Whales and Wine
In season (from July to November), Hermanus offers excellent whale viewing opportunities form the shore or boat. It is a good hour and a half drive to this quaint little Sea Side village, so we take a leisurely drive stopping along the way for a coffee at the farm stalls along the way, particularly in the Apple growing area of Grabouw. If you would like to board a whale watching boat you can do so at noon, if not we can take our time and have a leisurely lunch and a stroll along the cliff tops and watch the whales breaching and generally having a good time. Alternatively we could have lunch in one of the very good restaurants in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven on Earth) and spend some time visiting some of the best wine farms in the country offering the most stunning views. We take the very scenic route home through picturesque towns like Pringle Bay and Betties Bay. Stoney Point will also be a compulsory stop as this is the best place in the Cape to view Penguins in their natural and very beautiful habitat.
The West Coast Wander
August and September are the best months to visit the West Coast due to the Carpets of Spring flowers to be seen along the way and in the West Coast National Park where you can do some game spotting as well. A very interesting cultural experience is! Khwa ttu where descendants of the Bushmen will take you on a guided tour and show you how animals are tracked and trapped and how the San went about their daily lives and share interesting information about their customs and language.
We can have a relaxing swim on a secluded beach in the Langebaan Lagoon if weather permits, so bring the bathers and sun screen!
Other options for a West Coast Wander include a visit to the West Coast Ostrich Ranch, some wine tasting and a photo stop to take pictures of one of the most famous views in the world, Table Mountain from Blouberg Beach. We could also enjoy a game drive at Buffulsfontein Game Reserve or pop into Darling which is a fascinating spot. Once again with Cape Splendour, we make you aware of the different alternatives and you choose!
Cape Splendour partners with a lady by the name of Ann Mac Gregor who is a Specialist in Wild Flowers and Garden Tours and a flower fundi of note!
Should you like a two to three hour tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with detailed information about the flowers, how they re-produce and the relationship with various insects, birds and rodents, we will arrange that Ann meets us at Kirstenbosch and strolls around with you wile imparting her wealth of knowledge.
Namaqualand and should you prefer an overland tour of Namaqualand which showcases the most spectacular displays of flowers, Cape Splendour will partner with Ann and arrange a bespoke tour of the best areas. A Tour would include the following:
- The Clan William District
- Skilpad Nature Reserve
- Kamieskroon Mountains
- The Towns of Nababeep, O’Kiepe and Springbok and Garies
- The Goegab Nature Reserve
- Niewoutville Falls, Hantam Botanical Garden
- The Matjiesfontein Farm and the Quiver Tree Forest
- The Botterskloof Pass and Biedouw Valley
- San Rock Art
- A tour of a Rooibos Farm which includes a Fynbos Tour
- The Gannets at Lamberts Bay
While I was in South Africa I was lucky to be shown around by a fantastic private tour guide, called Julie Clarke. She is very good, knowledgeable, reliable and good fun too.
Julie of Cape Splendour Tours happily arranged my accommodation, my tours, and all my travel in South Africa for a considerable less amount than that promoted by other tour operators. I would highly recommend that Julie’s services.
A big thanks to you, you were the best. You were given a big task and you completed it with flying colours. A job well done. You go girl & keep up the good work.
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the two fantastic days you gave us during our stay in Cape Town. Your knowledge and experience really helped to open our eyes to your beautiful part of the world and your efficiency in sorting out the days was second to none. Of course, we will be writing a review on TripAdvisor but just wanted to thank you once again for making our stay in Cape Town truly memorable. We will definitely return and hope to meet up with you…