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South Africa Atlantic Coast & Cederberg Mountains

Western Cape explorer

14 days

from £1,650pp (excluding flights)

The Western Cape Coast offers breath-taking vistas and an opportunity to embrace the “real” South Africa. This itinerary offers an opportunity to experience great diversity from the bustle and history of Cape Town to the endless beaches of the windswept Atlantic seaboard and the peace and majesty of the Cederberg Mountains. 

  • Sample the fresh fare and bounty of the Cape
  • Discover the rock paintings of the Cederberg Mountains
  • Experience some of the best hotels in the area

Robben Island and the famous Table Mountain are just two of the many exciting places to visit from a base in Cape Town. Situated at the foot of the peaks bearing the same name, the 12 Apostles Hotel invites you to savour the best of the Cape Town area. The quaint shops and markets of Hout bay are nearby and the cultural and culinary delights of the City’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront within easy reach with the free shuttle service.

With the convenience of a hire car and only an hour away, the winelands are easily accessed for a gourmet lunch and a wonder through the picturesque towns and vineyards. The main adventure begins by travelling north from the City along the Atlantic seaboard where the avid bird watcher or nature enthusiast can visit the West Coast National Park and catch a glimpse of pink flamingos and an endless vista from the boardwalks over the salty lagoons.

Venturing further north, the quaint village of Paternoster beckons where on a windless day a humpback whale can be seen frolicking beyond the breakers. Paternoster is a quiet fishing village replete with whitewashed houses and brightly painted boats. A place to slow down and breathe. In the months of spring, the area around Paternoster is carpeted by the bright colours of the Namaqualand Daisies.

Further inland from the coast, the rugged Cederberg Mountains erupt from the surrounding plateaux where hiking trails uncover the age old rock art, protected by overhanging ledges. The Cederberg is the home of the Rooibos, from which the bark is stripped to make tea, a South African staple.

The route back to Cape Town winds through the fertile citrus valleys at the foot of the mountains, the fruit basket of South Africa. The Winelands and famous towns of Tulbagh, Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch lead you to the end of your adventure. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Istanbul

Day 2

Fly Istanbul to Cape Town


Lying immediately beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a true melting pot of diverse cultures with a fascinating past.

The central city is packed full of quirky roads to explore and the Victoria & Albert Waterfront offers mainstream shopping with a great harbour. Restaurants here are world class, with a fusion of cuisines from fresh seafood to Cape Malay, complimented by incredible wines from the Cape Winelands nearby.

To the south of the city are the picturesque golden beaches of Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Friendly and welcoming, Cape Town is a city you can't help but love.


On arrival you will be met and assisted to your car hire provider, you then continue your journey


You will be staying at Twelve Apostles Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Things to do in Cape Town
Spend a day or more exploring Cape Town. Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens and enjoy rooibos tea at the Café. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car, swim with penguins at Boulders Beach or walk with them on the board walk. Learn about Just Nuisance as you eat famous fish and chips at Simon's Town Harbour. Discover shipwrecks at Cape Point with a picnic or eat sushi at the Two Oceans Restaurant.

Drive back from the point via the scenic Chapman's Peak and the Hout Bay Harbour Market. Meet the friendly city inhabitants on Noordhoek, Clifton, Kommetjie, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches. Walk through the city to discover the Castle, Greenmarket Square and the many museums found there. Bustle through the V&A Waterfront to the aquarium and harbour-side bars and follow Mandela on the Long Walk to Freedom at Robben Island.

Savour high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, overlooking the Company Gardens, or taste wine and eat at the vineyards of Klein Constantia, Constantia Glen and Steenberg Estates. Get aboard a boat, take a kayak trip to Seal Island or swim with Cape Fur seals.


You will be staying at Twelve Apostles Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Half Day City and Table Mountain Tour - Suggestion
On a visit to the Mother City, take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa's oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which gives spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On the descent, stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.


You will be staying at Twelve Apostles Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Robben Island - Suggestion
Delve into South Africa's political past and board a ferry from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Here you will be joined by a local guide - someone who spent time on the island during the apartheid years - thus able to give a personal and often moving account of time spent there. Learn about the island's most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, and see his cell where he spent nearly 27 years of his life. Ferries depart from 9 am.


You will be staying at Twelve Apostles Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

west coast scenic route to Paternoster


The wild Cape West coast lies against the cold, deep Atlantic Ocean, home to many bird and marine species. The R27 hugs the coastline past Langebaan and the West Coast Nature Reserve where shy endemic waders can be viewed from specially constructed hides. If this is not your cup of tea then perhaps enjoy one at the café. Paternoster's quaint whitewashed seaside abodes welcome you with bounty from the sea.


Drive to Paternoster and make the most of Paternosters reputation as a seafood mecca.


Things to do in Paternoster
Paternoster is an iconic seaside gem offering a variety of activities and gourmet delights. From your hotel in you could embark on endless beach walks or perhaps you prefer to cycle around town (many hotels have mountain bikes available). You may like to embark on an early morning kayaking trip to the Penguin colony and get out and about on a quad bike or horse. The area boasts many guided hiking trails and wine tasting can be done in nearby Darling.

To find a village that looks the way it did when it was first established is rare and that's what you find in the picturesque fishing village of Paternoster on South Africa's west coast.

White washed houses and sandy beaches add to the tranquility of Paternoster. As the sun glistens on the ocean waters, fishing boats can been seen dotting the horizon as resident fishermen cast their nets.

The Columbine Nature Reserve with is beautiful flowers, the West Coast Fossil Park and the Cape Columbine Lighthouse are worth a visit - or simply relax and sample some freshly caught crayfish or snoek in the quaint local restaurants.


You will be staying at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Another day to enjoy the activities and delicious seafood


You will be staying at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

self drive paternoster to Clanwilliam/ Cederberg


From the windswept Atlantic coastline, the drive to the Clanwilliam will take you through the flower fields of the Western Cape. In spring they are in full bloom but even if you miss this small bloom window, there will be much flora and birdlife on show. In the lush citrus growing valley you will find Clanwilliam and beyond it the Cederberg Mountain range.


Continue your journey to Cederberg Mountains with its dramatic landscape and rock formations


Things to do at Bushman's Kloof
Over an ideal two night stay there is time to savour the views and sunset on an evening nature drive while also observing some of the 150 bird and 35 mammal species (antelope, zebra, foxes and aardwolf), partake in guided excursions to the more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, Fynbos excursions (July - October), mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, archery, hiking, jogging, yoga or painting. Please note that there is no mobile phone reception ensuring complete serenity and tranquillity. There are landlines in all rooms and suites and complimentary WiFi throughout the lodge.

The mountains of the Cederberg used to be home to the San people and plenty of rock art can be seen here. Flowers burst into a riot of colour in spring and cover the dramatic valleys. This wilderness region deserves discovering and with dirt road drives, hiking and mountain biking.


You will be staying at Bushmans Kloof, Full board

Day 9

Activities at Bushmans Kloof
Over an ideal two night stay there is time to savour the views and sunset on an evening nature drive while also observing some of the 150 bird and 35 mammal species (antelope, zebra, foxes and aardwolf), partake in guided excursions to the more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, Fynbos excursions (July - October), mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, archery, hiking, jogging, yoga or painting. Please note that there is no mobile phone reception at the lodge. There are landlines in all rooms and suites and complimentary WiFi throughout the lodge.


You will be staying at Bushmans Kloof, Full board

Day 10

scenic self drive Cederberg to Winelands


The Scenic route from the dramatic Cederberg Mountains winds through the productive Citrusdal valley where an abundance of the country's citrus crop is harvested. You may like to venture through the Middleberg pass and through the northern reaches of the Cape Winelands into the historic town of Tulbach with its Cape Dutch style townhouses. Bains Kloof Pass delivers you into the rich wine growing regions of Wellington, Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch.


Mountainous surrounds, excellent vineyards, and world class gourmet restaurants have earned the Winelands its reputation of relaxation and culinary capital of South Africa.

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington offer historic charm, architectural heritage and pure beauty as well as being a base from which to explore the area. A trip here wouldn't be complete without learning about the glorious grape and a spot of wine tasting.


You will be staying at Grand Dedale, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Things to do around Wellington
Sitting below the Bainskloof Pass, the quiet town of Wellington is positioned on the banks of the Kromme River. The Grootberg and Haweque mountains overlook the town, which lies in a fertile valley.

Spend time exploring the town and the surrounding area, making the most of this picturesque landscape.

Spot antelopes in the nearby Bontebok Ridge Game Reserve

Take guided walks and horse rides though the Wellington valleys, and drive up to Bainskloof Pass to explore the birdlife-rich Limietberg Nature Reserve.

Within Wellington itself, there are a number of things to see and do. The museum is home to a various archaeological finds, as well cultural artefacts. Colonial buildings, such as Cummings House and the Anglo-Boer War Block House, line the town's streets. There is also the century-old golf club and the local distillery, run by the Jorgensen family.

Wellington's position within the Winelands means that there are numerous opportunities to sample local food and drink. Taste Italian mozzarella at Buffalo Ridge, sip organic wine at the Upland Estate, buy Swiss goat's cheese at Foxenburg and sample Tuscan-inspired olive oil made by Reni Hildebrand.


You will be staying at Grand Dedale, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Spend a further day exploring the Winelands.


You will be staying at Grand Dedale, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Drive from the Cape Winelands to Cape Town


The drive from the winelands to Cape Town is easy and well signposted. It should take no longer than 2 hours.


Today you return to the airport and drop off your car hire.

Fly Cape Town to Istanbul overnight

Day 14

Fly Istanbul to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Twelve Apostles Hotel

Twelve Apostles Hotel

A five-star, boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles is dramatically poised on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, just outside the hustle and bustle of Cape Town....

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Grand Dedale

Grand Dedale

An elegant upmarket country house, Grand Dédale is located in the Western Cape winelands close to the town of Wellington at the foot of the scenic Bainskloof Pass....

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Bushmans Kloof

Bushmans Kloof

Offering the very best in luxury accommodation, Bushmans Kloof is an exclusive and private wilderness reserve and wellness retreat situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape....

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Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Lying on the edge of quaint Paternoster, Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel looks out towards the Atlantic, with the windswept beach beginning metres in front of its ocean-facing suites....

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