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Table Mountain and city at dusk, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, Whales and Winelands Self Drive



10 Days

Prices Start from

$3,367pp (ex. flights)

Explore the sights and restaurants of vibrant Cape Town, before driving to the whale-watching mecca of Hermanus. Finish by escaping inland to the Cape Dutch architecture and quiet vineyards of Franschhoek, where you have the chance to sample some of South Africa‘s finest wines.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Cape town at dawn 1

Table Mountain

Take the cable car up Table Mountain for beautiful views of the city.

Breaching Southern Right Whale, Cape Town, South Africa 2

Whale Watching

Experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the world, in Hermanus.

Franschhoek Valley, Vineyards, Cape Winelands, Drakenstein mountains, South Africa 3

Wine Tasting

Visit one of the vineyards and sample an array of fantastic South African wines.

Dining area with view,Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town, South Africa 4


Dine at award-winning restaurants, with cuisines ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Why we like it

For those who love food and wine, but want the option to burn off some guilt – if not that many calories – this is the perfect introduction to South Africa. By combining city, winelands and the coast, this self-drive journey showcases the best of South Africa’s cape. Distances are kept manageable and each area comes with a lengthy list of options, ranging from very relaxed to slightly more active. And, of course, the dining options are superb throughout.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-3

    Cape Town

  • Day 4

    Cape Town - Hermanus

  • Days 5-6


  • Day 7

    Hermanus - Cape Winelands

  • Days 8-9

    Cape Winelands

  • Day 10

    Franschhoek - Cape Town

Days 1-3

Cape Town

Table Mountain

Take the cable car up Table Mountain for beautiful views of the city.

Day 4

Cape Town - Hermanus

Breaching Southern Right Whale, Cape Town, South Africa

Whale Watching

Experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the world, in Hermanus.

Days 5-6


Day 7

Hermanus - Cape Winelands

Franschhoek Valley, Vineyards, Cape Winelands, Drakenstein mountains, South Africa

Wine Tasting

Visit one of the vineyards and sample an array of fantastic South African wines.

Days 8-9

Cape Winelands


Dine at award-winning restaurants, with cuisines ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Day 10

Franschhoek - Cape Town

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Aerial View, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

Spend several days exploring South Africa’s most vibrant city, staying at one of Cape Town’s beautiful boutique properties. Choose between the V&A Waterfront – the city’s famous seafront – and the wilder areas of natural beauty just outside the city.

Explore Cape Town and the surrounding area. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car for spectacular views of the city, visit Robben Island for a poignant insight into South Africa’s dark history or visit the MOCAA for a taste of modern African art.

The city is also renowned for its gastronomy, with countless restaurants and cafes. Dine out on fresh seafood, brilliant French and Indian influenced dishes or menus inspired by the gardens of the cape.

Happy couple looking at beautiful ocean view, Hermanus, South Africa
Hermanus, South Africa


Leave Cape Town behind and drive a short distance to the quiet coastal town and whale-watching mecca of Hermanus. Between June and September the waters fill with migrating humpback and southern right whales, leading to some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.

Stay within walking distance of the town’s famous coastal Cliff Path. Spend time spotting whales from the clifftop path, visit the penguins of Betty’s Bay and stroll on white-sand beaches.

Away from the coast and the attractions of the ocean, explore the Fernkloof nature reserve and wander through Hermanus’ bustling market.

Winelands, Franschhoek, South Africa
Franschhoek, South Africa

The Franschhoek Winelands

Drive inland to the Cape Winelands. Here, rugged mountain peaks overlook beautifully laid out vineyards that produce some of the best wine in the country. Head to quiet Franschhoek with its elegant Cape Dutch architecture, local shops and excellent restaurants.

Explore the streets of Franschhoek, as well as heading further afield. Wine-related activities abound in this iconic region, with countless vineyards to visit and a number of wine-tasting options available.

This rural location also offers the chance to get out and explore. Walk, cycle or horse-ride through the fertile valleys, which lie beneath impressive mountains.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Twelve Apostles Hotel £££££

  • South Africa
  • City

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. The only hotel on this stretch of the mountainside, it has breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean and is the perfect location for Cape Town’s magical sunsets. The Twelve Apostles hotel has rooms to suit everyone and a host of friendly staff – who are very keen to ensure you remember your stay for all the right reasons. The free-flowing layout, set against the mountainside, enhances a feeling of homeliness. With plenty of small areas to find utter privacy, it is perfect for couples and families alike.

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Leeu House £££££

  • South Africa
  • Boutique

Situated within strolling distance of the restaurants, art galleries and shops, Leeu House is at the heart of quiet Franschhoek. Facing the street with its striking Cape Dutch-style façade, this beautiful property is conveniently located, yet wonderfully secluded behind its whitewashed walls. Inside, natural fabrics blend well with the neutral colours and clean lines of this expertly appointed house. Pieces of artwork brighten the minimalist interior, whilst the furniture is largely locally produced, with some pieces by the renowned Pierre Cronje. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens surround a large, heated swimming pool and are dotted with sculptures.

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Birkenhead House £££££

  • South Africa
  • Boutique

A privately owned, world-class luxurious boutique hotel, Birkenhead House has an exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the rugged and scenic Walker Bay in Hermanus. This small hotel exudes opulence, personalized service and exceptional hospitality. Accommodating 22 guests in absolute luxury the 11 suites are set in three tiers (front, middle and back house) with incredible vistas of either Walker Bay or the Kleinriver Mountain range. All lavishly furnished and boldly decorated, from zebra print upholstery to shell-framed mirrors, there are plenty of surprising and delightful touches to be found.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From $3,367 Per person

When to travel

South Africa in January

A great time to visit around Cape Town and the Garden Route, as it is hot and dry. Further north in the Kruger, it is also hot, but there is a much greater chance of rainstorms.

South Africa in February

Peak season in the Cape continues, and it is often the hottest time. It is worth booking well in advance to get your preferred accommodation.

South Africa in March

It is an excellent time to visit all parts of the country, as the weather is still warm and the rain eases in the north. In the Kruger, it is lush and green after the rainy season.

South Africa in April

Visitor numbers drop, and lower temperatures make for ideal hiking conditions in the Drakensberg mountains. It is warm and dry across the country, making it a great time to explore multiple regions.

South Africa in May

A quieter time of year and a good time to visit, especially if you are not looking for balmy heat. The north and especially the Kruger enters its dry season, with cooler temperatures.

South Africa in June

Midwinter brings the rainiest time in the Cape, but it is still pleasantly mild in the day with the sun shining. The dry season in the north makes for excellent wildlife viewing as animals congregate around watering holes.

South Africa in July

Clear skies and crisp sunshine dominate in the north, as it is the driest month. It is low season so parks are generally quiet and it is easier to spot wildlife around the sparse waterholes.

South Africa in August

A fantastic time to see KwaZulu Natal as is one of the warmest places in the country at this time. In the Western Cape, it is starting to dry out in time for whale watching season.

South Africa in September

The West Coast springs into life as the flowers bloom and temperatures rise across the country. A chance to spot newborns and it is prime time for whale watching in the Cape.

South Africa in October

A great time to see both the north and south, as it is relatively dry everywhere. Flowers carpet the countryside as temperatures continue to rise.

South Africa in November

The start of the rainy season in the Kruger and the north, as temperatures heat up. Impressive thunderstorms become more regular in the afternoon. The last chance to see whales in the Cape, and a good time to see inland areas before they toast in the summer heat.

South Africa in December

Summer approaches and with it visitor numbers rise, especially in the south. If you want to travel around Christmas and New Year, you should book well in advance to secure the best spots.

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