Experience the diverse landscapes of South Africa as you spot whales in Hermanus, savour the produce of the Winelands and explore Cape Town.
About this independent tour
SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE ROUTE
9 nights Cape Town to Hermanus
Cape Town 3 nights
Stellenbosch 3 nights
Hermanus 3 nights
Transporting yourself through this breathtaking country really is the best way to travel, providing the freedom to stop when and where you want. Driving also means that it is easier to access more of the spectacular vineyards.
TABLE MOUNTAIN You can’t go to Cape Town without paying a visit to iconic Table Mountain, and there are two ways to conquer it. You can either enjoy a picturesque hike which takes a few hours, or head up on the cable car.
WINELANDS Providing the ideal microclimates for wine production, the mountains surrounding Stellenbosch and Franschhoek produce some of the world’s most renowned wines. Rolling landscapes coated in vineyards stretch in every direction, with the region home to over 400 superb wineries. Hidden away along Stellenbosch’s streets and lanes you’ll find bistros, coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants, and for those longing to explore, some spectacular hiking trails.
WHALES The pretty town of Hermanus is famed as one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world. Here, it’s easy to spot southern right whales breaching and lobtailing out at sea as you take a walk along one of the renowned cliffside trails. Whale-watching season is from June through to December and while there’s plenty to see from shore, a ride in a boat or light aircraft really adds a different dimension and is highly recommended. Wandering through the town, the historical fisherman’s centre, old harbour and craft market afford some superb people watching, with the world’s only whale crier resident here, blowing his kelp horn to alert the town when whales are spotted.
ACCOMMODATION We feature a wide array of hotels and lodges in these regions. For a luxury option, combine five-star hotels such as Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek and The Marine in Hermanus. More a more affordable holiday, stay the superb value, five-star Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, the lovely Le Franschhoek in the Winelands and the homely boutique Abalone Guest Lodge in Hermanus.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is entirely flexible. Just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts to help.
Good to know
- The months between July and November are the best time to spot whales in Hermanus, with these magnificent creatures seen in greater abundance between September and November
- Vineyard tours are available for those that want to savour the best of the region and leave the car behind