A world heritage site stretching over 34 000 hectares of white sand beaches and views over the coastline that is the breeding ground for 40 % of the Southern Right Whale population. Here you can also see dolphins, seals and spot 86 different mammals including Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, Grey Rhebuck and ostrich. De hope has one of the best hiking trails in South Africa; The Whale Trail.
This town is most famous for it oysters and locally brewed beer but is also has a lot more to offer. All restaurants have oysters and the price in not even close to Europe, in a good way. Have a perfect lunch here and watch over the waters filled with oysters.
The Cape Point is often mistaken as the most southern point of Africa but in fact it is in L'Agulhas where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. This town is a great location for a good fish meal and is only 2 hours from Cape Town.
The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa and offers an mix of wide beaches, enchanting forests, peaceful lagoons and vibrant seaside towns. Here you can visit wine & port cellars, view dolphins and whales, surf, hike, canoeing, bungee jump and many more things.
The Garden route consists of many cities but below is two of them we like.
Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor miles of sweeping, un spoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. With its exceptional climate and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for tourists interested in exploring, watching or just lazing.
Also known as the mountain route and are the inland route. It can be seen as an alternative to Garden Route but it has another kind of landscape and are as beautiful. The route includes the wine route as well as many stunning views and some game drives. A good idea could be to take Garden Route one way and Route 62 on the way back or the other way around.
Cage Shark Diving
This is a must for anyone and will be an experience for life. There are many different companies in Gansbaai offering this but one we tried is the White Shark Projects. It can also be arranged from Cape Town.
Hermanus, known as the ‘Whale Capital of the World’. This is the perfect place during June – november to watch these giants of the ocean in the waters of Walker Bay – home to the marine Big Five: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. On the way there you should go N2 from Cape Town and take the R44 exit at Summerset West. The R44 road goes along the coast and you will be passing some small nice towns like Pringle Bay, Bettys Bay(penguins) and Kleinmond(a lot of small shops).
If you are on N2 there´s some good spots for food and wine like Waterkloof Wine Estate(good restaurant), The Pool Room and Paul Culiver Estate Wine.
In Hermanus you can eat at Bientang´s Cave, Lemon Butta Restaurant or The Burgundy. There are some good restaurants and wine estates outside the town in the Hemel en Aarde Valley (means heaven on earth) called La Vierge winery/restaurant, Newton Johnson wine/restaurant(Very good), Bouchard Finlayson Winery, Hamilton Russel Vineyard, Sumaridge Wines, Ataraxia Wines and Creation Wines.
Just 20 minutes from Hermanus is Stanford that is worth a visit for a ice cream at Don Gelato or lunch at Graze or Mariana at Owls Barn. In the area you find Klein River Cheese that has some award winning cheeses.
Not really the south coast. There are a lot of game reserves near Cape Town but many of them are more like a zoo than a safari experience. Inverdoorn is located 2,5 hours inland from Cape Town and consists of 10000 hectares and home to the big 5 as well as a cheetah rescue centre. The drive on N1 to this reserve is quite spectacular. An overnight stay is recommended when you will go on an evening and morning drive.