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Double room guest house accommodation, Self Drive tour (Compact car B). Minimum of 2 passengers.
Recommended program from October to April.
Price could change seasonally.
Cape Town, the oldest town in South Africa, rich in overlain history, multiethnic and very diversified in its various expressions, is worth a trip alone. But if the desire to visit to this wonderful metropolis is added to the desire to experience the wild nature of the coast by spotting a whale, perhaps walking along the sandy paths of the southern coast of South Africa, then you can’t give up a visit to the Nature Reserve De Hoopwhere you can take the world’s most famous Whale Trail Hike.
De Hoop Nature Reserve near Bredasdorp in Overberg, Western Cape, has a path for a five day hike with acommodations and portage, stretching over 54 km (34 miles) from Potberg to Koppie Alleen, offering a fabulous experience of whale-watching during the whale season (July to November). About 3 hours from Cape Town, the Reserve is located at the southernmost point of the African continent where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic ocean “meet”: it is famous for its sand dunes, beaches, whales and rich flora. De Hoope Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of fauna: about 86 species of mammals, among which the bontebok antelope, the mountain zebra, the gray roebuck antelope, the baboon, the caracal and occasionally, the leopard. Among the marine mammals are dolphins, seals, and the spectacular whales, who mate and give birth and in the sheltered bays of De Hoop every year between May and December.
After this experience of intense and unique hiking, we propose a short period of relax on the beautiful beaches of Wilderness with a short trip to Knysna to see the botanical garden and take a sunset cruise on the lagoon of the famous nature reserve. Then a trip to the Karst Cango Caves and one night in the spa town of Montagu, located along the famous Route 62 (Garden Route) to then end up in Stellenbosch, famous for the production of South African wine. The visit to the famous Table Mountain or to Cape Point will finish off your trip.
Arrival at Cape Town airport and Transfer to the hotel or Guest House
Accommodation in Hotel or Guest House
Dinner and free time
Departure at 6:00 to De Hoop Nature Reserve (245 Km, 3h 50 ‘)
Whale Hiking Trail
Including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner nights in camps – cottages
Start: Potberg, De Hoop Nature Reserve
End: Koppie Alleen, De Hoop Nature Reserve
Duration: 5 days
Distance: 54 km,
Fitness: moderate to difficult (it is relatively easy walks)
POTBERG TO CUPIDOSKRAAL – 15 KM (8 HOURS)
CUPIDOSKRAAL TO NOETSIE – 14.7 km (8 HOURS)
NOETSIE TO Hamerkop – 7.8 KM (7 HOURS)
Hamerkop TO VAALKRANS – 10.5 KM
VAALKRANS TO Koppie Alleen – 7 KM
Shuttle Transportation to Potberg
Once in Potberg there is also an option to deal with the circular path of 6 km named Klipspringer Trail to see the Cape Vulture Colony, the only breeding colony of this type of vulture of the Western Cape
Departure for Wilderness (275 Km – 3h 50 ‘)
Lunch on the road
Accommodation in Guest House or Lodge
Dinner at a local restaurant
Relax by the sea walking along the beach where you can watch whales
Free lunch (check other restaurants)
Departure at 15.00 to Knysna (46km, 36 ‘)
Visit of the Botanical Gardens and Sunset Cruise in Knysna
Dinner in Knysna with oysters and fish
Departure for Wilderness (46Km, 36 ‘)
Overnight in Guest House in Wilderness
Departure Cango Caves (105km, 1h 30 ‘) visit Caves (1 hour and 30’)
Drive to Oudtshoorn (30Km, 20 ‘)
Lunch Restaurant Nostalgia
Departure for Montagu on Route 62 (238Km, 3h 30 ‘)
Accommodation in Lodge
Free afternoon or Spa
Morning free for Spa activities or other hiking activities
(Bloupunt Hiking Trail, 15,6km long and rises over 1000m from start to summit at Joubertpark, it can be completed in 5-9 hours; Cogmanskloof Hiking Trail, is 12.1 kilometers long and can be completed in 4-6 hours ; Badskloof trail, is Approximately 2.2 km long and connects the hot springs with Eyssenhuis / Ou Meul at Joubertpark; Aasvoelkraans hiking trail, is 3.2km long, it’ll take some 1 «hours to complete).
Departure at 14.00 for Stellenbosch (155 km, 2 hours)
Visit a farm of wine production (estimated time to visit 1 hour)
Hotel or guest house accommodation
Start Drive to Cape Town (50Km, 1h)
Accommodation in Hotel or Guest House.
Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, and always at the V & A Waterfront also huge craft market and an amphitheater where local musicians perform.
Visit to Table Mountain around sunset
Breakfast in the Hotel or Guest House
Free time to take a boat to visit Robben Island, the island where he was imprisoned for 18 years Nelson Mandela, or alternatively to Cape Point, a peninsula in the bottom of which ends on the African continent and the cold Benguela current collides with the warm currents Agulhas creating the conditions for a dangerous navigation in the past has caused hundreds of wrecks. From here the cable car to the lighthouse.
Transfer to the airport to Hotel or Guest House 3 hours before the flight. Possible Free Lunch
|Night||Destinations||Accommodations||B Breakfast; L Lunch; DDinner|
|1||Cape Town||Guest House||B, L, D|
|2||De Hoop Natural Reserve||Camping, Opstal, Cottages||B, L, D|
|3||De Hoop Natural Reserve||Camping, Opstal, Cottages||B, L, D|
|4||De Hoop Natural Reserve||Camping, Opstal, Cottages||B, L|
|5||De Hoop Natural Reserve||Camping, Opstal, Cottages||B|
|9||Stellenbosh||Guest House, Farm House, B&B||B|
|10||Cape Town||Guest House||B|
You can choose in advance the type of accommodation upgrading the latter to a hotel.
Campsites in De Hoop Natural Reserve are equipped with facilities (shared bathrooms, showers and toilets), and the staff will be available for any difficulties encountered in setting up your tents.
What’s included: accommodation and meals as in the table, car hire with windscreen and tyres insurance, detailed Itinerary Book.
What is not included: international flights, meals not specified, tips, entrance fees to the parks different to De Hoop Reserve, any not specified.