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The iconic sights of Cape Town and the wondrous Garden Route unfold before you on this 10-Day Tour Package. Spend five days exploring the euro-chic city and its famed surrounds. Guided day trips along the Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands gives you the opportunity to visit several local hotspots and sample award-winning wines with unique pairings.  During your Cape Town stay you can explore the city on your own with an included hop-on-hop-off City Sightseeing bus pass; that stops at popular attractions like Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Constantia.The guided five-day Garden Route tour sees you immersed in the breath-taking wilderness. Visit three national parks, Addo safari drive; 4x4 game drive; Cango Caves, optional bungy from the world’s highest commercial bridge jump; Knysna heads, optional surfing in J'bay and wine tasting along Route 62 are just some of the activities you'll experience. 

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10 unforgettable days. 1 easy click: Uncover the best of South Africa. Discover the must-sees in and around Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, Cape Point and the country’s famous Garden Route on an intimate, small-group tour with the flexibility to add optional activities to take your African adventure to the next level.

This combo tour package consists of more than one tour as well as unguided days in Cape Town. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides or  transport will change during the trip.



Highlights:
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Airport transfer
  • Family friendly

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Duration: 10 days

Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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    Departure Point:
    Cape Town International Airport or you can be picked up from any Cape Town accommodation within 6.3-mile radius from the city centre

    Departure Time: The arrival and departure days include airport transfers from Cape Town International Airport. Please advise your flight arrival and departure times during the booking process If you will arrive 1-2 days early or depart later, inform the operator so the airport transfers can be adjusted accordingly Guided tours will have pickup from 7am to 8am (verify your exact pickup time with the local supplier a day before the guided tour departs)

    Hotel Pickup Available: Yes

    Return Details:
    Returns to original departure point

    Itinerary:

    Day 1 - Cape Town

    Start with a pick-up from Cape Town International Airport. You can also inform us if you will arrive earlier that this 10day tour to arrange a pre-tour airport pickup.

    There’s nothing quite like that pre-vacation high. A combination of relief that you’ve escaped your every day and nervous excitement for the new things to come.

    Today is really a free (unguided) day for you to acclimatise, to cast off any weariness from your journey and to get your bearings in South Africa’s Mother City. It’s a town known for it’s vibrant foodie culture, so bon vivants will be in their element along Long and Bree Streets in the CBD. And, in South Africa, no sundowner is complete without a colourful sunset. Camps Bay, an easy Uber ride from the centre of town, is one of the best spots to soak up the view as is one of the many bars such as the elegant Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles Hotel.

    Of course, if you’re keen to start adventuring straight away, a wide variety of activities can be pre-arranged. Imagine an optional heli-flip or paragliding outing over Cape Town; a scenic hike up Table Mountain or a hop-on-hop-off City Sightseeing bus adventure. There's so much to see and do, from horse riding to shark cage diving, so if you have any spontaneous requests, just ask.

    Please note that your arrival time in Cape Town today will determine the activities that can be done. During the booking process you can inform us what you have in mind for the day (we will suggest activities too) to ensure that it is booked in advance. As this day is at your leisure, all transport except for the airport transport service will be for your own expense.

    Subject to the accommodation package you book  youll overnight in Cape Town at either 4-star Protea Hotel Victoria Junction or 3-star Protea Hotel Sea Point or Never@Home Backpackers or similar

     

    Day 2 – Cape Peninsula guided day tour (B)

    Start with a pick-up from your Cape Town accommodation. Hout Bay, an unassuming fishing village on the northern side of Chapman’s Peak, is the first stop of the day and offers the chance to visit the seal colony of Duiker Island, just a short cruise from shore. For those without their sea legs, rather explore the local harbour market and snap Instagram-worthy pics of colourful fishing boats.

    As you leave Hout Bay behind, you’ll take on a staggering 114 mind-blowingly beautiful bends – stretching over nine jaw-dropping kilometres. Chapman’s Peak road, or Chappies to the locals, is touted as one of the world’s most scenic drives – and with good reason. Rugged mountains face off with the Atlantic and the roadway, an incredible feat of engineering, cuts a swathe right through and provides unparalleled views of the Atlantic below.

    Chappies sets the scene for the afternoon’s adventuring as you push onwards to the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly point of Africa. Here, water and wilderness literally collide and create a picturesque jagged shoreline adorned with greenish fringes of fynbos. This is a place to pay tribute to ancient seafarers of old like Bartolomeu Dias (who discovered the Cape of Good Hope back in 1488) and pioneers, like Vasco da Gama, who journeyed through these treacherous waters enroute from Portugal to India.

    Indigenous fauna lines narrow winding pathways enroute to the Cape’s whitewashed lighthouse, with views well worth the climb. Local wildlife – ostriches, baboons, and various antelope species, including bontebok – keep the journey interesting and add plenty of postcard moments for the shutterbugs. On the hillside, an optional funicular eases the journey for those that want to reach the top of the lighthouse.

    As the day lengthens, travel to Simon’s Town, perched on the shores of False Bay and the home of the South African navy. Just a few minutes to the south lies Boulders Beach, a comely stretch of sand littered with granite. This hotspot is home to a large colony of African penguins who strut their stuff in their black and white feathered finery to the delight of the crowds that gather to watch. Boardwalks separate man from bird and provide the perfect vantage point to see these cute creatures.

    The journey back to Cape Town sees you travel through the coastal towns of Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay with a stop at Muizenberg Beach. The Victorian-style bathing chalets on the sand – with their bright pops of colour – are sure to capture your attention as you cheer on the wave riders at Surfer's Corner. You'll reach Cape Town by late afternoon.

    Overnight in Cape Town at 4-star Protea Hotel Victoria Junction or 3-star Protea Hotel Sea Point or Never@Home Backpackers or similar

     

    Day 3 – Taste the Winelands guided day tour (B)

    Start with a pick-up from your Cape Town accommodation. Cape Town is blessed with good looks, natural charms and a quirky food and wine culture. No place more so than the Cape Winelands – a mere fifty kilometres from the Mother City – which boasts a high concentration of vintners and wine farms in its highly-fertile basin.

    Today’s Cape Winelands tour, in and around Stellenbosch, gives you a taste of wine, artisan products and a rich history. After all South Africa can trace its wine roots back to the mid 1600s when the Dutch East India Company established a base at Cape Town. Grape vines were planted to help ward off scurvy for Dutch sailors passing along the Spice Route. The first fruit was harvested and crushed in 1659 but it was Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the time, that nurtured the burgeoning industry.

    Van der Stel’s ideas took seed and today the Cape is producing world-class drops, so seize the opportunity to stock up with a bottle or two for your stay.

    Babylonstoren, cradled by the Simonsberg mountains, is your introduction to the winelands for the day. The property is rustic and a beautiful example of a garden-to-table wine farm with organic gardens. By sharp contrast, the glass walls of the tasting room are thoroughly modern and afford great views of the surrounding vines as you quaff some of their finest blends.

    Just a short drive away lies Marianne Wine Estate, a farm that draws on a Gallic heritage in its wine-making. Here, French-style wines are showcased to best effect with locally-produced cured meats, called biltong, a much-loved staple in the South African diet and surprisingly tasty.

    For an afternoon treat, Clos Malverne, set deep in Devon Valley, beckons. The farm’s chef creates mouth-watering artisan ice-creams – combining savory, fruity, spicy and sweet elements – designed to compliment and pair with the estate’s wines and sparking MCC (Methode Cap Classique).

    The end the day on a high note, venture into the hills to the wine farm and passion project of South African golfer, Ernie Els Wine Estate. Here, in gloriously panoramic surrounds, Ernie’s two loves, wine and golf, are married. You’ll have time to sip wine and share stories, explore Ernie’s trophy room or simply soak in the views of the valley below. Then turn tail for nearby Cape Town as the sun starts to set, and arrive at your accommodation by early evening.

    Overnight in Cape Town at 4-star Protea Hotel Victoria Junction or 3-star Protea Hotel Sea Point or Never@Home Backpackers or similar

     

    Day 4 – Unguided free day in Cape Town : City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus and Table Mountain (B)

    Today is a free day in Cape Town with many options to choose from; why not use your included hop-on hop-off bus day pass or your Table Mountain Cableway ticket. Table Mountain tries her best to capture the lion’s share of attention in and around Africa’s Mother City – and does a pretty fine job of it too – but the beaches, winelands and cosmopolitan chicness all stand in firm competition.

    One of the best ways to visit the top attractions and make the most out of a short stay is to hop on Cape Town’s bright-red, open-topped buses. Let the driver’s do the hard work managing traffic and parking, whilst you just soak in the views.

    Choose from one of the available routes to see the city and beyond. The blue line extends its journey from the V&A Waterfront to the towering greens of Kirstenbosch, while the purple line is a merry affair that follows Cape Town’s inner-city wine route to the nearby wine enclave of Constantia. The red line service passes through Camps Bay (time your trip to catch a sunset) and to Table Mountain.

    If the weather plays along, this is the perfect way to take the chance to summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders aboard Table Mountain’s aerial cableway that runs non-stop (weather permitting) during the day to the famous flat top. There’s a small eatery and souvenir shop at the summit, plenty of trails and who knows, you just may be treated to an impromptu singing session as your cable car driver descends the mountain. End off your day as you please, tasting your way through the Cape Town Foodie scene. 

    Overnight in Cape Town at 4-star Protea Hotel Victoria Junction or 3-star Protea Hotel Sea Point or Never@Home Backpackers or similar

     

    Day 6 to Day 9  – 5day Garden Route and Addo small group guided tour  

    - Cape town to Sedgefield (B)

    Start with a pick-up from your Cape Town accommodation. Hold onto your hat! This southern coast of the Rainbow Nation combines dramatic scenery with artisan food, wildlife sightings, and adrenaline-fuelled activities, all united with a generous dose of South African hospitality. Meet the Garden Route – 300 or so kilometres of contrasts, contradictions and some of the most mind-blowingly beautiful scenery on the planet.

    In this lush corner of the world, landscapes swap and change with great regularity so keep your camera at the ready as you wind your way through mountain passes and fertile cropping land towards the Atlantic Ocean. 

    After a morning drive with fascinating stops along the way, Wilderness National Park allows you to stretch your legs with a leisurely canoe paddle through a luscious green gorge or a hike to a hidden waterfall. Native kingfishers, African fish eagles and brightly-coloured Knysna loeries tease bird-watchers with their calls and the fresh air provides the best pick-me-up after a day on the road.

    Time suddenly seems to stop moving the relaxed vibe of Sedgefield – Africa’s first ‘slow’ town – settles over you. In keeping with the pace in these parts, it’d be an outrage not to sip sundowners on the beach and watch the sun sink below the watery horizon. Check out the rustic beach restaurant and feel the white sand between your toes as you dine under starry skies, or venture into town for a more intimate dinner.

    Overnight in Sedgefield at 4-star Dover on Sea Guest house or 3-star Purple Heron Guesthouse or Afrovibe Backpackers or similar

     

    - Sedgefield to Jeffreys’ Bay (B)

    The Garden Route can be as sedate or as adrenalin-charged as you choose and today offers up a mixed-bag of experiences.  Your day starts with a short coastal drive from Sedgefield to Knysna and some Vitamin Me time around the Knysna Lagoon. Towering sandstone cliffs flank the mouth of the Knysna estuary and lookout points offer exquisite views.

    This gentle morning is followed by an afternoon of action for those who dare as you make your way to Bloukrans Bridge, the site of the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy. Crazy as it may be; it also happens to be one of the prettiest places to plunge 216 metres down on a bungy cord. There are market stalls and plenty of vantage points for those that choose to stay on terra firma.

    But it’s not all about the bungy, and those that get their kicks from nature can forgo the plunge and opt to visit Tsitsikamma’s giant 1000-year-old yellowwood tree and lock arms with strangers around its nine-metre circumference.

    The next stop, Tsitsikamma National Park, marries lush mountain forestry with dramatic ocean views. A short, albeit steep walk to the suspension bridge is worth it, if just for the views alone, and you’ll get a thrill as you test the bridge’s swing factor. Marine life can often be seen in the water and rock hyraxes regularly sun themselves on the rocky coastline.

    For those who dare, why not pump up the adrenaline again with an optional zip-line over waterfalls in the magnificent Kruis River Gorge? The 40-minute, adrenalin-charged course sees you fly across three separate lines. Each ‘flight’ is connected by short scenic pathways through the lush forest, so be sure to take in the fresh air.

    As you head northeast, the white tips and large ocean swells herald your arrival into Jeffreys Bay, the pit stop for tonight. Affectionately nicknamed J’Bay by surfers and locals alike, this tiny coastal community is South Africa’s most famous surf town and one of the stops on the World Surf League circuit. As sea breezes lull you, unwind from your busy day with a walk on one of the beaches, or let the towns restaurateurs spoil you with seafood.

    Overnight in Jeffreys Bay at 4-star African Perfection Guest house or 3-star Mandyville Guesthouse or Island Vibe Backpackers or similar

     
    - Jeffreys’ Bay to Addo to Jeffreys Bay (B)

    Answering the call of the wild means an early morning start, but the chance to encounter Africa’s Big Five makes the dawn wake-up so worthwhile. Your Hotspots2C guide will expertly lead you on a game drive in the tour van into Addo Elephant National Park - the third largest national park in South Africa. You can also choose to add an optional 4x4 safari with an Addo game ranger.

    Addo opened back in 1931 with only 11 elephants, but is now a sanctuary to more than 600 - the densest population of ‘ellies’ on the planet. These days, these giant tuskers share more than 164,000 hectares of malaria-free reserve with their fellow Big Five. Other iconic African animals – hyena, zebras, a variety of antelope species, jackals and warthogs also roam free within the grounds, so be sure to have your camera on the ready.

    As the safari draws to an end, the afternoon is yours to spend as you choose in Jeffreys Bay. In a town that attracts international surfers year after year, it is no surprise that many of the leisure activities revolve in and around the water.

    Try your skills on one of the beginner breaks or learn to surf at one of the many surf schools in town. Sun-seekers can relax on the beach or with a paddleboard and those that prefer not to get wet can take a spin on a sandboard down sandy dunes. The JB Surf Museum in the centre of town tracks the evolution of the surfboard and there are plenty of factory-outlet surf shops in town.

     Overnight in Jeffrey’s Bay at 4-star African Perfection Guest house or 3-star Mandyville Guesthouse or Island Vibe Backpackers or similar

     

    - Jeffreys Bay to Oudtshoorn (B)

    The Garden Route by its very name evokes visions of lush, green sub-tropical landscapes, but today you’ll witness first-hand another of South Africa’s crazy contrasts as you head towards the semi-arid Klein Karoo region. Away from the coastline, temperatures climb and the vegetation thins, but the mountain passes, with their bright bursts of wildflowers and scrubby brush, are equally as spectacular.

    Yup, you guessed it. You’re enroute to Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world. Ostriches thrive in the desert conditions and indeed helped put this tiny town on the global map at the turn of the 20th Century when feathers were worth more than their weight in gold.

    The feather trade might be done and dusted, but the town still makes a pretty penny from their birds, which are now mainly bred for meat and leather. A visit to an ostrich farm allows a stylised glimpse into the world of ostrich farming and the chance to come beak-to-nose with the stars of the show.

    This afternoon your tour reaches new depths. Hidden beneath the arid landscape lies a special place that the Khoisan people named Cango, the wet place. Some 100 metres underground, you’ll find incredible 20-million-year-old limestone formations that dominate a series of enormous underground caverns and are illuminated to show-off their extraordinary curves and shapes.

    There are two ways to explore the caves. The Heritage Tour is a gentle wander with a guide (there are plenty of steps, so be warned) who fills you in on the history and ecology of the area and tests out the acoustics with a well-timed song. The second isn’t called the Adventure Tour for nothing, so be prepared to climb, wriggle and squirm your way through small openings and passageways. 

    After a wild day out, it’s pretty fitting to end the day with an optional braai (barbecue) where you’ll have the chance to sample gamey ostrich meat and other South African staples, but there are also plenty of fantastic eateries in town for those that wish. And, as night falls, be sure to sit back and watch the stars in the clear night sky – it’s African big sky country after all.

    Overnight in Oudtshoorn at 4-star Buffelsdrift Guesthouse or 3-star Yamkela Guesthouse or Backpackers Paradise or similar

     

    - Jeffreys’ Bay to Oudtshoorn (B)

     As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, join an optional stroll with rescued elephants - you are in Africa after all - along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you'll never forget.

    Subject to availability, return to the wild for an optional 4x4 game drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve for a possible sighting of resident rhino and giraffe.

    After your morning adventure, it’s time to head back to Cape Town along the famous Route 62, modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, the highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape. Oenophiles will be in their element with a wine pit stop to sample Port-style wines en route to Cape Town. 

    Overnight in Cape Town at 4-star Protea Hotel Victoria Junction or 3-star Protea Hotel Sea Point or Never@Home Backpackers or similar


    Day 10  – Unguided free day in Cape Town (B)

     You can never have too much of a good thing, so spend more fuss-free time back in the Mother City. Try to book later night flights out of Cape Town or extend your stay to make the absolute most of this last free (unguided) day.

    Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a hotspot for last minute souvenir shopping and the launch spot for a trip to Robben Island (subject to weather and availability). Artisinal delis on Long and Bree Street; local produce in the Old Biscuit Mill in nearby Woodstock; a day-trip to Franschhoek for gourmet a feast; or an authentic African experience at Moyo restaurant in Kirstenbosch – all add to the foodie flavours of the Cape.

    Pop out for some additional wine-tasting at nearby Constantia and organise a case to be shipped home ahead of you. Pick up last minute gifts in Green Market Square or stroll along the Sea Point Promenade. Those that dare can also squeeze in one last magnificent view with an optional sky dive or head out to Gansbaai for a full day outing to cage dive with great whites.

    And, when the shopping’s done and your bags are packed, the included airport transport service will deliver you safely to your onward travel plans. As this day is at your leisure, all transport except for the airport transport service will be for your own expense.

    End with a transfer to the Cape Town International Airport.  

    If this is not your last day in Cape Town and you’ve extended your accommodation; we can move this free airport transfer service to an alternative date too. This 10-day tour package include a personal on-call concierge service, available exclusively to our customer to help you arrange extra activity bookings. This will come in handy on your unguided days in Cape Town to make sure your trip is as unique as you want it to be. It's as easy as hitting that book now button, South Africa is calling.



  • Inclusions:
    • Local English-speaking guide during guided tours/days
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off for guided tours
    • 2x Airport transfers for any date.  Let us know when you will arrive or depart Cape Town.
    • 9 nights accommodation
    • 9 breakfasts
    • 5 day guided tour of the Garden Route
    • 5 days in Cape Town and surrounds
    • 1 day guided Cape Peninsula tour
    • 1 day guided Cape Winelands tour
    • 1 day pass for the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus
    • A return Table Mountain cable car ticket
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan for guided tours
    • Entrance fees to the Cape of Good Hope
    • Wine tasting during the guided tours
    • Entrance fees to Addo Elephant, Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks
    • Wilderness Canoe Hire fee
    • Addo Elephant National Park Game Drive in tour bus
    • Entrance fee Cango Cave and Ostrich Farm tour

  • Exclusions:
    • Lunch, dinner and drinks, unless specified
    • Additional transport to activities during unguided Cape Town section of the tour
    • Optional activities - as per itinerary:
    • Duiker Island Cruise (about R75 per person)
    • Boulders Beach penguin reserve entry (about R75 per person)
    • 4x4 Addo game drive (about R350 per person)
    • Elephant Bush Walk (about R405 per person)
    • Bungy jump (about R990 per person)
    • Waterfall Zipline (about R990 per person)
    • Sand Boarding (about R200 per person)
    • 4x4 Buffelsdrift Bush Safari (about R350 per person)
    • Depending on your flight arrival or departure time, there are still time to explore! Relax at Clifton beach; pick-up last minute gifts at Canal Walk, souvenir hunting at Green Market Square; or take a walk along the Sea Point Promenade.  

      If you don't have enough time during your free days; why not consider extending your stay in Cape Town to be able to book additional activities like skydiving, paragliding, helicopter-flips, hiking, whale watching cruise or shark cage diving? There's so much to see and plenty to do! Let us know what interest you most and we'll help you book a trip-of-a-lifetime.


  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasions, run in reverse or different order
    • Guides and vehicles will vary as this is a combination of standard scheduled tours.
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Children between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Some optional activities on this tour require a moderate level of fitness
    • According to availability at time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned hotel or in one of a similar standard and star rating
    • It is recommended that you bring: comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sun hat, jacket for cooler evenings, beach towel and swimming costume
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
    • A maximum of 13 people per booking


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