Cape Garden and Wine Tour

About the tour

This tour is meant for someone who don’t have enough time to explore the whole of South Africa. It travels through some of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, offer you the best taste of our food and give you an insight to the fantastic cultures. That make us the rainbow nation: People coming on this tour wants a relaxed trip enjoying every moment of this country ad it’s beauty.

  • PRICE

    per rider

    $US 4,995

Facts

Average age of groups:

35 to 60 years

Difficulty of road services:

1 to 3 out f 5 ( 1 meaning easy , 5 difficult )

Backup vehicle:

Yes

Include: 

Accommodation, All meals, Fuel,  All South African drinks

Average group size:

4 to 8 riders

Rider experience:

Beginner to Intermediate

Average distance per day: 

235km

Road service ratio:

75% Pavement 25% Dirt

Rates & Dates

2015

23 November to 02 December

$Us 4,995 per rider

Pillion: add $Us 3,330

2016

15 March to 24 March

21 April to 30 April

23 November to 02 December

$Us 4,995 per rider

Pillion: add $Us 3,330

Diary

Day 1 - Arrive in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town.  I pick you up and take you to you accommodation for the night where you can leave your luggage, enjoy a lunch and just settle in.   After we received your bike, it is up to you if you would like to go rest or take a short drive around Cape Town to just get a feel for everything.  Maybe the V&A Waterfront? This bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area neighboring the Table Bay harbor is almost as synonymous with a visit to Cape Town, as the Table Mountain that looks upon it from up high.  Developed from redundant dock lands, this vast property now blends seamlessly and attractively with the working harbor.  At dinner we will discuss the smaller details, questions and concerns you have.

Day 2 – Cape Town around the Peninsula

Today we will explore Cape Town.  If weather permits, we will get up as early as possible to hit the world famous Table Mountain. After that, we will take a tour around the Peninsula visiting Camps Bay.  We will lunch at the historic and still-working fishing village, Hout Bay. The East and West forts built by the Dutch in the 18th century can also be visited, with the original cannons and barracks still standing on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak. The East Fort is the oldest operating gun battery in the world. The Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing contest is held on the other side of the Sentinel Mountain, at the famous Dungeons. Some of the biggest waves in the world are found here and these attract surfers from all over the world. The competition can only be held during May to August, when the waves reach heights of 15 ft (4.57 m) to 20 ft (6.10 m). Next is Chapman’s Peak. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world’s most scenic mountain drives and has recently undergone renovations to ensure the safety of travelers using the route.  Then Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula. There is a misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape L’Augulhas, about 150 kilometers (90 mi) to the east-southeast. The currents of the two oceans meet at the point where the warm-water Augulhas current meets the cold water Benguela current and turns back on itself—a point that fluctuates between Cape Augulhas and Cape Point (about 1.2 kilometers east of the Cape of Good Hope). Next is Simon’s Town and Boulders beach where we will look at the penguins. Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination. We then head back home over  Fish Hoek  back to our Accommodation at Green point.

Approx. Distance – 178km

Day 3 – Table Mountain and more

Today we explore Cape Town and some of it’s magnificent scenery and wonderfull place such as Table Mountain, Kirstensbosh Botanical Gardens and the V.A. Waterfront.  We will also visit signal hill and the Noon Guns, two old cannons that get’s fired every day at noon.

Approx. Distance 100km

Day 4 - A little of the wine route

Today we explore a little of the wine route all the way to to the beautiful Gordon’s Bay. This route go though some of the most beautiful mountain and wine country in south Africa. One of the biggest tourist attractions in the Western Cape. it represent more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification. The Greek philosopher Plato remarked : ‘Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine has even been granted by the gods to man’. Enjoy your Stellenbosch Wine Routes experience!

Aprox. Distance – 304km

Day 5 – Gordons Bay, Hermanus to Cape Augulhas

From Gordons Bay we travel one of the most spectacular ocean view passes in the world to the towns off Betty’s bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus.  Since August 1992, Hermanus has had the world’s only Whale Crier, the first being Pieter Classen 1992-1998, then Wilson Salukazana 1998-2006 and Zolile Baleni since April 2006, who sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted. In 2005 Zakes Mda wrote the novel, The Whale Caller in which the Whale Crier of Hermanus is the main character, a man who gets enthralled by a Southern right whale he names Sharisha. At Hermanus we stop to explore the Town to see what it has to offer.  Having lunch at Hermanus and then departing to Stanford travelling our first gravel roads over Papiesvlei and Elim and Hotagterklip Struisbaai or L’Agulhas, the most Southern tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.

Approx. Distance 182km

Day 5 - Cape Augulhas to Knysna

From Cape l’Augulhas we travel north towards Malgas where we will travel on  a man-hauled pontoon cable ferry across the Breede River, which is the last of its type in South Africa.  From there we will leave for Mossel Bay where we will enter the picturous Garden route past Wilderness to Knysna. The town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as “The Heads”, and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. Near them are geological formations, known locally as “The Map Stones.” To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high up in the Outeniqua Mountain.

Approx. Distance – 361 km

Day 6 and 7 - Knysna to Oudtshoorn

From Knysna we travel inland and go through a radical landscape change, from the green lush Garden route to dry mountainous semi desert conditions.  We travel over a town called Uniondale which is famous for “The ghost of Uniondale”.  We travel to De De Rust and visit Meiringspoort. We the travel to Oudtshoorn to spend the night in 5 star luxury!!

Approx. Distance – 192km

Day 8 - Oudtshoorn to Swellendam

From Oudshoorn we drive the famous Route 62 over a couple of passes towards Swellendam.  We past the famous Ronnies Sex Shop and the travel over the beautiful Tradous pass. The Tradouw Pass (which means Womens Path in the old Khoi language) is a 17 kilometer drive through an altitude range of 219 meters through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery on offer in the Langeberg.

Approx. Distance  – 447km

Day 9 - Swellendam to Ceres

From Swellendam we again go into wine country over Montaqu toward Ceres. The valley produces the finest deciduous fruit in South Africa. Also well-known for its fresh and dried fruit, fruit juices and natural spring water. For fruit related activities click here. The valley of Ceres, the Koue Bokkeveld and the open plains of the Tanqua Karoo were first inhabited by the San and Khoi, thousands of years ago. During the winter months, the mountains are often covered in snow and the area has been referred to as Little Switzerland. There are plenty of snow activities such as skiing and snowboarding to keep the whole family busy.

Approx. Distance – 216km

Day 10 - Ceres to Cape Town

Approx. Distance – 141km

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