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Cape Town, the Garden Route & Winelands - Solo Traveller
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Cape Town, the Garden Route & Winelands - Solo Traveller

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Discover the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, a country filled with natural beauty, spectacular landscapes and diverse culture.

During your solo traveller holiday to South Africa, you will explore the exciting and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, one of the country’s three capitals. You can take a cable car to its famous landmark, Table Mountain,  to get incredible views of the city and its surroundings. 

Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years and learn more about this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site and its history. 

Enjoy your journey on the Garden Route, the ultimate South African road trip; along the way you can discover extraordinary sights like driving through the Outeniqua Mountain Pass and the wildlife in the Featherbed Nature Reserve. 

A holiday to South Africa isn’t complete until you experience a Safari and you can spot the “Big 5” in Aquila Private Game Reserve. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
South African Rand
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours
Passport
A visa is not required for Irish or UK citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two free page in their passport for endorsements.
Climate

The seasons in Cape Town are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. Winter runs from June to August and the sun shines on Christmas Day. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons.

Food & Drink

Smoked meat, curries, chutneys, and lamb with tomato stew are some of the many specialties of South Africa. For adventurous diners there are plenty of exotic choices including Ostrich, Kudu and biltong.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 17.00R
  • Beer: 18.00R
  • Glass of wine: 25.00R
  • Meal: 70.00R
  • Soft Drink: 8.00R
  • Bottled Water: 5.00R

(€1 = approx 14R)

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sunscreen
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • A good pocket torch in case of occasional power cuts
  • Insect repellent
Recommended Reading

Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

When the Lion Feeds – Wilbur Smith 

Holiday highlights

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari

Discover the majestic ‘Big 5’ at the award-winning Aquila Private Game Reserve. The Big 5 refers to Lions, Leopards, Rhinoceros, Elephants and Buffalos, which you may spot during your safari adventure!

Cape Town City Tour

Cape Town, aka ‘The Mother City’, is an important and historic city; it’s the first place in South Africa where European colonists visited. On your city tour in Cape Town you will visit the famous landmark Table Mountain, at 600 million years old, it's one of the oldest mountains in the world; even older than the Andes and the Himalayas. Other highlights include Malay Quarter, Green Market Square, District Six, and a walk through the Company Gardens. 

Scenic drives along Outeniqua Pass

Outeniqua is a mountain pass which connects the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karo. The name Outeniqua is believed to be derived from a Khoisan tribe who lived in these mountains and means "they who bear honey".  There is an abundance of wildlife In the Outeniqua range, such as klipspringers, grey rhebuck and Cape sugarbirds.  

Cape Winelands & Stellenbosch

Wine tasting in South Africa is a must do experience and you will be spoilt for choice; South African wine is highlighly regarded around the world and there’s a fantastic variety to suit all tastes. On a Cape Winelands tour, you will take a scenic and historic drive through the local wine regions and most importantly, enjoy some wine tasting! Discover Stellenbosch, the City of Oaks or ‘Eikestad’ in Afrikaans, the second oldest town and the wine capital of South Africa. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
South African Rand
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours
Passport
A visa is not required for Irish or UK citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two free page in their passport for endorsements.
Climate

The seasons in Cape Town are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. Winter runs from June to August and the sun shines on Christmas Day. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons.

Food & Drink

Smoked meat, curries, chutneys, and lamb with tomato stew are some of the many specialties of South Africa. For adventurous diners there are plenty of exotic choices including Ostrich, Kudu and biltong.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 17.00R
  • Beer: 18.00R
  • Glass of wine: 25.00R
  • Meal: 70.00R
  • Soft Drink: 8.00R
  • Bottled Water: 5.00R

(€1 = approx 14R)

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sunscreen
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • A good pocket torch in case of occasional power cuts
  • Insect repellent
Recommended Reading

Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

When the Lion Feeds – Wilbur Smith 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Travel to South Africa

Travel to South Africa

Depart from Dublin for Cape Town.

Arrive in Cape Town

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Morning

Arrive in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by our local representative in the airport. Transfer to your hotel before starting the city tour.

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Afternoon

Half day City Tour & Table Mountain

Begin your holiday with a trip to Table Mountain (weather permitting) for a cable car ride to take in the spectacular views of the city, stretching to False Bay, including Robben Island and the Devil’s Peak. A walk through the Company Gardens and a scenic city tour passing the Houses of Parliament, City Hall and a visit to Cape Castle, one of the oldest surviving buildings in South Africa. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant

Full day Safari

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Full day Safari

After breakfast, depart for a safari drive at the Aquila Private Game Reserve. The reserve is home to a variety of game, including the “Big 5” your viewing will be in an open safari vehicle. Don’t forget to have your camera and binoculars ready for wildlife spotting. Buffet lunch is included today.

Half day Robben Island tour

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Robben Island tour

Weather permitting; today you will catch the boat from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront out to Robben Island. Located almost 7km off the coast in Table Bay, the island is renowned as the location where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the island is a UNESCO world heritage site and a living museum, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. You will have a guided tour of the island and museum by one of the former political prisoners from the island.

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Afternoon

At Leisure

The afternoon is at leisure. You will have the rest of the day to become familiar with your surroundings or just relax at your hotel. Your guide can recommend places of interest for you to further explore. Tonight dinner and show is included.

Cape Point Full Day Tour

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Cape Point Tour

On today’s excursion to the Cape Peninsula, you will see some of the most beautiful scenery on your tour. You will travel along the Atlantic seaboard with its white beaches and rugged mountains to Hout Bay. Another stop included is the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula that has captivated people for centuries with its dramatic scenery. There will be an option of visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Bolders beach. On the return journey you will pass through the naval village of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. Lunch is included today.

Arniston, Cape Agulhas

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Transfer to Arniston

After breakfast you will transfer to the tranquil little fishing village of Arniston, Cape Agulhas. Arniston is also known as Waenhuiskrans "wagon shelter cliff" after a large low tide sea cave, it eroded in such a way it resembles the structures used by settlers to house the oxen and wagons. Arniston is an attraction for artists and photographers for its prettiness, rolling sand dunes, blue sea and cliffs.

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Aftenoon

At Leisure

The late afternoon will be at leisure to further become familiar with your surroundings. The coastline is a perfect invitation for a long walk. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel.

Hermanus - Full Day

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Hermanus

Today you will visit Hermanus, enroute you will have the opportunity to stop at Cape Agulhas light house which is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa. Hermanus is rich in scenic beauty, upmarket shops and is one of the official Whale watching capitals of the world, where Whales can be sometimes seen from the shore (seasonal June - October) making this a popular destination for nature enthusiasts. In your free time you can further explore some of the sites Hermanus has to offer including a selection of galleries, fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and for those who are interested there is also the Old Harbour Museum, with informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale. Lunch is included today.

Transfer from Arniston to Knysna

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Morning

Transfer from Arniston to Knysna

After breakfast, you will depart for the coastal town of Knysna taking in the spectacular mountain sights while driving through the Outeniqua Mountain Pass. Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast’s best-known holiday destination, situated between lush forests and the shores of the lagoon. The mouth of the lagoon is guarded by two promontories known as ‘The Heads’ and is famed due to the amount, of sailors who lost their lives sailing through this dangerous stretch.

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Rest of the day is at leisure. Your guide will be happy to advise places of interest. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel

Featherbed Nature Reserve

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Featherbed Nature Reserve

Today you will visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will travel by ferry across the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve lies on the unspoilt western head of Knysna, you will be in a 4x4 vehicle to see stunning views and beautiful flora & fauna. There is also the option to take a downhill walk after, don’t forget to bring your camera and good walking shoes. Enjoy a buffet lunch sitting underneath a canopy of Milkwood trees. Lunch is included today.

Knysna to Stellenbosch

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Stellenbosch

Depart after breakfast for the Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch, a charming town with rugged mountains and a myriad of vines as its backdrop. Stellenbosch is perhaps one of the most famous wine producing regions in South Africa. Rest of the day is at leisure to soak up the surroundings and enjoy the scenery.

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Evening

Evening

Dinner is included tonight at your hotel

Full Day Winelands Tour

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Winelands Tour - Full Day

Today you will take a scenic and historic drive through the local wine regions. Drive through Stellenbosch with its tree lined streets and historical architecture; here you will visit the Stellenbosch Museum, representing different periods of Stellenbosch. After will be the wine tasting and blending at a Wine Estate.

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Evening

Dinner

This evening you will have an early dinner at a Wine Estate to finish off your Winelands tour.

Return Home

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Morning

Return Home

After breakfast you will transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.

Arrive Home

Arrive Home

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Stellenbosch Lodge Country Hotel 4

Located on the outskirts of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch Lodge Country Hotel is ideal for those who like the feeling of being in the countryside, with its picturesque setting of vineyards and rugged mountains as its back drop, making this quaint lodge and ideal... read more read more read more

Located on the outskirts of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch Lodge Country Hotel is ideal for those who like the feeling of being in the countryside, with its picturesque setting of vineyards and rugged mountains as its back drop, making this quaint lodge and ideal place to stay.

Hotel address
Stellenbosch Lodge Country Hotel
25 Canterbury Ln, Blaauwklippen,
Stellenbosch,
7600, South Africa
Stellenbosch
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Arniston Spa Hotel 4

Arniston Spa Hotel is set in one of the Cape's most beautiful locations, next to an old fishing village in Arniston, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves.The hotel is ideally located close to the Indian Ocean, offering impressive views of the unspoilt ocean and endl... read more read more read more

Arniston Spa Hotel is set in one of the Cape's most beautiful locations, next to an old fishing village in Arniston, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves.The hotel is ideally located close to the Indian Ocean, offering impressive views of the unspoilt ocean and endless beaches. Arniston is a leisurely two-hour drive from Cape Town, on a road that winds through the beautiful rolling hills of the Overberg region. 

Hotel address
Arniston Spa Hotel
1 Main Road,
Arniston, 7280
South Africa
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Premier Hotel Knysna 4

Secluded amongst the banks of the Knysna Lagoon and nestled in woodland gardens, this is a pleasant and picturesque hotel. Situated 3 km from Knysna city centre, it is one of the most popular destinations along the Garden Route.  Guests looking to further enjoy this four-sta... read more read more read more

Secluded amongst the banks of the Knysna Lagoon and nestled in woodland gardens, this is a pleasant and picturesque hotel. Situated 3 km from Knysna city centre, it is one of the most popular destinations along the Garden Route.  Guests looking to further enjoy this four-star hotel, may cool-down in the outdoor pool, during the warmer months of the year, or go for an outdoor stroll by the lagoon. The Cocktail Bar and the Ladies Lounge are  a great place for those looking to enjoy some relaxation time with a few drinks. 

Hotel address
Premier Hotel Knysna
George Rex Drive, 6571 Knysna


Knysn
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Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point 3

This hotel is located in an ideal spot for those who love to be near the beach, restaurants, cafes and bars. The Seapoint promenade is only 150 meters walking distance from the hotel. The hotel rooms are decorated tastefully and simple making a comfortable stay in the welcoming h... read more read more read more

This hotel is located in an ideal spot for those who love to be near the beach, restaurants, cafes and bars. The Seapoint promenade is only 150 meters walking distance from the hotel. The hotel rooms are decorated tastefully and simple making a comfortable stay in the welcoming hotel.

Hotel address
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point
Arthurs Rd, Sea Point,
Cape Town, 8005,
South Africa
Capetown
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