Winelands and West Coast Wonders is a 4 day / 3 night package tour by African Blue Tours

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Package Tour - Winelands and West Coast Wonders

Categories: Countryside / Nature / Wine

On this tour you get to discover South Africa’s infamous West Coast Wonders and beautiful Winelands over 4 days. Journey through Riebeek Valley and experience unique west coast wine, cuisine and hospitality. From vineyards and olive groves, to Rooibos tea plantations and the West Coast National Park.

At a Glance

Tour duration
4 days / 3 nights
Min / max group size
2 to 12 people per tour
Tour departs from
Cape Town
From R11860 to R12130 per person

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town to Riebeek-Kasteel via Stellenboch
Molweni! Hello and a warm welcome to the wondrous Western Cape. A very colourful province, the Western Cape has much natural beauty and cultural diversity to share. From the cosmopolitan glitz of Cape Town to remote and traditional fishing villages, the Western Cape continues to awe and entertain.

This morning you will be collected from your Cape Town hotel by our professional tourist guide. Travel inland along the Winelands route via Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington to Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland.

The Cape Winelands, with its Mediterranean climate and mountainous terrain, is the largest wine producing region in the country with over 200 cellars. Steeped in culture and history it is home to internationally award winning wines and young olive groves. Stop for lunch (own account) and wine tasting at a Swartland vineyard near Malmesbury.

The Swartland bush vines are grown under dry conditions; these grapes produce excellent and distinct flavoured wines. The grapes are well sought after for producing wine blends with grapes from irrigated vineyards. Known as the bread basket of South Africa, the Swartland is the largest wheat producing area named Zwarterland (the Black land) by the Dutch for its wide fertile plains of dark soil and rhenoster bushes that appear black at certain times of the year.

We make our way to the heart of the Riebeek Valley, and the slopes of the Kasteelberg to your evening’s accommodation, situated in the historic and charming village of Riebeek-Kasteel. Freshen up before enjoying dinner (own account) at the hotel.

Overnight: Riebeek Valley Hotel or similar

Day 2: Riebeek-Casteel to Paternoster Via Clanwilliam
Depart Riebeek-Kasteel after an early breakfast travel to Paternoster via Porterville and Clanwilliam in the Cederberg.
The Cederberg gets its name from the now endangered Clanwilliam cedar tree, a tree that is endemic to the area. The Cederberg was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973 and is now a World Heritage Site, a sparsely populated area, well known for its unusual, often red sandstone rock formations and San Bushmen rock paintings. With its striking landscapes and mountainous terrain which encompasses the Sneeuberg, Tafelberg, Cederberg and Kouebokkeveld Mountains, it makes it a natural playground for mountaineers and hikers alike.

Stop in the charming and bustling small town of Clanwilliam for factory tours of two equally quintessential South African products: the Veldskoen and Rooibos tea.
The Veldskoene, field shoes, are untanned leather shoes sewn together without using nails. Nicknamed vellies, these outdoor shoes are synonymous with our farmers and bush guides. They are also believed to have been made by the Hottentots, before the arrival of Europeans.

The Rooibos Tea Factory in Clanwilliam, started off as a home industry and is now the biggest industry in the area, exporting 50 – 60% of the world’s Rooibos tea. Rooibos (red bush) is an indigenous plant that produces a red coloured, naturally sweet and caffeine free tea. This refreshing beverage has been, scientifically proven to be high in antioxidants.

Enjoy lunch at the Rooibos Tea Factory (own account) and travel to one of the last traditional fishing villages on the West Coast, Paternoster.
Paternoster, meaning Our Father, was named so for the pleading prayers of ship-wrecked sailors. A bird lover’s paradise, it is home to over 250 species of birds and is a breeding ground for seabirds.

Relax at the guest house, before sampling a dinner of local fare (own account) at Abalone House located in the village.

Overnight: Paternoster Seaside Cottages or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 3: Paternoster to Paternoster via Lamberts Bay
After breakfast, spend the day along the West coast.

Take the opportunity to taste “Bokkoms” (dried salted small fish) or curried fish from the fishing villages along the coast (own account).

Explore the Cape Gannet colony found on an island, linked to Lambert’s Nay by a breakwater wall. Bird Island also gives shelter to thousands of cormorants and penguins, whilst Cape Fur Seals can still be found on the rocks on the sea side of the island. Explore the modern bird hide, an aquarium penguin pool and curio shop (weather permitting and own account)

Enjoy a seafood speciality (own account) in Lambert’s Bay.

Travel back along the scenic coastal road towards Paternoster. once at the top of the spiral staircase of Cape Columbine Lighthouse, take in the magnificent views of the Nature Reserve and Atlantic Ocean.

Return to Paternoster and enjoy time at leisure. Paternoster, meaning “Our Father” was named so for the pleading prayers of ship-wrecked sailors. A bird lover’s paradise, it is home to over 250 species of birds and is a breeding ground for sea birds.

Enjoy dinner at Abalone House or at a restaurant in the village (own account)

Overnight: Paternoster Seaside Cottages or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 4: Paternoster to Cape Town via West Coast
After breakfast we continue our tour of the West Coast to the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay.
Saldanha Bay with its deep waters is South Africa’s largest natural anchorage and port. Enjoy a brief orientation and tour of the harbour before being whisked away to the West Coast National Park.

The West Coast National Park with its endless beaches, Langebaan Lagoon, salt marshes, the strandveld that transforms itself into a colourful carpet of indigenous flowers during the spring rainfalls, and the Postberg with its large number of antelope, offers a unique and idyllic experience.

Stop for lunch (own account) in the charming village of Darling, with its passionately restored Victorian houses, century old trees and the famous annual wildflower show, Darling is the sweetheart of the West Coast area.

Continue to Bloubergstrand for one of the best and iconic views of Table Mountain, believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
This tour ends with a late afternoon arrival at your Cape Town hotel or Cape Town International Airport. Here we say Hamba kahle, good bye and go well.

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