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West Coast Cycling & KwaZulu-Natal Diving Adventure

7 Nights

From $5925 USD

Tour Highlights:

Cycle through lush vineyards for a sensory delight
Relax on pristine beaches, a seafood haven
Dive into diverse ocean adventures

West Coast Cycling & KwaZulu-Natal Diving Adventure

Journey Overview

Prepare for an extraordinary holiday brimming with adventure as you explore the stunning landscapes of South Africa in style! Embark on a thrilling journey from the verdant vineyards of Franschhoek to the sun-kissed shores of Kwa-Zulu Natal, blending exciting escapades with luxurious relaxation.

Kick off your exploration in vibrant Cape Town, the "Mother City," where an off-road cycling adventure awaits. Traverse scenic farmlands and lush vineyards before reaching the charming Paternoster, a coastal gem. Here, immerse yourself in untouched beaches and indulge in delectable seafood at local eateries.

Continue your odyssey with a guided bike tour to the secluded Thonga Beach Lodge, nestled amidst the coastal dunes of Kwa-Zulu Natal's north coast. Wake up to the soothing sounds of the ocean, with an array of exhilarating activities awaiting you. Whether it's a scuba diving trip exploring vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, a morning kayak excursion on Lake Sibaya, or simply unwinding in a hammock amidst breathtaking views, the choice is yours.

Embark on this Southern African cycling trip and diving adventure, where diverse experiences and awe-inspiring sights converge for an unforgettable journey!

day 1

Legacy to Luxury: Cape Town's Welcome

  • Your Accommodation

    Your adventure begins on Day 1 as you touch down at Cape Town International Airport. The city, often referred to as the "Mother City", is a place that never ceases to inspire and captivate its visitors, even if you've been here before.

    Once you arrive in Cape Town, your home for this leg of your journey is the legendary Parker Cottage. This charming establishment, originally built in 1895 by John Parker, the first mayor of Greater Cape Town, has a history as rich and diverse as the city itself. Designed as two separate houses, one for Parker and his immediate family, and the other for his parents-in-law, the building's transformation into a grand residence with ten exquisite en-suite bedrooms is a testament to its historical significance. Parker Cottage, now operated by owner Pamela Nayler, retains the charm of the original structure while offering all the modern amenities expected at a four-star establishment.

    What sets Parker Cottage apart is its unique off-grid operation for water, electricity, and heating/cooling. Proudly holding Fair Trade Accreditation, the establishment showcases its commitment to sustainability and ethical responsibility.

    Your home away from home:

    Parker Cottage
    www.parkercottage.co.za
    3 Carstens Street, Tamboerskloof
    Tel +27 (21) 424 6445

  • Your Travel Time

    25 minutes

  • Your Activities

    If you're feeling adventurous and eager to explore the city, Parker Cottage staff can provide you with tickets for the City Sightseeing Bus. It's a fun and convenient way to explore the best of Cape Town at your own pace, with over 30 stops and 50 top attractions to choose from. The bus covers three different routes: the Red City tour, the Blue Mini Peninsula tour, and the Purple Constantia Valley Wine tour.

  • Your Food

    As the day draws to an end, you'll find that Cape Town's vibrant culinary scene has something for everyone. There are plenty of restaurants with a variety of culinary styles to choose from, and you can simply ask the friendly staff at Parker Cottage for recommendations.

    Following dinner, you'll return to Parker Cottage where you can rest and recharge ahead of the next day's adventures.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 2

Boutique Bliss: Cycling Extravaganza

  • Your Accommodation

    On Day 2, cycling meets stunning landscapes and cultural delights! Your day kicks off at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site brimming with over 1,100 plant species and a rich array of wildlife. Here, you'll jump on your bike and set off on a scenic journey through the reserve. As you pedal, soak in the majestic views of rugged mountains and lush valleys. And hey, don't forget to take a refreshing break at some of the picturesque waterfalls – perfect for a cool dip in the natural pools!

    Next, you'll cycle your way to the gastronomic haven of Franschhoek, known as South Africa’s culinary capital and the historic home of the French Huguenots. Glide through the rolling vineyards and past quaint farms, all while admiring the classic Cape Dutch architecture set against the stunning landscape. When you roll into the idyllic town of Franschhoek, you’ll find yourself surrounded by an array of inviting restaurants, art galleries, chic shops, and fascinating museums. It’s a delightful place to explore and soak in the local flavors and culture.

    Your night's stay is at the elegant Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, a blend of luxury and homely comfort. Tucked away in one of their stylish suites or cottages, each exudes its own unique charm and character.

    Your home away from home:

    Akademie Street Boutique Hotel
    aka.co.za
    5 AKADEMIE STREET FRANSCHHOEK
    Tel +27 (0) 82 517 0405

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    At the hotel, leisure is taken seriously – you have access to not one, but four swimming pools, a selection of serene gardens, and even wood-fired hot tubs for that extra touch of relaxation.

  • Your Food

    Feel like treating yourself? Opt for a private dinner or an exclusive wine tasting experience at the hotel. It’s the perfect way to wind down after a day of adventure and exploration. Who says cycling trips can't be a blend of fun, luxury, and comfort? As you rest in the lap of luxury at the Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, get ready to recharge for more adventures to come. This day proves that you can have it all – exhilarating rides, stunning scenery, and a touch of indulgence!

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 3

Art, Wine, and Wheels: Tulbagh Trails

  • Your Accommodation

    Get ready for an action-packed Day 3! Start with a hearty breakfast, then hop on your bike and head for the majestic Riebeek Valley mountains. Today's 40 km ride might be a bit longer, but the breathtaking scenery of rolling wheat fields, fragrant vineyards, and colorful orchards, not to mention wildlife sightings like antelope, zebra, and ostrich, make it utterly rewarding. Don't forget to snap some great photos along the way!

    After your energizing ride, you'll arrive in Riebeek Kasteel, a haven for artists, foodies, and wine lovers. Here, treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch at one of the town's diverse eateries, offering everything from traditional Cape Malay dishes to Mediterranean-inspired meals. There’ll also be time to discover the town's attractions, including the Môi Art Gallery, the Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate, and other cultural highlights.

    Then, it's back on your bike, heading towards the historic Tulbagh in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The journey is as enchanting as the destination, with mesmerizing views of the Winterhoek Mountains and the lush valley beneath. Your route includes the picturesque Nuwekloof Pass, a historical gorge once traversed by Voortrekkers and British soldiers.

    Your home away from home:

    Bartholomeus Klip
    www.bartholomeusklip.com
    Elandsberg Farms, Bo Hermon Road, Hermon
    Tel 022 448 1087

  • Your Travel Time

    40 km ride

  • Your Activities

    Your night's stay is at the sophisticated Bartholomeus Klip (B&B), a luxury farm hotel nestled in a private nature reserve. The friendly staff will guide you to your spacious and well-appointed room, complete with amenities like a fireplace, minibar, and a balcony offering spectacular views of the Elandsberg Nature Reserve.

  • Your Food

    In the evening, indulge in a gourmet dinner at the conservatory restaurant, where fresh and local ingredients are expertly prepared to create a culinary experience that complements the day's adventures.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast

days 4 - 5

Coastal Serenity: Westward Wanderlust

  • Your Accommodation

    On DAY 4, you'll head back towards the ocean as you make your way to the West Coast National Park. This natural haven boasts an array of wildlife, including various antelope species, zebras, ostriches, and flamingos. A highlight is the dazzling Langebaan Lagoon, a sparkling turquoise gem amidst a floral wonderland. Your adventure continues with a guided bike tour to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster. En route, take in the expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the craggy coastline. The path takes you past charming cottages, vibrant boats, and local craft makers. Feel the breeze in your hair and the sun on your skin as you immerse in the stunning landscapes and vibrant coastal atmosphere.

    Your home for the next two nights is the tranquil Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel (B&B), set against a backdrop of pristine white sandy beaches. This hotel is a harmonious blend of opulence and natural beauty, featuring spacious rooms, organic dining options, and a soothing spa. You’ll have access to a private deck, a heated pool, and a cozy fire pit. It's the ideal place to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate amidst serene surroundings. Enjoy basking in the sun, wading in the crystal-clear waters, and letting go of life’s stresses.

    Your home away from home:

    Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
    www.strandloperocean.com
    Patterson Slot, Paternoster
    Tel 021 794 5858

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Take time to discover the nearby attractions, such as the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, Tietiesbaai Nature Reserve, and the West Coast Fossil Park. In such a breathtaking setting, you might just find yourself wishing you could stay forever!

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

days 6 - 7

Nature's Symphony: Coastal Adventure

  • Your Accommodation

    The adventure continues with an exciting change of scenery on DAY 6. You'll hop on a flight to Richards Bay and embark on a thrilling 4x4 ride to the magnificent Thonga Beach Lodge (DLB&B), an enchanting haven nestled within the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This luxurious lodge will be your home for the next two nights, offering the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.

    Upon reaching Thonga Beach Lodge, you'll be welcomed into the lap of luxury, settling into your Deluxe Ocean View Room. These accommodations offer sweeping vistas of the Indian Ocean, each equipped with a private plunge pool and a spacious deck.

    Your home away from home:

    Thonga Beach Lodge
    Manzengwenya
    www.thongabeachlodge.co.za
    Tel 035 474 1473

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Days 6 and 7 usher in a coastal wonderland where you can bask in the splendor of unspoiled, wild beaches. Don't miss the opportunity for scuba diving at Thonga Beach, where vibrant reefs, just a short distance from the lodge, promise mesmerizing encounters with shoals of game fish, awe-inspiring sharks, and the playful antics of bottlenose dolphins in the crystalline waters. You can also take your time to unwind on the beach, or swing gently in hammocks, surrendering to the soothing melodies of the ocean.

    Should you crave more relaxation, indulge in well-deserved pampering at the resort's spa. Here, a diverse array of rejuvenating and beauty treatments awaits your choice. For those craving adventure, set out on kayaking expeditions on Lake Sibaya, offering the chance to glimpse hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the forest with captivating nature walks and birdwatching experiences that promise to leave you utterly entranced.

    On your last day, it's time to wave goodbye to South Africa as you journey from Thonga Beach Lodge to Durban for your homeward flight. But cheer up, you're carrying back a suitcase full of lifelong memories! As you head to the airport, let your mind wander over the amazing experiences, and maybe even start planning your next visit.

    Farewell, South Africa, until next time!

  • Your Food

    Throughout your stay, savor sumptuous breakfasts, leisurely lunches, and romantic dinners, all set against the backdrop of the ocean.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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Springfield Office Park
Belleville, Cape Town
7450

Cell / WhatsApp +27 72 136 9096

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Email: travel@whereitallbegan.co.za

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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.

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The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

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