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Cape Town Holidays - view from Table Mountain cable car

Adventurous Cape, with Shark Diving + Safari


4CA14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
International flights + car hire quoted separately
This adrenalin holiday starts in Cape Town, where you can abseil down Table Mountain, before self-driving to Hermanus to Cage Dive with great white sharks. Continue along the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma, the adventure capital of South Africa, where you can bungy jump from Bloukrans Bridge - the highest in the world. Complete your holiday with a luxury safari. All transfers, activities & game drives included.
Shark Diving South Africa Adventure Holidays Cape Town Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain Abseiling
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V&A Waterfront
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Cape Point
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Shark Cage Diving
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Bloukrans Bridge Bungee
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Tree Top Canopy Tour
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Addo Elephant Park
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain Abseiling
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V&A Waterfront
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Cape Point
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Shark Cage Diving
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Bloukrans Bridge Bungee
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Tree Top Canopy Tour
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Addo Elephant Park
Day 1
You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 3
This morning transfer to Table Mountain and ascend by cable car to enjoy one of the world's most famous views (cable car ticket included).
 
Arrive in good time for your thrilling adrenalin-filled descent, as you abseil down its sheer cliffs - followed by a 30-minute hike back to your starting point. Afterwards spend as much time on the mountain as you wish, before making your way back to your hotel by taxi (own account).
 
In the afternoon we suggest exploring Cape Town using the Hop Off Bus, which stops at all the key attractions, including the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 4
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
 
Explore the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several wine estates on this famous wine route, which stretched from Paarl through to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy a cellar tour and some wine tasting, before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 5
This morning your hire car will be dropped off at your hotel.
 
We recommend you spend the day exploring the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula. Start with an optional short boat trip from Hout Bay to view Cape Fur seals at Seal Island and continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we recommend driving through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach. You can also make a short stop at the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 6
Drive 2-hours from the Cape Peninsula along the scenic coastal route through Gordon’s Bay and along the False Bay coast to the small seaside town of Hermanus.
 
Along the way we suggest stopping at the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in the small coastal town of Bettys Bay. You may also want to visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, renowned for its fynbos flowers. The walk through the gorge and down to the waterfall is particularly rewarding (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Continue to Hermanus and check into your hotel. From July to November, southern right and humpback whales come here to breed and this is considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort.
Day 7
Rise early this morning (05.30 to 09.00, depending on the tides) for your 30-min drive to the small village of Gansbaai  for Shark Cage Diving to see the great white sharks of False Bay.
 
After a safety briefing, transfer by boat for the 20-minute ride to Dyer Island and Shark Alley for the chance to view the fearsome Great White Sharks which feed on the resident colony of Cape Fur seals. View these surface-feeding predators from the boat or enter the cage with snorkel or scuba equipment.
 
Whales should also be seen in season (July to November) as well as African penguins, seals, dolphins, cormorants and many other bird species. Waterproof jackets and dive equipment will be supplied on the boat, but remember to bring your own towel. Return to shore 5 hours later after a truly exhilarating day at sea.
 
You will be contacted the day before to finalise your arrival time.
Day 8
Drive 5-hours today from Hermanus to Knysna on the scenic Garden Route.
 
In the historic town of Swellendam you will see some lovely examples of Cape Dutch architecture and in Mossel Bay you can visit the Post Office tree, where early navigators left mail for homebound ships to Europe and where the Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Diaz landed and erected a cross.
 
Enjoy the beaches of Wilderness and the lakes of Sedgefield, before checking into your hotel in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Day 9
Today we recommend making your way to the Knysna Waterfront for the ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve situated on Knysna's Western Head, one of two magnificent sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the vast Knysna Lagoon.
 
This spectacular nature reserve is only accessible by ferry, followed by a short trailer ride to the top of the reserve which offers panoramic views. Most visitors choose to return on foot along a 1-mile guided nature walk through natural coastal forest onto the cliffs, through caves and along a scenic coastal path, followed by a seafood buffet lunch served under the old Milkwood trees.
  
In the afternoon we recommend a visit to Knysna Elephant Park where you will have the opportunity to feed one of these gentle giants (pay entrance fee locally). The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Knysna. This lively town is famous for its oysters, which are grown in the lagoon. It offers good shopping opportunities and many interesting craft shops.
Day 10
Today drive 1.5-hours along the beautiful Garden Route to Tsitsikamma.
 
After driving past the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, you can stop at the Monkeyland and/or Birds of Eden sanctuaries, or at Tenikwa Wild Cat Centre (pay entrance fees locally). Then continue northwards across the dramatic Storms River Gorge where, time permitting, we recommend a 2-hour detour to the Storms River Mouth.
 
Check into your Tsitsikamma accommodation and enjoy the flora and birds of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
Day 11
Today drive to Bloukrans Bridge near Nature's Valley, to experience the adrenalin thrill of bungy jumping from the highest single span arch bridge in the world!
 
After being secured in your full body harness, walk along the catwalk suspended beneath the bridge to the top of the arch - rising over 700 feet (216 m) above the Bloukrans River. Here you will be given final instructions, a countdown and off you go! Bloukrans uses pendulum bungy technology, ensuring the smoothest bungy jump possible.
Day 12
At leisure to relax and explore the scenic beauty of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
 
At Storms River Mouth there is a scenic Marine Walk & Snorkelling Trail. The Crags (near Plettenberg Bay) offer many optional wildlife activities - including the Elephant Sanctuary, Tenikwa Wild Cat Sanctuary, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Bird watching is also outstanding.
 
If you are looking for adrenalin adventures, at Storms River Village you can find exciting tree-top canopy tours; thrilling zip-ling; black water tubing; abseiling and bungy jumping from Bloukrans Bridge - the highest commercial bungy jump in the world.
Day 13
Today drive for 3-hours from Tsitsikamma to your malaria free game lodge near Addo in the beautiful Eastern Cape.
 
We suggest you stop at Addo Elephant Park for a self drive game drive (pay gate fee locally). Here you can view these magnificent animals which once roamed free in this area and were saved from extinction by this national park, which has also preserved the rare Cape buffalo and the flying dung beetle.
 
Continue to your game lodge, check in and enjoy an afternoon open top game drive. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as several of the Big Five - before dining under the stars in your warm African surroundings.
Day 14
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing safari with your lodge ranger in your Private Game Reserve which is home to all the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. Hope to see many interesting species before returning to your lodge for breakfast.
   
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Hope to see giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. With hundreds of different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed!
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives.
Day 15
Enjoy some final early morning game viewing, before driving 2-hours to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight home.
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