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CAPE TOWN WALK

The Cape Town Walk is a 5 day self-guided walking/hiking holiday offered by Capescape. It is an opportunity to discover the most popular tourist destination in South Africa.

SUMMARY:
Type Self-guided walk
Location Cape Town
Group size 1+ people
Duration 5 days (4 nights)
Difficulty Moderate grade
Day Stages About 8-12 km per day
Distance The trip is about 40 km
Terrain Mountain trails, urban paths
Hotels At least 4 star hotel or guest house.
Meals Breakfast each day
Dates Oct – April is “High season"

HOLIDAY OVERVIEW
Cape Town is the second-most populated city in South Africa. As the seat of the National Parliament, it is also the legislative capital of the country.The city is famous for its Waterfront as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate and natural beauty. While walking through the city's streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit.

THE WALK
Day 1:
Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to Kirstenbosch area
Day 2:
Spend the day in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
Distance 8- 10 km (5-6 miles) - Whole Day.
Day 3:
Walk from Kirstenbosch along Nursery Ravine via Maclear`s Beacon to the top Cable station on Table Mountain. You will have spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula. Visit various viewing points and take Cable car down from the Mountain.
Distance 9 km (5,5 miles) - Whole Day.
Day 4:
Explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town's working harbour - South Africa's most-visited destination. Take a ferry to Robben Island -World Heritage Site and museum (Optional). Walk along the Sea Point promenade to Camps Bay.
Distance 11.5 km (7,1 miles) - Whole Day
Day 5:
Walk the Table Mountain Pipe Track. It is a beautiful, manageable walk and gives wonderful views of Camps Bay, Lions Head and the Atlantic coastline.
Distance 11 km (6,7 miles) - Whole Day Alternative/additional options Your trip can be extended or amended to include additional activities. The costs of these options are not included in the Price of the standard 5 Day trip. It is available on request.

Difficulty:
Moderate walking grade Overall rating is moderate. You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 20 km per day and be able to cope with some hills on mountain paths. On Day 3 there is a steep ascent of 500m over a distance of about 2,5 km.
Day 1 - Arrival; Day 2 - Easy; Day 3 - Moderate; Day 4 - Easy; Day 5 - Easy

Accommodation
You will stay at some of Cape Town's finest hotels and guest houses and visit restaurants serving mouth watering international cuisine. We have selected a panel of establishments, offering differences in character. Our choice for your holiday is subject to availability. Non availability may result in a price amendment.

CAPE WINELANDS WALK

The Cape Winelands Walk is a 4 - 7 day self-guided walking/hiking holiday offered by Capescape. It is an opportunity to discover the area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. This is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa with distinctive and spectacular countryside.

SUMMARY:
Type Self-guided walk
Location Somerset West & Stellenbosch
Group size 1+ people
Duration 6 or 3 nights
Difficulty Moderate grade
Day Stages Minimum 10 km, max 19 km
Distance 100 km (6 days) or 45 km (3 days)
Terrain Mountains, farm-land, country roads
Hotels At least 50% 4 star
Meals Breakfast each day
Dates Oct – April is “High season"

HOLIDAY OVERVIEW
The Cape Winelands region is regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Of this the area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch is the jewel in the crown. The Cape Winelands Walk offers an opportunity to experience the splendour of this distinctive and spectacular countryside first-hand. The walk covers a distance of some 100 km (60 miles) - 7 days. A shorter option of the trail is also available. This option covers a distance of 45 km (27 miles) - 4 days. Your journey will take you through pristine "fynbos" -the distinctive feature of the Cape Floral Region. It is the smallest but richest of the world's 6 floral kingdoms with no less than 9,000 species. You will walk along private and secure footpaths that wind their way through some of South Africa's most esteemed wine estates - through an undulating and spectacularly varied countryside that will provide vista upon breathtaking vista.

THE WALK

7 DAYS

Day 1:
Arrival in Somerset West for overnight.
Day 2:
The walking trip starts in the remarkable fynbos-rich Helderberg Nature Reserve. It is on the outskirts of the town of Somerset West - abundant with a dazzling variety of birdlife. A lecture is provided on what nature has to offer over the next 5 days. From there the route leads through the vineyards of the stately Lourensford Wine Estate. The day's outing ends on the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate - which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel's folly, more than 300 years ago.
Distance 10 km (6 miles) - Whole Day.
Day 3:
The walk starts on the Lourensford Wine Estate and heads in a north westerly direction, towards Dornier Wine Estate and the Blaauwklippen Valley. A bracing walk through pristine fynbos countryside with breathtaking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountain range follows. Views of False Bay, Table Mountain and Cape Point are features of this day.
Distance 19 km (11,4 miles) - Whole Day, approx 7 - 8 hours
Day 4:
From the Blaauwklippen Valley we head towards a Guest House in the Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch via Vriesenhof Wine Estate and the famous Coetzenburg playing fields. The variety of fynbos along the walk is immense. During the day you will probably not see much of the local wildlife, but you will come across the spoor and scat of a variety of antelope and hear the bark of baboons on the high cliffs.
Distance 19 km (11.4 miles) - Whole Day, approx 7 - 8 hours
Day 5:
In the Jonkershoek Valley the path heads into the varied and sometimes rugged terrain of the Jonkershoek State Forest with its countless unexpected vistas and another colourful celebration of fynbos magnificence. Walk a 10 km circle route in Jonkershoek and/or hire a mountain bike at the entrance gate to experience some of the bike routes. Walk 3/6 km route in Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve (optional). Weather permitting the picturesque Panorama route is also an option for the more experienced and fit.
Distance 17-20 km - Whole Day, 7-8 hours.
Day 6:
On route to your last guest house in Stellenbosch enjoy the wonderful view over Drakenstein Peak, Boschendal and the Banhoek Valley from the ridge north of Square Tower Peak in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
Distance 20 km - Whole Day, 8 hours.
Day 7:
After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa's oldest settlement and steeped in a fascinating and convoluted history. The final day's walk is through the proud old university town with its countless splendidly preserved buildings. This is a walk though history.
Distance 10 km (6 miles). Departure or extra night, if requested.

4 DAYS

Day 1:
Arrival in Somerset West for overnight.
Day 2:
The walking trip starts in the remarkable fynbos-rich Helderberg Nature Reserve - abundant with a dazzling variety of birdlife - on the outskirts of the town of Somerset West. This includes a lecture on what nature has to offer over the next 5 days. From there we will follow our route through the vineyards of the stately Lourensford Wine Estate, to end our day's adventure on the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate - which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel's folly, more than 300 years ago.
Distance 10 km (6 miles) - Whole Day.
Day 3:
You start the day on the Lourensford Wine Estate and head in a north westerly direction, towards Dornier Wine Estate and the Blaauklippen Valley. A vigorous walk through vineyards and pristine fynbos countryside, with breathtaking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, False Bay - and into the distance Table Mountain and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula towards Cape Point.
Distance 19 km (11,4 miles) - Whole Day, approx 7 - 8 hours
Day 4:
From the Blaauwklippen Valley we head towards Stellenbosch via Vriesenhof Wine Estate and the famous Coetzenburg playing fields. The variety of fynbos in the area is immense. During the day you will probably not see much of the local wildlife, but you will come across the spoor and scat of a variety of antelope and hear the bark of baboons on the high cliffs. Distance 16 km (10 miles) - approx 5 hours. Departure or see below Extra day in Stellenbosch (Recommended) After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa's oldest settlement, and steeped in a fascinating and convoluted history. The final day's walk is through the proud old university town with its countless splendidly preserved buildings. This is a walk though history.
Distance 10 km (6 miles).

Difficulty:
Moderate walking grade Overall rating is moderate. You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 25 kms per day and be able to cope with undulating countryside and some hills. The route takes you along stony mountain paths, along field and farm tracks and along country roads. The daily walking grades are as follows: The 7 day route : Day 1 - arrival, Days 2 and 7 - Easy, Days 3 and 6 - Challenging, Days 4 and 5 - Moderate. The walking grades of the 4 day trip is the same as days 1, 2, 3 and 4. .


Accommodation
7 days:
We have selected a panel of 4 star Guest Houses and one 4 star hotel for -4 nights of your trip. Your booking will be made according to availability. For 2 nights in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve area your accommodation will be 2/3 star equivalent, with private bathrooms. The farm-style accommodation is a haven of peace and tranquility and will complement your holiday experience.

4 days:
The same accommodation will be booked for the 4 day walk, except for the 2 nights in Jonkershoek

FRANSCHHOEK VALLEY WALK

The Franschhoek Valley Walk, self-guided walking/hiking holiday, is an opportunity to experience Franschhoek, known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. It offers breath-taking Cape Winelands scenery and world class cuisine.

SUMMARY:
Type Self-guided walk
Location Franschhoek, South Africa
Group size 1+ people
Duration 3 nights
Difficulty Easy/Moderate grade
Day Stages About 10 km
Distance 30 km (3 days)
Terrain Mountains, farmland,country roads
Hotels 4 or 5 star
Meals Breakfast each day
Dates Oct – April is “High season"

HOLIDAY OVERVIEW
Surrounded by its majestic mountains and beautiful vineyards the small town of Franschhoek, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. It offers breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines. Spectacular vineyards cover the mountain slopes settled over 300 years ago by the Huguenots who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of welcoming people. Franschhoek is the birthplace of fine South African wines and gourmet cuisine with an international flavour. Splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. The main street of the village is lined with coffee shops and restaurants, among them some of the best in South Africa. The village shops offer a wealth of art, crafts and antiques. There are also specialist shops such as a fromagerie, chocolaterie and carpet maker. The Franschhoek Valley Walk offers an opportunity to experience the splendour of distinctive and spectacular countryside: breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

THE WALK
Day 1: Arrival in Franschhoek Valley for overnight.
Day 2 : The walking trip starts in the remarkable fynbos-rich Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - abundant with a dazzling variety of birdlife - at the top of the Franschhoek Pass. This includes a guide in the Nature Reserve to give background on what nature has to offer over the next 3 days. From the heights you will have breathtaking views of the valley- as far as Table Mountain on a clear day. From the Nature Reserve follow the Cats Path down to the centre of the town of Franschhoek. The path is of historic value and was built during the period 1819 - 1825 for the wagons to cross the mountain to the Overberg. After lunch and a wine tasting in the middle of the day a visit to the historic Huguenot Museum.
Distance 10 km (6 miles) - Whole Day.
Day 3: The morning will be spent at leisure in the beautiful historic town of Franschhoek with its interesting café's and small shops of a big variety. Lunch and a wine tasting will be on one of the nearby wine estates on your way to your hotel / guest house in the Valley. Your route to your overnight goes through beautiful vineyards and will include a further wine tasting.
Distance 10 km (6 miles) - Whole Day
Day 4: Today includes a walk through the beautiful vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley. This includes as a visit to the La Motte Wine Estate and its own private walking trail with beautiful fynbos. The wonderful views over the Franschhoek Valley are a prelude to a wine tasting in these renowned and beautiful surroundings. Lunch can then be enjoyed in the highly rated restaurant on the farm. A visit to the art gallery and museum is also highly recommended.
Distance 11 km (6,7 miles) - Whole Day

DIFFICULTY:
Easy walking grade
Overall rating is Easy/Moderate. You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 20 km per day and be able to cope with undulating countryside and some hills. The route takes you along stony mountain paths, along field and farm tracks and along country roads. Day 1 - arrival : Day 2 - Moderate : Day 3 - Easy : Day 4 - Easy

Alternative/additional options
Your trip can be extended or amended to include additional activities. The costs of these options are not included in the price of the standard 4 Day trip. Available on request.
Cycling
A bicycle can be rented for a day. This can be guided or independent riding with Route Notes. The proposed route is through vineyards and there is the option to stop at a number of Wine Estates
Horse riding
Another option is to do wine tasting on horseback.(ca. 4 hours) Take a scenic ride through vineyards, forests and over mountain terrain, stopping at two wineries before returning to the stables. The total riding time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes, with 30-45 minute stops at each wine estate.
Wine tram
If guests prefer a relaxing day - the wine tram circular route can be taken - instead of, or in addition to walking, cycling or horse riding. The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley - picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at seven stops and experience the activities on offer: wine tastings, cellar tours, lunch or simply strolling through the vineyards. Hop-on to continue the tour.
Guided Tours
A guided walk through the historic part of Franschhoek can be arranged for Day 3. Discover Franschhoek's unique history and cultural heritage. Learn about the Huguenots, Khoi & San, development of the village, architecture, the mountain passes and more. Personal anecdotes and interesting stories characterize this walk. Other guided tours in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and in the Valley are also available to fill an extra day if required.
Cape Winelands Walk
The 4 Day walk in Franschhoek can be combined with the Cape Winelands Walk for a 7 Day trip. Accommodation:
Stay at some of Franschhoek's finest hotels and guest houses and visit restaurants serving mouth-watering international cuisine. We have selected a variety of establishments, offering different styles, always subject to availability. Non availability may result in a price amendment.

HERMANUS WALK

The Hermanus Walk is at a town famous for its champagne air, long stretches of beach, mild climate, rich floral kingdom and is the best shore-based whale-watching destination in the world. It is also described as the Riviera of the South. Walk, whales and wildflowers!

SUMMARY:
Type Self-guided walk
Location Hermanus, South Africa
Group size 1+ people
Duration 3 nights
Difficulty Moderate/Easy grade
Day Stages 9- 25 km
Distance 30-45 km (3 days)
Terrain Mountain, seaside, country rd
Hotels 4 star
Meals Breakfast each day
Dates Oct – April is “High season"

HOLIDAY OVERVIEW
With its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it's little wonder that Hermanus has grown in size and popularity during the last decade. Hermanus is arguably the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern right whales visit Walker Bay from June through to December and can be viewed from aboard a boat, an airplane or from the shore. Hermanus has the world's only Whale Crier who blows his kelp horn when whales are spotted from the coastal cliffs adjacent to the town centre. Hermanus is a cosmopolitan town but has retained some of its historical fisherman's village heritage. A number of craft markets sell a range of interesting wares and create a vibrant atmosphere. The old harbour with its restored fishing boats gives a glimpse of times past. Hermanus's two lagoons and the ocean provide a watersport paradise for kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing,etc. Shark cage diving provides an adrenaline fix for adventure lovers. Hermanus has something for everyone. Hermanus may no longer be a village, but the character and atmosphere of this vibrant town offers a lifestyle few places can match.

THE WALK
Day 1: Arrival in Hermanus for overnight.
Day 2 : Enjoy stunning views of Hermanus, the Fernkloof Mountains and Walker Bay from Hoy's koppie and the Elephant path. Walk various trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, which covers 1800 ha in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus. It protects coastal fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest. In Fernkloof to date 1474 plant species have been collected and identified. The Reserve is part of the Cape Floristic region - home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world. The Cape Floristic region is the only hotspot that encompasses an entire floral kingdom, and holds five of South Africa's 12 endemic plant families and 160 endemic genera. Covering 78,555 km², this region is located entirely within the borders of South Africa. It is one of the five temperate Mediterranean-type systems on the hotspots list, and is one of only two hotspots that encompass an entire floral kingdom. From the reserve there are also magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay and Maanskynbaai
Distance 10 -25 km (4 -7 hours)
Day 3: One of Hermanus's main attractions is its beautiful coastline. During the day you will have beautiful views of the coastline from the path on the mountainside and will end the day near the sea, in the Voëlklip part of Hermanus.
Distance 13 km (4-6 hours
Day 4: Walk along the Cliffpath in a westerly direction towards town. The Cliff Path is one of the unique attractions of Hermanus. There are benches at strategic points which provide a place to rest and watch the whales ( in season ) or enjoy the sea views. In summer you will be able to enjoy safe swimming at four different beaches. Your walk ends in town where you can explore a wide variety of attractions
Distance 9 km (3-4 hours)

DIFFICULTY:
Moderate walking grade Overall rating is Moderate. You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 20 km per day and be able to cope with undulating countryside and some hills. The route takes you along stony mountain paths, along field and tracks and along country roads.
Day 1 - arrival: Day 2 - Moderate: Day 3 - Moderate: Day 4 - Easy

Alternative/additional options
Your trip can be extended or amended to include additional activities. The costs of these options are available on request.
Cycling
A bicycle can be rented for the day. Route directions and recommendations will be provided.
Horse riding
Another option is to explore the abundant fynbos on horseback and gallop along the beach.
Accommodation:
Stay at some of Hermanus's finest hotels and guesthouses and visit restaurants serving mouthwatering international cuisine. A variety of establishments have been selected, differing in style - all subject to availability. Non availability may result in a price amendment.

Contact Details: Telephone:
+27 (0) 83­ 955­ 9333

E-Mail:
jo@capescape.co.za

Guest Reviews
Very knowledgeable, polite and understanding of my personal interests, needs. After a very short time I felt like I'm traveling with my best friend which I know long time. Highly recommended if you look for five star service. Joanna rocks!
Thank you Joanna.
Andrew Oplocki
Canada, February 2011

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