Cabernet & Capers in South Africa

8 days
from
£1,399
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
EZC
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–16

Fling yourself into Cape Town capers and venture to the Winelands beyond. There are adventures of the sandboarding and kayaking type to be had in these parts, but much more besides. Monumental scenery. Epic wildlife. Divine wines. Delicious food. See for yourself why people can’t resist returning to sensational South Africa time and time again.

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2020.

Highlights

  • Conquer Table Mountain on an uphill scramble
  • Kayak with penguins in the waters off Simon’s Town
  • Return home as a pro on food and wine pairings

Key information

  • Seven nights in hotels and guesthouses
  • Airport Transfers
  • Countries visited: South Africa

What's included

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • Flights
Call for general departures:
00 97150 6599 170
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Itinerary

Cape Town
to
Cape Town
  • Day 1

    Ease yourself into South Africa with sundowners overlooking Camps Bay

    You’ll be met at Cape Town’s airport and transfer to our hotel in town. You’ll meet your group in the late afternoon and head out for sundowners overlooking Camps Bay

  • Day 2

    Climb the iconic Table Mountain

    Table Mountain keeps watch over Cape Town, and you’ll get to explore this flat-topped mountain properly on your first full day. Shunning the cable car in favour of the more intrepid India Venster route (arguably the most scenic way up) you’ll hike and scramble up the mountain, stopping to admire the views over Camps Bay and Robben Island.

    At the summit, there’s time to explore. Then you’ll head down the Skeleton Gorge path to the Kirstenbosch Gardens.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive to the iconic Cape Point for an unforgettable bike ride

    You’ll leave after breakfast (but with a promise to return to the city in a few days) and drive via Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. This ruggedly beautiful area is home to the likes of springbok, baboon and ostrich.

    Stretch your legs on a lighthouse walk and continue to the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide. Next, you’ll take to two wheels and cycle for two hours to Boulders Beach, home to South Africa’s 3000-strong penguin colony.

    You’ll check into a quayside bolthole in Simonstown later.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Kayak with penguins

    The adventure continues apace today, with an early walk to Simonstown harbour. You’ll kayak to Boulder’s Beach for another penguin encounter, this time on the water by kayak.

    Around lunchtime, you’ll head to Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa’s wine country. The afternoon is yours. Stroll around the oak-lined streets in this buzzy university town. Or maybe you’ll have some downtime in mind, and the pool of the Cultivar Guest Lodge could be just what’s needed.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Taste the region’s blockbuster wines

    There’s a full day of wine tasting today, touring three estates. At the Waterford Estate, you’ll pair the region’s Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with chocolate. Then it’s on to Middelvlei to pair their wines with delicious boerebraai tapas. Finally, there’s a cheese and wine pairing and cellar tour at the Jordan Estate. After today, you’ll be able to navigate wine menus back home like a pro.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Hike through Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

    Spend a day in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, to the southeast of Stellenbosch. You’ll follow a hiking trail through scenic mountains and fynbos, a heathland plants unique to South Africa’s Cape regions. Bring a swimming costume as there may the opportunity to go for a swim. The reserve is home to leopards, honey badgers and baboons, although they’re rather shy. Instead, you’re more likely to spot kingfishers, eagles and agama lizards.

    For those looking for an adrenaline rush, there’s the option of going kloofing for the day instead. It’s the South African version of canyoning, following the Steenbras River through a canyon, abseiling, rock jumping and swimming in clear pools.

    This evening there’s a traditional South African BBQ. It’s the perfect opportunity to swap stories of the day’s adventures.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Surf the dunes on a sandboarding adventure

    The morning is spent sandboarding at the Atlantis Dunes, with full instruction and equipment provided. There’s also the option to try quad biking here. Then it’s back to Cape Town, after a late lunch at Bloubergstrand where you’ll get a great view of Table Mountain.

    This evening, there’s a trans-African food experience at Gold Restaurant complete with live entertainment.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Savour your last moments in Cape Town

    On your final day, the choice is yours. A township tour? A visit to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Or perhaps just spending a little more time around the V&A Waterfront? There’s no bad way to spend time in this city.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Vaccinations

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • Vegetarians and Vegans can be catered for

Is this trip for you?

This is an active trip with cycling, kayaking, canyoning, sandboarding and hiking, so you need to be reasonably fit and have a sense of adventure

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 6599 170
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Hotels

Grand Daddy Hotel

Occupying an enviable position in the heart of the action on Cape Town’s Long Street, the Grand Daddy Hotel is a different take on a typical hotel experience. Don’t leave without spending time at the rooftop Airstream Trailer Park (yes, seriously).

Cultivar Guest Lodge

In archetypal wineland surroundings, this diminutive Lodge screams peace. There’s a pool that’s ideal for spending a lazy afternoon with a local wine in hand.

Simonstown Quayside Hotel

A bright and breezy hotel on the water’s edge with views over False Bay and the Simon’s Kloof Mountains beyond.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 6599 170
Trip Notes

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