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Exploring the Western Cape

Private Travel | Self-drive | Wildlife 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £2995

This flexible self-drive itinerary offers a perfect introduction to South Africa’s Western Cape. With stays in the vibrant city of Cape Town, the scenic Winelands around Franschhoek, the whale watching hub of Hermanus and the ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserve of Sanbona, this is an excellent starting point for any first-time visitor. As all locations visited are close together and well connected by good quality roads, driving times are short and quality time can be spent enjoying the excursions, activities and hotel facilities.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • ‘Big Five’ game drives in Sanbona
  • Optional visit to the inspirational Langa Township
  • Observe whales from your hotel in Hermanus (seasonal)
  • Numerous optional wine tasting activities
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Cape Town. (N)

Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival, you will be met by our VIP meet and greet service before transferring to Four Rosmead for a 4-night stay. (N)

Day 3: Cape Town

At leisure to relax and roam this cosmopolitan city or choose from a large selection of optional excursions. Possible activities include a boat trip to Robben Island, a cable car up Table Mountain and a fascinating and rewarding visit to the township of Langa. (B)

Days 4-5: Cape Town

Your premium package category B car hire will be delivered in the morning and you then have 2 days at leisure to explore the surrounds of the city. Popular day trips include the Cape of Good Hope, the naval base at Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African penguins. (B)

Day 6: Franschhoek

Drive the short distance to Franschhoek, home to some of the world’s most popular wineries. Stay at Mont d’Or Franschhoek for the next 3 nights. (B)

Days 7-8: Franschhoek

At leisure to enjoy the stunning surrounds or join optional excursions including a wide selection of wine tasting and culinary experiences. (B)

Day 9: Hermanus

Drive south to Hermanus and stay 2 nights at the stunningly located Marine Hotel. (B)

Day 10: Hermanus

Between June and November, this slow-paced coastal town becomes a hive of activity as huge numbers of southern right whales arrive from Antarctica’s icy waters to calve and mate. With humpbacks and great white sharks also packing the surrounding bays, Hermanus soon transforms into one of the world’s best locations for land- and sea-based whale and shark watching. Outside of whale season the town still offers beautiful coastal walks and laid-back living. (B)

Day 11: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Drive to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, where you will leave your car at a welcome lodge before being transferred to Tilney Manor for a 2-night stay. A host of safari activities are included during your stay, such as wildlife drives, guided nature walks, rock art visits and boat safaris. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Morning and afternoon safari activities. Possible wildlife sightings include the ‘Big Five’ and the only free ranging white lions in South Africa. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Fly to London

Depending on your flight time, you may have the opportunity for a morning safari activity before transferring back to the welcome lodge to collect your car. Drive to Cape Town Airport for your flight to London. (B)

Day 14: London

Early morning arrival in London. (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Marine
    The Marine

    The Marine is 100 years old and this elegant and refined Relais & Chateaux accredited hotel is set on rocky cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, where the Southern Right Whale calves between July and November. Hermanus is a pleasant seaside village and there are stunning coastal roads on the drive from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2995 per person

High season from £3995 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4-star accommodation
    • VIP meet & greet service on arrival
    • Premium car rental package with VW Polo (or similar)
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Guided safari activities at Sanbona

Destinations on this tour

  • Cape Town

    Cape Town is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, offering a...

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  • Franschhoek

    Franschhoek Valley is nestled between towering mountain ranges. It has a rich...

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  • Hermanus

    Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay and is home to the southern right whale...

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