2 nights Timbavati | 2 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Port Elizabeth | 1 night Tsitsikamma | 2 nights Knysna | 1 night Oudtshoorn | 1 night Montagu | 1 night Franschhoek | 3 nights Cape Town
- Eastern Cape Province
- Self Drive Scenery
- Garden Route
Fantastic Service from Pembury! We couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you for being so responsive, warm and for going out of the way to plan our dream honeymoon.
Thank you, Melanie. We had such a good time. Your service was excellent and it helped us have a stress free dream honeymoon. Will definitely recommend to others.
Tour Consultant's OverviewWendy and Clement first contacted us through our website and wanted help with arranging their honeymoon tour in South Africa. They asked to combine a safari with a visit to Cape Town and as they had a few days extra we added a tour along the Garden Route. They enjoyed a bit of independence with the self drive option of the tour and were particularly interested in trying different restaurants along the way.
On arrival in Johannesburg, our representative will assist you to domestic departures for your flight to Hoedspruit . From Hoedspruit Airport you are transferred by road to the Timbavati Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive in the Timbavati.
The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park. Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”.
After your morning game drive, you are collected from your Lodge and are transferred southwards to your game lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, also part of Greater Kruger.
There is time to check in before you depart on your afternoon game drive.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
This morning you enjoy your last game drive before bidding farewell to this African wonderland. You are collected from your lodge and transferred to Nelspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival in Johannesburg, you connect with your flight to Port Elizabeth, a city set on the sweeping shores of Algoa Bay. Here you collect your hire car and drive to your beachfront hotel for your overnight stay.
This morning is a leisurely start as you set off for the scenic Tsitsikamma forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. You check in at your country-style hotel in the village of Storms River.
In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tsitsikamma National Park and drive down the steep pass to the aptly-named Storms River Mouth. The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, evergreen forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines. There are several short walking trails through the forest, including one that leads to the swing bridge over Storms River.
After breakfast, you depart Tsitsikamma and continue over spectacular single-span bridges on your scenic drive to Knysna, stopping for lunch in the nearby seaside town of Plettenberg Bay.
Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets. Find yourself in foodie-heaven – with superb fine dining restaurants, legendary Knysna oysters and bustling wholefood markets.
Take a trip on the sunset ferry ride which will take you out to the Heads, the large sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon.
After breakfast, you leave the Garden Route’s lakes and lagoons behind, and at George you cross the protea-covered Outeniqua Mountains heading inland to the Klein Karoo region and the town of Oudtshoorn.
Here you can visit the Cango Caves, where you embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations. Stop at an ostrich show farm for an insight into the world’s largest bird and then check into our guesthouse on a working farm near Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and ostrich farming has played a large role in the town’s story.
We suggest an early start this morning as you join De Zeekoe’s wild habituated meerkat tour. The tour commences at sunrise and lasts between 2-3 hours. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, guests are treated to a hot cup of coffee, after which they are issued with a lightweight aluminium chair to sit in while observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. Please note that the tour is dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days.
Travel through the unique landscape of the arid Little Karoo, passing through Calitzdorp and Barrydale. The Klein Karoo is an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge, and the Swartberg mountain range is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
After breakfast you continue your journey along the scenic Route 62 through the verdant Breede River Valley, the largest of the Western Cape’s fruit and wine producing valleys. As you follow the “fruit route”, enjoy magnificent mountain views, vineyards, orchards and indigenous flora. Stops can be made at roadside farm stalls to purchase fruit or at one of the wine estates of the Robertson Wine Region for a wine tasting where you can pop into the Viljoensdrift Wine Estate for a tasting, boat trip and picnic.
Continue along the route to Franschhoek. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa.
After a leisurely morning, depart Franschhoek and drive through the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards.
You can stop for wine tastings at wineries and estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. Visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” and South Africa’s second oldest town, en-route to Cape Town where you check into your hotel for a 3 night stay.
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
After an early breakfast, you check out of your hotel and drive to Cape Town airport where you return you hire car and make your way to the international departures to check in for your return flight home.
Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design.
Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned open-air lounge, bar, boma (outdoor dining area) and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi River where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. Accommodation is provided in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private decks. The luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five people, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons. There is a children’s activity room with a selection of toys/board games. Children will receive an activity booklet and coloured pencils on arrival. Children under the age of 13 will be taken to look at tracks and signs in the bush by a tracker. Board games and books available in the lounge area.
Early morning and evening game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, offering excellent photographic opportunities. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”. White cubs have been born into the resident prides on Simbavati and there is an excellent chance of spotting these “ghost lions” during game drives. Between game drives you have time to unwind. The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book, or you can enjoy an afternoon siesta in your room.
Found in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Idube is right in the heart of South Africa’s premier wildlife conservation area – the Greater Kruger Park. The Big 5 and many more beautiful animals and more than 300 species of birds can be viewed up close from open Landrovers, or seen on guided walks. The thatched bar and entertainment areas are beautiful focal points where guests gather in between game drives. Warthog and nyala families play on the grass surrounding the chalets and lodge, and can be viewed from your private deck.
The four-star lodge offers 10 en-suite chalets hidden among shady trees, and two luxury suites, all with private viewing decks. The beds are artfully draped in mosquito nets, which add a feeling of African romance. All chalets have a private outdoor shower that will give you a truly African experience, and the rooms are air-conditioned. Another way to cool off is to have a float in the pool, refreshing drink in hand, as you watch the nearby game and birds.
Each meal at Idube is a special occasion - breakfast and lunch are enjoyed out on the open air dining deck, and dinner is celebrated in the lantern-lit boma or out at the bush venue. There, you will enjoy the quiet sounds of the bush - still very much alive with all of its inhabitants – until drums and singing fill the air as Idube celebrates the delicious food the way only Africa can. The meals are artful combinations of African flavours and the latest gourmet trends, and game meats are often on the menu. Enjoy two game drives a day, where you can expect to see magnificent animals in their natural habitat and enjoy the one-of-a-kind beauty of the African bush as you stop for tea, coffee, or sundowners.
The Beach Hotel is an iconic Art Deco 4-star hotel right on the beachfront, overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Port Elizabeth’s famous Hobie Beach, making it an ideal family hotel.
There is a choice of 3 fantastic restaurants for a variety of meals – from Buffet-style to Á la Carte, light meals and snacks, to decadent cakes for a sumptuous High Tea. The Verandah, with its ocean views, stylish décor and enticing menu, is a great place for lunch. The Crest Restaurant has a tantalising Seafood and Carvery Buffet every evening. Ginger Restaurant offers fine dining, cool and airy elegance and excellent service. There is an elegant bar, guest lounge area and an outdoor swimming pool.
The Beach Hotel offers 58 spacious, individually decorated, air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms. There is a choice of: 5 Courtyard facing rooms, 12 Standard rooms, 1 Standard Triple Room, 20 Sea-Facing Superior rooms, 4 extra spacious Executive rooms with sleeper couches to accommodate families, and 1 Luxury suite which boasts a separate lounge, Jacuzzi bathtub and private balcony leading out onto the pool.
The magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn is a privately owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma Village Inn offers a fun-filled adventure option for the more active or a peaceful retreat for those in search of relaxation.
This 3-star hotel is a unique village of 49 free-standing rooms, arranged village-style around a village green. This village reflects all the colonial building styles that can be found in this part of South Africa. You can opt for a sojourn in the imposing Cape Dutch style of the Drostdy or the Landdrost’s (magistrate’s) house, or you can choose to stay in one of the charming Victorian Forester’s cottages, in a quaint Fisherman’s cottage or a simple Karoo Pastorie (pastor’s home) with its deep stoep and sash windows. Each room is tastefully decorated in the appropriate style for the period and has its own garden matching the specific colonial building style.
The main building, which traces its roots back to 1845, has a spacious dining room, incorporating the famous De Oude Martha Restaurant, the Hunters Pub, Cafe Bacchus and a guest lounge. There is a swimming pool and children’s play area in the sunny garden
Villa Afrikana is a summery, gleaming white luxury guesthouse on the hillside above Knysna, with unobstructed views of the world renowned Knysna Heads and surrounding lagoon. The view, coupled with the geometric architecture, stylish decor, well-appointed and spacious suites and the genuine hospitality of your hosts, will make your stay at Villa Afrikana an unforgettable experience.
A modern, unpretentious interior gives Villa Afrikana a surprisingly open feel. The Villa has 6 suites, specifically designed for panoramic views, spaciousness and comfort. The suites are wonderfully roomy and all have a fantastic view over the lagoon of Knysna. Each air-conditioned suite has a very spacious luxury bathroom en-suite. Common area include a stylish indoor guest lounge with fire place, and open-air outdoor guest lounge, a library and reading room and a swimming pool with sun deck.
Villa Afrikana is just a short drive away from Knysna’s excellent restaurants.
De Zeekoe guest farm is a large, privately-owned working ostrich and alfalfa farm on the banks of the Olifants River just outside Oudtshoorn. De Zeekoe's old colonial homestead is over 150 years old. Restored to its former splendour, its tastefully decorated luxury rooms all open onto cool verandas. Richly-decorated rooms each with its own private entrance, are tastefully styled with textures of wood, earthy fabrics, colourful rugs and soft lighting. De Zeekoe's 4-star superior rooms all have large bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms and open-air showers. These rooms also offer guests majestic views of the riverbed and mountain ranges. Wake up with the call of the fish eagle and a view of the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains and hear the silence all around you. There is a swimming pool in the sunny garden.
De Zeekoe has all the “ingredients“ for a great restaurant: a beautiful setting with an open deck, skirted by an expanse of lawn and the Olifants river and a chef with a passion for food and good service, ensuring an enormously satisfying gourmet experience. The Klein Karoo is renowned for its unique cuisine. Traditional ostrich, venison and appetising vegetarian dishes with a unique Karoo twist are just some of the plates of delicacies offered on De Zeekoe's impressive menu.
De Zeekoe offers early morning wild habituated meerkat tours. The tour commences at sunrise and lasts between 2-3 hours. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, guests are treated to a hot cup of coffee, after which they are issued with a lightweight aluminium chair to sit in while observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking.
Situated in Montagu, in the heart of Route 62 and just two hours from Cape Town, Mimosa Lodge is the perfect place to break a journey between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn. The Lodge is a delightful retreat with a reputation for personal attention, hospitality and care. Unwind from the day’s drive in the oasis-like garden, enjoy a refreshing swim or relax in one of the stylish Art Deco lounges.
Mimosa’s multiple award-winning restaurant is renowned for its superb cuisine. Run by owner-chef Bernhard Hess, the emphasis is on local, fresh and seasonal produce. Mimosa Lodge received the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award for 2008-2014 as well as their Blazon from the Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs, The AA Travel Fabulous Food Award, voted Top 15 in the Eat Out’s People’s Choice Awards.
Mimosa Lodge boasts 23 sumptuous double rooms for both overnight guests and those who would like to enjoy the tranquillity of a longer stay. Rooms include the following facilities: ceiling fans, heaters and hair dryers, complimentary Muscadel, a speciality of the area, mineral water and fresh fruit and flowers. Located within the main house, a charming 1859 national monument, the 11 Classic Rooms are elegantly decorated in attractive hues that encourage relaxation. They include a shower or bath with hand shower and Double, Queen or Twin beds. The 11 luxuriously appointed Garden Suites are surrounded by rambling gardens and have shower and bath, patio, CD-player, Tea & Coffee making facilities and, King, Queen or Twin beds. Some rooms are wheelchair accessible and one room has wheelchair access.
Auberge Clermont is built in an historic wine cellar amid sweeping Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc vineyards on a working wine and olive farm and offers an authentic Winelands experience. It has French flair, great style and attention to detail. 100 year old Oak trees shade the courtyard and thousands of rose, lavender and rosemary bushes perfume the air. This stylish country retreat in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley is surrounded by magnificent mountains and is only a few minutes from the centre of the quaint village of Franschhoek.
There are six luxurious en-suite rooms, individually decorated in the colours and moods of Provence. Underfloor heating and ceiling fans ensure year round comfort. Loft rooms are light and stylish with great views. Pool rooms overlook the plum orchard and the majestic mountains beyond. The deliciously romantic honeymoon suite has a giant bathtub, double showers and a king-size double bed beneath a hand painted pastoral ceiling.
In summer breakfast is served alfresco under the oak trees. Auberge Clermont offers a tennis court for the energetic, a sparkling pool overlooking plum orchards and leisurely walks through the vines and along the oak lined river.
Find charm and character in the heart of Cape Town. More Quarters Apartment Hotel is situated in a quirky street in the Gardens district of central Cape Town. This apartment hotel offers families their own space where they can relax and settle in and couples will love the privacy and romantic setting, while still having full access to all the hotel services and hospitality.
More Quarters Apartment Hotel offer fifteen 1-bedroom and two 2-bedroom apartments. The air-conditioned apartments all have a separate lounge and a kitchenette with self-catering facilities. The apartments all open out onto a private patio. Additional facilities at More Quarters include shower and bathroom for early arrivals, guest lounge with fireplace, a library with complimentary WiFi, a breakfast room, and concierge services.
More Quarters provides you with easy access to everything on offer in the scenic and exciting city of Cape Town, yet when you close the door to your apartment, you can shut out the world and enjoy complete privacy and calm. From More Quarters you can explore nearby bars, beaches, great little shops, local eateries and boutiques. It’s an authentic experience of Capetonian living, with Lion’s Head above you, the buzz of the neighbourhood next to you and the vibrancy of the city all around you.
Complimentary return transfers between More Quarters and the V&A Waterfront are available by arrangement.
The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. As there are no fences between Kruger National Park and the Timbavati, the reserve enjoys a wide variety of game, including the big five. Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening when animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe and monkey. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides near Simbavati, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting Simbavati.
The Sabi Sand Reserve is part of the largest conservation area in South Africa and it is the oldest of all the private reserves. It was formed in 1950 and comprises of many privately owned game lodges, covering an area of 65 000 hectares (153 000 acres) of savannah thornveld. It is now part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between them, so the game moves freely through this enormous natural reserve. This is one of South Africa’s most treasured natural sanctuaries. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, there are more than 330 tree species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species, including the Big Five.
Upon arrival at your safari lodge you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which this area is renowned. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.
Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Knysna Lagoon, which is actually an estuary at the mouth of the Knysna River. The estuary covers 18 sq kilometres. The exceptionally beautiful lagoon is home to the endangered Knysna seahorse, the delicate Pansy shell, and a large diversity of marine life, including at least 200 species of fish. Sandbanks and salt marshes teem with life and in turn provide food to an immeasurable number of organisms. Dominated by the craggy sandstone bastions of the twin Knysna “Heads”, the lagoon has borne witness to centuries of trade in timber, ivory and gold.
The John Benn, a historic wood-panelled ferry will take you out to the Heads, the large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth to the lagoon. From here the views out to sea and back inland over the lagoon are spectacular. Enjoy local oysters and craft beer while on board.
While in Oudtshoorn, we suggest you visit the Cango Caves, where you embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations. The Cango Caves, about 29 km north of Oudtshoorn in the Swartberg Mountains, are filled with a wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and helictites (dripstone formations that grow in unusual directions), which have been formed over millions of years. The countless dripstone formations in many instances imitate everyday objects and have been given names such as Cleopatra's Needle, The Organ Pipes, the Bridal Couple, Cango Candle and the Hanging Shawl. The Cave system consists of five large cavern systems, but because of the extreme fragility of the formations, only Cango One is open to the public. The pure, crystalline beauty of the dripstone formations of the other caverns discovered so far – Cango Two, Three, Four and Five – is conserved for study and research purposes.
Visitors to the Cango Caves have an option between two tours of the caves:
• The standard Heritage Tour is an enchanting and sedate hour-long walk through the first six chambers of the caves.
• The 90 minute Adventure Tour follows a 1200-metre route through the mountain and is only recommended for the physically fit as it requires some clambering and crawling and visitors must be able to fit through the narrow Devil's Chimney.
Top-rated, multilingual guides lead all tours. The Caves are open from 09h00 till 17h00. Heritage Tours depart every hour on the hour and Adventure Tours depart every hour on the half hour.
Man has known the Caves since the Early Stone Age, but they were “re-discovered by a local farmer named Jacobus van Zyl in 1780. The interior of the Cango Caves will take your breath away - from the imposing Van Zyl's Hall which is over 90 metres long, 50 metres wide at its widest to the narrow Devil's Chimney on the Adventure Route, which narrows to an opening of only 27 cm!
There is an early start this morning as you join De Zeekoe’s wild habituated meerkat tour. The tour commences at sunrise and lasts between 2-3 hours. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, guests are treated to a hot cup of coffee, after which they are issued with a lightweight aluminium chair to sit in while observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. Please note that the tour is dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days.
After breakfast set off on a tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. Stop for wine tastings at a minimum of two wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. You visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes you to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
The Blue Line visits the following estates: Mont Rochelle, La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Bri, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence. The Red Line visits the following estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard's Leap, Dieu Donne, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
Departure Times: Tours depart every 15 minutes from 10:00am until 12:45pm daily.
You drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. Continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. Follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. Also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring you back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.