Cape Highlights Walk
Experience the best of Cape Town and the Western Cape on foot. It is a combination of four of our 4/5 day routes- Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Franschhoek and Hermanus. The program is flexible but normally about 160/170 km over 15 days. It is ideal for first time visitors to South Africa. It includes some of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa such as Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, the Atlantic coast line, historic Stellenbosch, the winelands, whale watching in Hermanus and the unique Cape floral kingdom (Fynbos) The 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, Cape Floristic Region hotspot 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town and relax at Guesthouse . Visit attractions in the area- options
Day 2: Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ,which is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Several route options.
Distance 8 km (4.8 miles) – 4 hours. (Easy / Relaxing) (Several options available)
Day 3: Walk from Kirstenbosch via Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge via Maclear`s Beacon, to the upper cable station of Table Mountain. You will have spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula. Visit various viewing points and take Cable car down from the Mountain.
Distance 10 km (6 miles) – Whole Day. Moderate plus
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 km (6,7 miles) – Whole Day (Easy or Relaxing ,depending on your preference)
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 Coast line.
Distance 11 km (6,7 miles) – Whole Day – (Easy / Moderate) Departure
For details about Day 1-5 refer to Cape Town Walk
Arrival in Somerset West for overnight.
Day 6: 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 3 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 – Whole Day. (Easy)
Day 7: You start the day at Lourensford Wine Estate and head into a vaguely north westerly direction, towards Dornier Wine Estate and the Blaauwklippen Valley. A vigorous walk through vineyards and pristine fynbos countryside, with breathtaking views of the Hottentots Holland range, False Bay – and further into the distance Table Mountain and Cape Point.
Distance 19 km – Whole Day; approx 7 – 8 hours. (Moderate/Challenging)
Day 8: From the Blaauwklippen Valley we head towards Stellenbosch, via Vriesenhof Wine Estate and Coetzenburg. The extravagant variety of fynbos in the area we walk through is simply astounding. 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 troops of baboons.
Distance 15 km – Whole Day; approx 7 hours. (Moderate)
Day 9: After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest settlement, and steeped in a fascinating and convoluted history. Because of that our day-long walk through the proud old university town with its countless splendidly preserved buildings. This promises to be a walk though history.
Distance 10 km – Whole day – Departure. (Easy/Relaxing)
For details about Day 6-9 refer to Cape Winelands Walk (4 day option)
Arrival in Franschhoek Valley for overnight.
Day 10: The Franschhoek section of 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 peaks you will have breathtaking views of the valley- as far as Table Mountain on a clear day. From the Nature Reserve we 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. (Moderate)
Day 11: 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 (Easy/Relaxing)
Day 12: Today includes a walk through the beautiful vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley as well as a visit to the La Motte Wine Estate with its own private mountain walking trail with its beautiful fynbos. After this great experience where you had a wonderful view over the Franschhoek Valley it is a perfect time for a wine tasting in this wonderful environment where after you can enjoy lunch at the highly rated restaurant on the estate. A visit to the art gallery and museum is also highly recommended.
Distance 11 km (6,7 miles) – Whole Day (Easy / Moderate)
Drive to Hermanus for overnight . Car hire/self-drive recommended (Transfer also possible)
Day 13: 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 1474 plant species have thus far been collected and identified. It falls in the Cape Floristic region home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world. You will have magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay and Maanskynbaai
Distance 10 -25 km (4 -7 hours) (Moderate) (Different options available in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve)
Day 14: One of Hermanus’s main attractions is its beautiful coastline. During the day you will have beautiful views of the coastline from the mountain and will end the day near the sea, in the Voëlklip area of Hermanus.
Distance 13 km (4-6 hours) (Easy / Moderate)
Day15: 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 sit and 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) (Easy/Relaxing)
For details about Day 13- 15/16 refer to Hermanus Walk
End of walking tour
Self-drive/transfer to Cape Town ,or Overnight in Hermanus (recommended)
Day 16: Recommended Self-drive to Cape Town- scenic coastal road via Betty’s Bay- can visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and penguins,etc
Choice of Standard or Superior accommodation is available. View the standard of accommodation –
Rates & Tour info
The rate for the holiday is available on request
The whole route is rated Moderate/Easy- 7 days Moderate, 6 days Easy and 2 days Moderate/Challenging. Refer to Walking Grades