After a few days in a lodge near Hoedspruit (Vuyani Safari Lodge), we'll stay for 7 nights at the Cape Royale in Cape Town. We already have a shuttle to take us to the hotel and back to the airport, but wanted to rent a car for 3 of those days (itinerary ideas below).
Sept 12th (Thursday)
Arrival in Cape Town (mid to late afternoon)
Shuttle to Cape Royale
Dinner there (Bistro 1800) or at the Waterfront.
Sept 13th (Friday)
Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) Bus on Red Route and maybe the Canal Cruise. Not sure which are the best places to stop yet, but we were planning to do the Table Mountain Cable Car at some point (maybe first thing in the morning if the weather looks nice). Any other suggestions?
Sept 14th (Saturday)
Day using the HOHO Bus Blue Route and Wine bus
Take first bus from Waterfront to Kirstenbosch.
Visit the gardens then continue with the bus transfering to the Wine bus.
Have lunch at Jonkershuis and visit Groot Constantia
Then depending on the time of day we do one or more of the following:
- visit other wine estates (Eagle's Nest or Beau Constantia)
- visit Constantia Village
- take the bus to the next stop, World of Birds.
After these we return to the Waterfront through the HOHO or a taxi (too far away for a cab?)
Have dinner at the Crypt Jazz Restaurant
Sept 15th (Sunday)
Rent a car as early as possible and at a car rental location close to the Cape Royale if possible (any suggestions?)
Go all the way to Cape Point
Visit the Cape of Good Hope, the Flying Dutchman funicular and have lunch at Two Oceans restaurant.
Go to Boulder's Beach to see the penguins!
Take a boat to Seal Island from Simon's Town.
I also thought of including Cape Point Ostrich Farm in this day somewhere, but not sure if there would be time, also not sure if it would be best to do Boulder's Beach and Seal Island in the morning then continue to Cape Point.
Do the Chapman's Peak Drive on the way back to the Waterfront .
Sept 16th (Monday)
Leave early in the morning and drive to Cape Agulhas
Visit the southernmost tip of Africa and Agulhas Lighthouse
Drive back to Hermanus and check-in to the Misty Waves Hotel
Have lunch and do a Whale Watching Tour
Sept 17th (Tuesday)
Go early from Hermanus to Gansbaai to White Shark Projects for Shark Cage Diving (already booked!)
Not sure what else we can do on our return trip to Cape Town, Betty's Bay perhaps?
Sept 18th (Wednesday)
Return the car early in the morning probably
Anything else we might have missed
Might go to Table Mountain again as these will be the first days in which the cable car will be working until 7pm and therefore after sunset!!! They haven't revealed when their Sunset Special will resume, but I believe it will probably be back by then!
Sept 19th (Thursday)
Maybe walk around a bit near the Waterfront in the morning
Check out at the hotel and take shuttle to Cape Town airport - plane leaves at 2pm! :-(
What do you think of our itinerary? Any suggestions?
One other thing I began to consider as I was writing our plans was to maybe get the car on Saturday instead of Sunday and do Kirstenbosch, Groot Constantia, Constantia Village and maybe World or Birds (not necessarily in that order) by car. If that is the case I'll get only 1 day of the HOHO bus for the Red Route.
Thanks in advance! :-)
Eduardo & Bruna