Winelands and West Coast Wonders

  • The Cape Winelands
  • White wine and Seafood
  • Where it all starts, The Vinyards

Cape Town to Cape Town (T 44)


From R 12 500 per person sharing
Single Supplement: R 249
Valid to: 31 October 2017

Journey through Riebeek Valley and experience unique West Coast wine, cuisine and hospitality. From vineyards and Rooibos tea plantations to the West Coast National Park and cultural village, discover South Africa’s infamous West Coast.

Includes

  • 3 Breakfasts
    Entrance Fees: Wine tasting; San Village; Cape Columbine lighthouse and West Coast National Park Conservation fee.

Day 1 | Monday
Cape Town to Riebeek-Kasteel via Paarl (±140km)

This morning you will be collected from your Cape Town hotel and travel inland along the picturesque Winelands route via Paarl and Wellington to Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland.

The Cape Winelands, with its Mediterranean climate and mountainous terrain, is the largest wine producing region in the country with over 200 cellars.
Enriched in culture and history, it is home to internationally award winning wines and young olive groves. Indulge in the wine and olive tasting at a Swartland vineyard near Malmesbury and enjoy lunch (own account).

We make our way to the heart of the Riebeek Valley and the slopes of the Kasteelberg to your evening’s accommodation, situated in the historic and charming village of Riebeek-Kasteel. Freshen up before enjoying dinner (own account) at your hotel.
Riebeek Valley Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 2 | Tuesday
Riebeek-Kasteel to Paternoster via ClanWilliam (±430km)

Depart Riebeek-Kasteel after an early breakfast and travel to Paternoster via Porterville and Clanwilliam in the Cederberg. The Cederberg was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973 and is now a World Heritage Site, a sparsely populated area, well known for its unusual often red sandstone rock formations and San Bushmen rock paintings.

Drive along the Pakhuis Pass and enjoy the remarkable views and photo opportunities of the Cederberg Mountain sand-stone rock formations. Head-over to the Elandsberg Eco Reserve, a Rooibos Tea and Fynbos Estate where a expert field guide will take you on a guided tour (own account). Learn about the environment and visit the tea plantation and factory where the tea is produced. Enjoy lunch en route (own account) and travel to one of the last traditional fishing villages on the West Coast, Paternoster. The oldest fishing village on the West Coast, past and present, meet in Paternoster. Life here is closely connected to the sea, with fishermen heading out to catch snoek in winter and crayfish in summer. Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at Abalone House (own account).
Paternoster Seaside Cottages or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 3 | Wednesday
PATERNOSTER to PATERNOSTER via LAMBERTS BAY (±300km)

After breakfast, spend the day along the West Coast. Take the opportunity to taste “Bokkoms” (dried salty small fish) or curried fish from the fishing villages along the coast (own account).

Explore the Cape Gannet colony found on an island, linked to Lambert’s Bay by a breakwater wall. Bird Island also gives shelter to thousands of cormorants and penguins, whilst Cape Fur Seals can still be found on the rocks on the sea side of the island. Explore the modern bird hide, an aquarium, penguin pool and curio shop (weather permitting and own account).

Enjoy a seafood speciality (own account) in Lambert’s Bay. Travel back along the scenic coastal road towards aternoster. Once at the top of the spiral staircase of Cape Columbine Lighthouse, take in the magnificent views of the Nature Reserve and Atlantic Ocean. Return to Paternoster and enjoy time at leisure.

Paternoster, meaning “Our Father”, was named so for the pleading prayers of ship-wrecked sailors. A bird lover’s paradise, it is home to over 250 species of birds and is a breeding ground for seabirds. Enjoy dinner at Abalone House or at a restaurant in the village (own account).
Paternoster Seaside Cottages or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 4 | Thursday
PATERNOSTER to CAPE TOWN via WEST COAST (±200km)

After a picnic breakfast (weather permitting), continue your tour of the West Coast to the West Coast National Park and visit a traditional San village.

The West Coast National Park with its endless beaches, Langebaan Lagoon, salt marshes, the strandveld that transforms itself into a colourful carpet of indigenous flowers during the spring rainfalls and the Postberg with its large number of antelope; offers a unique and idyllic experience. Visit various viewpoints and short walking trails.

After enjoying lunch in the park (own account), head off to Yzerfontein beach before visiting the San Centre for an interactive tour of the village.
This fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life of the San of Southern Africa entails accompanying a group of qualified San guides, who will lead you through a truly exceptional interactive experience.

Continue to Bloubergstrand for one of the best and iconic views of Table Mountain, believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. This tour ends with a late afternoon arrival at your Cape Town hotel or Cape Town International Airport.

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