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Western Cape self-drive discovery

13 days from $2,490pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Cape Town
  • Franschhoek
  • Tulbagh
  • Paternoster
  • Hike up Table Mountain with a private guide for sweeping views over Cape Town.

  • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

  • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

  • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

  • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

Audley Travel specialist Luke

What our specialists say...

This itinerary gives you the chance to experience the variety of the Western Cape, from the vibrant city of Cape Town with its rich history to discover, to the quiet coastal retreat of Paternoster where you can tuck into fresh seafood and take leisurely strolls along the beach. We can include a range of experiences as part of your trip, such as hiking up Table Mountain with a private guide, taking a tour of Nelson Mandela’s former prison on Robben Island, wine tasting in and around Franschhoek and enjoying a sunset game drive to see wildlife such as zebra, antelope, wildebeest and ostrich in Bartholomeus Klip Nature Reserve.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Cape Town
  • Franschhoek
  • Tulbagh
  • Paternoster

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Day 1 Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town, you will be met by an Audley representative. You will be escorted through the airport and on to collect your hire car. You will then drive to your charming guesthouse in Cape Town. Later today you may wish to get your trip off to an exciting start with a trip up Table Mountain. The Cableway allows for stunning 360 degree views across the city as you travel up and down.

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Day 2 Cape Town

Cape Town

You have the day at leisure to explore Cape Town and the surrounding area today. One recommendation is to drive around the Cape Peninsula's beautifully rugged coastline, passing through pretty towns and villages where you can stop for lunch. We suggest pausing to visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which is home to baboons, several antelope and bird species, as well as seals and dolphins offshore. You can also see the jackass penguin colony at Boulders Bay and take a stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to a variety of native flora.

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Day 3 Cape Town

Cape Town

Today you will take the half-day excursion to Robben Island. You will learn about where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and learn the history of the island and of Apartheid. The trip departs from the V&A Waterfront and takes about three and a half hours including the ferry ride.

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Day 4 Franschhoek

Cape Town , Franschhoek

This morning you drive for around an hour and a half to Franschhoek in the Winelands, passing through a patchwork of vineyards and green countryside. After settling into your accommodation, spend the rest of the day exploring the town with its variety of charming boutique shops. Franschhoek is widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa, so we recommend dining in one of its many restaurants.

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Day 5 Franschhoek

Franschhoek

Today you will make the most of your location in the Winelands by visiting some of the area's wine estates. You will be on board the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which leaves the town several times a day and runs on a circular route, stopping at various wineries along the way where you can hop-on and hop-off. The tram is open-sided so you can enjoy views over the countryside. Many wineries can prepare a picnic for you to enjoy in their vineyards if asked in advance.

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Day 6 Franschhoek

Franschhoek

We can arrange for you to have a private guided wine tour of the area. One of the best is led by Pietman Retief, who can tailor the tour to your interests, bringing in his knowledge of history, culture and architecture as well as wine. You visit various wine estates to sample local wines, and can even take a bottle home with you at the end of the tour. Alternatively, you may wish to drive to other nearby wine towns, such as Stellenbosch (the second-oldest town in South Africa) or Paarl, which is set at the foot of dramatic granite domes

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Day 7 Tulbagh

Franschhoek , Tulbagh

Leaving Franschhoek behind, drive for around an hour and a half through the Winelands to the town of Tulbagh. Situated in the Land van Waveren mountain basin, the town is surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Your accommodation is a Victorian farmhouse set within the private Bartholomeus Klip Nature Reserve, and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing in your beautiful surroundings while looking out for passing wildlife. If you fancy a bit more activity, you could try your hand at archery or go for a peaceful walk through the fields.

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Day 8 Tulbagh

Tulbagh

Today can be spent exploring the reserve, home to around 40 mammal species including the rare Cape zebra, herds of eland, springbok and black wildebeest, baboons, bat-eared foxes and ostriches. The lake also attracts birdlife such as fish eagles, kingfishers and occasional pelicans. You can head out on guided game drives to see some of the wildlife, with the sunset drive being particularly atmospheric.

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Day 9 Tulbagh

Tulbagh

Another day to enjoy in and around the reserve. You could try to tick more wildlife species off your list, or choose from some of the other activities on offer here, including swimming, canoeing and fishing on the lake, mountain biking and walking. If you're visiting in the spring (August to October) you may be able to admire carpets of wildflowers, which bloom following the spring rain showers, transforming the landscape.

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Day 10 Paternoster

Tulbagh , Paternoster

Leaving Tulbagh behind you, drive for around two hours to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster on the coast. The whitewashed buildings and brightly painted fishing boats lining the shore add to the laid-back atmosphere here, and after checking in to your accommodation you can relax before heading out to explore. Stroll along the sandy beach and dine on fresh seafood in one of the restaurants that face the ocean.

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Day 11 Paternoster

Paternoster

Spend a relaxing day in Paternoster and the surrounding area. Make the most of your coastal location by taking beach strolls and exploring the coves and bays of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve just outside the village. Horse rides along the beach, kayaking and deep-sea fishing are also options. Around half an hour's drive from Paternoster is the West Coast Fossil Park, where you can see fossils of sabre-tooth cats, bears and short-necked giraffes dating to millions of years ago.

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Day 12 Paternoster

Paternoster

Today you could take a trip to Langebaan Lagoon - around half an hour's drive south of Paternoster - which is a haven for birdlife such as flamingos and African black oystercatchers. The town has plenty of shops and cafes where you can enjoy some lunch. A little further south is the West Coast National Park, which is also an ideal spot for nature lovers, providing a habitat for over 350 bird species and a variety of plant life - you can cycle or hike along the paths to see what you can find.

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Day 13 Return home

Paternoster

You depart Paternoster today and drive for around two hours back to Cape Town. Drop off your car at the airport's car depot before boarding your onward flight.

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