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The Best of What Western Cape Can Offer - See It All in 9 Days
We traveled in a luxury 30 seater coach with a toilet and air-conditioning, we had a professional tour guide and stayed in 3 star hotels. With the tour we got picnic everyday and a very good Western Cape guide book and maps.

On Day 1: in Cape Town we where collection at 08:00 at the Holiday Inn on the Waterfront in Cape Town. We will take you on a short orientation tour of Cape Town. We stayed in a hotel on the Waterfront.

Day 2: we went to the famous Cape Winelands. We depart early towards the Boland. We visited Eikendal Wine Estate for a cellar tour. We also visit the town of Stellenbosch for lunch dating back to the sixteen hundreds. Then we departed for Franschhoek and Paarl via the Boschendal Wine Estate. We also visited the Simonsvlei Private Cellar and Fairview for a wine and cheese tasting.

On Day 3: We departed early to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve along one of South Africa's most beautiful coastlines. Our journey took us through Sea Point and Hout Bay for a boat ride to seal island. We also visited the lovely town of Simonstown for lunch where we saw the rare Jackass Penguins at Boulders Beach.

Day 4: After breakfast we departed for a visit to Table Mountain and Robben Island.

Day 5: We departed from the cape towards Paarl on the N1, we traveled over the Drakenstein Mountains to Worcester where we visited Kleinplasie, a living open-air museum depicting the lives of the early settlers. We also stopped at a Aloe Factory in Albertina. We had dinner at a restaurant in George.

Day 6: We traveled inland to Oudtshoorn to visit to the famous Cango Caves, Ostrich Show Farm, Wildlife Ranch. We went back to George via the scenic Outeniqua Pass.

Day 7: We traveled to a 800 old Yellow wood tree where we had a walk in the forest. Back in George we visited the Dutch reform Church and then boarded the Outeniqua Tjoe Choe Steam Train for our trip to Mosselbay. In Mosselbay we saw the Post office tree and the Dias Museum.

Day 8: We travel up the coast visited the town of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay playground to the rich and famous in South Africa. We then went to Natures Valley with a walk in the forest at the The Big Tree. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.

Day 9: We went to the wonderful Addo Elephant Park. End of tour in Port Elizabeth.

We suggest you will need to consider the list below when preparing for your holiday on the Western Cape Tour. Although personal tastes differ we suggest you pack: comfortable brown or beige or kaki color casual cloths that included: long trousers, shorts, underwear, tracksuits, light walking shoes, long socks, 5 light shirts, long-sleeved shirt, sweater, bathing costume, light rainproof jacket or anorak and hat. Smart-casual clothes for evening wear, although a few up-market destinations will expect something more formal.

Essential equipment: water bottle, personal toiletries, lip balm, sunscreen SPF 30+, insect repellent, waterproof copy of ID document / passport / plain tickets.

If you are traveling north Malaria tablets, insect repellent and (if you are going to the Kruger National Park or Northern KwaZulu-Natal) a mosquito net.

Prescription medications: make sure you have enough to last during your trip, as well as a copy of the prescriptions.

Over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medicine (just in case!) if you think you'll have trouble finding a pharmacy on your trip.

Visa or MasterCard credit card and/or Travelers Cheques - Diners and American Express are not always accepted. Keep travel documents in a safe place - many airlines no longer resubmit lost tickets and require a police affidavit if you want to avoid paying the full fare for their replacement.

Optional equipment: sunglasses, camera, binoculars, compass, maps.
About the Author
Gerald Crawford was born in South Africa, studied electronics, telecommunication, eco-travel and african travel concepts. He taught responsible tourism in South Africa. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me on. E-mail address: southafricantravelarticles@12234455.co.za. Website address: www.12234455.co.za.
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