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TWO OCEANS TOUR

FROM THE INDIAN TO THE ATLANTIC

 
 

VIP'S TALE OF TWO OCEANS: FROM THE INDIAN TO THE ATLANTIC
Come and experience the incredible natural diversity of the Western Cape and also the diversity of people in this area. From whale watching to wine tasting, from walks in the mountains to walks on the beach, from floral beauty to beautiful sunsets and above all, the people who creates the ambiance.

DAY 1: HERMANUS

We head out on the N2, direction North East traveling through Strand and Gordon's Bay on a magnificent mountainous coastal road along False Bay which offers some spectacular cliff faces, quiet bays and fynbos growing almost to the water's edge. Names like Rooi Els, Hangklip and Kleinmond, describes something about the country side. We will have the opportunity to visit a penguin colony and maybe spot a leopard. We arrive in the popular seaside resort of Hermanus over the lunch period where after we have the opportunity to do the best land-based whale watching in the world (July - November) or to visit some premier wine estates in the Hemel and Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley.

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We overnight at Schulphoek Guesthouse in Sandbaai, one of the best-kept secrets of this area or at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Gansbaai, a haven for nature lovers, or the stylish Provençal style guest house, Auberge Burgundy. All three places have spectacular sea views.

DAY 2: CAPE AGULHAS

En route to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point in Africa, we visit Gansbaai and experience the big two: shark diving tours and boat-base whale watching (seasonal). Our next stop is Elim, a 19th century Moravian mission station, whose clock dates back to 1764, as well as a watermill (1828) with the largest wooden wheel in the country. Finally, for those wanting to see the land's literal end, we arrive at Cape Agulhas, where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet. Our day ends at Waenhuiskrans (also known as Arniston after the East Indiaman Arniston which was wrecked nearby in 1815), which is famous for its 200-year-old, restored fishermen's village.

We overnight in the Arniston Hotel, internationally known as one of the world's great getaways.

DAY 3: MONTAGU

We travel inland via Bredasdorp and Swellendam, S A's third oldest town after Cape Town and Stellenbosch where the architecture and Drostdy Museum preserve the colonial heritage. From here we enter the Breede River Valley, one of the Westen Cape's most diverse regions. The ever-changing colour of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards will offer the discerning traveler all he/she is hoping for. We visit one of the many wine estates in this region before arriving in Montagu gateway to the Klein Karoo. This quaint town is renowned for its muscadel wines, mineral springs and tractor-trailer ride that takes you to the summit of the Langeberg Mountains for a breathtaking view of the Robertson and Koo valleys

Overnight in Montagu at the elegant Kingna Lodge, which have a standard of service that places it in a class of its own or at the Avalon Springs Hotel which was virtually built on top of 43-degree celcius thermal spring.

DAY 4: THE KAROO

Our journey continues through the Great Karoo, which is not so much a place as a feeling. You take it in. It enters through the skin, taking its time to unfold in your bloodstream. And then, when its time to leave, you realize the Karoo (dry and thirstland) has captivated your soul. At midday we arrive at a unique private game reserve located in the Cedarberg Mountains. We will view some game from an open vehicle and explore 6000-year-old Bushman rock art. That night at dinner under the African sky you will discover some pulse of Africa.

We overnight at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, a South African Natural Heritage site and is known as the world's largest open-air art gallery which dates back thousands of years ago.

DAY 5: THE WEST COAST

On our way to the Atlantic Ocean we travel trough the magnificent and Cederberg Mountains, famous for its rock art, striking rock formations, crystal clear streams and snow in winter. Leaving the mountains behind we pass through Citrusdal a citrus producing area and Piketberg, which is part of the Swartland, with its extensive wheat fields. We arrive on the West Coast (during the months August to October a magical kaleidoscope of wild flowers opens up) a region bordering the Atlantic Ocean, a bird watcher's and angler's paradise. Some fishing villages on our route are St Helena Bay, Paternoster and Langebaan. This area is more known for its crayfish / lobster and the day will be highlighted with a fish platter at one of the open-air beach restaurants.

We overnight at either Falcon's Rest Guest Lodge or Langebaan Beach House. Both establishments pride themselves in their beautiful settings and spectacular views.

We proceed to Knysna for an optional sunset cruise on the Knysna estuary out to the famous "Heads" and back to the waterfront complex. Dinner must include oysters and Cape Sparkling. We overnight at Headlands House, which is dramatically situated on the highest point of the famous Knysna Heads or Milkwood Bay Guest House with an uninterrupted view across the bay.

DAY 6: THE WINELANDS

Driving through the West Coast National Park we are once again struck by the scenic beauty of the Atlantic seaboard. We continue in a southern direction passing Darling and Malmesbury before reaching the Cape Winelands area. This is also the right place to start if you want to mix your wine tasting with a taste of Cape History. We visit the Wellington, Paarl and Stellenbosch area wirh wine tastings at various wine estates. Just before sunset we arrive at Blaauwberg beach to marvel at Table Mountain across the bay, one of the most beautiful views in the world and it is always a good idea to have a bottle of bubbly ready to celebrate the occasion. We overnight in Cape Town at the Raddisson Hotel, which has excellent cuisine, unsurpassed sea views, and close to the famous V & A Waterfront.


DAY 7: CAPE TOWN

Our last day in Cape Town would be incomplete without a visit to Table Mountain and the Cape Point Peninsula Tour. Another alternative would be to explore the city, the V & A Waterfront or the famous Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Visiting one of the many beaches is of course the best way of enjoy the last bit of the African sun before returning home.

NOTE:
This Two Oceans tour can be shortened to five / four days by way of cutting days 3, 4 / 7 from the above itinerary or lengthened by adding extra days in Cape Town or along the journey.

No Prophylaxes have to be taken against the dreaded Malaria parasite, as it is a malaria free area.

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