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At its heart lies the Cape Peninsula and the Mother City of Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, in an idyllic setting at the foot of Table Mountain.

Holiday to The Western Cape

The popularity of visiting the Western Cape is the diversity of the region, from the breath-taking scenery, historic homesteads and superb wine estates; the quaint fishing villages adorning the rugged West Coast to Walker Bay on the east coast, where you will encounter the best land-based whale watching in the world (in season).

Venture inland to the wide-open spaces, breath-taking mountain passes of the Klein Karoo to the magical coastal route of the Garden Route, stretching along the from Wilderness to the Tsitsikamma Forest. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty comprising indigenous forests, lakes, beaches and meandering rivers.

No visit to South Africa is complete without a wildlife experience! The many Big 5 game reserves in the Eastern Cape offer a natural extension to your holiday of discovery.

You’re in the hands of experienced experts; we specialise in bespoke tours to Southern Africa, and we’ve been around for over 20 years. We are born South Africans and know the areas intimately.

Our sole goal is to ensure your holiday is an unforgettable, seamless experience that meets your budget; leave the planning and coordinating to us.

Don’t take our word for it – we maintain a 5-star Google Review rating. (see below) Our clients repeatedly come back for more!

We guarantee lowest price on like-for-like itineraries.

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• 10 nights B&B
• 3 nights Fully Inclusive (Game Reserve) & includes 2 game drives per day
• Car hire – 14 days Europcar Group D car hire; fully insured, no excess, unlimited mileage, additional driver fee and contract fee
• Flights – British Airways direct economy class; inclusive of current taxes

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Born and raised in Cape Town, Mike has been tailoring luxury holidays to Southern Africa for more than 25 years so there’s not much about South Africa he doesn’t know and love.
Mike TompkinsOwner
Born in Cape Town Brian can not only give you a local’s point of view, but with his wealth of experience in the travel industry, he can show you more than just the touristy side to Southern Africa.
Brian TompkinsSales Director
Now in my fifteenth year of guiding private tours around Cape Town, I specialise in private, tailor-made tours of Cape Town, with special emphasis on the history of South Africa and the wine region.
Lesley CoxWestern Cape Tour Guide
In the tourism industry since 2001, her passion is South African history and culture. She spends most of her free time exploring new and unusual wine farms, thus allowing her to accommodate guests on various levels of interest.
Janice DavidsWestern Cape Tour Guide

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Welcome to the Cape Peninsula! The beautiful mother city of Cape Town has much to offer its visitors. From Table Mountain to Robben Island, its sights and sounds ensure a memorable holiday. However, no visit would be complete without exploring the Cape Peninsula. The slender finger of land that comprises the Cape Peninsula holds a host of delights to discover and enjoy. Whether you are looking for spectacular scenic vistas, historic sites, the oldest wine estates in the country or the serenity of a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the peninsula has it all and much, much more.

The West Coast

The West Coast is blessed with stark natural beauty. Places such as Kraalbaai and Churchhaven, safely conserved in the West Coast National Park, are well worth visiting. The quaint fishing village of Paternoster famed for its picturesque wooden fishing boats scattered along the shoreline and home to the Cape Columbine Lighthouse and nature reserve is a must for those looking to sit back and destress. Where else in the region would you find such an irresistible combination of pristine beach, whitewashed village charm, and little to disturb the gentle, soothing atmosphere a mere hour away from Cape Town?

The Cape Winelands

The Winelands offers breath-taking scenery, historic homesteads, superb restaurants and of course, copious quantities of fabulous wine routes and a 300-year history. The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley!

The Breede River Valley

An area of magnificent views, panoramic landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams, an abundance of trees and indigenous flora, the Breede River Valley is the largest of the Western Cape’s three fruit and wine producing valleys. A heavily cultivated region, graced with orchards, vineyards and wheat lands, surrounded by mountains, the higher peaks of which are heavily capped with snow in winter. The Breeder River Valley town of Montagu is the starting point for Route 62, the longest wine, fruit and mountain route in the world.

The Klein Karoo

The Klein Karoo region has a landscape fashioned almost entirely by water, ranging from lush greenery in the fertile river valleys to short, rugged Karoo plants in the veld. Gorges follow rivers that cut through towering mountains and passes cross-imposing terrain, leaving one stunned by the magnificence. The long narrow valley is rich in geological shapes, culture, history, Bushman art, prolific plant species and is also the home of the spectacular Cango Caves as well as the largest bird in the world – the ostrich

The Garden Route

The Garden Route is universally known for its spectacular natural beauty. The journey crosses magnificent mountain passes, winds gently along the unspoiled coastline, and ventures deep into the breath-taking state forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The lush, forested Garden Route takes in some of the country’s finest seaside resorts, like Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, and – perhaps the best known of all – Knysna, with its giant sandstone ‘Heads’ framing the entrance to the lagoon.

The Western Cape offers visitors a wealth of attractions, too many to list here, so we have listed only the absolute must visit sites to ensure a holiday of a lifetime.

• A Peninsula coastal scenic drive offers unsurpassed views over mountains and the sea
• Iconic Table Mountain. A sunset cable way trip is a must for those romantically inclined
• The V&A Waterfront, South Africa’s most visited tourist attraction
• Robben Island, home for so many years to President Mandela
• Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; recognised world-wide for its beauty and the diversity of flora
• Groote Constantia Wine Estate, the oldest wine estate in South Africa
• The Jackass Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
• The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point)
• The West Coast National Park; world renowned as the place where ‘Eve’s Footprint’ was discovered; one of the earliest signs of human existence. The park includes Langebaan Lagoon
• Paternoster, a traditional West Coast Fishing Village
• Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, the most westerly working lighthouse in South Africa
• The Cape Winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
• Walker Bay, Hermanus offering the best land-based whale watching in the world
• The Seweweekspoort Gorge; Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort Gorge, just a few of the Route 62 jewels
• The Garden Route attractions encompassing the Map of Africa, Knysna Lagoon, Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, the Robberg Nature Reserve, Wilderness National Park and the Tsitsikamma National Park

Experiences in the Western Cape;
• Let your hair down with a Harley Davidson cycle tour following the two oceans coastal route travelling via Chapman’s Peak Drive and the False Bay coast, including Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and St James
• Sunset cable car trip up Table Mountain
• Sunset / Champagne catamaran cruise to Camps Bay
• Helicopter flights over the Cape Peninsula
• Whale Boat trips and for the brave, a shark cage dive
• Discover the Vineyards of Franschhoek on the Wine Tram, a hop-on-hop-off service
• Outinequa Power Van Excursions – a must for all rail and nature lovers. Departures from George in the Garden Route
• Experience the delights of Route 62, travelling through scenic mountain passes, incredible gorges, vineyards and fruit orchards, amidst quaint villages where time has seemingly stood still for 40 plus years
• Ferry cruise on Knysna Lagoon
• Close encounters with elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park
• Experience the world’s highest commercial Bungy Jump
• Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy a walk through the indigenous forest to the Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridge

• The Western Cape is pretty much a year-round destination. Enjoying a Mediterranean style climate, temperatures seldom drop below double figures.
• The Cape enjoys winter rainfall (June to August) but travel inland and you will experience much drier conditions. Summers are warm and dry.
• The Green Season; May through to end September offers fantastic value for money with May & September two of the best months, away from the summer season in terms of weather
• The Western Cape is a malaria free region, an ideal safari destination for first time visitors as well as families
• Never try to fit too much into your first visit to South Africa, you will be back. You need time to savour each location, so try not to move too often
• The structure of your holiday is without doubt the most important factor. The structure is just like the foundations of any building; a weak foundation will only bring disappointment. A good structure needs a strong local knowledge, Cape Tours has this covered. What do you have to lose, give us a call or simply click on the Enquiry Button!

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LOCATION: Cape Town, Camps Bay. Azamare is situated in picturesque Camps Bay, a vibrant suburb of Cape Town, surrounded by
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Christiana Lodge

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Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa

LOCATION: Cape Town, V&A Waterfront. Originally built as the Harbour Master’s private residence in the 1800’s, this grand architectural gem
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Lawhill Luxury Apartments

LOCATION: Cape Town, V&A Waterfront. Regardless of your reason for visiting Cape Town, Lawhill Luxury Apartments is the perfect place
The Last Word Constantia - Pool area
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The Last Word Constantia

LOCATION: Cape Town, Constantia The Last Word Constantia is located in the heart of the Cape Town’s most famous and
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The Last Word Long Beach

LOCATION: Cape Town, Kommetjie. The Last Word Long Beach is right on the beach in the picturesque lobster-fishing village of
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Victoria & Alfred Hotel

LOCATION: Cape Town, V&A Waterfront. Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel
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Oude Werf Hotel

LOCATION: Stellenbosch Established in 1802, D’Ouwe Werf is South Africa's oldest and most historic hotel and has defined hospitality and
Grand De Dale - View
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Grand Dédale

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The Last Word Franschhoek

LOCATION: Franschhoek The Last Word Franschhoek is an exclusive five-star historic residence in the heart of Franschhoek village, the gourmet
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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

LOCATION: Cederberg Wilderness, Clanwilliam Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat, located 270 kilometers from Cape Town, is a 5-star ecological oasis,
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Paternoster Dunes

LOCATION: Paternoster. Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guest House is ideal for guests seeking off-the-beaten-track comfort and style
Strandloper Ocean Lodge - View
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Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

LOCATION: Paternoster. If you are looking for an unspoiled ocean getaway, it doesn’t get better than the exclusive Strandloper Ocean
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Abalone Guest Lodge

LOCATION: Hermanus Situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus, and at the heart of the southern right whale migratory
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

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One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

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Alkantmooi Private Nature Reserve

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Cinnamon Boutique Guest House
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Cinnamon Boutique Guest House

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Oceans Wilderness

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Turbine Hotel pool
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The Turbine Hotel and Spa

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Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
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Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

LOCATION: Garden Route, Wilderness A stunning location, set on a dune overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Beach and offering spectacular panoramic
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Villa Afrikana

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Gaikou Lodge
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Gaikou Lodge

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The Cape Grace

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Ellerman House

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One&Only Cape Town

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The Silo Hotel

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

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Retreat on Hove

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Sea Star Rocks

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Abalone House & Spa

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Augusta de Mist

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Birkenhead House

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Schoone Oordt Country House

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Morukuru Ocean House

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Sea Five Boutique Hotel

LOCATION: Cape Town, Camps Bay. Aimed at the discerning traveller, Sea Five Boutique Hotel highlights the real likeness between Cape
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Bloomestate

LOCATION: Swellendam. Bloomestate is a 6,5-acre refuge with all the conveniences, balancing a crisp and clean décor and contemporary architecture
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Ocean Eleven Guest House

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La Residence

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The Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

LOCATION: Stellenbosch. Established over 300 years ago, today Lanzerac holds a coveted place amongst the most sought after hotels and
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Leeu Estate

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Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

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La Petite Ferme Guest House

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Majeka House

LOCATION: Stellenbosch. This prime location combines with luxurious accommodation, thoughtful service, a sophisticated bar and restaurant
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Kurland

LOCATION: Garden Route, Natures Valley. Kurland is a luxurious boutique country hotel on a vast 700 hectare (1700 acre) estate
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Retreat on Cliff

LOCATION: Garden Route, Knysna. Situated above the Indian Ocean on the Pezula Golf Estate in Knysna, this is the ideal
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The Old Rectory

LOCATION: Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay. The 18 luxurious and stylish suites at The Old Rectory offer beautiful views of the
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Tsala Treetop Lodge

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Boardwalk Lodge

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Emily Moon River Lodge

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Lily Pond Country Lodge

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TheBloem

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The Greens Guest House

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

LOCATION: Garden Route, Knysna. Discover the ultimate in waterside living in one of South Africa’s most sought after destinations
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On the Beach

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The Queen Victoria Hotel

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Cederberg Ridge

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Soul on Llandudno

LOCATION: Cape Town, Llandudno. The luxurious 6-bedroom boutique hotel will leave you mezmerised upon the first gaze.

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Hermanus Lodge on the Green

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Yellow Aloe Guest House

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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

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