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A Whale of a Time 2017

Whether you visit South Africa’s whale-watching capital Hermanus or choose a scenic spot along the Garden Route or Wild Coast, seeing these marine giants in their natural environment is an experience you won’t want to miss.

You don’t even have to go out on a boat to see them because Hermanus, overlooking Walker Bay, is considered to be the best land-based whale-watching spot in the world. Southern rights often come in close to the shoreline, sometimes appearing only metres from the shore. Hermanus’s cliffs offer an incomparable viewing point.

 

About your Self Drive Whale Tour

Local return flight to Cape Town

5 nights luxury accommodation in Cape Town on a Bed and Breakfast basis

6 Days Compact Car Rental

Activities as per itinerary

Based on availability of your chosen dates, you will be accommodated at one of the following hotels over your Cape adventure!!

The Villa Rosa ****

Nestled under the watchful eye of Lion’s Head stands the Villa Rosa, a charming turn of the century Victorian Villa. Cape Town’s most loved boutique accommodation is perfectly situated in Sea Point, within an easy stroll to the beach.  The Villa Rosa is only a few minutes’ drive to the prestigious Victoria & Alfred Waterfront development, world famous Table Mountain and within easy reach of Cape Town’s greatest tourist attractions.

 

InnsCape on Castle ****

InnsCape on Castle Hotel is a Luxury Boutique Hotel situated in beautiful Cape Town’s vibrant city centre. This classic luxury hotel rests in quiet Castle street and is housed in a heritage building from the art deco era. InnsCape on Castle is close to the Cape Town International Conference Centre and the Cape’s main tourist attractions like the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, fantastic beaches, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – all which are easily accessible.

Your 5 night Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

  • Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, collect your vehicle for use of the next five day as a self-drive tour.
    • Table Mountain – Included
      • Access to the mountain is weather dependent, best to try going up from day of arrival. Tickets are flexible so you can try again for 7 days.
    • Lunch at leisure and for own account
      • You could enjoy a leisurely lunch in the Gardens or at Moyo’s African restaurant in the Botanical Gardens
    • Check in to your Hotel
      • The Villa Rosa
    • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – Included
      • Built to commemorate the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s 100th anniversary in 2013, the ‘Boomslang’ is a 130m canopy walkway discreetly located in the tree tops of this famous garden’s arboretum. It offers striking views of the garden, the mountain and beyond, and should not be missed.

Day 2 – Cape Town City Tour

  • After breakfast, head off to explore the Mother City:
    • District 6 Museum – Included
      • The District Six Museum in the old Methodist Mission Church recalls the life of this once-vibrant racially mixed suburb and its destruction under apartheid. This museum in Cape Town seeks to reconnect with the spirit of the community and provide a different interpretation of the past.
    • Castle of Good Hope – Included
      • The oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa is the Castle of Good Hope, built by the Dutch East India Company as a replenishment station for their ships journeying from Europe to the East on trading expeditions
    • Lunch at own leisure and for own account
      • Today would be a good day to pay a visit to Societi Bistro and enjoy your discounted meal
    • Bokaap District
      • Part of the Bo Kaap’s charm is the mix of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural styles. You can actually visit one of the oldest buildings in the Bo Kaap because it has been turned into a museum. The Bo Kaap Museum, which showcases local Islamic culture and heritage, was built by Jan de Waal in 1768, and is the oldest house in the area still in its original form. (museum is not included)
    • Groot Constantia – Included
      • The Groot Constantia winelands, founded in 1679, is South Africa’s oldest wine estate. Set in magnificent gardens with views over Cape Town, it has consistently produced top quality wines over the centuries. Its manor house is a leading tourist attraction, as are the fine restaurants of the winelands in Constantia.
        • Enjoy Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tasting
        • Cellar Tour and Museum access
    • Harbour Cruise – Included
      • Tommy the Tugboat offers a more sedate fun guided tour of Cape Town’s working harbour including trips to see seals on wheels and the fishing fleets that make the harbour their home.

Day 3 – Cape Peninsula

After breakfast, prepare for a full day exploring the breathtaking sights of the Peninsula. Today will be an early start and full day, so make sure you are well rested.

  • Seal Island Tour – Included
    • Join the 1 hour special to the ‘Seals & The Shipwreck‘ where you’ll visit Duiker Island home of the Cape Fur Seals and then travel further along the Kabonkelberg Mountain range to Moari Bay to view the Shipwreck of the Bos 400 which ran aground in 1994 in one of our Cape winter storms. While aboard you are surrounded with breath-taking scenery of the famous Chapmans Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain.
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve – Included
    • Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora.
      • Take the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the lighthouse.
    • Cape Point Ostrich Farm – Included
      • The Cape Point Ostrich Farm lies on the most beautiful part of the Cape Peninsula. The farm is 50km from Cape Town, next to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point National Park). The drive to the farm is one of the great scenic routes of South Africa leading to the Cape of Good Hope, either via Simons Town or via Scarborough. The farm is easy to find on Cape Town’s route M65 south, 400meters north of the entrance to the Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point National Park).
    • Lunch at leisure and for own account
      • We would suggest a stop at the Black Marlin Restaurant enroute next stop
    • Boulders Penguin Colony – Included
      • 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.
    • Chapman’s Peak Drive
      • Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town, which takes motorists on a 9km winding route from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, is widely regarded as one of the most scenic stretches of road anywhere in the world. Take a drive and see what all the fuss is about.

Day 4 – Whale Watching

Today, take a scenic drive down to Hermanus and spend the day looking out for the Southern Right Whales!!

  • The first of the whales start to arrive at the end of May, and every week more and more arrive. It is safe to say that by September, the full number of whales for the year are in Hermanus. This means that peak whale season in Hermanus is September and October. It is the males that leave first and later the females, mothers and calves. By the end of November, the only whales left in Hermanus are the mothers with their newly born calves. These are the ones that gave birth late and their calves are firstly still not strong enough for the journey to the Antarctic, and secondly do not have enough fat on them yet to be able to survive the cold waters there. As soon as they are ready, the mother and calf head off South together, probably to be seen again in our waters once again in the future.
    • Lunch will be enjoyed at own leisure and for own account

Day 5 – Cape Winelands

Today is all about exploring and enjoying the Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

  • The Stellenbosch winelands are considered to be the capital of the South African wine industry. With more than 60 estates currently operating, it’s the leading centre for viticulture and viticultural research.
    • Enjoy using your Cellar Door Passes as you explore this magical town at leisure.

    Suggested stops

    • Franschhoek
      • Tucked away in the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, the Franschhoek Wine Route is considered South Africa’s “gourmet capital”. Franschhoek translates to French corner and the entire region has hints of it’s historical beginnings and you will experience a pervasive French influence in the wine making, dining, art and design. If you love food and adore luxury, then this is the place for you.
    • Huguenots Museum
      • Among the earliest white settlers in the Cape’s colonial history, were French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in Europe. Their arrival added yet another thread to the South African cultural tapestry. Their contribution is celebrated at the Huguenot Memorial Museum in Franschhoek, South Africa’s ‘French corner’.

Day 6 – Departure

Today is your last day in the Cape, take a quick look around the V & A Waterfront for some last-minute shopping before heading off to the airport.

V & A Waterfont

  • The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is home to a wide range of exciting retail outlets, from well-known international brands to exclusive local boutiques. Visit this shopping and leisure Mecca and discover why it attracts more visitors than any other destination in South Africa.

End of Cape Whale Watching Experience

3 Day Cape Town Pass Including

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
  • District Six Museum
  • Societi Bistro (30% lunch discount)
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Groot Constantia Estate & Cellar Tour and access to Museum
  • Groot Constantia  Chocolate Paired Wine Tasting
  • Harbour Cruise
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Seal Island Tour
  • Boulders Penguin Colony
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Cape Point Flying Dutchman
  • Cape Point Ostrich Farm
  • Reptile Garden Bellville
  • Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
  • Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
  • Reptile Garden Somerset West

 

Cellar Door Collection Passport

4 X Passport Tasting Vouchers

  • From a selection of 10 Cellar Doors

 

3 Additional Complimentary Tasting Vouchers

  • Available at Amarula Lapa, Drosdty Hof, Klipdrift

 

2 X Upgrade to a Paired Tasting Voucher

  • From a selection of 8 Cellar Doors

 

6 X Discount Vouchers

  • R15 Off for every R120 spent on wine or spirits

 

5 X Complimentary Filter Coffee Vouchers

  • One for every main meal purchased
  • Any cancellation within 46 and 60 days will attract 20% cancellation fees
  • Any cancellation within 31 and 45 days will attract 50% cancellation fees
  • Any cancellation within 30 days will attract 100% cancellation fees
    • One flight have been issued and ticketed they are 100% non-refundable

 

Children

  • Below age 3 are free of charge
  • Between 4 and 12 will be charged at 50% of the rate quoted for adults
  • Cots are available by prior arrangement
  • The are no child minding services available

Your Vehicle

  • Ford Fiesta Hatch or similar
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio-CD
  • Power Steering
  • 4x adults
  • Luggage: 1x lrg.

Rental Includes

  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Super Collision Damage and Super Theft Loss Waivers
  • Tourism Levy
  • Airport Surcharge
  • VAT @ 14%

Rental Excludes

  • Contract Fee R80
  • Refundable Rental Deposit of R2840
  • Refundable Insurance Excess (Liability) Deposit
  • Additional Driver Surcharge R350 per rental, per driver
  • Young Driver Surcharge (18-20) R350 per day, per driver
  • Baby Seats and Booster Seat R375 per rental
  • Domestic One Way Fee of R1070 if rental is not terminated at collection branch in South Africa
  • Cross Border Fee Namibia and Botswana R1673
  • Cross Border Fee Swaziland and Lesotho No Charge
  • International One Way Cross Border Charges R1265 to R5819
  • Delivery and Collection (within a 25km radius of a Budget Kiosk) from R420
  • Delivery and Collection (within 2 25km radius of the rental Kiosk) from R840 after hours/weekends
  • Delivery and Collection Fee plus R15 per km in excess of 25km
  • Hail Damage Waiver R58 per day
  • Towing charges (if not mechanical)
  • Claim Administration Fee R850 per incident
  • Traffic Fine Administration Fee R300 per incident
  • Assessors Fee (damage greater than R5000) R748 per incident
  • GPS Units R86 per day (plus Security Deposit R1000)
  • Toll Fees & E-Tolling
  • Administration Fee of 20% on total toll fee
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Tyre and Windscreen Waiver R28 per day
  • Water, Sand and Undercarriage Damage
  • Fuel
  • Refuelling Fee R15
  • Overdue Rental Administration Fee R675
  • Cancellation Fee – if cancelled within 24h prior to rental collection: 1 Days Rental Charge
  • No Show Fee: 2 Days Rental Charge