Our Guide to South Africa
Cream of the Cape
Hermanus, Cape Town & Franschhoek
- 7 nights
- from $2300 per person
Immerse yourself in the Western Cape’s finest experiences, from wine tasting and fine food to whale watching and coastal walks amid stunning scenery. Stay at Birkenhead House in Hermanus, Sea Five in Cape Town and Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek.
At a Glance
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is one of the best restaurants in the country
The beach of Camps Bay is a 5-minute walk from the front door of your Cape Town hotel
Take in the dramatic coastal scenery from the deck at Birkenhead House, keep your eyes peeled for whales
The drives between these three properties are breathtakingly beautiful
A fantastic combination giving a great variety of experience in the Western Cape
This relaxed itinerary combines the Cape region's real highlights, taking in the lively city of Cape Town, the beautiful vineyard-covered valleys of the Winelands and whale watching in Hermanus on the coast. Staying in small, romantic properties throughout, where attention to detail is guaranteed, this is a superb break for anyone looking for a little romance or an escape from their busy lives back home.
After flying overnight to Cape Town you will be met and transferred to Birkenhead House in Hermanus. You hire car will be delivered later the same day. The journey along the coast to Hermanus is beautiful and the views are breathtaking. Birkenhead House is a superb coastal home perched on a headland overlooking the bay in Hermanus. Here you will find great whale watching between the months of July and October, where Southern Right whales come close to shore to breed and calf. You don't even have to get out on the water to see the whales - they can be viewed from the town or the cliff paths if you don't want to leave dry land!
Your next stop is Cape Town, a bustling cosmopolitan city. It is a food fundi’s delight with an overwhelming choice of outstanding restaurants. Stay at Sea Five, one of Cape Town’s definitive boutique hotel. Set in a quiet street, overlooking the coast and the Twelve Apostles which stretch along from Table Mountain, the hotel has fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. You are just a stone's throw from the bustling hub of Camps Bay where restaurants and bars are aplenty.
You then drive to Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, an exclusive escape set right in the heart of this charming town. Franschhoek is arguably the culinary capital of South Africa, with one of the country's best restaurants at Le Quartier Francais, renowned for its tasting menu in particular. It is the perfect place to explore the winelands and a fitting conclusion to your Cream of the Cape experience.
Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Location & Directions
Hermanus, Cape Town & Franschhoek
Birkenhead House & Villa are situated in Hermanus in South Africa, approximately 120km (75 miles) from Cape Town. Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, overlooking Walker Bay. Then on to Sea Five, just 300 meters from South Africa’s most glamorous beach, Camps Bay. Sea Five Boutique Hotel offers sweeping mountain and ocean views and is a ten-minute drive from the V&A Waterfront. Le Quartier Français (the French Quarter) is situated on Wilhelmina Street, in the French Huguenot Valley of Fanschhoek, in the Cape Winelands.
When to go
South Africa is a year-round destination with Cape Town at it's best from September to April. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C. The whale migration takes place between late July and early November.