Ten Days Nine Nights - Best of Cape Town & The Winelands
Ten Days Nine Nights - Best of Cape Town & The Winelands
Vineyards, fine cuisine and spectacular cycling along Africa’s most picturesque coastline! This trip starts in Cape Town with Table Mountain and the breathtaking Cape Peninsula as backdrop before we make our way to the quaint towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch to explore some of the best vineyards in the country.
*Rates are quoted all inclusive and per person sharing.
Day 1 - Table Mountain and Constantia
Today's exploration will have Table Mountain as our constant companion. We visit Groot Constantia, the oldest winery in South Africa and take in its historically famous and beautiful setting. We cycle through the nearby wineries for wine tastings before we reach the base of Tokai forest for a gourmet lunch. After lunch we visit the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with one of South Africa’s top Fynbos guides. You’ll be amazed to discover the world’s most diverse floral kingdoms. By 5pm, we transfer back to Cape Town and our guesthouse to freshen up and take a short break before dinner. Dinner is at a nearby restaurant within walking distance, an ideal choice!
Day 2 - Township Cycle & Atlantic Seaboard Sunset Cycle
After breakfast we depart for one of South Africa’s biggest townships, Khayelitsha. A trip to South Africa would be incomplete without a visit to a township to discover how the majority of South Africans live. Townships evoke many emotions and a cycle through this communities, led by one of their own, will immerse you in its vibrancy and tight-knit social structure. Lunch will be at a local eatery. From here we will transfer to the city’s glittering waterfront for our signature “Cape Town @ Sunset” introduction to the city of Cape Town, its history and culture. We conclude the day with an early dinner at one of the city's iconic waterfront restaurants. Overnight will be in Cape Town.
Day 3 - The Fairest Cape Peninsula
Today is a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula where we get to cycle some of the very best parts of what is now regarded as the biggest individual timed cycle race in the world – The Cape Argus. The route is also voted in the top three scenic cycle routes in the world! We shuttle up to Signal Hill for a bird's eye view of Cape Town and the Atlantic Seaboard. From here we descend slowly into Camps Bay and ride alongside the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range which takes us to the historic Hout Bay Harbour. We then make our way up the spectacular Chapman's Peak mountain pass for a superb picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided hike to the old lighthouse at Cape Point. We return back to the city along the eastern side of the peninsula visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach for a close-up view of the Jackass species before we shuttle back to you are transferred back to Cape Town. The evening is free.
Day 4 - The Cape West Coast
Today we enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and explore the stunning West Coast. We visit !Khwa ttu for a guided cultural experience that will touch your heart and give you insights into the San culture. We meander on single track mountain bike trails and our guide explains the impressive variety of wildlife on the reserve and how the San lived in and with nature. After lunch we transfer to a nearby private game reserve where we have scouted an exclusive cycle route. We are met by our specialist ranger guide and back-up vehicle, and after an introduction to the reserve's fauna and flora, we hop onto our trusty bikes and the adventure begins! We may get up close to a variety of antelope and plains game, including zebra, giraffe, oryx, wildebeest, kudu, eland, springbok and we visit the cheetah and lion enclosures to marvel at these mighty cats! Not only does cycling ensure a more intimate experience, it allows us to get closer to nature than we ever expected and makes for amazing wildlife viewing! Overnight will be in Cape Town.
Day 5 - Leisure day
Today is a free day to explore the many sights that Cape Town has to offer. Whatever you do, do NOT take a tour of the Winelands because we'll explore that lovely area together over the next few days.
Here are some other options: abseil off Table Mountain, visit the beaches of Clifton or Camps Bay, tandem paragliding, visit the many museums to learn more about the country’s history in and around the Company Gardens, shop at Greenmarket square for African curios and crafts, take a helicopter flights over Cape Town and down the peninsula, or explore the waterfront.
At the end of the day, we shuttle to the beautiful winelands of Stellenbosch, our home for the next two days.
Day 6 - Devon Valley & Stellenbosch
Today the charming hidden gem that is Devon Valley awaits us. We explore the unique wineries and stunning scenery of the beautiful Devon Valley. The micro climate is key to the quality of grapes grown in the valley and although the valley is shallow it acts as a natural receptacle for the cool, morning mists that linger around Stellenbosch in the summer. In the afternoon, we visit one of South Africa’s best known university towns and learn how the universities are helping to transform the country. Overnight in the winelands of Stellenbosch.
Day 7 - Indigenous forest trails and wineries, Stellenbosch
After breakfast we cycle from our hotel to one of the area’s most beautiful mountain reserves and enjoy the stunning views. We will visit up to three vineyards for tastings and cellar tours and learn about some of the best kept secrets in wines and hospitality. Wine pairing is now done with chocolate, cheese and biltong and you can decide on your favorite combination. We stop for lunch and then shuttle to Franschhoek, our next overnight stop. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the lovely village of Franschhoek.
Day 8 - Franschhoek in the shadows of Simonsberg
Just outside of Franschhoek is a collection of superb wineries, producing some of the country's most prestigious and regular-award winning wines. Nestled together advantageously on the Northern lower slopes of Simonsberg, they offer a blend steeped in traditional French viniculture and the latest in modern wine-making techniques. The estates are managed by a talented young generation of daring wine makers who are successfully building on the inheritance and traditions of their for-bearers. With names such as Rupert and Rothschild, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Anura, Glen Carlou, Vrede en Lust and Plaisir De Merle, the new and the old conspire to bring you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of tastings and wines while cycling from estate to estate traversing a fairy tale landscape with vistas over the Paarl Valley. We cycle from farm to farm and have up to five wine tasting, and a gourmet lunch. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon and meet again for dinner. Overnight is in Franschhoek.
Day 9 - Franschhoek Village & Vineyards
One of today's highlights is a visit to Franschhoek’s smallest wine cellar, setup and run by one of the valley's most innovative winemakers. She made her first wine, a shiraz, in 2001. A mere three barrels or about 900 bottles (along with 400 bottles of sparkling wine for home consumption). Nights spent tossing and turning, trying to dream up a fancy French name came to naught, so in desperation she turned to hubby – what should I call my wine? Just what it was: My Wyn! This is but one of the many delights awaiting today's exploration of the Cape's prettiest wine growing valleys. After lunch we’ll enjoy an entertaining and educational walk through the village with the town historian. The rest of the afternoon is free and we meet again for dinner.
Day 10 - Paarl Valley, and home to Cape Town
Today we ride into the majestic Paardeberg mountains, with stunning views over the Paarl Valley and the Du Toitskloof Range – on a clear day you can see all the way to Table Mountain! We roll down through lush vineyards and stop off at world-famous estates for wine and cheese tasting – another chance to sample South Africa’s best vintages. We then shuttle back to Cape Town and the tour ends upon arrival in Cape Town.