Langebaan, Cape Town & Whale Watching Tour
This itinerary combines a relaxing week at Langebaan Lagoon followed by a week exploring the Cape and the breathtaking beauty of the Garden Route (including whale watching from Hermanus) without feeling like you are being rushed. Each property is especially selected to give you the most out of each area in affordable accommodation that does not stint on quality or service, ensuring that you arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend.
The 2nd week around Cape Town and The Garden Route can be arranged as self drive or we can provide a private guide to escort you throughout the week.
South Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round.
Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa. The country's coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.
The curious humpback whale can be seen between May to December, moving up along the coast from Hermanus to St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal.
The medium-sized Bryde's whale can be spotted all year round, and while rare, orcas can also be seen.
Days 1 - 7Langebaan Lagoon
On arrival at Cape Town airport you will be met and transferred to Langebaan Lagoon, around a 1 hour transfer time.
Langebaan is an idyllic little seaside town on the South African West Coast. It is located at the edge of the tranquil Langebaan lagoon, 100 km north of Cape Town. Founded in 1922, this historical town was once a whaling station and it has now been transformed into a holiday destination on the West Coast. It is a mecca for nature-lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The lagoon is part of a protected area, the West Coast National Park.
Days 7 - 10Cape Town
Accommodation: 5*Bed & BreakfastToday we take you to Cape Town. Spend the afternoon exploring this 'Mother City' and perhaps take a stroll around the V&A Waterfront.Perhaps you could take the hop on hop off sightseeing buses for a better understanding of the city and what is has to offer. Weather permitting a trip on the cable car to the top of the mountain for spectacular views or a short boat trip to Robben Island famous for being where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many years.Take a car and drive through wonderful coast roads south along the peninsula experiencing the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. Visit the rugged Cape of Good Hope and marvel at the point where these 2 oceans meet. Visit the penguin colony at boulders beach before return to the city via Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens famous the world over for its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Days 10 - 11Oudtshoorn
Accommodation: 5*Bed & Breakfast
Depart after breakfast for the fascinating drive along Route 62 South Africa's equivalent of the famous Route 66. A chance to explore some lovely little towns as you meander through ever changing landscapes on the way to your next stop Oudtshoorn. The capital of the feather industry this is the epicenter of ostrich farming and a visit to one of the farms along the way is highly recommended.
Days 11 - 12Swellendam
Accommodation: 5*Bed & Breakfast
After Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Laying at the foot of the beautiful Langeberg mountains this place is not only famous for its youngberries, but as well as for its architecture and its history.
The town and its district was named after the governor of the Cape and his wife, Hendrik Swellengrebel and Helena Ten Damme. In time, a village was established opposite the Drostdy, across the Koornlands River, where artisans, including numerous wainwrights, and traders settled. To travellers and explorers, the services of these village folk were indispensable, as Swellendam was the last outpost of civilisation on the eastern frontier.
Days 12 - 14Hermanus
Accommodation: 4*Bed & Breakfast
Hermanus is rich in breathtaking scenery; with its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it is no wonder that Hermanus is transformed into a bustling hubbub of activity in-season as well as out-of-season. For any intrepid tourist or appreciator of nature's wonders, Hermanus is the ideal location for an unforgettable experience.
More than 300 activities include whale watching, shark cage diving in Walker Bay, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking and a 27 hole Hermanus golf course. Discover the wine route, art route, speciality shops and pamper boutiques. Escape to nature and breathe the champagne air along our spectacular cliff paths. Meet the world’s only Whale Crier as he alerts you to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn. Admire the diverse floral fynbos kingdom while hiking or biking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or laze on one of the pristine Blue Flag beaches.
Day 11Back to UK
The drive from Hermanus to Cape Town airport is around 2 hours.
4* THE LANGEBAAN FARMHOUSE, LANGEBAANOverlooking the stunning Langebaan lagoon, The Farmhouse Hotel is an experience to be savoured. Celebrated for their friendly and attentive staff, antique collection and West Coast warmth, The Farmhouse Hotel offers guests an authentic coastal farmstead encounter. This unique and very well run property is the only real high standard hotel style p...
5* THE BAY HOTEL , CAPE TOWNSituated in Camps Bay, the Bay Hotel is the only hotel in Cape Town with uninterrupted views and direct access to the world famous Camps Bay beach. This elegant 5 star hotel features landscaped grounds with 4 outdoor pools and views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. It offers spacious guest rooms a 10-minute drive fr...
5* ROSENHOF COUNTRY LODGE , GARDEN ROUTERosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellow wood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. ...
5* SCHOONE OORDT COUNTRY HOUSE , GARDEN ROUTESchoone Oordt Country House is a charming five stars country hotel in Swellendam South Africa. ...
4* LES BALEINES, GARDEN ROUTELes Baleines guesthouse has an enviable location nestled between the Overburg Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Situated in the heart of South Africa's whale watching area, Les Baleines (meaning 'the whale') is a small family run guesthouse offering stylish accommodation and stunning views. Whale Watching and Shark Diving trips can be...
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Itinerary OverviewDays 1 - 7 Langebaan Lagoon Days 7 - 10 Cape Town Days 10 - 11 Oudtshoorn Days 11 - 12 Swellendam Days 12 - 14 Hermanus Day 11 Back to UK
- Airport Taxes
Minimum 2 passengers (or single supplement will apply) assuming flights from the UK. other European or worldwide departure airports available on request.Guide price per person: £2450 / excl. sports