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WHALE WATCHING TOURS

IN AND AROUND THE CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 
 
VIP's Signature Whale Tour of the Cape Whale Route
This is simply the most ocean-bound, best dolphin and whale tour available!

WE CALL IT THE "THERE SHE BLOWS" WHALE TOUR USEFUL GUIDELINES:

While this Signature Whale Tour is merely an example of the type of whale tours we hand-make for you, our valued clients, at "V.I.P. Tours", kindly note the following important points :- firstly, it is our overriding desire to handcraft each and every itinerary according to your individual wishes; secondly, the following whale tour can, of course be lengthened by any number of days, but does constitute - to our minds - the minimum stay to be able to fully appreciate the great diversity of our coastal sea life and floral kingdoms; thirdly, the focus of this whale tour is to be in-touch with the sea as much as possible and our places of accommodation are chosen accordingly - it is an exceptionally good value-for-money-tour without compromising on the best there is in comfortable hostelry and superb cuisine, mainly of the seafood type.

DAY ONE

Arrive in Cape Town and proceed to the Blue Peter Hotel in Bloubergstrand or to the Rockhaven Guesthouse, situated directly on the beach and world-renowned for the stupendous views across Table Bay of the majestic Table Mountain, Devils Peak, Lion's Head and the Twelve Apostles. Time to relax from your journey, walk the never-ending west-coast beaches, have a refreshing cocktail at one of Cape Town's favourite watering holes and watch the in-crowd at sunset, an unforgettable sight to behold; many call this the most beautiful view in the whole, wide world! Dinner at the exquisite little French bistro, "Ons Huisie", which is a short walk along the beach.

 
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DAY TWO

After a full English breakfast, we will drive to Kleinmond along the most spectacular coastal road from Gordon's Bay. The enormous expanse of False Bay lies before your eyes, and this is what the call the beginning of the WHALE ROUTE. We will reach the Beach House in Kleinmond at lunchtime It is situated directly on the a moon-shaped beach and a lagoon, an ideal place to swim in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. There is a long, meandering walk along the rocks, from where one can ideally behold the giants of the sea and their friends, like the graceful dolphins and playful seals. Dinner at the spanking brand-new six-star Arabella Hotel, a few kilometres away, or in one of the local seafood eateries in the quaint village of Kleinmond. (Note: if you are a golfer, accommodation would preferably be at Arabella Western Cape Country Club, which boasts its own golf course overlooking Walker Bay)

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DAY THREE

This is the highlight day of our whale tour as we will proceed to Hermanus, the whale capital of the southern hemisphere, where you - if luck is with you - virtually touch these magnificent creatures from the side of the quay at Old Harbour or watch them for hours from many view spots around South Africa's favourite holiday resort. It is full of lovely restaurants, shops and bars. The day will be structured according to your individual wishes, but basically it is spent with your friends, the whales, of which the Southern Right Whale tends to be the most frequent visitor to these shores.

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You will be accommodated in the magnificently refurbished MARINE HOTEL, one of Liz McGrath's signature hotels of world renown. It combines the simplicity of the surrounding in its interior design with simply the most exquisite cuisine available in these parts of South Africa.

whale watching cape

DAY FOUR

In the morning we will visit the two outstanding wine estates of the region of Walker Bay, called Hamilton Russel Vineyards and Bouchard finlayson, a synergy of French and South African excellence in the making of fine wines. Lunch at the magical The Cave Restaurant, with the waves splashing against the rocks immediately below you. Afternoon again is set aside for more whale watching, beaching or walking the boardwalk


DAY FIVE

Today we leave the coast on our way back to Cape Town, in order to do the majestic four-passes drive, which will take us via Elgin and Grabouw, past Tierwaterskloof Dam over the Franschhoek Pass to this quaint little wineland's gem of a village, Franschhoek, steeped in Frensh history and renowned for excellent wines and cuisine. Lunch will be enjoyed in the five-star "le Quartier Francais", before we proceed through this, the most fertile valley of South Africa to the Cape-Dutch homestead of Boschendal, then over Helshoogte to the student town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country.

paarl winelands

Here you will have time to walk through the oak-lined streets and marvel at the mixture of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian colonial architectural styles, side by side reflecting the two dominant countries in our colonial history, Holland and Great Britain. In time for sunset on the beach in Camps Bay, we proceed to Cape Town and to the very stylish Bay Hotel, situated directly on this crescent-shaped, palm-fringed beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner at the very swish, Californian-style Blues Restaurant right next door to the hotel. (Note: for the budget conscious, we could substitute the Bay Hotel for the quaint little Guesthouse in Camps Bay or Bakoven, called - of course - "Whale Cottage". You will decide how many days you have available to enjoy the many sights of Cape Town, the most beautiful city in the world)

We, at VIP Tours trust that this whale tour will an unforgettable experience for you.

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