Start with the world’s best land-based whale watching and pristine white sand beaches at Hermanus, and then savour the fine wines, gourmet fare and beautiful landscapes in the historic and charming Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands. Round this off with an escape to the remote Cederberg wilderness area to explore over 130 ancient Bushman rock-art sites and experience blissful game viewing among these majestic mountains.

Itinerary overview

Duration11 days/ 10 nights
CountrySouth Africa
AccommodationBushmans Kloof Wilderness ReserveLa ResidenceBirkenhead House, Hermanus
Suited ForFamily, Romance, Adventure
HighlightsLand-based whale watching, Cape Winelands, Bushman rock art, Wilderness

Itinerary in detail

Image of Birkenhead House, Hermanus

The heart of South Africa’s whale route, the fishing village of Hermanus gives you thrilling opportunities to watch magnificent southern right whales undisturbed as they come into Walker Bay to calve between July and November. Observe them at play as close as five metres from the shore or from the clifftop path, or take a guided whale-watching boat tour or aerial flight. Wine tasting at the farms in picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven-and-Earth) Valley is another highlight.

Image of La Residence, Franschhoek

Tightly hemmed in by soaring mountains, the historic French Huguenot village of Franschhoek has earned its stripes as the food and wine capital of South Africa. Sample the region’s famous award-winning wines amid vineyards at historic farms with Cape Dutch-style architecture in the prettiest countryside you can imagine. Franschhoek is increasingly famous as an art destination, and it is well worth exploring the outstanding galleries in this thriving farming town.

Image of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, Cederberg

The Cederberg offers spectacular scenery under an enormous African sky, expansive by day and brightly lit by the Milky Way by night. For millennia the San and the Khoi clans lived in the Cederberg region, leaving behind them one of the richest open-air rock-art galleries in the world. Discover up to 130 rock-art sites at Bushmans Kloof, an ecological oasis that offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations.