Jewels of the Cape – Whales

Safari > Plettenberg Bay > Wilderness > Arniston > Hermanus > Cape Town
13 Nights / 1 Country


UK / Johannesburg / Port Elizabeth – Overnight Flight:

Depart on an overnight flight to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg, arriving early afternoon the following day. Having cleared your luggage, collect your hire car and drive to your preferred Big Five game lodge.


Airport / Safari – 2 Nights:

Safari rhino

With its wide diversity of natural habitats, the Eastern Cape caters for all tastes and budgets. The Eastern Cape is home to various nature reserves, marine reserves and game parks, where a wide variety of fauna and flora can be found. It is a malaria free area, making it the perfect safari destination for both a first-time safari experience as well as return visitors (and especially for families). The area supports prolific birdlife; and game includes, among many others, the Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo)

Kichaka Lodge or similar
Full Board


Safari / Plettenberg Bay (Garden Route) – 2 Nights:

Garden Route watersports

A natural garden of magical forests, blue-crisp mountains, fynbos and pure crystal water best describes the Eastern Garden Route. Also known as the Coastal Route East, it quite simply encapsulates South Africa’s inherent ‘green’ magnificence and is a must for all visitors who adore and yearn to embrace stunning outdoor splendour.

Christiana Lodge or similar
Bed and Breakfast


Plettenberg Bay / Wilderness (Garden Route) – 3 Nights:

Wilderness aerial view

The Western Garden Route encompasses fresh water lakes, lagoons, forests, the towering peaks of the Outinequa Mountains and miles of beautiful beaches. The area is a Garden of Eden; home to the Knysna elephant, the Knysna seahorse, Knysna dwarf chameleon, the brilliantly coloured Knysna Loerie, the Wilderness National Park, the Map of Africa, the Outinequa Power Van and much more.

Surrounded by the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, a day visit to neighbouring Klein Karoo is a must. Every road follows a dramatically picturesque pass and all present the traveller with scenic drives through unspoilt areas of great natural beauty. The Meiringspoort Gorge and the Swartberg Pass offers the motorist magnificent panoramic views. The Swartberg Pass has been declared a national monument and is considered one of the most spectacular and breath-taking passes in Africa.

Cinnamon Boutique Guest House or similar
Bed and Breakfast


Wilderness / Cape Agulhas (Whale Coast) – 1 Night:

Cape Agulhas shark cage diving

The rocky headland of Cape Agulhas is the place where two great oceans – the Indian and Atlantic – meet. It’s also the spot at which to have one’s photo taken at the official southernmost tip of Africa, where there is a stone plaque that marks the place – right on the beach.

Lying on the shores of Marcus Bay, just north-east of Cape Agulhas, is the tranquil little fishing village of Arniston, also known as Waenhuiskrans – ‘wagon shelter cliff’ – after a large low-tide sea cave, eroded in such a way as to resemble the structures used by settlers to house their oxen and wagons.

The Arniston Hotel or similar
Bed and Breakfast


Arniston / Hermanus (Whale Coast) – 2 Nights:

Overberg whale watching

The Whale Coast has the distinction of splitting the oceans. It’s a playground for all the inhabitants of the earth and sea, a nursery of the great Southern Right whale and a garden of delight, from its rare floral kingdom, to the fields of grain and orchards of fruit. Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offers the best land based whale watching (Aug-Nov) in the world.

One Marine Drive Boutique Guest House or similar
Bed and Breakfast


Hermanus/ V&A Waterfront (Cape Penninsula) – 3 Nights:

Cape Town penguins

A visit to Cape Town is much more than a City Break! Cape Point offers rugged cliffs, scenic coastline, baboons and wild ostriches. The wooden walkways of Boulders beach allow you to observe the African penguins in their natural habitat without disturbing them.

Visit Simons Town, a haven for visitors interested in maritime history. Visit the statue of Able Seaman Just Nuisance and hear the story of this legendary Great Dane (and friend); Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens is a must for every visitor to Cape Town and is a haven for lovers of nature, flora and fauna.

The Victoria &Alfred Hotel or similar
Bed and Breakfast


Cape Town / London – Overnight Flight:

Return your hire car at Cape Town International Airport, prior to checking in for your overnight flight to the UK.


This itinerary is a suggestion only!

Please note that the above tour structure is a suggestion only, and can therefore be amended in any shape or form to meet your exact expectations. We encourage you to contact one of our Consultants to discuss and to prepare your very own Escape to the Rainbow Nation! +44 01908 609722


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Scheduled economy class flights (of your choice) throughout, including relevant taxes (subject to change until booked and ticketed)

Eleven nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

Two nights’ full board accommodation whilst on safari. Stay includes all meals and two game drives per day. Some lodges include beverages during your stay

Fourteen days Europcar Group F car hire. Rate includes 100% Classic Plus Cover (CDW & Theft/Loss Waiver), PAI, VAT, Unlimited mileage, Additional driver, Contract Fee, windscreen, tyre and rim damage, hubcaps

Comprehensive Itinerary including a door to door directions & a comprehensive list of to-do’s

Services of our local representatives

Not included?

Extra car hire charges (payable locally): Fuel deposit (credit card), Young driver surcharge (R294 per driver per day), Optional equipment, One Way drop off charges (R1114), Delivery and collection fee (R440), Traffic fine handling fee (R279), GPS unit (R117 per day)

Meals, other than stated above

Local tourism levy of 1% (only where applicable)

Passports – Please ensure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from the date of your return to the UK and at least two blank pages

Driver’s License – You must hold either the new British License with your photograph or an International driver’s license.


If you want to book your own international flights, simply advise one of our consultants when enquiring.

Published price

Holiday costs are impacted by many factors including the exchange rate and specials as introduced by properties from season to season.  The cost is meant to serve as a guide only, so be sure to request an updated cost from our consultants so you can get the best value for your money. Ask about upgrading the standard of accommodation and / or room types where available and remember you can mix & match to get a completely tailor-made holiday that fits your interests, time and budget.

This is your holiday; our knowledgeable consultants are simply at hand to assist with the design of your Holiday of a lifetime!

*Cost is subject to availability at the time of booking and the exchange rate; Restrictions apply to certain date periods; Prices are from and per person and includes all of the accommodation, car hire and the flights

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Hermanus whale
Bloom Estate
Ocean view
The Lofts
The Robberg
Cape Town
Game Reserve
Garden Route
Garden Route
Cape Agulhas shark cage diving
safari elephant
Wilderness spectacular views
Garden Route watersports
Table Mountain in Cape Town

Cape Tours Client Testimonials

Kevin Robson
Kevin Robson
07:39 08 Jun 18
Once again, Mike and his team at Cape Tours came through with seamless arrangements and bookings relating to our recent three centre holiday in South Africa. I needed to undertake business in Jo'burg initially and follow this up with a holiday to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Newcastle to Amsterdam to Jo'burg and were transferred to the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. A car was delivered to the hotel a few days later as arranged and we drove to Nelspruit to stay at the Loerie's Call Guest house. This is an excellent five star boutique hotel with fantastic service, superb rooms and a great restaurant (Try the Warthog - it is nothing like pork and you will never want to eat steak again after trying it). From there we drove through the Kruger Park and stayed at our selected camp for eight nights prior to returning to Sandton (same hotel) for two nights before our transfers picked us up to take us back to the airport for the return flights. Everything was fantastic throughout. This was about the fourth time we have used Cape Tours to visit South Africa and I can wholeheartedly recommend them either for a package that they have prepared or a bespoke holiday where the Client specifies the requirements. Great service, excellent arrangements, full support if required, quality accommodation, good prices and friendly advice when required. Use them. I won't go anywhere else when booking to go to Southern more
Gary Rogerson
Gary Rogerson
16:43 11 Apr 18
This was our 10th visit to South Africa organised by Mike and his team and each time we have had the most amazing holiday with faultless organisation and planning of our trip.Thanks again to Mike,we will be booking again very soonGary and Sharon Rogerson
jan hammond
jan hammond
14:28 19 Mar 18
South Africa as always was beautiful, but would not stay in Blouberg again as the weather was far too windy.The Apartment booked was Horizon 103 the first week was a nightmare, on arrival we were met by the agent from Blouberg Rentals who took us up to the apartment, the door was already open as the cleaners were in the property, the agent gave us the keys and the fob needed to get in and out of the car park and building, he explained that the fob was not working and we would have to see the building manager the next morning to get it programmed he then left, that evening after travelling over night and being my husbands birthday we were going out for a meal only to find that the keys we had been given would not lock the apartment door, had to ring the agent again who came back out to us with the right keys.The property itself was not as clean as one would expect for the money it cost, with grubby markets on kitchen doors and the stainless steel kickbacks underneath the cupboards.and toilet doors around the handles were not very clean.One of the toilets made a loud screaming noise when the chain was pulled and we could not use the safe as there was no key.There were wooden slatted sun beds on the verandah but no cushions so were not useable as they were uncomfortable.I called into the Blouberg Rental office myself the next date to complain.They sent a team of cleaners in the next morning to clean ( well sort of ).On the Thursday morning I was going to cook toast for breakfast when the toaster blew all the wall sockets in the property.I tried ringing the emergency number provided but no answer so again I had to go into the office, a maintenance man was sent who got the sockets working but then the light went and he could not get them back on, so that day we could not go out until mid afternoon, as we had the locksmith,plumber and the electrician who had to go and get a part to get the electrics working again, you cannot believe but even the can opener wouldn’t work.I was so disappointed with everything that had gone wrong I asked for a move, we went out and when we got back the owner herself was at the property, she brought cushions for the sun beds and the dinning chains and new can opener. A new toaster was bought by The Mainenance man.Having visited South Africa twice before and staying in the Waterfront apartments the one in Blouberg could not hold a candle in comparison.The whole experience has left me disappointed, and would not book an apartment holiday again.Your SincerelyJan & Roy Hammondread more
Nikki Mott
Nikki Mott
16:50 02 Nov 17
Booked with Cape Tours for a trip to South Africa and Mauritius. They couldn't have been more helpful. They were helpful in recommending suitable hotels for our needs and budget and we had a great experience, both on Safari at Kruger National Park and in Cape Town, which I absolutely loved. All the transfers and hotel bookings were managed very smoothly and I would definitely use them again if we're lucky enough to travel back to South more
Dianne Baxendine
Dianne Baxendine
17:54 30 Oct 17
I have previously been on South African trips organised by Cape Tours and wanted to go again with my two 17 year old nieces. As always Mike and the team tailored the trip perfectly to our needs. Our 4 day stay at Cape Town was at the Waterfront apartments which was perfect for all we wanted to do and felt very safe for the girls to have a bit of independence too. We stayed for 3 days at Ashbourne Country Escape near the Kruger Park. Mike had advised we could book a game drive while there and indeed we could with a great guide and a very acceptable price - arranged by the staff at Ashbourne. We loved the individual cottages and suites and the girls said it was the nicest place they had ever stayed! The car hire was very smooth and we got great advice on the best flights for us and it all fitted extremely well with our budget.I would not hesitate to recommend Cape Tours for anyone planning a South African holiday -whatever your desired itinerary they will advise you really well to the last detail Thank you so much all at Cape Toursread more
sara yearley
sara yearley
18:19 16 Oct 17
First time in South Africa and loved it! Cape Tours planned everything perfectly. If I could change one thing we would have liked one more night at the safari lodge and one less in The Protea, Knysna.
vanessa watts
vanessa watts
20:22 23 Jul 17
July 2017.We have just returned from our first trip to South Africa and it was fabulous. We don't usually book our holidays through a tour operator but since this was our first trip to South Africa we decided we needed some 'professional' advice. After many hours trawling through various travel websites we chose Cape tours as they seemed experienced and offered a very 'bespoke' service. We were not disappointed. Mike and Brian were very knowledgeable and it was all about what we wanted to experience at our budget. We are a family of 6 so our budget was quite tight but they were very patient and flexible with our needs and were happy to offer more choices when we couldn't make up our minds. There was none of that 'pushy' selling at all and it was all about the best they could achieve for us within our budget without compromising too much on the quality. We finally settled on Cape town and the garden route with a 2 night safari. What a trip!We have stayed in the best accommodation we have ever had at truly remarkable prices. The only regret is we couldn't stay longer.The Gondwana safari was absolutely perfect -stay near the main lodge/restaurant if your budget allows as this saves a lot of time for meals when you get there as some of the lodges are a 20 minute drive away. And if you want to have a spa treatment , book before you go. The Views hotel in Wilderness is the best boutique hotel I have ever stayed in and a real treat . The views of the sea, sunrise and sunset from the sea-facing room were definitely worth the extra cost.There is such a lot to do there, we barely had time to relax but have come home enriched with memories and planning to go back again in the future. Thank you Cape tours!read more
John Teasdale
John Teasdale
19:33 19 Jul 17
Our first trip to South Africa was really a compromise because we were "iffy" about a trip to New Zealand in 2011! Four trips later, all to different regions, and one further one, just finalised, to Namibia next year (2018), all with Cape Tours and we have absolutely no regrets. Our last trip in Autumn 2015 included the wonderful West Coast, the dramatic Cederberg and the unforgettable Gansbaai. In fact we are totally sold on Southern Africa and the variety of experiences and landscape it has to offer. In no small part we are certain this is due to the wonderful planning and sensitive support we have received from Mike and his team at Cape Tours. Each trip has created a wonderful memory, largely because Mike has teased out exactly what we were looking for from each holiday. He has then trawled his vast pool of knowledge both in terms of activities and accommodation in order to create something very special at a keenly competitive price for the budget and quality agreed. At all times we have really felt the team has had our best interests at heart. We can't speak too highly of them.Sue & John more
Catherine Lister
Catherine Lister
09:28 11 Jul 17
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Kelly Crawford
Kelly Crawford
13:25 05 Jul 17
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Keith Green
Keith Green
18:05 28 Jun 17
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Alastair Wainwright
16:12 23 Jul 15
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Lesley Breckenridge
09:02 03 May 15
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Debbie Green
Debbie Green
19:55 28 Apr 15
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Sheelagh Walker
Sheelagh Walker
15:25 28 Apr 15
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Angela Jarvis
Angela Jarvis
11:29 28 Apr 15
We used Cape Tours for our Honeymoon in 2012. The whole experience was fantastic, the hotels and Safari accommodation were amazing and made our Honeymoon the memorable experience we wanted it to be. The bespoke package was completely tailored to us and I love the fact that they let us pick the airline for the long haul so we could qualify for air miles!I would definitely recommend them as they took all of the stress out of organising the trip and it was excellent value for money. One of our internal flights got pulled late on but they quickly arranged an alternative and sent a credit for the added cost to our Hotel in Cape Town.South Africa is a wonderful country, one I look forward to visiting again and I wouldn't even consider using any other firm to book my trip. So what are waiting for, go ahead and book it!Thanks read more
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