Today is an exciting excursion tracking the Marine Big 5 (Southern Right Whale, Shark, Dolphin, Seal and Penguin) along a scenic coastal path and the cliff tops of Walker Bay. We explore prehistoric caves, find wild horses and visit local farms. Arriving at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay we visit a massive penguin colony, watching the amusing antics of these funny creatures. On this stretch of rocky terrain, we will also be looking out for Dassies (rock rabbits) and a number of seabirds.
We continue on to the tiny village of De Kelders, named after the cellar-like caves formed millions of years ago in the cliffs along the Walker Bay shoreline. The caves have huge historical significance because of the discovery of archaeological remains from Bushmen and the Stone Age period. Clamber down the paths, investigating the fascinating cave system with its spectacular vistas over the bay. Explore the two-chambered Klipgat Cave - accessible via a boardwalk (and some rock- hopping) - which leads out to the sea. From the heights of the cliff-tops, look down into the bay in search of the whales (and their calves) which come right under the cliffs. Whale-watching is seasonal, between May - October.
Our next stop is the quaint village of Stanford, a place of beautiful cottages, antique shops and artisan cafes gathered around a grassy square. Sheltered vineyards and a mountain backdrop offer fun adventure options of hiking, horse-riding and boat cruises. We return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s mountain pass with its stunning views over the Atlantic and - on a clear day - endless views towards the city.
Summer Itinerary (November to April): After visiting the Penguin colony we take the road less travelled inland to the natural playground of the mountainous valleys of the Overberg. Arriving in the Elgin Valley families can enjoy a picnic or traditional South African Braai while Stand Up Paddling, kayaking and fishing on a scenic river surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards.
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 Big5, 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).