Barefoot Beach Wandering
From the heights of Table Mountain to the shallow waters of Glen Beach, South Africa boasts a rich array of memorable experiences for every visitor. The first portion of your trip takes place in Cape Town, where your stay can encompass shopping, sightseeing and going out in the evening; you have a lot of choice in your itinerary. Further along the trip, you'll visit Paternoster in the Western Cape, plus the countryside around Clanwilliam, immersing you in the country's diverse nature every step of the way. When you start wandering in South Africa, you won't want to stop.
Gaze over Cape Town from Table Mountain
Learn how to make local cuisine
Enjoy comfortable 4-star accommodation by the beach
Tour the dense Winelands
Visit the Robben Island Prison Museum
This exciting trip to South Africa includes international flights, transfers, accommodation, excursions and breakfasts.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your time in South Africa.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
After landing in Cape Town, you’ll be whisked to The Grand Daddy Hotel. After the long journey, you can have a rest or explore the amenities are on offer - the choice is yours. The hotel is located mere minutes from the wonderful V&A Waterfront, which boasts a variety of attractions. You can visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, which explores how the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean shape South African sea-life, with 3000 varieties of living animals on view; discover how diamonds are processed and the business of trading at the Cape Diamond Museum; or shop till you drop in the 400 local boutiques.
On day 3, you’ll visit the Bo-Kaap area for a rather tasty morning and afternoon of activities. South Africa boasts an idiosyncratic culinary culture; some dishes are taken from time-honoured local recipes, while others reflect the international influences which have shaped the rainbow nation, all the way from Europe to Asia. You’ll visit a spice shop and discover the flavours which go into the dishes, then meet local Zainie at her home as she gives cooking demonstrations. Over the two-hour interactive cooking lesson, you’ll learn how to make meals like chicken curry and rootis, plus how to fold samosas. Take home a recipe booklet and a premixed masala so you can enjoy her recipes wherever you go. No worries if you have any dietary requirements as this can arranged (please inform the guide prior to the activities).
In the next stage of the tour, you’ll visit one of the area’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Table Mountain. A fascination natural formation, the Mountain is one of the most photographed locations on earth – so remember to bring your camera! You’ll ascend the mountain in a cable car, feeling the immense scale as you journey up; once arrived, you’ll be treated to what might just be the ultimate views of Cape Town and its surroundings.
Things to do
Having experienced many of Cape Town’s delights, your early morning journey on day 4 will bring you to Paternoster. Located on the Western Cape, the area has for a long time served as a fishing village but is increasingly attracting visitors with its calm pace and picturesque scenery. You will be staying at the Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guest House, boasting attentive staff, spa facilities and a beachfront location.
On day 5, you have the freedom to choose what you want to do. We’d recommend you to grab a picknick lunch, take a walk on the beach and head for the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. While the local beaches are uniformly gorgeous, the Reserve has some interesting features which are well worth checking out; a lighthouse which you can climb up; boulders as large as houses; and the opportunity to see dolphins and whales (between June and November) from the coast.
On day 6, once again you can determine your own itinerary. However, we have included a lovely lunch for you at the open air Muisbosskerm Restaurant in Lamberts Bay, where you can sample dishes such as crayfish, hotnotskool – a kind of wild cabbage - stew, freshly baked homemade bread and Waterblommetjies, a meat and vegetable stew. Delicious food in serene surroundings - you’ll be making plans to return to the region in no time.
Enjoy one last breakfast and a beach walk in Paternoster before you venture on to Clanwilliam. Located 200 kilometres from Cape Town, Clanwilliam is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and functions at a sedate pace, as you’re surrounded by beige plains and looming mountains. You won’t be short on options while you’re here. In August, a great destination is the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show; since 1972, this event celebrates the local fauna and raises awareness around conservation issues.
Your time here will be at own leisure. With the calm atmosphere and rustic surroundings, you can imagine what the area would’ve been like thousands of years ago.
Beach / General Tour
You’re on the last few days of your journey but Cape Town offers so much you won’t struggle to make the most of it. Following your last breakfast in Clanwilliam, your driver will collect you and travel back to where your trip began. If you’re looking to squeeze in more time for relaxation, check out some of the city’s beaches, for instance - Glen Beach, where the water is crystal clear, the sand is pristine and the Twelve Apostles mountain range looms in the background.
Day 10, all this relaxation can be thirsty work, so enjoy a private trip to the Winelands on your 10th day. If the sun is beating down too heavily, you can retreat into the shade of oak trees or examine historic buildings. You have many different vineyards to choose from; Waterford Estate consistently has beautiful surroundings and an inviting atmosphere, perfect to enjoy a glass or two in. The next destination is the town of Franschhoek, which is a few centuries old and heavily inspired by French Huguenot settlers. The culinary tradition they brought with them lives on here, with a host of local award-winning restaurants to be found. After a trip through the Paarl wine route, you’ll return to the city in the early evening.
On your penultimate day, you can learn more about South Africa’s storied history with a trip to the Robben Island Prison Museum. Operating for 350 years up until its final closure in 1996, the prison gained notoriety during the apartheid era, when civil rights leaders such as Nelson Mandela were sentenced to years of hard labour and squalid living conditions. Many tours are conducted by former inmates and there are cells which have been preserved. A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site may shock you, but also drives home the lessons from history.
Finally, on day 12, and after enjoying Cape Town’s hustle and bustle, the majesty of Table Mountain, calm beaches and an expansive countryside, your trip has come to an end. You’ll have the morning to spend as you wish, plus a late check out from your hotel and transport to the airport. So, whether you take one last stroll down the V&A Waterfront or relax on the beach, there’s no doubt you’ll be thinking of when you can next return to spectacular South Africa.