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Overberg Explore


In Whale Season (Winter: May - October)
Explore the R44 South Africa's most scenic coastal drive.
Explore Betty's Bay - Penguin colony.
Explore - Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens.
Whale Watching - Cliff top paths.
Out of Whale Season (Summer: November-April)
Explore the R44 South Africa's most scenic coastal drive.
Explore Betty's Bay - Penguin colony.
Explore - Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens.
Explore - Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Overview


The South African coastline is well known for its inhabitants of the Southern Right Whales who frequent our waters during their mating season. View these magnificent marine giants from above as you fly over their breeding spots and observe their gentle cruising or playful nature.

Our day of tracking the Marine Big 5 (Southern Right Whale, Shark, Dolphin, Seal and Penguin) starts with a full immersion into breath-taking coastal landscape as we travel along the R44, keeping an eye on the sea.

Exploring the Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay, home to a breeding colony of seabirds, we go in search of penguins - taking time to enjoy their character-filled antics.

Hike through the lush Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, an estate which lies sandwiched between ocean and mountain and includes marsh, heath, forest, gorge and dunes as well as stretches of fynbos. Learn how to use some plants for medicinal purposes, especially when we reach the Khoi-San Gardens.

Continuing along the coastline, we reach the town of Hermanus, renowned for its seasonal land-based whale-watching (May - Oct). From the cliff path trail, you can appreciate spectacular views over Walker Bay and the mountains and look out for the massive mammals which draw close to shore in season.

The Overberg is the best place in the world to view these 40-60 tons creatures from land and our specialist guides will take you down to the De Kelders rocks and give you a whale watching experience of a lifetime! However, for those who prefer a complete marine experience of the Marine Big 5, which includes the whales, dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and surface viewing of the Great White Shark, we can include a boat-based whale watching trip. Note, this trip takes about 2.5 hours (supplement cost).

This afternoon we venture to small villages, perched on the cliffs above the bay. From an elevated vantage point, you have a birds-eye view of the whales and may possibly even see some calves. Out of whale season, we adapt our touring and explore the fascinating Hemel-en-Aarde valley in more depth, seeking out the fine wines for which the region is well-regarded. We return to Cape Town, via Sir Lowry’s pass, with is glorious mountain vistas.

Summer Itinerary (November-April): out of the main Whale season, the Overberg has so much to offer from one of South Africa’s most impressive coastal drives, to its picturesque mountainous ‘garden’ valleys. Taste some of South Africa’s finest coastal region wine and explore local farm stalls rich in the fresh produce from the area.

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  • Enhance Your Tour (Optional add-ons)

    Tour enhancements
    Please contact your agent regarding additional costings and full descriptions for the optional tour enhancement activities we have listed. Should you choose to add one of these activities, your itinerary will be adapted accordingly.

    Whale Watching - Whale Watching Boat Trip
    Dyer Island and Shark Ally is surrounded by marine wildlife and dependent on the time of year, you have the chance to see whales, dolphins, cape fur seals, African penguins and great white sharks, potentially all in a single trip.

    Whale Watching by Air - Flight of the Giants (Stanford)
    The South African coastline is well known for its inhabitants of the Southern Right Whales who frequent our waters during their mating season. View these magnificent marine giants from above as you fly over their breeding spots and observe their gentle cruising or playful nature.

  • Tour Notes & Rates

    Notes:

    Tours are private

    Includes:

    On board gourmet pantry with drinks (soft drinks, craft beer, wine and selected spirits).
    Adventure gear for Active days and Travelling Toy Box for families.
    Onboard WiFi.

    Excludes:

    Lunch - please see lunch options.
    Entrances fees - additional R626 per person (non-commissionable).
    Adventures beyond 100km radius of Cape Town.
    Onward Transfer out of touring area (e.g. pick up and touring in one location, drop off in second location).
    Luggage transfers of more than two people (limited space due to onboard offerings).
    Extended Day Supplement – pick up before 8am and drop off after 6pm.

    Optional Activities
    (additional cost)

    Whale Watching – Whale Watching Boat Trip.
    Whale Watching by Air - Flight of the Giants (Stanford).

    2021 Rack Rate

    2 pax R5,239 per person
    4 pax R3,739 per person
    6 pax R3,239 per person

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