Today is a day at Leisure and you can spend this day doing anything you’d like. Perhaps treat yourself to a spa experience, head to one of the many popular beaches, take a stroll on the Promenade or perhaps climb up Lions Head. Alternatively just relax, and do whatever the mood dictates.
Check out of the Breakwater Lodge, and spend a day casually exploring the nearby Winelands areas, including the historic university town of Stellenbosch, which will be our home for the next few nights.
Visit local estates in the area where you can enjoy a variety of tastings such as wine, cheese, chocolate, biltong and a host of other South African favourites! If time permits, also visit the village of Franschoek, “Gourmet Capital” of South Africa, as well as the Taal (Language) Monument on the slopes of Paarl Mountain.
We will stay at Klein Zalze in Stellenbosch.
Enjoy a round of Golf at the nearby De Zalze Golf Club, situated in the middle of the vineyards with a backdrop of mountains from every tee. Relax at leisure for the remainder of the day and enjoy the facilities that the accommodation has on offer.
Explore the roads less travelled on the Eastern side of False Bay, and the scenic coastal route of Clarens Drive from Strand (Gordon’s Bay) to Betty’s Bay. Visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and enjoy the peaceful gardens before meandering on to the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, on the slopes of the Hemel ‘n Aarde Valley, overlooking magnificent views of Walker Bay.
Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the holiday town of Hermanus, the world’s best land based whale viewing area.
Leave Stellenbosch, and travel through the rolling fields of the Overberg to Swellendam, the third oldest permanent settlement in South Africa. Swellendam lies in the shadows of the Langeberg Mountains, and possesses several historic landmarks.
Depart Swellendam, and travel over the historic Tradouw Pass into the Klein Karoo, and continue through the “Country Route” to Oudtshoorn via the mission villages of Zoar and Amelienstein, and the Port “Capital” of South South Africa, Calitzdorp.
Arriving in Oudtshoorn, “Ostrich Capital” of South Africa, check into Mooiplaas Guest House for two nights.
Today is a different and varied day. Firstly we head to the nearby Cango Caves and enjoy a tour of these unique limestone caverns and structures in the company of an experienced Caving Guide.
We then, head to one of the most spectacular Mountain Passes in South Africa, and the highest in the Western Cape. The Swartberg Pass separates the Little Karoo from the Great Karoo and is mainly gravel road, albeit well maintained and well worth the experience.
Enjoy the typically Victorian village of Prince Albert for a casual lunch before returning to Oudtshoorn via the equally impressive Meiringspoort.
After breakfast take a fascinating private tour of the Mooiplaas Ostrich farm before heading over the Outeniqua Mountains back to the Southern Cape coastal region.
Meander through the natural environment of the Lakes Wilderness area to Knysna, beautifully situated on the shores of South Africa’s second largest estuary. Check into the centrally situated Log Inn for three nights.
A round of Golf at the Simola Country Club, perfectly situated on the mountains overlooking Knysna, and the lagoon estuary. After golf, spend the remainder of the day at leisure using your time as you would like.