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From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

1. From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

Day 1: Oudtshoorn Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start with morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Set off along the famous Route 62, where you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Pop in at one of the many farm stalls along the way, stocked with locally crafted delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going guided Heritage Tour or by contrast, the Adventure Tour allows you to wiggle your way through limestone on a daring underground route. You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure. Join locals for an optional outdoor braai (similar to bbq) including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs and pot brood. Overnight at (Saver) Uthando Backpackers or someplace similar. Day 2: WildernessTravel about 280 miles (450 km) As the dawn breaks in the dusty Klein Karoo, opt for a close encounter with Mother Nature and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made Buffelsdrift their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. Join these three rescued elephants, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. Then, take to the water for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the reed-lined banks in Wilderness National Park region. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.  The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. Opt in to hurtle face-first down the 134 (216 m) drop or those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground will visit the nearby forest area near Tsitsikamma. Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield or Wilderness, subject to your accommodation location. Feel the white sand between your toes as you sip on cocktails and enjoy dinner. Overnight at (Saver) PiliPili Beach Backpackers or someplace similar. Day 3: Garden Route Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start the day in the heart of the African bush. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra, and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife, and insects. End the day with a journey through the landscape of rolling farmlands as you say farewell to the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

2. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

Day 1: Route 62Travel about 400 km Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch, between 6 - 7 AM.Travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Klein Karoo in the late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join rangers on an Elephant Educational Bush Walk (at extra cost) as they follow 3 lovable rescued elephants along the waterhole, learning about these gentle giants' background. Then, spend overnight at Uthando Backpackers (if you choose the Saver Dorm package), at 88 van Rheede (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or Buffelsdrift Lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 2: OudtshoornTravel about 250 km Visit a working ostrich farm to learn about the largest, flightless bird in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves. Explore the vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Spend overnight at Avaco Cabins, Gerald's Gift (if you choose the 3* Comfort package) or Addo Wildlife lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys BayTravel about 250 km An early morning start allows the best option to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. You can join the optional 4x4 game drive (with extra cost).  Next, go on the included 2-hour safari with your guide. Navigate the park in the tour van in search of some of the Big Five animals, including 550 elephants, buffalo, lions, black rhinos, and zebras. Spend your afternoon relaxing with free time at Jeffreys Bay's beach.  Choose between surf lessons, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (all optional at extra cost). Spend overnight at Island Vibe, Sea Whisper (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or On The Beach lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 4: Tsitsikamma, SedgefieldTravel about 250 km Experience the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world or Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest (optional at extra cost). Next, see Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a short walk to the suspension bridges before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield. Spend overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas, Fairy Knowe (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or Dolphin Dunes Lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 5: WildernessTravel about 450 km Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the Wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town, spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after walking to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. Your adventure ends with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation between 8 - 10 PM.

Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

3. Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

When you have limited time to spend in Cape Town, or if you just want to be an efficient traveller, this is the ideal full-day Cape tour for you. This experience combines the best of a historical, wine tasting and landmark tour. On this tour you will really see the best of the Cape. The Peninsula portion of the tour will include visits to all of the important landmarks and historical sites including: Clifton and Camps Bay; Twelve Aspotles; Chapman’s Peak; Noordhoek; Cape Point; Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; Simons Town, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and False Bay. You will also be taken on a fascinating ostrich viewing and have the opportunity to take part in an optional Penguin Colony visit. On the wine route, you will visit the historical town of Stellenbosch and learn about how it is the centre of the South African wine industry. Here you will visit one of the many wineries in the Winelands and do a complimentary wine tasting and cellar tour. You will also have the chance to purchase the wines you just sampled. The Cape is a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. Don’t miss a thing and take part in this comprehensive and fun-filled full-day tour.

From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Cape Peninsula Private Day Trip

4. From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Cape Peninsula Private Day Trip

Leave the city behind and see the highlights of the Cape Peninsula on a day trip with your own private guide. Kick back and snap some pictures of the scenic ride through craggy mountains, lush valleys, and unique beaches, from the Cape of Good Hope to the sprawling False Bay coastline. Set off from your hotel in Cape Town or Stellenbosch for an adventure in South Africa’s most striking region. Get a taste of small-town life as you pass through Noordhoek, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, and Simon’s Town. Here, the streets are rich with history and an impressive mix of cultures. Snake around the long road of Chapman’s Peak Drive, and see some of the most stunning coastal views in the world. Explore the natural paradise that is the Cape of Good Hope, where native wildlife thrives. Animal lovers are in for a treat at Boulders Beach, where you’ll meet Africa’s only penguins. Your driver will point out the best places to grab pictures and souvenirs and offer plenty of info on each location’s history and importance. There’ll be plenty of time to stretch your legs, grab a bite, and take in the landscape at each stop before the ride back to your hotel.

Combo Tour: Marine Wildlife Cruise & Wine Lands

5. Combo Tour: Marine Wildlife Cruise & Wine Lands

Attention wine and nature lovers: Expand your palate and brush up on your wine knowledge on this delicious tour. Start with a morning marine encounter as our skipper introduces you to Table Bay's wildlife during a 1.5-hour boat cruise and discover the wine lands with your expert guide. Enjoy a wine tasting at an award-winning wine farm, accompanied by a cheese assortment and a unique ride on the Franschhoek tram. Your detailed itinerary includes: Pickup from your hotel, boat ride, lunch at the Waterfront indoor food market (not included), Stellenbosch city orientation, a visit to Dorp Street, De Braak, free walkabout into historical town, wine tasting on a Stellenbosch Estate with cellar tour and cheese tasting, a visit to Franschhoek historical village, Franschoek Tram ride and onboard Wi-Fi.

Cape Town: Best of the Cape Private Tour

6. Cape Town: Best of the Cape Private Tour

Discover the area's many gems with your guide: from the Blue Flag beaches of Camps Bay to beautiful Cape Point, and from the scenic coastal route to the area's award-winning wine estates. View the 12 Apostles, a beautiful range of 12 mountains including the western back view of the Table Mountain. Explore Camps Bay beach, Cape Town’s own version of St. Tropez in France, and marvel at the view of the most beautiful and expensive seaside residential area in South Africa. Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive and photo stop along the picturesque coastal route. Visit the tip of Africa, the most south-western point of the African continent, formerly known as the Cape of Storms. Take a funicular up to Cape Point and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the lighthouse and Boulders Beach, one of only two places in Africa where you can view the African Jack Ass Penguins in their natural habitat. Explore the world-famous Cape Winelands, and visit Stellenbosch the Wine capital of South Africa. Enjoy the scenic views of green valleys, spectacular mountains, beautiful vineyards, and enjoy their fine cuisine. Make your choice of two vineyards to visit, and taste up to ten different types of wine, perhaps even paired with other delicacies.

From Stellenbosch: Hermanus Whale Route Tour

7. From Stellenbosch: Hermanus Whale Route Tour

Travel the coastal road to Hermanus for an incredible whale-watching adventure. This tour offers you a full day of highlights of sea, mountains, and nature. Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Stellenbosch. See the penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve and walk to the waterfall at the Harold Porter Botanical Garden. Head to Hermanus for off shore whale watching and a option to board a boat for a whale-watching experience. Enjoy lunch at a sea-side restaurant before your adventure comes to an end.

7 Days and 6 Nights Mother City Cape Town Tour

8. 7 Days and 6 Nights Mother City Cape Town Tour

Day 1- Arrival at Cape Town International Airport The driver will be waiting for you at the waiting section Then transfer you to your 4-Star Hotel in Cape Town Radisson Blu. Day 2- Cape Peninsular Full Day Tour Your shuttle driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to your full day Cape Peninsula tour which will take you to all the landmarks on the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town. The tour will take you to 12 Apostles, Camps Bay, Chapmans Drive, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and the iconic Simon’s town. You will also get to see Penguins colony in their natural habitat at Simons and later visit Muizenberg beach famous for surfing and finally visit the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at the eastern foot of Table Mountain. A drop-off again at the 4-Star Hotel Radisson Blu will be made. Day 3 – Open Day Return Transfers to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the morning. Return in the afternoon to Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel. Day 4 – Robben Island and Table Mountain Tour The driver will pick you up from Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel and start the Robben Island and Cape Town City full day tour which will get you to know the significance of the Prison and why Cape Town is called the Mother city in South Africa. From the Table Mountain with its Cable car to the sprawling Cape Town ghettos and then ride by boat to the home of South Africa Icon Nelson home for 27 years behind bars The driver will drop you off again at Radisson Blu 4 star hotel in Cape Town Day 5 – Cape Winelands full Day Tour Leave your Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel in the morning to explore the world-famous Cape Winelands with Stellenbosch -the wine capital of South Africa being the highlight of the tour. You will enjoy the scenic views of green valleys, spectacular mountains, beautiful Vineyards and enjoy the fine cuisine. Later on after the tour a drop off at Radisson Blu 4 Star hotel will be made. Day 6 This day will be an open day and you will get return transfers to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the morning and return in the afternoon to Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel to relax and take a look at the memories you have created through photographs. Day 7 The shuttle service team will drop you off back at the Cape Town International Airport where tour multi-day tour ends.

From Cape Town: Best of Cape Private Tour with Wine Tastings

9. From Cape Town: Best of Cape Private Tour with Wine Tastings

For those with a limited schedule, this full-day tour is a combination of Cape Point and the Winelands. We start off the day travelling around the Peninsula and then make our way through to the world – famous Stellenbosch wine region in the afternoon. We are visiting Cape of Good hope nature reserve, Cape Point and Boulders beach for penguin viewing and ending the day with tasty wine tastings.

From Cape Town or Stellenbosch: Scenic Coastline Day Tour

10. From Cape Town or Stellenbosch: Scenic Coastline Day Tour

Explore the spectacular Western Cape coastline on a private guided day trip from Stellenbosch or Cape Town. Marvel at mountain passes, sea views, and lush vineyards as you make your way to some of the area's top attractions. Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation and head to your first stop for the day, Stony Point Nature Reserve located in the quaint coastal town of Betty's Bay. Wander along the boardwalk and see the colony of African Penguins that call this reserve home. Observe the flightless birds as they go about their daily routines in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for other species as well, including Cormorant, Hartlaub Gulls, and Kelp Gulls. From the reserve, head to the Harold Porter Botanical Garden. This lovely garden is situated in the center of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest with 1,600 different plant species. Take a stroll through the gardens until you reach the waterfall. Stop for lunch and refuel with some local fare before continuing your Cape adventure with a journey to Franschhoek Valley. Wind along a mountain pass with 99 turns, admiring stunning views along the way. Finish the day with a wine tasting, soaking up the sights of the Franschhoek Valley, known for its delicious wine and views of the mountain slopes.

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What people are saying about Stellenbosch

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Great tour. Communication for initial pickup was good and on time, from there our guide TK looked after everything. Backpackers accommodations were a good standard overall (varied from basic to really nice). Activities were brilliant and scenery throughout the tour was fab. Tour guide TK added a lot of knowledge and was keen to share South African history and culture with the group as well as learn about our countries current affairs, culture and history.

Our tour-guide Tuikke was great. Helpful , kind , good vibes, informative but in a fun way. The three days were absolutely great, very busy and many things to see and catch up with. 12 ppl were on the tour , the general mood was great as well, everyone chill and ready to make compromises for the sake of others. On the last day on the safari we couldn’t find as many animals as we wanted to , but this is how nature works . Everything was worth to see.

Very nice tour! Overall, the trip was great fun and very informative. Our guide Neville was just great! He was very committed, explained a lot to us and spread a good mood. The game drive in the beautiful reserve was the most fun. I would have loved to have spent more time there.

top tour It was really eventful days with many highlights. Everything well organized, enough time everywhere and a lot to see. Our guide Isaac was the best!

Great Tour with great people and great guide! These 3 days were so worth it! It was such an amazing experience!