7 Day Private Tour Western Cape
Highlights: Table Mountain, Cape point reserve, Boulders beach & African Penguin’s, Ocean Safari Hermanus, Aquila Big 5 private game reserve, Open vehicle game drive & Franschhoek wine tasting
Day 1 Cape Town
After meeting your guide at Cape town international airport, depending on your arrival time we will do the cable way up table mountain before heading to Houth bay for the first night.
Once settled in at you lodge, we make our way down to the Houtbay harbor for dinner.
Day 2 Cape town-Hermanus
Departing after breakfast we make our way to Cape point nature reserve for the morning.
Cape Point (Afrikaans: Kaappunt) is a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent in South Africa. Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town are close to the northern extremity of the same peninsula. The cape is located at 34°21′26″S 18°29′51″ECoordinates: 34°21′26″S 18°29′51″E, about 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi) east and a little north of the Cape of Good Hope on the southwest corner. Although these two rocky capes are very well known, neither cape is actually the southernmost point of the mainland of Africa; that is Cape Agulhas, approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) to the east-southeast.
Once back your guide will then drive you down to Boulders beach, where you can enjoy a walk around the area and also visit the African Penguin colony.
From there we make our way out of the city and down to the coastal town of Hermanus for the night.
Accommodation: Lodge or self catering lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3 Hermanus to Arniston
After breakfast we make our way down to the harbor of Hermanus for your 3 hour Ocean safari. You guide will inform you at what time you need to be ready for the tour.
Once back from the Ocean safari we load the vehicle and make our way along the coast through the country and then down to the most southern point od Africa before making our way to Arniston for the night.
Accommodation: Arniston spa hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
In May 1815, a British East Indiaman, Arniston, was rounding the Cape in convoy on a journey to repatriate wounded British soldiers from Ceylon. The ship lacked a chronometer – an expensive instrument at the time – and consequently had to rely on other ships in the fleet to calculate the longitude of the group. After being separated from the convoy in heavy seas, the captain of Arniston was obliged to rely solely on dead reckoning to navigate. Thinking incorrectly that he was west of the Cape of Good Hope because of lack of headway, led to an incorrect assumption that Cape Agulhas was Cape Point. Consequently, Arniston was wrecked when her captain headed north for St Helena, operating on the incorrect belief the ship had already passed Cape Point, the master steered north for St Helena and ran the ship onto the rocks at Waenhuiskrans. Only six of the 378 people on board survived the wrecking.
The survivors spent several days on the beach before being discovered by a farmer’s son. A memorial, a replica of which can be seen today, was erected on the beach by the wife of Colonel Giels, whose four unaccompanied children were lost in the tragedy. The memorial bears the following inscription:
Erected by their disconsolate parents to the memory of Thomas, aged 13 years, William Noble, aged 10, Andrew, aged 8 and Alexander McGregor Murray, aged 7 (the four eldest sons of Lieut Colonel Andrew Giels of H.M. 73rd Regiment) who, with Lord and Lady Molesworth unfortunately perished in the Arniston Transport, wrecked on this shore on 3rd May, 1815.
Over the years, the name of the wreck has become synonymous with the name of the location and today the labels ‘Arniston’ and ‘Waenhuiskrans’ are used interchangeably.
Day 4 Arniston –Oudtshoorn
Leaving you hotel after breakfast we make our way through the country and then up to Oudtshoorn. This afternoon we will visit the Cango caves and also do a informational tour at the Cango ostrich centre.
Once finished for the day we will make our way to the lodge for the night.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5 Oudtshoorn – Franschoek
Leaving late this morning we make our way through the karoo and then through Robertson to Franschhoe. Once in Franschhoek you will have a Tram wine tour booked for the afternoon. Lasts around 3 hours.
You guide will be waiting for you once you return from your wine to and then take you out for dinner at one of the many restaurants in the town of Franschhoek
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6 Franschhoek to Aquila private game reserve
Leaving Franschhoek we make our way up to Aquila private game reserve.
Once settled in at Aquila you local guides will inform you all about your afternoon open vehicle game drive and als inform you about your next morning game drive in the private reserve.
Acclaimed for service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility efforts and conservation programes, Aquila is more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience, it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary delights, service excellence and the restoration of pride to the indigenous people and the land.
Accommodation: Aquila Private reserve
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7 Cape Town
Depending on the time of your flight out of Cape town guide will make sure you depart from Aquila on time to get you to the airport
What’s included in the price:
- Services of a driver/guide
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Accommodation as per itinerary
What’s NOT included in the price:
- Flights, visas (if required), personal travel insurance (compulsory when travelling with Bluechilli)
- Meals & drinks not specified in the itinerary
- Items of a personal nature