14 days of camper cruising in the Western Cape ER 402

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Are you ready to explore not only the well known places of the Western Cape but also cruise the less known routes in your own accommodation. In this relatively short time you will be able to experience beautiful parts of this stunning region both inland and coastal. And of course you will have plenty of time to get to know South Africa's mother city, Cape Town and her surroundings! Come and feel this stunning country in your own camper van!

 

 

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14 days of camper cruising in the Western Cape ER 402

Itinerary:

Day 1 Montagu/De Bos Guest Farm/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 190 km.

Welcome to South Africa! Your camper van will be ready for pick up between 8 and 9 am and after you received all the instructions you can hit the road! Lots to see and do so please leave in time towards Montagu.

You will be cruising around in your holiday home in the Western Cape, where the beauty is mind-boggling, the diversity of the landscape unparalleled and the amount of adventures ready to be experienced almost overwhelming. South Africa's principal wineland is the stunning country around Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. With its striking scenery and long history of White settlement, there is a distinctly European feel to this area.

You are on your way towards Worcester, Robertson and Montagu, the furthest outlying towns of the winelands. Nestled in the golden vallies there are lots of wine farms you can visit or enjoy a picnic. Worcester with its Cape Dutch style architecture is worth a visit and so is the Worcester Wild Flower Reserve which preserves both fynbos and Karoo vegetation, especially succulents. A warm welcome awaits you in Robertson, with 150 years of history, Victorian buildings and jacaranda-lined streets.

If you have any spare time visit McGregor, a charming, well-preserved mid 19th century village with its quaint, thatched cottages. Surrounded by mountain trails, fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards the village has maintained a rural peaceful ambience inspirational to artists.

The beautiful town of Montagu boasts an experience to satisfy all the senses, and great weather!  They are not only famous for their Muscadel and Dried Fruit but health and wellness opportunities, adventure sports, agri-tourism and to top it all a friendly and vibey town with great restaurants, museums and wineries. On the other side of the wall lies the little town of Ashton, home of fruit canning and the colourful township of Zolani, a part of the Arts & Crafts Route.

Tonight you will park your home at the De Bos Guest Farm, a 7 hectar farm on the outskirts of the Klein Karoo town of Montagu. De Bos is a working farm, specialising in the cultivation of Pecan nuts. Here you can enjoy your first night amongst the mountains and under the trees while sipping on a local wine. There are no power points but there are barbeques and there is a communal kitchen. You can jump in their swimming pool or rather visit the famous Montagu Warm Water Spa! And don't miss the world famous Tractor Ride to a viewing point at the top of the Langeberg mountains at the Protea Farm.

Day 2-3 Oudtshoorn/Kleinplaas/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 235 km.

The Klein Karoo, the land of ostriches, wild flowers and birds, the land of majestic sandstone mountains cleft by spectacular ravines, of vineyards and orchards. You are driving the famous Route 62 (the Mountain Route) which will be an exciting experience. It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora.

You will pass stunning little places like Barrydale, Ladysmith and Calitzdorp. The Hennie Cloete Nature Garden offers a lovely view of the town and a one-hour walk to view many of the succulents for which Calitzdorp is famous.On the one side of the road is the beautiful and fertile Tradouw Valley and on the other side you are faced with the stark and semi-arid Klein Karoo. These striking contrasts are experienced in a distance of 10km. If that made you thirsty, do stop at Ronnies Sex Shop for a refreshment. Which will be an unforgetable experience. Amalienstein, near Zoar offers a feast if you are interested in the rich mission station history of the Western Cape.

Enjoy your magneficent scenic drive in this unspoilt area of great natural beauty! Have you spotted your first ostrich already? Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Several ostrich show farms offer entertaining daily tours and demonstrations during which one learns about the history and use of these unique birds. Curio shops on the farms and in Oudtshoorn specialise in the finest ostrich leather, ostrich meat and ostrich feather products. Oudtshoorn with its unique and diverse architectural styles, much of which is attributed to the ostrich boom of the 1880s and early 1900s has a strong Afrikaans feel, tree-lined streets, shops and restaurants selling everything ostrich.

The Cango Caves, just west of Oudtshoorn, are the oldest and one of the most popular attractions. It is also one of the great natural wonders of the world. Several systems of spectacular limestone caverns have been discovered. Guided tours of an hour are available. Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, the endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre world-wide offers the rare opportunity of interacting with their hand-reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.

You will be staying for 2 nights at the Kleinplaas Holiday Resort just outside Oudtshoorn. They offer 4 star caravan stands with facilities such as a swimming pool and a restaurant. Just put your feet up and relax.

Day 4-5 Storms River/Storms River Mouth Camping/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 190 km.

Back on the stunning Route 62 and this time you will end up in Storms River at the coast. Don't forget to enjoy the unique scenery around Uniondale (overlooking an old fort), Joubertina (high peaks of the Tzitzikamma Mountains reigns over the beautiful orchards) and Kareedouw they are worthwhile a visit.

You have arrived at the coast in a region of incredible beauty along the famous Garden Route. The Tsitsikamma National Park is an area of spectacular scenery and forms part of South African National Parks. Towering cliffs overlook the lush forest canopy below where Fynbos Heath and Proteas carpet the forest floor. Combining terrestrial, coastal or marine ecosystems, the park encompasses an 80km ecological mosaic of winding ravines along the coast between the rolling Tsitsikamma Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean.

You will have two nights in this paradise to explore and enjoy this serene beauty. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp nestles against the ocean, drinking in the surrounding area's fantastic forest walks and setting you on exciting marine and river adventures. If you need to burn some adreline don't forget to bungee jump of the Bloukrans River Bridge (125 m) above the river.

Facilities offered by the camp include a souvenir shop that also stocks basic commodities, an a la carte restaurant which also serves light refreshments, a laundromat and a swimming pool. Fuel is available at Storms River Bridge (± 25 km from Storms River Rest Camp).

NOTE: Gate time will be as follows as from 01 November 2010: Gate opening 06:00 am and closing times 22:00 pm due to restaurant service. Security service, starting 18:00 - leaving.

Day 6-7 Wilderness/Ebb and Flow South Camping/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 130 km.

Time to explore more of the Garden Route! As you don't have to drive far today you can sit back, relax and drive slowely towards the Wilderness National Park where your caravan site with view and electricity will be waiting for you.

Please take some time to visit one of the jewels of the Garden Route, Knysna. This little vibrant town is perched on the edge of the serene lagoon and surrounded by forests.

Don't miss out on a cruise to The Heads. This pair of huge, orange sandstone cliffs flank a deep, potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours to flood the Knysna Lagoon. Or jump on the Paddle Cruiser which is the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa and is a unique lunch venue in Knysna. It is the ideal opportunity to unwind and enjoy a cocktail, locally brewed beer from the legendary Mitchell's Brewery or a local wine while savouring fresh lagoon Knysna oysters. Rather stay at shore no problem as you can enjoy shopping, eating and drinking around the water front.

The beautiful stretch of coastline, with rolling breakers, miles of white sand, sheltered lagoons and lush mountain hinterland has made Wilderness very popular. Tucked away in the Wilderness National Park, in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Ebb and Flow Restcamp is known not only for its striking nature trails and thick woodlands but also for its famous inhabitants, the green and ruby-plumaged Knysna Turacos. Situated on the banks of the Touw River, the rest camp is made up of bright and pleasant forest camp sites that sprawl on a wide lawn under a canopy of trees

Day 8 Little Brak River/Riverside Holiday Resort/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 50 km.

Have a relaxed start of another beautiful day and perhaps enjoy a picnic along the way to Little Brak River.

Little Brak River has just the right balance between exciting activities and soul recharging meditation. The clean, calm waters of the tidal Little Brak River provide safe swimming while the wild waves of the sea are exciting and fun. The unspoiled white sand beach stretches from the shore of the Little Brak River and along the coast for miles. A perfect beach for walking or just relaxing and taking in the scenery.

The Riverside Holiday Resort is situated on the banks of the Little Brak River, six kilometres from the Indian Ocean and Little Brak Beach.The river is navigable for twenty kilometres and teeming with fish, which means there is excellent boating, fishing and canoeing to be done. Birdlife is rich and varied, and bird-watching is therefore rewarding. Feel for another African experience then spoil yourself with a game drive which can be done at the Botlierskop game reserve 5 kilometres from Riverside.

The caravan stands are all grassed and shady. If you don't feel like making use of the braai area or the braai at your stand, the chef at the restaurant will make sure you're well looked after (take aways are also available).

The evenings are cooled off by the sea breeze and you can drop off to sleep with the sound of the waves crashing in the distance.

Day 9 Swellendam/Swellendam Caravan Park/Camping 1 night.

Distance: approx. 185 km.

Hopefully you were able to experience an early game drive before jumping into your camper and hitting the road towards Swellendam, a historic town dotted with old oaks and surrounded by rolling wheat country and mountains. The town, dating back to 1776, is the third oldest magisterial district in South Africa. It backs up against a spectacular ridge, part of the Langeberg Range. The centre of Swellendam has much to offer: lovely old Cape Dutch style buildings, excellent restaurants, shops, and arts & craft projects. The main sight in town is the excellent Drostdy Museum.

Don't forget to stop at a Farm Stall along the way, like the Blue Crane and enjoy the South African home made delicaties.

Close to Swellendam is the Bontebok National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, now heralded as a world heritage site, Bontebok National Park always offers something in bloom.The Park is proud to promote its achievements in biodiversity conservation, from the endangered fynbos veld type, coastal Renosterveld to the namesake bontebok!

It is also the largest youngberry growing area in the world, due mainly to the unique microclimate of the Hermitage valley just a few kilometres outside of Swellendam, and includes farms such as Wildebraam Liqueur farm, which offers liqueur tasting and a cellar tour.

Swellendam Caravan Park is situated close to the centre of town, yet its quiet tranquillity creates the impression of being out in the country with panoramic views of the majestic Langeberg Mountains. This well-grassed, shady park is professionally managed and in excellent condition. Charming, self-contained and caravan sites have 220v hook-up.

Swellendam still lives up to its reputation as a foremost 'refreshment station' and there are many restaurants and coffee shops in the town.

Day 10-11 Onrus/Onrus Caravan Park/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: approx. 150 km.

Back towards the coast and if you are in the right season, between July and November, you will be greeted by the beautiful gentle giants, the whales! Take the R326 (after Riviersonderend) towards Stanford/Hermanus and you can enjoy the windy, rolling hills with their wine farms in between.

Visit Stanford, a historic little village. The roads are narrow and the majority still gravel. The houses are full of character and many have been restored to their former glory.There are interesting little shops, art galleries and restaurants and on Saturdays the locals sell their produce at the organic market in the centre of town. Or check out the Birkenhead brewery for a unique beer tasting and/or lunch.

You are approaching Hermanus, built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay, the official whale watching capital of the world.

Besides whale watching, Hermanus offers a variety of activities. From horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, shark cage diving, fishing, hiking, plane trips to simply swimming and sunbathing at one of many gorgeous beaches, Hermanus caters for every taste. Another popular activity in Hermanus is shopping. An incredible selection of galleries, fashion boutiques, jewelery shops and many others are all located near the centre of town within walking distance.

The next two nights you will enjoy the Onrus Caravan Park (stands with electricity) located mere minutes from the bustle of Hermanus, this offers an alternative: a relaxed, tranquil environment, surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty. Onrus is surrounded by the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom and majestic Milkwood trees. Only a few resorts can beat the Onrus Caravan Park's stunning location, under the milkwood right next to the breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean. In the right season you can virtually step out of your caravan and go cray fishing. Also along the beautiful coastal path is a natural and safe tidal pool, Davie's Pool.

You can enjoy a day in Hermanus and if you feel like doing a shark cage dive or the whale watching tour, please book these in advance with us. Think also about a wine cruising experience in the Hemel and Aarde valley very close to Onrus. With its magnificent mountains and breathtaking views, the valley offers a wide range of award-winning wine cellars, restaurants and picnic sites with incredible views!

Day 12-13-14 Simon's Town/Oatlands Holiday Village/Camping 3 nights.

Distance: approx. 110 km.

In the last days of your holiday there will still lots to see and do in and around Cape Town, so highlight your priorities. We will give you a few suggestions ..

But first things first .. after you have left Onrus you can choose to drive the coastal road towards Somerset West (R44) or inland via the St. Lowry's Pass (N2). If you choose the coastal road you will pass cute little villages such as Kleinmond (visit Harbour Drive and browse in the little shops), Betty's Bay and Pringle Bay. In Betty's Bay (but also in Simon's Town) you can visit the African penguins at Stony Point. It is very picturesque with crashing waves and a sea of black and white birds. Also have a coffee at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy this region's wealth of fynbos. In Pringle Bay you can have lunch and stroll the white sandy beach overlooking Cape of Good Hope.

Back on the R44 you are almost starting the incredibly scenic windy coastal road. The views are stunning and at times it feels like the road is going to disappear into the sea. Have a good look out for whales and dolphins! Or follow the N2 and drive through Elgin/Grabouw where the purposeful drive and passion of its family-owned wineries and farms, gourmet restaurants and deli's, gardens and farm stalls sparkle this magical valley. Have a pit stop at the Houw Hoek and/or Peregrine Farm Stall and enjoy their South African dishes such as bobotie and venison pies washed away with home made Apple cider! The St. Lowry's Pass gives you an incredible view all the way to Cape Town.

Instead of the highway you can enjoy the impressive beach road via Muizenberg which starts close to the township of Khayelitsha. Khayelitsha is a mix of old and new, formal and informal and affluent and poor. There are housing projects which are continuously on the go. The residents are warm, friendly and welcoming. The population harbours an untapped wealth of artists and craftsmen, actors and musicians. Tools of the trade are extremely innovative. There is a strong community spirit and once you are welcomed into the community, you become part of an extended family, which is an honour. You can always book an official tour and meet these incredible people.

This impressive drive will lead you to the attractive coastal villages such as Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and ultimately Simon's Town, where you will be staying. Enjoy the attractive fishing harbour and arty shops in Kalk Bay.

Situated in Simon's Town, on the majestic Cape peninsula you will be staying at the Oatlands Holiday Village overlooking False Bay onto the Mountains beyond. Close to Cape town and the convenience of the city yet far enough away to get that country feeling. Oatlands gives you the freedom and informality of a clean, open setting as well as a village atmosphere, salty air and spectacular views. The Terraces 1 and 2 are prime caravan sites with electrical outlets.

Have you missed the penguins in Betty's Bay don't worry as you can go to Boulders Beach just outside Simon's Town where you can enjoy these beautiful animals. The South African Navy is an integral part of Simon's Town and although the harbour and dockyard are closed to visitors, you can visit the Royal Navy museum.

From here you can start exploring:

Think of hopping on the 'hop on/hop off' bus and explore Cape Town in a relaxed way. Or visit Robben Island (you have to book this beforehand) and just a few kilometres from the glitzy Waterfront, it was "home" to Nelson Mandela for almost 20 years. The intention to silence anti-apartheid leaders by imprisoning them on Robben Island had the opposite effect and the island became a focal point for international resistance to the apartheid regime. Today it has become a symbol of freedom, the transformative power of forgiveness and a place of political pilgrimage.

An early morning visit to Table Mountain and enjoy the incredible views! Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and if you do that on a Sunday in summer check their sun downer concerts and take your picnic.

Drive to Hout Bay and Camps Bay and enjoy the scenery ... have a sundowner cocktail in Camps Bay and feel the vibrant atmosphere. Of course visiting Cape of Good Hope is a must and either book a wine tour or enjoy the surroundings of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek yourself with lots of wine farms to visit. These are just a few of the highlights in this stunning area .. so pick, choose and enjoy!

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Duration:

14 Days, 13 nights

Departure:

Daily or based on availability

Accommodation:

Camping sites with electricity or otherwise

Care:

Based on self-catering

Price:

Per person based on double occupancy

Starting point:

Cape Town

Endpoint:

Cape Town

Malaria area:

No

Age:

All ages

Trip characteristics:

Adventurous, nature, culture and wining and dining

Countries:

South Africa and Swaziland

Highlights:

Cape Town, Wine lands, Garden Route and coastal villages

Visa required:

No

Including:
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Reserved camping sites
(according to description or equivalent)
- Road map

Excluding:
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Flights
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Camper hire: book directly via www.camperspecialist.co.za
- Optional activities
- Cross-border fees, gratuities and entrance fees