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Cabernet & Capers in South Africa

8 days
from
$3,079
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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, Private Group 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.

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:
1300 131 564
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…

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.

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.

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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:
1300 131 564
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:
1300 131 564
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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  • Fabulous Trip, Fabulous Country!

    A great trip to a fabulous country - having never been to South Africa before it surpassed all my expectations; the landscapes were amazing, the food was universally delicious, and the people were friendly and welcoming throughout. Although I have been on several Exodus trips before, this was my first Exodus Edits trip, and although for us some of the itinerary was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, I would definitely recommend the trip. The itinerary was varied and packed a lot in to a short space of time, and included the very active (climbing table mountain) to the very relaxing (wine tasting in Stellenbosch), with the highlight for me definitely being visiting and kayaking with the penguins at Boulders Beach.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Penguins! Both the walk along Boulders Beach in Simonstown, and the kayaking the following day were fabulous, and despite all the uncertainty and concerns over Covid-19, seeing the penguins instantly made everything better! I also really enjoyed the wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area - Stellenbosch itself is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen, and the visits to the vineyards were great fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Adonia and Ernest were great - nothing was too much trouble, and when our itinerary had to change they found other places for us to go. They were also amazingly helpful and reassuring when we were informed we would have to leave early due to Covid-19 - and despite that, we all still enjoyed the holiday very much!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If travelling in March, I would advise taking a windbreaker as it is surprisingly windy in Cape Town and surrounding area! It can also get quite cool at nights, so take a jumper or jacket too. Walking shoes/boots are a must for Table Mountain, and I'd recommend maybe sandals or shoes you don't mind getting wet for the kayaking!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fab trip!
  • Amazing trip

    Having never been to South Africa before, every aspect of our trip surpassed all expectation. From meeting everyone at the airport, all through the trip, it was well organised and our guides were great! Our activities were well thought out and perfect for what we wanted from our trip. The scenery was beautiful and the South African people were so friendly and accommodating. Nothing was ever too much trouble. We loved it, and would definitely do another trip like this.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best part for us was the kayaking to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. It was a great activity and having never done sea kayaking before I, especially, was nervous, however I needn’t have been, the kayaks were easy to operate and the paddling was fine. The penguins were a pleasure to see, and watching them bob about in the waves not far from our kayaks was a real treat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Adonia was our guide and Ernest was our driver and they were fabulous. They were so friendly and helpful and had excellent knowledge of the area and history etc. By the end of the trip everyone felt like family, and we were sad to leave. Also, they were great when, through circumstances beyond their control, they had to make last minute alterations and organise things differently. 5 stars all round, thanks guys!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, it can be very windy! Especially at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, so be prepared. :)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food was delicious, and quite cheap compared to UK prices. We didn’t eat a bad meal at all, and the service was efficient, waiting staff friendly. The wines were also great too, I’m now a fan of Pinotage and a couple of good white wines as well! I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to this beautiful country, it was a truly memorable holiday! :)
  • Cabarbet & Capers South Africa March 2020

    An unforgettable trip that will live long in the memory. One that I would highly tecommend to anyone in their 30's and 40's who is short on time and keen to dip their toe into the best activities that the Cape has to offer. This was the first ever Exodus Edits trip so it was a step into the unknown. Whats more, it coincided with the COVID-19 outbreak which ultimately led to it being cut short as we had to return to the UK. Nonetheless, the small amount of time spent in Cape Town with my fellow explorers and our fantastic tour guides Adonia and Ernest exceeded my expectations. As a seasoned traveller and regular customer of Exodus, I knew that in spite of the uncertainty that came with travelling overseas as COVID-19 spread, I'd be in safe hands. After discovering on day 2 that the trip would be cut short, Adonia with support from Caroline and John from Exodus HQ who had joined us on the trip, provided regular updates and guidance on the fast-moving situation. This enabled me to make clear decisions on how and when I should return home before borders closed and airlines cancelled flights. While the trip itself was reduced to 5 days, the activities that we were able to experience were hugely enjoyable. Hiking halfway way up Table Mountain in fierce winds and getting some amazing views of downtown Cape Town before (very sensibly) being directed by Adonia to head back down as it was just too risky to hike all the way to the top. Visiting the Cape of Good Hope and hiking up to Cape Point Light House in even stronger winds was quite an experience even for someone who grew up on the windy west coast of Scotland! The accommodation across the 5 days was fantastic and leaned towards the 4 star in terms of quality. In Cape Town, the Grand Daddy Hotel was a one of a kind experience. Very quirky with Airstream style caravans on the top floor. Great rooms and very good breakfasts. In Simonstown, our hotel overlooked the gorgeous bay and offered great views of the sun setting. Last but not least, our farm stay accommodation on the outskirts of Stellenbosch offered great views of the surrounding vin yards and mountains on the horizon. Two separate swimming pools was also a welcome discovery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The natural beauty of the coastline from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope will really stick in the memory. The eyes are seduced by the magnificence of the white sandy beaches before being confronted by the dancing white horses crashing into rugged coves. As I gazed out to the horizon and with nothing but churning ocean for thousands of miles to the left and to the right, I reflected on my good fortune in being offered the opportunity to put into perspective mankind’s place on the planet. While I tapped away on my iPhone taking picture after picture of the magnificent landscape, I knew that in spite of all of the technology at my fingertips, mother nature will always have the final word.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Adonia our tour leader and his able assistant Ernest were superb in very way. More so, in light of the challenges they were presented with on an hourly basis as the consequences of the South African Government's decision to impose travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 became apparent. At every turn, Adonia and Ernest kept us abreast of the situation and the implications on our scheduled activities. Where one activity was cancelled, an alternative was rapidly improvised. Too windy to hike to the top of Table Mountain. Ok, lets visit Signal Hill Nature Reserve instead. Bike hire company closed due to COVID-19? Let’s hike up to Cape Point Lighthouse. Highly knowledgeable, highly engaging and above all highly empathetic, Adonia and Ernest were there for us every step of the way. It really was sad to leave them in such abrupt circumstances.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are travelling on this trip towards the back of the South African summer, pack a windbreaker and a fleece as it can be really windy during the day and cool in the evening. Also make sure to pack a proper pair of waking boots as the hike up Table Mountain is largely on rocky steps so firm footing is required.

Dates & Prices

Call us on 1300 131 564