Cape Town, fondly known as the Mother City, and the oldest European-established settlement in South Africa, is both a modern city and steeped in history; bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan, with abundant natural beauty of mountains, forests and sandy beaches right on the doorstep.
This is the most ‘classic’ of our tours – if you only have one day in Cape Town, this is definitely how you should spend it. This tour takes you on a circular trip right around the beautiful Cape Peninsula. Starting from the Camps Bay side, we travel along the coastal road with the Twelve Apostles mountain range towering on our left, then down into picturesque Hout Bay with its fishing harbour.
This tour will delight all your senses: picture-perfect lush vineyards against a backdrop of majestic mountains; state-of-the-art wineries with award-winning wines to sample and savour; some of the best restaurants in the Western Cape for fine dining or a light but delectable lunch; a rich and fascinating history stretching back 350 years; and so much more!
The pristine West Coast National Park is only about 1.5 hours’ drive north of Cape Town, but it feels like a thousand miles away from city life. On one side are the beaches of the cold Atlantic Ocean, and on the other the almost impossibly turquoise waters of the extensive Langebaan Lagoon lapping on white sandy shores.
The Garden Route, so named for its year-round moderate climate and lush green vegetation, is one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa. Rolling hills, lakes, lagoons and ancient forests; endless coastlines and scenic mountain passes; charming towns and activities to suit all interests, from hiking and lagoon cruises to shopping, arts and crafts and excellent food – the charms of the Garden Route are virtually unlimited.
Depending on how much time you have, a typical Overberg tour could be as follows: Depart Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass and its fabulous views over the Cape, crossing the Hottentots-Holland mountain range and then down into the Elgin Valley, through gently rolling hills where, depending on the season, the landscape is ablaze with bright yellow canola or miles of green or gold wheat fields. Look out for the blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.
The seemingly arid landscape of the West Coast and Namaqualand miraculously bursts into a riot of colour after the winter rains, with the vast open spaces carpeted in a sea of jewel-bright flowers wherever you turn. This spectacular phenomenon needs to be seen to be believed. No less than four nights are needed for this fairly long-distance tour, and more time is advised.