The Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain National Park
We will spend a leisurely day experiencing the rugged beauty of the Peninsula with its spectacular coastline and diverse flora and fauna. We will visit the African Penguin Colony at Simon's Town, before continuing along the False Bay coastline to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.The reserve boasts 249 recorded bird species, mammals like the Bontebok, Chacma Baboon and Cape Mountain Zebra, as well as the unique flora called fynbos. After visiting Cape Point and the southern tip of the peninsula, we will enjoy a coastal walk past shipwrecks, rock pools and brilliant white beaches, seeing a totally new dimension to the reserve. We return to Cape Town along the Atlantic coastline.
Langebaan Lagoon & the West Coast National Park
We will spend a day at the beautifully tranquil Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park. The lagoon is an internationally recognised reserve for migrant waders. On our way back to Cape Town we will stop at the Tienie Versveld Botanical Reserve and at Bloubergstrand beach, with its dramatic view of Table Mountain from across the bay. During August and September we will be able to visit the Spring flowers of the West Coast Flower Reserve. Here we can watch the Southern Right Whales off the coast, as well as a number of mammals grazing amongst the spectacular floral displays.
Cape Town and Environs
Our first port of call is Hout Bay, where we join a 45 minute boat cruise to "Seal Island" where we find Cape Fur Seals in abundance, as well as Terns, Gulls and Cormorants. We will visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, where staff cultivate approximately 4,000 of South Africa's indigenous plants, in a setting of forests, mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns. We will spend the afternoon at Rondevlei Nature Reserve, one of Cape Town's premier bird reserves. Rondevlei has five bird hides, as well as two observation towers, and we should be able to spot close to 50 bird species here!
The Cape Winelands
The dramatic backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the tree-lined streets with their white-gabled Cape Dutch homesteads combine to make Stellenbosch one of the most beautiful towns in South Africa. Here is the perfect opportunity to sample and buy Cape wine and experience the rich historical and architectural traditions of the Winelands region. Boschendal is one of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture. We will also be visiting the bird hides at the Paarl Bird Reserve with its many different water birds, as well as the Paarl Mountain Reserve, which will give us a chance to see some of the Cape's endemic birds and extensive views over the Winelands.
Hermanus and The Southern Coast
We will follow the spectacular coastline out of False Bay to the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, where we will enjoy a short walk looking out for some of the 96 recorded bird species. Every year the Southern Right Whales come to the safety of our shores to calve. Hermanus has the reputation of being one of the best land-based whale watching areas in the world (whale watching is most rewarding from August to November). This area has the greatest diversity of indigenous flora in the Western Cape, which we will enjoy on a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. We return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry's Pass and the scenic Hottentots Holland Mountains.

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