Me & my wife would be visiting South Africa this September. We are starting with a 3 night safari in Sabi Sands and then we will be spending 4 nights (though only 3 days) in Cape Town (including a day trip to cape point).
We would like to spend another 4 days or so in South Africa and after spending lot of time researching and working out logistics for Drakensberg, Wild Coast, West Coast, Garden Route, (and also Victoria Falls) etc. we now think it would be best to keep it simple and stick to surrounding regions of Hermanus and Winelands. My basic itinerary for this leg is as follows:
- Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus via Route 44 with a stop at Betty’s Bay for penguin colony. Understand it won’t take us more than 3 hours to cover this route with the stop. Are there any other recommended stops on the way?
- Haven’t decided the accommodation yet, but in any case, we hope to have time after lunch to do cliff walk. How long would cliff path walk generally take and is it circular walk or we would need to take some transport back to our hotel/car park?
- As of now, we intend to take a boat tour for whale watching this morning. Is whale watching from boat a very different experience from land based whale watching?
- Rest of the day is free but I may choose some other activity (other than whale watching). Any recommendations e.g. fynbos trails etc.
Day 3 + Day 4:
- This morning after breakfast, we intend to drive via Franschhoek pass to Franschhoek. Understand this is less than 2 hour drive. Any recommended stops on the way?
- We now have 1.5 days in Franschhoek and we wanted to mix up the activities e.g. we wanted to visit vineyards, also visit a cellar, do some tasings including cheese and olive tasting and may be a picnic (if weather permits). Also, any scenic cycling/hiking activity would also be good as we are not really wine connoisseurs so visiting 5-6 wine estates may not be our thing to do. Any suggestions on how we can split our time in Franschhoek?
Day 5: Today we drive back to Cape Town Airport for our 10:45am flight. Believe it’s les sthan 90 minute drive on a weekday so starting at 7:00-7:30am would be fine.
So, how do you think about the itinerary and will appreciate any suggestions that you may have. Thanks in advance.Edited: 5:58 am, April 08, 2013