Cape Town Highlights – 2 days (Cape Point&Penguins, Winelands)

Day 1: Cape Point & the penguin colonyDay 2: Cape Winelands
Your second stint with us is filled with a day trip to Cape Point, and you’ll be with us from 08h30 – 17h00. This is probably the most popular full day excursion out of Cape Town – with good reason. Your customised trip includes entrance to Cape Point Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay Harbour and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The views are spectacular and it’s a mini-safari in itself – animals you might see en route include ostriches, chacma baboons, African penguins, Southern Right whales (in season), Cape fur seals, antelope and a variety of bird species. These are highlights you won’t forget!

It’s a bit of a drive out to Cape Point, but the view off Chapman’s Peak Drive is our favourite and the hike to the Cape of Good Hope is also a highlight. There are so many cool things to do on this route that it really merits a two-day excursion, which we’d happily organise for you. You can still cram quite a bit into one day – we’ll have to make some choices though!

This full day tour can also include optional stops and activities. You might like to stop in picturesque Simons Town, or Hout Bay where you can enjoy a 50-minute seal island cruise. We recommend a stroll through the world famous and beautifully tranquil Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or for something a little more active horse riding on Noordhoek Beach, a surf lesson in Muizenberg, or kayaking with penguins! We can also arrange a wine tasting at Groot Constantia or Cape Point Vineyards to give you a taste of our exquisite South African wines. If you’re lucky, you might get some of our famously cheesy jokes like these as well as your fill of scenic and penguin views!

If you’re lucky, you might get some of our famously cheesy jokes like these as well as your fill of scenic and penguin views!

Q: Why don’t you see Penguins in Britain?
A: Because they’re afraid of Wales.

Q: Who is a Penguin’s favourite pop star?
A: Seal.

Q: Why don’t Penguins like rock music?
A: They only like sole.

There are a lot of cool spots for lunch, and we’re always adding new favourites to our list. Let us know what you’re keen for and we’re sure to book somewhere that will delight. For more inspiration, keep an eye on our blog.

We love the Cape winelands of beautiful Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and we’re so confident that you will too that we devote your final day with us to a private full day tour. If you are traveling with kids or you are not particularly interested in wine, this outing still has serious value for the scenery, historic towns and interesting monuments and museums. Not to mention the amazing restaurants!

Once you’ve taken in the sights and tastes of the winelands we don’t think you’ll want to go home, but if your flight is non-negotiable we can drop you off at the airport after this excursion to catch your evening flight.

You’ll be with us from 09hoo – 17h00, and in that time we’ll generally visit three wine warms, some of which also offer champagne, olive oil, beer, chocolate or nougat tastings as well as interactive eco-activies, museums and monuments. We don’t normally choose the farms until the day of the tour, as we like to chat to our clients on the way out to find out what kind of program would suit them. Having said that, we work on a basic formula that is sure to please: visit somewhere old, somewhere new, and somewhere with a view. We customise the trip on a mix of what you want and what we think would be cool based on the weather, wine preferences, group dynamic and which one of our winemaker buddies are available to wow you.

Over time, we have found firm favourites depending on who the client is – red wine lovers are different from champers-guzzling wedding parties, wine connoisseurs need to taste the really good stuff as opposed to wine snobs (read the French) who need to be handled with kid gloves. The Cape Winelands are so diverse that we’re confident there’s something for everyone – even if that doesn’t mean wine! We also have our favourites when it comes to restaurants in the winelands, and rest assured we will reserve a top spot for you.

A driving tour of historic Stellenbosch is included and here it is possible to do a stop for a walk and shop around, to visit Oom Samie se Winkel, the town centre or even the university campus. The Stellenbosch Museum is great for a look at the history of our country and context for the culture of this amazing town and a visit to Doc Craven’s statue is a must for rugby fans.

There are also the wonderful gardens of Rustenburg or Babylonstoren, the historic splendour of Vergelegen, the slave museum of Solms Delta and the Cheetah Sanctuary in Somerset West, to name just a few! Sometimes we visit the Taal Monument in Paarl or the Hugenot Monument in Franschhoek, and we can also, on request, stop at the Eagle Encounter at Spier. We love getting out there and finding something to blow you away.

Farms: we choose from Muratie, Ernie Els, Tokara, Del Aire, Grand Provence, La Petite Ferme, Middelvlei, Rust en Vrede, Solms Delta, and many others. We’ve summarized why these ones consistently make the cut for us to whet your appetite, or should that be awaken your palate?

ERNIE ELS
Champion golfer. Champion wines. Champion views. This magnificent estate nestled in the Stellenbosch Mountains is a firm favourite for us. Check out Ernie’s trophies, taste the Big Easy, do a cellar tour and visit his private cellar. They do a mean cheese platter too…
GRAND PROVENCE
Grand Provence lives up to its name in every way. It’s Grand. It’s Provincial. In the heart of the Franschhoek valley, you’ll fall in love with the beauty and elegance of this proud estate, coupled with exquisite wines and friendly staff. Great for a winter visit, they have a roaring fireplace to keep away the chills.
FAIRVIEW
Iconic Fairview is a well known crowd pleaser, because man these guys are slick – cheese and wine tasting on beautiful estate with some goats prancing around and Khoi fish in the pond.  All of this and a well known cheeky brand known as the Goats do Roam (yep, the French hate them). Fairview also has some sweet BEE social initiatives through Fairvalley wines, so overall this is deservedly an estate that attracts a lot of visitors. It’s a busy favourite but a good one, and it represents big business in the winelands well.
THE SPICE ROUTE
When Fairview owner Charles Back bought the wonderful property of Seidelberg, we were dubious. However, he has succeeded in creating a wonderful new destination in the Cape Winelands, and offers something a little different. Grappa tasting, beer tasting, chocolate tasting, biltong tasting, picnics, wonderful cuisine, and oh yeah… great wines! An assault on the senses, in the best possible way.
TOKARA
GT Ferreira’s baby project is a magnificent modern building nestled on top of Helshoogte Pass complete with helicopter pad and breath-taking views from the tasting room. The huge fireplace, big comfy leather chairs and swanky interior makes this a great spot whatever the season. This is our “fancy” visit – they make really good whites with grapes taken from different regions, the folks are friendly and there’s always a buzz. It has made a splash in SA winemaking in a relatively short time, with good reason!
MURATIE
The legendary Melck family are pioneers in SA winemaking – Tannie Annetjie even helped create “Oom Samie se Winkel” and she still makes the jam preserves you can buy in the tasting room. This Stellenbosch Estate is an institution… it’s been around for over 330 years and we don’t think they’ve renovated since then! Cobwebs, ancient wagon wheels, historic paintings of owner mistresses in the 1800s with the accompanying saucy legends, encapsulated in the iconic Ansela van de Caab flagship red and well documented by the informed tasting staff. This is our “real” visit – an estate that celebrates its heritage. The port and chocolate tasting is great too!
MIDDELVLEI
This third generation estate in the heart of Stellenbosch has been a favourite for a while. Owner Ben Momberg, ably assisted by canine companions Pinotage and Tinta, takes us through his cellar for an informative lesson as winemaker and inappropriate amounts of wine tasting from different containers and wooden barrels. By the end of it, we are more than ready for lunch, which is a farm-style braai in summer and a great snack platter by the fireplace in winter. This is the business!

A day spent visiting three of these, or other, wine farms concludes the three-day package.

Cost: R8,900 as a private tour for two people including all trips and activities, but excluding meals.We will also happily construct a bespoke tour for three days or more, and many of these ideas are also available as day trips!