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Walking in the Western Cape

Trip Dates: 20 - 31 October 2013
Trip Duration: 12 days
Trip Price: £2,790 per person
Single room supplement: £410 
Deposit: £400 per person
Humpback Whale

Activity level: 9 walking days (1 to 7 hrs daily) with 2 full day walks which are relatively rigorous and involve some steep inclines and declines.
Temperatures: In late October are likely to range from 15 to 25ºC.
Table Mountain

Meeting place: Cape Town Airport
Meeting time:  20 Oct 2013 7.55 
Departure place: Cape Town Airport
Departure time:  31 Oct 2013 20.45 
African Penguins

Accommodation:
- 1 night in a small hotel near Simon’s Town, elegantly appointed & commanding marvellous views of False Bay
- 2 nights in a small hotel with spacious and beautifully appointed rooms and a pretty garden and pool in Hermanus
- 2 nights in a comfortable lodge in McGregor, with appropriately Scottish décor and a well-regarded restaurant
- 3 nights in Franschhoek, in an elegant country house hotel, ideally placed in the village centre
- 1 night in a welcoming private farm in Tulbagh, at the foot of the Winterhoek mountains
- 2 nights in Cape Town, in a 4 star heritage hotel in a beautifully restored building dating from 1771, within walking distance of the city’s museums,  parks and restaurants
Size of party: This trip will run with a minimum of 4 & a maximum of 14 guests.
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The Huguenot Museum in Franschhoek
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Cape Sugarbird on a protea
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South Africa: Cape Walking, Whales & Wine
South Africa’s Western Cape Province is an extraordinarily fortunate region. Walks in outstanding mountain scenery and along magnificent coastline are coloured by midsummer displays of wildflowers. The historic wine region, exceptional accommodation, whales just off the shoreline, and two days in Cape Town - the most beautiful city in Africa - complete an unforgettable holiday.
As one of the highlights of our walking tour we spend two nights in the small seaside town of Hermanus, acknowledged as one of the best whalewatching sites in the world. A scenic cliff path (its height varying from 15 metres to sea level) provides extraordinary views - and sound effects! – of Southern Right whales (Eubalaena Australis) which use these clear coastal waters as calving and nursery grounds.
TRIP ITINERARY
DAY 1 
L, D included
Meeting by 8 am at Cape Town’s international airport, we drive a short distance south, first skirting Table Mountain, then along the scenic coastal road. A short walk on a white sand beach shows us southern hemisphere seabirds such as Kelp and Hartlaub’s gulls and our first picnic reminds us that we have returned to early summer! After visiting the Jackass penguin colony at Boulders Beach we walk along the shore to our small hotel, elegantly appointed and with fine views of False Bay. For those impervious to chilly water there is a small sandy swimming beach on the doorstep.
DAY 2 
B, L, D included 
Visiting the Cape of Good Hope, the monument to Bartolomeu Dias reminds us of the incredible achievements of the early Portuguese navigators. We spend the morning walking a circular track with splendid views within the Nature Reserve, alert to possible sightings of eland, bontebok and Cape mountain zebra. A picnic precedes our drive along the coast to Hermanus - the acknowledged world centre for shore-based whalewatching with southern right whales coming annually to calve in the deep clear pools directly beneath the cliffs.  Our small hotel has spacious and beautifully appointed rooms and a pretty garden and pool, and dinner features South African ingredients prepared with French flair.
DAY 3
B, L, D included
A circular walk in the Kleinrivier mountains behind Hermanus follows paths through the indigenous fynbos in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. The Cape Flora Kingdom, despite being the smallest in area, is the richest in the world for number of species. Midsummer is the time to marvel at the display - the proteas and ericas are particularly impressive, but the restios (a unique group of plants resembling grasses or reeds) and the tiny sundews are intriguing. The reserve is also home to tortoises and several species of iridescent sunbirds. After a picnic under a shady wild fig tree we return to our hotel before more whalewatching as we follow part of the western cliff path. The harbourside whale museum has an underwater microphone listening in to the whales in the bay.
DAY 4
B, L, D included
Heading into the interior of the Western Cape we follow the Hermanus wine route, stopping for a tasting at a picturesque estate with an international reputation for its Pinot Noir wines. A bumpy dirt track delivers us to a rustic little restaurant with surprisingly sophisticated food. Increasingly spectacular roads winding up into the mountains bring us to our very comfortable lodge in the village of McGregor, with sweeping views of the mountains and vineyards.
DAY 5 
B, L, D included
An early start is made for our moderately demanding day walk (optional) up in the Greyton Nature Reserve - some significant ups and downs on the trail bring superb,
far-reaching views and the chance of spotting antelope such as duiker and klipspringer
– we should have a good appetite for dinner this evening in the well-regarded restaurant of our lodge.
DAY 6
B, L, D included
A scenic drive north, looking out for South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, en route, brings us to a superb lunch in a champagne cellar restaurant. Continuing on foot, we visit the Huguenot Museum in Franschhoek with its fine displays of 17C furniture and silver. Our elegant country house hotel for the next three nights is quietly situated in the Franschoek valley, and the remainder of the afternoon is free for antique shopping, gallery visiting, or relaxing by the pool.
DAY 7
B, L, D included
Our walk today follows a fine ridge through the vineyards and then gradually uphill for far-reaching views over the Stellenbosch and Paarl valleys and the mountains beyond. A picnic and wine-tasting perfects our day in this famous wine country. We return to Franschhoek in the late afternoon to savour dinner in one of South Africa’s most celebrated restaurants.
DAY 8
B, L, D included
Fortified by a substantial South African breakfast, we take advantage of the cool air of morning and depart early for an energetic walk in the mountains above Franschhoek. If the weather is clear there are marvellous views both of the high peaks and vast, virtually uninhabited valleys. We return to the village for a midday wine-tasting and lunch al fresco. Later in the afternoon there is an optional 2 hour walk following the scenic Catspad, or visits to cheese and chocolate specialist shops in the village.
DAY 9
B, L, D included
A visit to the magnificent 17C estate of Boschendal Manor gives an understanding of the lifestyle of the first settlers to cultivate vines in the Cape and their connections to other Dutch colonies, particularly the East Indies. Travelling north over the dramatic Bainskloof Pass we reach Tulbagh, the finest example of an 18th century rural settlement in South Africa. After a visit to the church folk museum and a Cape Malay lunch we follow a country road to a wine lodge at the foot of the Winterhoek mountains. This evening we enjoy a traditional ‘braai’ (a wood-fired barbecue) under the stars.
DAY 10
B, L, D included
A dip in the pool and a picnic in the shady garden follow our morning walk in the surrounding mountains. By early afternoon we are on our way to Cape Town, where our first stop is the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the perfect showcase for the Cape’s unique flora, with its extensive grounds, fascinating glasshouse collections and tempting shops. We walk through the Company Gardens (originally a vegetable garden to supply ships rounding the Cape) to our home for the next two nights - a 4 star heritage hotel in a beautifully restored building dating from 1771, within walking distance of the city's museums, parks and restaurants. This evening we dine in one of South Africa’s most acclaimed restaurants.
DAY 11
B, L, D included
A full day walk up Table Mountain is clearly a must (a cable car ride is an optional extra for the less energetic). The mountain is a National Nature Reserve and boasts an amazing list of endemic plants, interesting geology and resident Verreaux’s eagles. We look over Table Bay and the Hottentots Holland mountains from the flowering fynbos on the eponymously flat top of the mountain. To celebrate our walk on one of the world's most recognisable mountains, we take a sunset and champagne cruise on a classic yacht from the Waterfront and then have dinner in a lively Waterfront restaurant.
DAY 12
B included
Our last day is free for handicraft shopping, exploring the Waterfront or the Cape Malay Quarter, sailing to Robben Island, or visiting some of Cape Town’s many museums and galleries. Our journey ends with a late afternoon transfer to the airport for flights home.
Price includes:
All accommodation for Days 1 through 12 on a double shared basis
All meals (with wine and beer at lunches and dinners) other than those excepted in the daily notation
All land transportation in a private vehicle as described except during free periods
All entrance and sightseeing fees as described except during free periods
All wine tastings as described
Champagne yacht cruise in Cape Town
Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff
Visa and Health Requirements
Visitors from the EU, US, New Zealand and Australia currently require a valid passport, but not a visa, for entry to South Africa. If you are a national of any other country, please check visa regulations with your nearest Embassy of South Africa.
At present there are no specific and compulsory health requirements for entry to South Africa if you are arriving from Europe of North America. The Cape is malaria-free, so prophylaxis is not required. You may also wish to check the advice given to travellers by the Department of Health and the FCO.
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If you are already insured or a non-UK resident, please inform us of your policy at the time of booking.
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Guests’ comments on this trip:
‘Thank you so much for all you did to make the tour so very enjoyable. I really appreciated all the planning and thought, which you had done beforehand, and all those magical touches you added throughout. The variety of scenery, walks and delicious meals were all so well planned.’
‘Our expectations were exceeded in all respects.’
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