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Wine & Whales

Wine & Whales

Wine & Whales Overview

This 10-day driving itinerary is a wonderful and relaxed way of exploring the Cape Town, Winelands & Hermanus areas. The short driving distances between destinations mean that you sit back and enjoy the diverse landscapes, whilst being treated to the best that wine & whales have to offer.

Your holiday will start with 4 nights in Cape Town, where you’ll be staying at a guest house nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and offering views of the mountain and city. Here you are in prime location for exploring the ‘Mother City’ and all she has to offer.

From Cape Town you will head off along the spectacular coastline to Hermanus, to start off the “whales” part of your wine & whales holiday. Between June and November, the Southern Right Whales come into the bay at Hermanus to calf, making this a very popular and exciting time for visiting the area. Hermanus offers ample whale sighting opportunities from the land, but your stay here will also include a boat trip so you can get a closer look at these awe-inspiring gentle giants of the sea.

Following your stay in Hermanus, you will head off inland towards Swellendam. Being the third oldest town in South Africa, Swellendam has a rich history, and still retains a country atmosphere. You’ll spend 1 night staying in the historical part of the town, at an owner run guest house, where you’ll be perfectly situated to take a stroll to some of the finest restaurants the town has to offer.

The last leg of your wine & whales holiday brings you along route 62, the world’s longest wine route, to the Franschhoek Wine Valley. You’ll be staying in the heart of the Franschhoek village, strolling distance to many great restaurants, you might struggle to choose which ones to visit. We recommend taking the Franschhoek Tram to visit some of the nearby wine farms – a super way to get around and explore this beautiful area, while spending the evenings eating out in South Africa’s culinary capital.

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