Winelands, Whales & Wildlife

Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay, Big 5 Safari

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Cape and sample some of their finest vintages among its lush and rolling wine estates before experiencing South Africa's diverse wildlife.

12 Days, 11 Nights




  • Big 5 African Safari (Malaria Free)

  • The Cape Winelands

  • Whale Watching

  • All inclusive luxury safari lodge

  • Majestic Table Mountain

Day 1   Explore the glittering metropolis of Cape Town with its dazzling beauty

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will make your own way to the arrivals hall, where you will be welcomed by a member from our team. Collect your rental vehicle from Cape Town International Airport and with the directions provided make your way to your accommodation (see rate page for accommodation details). Explore the sights during your 2 night stay in Cape Town. Your stay includes breakfast and use of hotel amenities.

Day 2   Spend the day visiting Cape Town's many attractions

Explore the scenic beauty and varied attractions of Cape Town, beginning with a ferry ride to Robben Island, best known as the site of a jailhouse for political prisoners, including former South African president an Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Your tour of the island is guided by a former political inmate, which means you will hear first-hand tales of its story of hope and hardship.


Take the cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain and marvel at the magnificent views from its flat top. Browse vibrant Greenmarket Square, one of the city’s oldest markets, and walk through Company’s Garden, established by  Dutch settlers in 1652. Visit the traditional Malay Quarter, with its brightly coloured houses, and indulge in a glimpse into one of the city’s vibrant cultures.


Drive through the lovely scenery of the Cape Peninsula to beautiful Hout Bay and over the truly awe-inspiring Chapman’s Peak Drive. Touch on the continent’s most south-western point at the Cape of Good Hope and admire the views from the old lighthouse at Cape Point.

Day 3   Meander through exquisite Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, a cultural and culinary sublime haven


This morning you will check out of your hotel after breakfast and drive through the picturesque Cape Winelands to tranquil Franschhoek, where you will spend the next two nights (see rate page for accommodation details).

Day 4   Taste exotic flavours, sip the finest wines and engage with Africa's largest raptors and owls

Embark on a stunning day starting off at the Spice Route Winery. Tempting your taste buds are delicious wine, beer, chocolate and biltong tasting. While you are still revelling in delicious tastes, appreciate crafted beauty at a glassblowing shop that features magnificent creations.  If you have ever had the urge to touch a crocodile then a visit to the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm is the perfect place for you.


Wander around the crocodile ponds, which are home to more than a thousand reptiles, and capture pictures holding a baby croc. If you are there during the summer months, you can watch the daily feeding. Your fascinating day ends at the sublime Spier Wine Estate for a wine tasting experience, and exploring the Eagle Encounter birds of prey rehabilitation centre. Interact with these magnificent raptors and owls, and get up close and personal with mystical bearded dragons and dwarf chameleons.

Day 5   Drive to Hermanus

After breakfast you will check out and drive east along the Cape coastline to the whale watching town of Hermanus, where you will spend the next two nights (see rate page for accommodation details).

Day 6   Witness the spectacular display from the whales or venture in to the deep for a shark cage dive

Hermanus is best known for its whale watching, so spend some time walking the various pathways along the rugged shoreline and keeping an eye out for these magnificent animals or choose to take a whale watching cruise. An abundance of other optional outdoor activities are available, from kite surfing to sand boarding and bird watching. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings with only the splash of your paddles to disturb your thoughts as you set off on a kayaking trip in the Hermanus Lagoon or on the Klein River.


Set off to sea in a kayak in search of whales or come face to face with the mighty predators of the ocean on a shark cage dive. Enjoy a more tranquil adventure as you set out on a hike among the scented fynbos vegetation and beautiful mountain views of Fernkloof Nature Reserve or the scenic waterfalls and clear pools of Vogelgat Nature Reserve.

Day 7   Drive to Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast you will check out and drive up the coast to the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay, where you will be spending the next two nights (see rate page for accommodation details).

Day 8  

Enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches of Plettenberg Bay and experience a variety of water sports or choose to explore one of an endless number of trails that lead through the surrounding mountains. Enjoy horseback rides along long beaches or through shaded forest. 


Visit nearby Tsitsikamma and embark on a treetop canopy tour or set your heart racing on the world’s tallest bungee jump from a bridge. The options are endless and the choice is yours.

Day 9   Drive to Private Game Reserve

After breakfast this morning you will drive yourself further up the Garden Route and into the Eastern Cape Province to Amakhala Game Reserve or Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.


Delight in your 3 night stay on a Private Game Reserve in a Suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals, soft drinks, selected house beverages, twice daily game drives (see rate page for accommodation details).

Day 10-11   Big 5 Safari

Explore the diverse surroundings in search of wildlife on twice-daily game drives accompanied by professional rangers. Begin the day in an open 4x4 safari vehicle as the sun slowly warms the African bush to life. Keep your eyes open for predators winding up their nocturnal hunts and herbivores taking advantage of the cool morning hours to graze before the heat of the day.


Later in the morning, discover the smaller details of your surroundings on a fascinating bush walk that focuses on wildlife tracks, insects, plants and birds. In the late afternoon you will enjoy another game drive, which continues after dark to provide opportunities to view rarely spotted nocturnal animals such as porcupine, aardwolf or aardvark.

Day 12   Drive to Airport

After an early morning game drive and breakfast you will leave the game reserve and drive yourself to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you will return your rented car and check in for your departure flight.

All our itineraries can be customised to match your budget, travel dates, length of stay or accommodation type.

What's included:

  • Welcome and assistance at Cape Town International Airport

  • Accommodation

  • Administration fee

  • 12 days car rental

What's excluded:

  • Cost of activities are excluded except where stated.

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