South Africa

Hiking tour around Cape Town in spring

Globally there are 5 plant kingdoms; South Africa is the only country in the world having one of them within its boundaries called Capensis. The Western Cape hosts 8% of the world plant species, this is some 18.000! That´s why the mountain ranges as well as some coastal arears have been recognized for this by having UNESCO World Heritage status. On various hikes and walks you will see them first hand. September/October in particular are the best months to see them flowering plus the Southern Right whales are roaming the coastal waters around the Cape and are easy to spot whilst hiking.

Itinerary:

Driving and walking time in hrs; Hg: Height gain in feet

Day 1 30.09.2017 Arrival in Cape Town and sightseeing tour

Your tour guide will welcome you at Cape Town Airport. Transfer to the Rosedene Guest House 4* set in a quiet location at the foot of Table Mountain. Depending on arrival time a sightseeing tour of the city center follows: The castle, Parliament Gardens, Greenmarket Square, Bo-Kaap. (Driving time: 0.5 hrs)

Day 2 01.10.2017 Hike on Devil‘s Peak

This hike is a secret and is off the tourist paths. We start at the guesthouse and walk through the district Vredehoek (Green Corner) into Table Mountain National Park. Many endemic plants can be found here. Pelargonium, Outeniqua pincushion, bugle lily and many more. We have wonderful views as we hike up and along the 3000 ft. high ridge of Devil‘s Peak. From here we have an unusual view of Table Mountain. Descent ensues via Newlands Saddle and back to town. (Driving time: 0.5 hrs; Walking time: 6 hrs.; Hg: 2900 ft.) (B, L)

Day 3 02.10.2017 Hike on the Cape of Good Hope

Drive to Simons Town on the Cape Peninsula. Visit a penguin colony. Afterwards we enter Table Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which stretches from the waterfront of Cape Town all the way to the Cape of Good Hope. Hike to Thomas T. Tucker Ship Wreck on the wild Atlantic Coast, as well as through the varying coast of fynbos to Sirkelsvlei (3 hrs). We picnic at the coast. Visit the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way we might spot eland, bontebok, baboons and ostrich followed by a 1-hour hike to Cape Point above the rocky coastline. Return drive to Cape Town over the spectacular Chapman‘s Peak Drive. (Driving time: 2 hrs; Walking time: 4 hrs.; Hg: 600 ft.) (B, L) Perhaps kayaking in Simonstown (not included).

Day 4 03.10.2017 Hike in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Transfer to Stellenbosch. We start in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve onto the 3300 ft. plateau of the Hottentot-Holland Mountains. Along the horse-shoe shaped route we hike through the wonderful fynbos, protea and erica. The view to the Cape of Good Hope, 60 miles away, is impressive. We stay in the historic Bonne Esperance Guest House 4* in town for three consecutive nights. (Driving time: 1 hr; Walking time: 6-8 hrs.; Hg: 3900 ft.) (B, L)

Day 5 04.10.2017 Cycle Kleinmond to Gordons Bay

Transfer to Hermanus, the best place to see the Southern Right whales in South Africa. Walk on top of the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay. (2 grs.: HG 0 ft.) In the afternoon get on a 21 speed touring or 8 speed-E bike and cycle the amazing Rooi Els-Gordon´s Bay route (13 miles; HG 750 ft.) right along the False Bay. A short transfer takes you back to Bonne Esperance Guest House in Stellenbosch. (Driving times: 2 hrs.)

Day 6 05.10.2017 Hike in Mt. Rochelle Nature Reserve

A half hour transfer takes you into neighboring valley of Franschhoek. On top of namesake pass start a circular hike first onto the Paardekop Peak (4800 ft.) then along a rocky path with lovely mountain scenery of the Wemmershoek Mts. Head back along a mountain stream full of flowering lilies. Perhaps one can spot some hyrax as well as klipspringer antelope. (Driving time: 1.5 hrs; Walking time: 6-8 hrs.; Hg: 3500 ft.) (B, L)

Day 7 06.10.2017 Hike in the West Coast National Park

Drive to the West Coast National Park. Especially in September/October this is a truly remarkable National Park to visit. On a circular flat route see different kind of antelope, ostrich and zebra PLUS some spectacular flowers and walk the empty beach. In the evening drive to Cape Town for another night at Rosedene Guest House 4* (Driving time: 3 hrs; Walking time: 3-4 hrs.; Hg: 0 ft.) (B, L)

Day 8 07.10.2017 Transfer to Airport

Early morning transfer to Cape Town International Airport.

Services

Included in price:
• Qualified English speaking tour guide Day 1 – 8
• 7 nights in guest houses 4*, subject to availability
• 7 x breakfast, 4 x lunch
• All travel and transfer in air conditioned minibus
• All entrance fees for sightseeing program
• Bicycle

Not included:
• Flights to and from South Africa
• Meals not mentioned above and drinks
• Tips

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Group size

2 - 8 Participants
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Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 320
Price with 4-5 participants USD 1995
Price with 6-7 participants USD 1695

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