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Winter, Wine and Whales

Welcome to a week of wonderful winter warmth filled with winning wines, whale watching, pristine beaches, wonderful local cuisine, distinctive culture and welcoming smiles

Destination: Hermanus and surrounds, Cape Agulhas, Boggoms Bay, South Africa
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Itinerary

Day 1

An Out and About representative will meet you upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport to manage your travel documentation and assist with the collection of your rental car.

Your first destination is Knorhoek Guesthouse, approximately 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 10 minutes from historic Stellenbosch, known for its wealth of cultural experiences.

Stellenbosch
The town of Stellenbosch is situated 50 kilometres east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town.

The town became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad (A-frikaans and Dutch) due to the large number of Oak trees originally planted by founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads.

Together the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the larger of South Africa’s two main wine growing regions. The South African wine industry produces about 1,000 million litres of wine annually.

Knorhoek Guesthouse
The guesthouse originally a clay and stone structure housing stables, a blacksmith and a coach house, offers modern comfort paired with old world charm.

Wake up to the sounds of bird calls and farmyard bustle and be spoilt with a traditional Cape breakfast.

Relax at the pool in the summer months, sipping crisp white wines, or lounge beside an open fire in the winter, savouring a glass of Knorhoek Cabernet in anticipation of a delicious home cooked meal.

Home cooked meals (set menu) are available from Monday – Friday. Pre-bookings

The afternoon offers the opportunity to enjoy wine tasting at Knorhoek Wine Estate.

Knorhoek Wine Estate Info:
Wine tasting during weekdays from 10am – 5pm (includes tasting of five wines of your choice based on their wine list)
• You are welcome to purchase their wines using any major credit or debit-cards and cash is also acceptable.

Overnight at Knorhoek Guesthouse – Standard Patio Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Services included:
Meet and assist at Cape Town International Airport
Afternoon wine tasting (includes tasting of five wines of your choice)

Day 2 and Day 3

After breakfast continue along the coast heading towards Hermanus for beautiful photo opportunities and a chance to see whales, which swim close to shore.

Next destination, Mosaic Private Sanctuary.

Hermanus
Hermanus on the southern coast of the Western Cape province is famous for southern right whale watching during the winter and spring and is a popular retirement town. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre as early as June and usually depart in early December.

Craft Markets
Various art and food craft markets are held in and around Hermanus at weekends. In the centre of town is Lemm's Corner Market where you can buy anything from clothes to art and food. The Food & Wine Market is at Hermanuspietersfontein in the Hemel-en-Aarde Village. The Hermanus Country Market is located at the local cricket fields.

Mosaic Private Sanctuary – Lagoon Lodge
For the ultimate private getaway, Lagoon Lodge captures the essence of tranquillity. The Lodge boasts five safari-style suites secluded among ancient milkwood trees on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon. Stone and glass walls open onto private decks with gorgeous mountain views. 

Each room has beautiful soft netting surrounding a king size bed, a sitting area, writing desk, fireplace and ceiling fan. The bathrooms are fitted with a large romantic tub, copper sink and a private outdoor shower for an “African bush” experience. Twin beds can also be accommodated.

The chalets of the Lagoon Lodge are built from stone and thatch harvested at Mosaic.

Overnight at Mosaic Private Sanctuary Lagoon Lodge on a Fully inclusive basis
Includes: Accommodation, full breakfast, lunch, dinner, sundown snacks, coffee, tea.
House wine, local beer & spirits, soft drinks, juice, bottled water, welcome drink.
All activities at Mosaic – Beach, boating, quad biking, hiking, nature walks.
Free wireless Internet in the lounge

Overnight at Mosaic Private Sanctuary Lagoon Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
Services included:
Accommodation, full breakfast, lunch and dinner, sundowner snacks, coffee and tea.
House wine, local beer and spirits, soft drinks, juice, bottled water,and a welcome drink.
All activities including the beach, boating, quad biking, hiking and nature walks.
Free wireless Internet available in the lounge

Activity Options Included:
All outdoor activities, weather permitting
4x4 beach excursion and sundowners in a secluded part of the Walker Bay beach. 
Whale watching (in season).
Boat cruise on the Hermanus Lagoon for fabulous bird watching and sunsets/sundowners.
Kayaking on the Lagoon
Quad bike excursions exploring the magnificent flora, birds and lagoon wetlands.
Archeological Cave Tour to Klipgat Cave including a beach walk.
Guided nature walks exploring the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Wine tasting at Springfontein Wine Estate situated next door to the lodge.

Indoor activities at the 1892 Spookhuis include:
The library, lounge, games and puzzles

Extras:
Mosaic Rain Spa  (not included)
• Variety of massage therapy and skin treatments with Rain Africa spa products
• Manicure and pedicure using regular or gel polish

Day 4 to 6

Continue on your journey to Boggoms Bay, a hidden jewel in the Western Cape.  Drive along the coastal road and, visit Cape Agulhas; the “Southern most tip of Africa”.

Cape Agulhas is a rocky headland in the Western Cape. It is the geographic southern tip of Africa and the official dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It was most commonly known in English as Cape L'Agulhas until the 20th century. The town of L'Agulhas is located near the Cape.

Sandpiper Cottages
Sandpiper Cottages, nestled within the Fransmanshoek Conservancy area, provide local travellers and international tourists with an idyllic retreat as they escape to the peace and serenity of Boggomsbaai. Located about halfway between Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town in the Western Cape, Boggomsbaai is a rustic seaside village that is a celebration of the South Africa of yesteryear.

Situated along the world-famous Garden Route, Sandpiper Cottages is close to Mossel Bay, a popular tourist hub and home to a number of fabulous restaurants, malls and entertainment facilities, as well as cultural and historical hotspots.

Spend the next three nights in one of the cottages as an extension to your trip

Day 7

Departure day.  You can either fly out from George Airport, an hour’s drive from Mossel Bay, or depart back to Cape Town for your flight back.

An additional night can be added in Cape Town on request.

Suggested three- day programme

 

Day 01

 

Drive from Mosaic Private Sanctuary via Cape Agulhas.  Continue on the R319 until the turn-off onto the N2. Once on the N2, drive until you reach the Albertinia turn off (left) and continue for 40km towards Herbertsdale.  8.5km before Herbertsdale turn off at the Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar.

 

Jakkalsvlei
Jakkalsvlei, directly translated as Jackal's Marsh, is a family owned winery nestled on the beautiful, world famous Garden Route. The Jonker family have been proud owners of Jakkalsvlei since 1972 and today it is farmed by 3rd generation Jonkers.

The farmland was called Jakkalsvlei because of the vast number of foxes, jackals and wild cats seen in the mountains surrounding the farmland. While hunting in the Southern Cape during this time, Nelis Jonker senior was inspired to purchase this beautiful piece of land. Jantjie Jonker, Nelis's grandson settled on the farm in 2006. Two years later, he bottled the first wine under the Jakkalsvlei label.

Today Jakkalsvlei wines are enjoyed by people all over the Garden Route. You can't help but fall in love with the breathtaking views and the beautiful mountain range surrounding the farm.

Explore this unique, off the beaten track wine farm on the Garden Route and experience true Southern Cape hospitality.

After your visit depart for Herbertsdale and continue for 35km and turn-off onto the N2.

On your arrival at the Sandpiper Cottages, you will be welcomed and escorted to your cottage.  Once settled in, relax and enjoy a sundowner walk on the beautiful beach of Boggoms Bay.

For dinner we recommend a traditional South African “Kaggel Braai” (BBQ) at Boggoms Bay Sport Centre or you can try this yourself in your own cottage – braai packets are supplied.

Overnight at Sandpiper Cottage on a Bed and Breakfast basis only
“Kaggel Braai” (BBQ) / braai packet included

Day 02


This day is for your own leisure, but the following activities are recommended:

Cape St. Blaize Hiking Trail – including personal guide and conservation fees
Enjoy a 13.5km hiking trail on a contour path along the cliffs west of Mossel Bay.  The trail begins at the Cape St. Blaize Cave.  There are excellent whale watching opportunities here (in season).

Incoporate your walking trail with a POHO Tour (Point of Human Origin) at Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay.

Pinnacle Point is home to some of the oldest and most significant archaeological discoveries ever made regarding the origins of human life.

The Point of Human Origins Experience is a pre-historic journey where you learn about ancient environments, sea levels, food sources, cave formation processes, sonte tool technology and how our earliest ancestors managed to survive a near extinction event through their reliance on nature.

Boat Based Whale Watching
Experience whales close up at sea.

Seal Island Trips

Sunset Cruises
Relaxed and romantic 1½ - 2 hr cruises around Seal Island and the Bay, the Point, Hartenbos, Seal Island, Diaz Beach, De Bakke and Santo's beaches.

Bartholomeus Dias Museum Complex
Famous 500 year old Post Office Tree
Life-size replica of the Dias Caravel
Shell Museum and Aquarium
Ethno-Botanical Garden

The Bartholomeus Dias museum complex was officially opened on 3 February 1989. The Mossel Bay museum industry, however, can be traced back to the 1960’s when the museum was first opened. It later became known as the Post Tree museum complex before being renamed in 1989.

Your restaurant options for dinner in the Mossel bay area are:

Route 57 Restaurant - www.route57.co.za
Cafe Gannet Seafood Restaurant - www.cafegannet.co.za
De Vette Mossel - Open air seafood restaurant on the beach.  A glass of wine upon arrival. Eat as much as you like for 3 hours. Bookings are essential. www.devettemossel.co.za
Kingfisher Restaurant
Kaai 4 – An informal braai restaurant where guests can enjoy great South African meat dishes in good company around a huge fireplace. www.kaai4.co.za

Overnight at Sandpiper Cottage on a bed and breakfast basis only

Day 03


Yet another full day of leisure where you can choose your activities.  We recommend the following options for the more daring traveler:

Shark Cage Diving in Mossel bay (+-4hours)
If you would like to experience the Great White Shark in its natural environment above or under water or perhaps just learn a bit more about them , you have come to the right place.

Bungee Jumping and Bridge Swinging on the Garden Route
The world's highest commercial bungee jump off the Bloukrans River Bridge is a  216m freefall that lasts a full seven seconds. This sport is managed by, among others, Face Adrenalin,  a professional crew with over 12 years’ experience.

Feeling doubtful? Try the bungee walk along the walkway under the Bloukrans bridge for spectacular views and calm your nerves while you consider whether or not to take the plunge.

Sandboard the Dragon outside Mosselbay
Welcome to the longest sandboard ride in South Africa.: Dragon Dune. Situated on private land, this beast provides the ultimate ride on sand and is similar to snowboarding.

Walking with African Lions in Botlierskop Game Reserve
A once in a life time experience. Walk alongside Africa's most majestic predator. The "walking with lions" encounter is an opportunity to interact with young lions. Our African lion walks take approximately one hour to complete, depending on how fast the lions are prepared to amble, and a maximum of eight - ten guests (1.5 meter or taller) can be hosted on each excursion.

No leashes, no collars, just a natural African lion adventure.

For the more relaxed traveler:

Botlierskop Bush Spa, Guided Game Drive, Horseback Safaris, Elephant Back Ride, Elephant Feeding, Guided Bush Trail – all in Botlierskop Game Reserve

OR explore the beautiful Klein Karoo

Cango Caves
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves.

Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with vast halls and towering formations.

Combine this with a guided Ostrich tour at the nearby Cango Ostrich Farm Show.

For dinner, you can enjoy yet another Kaggel style dinner or a restaurant in the Mossel Bay area.

Overnight at Sandpiper Cottage on a bed and breakfast basis only