WHALE & WINE TOUR

We shall be taking you on a four day excursion from the Garden Route on the whale trail into the Overberg or Shangri-La - a region rich in beauty and diversity.

It is the nursery of the great southern right whale, the headquarters of the apple-growing industry and its rolling golden fields of grain are framed by magnificent mountain ranges. Visiting Bredasdorp, Cape Agulhas, Elim, Gansbaai and Hermanus.Guests will stay at the Mussel River Lodge for two nights. There's no finer place to enjoy the fine views across Walker bay. Watch the whales from your bed or balcony!

The Winelands - fertile green valleys of the Cape are surrounded by proud mountain ranges. It is the Mediterranean climate and winter rainfall area of the south-western Cape that produces some of the best wines in the country. Visiting Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Rawsonville on the "SA Brandy Route".The Breede River Valley - the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape and South Africa's leading racehorse breeding area. Visiting Worcester, Robertson and Bonnievale.

The Klein Karoo / Kannaland or Route 62 - an area of contrasting landscapes and magnificent sunsets. Visiting Montagu, Barrydale, Ladysmith, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn. Johan, your host and guide will take you in search of cetaceans round the Cape Coast and let you do some wine-tasting to discover the best wines in the Western Cape.

DAY 1

Depart from Wilderness at 8:15.Visiting the Aloe Factory near Albertinia and then to Bredasdorp via Riversdale, the town that is jealously guarded on the northern side by the towering Langeberg mountains with the landmark "Sleeping Beauty"At Bredasdorp we shall visit the Shipwreck Museum, Struisbaai and L'Agulhas - the most southerly point of the African Continent and the Lighthouse built in 1849. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Restaurant in L'Agulhas.

After lunch we shall depart for Hermanus via Napier and Stanford. Guests will stay at the Mussel River Lodge in Hermanus for two nights. At sunset guests will have the opportunity to walk on the flat cliff paths that trace the coastline of Hermanus, to Sievers Point and Kraal Rock, enjoying rugged coastal scenery and excellent whale-watching before dinner at 19:30 at The Rock Seagrill and Bar Restaurant situated on the waters edge in the New Harbour.

DAY 2

After breakfast we shall drive up Rotary Way for a bird's eye view of the whole of Walker Bay. Then we shall visit " Hoy's Koppie " that lies in the middle of the village, Fernkloof Nature Reserve for a walk to Assegaaibos waterfall and the indigenous forests, the Old Harbour and Museum and then do some whale- watching at Gearing's Point, The Old Harbour, Castle Rock and Ficks Pool.

In the afternoon, guests will have free time to explore the interesting variety of shops in Hermanus that makes buying a delightful experience. There are fascinating little stores tucked away in unexpected places within walking distance of one another. Dinner will be at the Droz Restaurant and Wine Cellar.

DAY 3

Depart for the Winelands at 9:00 doing a scenic whale- watching drive via Kleinmond, Betty's Bay, Pringle Bay and Rooi Els. At Betty's Bay we shall visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and Stony Point where the African Penguin colony can be found. Lunch at Delaire Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. We shall visit Franschoek and Solera Brandy Cellar in Rawsonville.

At Worcester guests will experience life as the pioneers lived in years gone by at the Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum. Driving through the spectacular Cogman's Kloof to Montagu, renowned for its muscadel wines. We shall stay at Avalon Springs Hotel, with its 43° C mineral and radioactive spring in six outdoor and two indoor pools as well as three spa baths of varying temperatures. (D, B&B;)

DAY 4

After breakfast we shall explore Route 62 back to George visiting Barrydale - famous for its fruit and wine, Ladismith - lies at the foot of Towerkop, thought to be a magical mountain, the historical mission stations of Amalienstein and Zoar, Calitzdorp (do some wine - tasting at Boplaas ) and Oudtshoorn.