Western Cape in Style

Cape Town, Hermanus, Winelands, Mauritius

From $2800 per person in low season
From $3400 per person in high season

based on 9 nights

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person including private transfers in South Africa, breakfasts included throughout, and accommodation as specified.

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At a Glance

  • Foodies will love the abundance of superb dining experiences in Cape Town and the Winelands

  • Watch migrating whales off shore from Hermanus from June until October

  • End your honeymoon in style at the luxurious Shanti Maurice

  • Active couples will love the variety of activities around Cape Town, from hiking to stand-up paddleboarding and surfing

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The Cape region of South Africa is a year-round destination. 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.

Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.

The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain. Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer.

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Insider's View

In Mauritius, head to the rhumerie to taste locally distilled rums

Head to Bree Street in Cape Town one evening to mingle with the locals at trendy cocktail bars

A hike up the Lion's Head in Cape Town one morning is a great way to enjoy views over the city - go at sunrise if you can stand the early start, it's well worth it!

This suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation

Itinerary

Explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and discover the dramatic coastline of Hermanus before enjoying fine wine and cuisine in the Winelands.

  1. Days 1-3: Cape Town, South Africa

    Fly to Cape Town and transfer to your hotel. Your hire car will be dropped off later today.

    The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town is the first stop. There’s something for everyone here, from active adventures hiking and mountain biking in the mountains that surround the city, to surfing next to African penguins or horse-riding on the beach on the Cape Peninsula.

    The Cape has gained a global reputation for its restaurants and dining experiences, and we can reserve you tables at the latest favorite spots that only the locals know about. Staying at the Cape Cadogan puts you in the heart of one of the city's trendiest areas, with cute cafes, bustling restaurants and gin bars on Kloof Street and Bree Street, just a stone's throw away from your hotel.

    Accommodation: Cape Cadogan (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-7: Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

    Drive out to the coast to Birkenhead House which sits on a cliff overlooking Hermanus. Soak up the sea air, enjoy hiking or surfing, pick mussels with the chef or treat yourself to an open-air spa treatment beside the ocean. For several months each year you can watch Southern Right and Humpback whales breaching just meters from the shore on their annual migration.

    Accommodation: Birkenhead House (3 nights)

  3. Days 7-10: Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa

    Drive to the quaint Winelands town of Franschhoek for a few days, exploring wine estates and getting behind the scenes to meet the wine makers, enjoying sumptuous meals in the beautiful surroundings. Your hotel here, Leeu House, is perfectly positioned in Franschhoek to walk out to restaurants in the evening and the perfect base for exploring.

    Accommodation: Leeu House (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Diving in Mauritius

    Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius provides warm, clear waters, making both snorkeling and scuba diving very popular. From family diving, to reef or wreck diving, it is possible to dive here at all levels of experience.

  • Hike or Climb Table Mountain

    Why not do something a bit different during your stay in Cape Town, get outdoors and experience some of the best climbing and hiking in the world? Take a hike or rock climbing trip up Table Mountain whilst taking in the breathtaking views all around you.

  • Penguins at Boulders Beach

    There are few places on earth where you can enjoy an experience quite like this. Get up close to the breeding colony of penguins, share their little sandy beach and even paddle into the sea to swim with them.

  • The Rum Shed

    A stay at Shanti Maurice would not be complete without a visit to The Rum Shed bar and restaurant, where you can relax, pull up a chair and enjoy over 150 different types of rum in a shabby chic setting.

  • Uthando

    Uthando South Africa is an award winning, international and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified organization which raises funds for community development projects in Cape Town and South Africa.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

  • Wine at Babylonstoren

    Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.

Location

Cape Town, Hermanus, Winelands, Mauritius

The Cape Cadogan is located in the Gardens area of Cape Town, with Table Mountain as your backdrop and an abundance of superb restaurants on your doorstep. It's a great base for exploring the city and has a lovely relaxed local atmosphere, too. Birkenhead House is right on the cliffs of Hermanus, with spectacular sea views, where you can watch whales in season right in front of the hotel. Leeu House is located on the main street of Franschhoek in the winelands, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and dramatic mountains. The Shanti Maurice is located on the South Coast of Mauritius.

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