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Wine Tasting Sea Kayaking and Discovering Cape Town

DETOUR MINI ADVENTURE

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Journey through Cape Town on a 3-day micro adventure with sea kayaking, South African history & sips of Stellenbosch's finest wine

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Meals

    2 Breakfasts

  • Transport Style

    Minivan

  • Group Size

    Maximum 13 people

  • Team

    Local Host

Cape Town, Hermanus, Elgin Valley, Stellenbosch, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, V and A Waterfront

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Meet your host

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Emmy

Swedish-born Emmy moved to Cape Town after marrying a South African, falling deeply in love with the Cape and everything around it. Sharing her passion for wine, adventure and travel, Emmy will show you her city's main attractions and secret spots in 3 days, slotting in perfectly before any safari adventure.

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DAY 1

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Arrive Cape Town

Wamkelekile! We'll touch down in Cape Town, South Africa and head straight to Never@Home, our 5-star hostel in the heart of the city. With Clifton's Beaches, Green Point Park, the City Centre, Sea Point Promenade and Lion’s Head all within walking distance, you'll have the chance to spend the day exploring. Hike up Lion’s Head for 365-degree views of Cape Town, stroll the promenade at sunset or lay on one of Clifton’s four beaches, often rated in the world’s Top 10. Tonight we'll meet back at the hostel’s bar & grill, The Randy Warthog, for dinner - ready for the real adventures to begin tomorrow.

DAY 2

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Hermanus

After an included breakfast we’ll take the scenic route to Hermanus, a.k.a the whale-watching holiday capital of the world. A guided sea kayak trip will take us around Walker Bay where, for 6 months of the year, Southern Right Whales come to calf and nurse their newborns. For the rest of the year, having a chance to kayak among other whales, seals, penguins, dolphins, and other marine life will just have to do.

Elgin Valley

Our exploration of the Cape continues through the beautiful Elgin Valley known for its orchards, vineyards, and mountainous scenery. Here we'll stop at one of its two most famous foodie spots - The Elgin Railway Market, an old Apple Warehouse converted into a steampunk food hall, or the Peregrine Farm Stall, offering delicious artisanal farm-produced foods. Either way, we'll leave with satiated appetites for the rest of the day.

Stellenbosch

After working up a rare thirst, it’s time to taste some of the Cape’s finest wine around Stellenbosch. Three wine farms and tastings are on the menu as we meander the sweeping valleys between vineyards, spectacular views and glasses of wine. The evening will end at the vibey Camps Bay for cocktails and dinner to end an adventurous day exploring the Cape. 

DAY 3

Robben Island

After a delicious breakfast we'll start our day with a journey to Robben Island and into South Africa’s past. This experience includes the ferry trip as well as a guided tour of Robben Island, explaining the history of Apartheid and a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell from which he began his famous Long Walk to Freedom - a combo of history lesson and sightseeing for the win.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Our last stop for the day is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the first of its kind to be listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the lush gardens and views showcasing species of the Cape Floral Region, the smallest but most diverse of the worlds six Floral Kingdoms, and don’t leave without that selfie from the winding 'Boomslang' canopy bridge high above the gardens in the shadow of Table Mountain. 
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V&A Waterfront

Hungry? Time for lunch at South Africa’s most visited attraction & shopping destination – the V&A Waterfront. With more than 80 food market stalls & harbour-facing restaurants there's plenty of local & global options to choose from gourmet burgers & BBQ ribs to schwarma and frozen yogurt. We'll also have free time here to explore the attractions. Our suggestion? Take a grab-and-go from one of the food markets and then head to the Two Oceans Aquarium or take a ride on the Cape Wheel with unbeatable city, ocean and mountain views.  

Mojo Motel

You came, you saw, you've explored the best of Cape Town. With the ultimate beginning to your dream African adventure, this short trip will end with a drop off at the Mojo Hotel this evening.

All accommodation is included

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Cape Town, South Africa

About this trip

Whether you're a wine lover, adventure lover or just love spectacular scenery, this 3-day excursion around Cape Town brings you the best of South Africa's cultural and natural beauty in one weekend. Listed as one of the best spots in the world for whale watching, we'll kayak around the bay of Hermanus in search of the largest mammals on the planet, surrounded by playful Cape Fur Seals. Start to understand South Africa’s complex Apartheid history with a tour of Robben Island, prison for 18 years to South African icon, Nelson Mandela. Snap your best selfie on the canopy bridge in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and finally, watch the sunset over Table Mountain while sipping on the Cape’s finest wine in Stellenbosch.

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