South Africa's Wild West Coast
Cape Town – Paternoster – Winelands – Cape Town
This wonderfully off the beaten track journey begins in Cape Town, where you can rub shoulders with penguins on Boulders Beach or take in the views from Table Mountain. From here, you’ll travel up the West Coast, an area still wild and unexplored by tourists, where friendly locals like to keep things authentic. Here, you'll soak in seascapes, unspoilt beaches, rural fishing villages and expanses of wildflowers. Finally, end with a few nights in the Winelands visiting arty towns, sampling South Africa’s finest wines, breathing in fresh mountain air and strolling around pretty vineyards.
- Visit vibrant, cosmopolitan Cape Town
- Explore the West Coast, a wonderful alterative to the well-trodden Garden Route
- Wander around quant fishing villages with excellent rustic restaurants
- See the brightly coloured carpets of wild flowers in the West Coast National Park
- Visit wine and olive farms in the mountainous Winelands
A chance to embrace the landscapes, culture and wildlife of the real South Africa in the scenically beautiful Western Cape
Days 1 - 4
Begin in Cape Town. The city is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance, where world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with Malay and African heritage. The panoramic views over the ‘Mother City’ from Table Mountain, and Robben Island where South Africa’s most beloved legend, Nelson Mandela, spent 27 years hard labour are just two of the ‘must’ places to visit. Other great attractions include the Cultural History Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
For more adventure, spend some time with the penguins at Boulders Beach, stopping at historic Simon’s Town. If you have energy to spare, there’s the opportunity to paddle board with seals before taking a hike to the continent’s most south-western tip – Cape Point.Overnight: Cape Town
Days 5 - 7Leaving the bustle of Cape Town behind, it’s about a three-hour drive to Paternoster on the R27. With the smell of sea salt in the air and open blue skies, this is a road made for road-tripping – wide, empty and scenic as it hugs the coastline. Be sure stop for lunch at Die Strandloper enroute. This simple beach restaurant may not be Michelin star, but who cares when you are eating freshly caught fish off the BBQ, with the sand between your toes?
The seaside village of Paternoster, with its whitewashed fishermen's cottages, will be your base for the next couple of days. Sheltered by rocky outcrops and backed by the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, it's a relaxed place with totally unspoilt beaches. From here you can head off to The West Coast National Park, which has a diverse array of mammals and birds including antelope species as well as ostriches, bat-eared foxes and grey mongooses. With carpets of brightly coloured Namaqua daisies its floral displays are quite spectacular. Flamingos and African oystercatchers will keep bird-lovers thoroughly entertained and during season, whales and dolphins may occasionally be spotted off-shore. Inland, there’s the Cederberg mountains - where the world's supply of rooibos tea is produced. The plateaux is the perfect place for hiking and trails uncover the age old rock art, protected by overhanging ledges.
Days 8 -10
Swapping the sea for fresh mountain air, a two-hour drive takes you to the Cape Winelands. Stop for lunch at Riebeek Kasteel, a quirky wine growing area that’s far less commercial than some of its more famous neighbours such as Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Home for the next couple of days will be a wonderfully restored Victorian Farmstead set within its own private 4,000-hectare fynbos nature reserve. Morning and evening nature drives are included, where you’ll encounter zebra, ostrich and the endangered geometric tortoise.
There are plenty of vineyards to explore nearby where you are not enjoying walks, bike rides, birdwatching, canoeing and fly-fishing on the lake within the reserve. Cuisine is a highlight here, with four-course dinners making good use of the abundant local produce included. You can even get involved with a cooking class – or just take their award-winning cookery book home to help you savour the memories.
Overnight: Cape Winelands
Return your car to Cape Town airport, before flying overnight back to the UK.
From £2,175 per person
Price is based on travel in August & September (when it's best to see the wild flowers and whales) and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, 10 nights' B&B accommodation (except Bartholomeus Klip where it's half board) and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.