A spectacular adventure in one of the most picturesque cities in the world, combining amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and some fabulous diving, including great white shark encounters.
For those of you who like to spend time above water as well as under it, this is a great trip idea encompassing Cape Town and its beautiful surroundings.
From your chosen accommodation you'll get to visit Cape Point and its colony of African penguins, get up close and personal with a great white shark, look out for lion and springbok and sample some of South African's finest wines all in a week.
Non-divers are also welcome, as the sharks frequently swim to the surface.
Day1: Depart the UK for Cape Town
Day2: Day at leisure
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Cape Town on the V&A Waterfront. Rest of day at leisure.
Day3: Discover the Cape
Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula including a picnic lunch. Head along the scenic coastline and interact with the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach. If you're travelling Aug-Dec, you may be lucky and spot southern right and Bryde's whales off the coast.
Days4-5: Great white shark encounters
Transfer to Gansbaai for an adventure of a lifetime. Over the next couple of days you'll have the chance to head out towards Dyer Island and get in the water for two great white shark encounters (from the safety of a cage!). Non-divers are welcome as the sharks frequently swim to the surface. After your second trip you will transfer back to Cape Town.
Days6-7: Ocean diving
The next two days are spent exploring the underwater charms from Cape Town, where the water is a little cooler, but the marine life definitely worth a look. Here you'll have a chance to encounter the famous cow shark as well as the playful Cape fur seals amongst the kelp - both very inquisitive! Your package includes four dives.
Day8: Full day wildlife safari
Today is spent 'top-side' on safari in the Aquila Private Game Reserve, located in the southern Karoo Highlands. The picturesque drive offers the opportunity to view rare black eagles, lion, caracal, wildebeest, springbok and plenty more from your open air 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Day9: Visit the picturesque Winelands region, then depart
Relax on your final day enjoying a tour of Stellenbosch visiting a local wine estate, sampling some of the finest wines the Cape has to offer. Later in the afternoon you'll head back to Cape Town, pick up your bags and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Day10: Arrive UK
You should note: Due to seasonal diving operations and marine life, the above itinerary is subject to change, affording you the best possible holiday experience.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 daysfrom £1,995 pp
Single supplement: From £280
When to go: Jan-Dec
Included in the price/package:
Return flights from the UK
7 nights accommodation (BB)
2 days cage diving (great whites)
2 days ocean diving
1 day Cape Point tour
1 day wildlife safari
1 day Winelands tour
Cape Town is South Africa’s most beautiful city and is surrounded by incredible marine life. For divers, great white sharks are the big draw and are best seen from April to September, while late winter sees southern right & Bryde's whales visit Cape Town’s waters.
Ideal for viewing: great white shark, southern right whale, Bryde’s whale, fur seal, cow shark
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Great white shark
Suggested accommodation is shown below.
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The Breakwater Lodge is a premier Cape Town hotel in the heart of the city’s V&A Waterfront development. It offers affordable accommodation in a spectacular setting overlooking the bay and up to Table Mountain.