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Discover the Spectacular West Coast - 11 nights

Come and see the spread of wildflowers (between July and September) and scenic fishing villages of South Africa’s West Coast. Enjoy a Big Five safari at the Aquila Game Reserve. Explore the reserve while on horseback safaris and quad bike excursions. Travel through the fertile valley of Ceres which produces lots of the country’s stone fruit and the historic town of Tulbagh which has more national monuments in one street than any other town in South Africa.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the West Coast and towns such as Patenoster and the Langebaan Lagoon with its spring displays of wildflowers and picturesque white-washed fishermen’s cottages. The region is known for producing some of the best seafood in the world and you can tuck into delicious crayfish among other seafood. Make sure you ask for SASSI responsibly sourced fish which is sustainably sourced and not on the endangered list.

Then discover all the highlights and attractions of Cape Town while on a city tour taking in Robben Island and the colorful Malay suburb of the Bo-Kaap. Take a journey along the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point stopping off to see the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach.

Day 1:    Cape Town
 
 

Upon your arrival in Cape Town you will be met by one of our representatives and given information for your trip. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure to explore the inner city and the V&A Waterfront. You might also like to visit the Aquarium or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to gain insight into the incredible diversity of the Cape Floral kingdom.

Day 2:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

This morning you will get to see the highlights of Cape Town on a guided tour of Cape Town. Start out with a trip in the Cable Car up Table Mountain and take in the spectacular view over the city. Visit the Castle of Good Hope and District Six and learn about the divisive history of Apartheid. Explore the cobbled streets of the colourful Cape Malay Bo-Kaap and have coffee in the Company Gardens before heading to the top of Signal Hill to witness the firing of the Noon Gun - one of Cape Town’s oldest traditions. Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel this afternoon. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 3:    Aquila Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today, you will travel to the Aquila Game Reserve, one of the closest Big Five game reserves to Cape Town where you will spend the next two days. Upon your arrival you can settle in before setting out on an afternoon guided game drive in search of lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. The knowledgeable rangers will be able to tell you more about the behaviour of the animals encountered. Upon your return to the lodge you will enjoy a sumptuous South African inspired meal served either in the restaurant or out in the boma under the stars.

Day 4:    Aquila Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Start the day with an early morning guided game drive in search of giraffe, zebra and other wildlife. The guides will interpret tracks and tell you about the dramas which have played out during the night. Return to the lodge and enjoy a hearty breakfast. There are several different activities on offer such as horseback riding and quad bike rides.(Not included).

Day 5:    Ceres, Tulbagh and Riebeek Kasteel (1B)
 
 

Today, you will travel through the beautiful Ceres valley which is known for its production of stone fruit to the town of Tulbagh. Church Street in Tulbagh contains the largest number of Cape-Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian provincial heritage sites in one street in South Africa as most of the town was destroyed by an earthquake in 1969. Then travel on to the town of Riebeek Kasteel which was the birthplace of two of South Africa’s former Prime ministers - Jan Smuts and Daniel Malan.

Day 6:    Darling and Paternoster (1B)
 
 

Leaving the town of Riebeek Kasteel behind you will travel to Paternoster via the town of Darling which is an excellent place to stop for lunch. You might want to stop and catch a show of Evita se Peron by Pieter Dirk Uys. The town is the centre of the local farming community but it is the extravagant display of spring flowers from various bulbs which is the town’s main attraction.

Paternoster is one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast. This small fishing village is known for its beautiful surroundings, wildflowers and crayfish as well as its scenic whitewashed fishermen's cottages which retain the magic of yester year.

Day 7:    Paternoster (1B)
 
 

With an abundance of fantastic local seafood, it’s no wonder that Paternoster boasts some of the best local seafood restaurants in the country such as the Noisy Oyster or Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant which offer wonderful dining experiences. The Saldanha Nature Reserve offers a display of wildflowers during late winter and spring July to September) while Southern Right Whales also visit the waters in and around the nature reserve.

You will enjoy a beach buggy ride along the dunes from Paternoster to St Helena Bay. The guide will tell you stories about the early Portuguese explorers and their adventures along this coastline. You may be lucky and see dolphins frolicking in the bay.

Day 8:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

Leaving Paternoster behind, today you will travel along the west coast back to Cape Town passing through Langebaan and the West Coast National Park which have fields carpeted in wildflowers in spring and offer some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa. Once you have arrived in Cape Town and settled into your hotel we suggest that you explore the city centre. Perhaps indulge in some retail therapy at the V&A Waterfront or explore the many interesting shops to be found in Bree and Long Streets.

Day 9:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

This day is yours to spend at leisure; we suggest that you speak to your consultant about adding a guided Cape Peninsula tour to your trip on this day.

Cape Peninsula Tour - Cape Town:
Set out to discover the picturesque towns and beautiful scenery of the Cape Peninsula taking in scenic Hout Bay, the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive  with the sandy white Noordhoek Beach.  On your way back you will stop off in the historic naval town of Simonstown and visit the nearby colony of endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Then travel through the picturesque coastal towns of Kalk Bay and St James back to the City.

Day 10:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

Today you can spend enjoying Cape Town, perhaps relaxing on the sandy white beaches of Clifton or Camps Bay. Alternatly, you could speak to your consultant about doing a tour to the picturesque Cape Winelands, famed for the production of fine wines on this day.

Cape Winelands:
Take a tour out to the scenic Cape Winelands, most of which are set in beautiful valleys surrounded by scenic mountains. Many of the vineyards are known for their picturesque Cape Dutch architecture and vineyards surrounded by roses. The tour will include tastings of fine South African wines at three different wine estates in the region of Stellenbosch in the heart of the wine country before being driven back to Cape Town.

Day 11:    Departure (1B)
 
 

This is the last morning of your West Coast holiday package and you will depart for your next destination or catch your flight home.

Breakfast Included.

Tour includes:
All accommodation as mentioned in the program
Meet and greet at the airport
Transfer from airport to first accommodation
Car rental from Day 2 in Class B Incl. Super Cover
All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
All services as mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as mentioned
Route description with a lot of tips and suggestions
24 hour emergency contact number

Tour does not include:
Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you)
Entrance fees and conservation fees
Flights and taxes
Airport departure taxes per person
Travel insurances
Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
Other expenses not mentioned in the program

West Coast Package Routemap

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.

Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision.

We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.

Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.

Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.

Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.

About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

"What a great trip! The spring flowers were increadible! The town of Paternoster is also really pretty. The guesthouses were also really comfortable and the service was great."

Hillary Allen (United States).

Michael English - Sales 12GoSoutherAfricaHi, My name is Michael and I will be your Southern Africa travel expert. I grew up in the bush in Zimbabwe and have lived in Cape Town for the last five years.

I am always looking for something different to add to our itineraries which will offer you an authentic African experience. I look forward to introducing you to all the wonders of southern Africa from the beautiful Cape Winelands to safaris in Kruger, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and beyond.

Contact >>

Discover the Spectacular West Coast - 11 nights

Come and see the spread of wildflowers (between July and September) and scenic fishing villages of South Africa’s West Coast. Enjoy a Big Five safari at the Aquila Game Reserve. Explore the reserve while on horseback safaris and quad bike excursions. Travel through the fertile valley of Ceres which produces lots of the country’s stone fruit and the historic town of Tulbagh which has more national monuments in one street than any other town in South Africa.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the West Coast and towns such as Patenoster and the Langebaan Lagoon with its spring displays of wildflowers and picturesque white-washed fishermen’s cottages. The region is known for producing some of the best seafood in the world and you can tuck into delicious crayfish among other seafood. Make sure you ask for SASSI responsibly sourced fish which is sustainably sourced and not on the endangered list.

Then discover all the highlights and attractions of Cape Town while on a city tour taking in Robben Island and the colorful Malay suburb of the Bo-Kaap. Take a journey along the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point stopping off to see the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach.

Day 1:    Cape Town
 
 

Upon your arrival in Cape Town you will be met by one of our representatives and given information for your trip. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure to explore the inner city and the V&A Waterfront. You might also like to visit the Aquarium or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to gain insight into the incredible diversity of the Cape Floral kingdom.

Day 2:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

This morning you will get to see the highlights of Cape Town on a guided tour of Cape Town. Start out with a trip in the Cable Car up Table Mountain and take in the spectacular view over the city. Visit the Castle of Good Hope and District Six and learn about the divisive history of Apartheid. Explore the cobbled streets of the colourful Cape Malay Bo-Kaap and have coffee in the Company Gardens before heading to the top of Signal Hill to witness the firing of the Noon Gun - one of Cape Town’s oldest traditions. Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel this afternoon. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 3:    Aquila Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today, you will travel to the Aquila Game Reserve, one of the closest Big Five game reserves to Cape Town where you will spend the next two days. Upon your arrival you can settle in before setting out on an afternoon guided game drive in search of lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. The knowledgeable rangers will be able to tell you more about the behaviour of the animals encountered. Upon your return to the lodge you will enjoy a sumptuous South African inspired meal served either in the restaurant or out in the boma under the stars.

Day 4:    Aquila Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Start the day with an early morning guided game drive in search of giraffe, zebra and other wildlife. The guides will interpret tracks and tell you about the dramas which have played out during the night. Return to the lodge and enjoy a hearty breakfast. There are several different activities on offer such as horseback riding and quad bike rides.(Not included).

Day 5:    Ceres, Tulbagh and Riebeek Kasteel (1B)
 
 

Today, you will travel through the beautiful Ceres valley which is known for its production of stone fruit to the town of Tulbagh. Church Street in Tulbagh contains the largest number of Cape-Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian provincial heritage sites in one street in South Africa as most of the town was destroyed by an earthquake in 1969. Then travel on to the town of Riebeek Kasteel which was the birthplace of two of South Africa’s former Prime ministers - Jan Smuts and Daniel Malan.

Day 6:    Darling and Paternoster (1B)
 
 

Leaving the town of Riebeek Kasteel behind you will travel to Paternoster via the town of Darling which is an excellent place to stop for lunch. You might want to stop and catch a show of Evita se Peron by Pieter Dirk Uys. The town is the centre of the local farming community but it is the extravagant display of spring flowers from various bulbs which is the town’s main attraction.

Paternoster is one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast. This small fishing village is known for its beautiful surroundings, wildflowers and crayfish as well as its scenic whitewashed fishermen's cottages which retain the magic of yester year.

Day 7:    Paternoster (1B)
 
 

With an abundance of fantastic local seafood, it’s no wonder that Paternoster boasts some of the best local seafood restaurants in the country such as the Noisy Oyster or Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant which offer wonderful dining experiences. The Saldanha Nature Reserve offers a display of wildflowers during late winter and spring July to September) while Southern Right Whales also visit the waters in and around the nature reserve.

You will enjoy a beach buggy ride along the dunes from Paternoster to St Helena Bay. The guide will tell you stories about the early Portuguese explorers and their adventures along this coastline. You may be lucky and see dolphins frolicking in the bay.

Day 8:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

Leaving Paternoster behind, today you will travel along the west coast back to Cape Town passing through Langebaan and the West Coast National Park which have fields carpeted in wildflowers in spring and offer some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa. Once you have arrived in Cape Town and settled into your hotel we suggest that you explore the city centre. Perhaps indulge in some retail therapy at the V&A Waterfront or explore the many interesting shops to be found in Bree and Long Streets.

Day 9:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

This day is yours to spend at leisure; we suggest that you speak to your consultant about adding a guided Cape Peninsula tour to your trip on this day.

Cape Peninsula Tour - Cape Town:
Set out to discover the picturesque towns and beautiful scenery of the Cape Peninsula taking in scenic Hout Bay, the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive  with the sandy white Noordhoek Beach.  On your way back you will stop off in the historic naval town of Simonstown and visit the nearby colony of endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Then travel through the picturesque coastal towns of Kalk Bay and St James back to the City.

Day 10:    Cape Town (1B)
 
 

Today you can spend enjoying Cape Town, perhaps relaxing on the sandy white beaches of Clifton or Camps Bay. Alternatly, you could speak to your consultant about doing a tour to the picturesque Cape Winelands, famed for the production of fine wines on this day.

Cape Winelands:
Take a tour out to the scenic Cape Winelands, most of which are set in beautiful valleys surrounded by scenic mountains. Many of the vineyards are known for their picturesque Cape Dutch architecture and vineyards surrounded by roses. The tour will include tastings of fine South African wines at three different wine estates in the region of Stellenbosch in the heart of the wine country before being driven back to Cape Town.

Day 11:    Departure (1B)
 
 

This is the last morning of your West Coast holiday package and you will depart for your next destination or catch your flight home.

Breakfast Included.

Tour includes:
All accommodation as mentioned in the program
Meet and greet at the airport
Transfer from airport to first accommodation
Car rental from Day 2 in Class B Incl. Super Cover
All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
All services as mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as mentioned
Route description with a lot of tips and suggestions
24 hour emergency contact number

Tour does not include:
Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you)
Entrance fees and conservation fees
Flights and taxes
Airport departure taxes per person
Travel insurances
Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
Other expenses not mentioned in the program

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.

Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision.

We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.

Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.

Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.

Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.

About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

"What a great trip! The spring flowers were increadible! The town of Paternoster is also really pretty. The guesthouses were also really comfortable and the service was great."

Hillary Allen (United States).

Michael English - Sales 12GoSoutherAfricaHi, My name is Michael and I will be your Southern Africa travel expert. I grew up in the bush in Zimbabwe and have lived in Cape Town for the last five years.

I am always looking for something different to add to our itineraries which will offer you an authentic African experience. I look forward to introducing you to all the wonders of southern Africa from the beautiful Cape Winelands to safaris in Kruger, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and beyond.

Contact >>
Spring flowers in the West Coast National Park

Highlights

• See the spectacular annual display of flowers in spring
• Enjoy a Big Five guided game drives on safari
• Explore the fertile valleys of Ceres and Riebeek Kasteel
• Visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned

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