Inspirational Trips South Africa's Budget-friendly Thrills, Hills and Whales

South Africa's Budget-friendly Thrills, Hills and Whales

From$687/per person
11 nights


City Life
Historical Sites


Starting with the dazzling city of Cape Town, the perfect balance of ocean, mountain, and exploration will set the tone for the rest of the trip. From impeccable restaurants and wine farms in Franschhoek to the renowned whale-watching town of Hermanus, this trip will not disappoint.

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Cape Town Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Cape Town Airport
Cape Town AirportCape Town
21km | 20min

Just 20 minutes away, the city of Cape Town awaits. Keep an eye on road signs directing you into the city. As you climb off the N2 onto the M3, be sure to admire mountain views on the one side and ocean views on the other.

1Cape Town
2 nights

Cape Town is South Africa's oldest and most beautiful city and the top travel destination in Africa. Built on the slopes of Table Mountain, the city offers something for everyone, from stunning views and beaches to world-class cuisine and inspiring culture.

Rutland Lodge

Quiet guest house set in the stylish Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht

Cape TownFranschhoek Wine Valley
81km | 1h 10min

Driving from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes via the N1 highway. Along the way, there are gorgeous views of the mountains and wineland vineyards with a number of places to stop and refuel.

2Franschhoek Wine Valley
2 nights

Franschhoek, meaning “French Corner”, is a small town in the Western Cape located in the Cape Winelands. The beautiful village is steeped in history and culture, and features some of the country’s most renowned wine farms and restaurants. The area is found in a valley surrounded by gorgeous mountains that feature snowy peaks in winter and boasts trails that wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.

La Cabriere Country House

A beautiful Provencal-style luxury guesthouse within walking distance of central Franschhoek

Franschhoek Wine ValleyCape Agulhas
177km | 2h 8min

Driving from Franschhoek to Africa’s southernmost tip takes just over 2 hours, using the R316 road. There are opportunities to refuel near the towns of Caledon and Bredasdorp with service stations offering food as well.

3Cape Agulhas
2 nights

Cape Agulhas is the southernmost tip in Africa and it’s here where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Visitors can climb the 71 steps of the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa, hike between the fynbos, go mountain biking, or take a dip in the cold waters.

Agulhas Country Lodge

Classic and comfortable hospitality where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet

Cape AgulhasHermanus
130km | 1h 45min

Leaving the southernmost tip of Africa, this trip takes you through the Agulhas National Park, the nature-rich Overberg, and then along the towering mountains heading west until you reach Hermanus.

2 nights

A pleasant hour-and-a-half drive from Cape Town, and found at the foot of the Olifantsberg Mountains, the quaint seaside town of Hermanus boasts incredible natural beauty. It’s also one of the best places to see Southern Right whales during calving season.

Auberge Burgundy

Provençal style boutique hotel in central Hermanus

HermanusAtlantic Seaboard
124km | 1h 45min

After leaving Hermanus, there are many charming farm stalls to buy food, drinks and produce along the road. Petrol stations can be found on the way out of Hermanus and along the N2 highway into Cape Town.

5Atlantic Seaboard
3 nights

Thanks to the massive variety of attractions, the Atlantic Seaboard is one of Cape Town's premier tourist spots. There are many ways to explore this vibrant part of the Mother City; however, it’s best to do it on foot.

40 Winks Guest House

Quaint guest house in Green Point close to Cape Town’s best highlights

Atlantic SeaboardCape Town Airport
25km | 30min

From Sea Point, you’ll head around Signal Hill, past Green Point and its famous stadium, through to the centre of town. From here, Table Mountain will lay stretched out on your right as you head out of town on the M3, which finally becomes the N2.

Departure: Cape Town Airport
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