14 days of ‘cruising the Cape’ ER 140

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To travel South Africa by camper with all the camping spots booked for you and the route already planned is a very relaxing way of exploring this fascinating country. In this short time you will experience the Cape provinces with all their highlights such as the famous wine lands, Route 62, Garden Route and last but not least mother city Cape Town and her surroundings. After this trip you will definitely like some more!

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14 days of 'cruising the Cape' ER 140

Itinerary:

Day 1 Simon's Town/Oatlands Holiday Village/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 50 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! There will be lots to see and do on your way to Simon's Town.

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.

Just outside Simon's Town you can go to Boulders Beach where you can enjoy and swim with penguins! 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.

If have time you can think of doing some exploring in and around Cape Town or you can just relax and do this at the end of your holiday.

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 kilometers 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.

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. These are just a few of the highlights in this stunning area, so pick, choose and enjoy!

Day 2-3 Franschhoek/De Hollandsche Molen/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 115 km.

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 wine land 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 will enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery and little quaint villages like Clovelly, Kalk Bay (with her old harbour and artists shops), and St James towards Muizenberg. Keep hugging the coast past the township Khayelitsha ('new home') and you will return on the N2 highway or keep following the R310 towards Stellenbosch and have a pit stop at the Spier wine farm along the way.

You can explore the beautiful little town of Stellenbosch which lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains in the Jonkershoek River Valley in one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape.
The second oldest town in South Africa has fondly been called 'Eikestad' or city of oaks and its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Dorp Street is a national monument and taking the time to walk around this cozy old part of Stellenbosch, with its secluded lanes, water furrows, cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee bistros, with superb views of mountain, vineyards and orchards, is an idyllic morning venture

Franschhoek Valley nestles between the towering peaks of the Cape wine lands, a beautiful valley where some of the world's finest wines are produced. Not to be outdone by the good wines of the regions, some of South Africa's top chefs have settled in the area and have added top international cuisine to the menu. The village is full of arts, crafts and antique shops and galleries.

You will be staying at De Hollandsche Molen. Surrounded by its majestic mountains and beautiful vineyards, De Hollandsche Molen is seen as the perfect base from which to explore the Cape Wine lands. On their beautiful lush green camping grounds they have 62 marked sites and each site has its own braai stand and access to a 220V electrical point. After arrival you can jump in their swimming pool to cool off and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 4 Montagu/De Bos Guest Farm/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 165 km.

Today you are going to enjoy the famous Route 62 the longest wine route in the Western Cape! You are on your way towards Worcester, Robertson and Montagu, the furthest outlying towns of the wine lands. Nestled in the golden valise 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 hectare farm on the outskirts of the Klein Karoo town of Montagu. De Bos is a working farm, specializing 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 5 Oudtshoorn/Kleinplaas Holiday Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 240 km.

You are still on the Route 62 (the 'Mountain Route') towards Oudtshoorn. What make Cape Route 62 really special is the calm and peacefulness that it offers.

You will pass Barrydale which is situated between two extremes. On the one side 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. And if you are thirsty, don't forget to have a pit stop at Ronny's Sex Shop! And like to stretch your legs just enjoy the beautiful streets of Ladysmith.

In 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, lays elegant Calitzdorp. During the pioneering days hunting was good in the Klein Karoo and soon homesteads were built and by 1845 a community center was established. You can visit the five wine cellars on the wine route: Boplaas, Die Krans, Calitzdorp Winery, Axe Hill and Withoek, which produce a variety of red, white and dessert wines as well as the famous port for which Calitzdorp is world-renowned.

Herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu once dominated the plains of the Klein Karoo only to be hunted or driven out by modern development. Today the mainly visible animal in the area is the ostrich, farmed for his meat, eggs and feathers, but stay a while and you'll hear the rustlings of the bat-eared fox, the suricate or meerkat and the common barking gecko.

You are on your way to Oudtshoorn with its unique and diverse architectural styles, much of which is attributed to the ostrich boom of the 1880s and early 1900s. It has a strong Afrikaans feel, tree-lined streets, shops and restaurants selling everything ostrich.

Not to be missed are The Cango Caves, just west of Oudtshoorn. They were discovered by a young Hottentot looking for missing cattle and extend underground for over two kilometers. Formed as a result of 20 million years of rainwater scouring and dissolving rock and limestone to form halls and passageways, the caves were declared a National Monument in 1938 and include the Wonder Cave that has some superb examples of drip stone formations and a resident bat population. Guided tours of an hour are available.

Or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, the endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact center 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 at the Kleinplaas Holiday Resort which is situated within walking distance of local restaurants and curio shops, located near the outskirts of Oudtshoorn and on the main road leading to the Cango Caves. Their location is perfect for exploring Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo. You can jump in their swimming pool after the long day driving and have a braai. Amongst the trees and shade they offer large stands, level with grass and with electrical points.

Day 6-7 Storms River/Storms River Mouth Camping/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 220 km.

Time to make your way down to the coast and this time you will end up in Storms River. 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.

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. Late arrivals (after 18:00) may collect keys at entrance gates. Overnight guests arriving after 18:00 should call the resort on +27 42 2811 607 if late arrival is expected and keys maybe collected at the gate with security service.

Day 8 Wilderness National Park/ Wilderness/Ebb and Flow South Camping/Camping 1 night.
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 slowly 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 sand stone cliffs flanks 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 9 Swellendam/Swellendam Caravan Park/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 230 km.

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

Swellendam lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. One of the oldest settlements of colonial times, Swellendam is seeped in history and buildings such as the Drostdy date back to the time when Swellendam was declared a magisterial district in 1743. It still lives up to its reputation as a foremost 'refreshment station' and there are many restaurants and coffee shops in the town. Only 6 km outside of Swellendam is the Bontebok National Park, home to the rare and beautiful antelope of the same name and dedicated to saving it. The Marloth Nature Reserve offers gorgeous examples of the local wild flowers and fynbos and the hiking trails alone make it worth the visit.

It is also the largest youngberry growing area in the world, due mainly to the unique microclimate of the Hermitage valley just a few kilometers 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 center of town, yet its quiet tranquility 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.

Day 10-11 Onrus/Onrus Caravan Park/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 155 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 center 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 center 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 Simon's Town/Oatlands Holiday Village/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 110 km.

There are several ways leading back to Simon's Town. 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 over 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 homemade 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.

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 kilometers 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.

Day 14 Cape Town/Camper depot

This is unfortunately your last day of a special camper holiday in South Africa. Please return your camper before 16.00 pm at the camper depot. We hope you enjoyed every minute of your holiday and wish you a safe travel back home.

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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:

Culture, nature and wining and dining

Countries:

South Africa

Highlights:

Cape Town, Winelands, Route 62 and Garden Route

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