africa


Posted on May 25th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: South Africa.

Cape Town and the picturesque regions nearby, provide the ideal beginning or end to a southern Africa safari. Four or five days touring along the coast and winelands are easily connected with Botswana, Victoria Falls or Kruger. Stunning scenery, excellent wines and cuisine are an important part of a Cape tour. For the adventurous and energetic, there are Great White Shark safaris, hikes up Table Mountain, cycling through the winelands and whale watching. The Cape has a bit everything for everyone.
Some of the best hotels in the world are here; take your pick from intimate boutique style to major hotel brands.

Day 1

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, where you are met and transferred to your first hotel.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel Cape TownSavour the atmosphere of the world’s most famous working harbour at The Victoria & Alfred Hotel situated in one of the South Africa’s top destinations – Cape Town’s beautifully restored V&A waterfront. With 94 spacious and elegant bedrooms on three floors. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, safes, interactive and satellite televisions and wireless internet connection. Your room will either face Table Mountain or the Piazza. The hotel’s OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar offers both a visual and culinary delight specialising in seafood and is arguably the finest dining location in the V&A Waterfront.  From the hotel you are safe to wander around the many shops, galleries and restaurants, or just take in the views of the harbour and mountain.
Victoria & Alfred is a four star hotel and does not have a swimming pool on site, though its sister property across the street does.

Other hotel options we recommend at the Waterfront are Queen Victoria, also a four star property. Five star options are Cape Grace and One & Only.
Away from the Waterfront, Cape Cadogan is located in the older part of Cape Town.

Days 2 & 3

Today we can arrange a variety of tours for you. Cape Town viewIncluding a full day Cape Peninsula Tour, Table Mountain tour, a visit to Robben Isalnd where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, a shark safari (in season), Cape Town city tour, cultural culinary cooking experiences, learn to surf, winelands, sunset boat cruises, sunset on Table Mountain, birding tours, art tours.. the list goes on.

Day 4

After breakfast this morning you depart for a full day Cape Winelands tour. Visit several award winning wineries and enjoy lunch at a quality restaurant. The tours ends at a hotel in the Winelands.

Over night at one of the small hotels in the region, such Le Quartier Français.

Le Quartier Francais roomLe Quartier Français is an exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful views, the hotel offers you a fairytale-like haven of tranquillity. A complete gastronomic journey can be experienced at Le Quartier Français – sticky buns for breakfast, WOW-bites served on the Common Room terrace and award-winning South African inspired cuisine by Margot Janse can be savoured in the world-renowned Tasting Room. With our extraordinary staff, opulently comfortable rooms and attention to detail you can be sure that this Relais & Chateaux Auberge is the ultimate spoiling.

Day 5

Today you are transferred to the coast and Birkenhead House in Hermanus.

Birkenhead House HermanusFrom the exhilarating cliff-top position, overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House offers you the perfect luxury destination for a superior seaside experience. The cool contemporary feel of the eleven bedrooms is an artful mix of classic beach house style and quirky opulence. Furnishings and artwork are arresting and eclectic but characterised by a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere where you can breakfast at noon, take tea on your balcony and watch the ocean at dusk over a cocktail or two. Dinners are leisurely, staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the pace is laidback. At Birkenhead House, relaxation is the order of the day.

Day 6

Wahles Birkenhead HouseTransfer back to Cape Town or the airport for onward flights.

The schedule outlined above, is an example of the many types of schedules we can put together for you around Cape Town. For more details on the ideal Cape itinerary for you, and costs, please contact us.