2-Day Luxury Whale Coast with Wildlife Botlierskop Safari Private Tour
Merging the great blue beasts of the ocean with the wild wanderers of the bushveld, this overnight coastal route safari is a quick escape from Cape Town to see most of the Big 5 animals in the malaria-free Botlierskop private game reserve, situated just 4,5 hours from Cape Town.
Day one starts with a visit to the adorable African penguins at Betty's Bay, then spectacular seasonal (Jun-Oct) land-based whale watching along the Hermanus cliff paths or postcard views as you wind along with dramatic ocean scenes of Clarence drive. Immerse yourself in the comforts of your glamping tent accommodation, spotting free-roaming wildlife from your private wooden deck along the riverbed and end the night with an African inspired dinner under a twinkly starry sky.
Rise before the sun with a 4x4 game drive to catch the bush as it awakes and after breakfast, get even closer to nature with the choice of a horseback safari or an indulgent bush spa treatment before heading back to Cape Town.
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Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- 1x Breakfast
- 1x Dinner
- Accommodation included: 1 night
- Professional English-speaking local driver/guide
- Pickup and drop-off service from central Cape Town
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Wind Along Coastal Clarence Drive
- Meet the Betty's Bay Penguins
- Hermanus Cliff Paths Walk
- Botlierskop 4x4 Safari
- Botlierskop Horseback Bush Safari or Botlierskop Spa Treatment
- Entry/Admission - Stony Point Penguin Colony
- Entry/Admission - Hermanus Cliff Path
- Entry/Admission - Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
What's excluded :
- Lunch, meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
- Optional activities as per itinerary
Day 1: Cape Town - Hermanus - Botlierskop
Pass By: Clarence Drive Outlook Point, Clarence Dr, Rooi-Els, 7196, South Africa
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Set out, expectant for the day ahead with the promise of many awe-inspiring moments to come. You’ll depart Cape Town and head along the spectacular Clarence Drive, winding along the coastal road and marvelling at the dramatic twists where the ocean meets the mountain slopes. The view changes with each turn, revealing more of the silhouettes ahead and exposing the vast expanse of False Bay as the ocean stretches out before you. If the skies are clear, you’ll be able to see glimpses of the Cape Peninsula across the bay, in all her glory.
Stop At: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay South Africa
Just as you thought the sights couldn’t get any better, you’ll arrive at the clumsy colony of African penguins at Stony Point, where a hoard of waddling penguins is ready to win your heart over. Traverse the wooden boardwalks as you gaze upon the playful fellas and learn more about the history of this former whaling station and the conservation efforts made to keep the African penguin colony growing.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Hermanus Cliff Path, Westcliff Rd, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200 South Africa
More coastal beauty awaits as you continue on to the little hamlet of Hermanus, known around the world for its unparalleled land-based whale watching. You’ll set off on a light hike amongst the indigenous fynbos to get to the perfect vantage points from which to watch frolicking whales leap forth right before your eyes. June to November is whale season in Hermanus, and the bay sees huge numbers of breeding southern-right and humpback whales pop-in to wave a fin at adoring on-lookers. While the thrill of spotting a breaching big blue is difficult to top, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the magnificent surrounding scenery and the intricate sights and smells of the unique fynbos lining the paths. When you’re all whale’d-out, head into the heart of the quaint streets of Hermanus for a hearty lunch at a local eatery.
A fitting farewell as it feels like time stands still in the valley below, the only sign of movement is the rolling in of ocean swell, mesmerisingly reminding you that life indeed, does go on.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
You’ll then head towards your luxurious base for the night, the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Hidden between Mossel Bay and George along the esteemed Garden Route, this 4200-hectare private reserve with sprawling views of the Outeniqua mountains and the Indian Ocean just oozes luxury. Home to four of the Big Five, Botlierskop offers a host of unrivalled wild game viewing options as well as some seriously drool-worthy accommodation options. Your hideaway takes the form of an opulent tented suite, taking glamping to a whole new level and offering all the creature comforts of luxury accommodations, while still bringing you back to basics and the beauty of nature.
Dinner is included at the African inspired lodge where you’ll feast on wood-fired masterpieces with the sounds of the bush as your back-track and the heavenly scents of local cuisine fill the air.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at 4-star Botlierskop Luxury Tented Suites
Day 2: Botlierskop - Cape Town
Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
Rise early to the sound of the bush awakening as the sun begins to dance its way over the mountainous reserve. You’ll set out with the sparrows for a guided sunrise game drive with a trained ranger in a specially modified 4x4 safari vehicle. Remember to dress warmly, it can get quite chilly on the open-topped vehicle as the fresh morning air whisps through your hair. Your expert game ranger is meticulously trained to spot even the most camouflaged wildlife and to follow the tracks of wildlife to ensure you’re at the right place at the right time to see sensational wildlife. You can expect wild encounters with giraffes, honey badgers, Cape mountain zebra, vervet monkeys, hippos, waterbuck and the rare and endangered white rhinoceros. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Africa’s apex predators, the lions. Your 3 hour drive ensures you great odds to tick as many animals off your bucket-list as possible and is sure to leave you feeling more connected with nature, surrounded by the rustic and raw beauty of the African bush.
A luscious breakfast awaits you at the lodge, where you’ll dine like a king, once again, surrounded by the untouched beauty of the reserve. Eat to your heart’s content while overlooking the expansive valleys below, you might even get in a spot of extra game-viewing from a distance! After your feast, you have the choice of embarking upon a one hour guided horseback safari experience or a spa treatment at Botlierskop’s luxury Bush Spa. The horseback safari is suitable for riders of all skill levels, and your accomplished guide will ensure that you have an unforgettable game-viewing experience. You’ll get the chance to explore hidden parts of the reserve that are not accessible by car, tracking wildlife on an experience like no other. Your trained steed offers an immersive safari viewing opportunity with an unobstructed connection with nature.
For those who would prefer to indulge in a little self-love, a truly African pampering experience awaits with a 30 minute back, neck and shoulders massage at the Bush spa, in the heart of the wildlife reserve. You’ll feel the essence of nature as the sounds of the bush filter into the treatment room and the scent of the earthy products tickles your senses. Luxurious relaxation at its finest.
This concludes your dream safari and you’ll head back towards Cape Town along the lush N2. From your window seat, you’ll be able to watch as the landscapes change from indigenous aloe-lined roads to vast open rolling farmland and craggy rocky highlands.
Duration: 3 hours
Pass By: Sir Lowry's Pass, Sir Lowry's Pass, Western Cape
Sir Lowry’s pass offers your final wow-moment as you reach the crest to reveal the serendipitous views over False Bay extending towards Cape Town.
Pass By: Africa Select Journeys, 13a Gardner Williams Ave Paardevlei, Cape Town Central 7710 South Africa
You can also request changes to the itinerary after your booking, to ensure you only travel to the highlights you prefer to see. Do contact us if you need changes to your trip as we can tailor-make a private tour itinerary exclusively for you.
Rates are calculated on 2 people per room/tent sharing. If a single or uneven number of people are booked the package rate will add a single supplement fee and the extra person will overnight in a separate room/tent.
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from any guesthouse, backpackers or street address within 10km radius of Cape Town or Stellenbosch central. If your hotel is not listed, simply select "my hotel is not listed" on the drop-down menu and inform your address.
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 12 years
- Children between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult
- Some optional activities on this tour require a moderate level of fitness
- The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasions, run in reverse order
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- This tour will adhere to the TOURISM INDUSTRY STANDARD COVID-19 SAFE PROTOCOLS during the time of the pandemic as prescribed by TBCSA aligned with the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. The protocols will be updated on an on-going basis in line with pandemic status in South Africa.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.