Self-drive South Africa's Winelands & Whale Coast

10 days
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  • Walk the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch
  • Taste a range of exquisite local wines
  • Watch whales breach from your viewing deck
  • Relax on the beach in the town of De Kelder
  • Tuck into Bartholomeus's world-class cuisine
  • Stay in intimate, comfortable guest houses


Experience some of South Africa’s most scenic locations on this 10-day journey through the Whale Coast and Cape Winelands. Stay in intimate guest houses in quiet towns and on private reserves where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings in peace.

Visit the historic town of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands before moving on to the sleepy holiday town of De Kelders along the Whale Coast.

Travel to Swellendam before enjoying your last few nights on a private reserve where you can enjoy the quiet, natural surroundings. Go whale watching, taste exquisite local wines and enjoy friendly, personal service on this intimate Western Cape holiday.


  • Tour Duration: 10 Days

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Days 1-2: Kick back in the Winelands

Cape Winelands, South Africa
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Days 1-2: Kick back in the Winelands | 2 Nights

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Cape Winelands, South Africa

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa in the historic town of Stellenbosch, situated in the picturesque Cape Winelands. Here you can relax and enjoy the peaceful, intimate atmosphere.

Go for a leisurely stroll in the gardens or relax in the conservatory and enjoy a glass of local wine. Treat yourself to health and beauty therapies at the spa or set off on an exploration of this historic town and the many surrounding wine farms.

Days 3-5: Experience the Whale Coast | 3 Nights

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Whale Coast, South Africa

Today you will make your way to the beautiful Whale Coast, in the sleepy holiday town of De kelders. Situated in the ideal location for whale watching, Cliff Lodge boasts an all-weather, sea-front deck where you can watch the whales as they breach, spy hop, and sail in the water.

Take a short walk down to Klipgat cave, where evidence remains of the presence of early San people, or take a trip to the nearby Farm 215, a beautiful fynbos retreat. You could also go horse riding in the area or take a long stroll along the beach. Return to the welcoming atmosphere of Cliff Lodge in the evenings and watch the sun as it sets over the water.

Days 6-7: Enjoy Swellendam's beauty | 2 Nights

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Garden Route, South Africa

Today will see you heading off on a scenic drive to Swellendam, a quiet town along the Garden Route. Settle down with a glass of wine at De Kloof, an intimate guest house where every effort is taken to make your stay enjoyable. In the evenings, you are treated to a complimentary wine tasting. If you are a golf enthusiast, make use of De Kloof's own driving range and putting green, otherwise you can set out to explore the beautiful town or simply relax beside the swimming pool or in your elegant suite.

Days 8-9: Delight your tastebuds at Bartholomeus | 2 Nights

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Cape Winelands, South Africa

Leave Swellendam behind this morning as you drive to Bartholomeus Klip, located on a private nature reserve. This romantic farmstead is famous for its excellent cuisine which features a fusion of French and local flavours.

Of course, no meal in the Winelands is complete without an accompanying glass of delicious wine. You can spend your time here enjoying many exciting activities like wind surfing, canoeing, trout fishing or bird watching - all of these provide the opportunity to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. Mountain bikes are also provided for you to cycle through the reserve.

Day 10: Say goodbye to the Western Cape

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This morning you will take the drive back to Cape Town International Airport and either connect to your onward travel arrangements on continue your South African experience. Pre-arrange with one of our experts to stay in Cape Town and do some shopping before returning home, or take another trip and explore a different part of the country.

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  • 10 day car rental
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature