5 Days Off the Beaten Track

Overview

Enjoy 5 days of Nature out of the hustle and bustle of cities and crowds. This tour starts with a wine tour of the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine regions with accommodation at the beautiful Cascade Manor in the Paarl winelands. On Day 2, Explore the quaint town of Barrydale and experience life on a working fruit farm in this valley. Go for a swim in a refreshing mountain stream and then make your way to De Hoop Nature reserve with its unrivalled beauty, wild game and secluded beaches a short drive from your accommodation. Spend the last night at a historic Hotel and go for a walk through fynbos before heading back to the City, refreshed and relaxed.

Itinerary

Day 1: Wine Tour of Stellenbosch and Paarl

 

Paarl

Paarl was named after the huge granite dome of rock, which overlooks the town founded in 1690. The famous 11km long Main Street features the Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. The beautiful homestead of Labories in Main Street was bought by KWV. The KWV cellar complex is the largest in the world, covering an area of 22 hectares.

Day Itinerary

Start the day with a guided wine tour of the Stellenbosch / Paarl Winelands. We will visit 4 unique wine estates during the day. Enjoy spectacular views and fantastic wine in the world’s most beautiful winelands. Lunch will be had on one of the famous wine estates. Stay at Cascade Manor with its beautiful views and gardens. Take a late afternoon walk to the nearby waterfall before dinner is served at the manor.

Included

Guide
Private Wine tour with all tastings included.

Excluded

Lunch and Dinner on own account
Drinks
Items of personal nature

Optional

Hiking or biking at Cascade Manor

Recommended

Walk to the Waterfall before dinner.

 

 

Day 2: Route 62 to Barrydale

 

Route 62

Route 62 might market itself as the longest Wine Route in the world, but that’s definitely not all there is to it. Lush greenery and fertile valleys form a stark contrast against the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo while towering mountains and their rivers and streams provide an awe-inspiring backdrop throughout. Some of the renowned attractions visitors will spot as they follow the route are the winelands of the Breede River Valley and the majestic Langeberge.

Day Itinerary

Start your journey on the Route 62 through the longest wine route in the world. Quaint towns and a change in landscape around every corner await you on the route to Barrydale. Sleep in your own self-catering stone cottage on a working fruit farm in the Barrydale area. For guided tours, dinner will be a braai under the stars. Self-drive clients have a self-catering kitchen available in their stone cottage or go to the nearby Barrydale town for dinner.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Excluded

Lunch and Dinner
Items of a personal nature

Activities

Explore the town of Barrydale and the fruit farm where you stay tonight.

Recommended

Make sure to have one of the famous milkshakes at Diesel and Cream in town. Those in need of a beer, drive past Barrydale to Ronnies Sex shop to meet the locals and have a drink at one of the most iconic bars in the Karoo.

 

 

Day 3: De Hoop Nature Reserve

 

De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 36 000 ha and is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and, during the winter and early summer months, whale watchers. The reserve extends to the De Hoop Marine Protected Area, which provides an important sanctuary for marine life. Aside from fynbos and unspoiled beaches, De Hoop also conserves 86 mammal species of which the bontebok and Cape mountain zebra, eland and baboon are most likely to be spotted enjoying the vast vistas of the reserve.
The southern right whales, annual visitors to this stretch of protected Cape coastline, inspired the creation of the popular Whale Trail – a keen favourite for avid hikers.
Visitors looking to extend their visit are catered for at De Hoop Collection which offers a comprehensive range of options from fully equipped self-catering cottages to fully-catered luxury suites. On-site activities allow day visitors and guests alike the option of exploring the Marine and Nature Reserve with an experienced guide. Whether an interpretive marine walk, or eco boat cruise on the 19km vlei catches your fancy, the De Hoop Collection staff are on hand to share their knowledge with visitors.
The Fig Tree Restaurant is open daily for meals, teas and coffees and Spa @ De Hoop offers an extensive treatment menu for your indulgence.

Day Itinerary

Depart Barrydale and drive through the beautiful Tadouw pass. For the adventurous, stop in the pass and go for a swim in the refreshing black pools in the gorge. Follow country roads through scenic farmland and look out for majestic blue cranes en-route to De Hoop Nature reserve. Spend the night in a comfortable self-catering cottage in the reserve, close to the De Hoop vlei with free roaming Eland, Bontebok, baboons and ostriches. Drive the 25 minutes to the unspoilt beach area for amazing Whale watching in season or just take in the breathtaking beauty of this secluded stretch of coastline. Many hiking and biking trails are available in the reserve and mountain bikes are available for hire. Enjoy a dip in one of the swimming pools or grab tennis rackets from reception and challenge yourself on the court.

Included

Self-Catering Cottage in De Hoop Nature Reserve
Entrance fees to De Hoop Nature reserve
Breakfast at The Fig Tree Restaurant

Excluded

Meals – Dinner can be self-catered or go for dinner at The Fig Tree Restaurant.
Items of a personal nature

Activities

Many hiking and biking trails available to explore the reserve. Visit the secluded beaches for amazing views and Whales watching in season.

Recommended

Whale watching in season or just go for a walk on the beach. Book a Guided Marine Walk and explore the rocky shores and marine life with a guide.

 

 

Day 4: Cape Agulhas and Houw Hoek

 

Overberg

Literally meaning “over the mountain” in Dutch, the Overberg region extends from the Hottentots Holland Mountains, east of Cape Town, to the start of the Garden Route around George. The area is characterised by fertile farmlands, a series of mountain ranges, tremendous plant diversity (including the unique fynbos) and a rocky coastline that makes it a haven for outdoor activities.

Day Itinerary

Optional visit to the Cape Vulture Colony at Potberg in De Hoop:
Depart from the Opstal Area in the morning (times vary according to seasons) with your guide for a scenic drive through endangered fynbos. Once at Potberg, guests will hike (+-1 hour) up to the Vulture Deck to watch the Western Cape’s last surviving colony of these amazing birds swoop and soar above. Rate includes your packed picnic presented in a backpack for you to carry. Suited to Guests aged 12 and over. Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 10. Prior arrangement & booking essential. (Approx. 3 hours)
After the optional vulture experience, depart on the drive to the most Southern Tip of the African Continent, Cape Agulhas. Take a photo and enjoy the view before driving to Houw hoek Hotel. This historic site has a massive area with trails to go and explore the natural fynbos vegetation. Dinner at the Houwhoek Hotel.

Included

Bed and Breakfast at Houw Hoek Inn.

Excluded

Optional Vulture experience

Activities

Visit Cape Agulhas
Hikes and walks at Houw Hoek Hotel

Recommended

Cape Vulture Experience and Cape Agulhas. Coastal drive through Gansbaai and Hermanus.

 

 

Day 5: Departure

 

Day Itinerary

Depart Houw Hoek Hotel at own leisure and drive the Sir Lowry’s pass back to Cape Town. Stop at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass to admire the scenery of the False Bay area and take a few deep breaths before descending back into the hustle and bustle of the city!

Recommended

Stop at Pergrine Farm stall on the way back to Cape Town.

Accommodation

Cascade Country Manor

 

Cascade Country Manor has luxuriously appointed rooms. Each with beautiful views of the olive orchards, vineyards and the surrounding mountains. The Waterfall is a mere 300 meters walk from the manor house. On the terrace we serve light meals, coffees and cake and for dinner a three course set menu awaits you.
The hotel’s intimate size of 15 rooms adds to the emphasis which is placed on personal attention. Each room is air-conditioned and is equipped with a television, safe, wifi and telephone as well as other amenities which make guests’ stay – whether for holiday or business – a comfortable and convenient one.
Also attractive to bridal couples and other guests alike that crave a bit of adventure, the hotel offers a range of outdoor activities. Hiking and mountain bike trails extend from the hotel’s premises to the Limietberg Nature Reserve which can be enjoyed by nature lovers as well as the adventurous at heart. Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a game just 10 minutes away from Cascade Country Manor. Those that wish to take in historical and cultural knowledge can also take a short trip to the Nelson Mandela Statue at Groot Drakenstein Prison or Paarl Rock where the Taal Monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language is situated. With many other activities, wine farms and restaurants in the surrounding area, the hotel is ideally situated for all, whether adventure-seekers, holiday-makers, international tourists, newlyweds or families.

Barrydale

 

From the inhabitants and their occupations to the scenery, with its various landscapes, microclimates and vegetation, the picturesque village of Barrydale enjoys harmonious diversity, which is unique for a small town that is typically centred on farming. Barrydale borders the Overberg and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape and has a well-developed tourist infrastructure that ranges from wine farms to flower gardens. The Appelhuis is a restored stone cottage on a working fruit farm close to the town of Barrydale with fruit trees all around you. Come enjoy a relaxing evening on a farm. Switch off the lights at night and marvel at the stars from your own veranda.

De Hoop Collection

 

De Hoop Collection offers a wide variety of accommodation from affordable self-catering cottages to fully catered luxury suites. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop – sea, sand dunes, the vlei, a floral sensation of rare fynbos plants, diverse wildlife and the Potberg Mountains. Activities are diverse and guests choose between various day walks through the rich fynbos plains or along the deserted coastline, or mountain biking along the many gravel roads or scenic game drives. Lazing on the beach and snorkelling in the many turquoise rock pools is simply another way to pass a rewarding day.

Houw Hoek Hotel

 

Peacefully positioned in an exquisite location in the heart of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, the Houw Hoek Hotel is South Africa’s oldest hotel, licensed since 1834. Enjoy drinks or a delicious meal on the terraces with breathtaking mountain views. The restaurant serves delicious à la carte lunches and dinners daily. On Saturdays the hotel hosts it’s famous Dinner Dance. We have 52 beautifully appointed rooms. All rooms offer an en-suite bathroom, telephone, and 16 channel DStv. Some of the rooms have a fireplace for those cosy winter days.

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