Enjoy wildflowers and wine on this Cape Town holiday. Start in the city, were you can take in views over the ocean from Table Mountain, head to Robben Island to learn about Nelson Mandela and feast on fresh seafood by the harbour. After a few days exploring, head down to the Cape of Good Hope and meet the little penguins in Simonstown before driving north. Enjoy vast views of the ocean at Western Cape National Park and stroll along the white beach in Pasternoter before driving past wildflower meadows on your way to the Cederberg Mountains. Relax and recharge at Bushmans Kloof, an oasis of tranquillity before finishing your holiday at Babylonstoren in the winelands. Raise a glass of local chenin blanc and toast a magical Cape Town holiday.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and drive to your hotel. Here you will check in for five nights. Spend the evening by the harbour, eating fresh seafood and drinking a glass or two of local wine.
You have 4 full days in Cape Town now to learn more about this exciting, vibrant city. These days are free or if you prefer we can organise some activities to ensure you make the most of your time here. Head over to Robben Island to witness where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in a tiny cell, take a ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views across Cape Town or indulge in afternoon tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.
On Day 6, a car will be delivered to your hotel in the morning, so you have use of it all day. We’d recommend driving down the cape, stopping in to see the penguins on Boulders Beach and enjoy the fresh seafood at oceanside cafes.
After breakfast, you’ll leave Cape Town behind and drive north towards the Cederburg Mountains. Look out for vast ocean views of West Coast National Park, where the ocean crashes against the shore and a kaleidoscopic range of wildflowers grow in the August and September. Drive beneath blue skies towards Paternoster, a little seaside village with a beautiful white beach where you can enjoy a stroll along the sands. Indulge in a delicious lunch of fresh lobster and crayfish before continuing north towards Clanwilliam, one of the oldest towns in the country. Famous for fields of rooibos tea that grows in the pleasant mountains, this tiny town is a nice stop on the way to Bushmans Kloof, which sits in the wilderness area near to Clanwilliam. On arrival at the lodge, you’ll check in for three nights and settle into your room.
Nestled in the foothills of the mountains, this magical oasis is the perfect retreat away from bustling Cape Town. It sits within 7,000 hectares of vast grasslands, carpeted in colourful flowers throughout the winter. It holds a maximum of 34 guests, so even when full this lodge feels peaceful and relaxed, perfect for catching up on some reading or simply spending time together.
As a wellness retreat, the spa at Bushmans Kloof is famous for exceptional therapists, combining ancient wisdom with modern expertise. Indulge at the heated outdoor pool or take a couple’s massage on the outdoor gazebo with views over the Boontjes River.
If you feel you’re batteries have recharged and you want to explore a bit further, there is so much to do here. We’d recommend a rock art tour – tribes have lived in this area for thousands of years and there are several unique rock art sites to be found nearby. It’s a fascinating insight into the Stone Age history of the area. You could also go hiking or cycling, as well as heading off on a nature drive looking for bat eared foxes, porcupines and gemsbok.
After breakfast, you will drive back towards the cape, this time head slightly east of Cape Town to the winelands. Here you’ll be staying at a traditional Cape Dutch farm, one of the most beautiful spots, just outside the small town of Franschoek.
It’s time to head out to the winelands now for your stay at Babylonstoren. This Cape Dutch farmhouse dates back to1962 and has more recently been converted to a working farm and vineyards. Retaining its country charm, this luxury property offers a unique and special experience in the heart of the South African winelands. Meals in the top-class restaurant, Babel are all made using fresh produce from the farm and wine tastings offer a chance to sample the locally made tipple.
Farm and garden tours are included in the rates and give you an insight into the running of the property. Join the afternoon 4WD tour to enjoy sunset over the farm and with complimentary bicycles located on the property you can spend your days cycling through the vines, relaxing by the lake or enjoying a treatment in the luxurious spa.
After breakfast, you’ll drive your car back to the airport in Cape Town and catch your flight back to the UK.
The climate in South Africa is mild year round, however there are ‘seasons’ you may want consider when planning your trip. They tend to experience rainfall during the winter months (June to August) when it tends to be greener all round. This is the perfect time to see wildflowers along the western cape. The rains come in with a cooler air, last maybe a day or two and are then usually followed by champagne days’ of crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours!
The summer months (November to February) are usually warm or hot, and during December to January the surf is often at its best due to the south easterly winds.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.