5 Day West Coast Explorer


 

 button  From ZAR12,900 / US$922*
Starting Date:

Any date specified by clients – this is a private tour

Starting Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town

Ending Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town

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South Africa’s West Coast is one of the most unspoilt regions in the country. The pure air, friendly people, and wide horizons of sea and sky clear one’s head of trivial concerns, and nature goes about its business, blissfully heedless of the big city 200 km to the south.
This 5-day tour will show you the West Coast in transition. We head north from the “new” West Coast of high-rise apartment blocks and holiday apartments, into the traditional West Coast of crayfish and bokkoms, seafarers and saltpans, and a sense of infinite freedom.

 

Highlights

  • Het Vlock Casteel Farm – Numerous tastings
  • Carmien Tea Experience – Farm tour / factory tour / tea tastings
  • Hebron Restaurant – Food/Wine/Tea tasting by Chef Steve
  • Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort
  • Zip lining in Piekenierskloof
  • Target Shooting
  • Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve – World Heritage Site
  • San Rock Art – Stadsaal (Afrikaans for City Hall) Cave
  • Bird Island
  • Grootvlei Guest Farm
  • Citrusdal
  • Lamberts Bay
  • Isabella’s Restaurant
  • Elands Bay
  • Baboon Point
  • Dwarskersbos
  • Rocherpan Nature Reserve
  • Velddrif
  • Walking tour of Saldanha
  • Saldanha bay Protea Hotel
  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Thali Thali Game Reserve
  • Game Drive
  • Archery Lesson
  • South African Braai (BBQ)
  • Darling
  • Evita Se Peron
  • Darling Brew
  • Darling Wine Shop
  • Darling Sweet
  • Darling Olives

Day 1: Cape Town – Malmesbury – Carmien Tea - Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

You are collected from your hotel / guesthouse and we set off on our journey! We make our way via the N7 to Malmesbury, where we turn off to our 1st stop at “Het Vlock Casteel farm. Here we will do numerous tastings including olives, extra virgin olive oil, preserves and chutneys to name a few. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some of the 100 products they produce.

From here we make our way through Porterville, Piketberg to our next destination namely “Carmien Tea”. Here we will experience the whole rooibos process from “crop to cup” which includes a walk in the Rooibos fields, a visit to the factory where everything is processed and then also taste some of their new offerings. A tour to remember. We then head off to “Hebron Restaurant” where we do a Food, Wine & Tea pairing. Chef Steve will dazzle you with his cooking skills and he is rightly recognized as one of the top chefs in the area!

After this amazing food experience, we literally head across the road to our overnight accommodation which is the newly renovated Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort. The late afternoon you are free to swim in the heated pool, or spoil yourself at their very luxurious SPA (own cost). The evening we dine at the resort.

Included meals: Lunch (Food, Wine & Tea pairing) & Dinner
Included activities: Het Vlock Casteel Farm tastings, Carmien Tea Tour and Food Pairing at Hebron Restaurant
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Town – Malmesbury – Carmien Tea - Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort: ± 220 km’s (± 1H45 mins)
Overnight: Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort
 

Day 2: Citrusdal – Clanwilliam – Lamberts Bay

After a leisurely breakfast, we head of to do some “Zip lining” (weather permitting), made up of 3 slides on the property. This adventure will definitely get your adrenalin pumping and is great fun for the entire family. After this “shot” off adrenalin, we make our way to do some “target shooting”, also on the premises. This adventure will “test” your skill with air pistols and we wll have a “mini competition”, with the winner walking away with a stunning gift!

After our early morning adventures, we make our way to Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve. Proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2000, and a World Heritage Site in 2014, Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve occupies a very special part of the Western Cape. This semi-arid nature reserve also contains some excellent examples of the region’s geological and archaeological heritage, including the imposing Stadsaal cave (Afrikaans for City Hall), rare San rock art depicting elephants. Estimated to be at least 1 000 years old (the San began the practice of painting on rocks and in caves around 5 000 years ago), the paintings depict three groups of people and a herd of elephants. Here you are free to walk amongst the rocks and take as many pictures as possible.

We then head off to Lamberts Bay. On the way we will pass Clanwilliam, well known for the head office of Rooibos tea and one of the flower capitals of South Africa. Once in Lamberts Bay, we make our way to Isabella’s Restaurant for a scrumptious lunch. After lunch we make our way to Bird island to view some amazing Gannets, before heading off to our accommodation for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Zip Lining, Target Shooting, San Rock Art outing & Bird Island
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Citrusdal – Clanwilliam – Lamberts Bay: ± 150 km’s (± 1H30 mins)
Overnight: Grootvlei Guest Farm
 

Day 3: Lamberts Bay – Velddrif – Saldanha Bay

This morning we have an early start as we have so much to see today. Breakfast will be at 7am and we hit the road at 8am. Our final destination today will be Saldanha where we will overnight, but along the way we have numerous stops at those quaint little towns you only hear about.

Our first stop will be Elands Bay. The bay is a prime whale and dolphin viewing venue between July & December when migrating Southern Right wales and Heavyside Dolphins can be seen in Large numbers. The caves above Baboon Point are well known for their Bushman paintings dating back nearly 10 000 years, but the caves have not been well preserved.

Our next stop is Dwarskersbos. Dwarskersbos has beautiful beaches which attract many visitors and the Rocherpan Nature Reserve is a seasonal wetland vlei where you will get to see endangered pelicans, flamingos and other species of aquatic birds. You will also get to see the Southern Right Whale between the months of June and September. We will pop in hear and see if we can spot some whales and endangered pelicans.

We then head off to Velddrif and visit the infamous “Bokkomlaan” and view numerous little shops on the lagoon. Here you can also taste “Bokkoms” (traditional dried fish) delicacy for which the area is well known. We also pop in to St Helena Bay, Shelly Point & Paternoster, where we will enjoy lunch on the beach! After lunch we head towards Saldanha Bay where we will enjoy a walking tour of this seaside village. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening we have dinner at the hotel overlooking the bay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Elands Bay, Dwarskersbos, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, Velddrif & Bokkomlaan & Walking tour of Saldanha Bay
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Lamberts Bay – Velddrif – Saldanha Bay: ± 190 km’s (± 2H15 mins)
Overnight: Saldanha Bay Protea Hotel
  

Day 4: Saldanha Bay – West Coast Fossil Park – Thali Thali Game Reserve

This morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast without being rushed. After breakfast we make our way to the West Coast Fossil Park for a very interesting tour of this site. The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago).

A national and international team of researchers are currently unraveling the fascinating and unique history of fossils from the West Coast Fossil Park and attempting to recreate the environment and climate of the west coast some 5 million years ago. At this time many animals that are now extinct, such as saber-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, hunting hyenas and African bears roamed the west coast which then had a more subtropical climate with lush, riverine forests and open grasslands.

After an extremely interesting tour of the fossils, we make our way to Thali Thali Game Reserve. Thali Thali is a 1,460-hectare Cape West Coast game and fynbos reserve situated just off the R27 near Langebaan, less than 1 hours’ drive from Cape Town, bordering the West Coast National Park.

A visit to Thali Thali offers the ideal laid-back West Coast style break-away – complete with game drives, archery lessons and sundowners on the deck for the not so adventurous. They boast a wide range of game like kudu, Oryx, giraffe, red hartebeest, eland, zebra, springbok, black wildebeest, duiker, bontebok, steenbok, ostrich, dromedary camel and emu. The reserve is also home to many different bird species and guests are welcome to enjoy a walk in the fynbos to view these creatures. Their guides will take you on an informative 90-minute drive where you will have an excellent chance of spotting all their featured species. After your game drive, we make our way to their Archery offering. From the novice to the seasoned archer, they have something to interest all. Here you will enjoy an archery lesson which is bound to get you hooked on this adventurous sport.

Dinner is a South African Braai (BBQ)!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: West Coast Fossil Park Tour, Game Drive at Thali Thali Game Reserve & Archery lesson at Thali Thali Game Reserve
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Saldanha Bay – West Coast Fossil Park – Thali Thali Game Reserve: ± 40 km’s (± 45 mins)
Overnight: Thali Thali Game Reserve
 

Day 5: Thali Thali Game Reserve – Darling – Cape Town

This morning you can lay in as breakfast is only served from 9am. After breakfast we make our way to the quaint little town of Darling and promises to be one of the most memorable days on tour! The charming little village of Darling lies between vineyards and golden wheat fields only 75km from Cape Town along the West Coast road and 25km from the beach at Yzerfontein.

Traditionally known for its spectacular wildflowers, Darling has much more to offer visitors ... Darling has become the home of well-known South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys's theatre, Evita se Perron, a cabaret venue and restaurant in Darling, named after his alter-ego, Evita Bezuidenhout.

Today you will experience what Darling has to offer, from “Coffee & Koeksister” at Evita Se Peron, beer tasting and tour of the distillery at Darling Brew, sample the largest selection of West Coast Wines at Darling Wine Shop where you will taste 6 different wines of the region, toffee tasting at Darling Sweet, visit the Darling Museum, lunch at Darling Brew and last but not least we visit Darling Olives on our way home where you will taste ± 21 products. A stunning way to finish this amazing tour.

Guests will be dropped at their hotel/guest house or at the airport between 17H30 – 18H00.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Included activities: “Coffee & Koeksister” at Evita Se Peron, beer tasting and tour of the distillery at Darling Brew, sample the largest selection of West Coast Wines at Darling Wine shop where you will taste 6 different wines of the region, toffee tasting at Darling Sweet, visit the Darling Museum, lunch at Darling Brew and Darling Olives where you will taste ± 21 products
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Thali Thali Game Reserve – Darling – Cape Town: ± 135 km’s (± 1H45 mins)
Overnight: N/A
PRIVATE TOURS - PRICE PER PERSON:  
5-8 People ZAR11,495 US$821
4 People ZAR12,295 US$880
3 People ZAR13,495 US$964
2 People  ZAR13,185 US$942

NB: Please note that 2 people are required for the tour to run.We can accommodate larger groups (up to 18 guests). Please contact us for a quotation.

Included:
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pickups & Drop offs
  • All wine tastings & food pairing
  • Services of a registered guide
  • Tea tasting
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary (4 x breakfasts, 5 x lunch & 4 x dinners)
  • 1-night accommodation @ Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort
  • 1-night accommodation @ Grootvlei Guest Farm
  • 1-night accommodation @ Saldanha Bay Protea Hotel
  • 1-night accommodation @ Thali Thali Game Reserve
  • All refreshments on bus/vehicle
  • Tourism levy
  • All applicable taxes
  • All activities and entrance fees to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • All park fees where applicable
Excluded:
  • International airfare (to South Africa, and home)
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Activities not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Meals not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Capey Tours

Pre Departure Info

Important notes

  1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
  2. This trip is a combination of short break Adventures and you will be joined by your local tour guide
  3. Prices are based on double/twin/family share and a compulsory single supplement applies for solo traveler’s. See Important notes for more details.
  4. A departure airport transfer is included on Day 1 of this short break adventure. Please ensure your arrival and departure flight details are provided to your at least 7 days prior to your departure.

Group size

Maximum of 18 travelers per group

Your fellow traveler’s

This trip is operated in "Join-In" basis and you may travel alongside other Capey Tours or non-Capey Tours traveler’s during included activities.

Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 2 people, so there may be instances where there are only 2 people on the trip.

Accommodation

Hotel / Guesthouse / Backpackers depending on your choice

Meals & Drinks

As per the itinerary. Drinks are for your own account

Money Matters

SOUTH AFRICA

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

Cash

Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates. ***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. ***

The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorized money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of traveler’s being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

Visa & Master Card

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognized, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. At “A Team Tours” we are serious about your safety and strongly advise that you follow the following rules when drawing cash at an ATM:

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need.

Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Joining Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road

Tamboerskloof

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA

Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Finish Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road Tamboerskloof Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Joining/Finish point description

The Cape Milner is a sophisticated, comfortable hotel in the Tamboerskloof region of central Cape Town. All rooms have a refined, contemporary decor, en suite bathrooms and fabulous views of Table Mountain. Tea and coffee making facilities are included as is Wi-Fi and flat screen TV's. The hotel facilities include an elegant dining room, outdoor pool, glass-roofed bar, a small gym and many lounge areas.

Joining/Finishing Point Instructions

If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time. If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.

Emergency Contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, A Team Tours representatives can be reached on +27 810188912 (24/7). For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please visit us at www.capeytours.co.za/contact-us While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group tour leader/guide may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager? You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

SOUTH AFRICA:

Australia: No visa required Belgium: No visa required Canada: No visa required Germany: No visa required Ireland: No visa required Netherlands: No visa required New Zealand: No visa required Switzerland: No visa required United Kingdom: No visa required USA: No visa required

Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Entry Requirements - Passports

Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children

A new immigration regulation came into effect on 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. So just to be on the safe side, more information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

We recommend traveler’s check requirements before travel as they can change.

What to Take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the tour you have chosen and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible.

Most traveler’s carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

Water Bottle

Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

Health

All Capey Tours traveler’s need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Capey Tours reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Yellow Fever

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance

span style="font-size: 14pt;">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

A Couple Of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Capey Tours traveler’s. Capey Tours philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Capey Tours, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Safety

At Capey Tours we take your safety very seriously. Like any other country in the world, South Africa also has “hotspots” where it’s not safe to go. In order to keep you safe at all times, we have listed a few pointers below that will go a long way in ensuring your safety in various situations:

ATM’s

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even someone who looks like a security guard. If your card should get stuck or be “swallowed” by the machine, stay there and send you companion to look for help or phone the number on the machine
In the Car
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times and windows closed
  • Lock valuable items in the boot
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Never pick up strangers or hitch-hikers
  • If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice
At the Hotel
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safe-deposit box
  • Keep your room locked, whether you’re in it or not
  • If someone knocks, check who it is first before opening the door
  • Hand the keys in at reception whenever you leave the hotel
 

In the Street

  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewelry, cameras and other valuables
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around
  • At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
  • It’s better to explore in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourist information office will recommend a reliable service

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future traveler’s.

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We trust you enjoyed your adventure and look forward to seeing you return ASAP!

“Capey Tours”

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