South Africa Classic: Cape Town

Safari, South Africa Classic: Cape TownSafari, South Africa Classic: Cape Town

South Africa Classic

Cape Town

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Cape Town has so much to offer, it’s impossible to see it all. But on this CW Safari Spotlight, you’ll journey deep into the treasures and pleasures of this storied area. Your spotlight will encompass sights from the heart of the city—the Castle, magnificent City Hall, and the green oasis of Dutch East India Company gardens—to eye-opening vistas on your hike up Table Mountain.

Another day, another adventure…to the superb vineyards of wine country and historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek…then on to a full-day’s tour of the Cape Peninsula, one of the most dramatic coastal routes in the world. From quaint fishing village to elegant hotel, from austere ancient prison to lush botanical garden, on foot, on bicycle, or by car, you will explore a lively mix of the cultural and natural magnetism of this renowned African landmark destination.

Activity Level
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moderate
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 days, 4 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
  • All meals included, local wine, and beer included with dinners
  • Boutique city hotels (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
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Cape Town
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Winelands
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3
Cape Peninsula
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4
Kirstenbosch
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5
Departure
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Day 1

Cape Town

After breakfast, meet with your local CW guide for an introductory briefing and orientation tour of the city. Points of interest include a 17th-century water reservoir; the historic Grand Parade lined by the Castle, old Drill Hall, and magnificent City Hall; the blossom-filled flower market; and impressive Standard Bank Building. Along the route, pass Church Square, the Groote Kerk, and original Slave Lodge. Take a walk into history when you enter the former Dutch East India Company Garden—founded in the early trading days, and today a green oasis in the middle of town. Cape Town’s cultural riches are on display at the National Library, the SA Museum, National Art Gallery, Jewish Museum, and the handsome St. George Cathedral. Leaving city center behind, a drive through the Bo-Kaap will introduce you to the historical Muslim section with its quaint, colorful houses.

Follow up this excursion with late-morning tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, served in the lounge, on the terrace, or in the estate around the garden fountain. In the afternoon, Table Mountain beckons. Although nearly 3,300 feet above sea level, a hike to the plateau is not strenuous and will reward you with magnificent views; alternatively, you may opt for a lift from the cable car to the top.

In the evening, reward your appetite with dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, or the in-house dining room.

Included: Walking city tour, walk on Table Mountain. Meals: BLD

Cape Cadogan Boutique

Cape Town, South Africa

The stylish Cape Cadogan boutique hotel provides highly personalized service in an elegant, sophisticated hotel combined with the Cape café vibe. Housed in a stately Georgian building, it was originally a farmhouse which was “Victorianized” in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. Themed on the Irish literary figure Oscar Wilde, the Cadogan’s luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms are decorated in “bohemian chic” with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Public areas include lounge with an open fireplace, garden, pool area, and library.

Day 2

Winelands

South Africa has become a prominent wine region and today you will enjoy discovering why. Depart early for your trip to wine country, stopping in two historic towns.

A 45-minute drive brings you to Stellenbosch. After a brief introduction you are invited to explore its village streets dotted with quaint Cape Dutch-style architecture, small shops, and teahouses. Then on to Franschhoek, where, time allowing, you may walk through a picturesque vineyard. Your “wine safari” concludes with an elegant lunch and wine tasting at one of the region’s top wineries. Breathtaking panoramas of the Franschhoek Valley will deepen your enjoyment.

Return to Cape Town for a late afternoon at leisure.

Included: Visit to wine country and wine tasting. Meals: BLD

Cape Cadogan Boutique

Cape Town, South Africa

The stylish Cape Cadogan boutique hotel provides highly personalized service in an elegant, sophisticated hotel combined with the Cape café vibe. Housed in a stately Georgian building, it was originally a farmhouse which was “Victorianized” in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. Themed on the Irish literary figure Oscar Wilde, the Cadogan’s luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms are decorated in “bohemian chic” with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Public areas include lounge with an open fireplace, garden, pool area, and library.

Day 3

Cape Peninsula

Don’t forget your camera! Today’s tour of the Cape Peninsula will take you along one of the most dramatic coastal drives in the world. Heading down the west side of the peninsula, you’ll follow the Atlantic seaboard via Sea Point to admire the magnificent beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay. Your road safari takes you to Llandudno for breathtaking views, then on to the quaint village and fishing harbor of Hout Bay.

You will explore town on bicycle (or a walk is available, if you prefer). The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of the bicycle to enhance low-cost, nonmotorized transport, and health and access to opportunity, employment, skills, and education. Income from BEN bicycle shops helps to support responsible tourism and local businesses.

After working up a good appetite, enjoy lunch in the township hosted by a local family. Then head further down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to richly varied plant, bird, and animal life. When you stand on the towering headland of Cape Point, you will be at what for a long time was commonly considered the African continent’s most southerly point.

A 20-minute ascent up Cape Point’s paved pathway rewards you with the glorious view of the Atlantic Ocean mingling with Indian Ocean waters. On clear days, the entire peninsula stretches as far as you can see. Continue your walk along the coast and through the nature reserve along a path of varying, moderate terrain. The Cape’s lush flowers and foliage will color your way, and perhaps a baboon family will watch your passage.

The visual feast continues as you head up the peninsula’s eastern shore to Simon’s Town. Residents of this naval-base village include a large colony of African penguin on rugged Boulders Beach.

Returning to Cape Town, enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants within walking distance of the hotel or at the in-house dining room.

Included: Township bike tour, exploration of Cape Point on foot. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Cape Cadogan Boutique

Cape Town, South Africa

The stylish Cape Cadogan boutique hotel provides highly personalized service in an elegant, sophisticated hotel combined with the Cape café vibe. Housed in a stately Georgian building, it was originally a farmhouse which was “Victorianized” in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. Themed on the Irish literary figure Oscar Wilde, the Cadogan’s luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms are decorated in “bohemian chic” with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Public areas include lounge with an open fireplace, garden, pool area, and library.

Day 4

Kirstenbosch

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to explore the natural wonders of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens—one of Cape Town’s special delights. After your guide’s introduction to the gardens, you can continue on a guided walk or explore the gardens’ 22,000 indigenous plants on your own.

The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, and the botanical richness of Kirstenbosch reflects this remarkable distinction. Covering an area of 1,300 acres, the gardens are a celebration of South African flora. Fynbos, proteas, cycads, and rolling lawns, streams, and ponds are yours to discover along easy-walking pathways. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens, and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. Do stop by the Visitors Center for a cup of tea in this idyllic setting. A gourmet picnic lunch will be served to you in the gardens.

The afternoon is yours at leisure to further explore the city and its waterfront. For a special adventure, take a boat trip to Robben Island, a forbidding place of banishment from the 17th to the 20th century. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum. The standard tour to Robben Island is 3½-hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. You may wish to book the ferry in advance during the busy summer season.

This evening, for a special dining experience, discover gold in Cape Town! The Gold of Africa Museum in the historic Martin Melck connects with ancient courtyards where you will find the Gold Restaurant. Feel the heartbeat of Africa in an exciting, savory safari that explores the culinary customs from Cape Malay to Timbuktu with a 15-course menu served at your table. Interactive Djembe drumming will set the mood for an evening of African rhythms and songs that accompany your meal. Servers in beautiful, authentic dress will explain the origins of each dish. Tall, graceful Mali Puppets add another captivating element to your evening’s entertainment.

Included: Walking tour of Kirstenbosch Gardens and afternoon at leisure. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Cape Cadogan Boutique

Cape Town, South Africa

The stylish Cape Cadogan boutique hotel provides highly personalized service in an elegant, sophisticated hotel combined with the Cape café vibe. Housed in a stately Georgian building, it was originally a farmhouse which was “Victorianized” in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. Themed on the Irish literary figure Oscar Wilde, the Cadogan’s luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms are decorated in “bohemian chic” with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Public areas include lounge with an open fireplace, garden, pool area, and library.

Day 5

Departure

Hotel staff and your guide will wish you a warm farewell as you transfer to Cape Town International Airport in time for your onward flight.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Vanessa Nixon

Vanessa got the travel bug from her grandfather, a retired pilot with many exciting African travel tales. To celebrate her 21st birthday, she drove through nine African countries, crossing rivers, mud, snow, sand, mountains, herds of elephants, and baobab forest. She spent the next three years guiding camping safaris all over southern Africa, earning the top credentials that led to her joining CW Safaris. Vanessa loves sharing her travel experiences, including her strong ties to the Kalahari and its Komani bushmen. She believes each safari has a life of its own with unique adventures.

Sally Petersen

Growing up on a sheep farm in South Africa, Sally was infused with a love of the land, and dreamed of sharing her travel experiences with others. After graduating, she spent a few years travelling and working throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. She was an ‘Adventurer of the Year’ finalist after cycling from London to Cape Town to raise funds for Survival International. On returning to Cape Town, Sally pursued her dream career and became a qualified Nature and Tour Guide with the Dept. of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Sally’s passion for her country is infectious and her knowledge astounding.

Guest Comments

J. Stegman, North Carolina, June 2013

This was a trip of a life time! It was well planned and well executed. We all had a wonderful experience.

D. Stegman, North Carolina, June 2013

Excellent accommodations, food and experience. Pace was ideal.

A. West & H. Young, North Carolina, June 2013

Accommodations were exceptionally comfortable, food was excellent with wide selection. The trips and meals that were included were excellent. Our guides were very informative and helpful.

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