Stand on top of Table Mountain. This is one of the best known natural splendours on earth. It is an awe-inspiring, essential part of your visit. In the afternoon we shall visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for a relaxed lunch.
Today we shall go on a tour from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held before South Africa became a democracy. In the afternoon we shall visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are in a magnificent setting, surrounded by mountains. Kirstenbosch hosts many of South Africa’s indigenous plants. It also hosts a special selection of desert plants.
One of the most scenic marine drives in the world is on the agenda today. The Peninsula comes to an abrupt end with the highest sea cliffs in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is great for view appreciation. Tiny African penguins can be seen when they come ashore to roost on the beach near some boulders. Cape Point is part of the Cape Peninsula National Park (which extends from Table Mountain to Cape Point). Many animals, especially zebra, baboons, eland and smaller buck can be seen within the reserve. In spring, displays of wild flowers and birds can enjoyed.
The Cape is known for its world-class wineries. Some of these wineries are up to three centuries old. Others are very modern. Most of the Cape’s wine lands are found on the slopes of the beautiful Boland mountains. You will have the opportunity to sample their products. We shall visit Franschoek where the French Huguenot settlers established a farming community in 1690. Then, on to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, founded in 1679 and renowned for its vineyards and orchards. Next on the list is Wellington, the centre of South Africa’s dried fruit industry. Then, on the return to Cape Town, we shall visit South Africa’s oldest wine estate – Constantia.