The Western Cape Tour

2008, 16 days

This was a South Africa touring holiday with lots of day walks.


Swartenberg PassRebecca on the Swartenberg Pass hike, overlooking Prince Albert (November 2008)
Date Daytime Overnight
Day 1
Fri 31 Oct
17:10 Emirates car to T2
20:10 depart on EK020 to Dubai, ref EK/BFB7M6
Day 2
Sat 1 Nov
7:05 arrive Dubai
8:35 depart on EK770 to Cape Town
16:15 arrive Cape Town
Emirates car to hotel
Villa Belmonte Hotel *****
The Sun Room
021 462 1576
Day 3
Sun 2 Nov
All-day guided walk to Table Mountain. Guide for three days: Days Out Tours Same
Day 4
Mon 3 Nov
All-day walk guided walk to Cape of Good Hope Same
Day 5
Tue 4 Nov
All-day guided walk to Jonkershoek
We should book a hotel for 13 Nov
Day 6
Wed 5 Nov
Taxi to airport, 8:00 check-in
9:30 depart on SA1813 to Port Elizabeth, ref Y3SMZ4
10:40 arrive Port Elizabth
Pick up hire car, Tempest/Sixt ref. 62185665 tel 041 581 1256
Drive 90km to Lalibela Game Reserve (arr. 12:00-14:00, or 13:00 for lunch)
Game drive
Lalibela Game Reserve
Lentaba Lodge
Ref. NB-2746559
041 581 8170
Day 7
Thu 6 Nov
Game drive, leave after brunch 11:00-11:30
Drive 282km to Storms River Mouth
Bridge/lookout walk (4km, JH148)

Storms River Mouth Restcamp
Family cottage (s/c)
Ref. R1586427
042 281 1607

Day 8
Fri 7 Nov
Waterfall walk (6km, JH149), Blue Duiker Trail (6km, JH153) etc. Same
Day 9
Sat 8 Nov
Drive 102km to Knysna taking in Kranshoek Nature Walk (10km, JH102) etc Protea Hotel ****
Lagoon-facing superior room
Ref. 662393
044 382 5005
Day 10
Sun 9 Nov

Walk(s) along the coast towards George, for example the Giant Kingfisher Trail (7km, JH47)
Drive 161km total to Prince Albert

Dennehof Guest House ****
The Wagon Shed
023 5411 227
20 Christina De Wit Street (look for sign on right 1km after Prince Albert welcome sign)
Day 11
Mon 10 Nov
Swartberg Pass hike (9km or 18km) Same
Day 12
Tue 11 Nov
Drive 230km to Montagu Mimosa Lodge ****
023 614 2351
Church Street (fifth road on the right, half way along on the left)
Day 13
Wed 12 Nov

Bloupont hiking trail (15.5km)

Day 14
Thu 13 Nov
Drive 205km to Simon's Town Book before leaving Cape Town, possibly Boulders Beach Lodge 021 786 1758
Day 15
Fri 14 Nov
Drive to airport and drop off hire car
18:10 depart on EK771 to Dubai
Day 16
Sat 15 Nov
05:35 arrive Dubai
07:55 depart on EK017 to Manchester
11:45 arrive Manchester
Emirates car to home
TsitsikammaThe view from our cabin at Storms River Mouth (November 2008)
JonkershoekJonkershoek National Park (November 2008)