Jewels of the Cape – Whales

Cape Town > Hermanus > Swellendam > Garden Route
Recommended – 10 Nights

10-night self-drive holiday including Cape Town; Hermanus – Whale Watching (July to November); and the magic of the Garden Route (why not add on a few nights to experience a safari and/or visit Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World)


Due to ongoing changes in International Travel, contact one of our Consultants for an up to-date holiday cost


3 nights in cape town

Boulders Beach Penguins

Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Blending the old with the new, it has a relaxed, almost continental atmosphere. The influence of early Dutch settlers in 1652, Malay slaves and British rulers have created a rich tapestry of culture not found anywhere else.

Don’t make the mistake thinking that Cape Town is just another city, it 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 and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a haven for lovers of nature, flora and fauna is a must for every visitor.


2 nights in Hermanus (Overberg)

Overberg Whale Viewing

Hermanus is the jewel of the Overberg. Cradled by two large estuaries, this beautiful coastal town lies between the rocky coastline and gentle green mountains. World-renowned for its biodiversity, Hermanus has an abundance of plant, animal and bird life – a paradise for nature lovers.

The greatest attraction is undoubtedly the whales that migrate to the shores to mate and calve in the secluded bay. This has earned Hermanus the title of best destination in the world for land-based whale watching.

The region however offers far more, including world class wine estates and Great White Shark cage diving. Your paradise is waiting, let us introduce you!

Our preferred property collection in Hermanus


1 night in Swellendam

Swellendam Ocean View

As the third oldest town in South Africa, Swellendam is steeped in history. The award-winning Drostdy Museum and its surrounding property give an extensive overview of the area’s past.

Not to be missed is the spectacular mountain route over the Tradouws Pass. Another winner is the daytrip to De Hoop Nature Reserve. Take a fully-stocked picnic basket and drive through the rolling fields and white dunes towards the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Whales (best seen between July and November), natural beaches and rocky coves work together to create what we believe to be the most romantic spot in the world.

Our preferred property collection in the Overberg


4 nights on the Garden Route

Knysna Lagoon

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

With its abundance of closely-protected nature reserves and National Parks, Mother Nature presents visitors with an up-close and personal experience with the best she has to offer – the world over.


Combine any location on any of our Holiday Ideas to give you your holiday of a life time including adding on a safari, visit Victoria Falls, enjoy a luxury train journey or add on a beach in Mauritius, Seyechelles

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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V&A Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguins
Overberg Whale Viewing
Knysna Lagoon
Swellendam Ocean View