THE WINY PENGUIN EXPERIENCE

Meet the African Penguin in its natural environment, enjoy beautiful coastal drives, and taste award-winning wines at a historic estate

overview

Two things most people have a soft spot for: penguins, and wine. On this tour we will combine these two, and create a day you’ll never forget. After a spectacular drive along Clarence Drive, you’ll stop at one of the biggest breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world. You will get to observe these cute flightless birds from up close in their natural habitat. Ocean and mountain views all the way to Gordons Bay, from where you’ll drive to Somerset West for your first wine tasting at a beautiful, historic wine estate. You’ll drive back over Sir Lowry’s Pass, and if time/weather allows, you’ll stop at the view point for a splendid view of the whole False Bay area. Proceed to Grabouw and Elgin, where you’ll experience a uniquely South African place – the farm stall. End this eventful day with an intimate wine tasting in the beautiful Bot River.

highlights

  • Scenic Clarence Drive next to ocean and mountains
  • Visit and observe from close by the African Penguins in natural habitat
  • Wine tasting at Vergelegen, one of the most historic wine estates in South Africa
  • Wander through the immaculately kept gardens of Vergelegen
  • Stand in the presence of oak trees planted a few hundred years ago
  • Enjoy splendid view of False Bay from lookout point at top of Sir Lowry’s Pass
  • Stop at a South African favourite road stop, the padstal (farm stall), to stock up on some fresh, home-made goodness
  • End the day with a wine tasting in the beautiful Bot River

WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ll take a scenic drive to Betty’s Bay, where you will stop at Stony Point to observe the African Penguin from close by in its natural environment. Before entering you will have a quick coffee stop at the community restaurant. The site is interesting in itself – it was an old whaling station back in the day where they harvested and processed whale meat.  

You’ll continue west on the R44 towards Gordons Bay, hugging the coastline, and drive on the fringe of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, famous for its abundance of different plant species. This drive is extremely scenic, with excellent views of the outstretched Atlantic on your left and imposing mountain on your right. Stop at Gordons Bay to quickly stretch the legs at Bikini Beach, one of South Africa’s blue flag beaches. 

Proceed onwards, with a short drive to Somerset West. Visit the historic wine estate of Vergelegen. Do a wine tasting in a very relaxed setting, next to a large, immaculately kept octagonal garden, with walkways dissecting it  in all directions.  You’ll have time to explore the rest of the beautiful estate on foot. It will be time for lunch, where you will sit and eat with magnificent views of the Hottentots-Holland mountains in the distance. 

After lunch you’ll start heading back, driving up Sir Lowry’s Pass. If the weather (and baboons) permits, you will stop at the lookout point at the top of the pass for a panoramic view of False Bay.  On the other side of the pass, you will stop at a local favourite farm stall to experience the homely fresh goodness of their different products. 

The final stop will be quaint little town of Bot River where you will have an intimate wine tasting of some world-class wine.

know before you go

TIP: Bring sunscreen and a hat. Don’t forget the camera!

DURATION:   8h

DEPART:       09h00

RETURN:   ± 17h00

COSTR4,330 for 1 person / R2,580 p.p. for 2 people / R2,260 p.p. for 3 people / R1,890 p.p. for 4 people.

INCLUDED in rate:

  • registered private guide/driver
  • private transportation in A/C 4x4 vehicle (no additional persons added to tour)
  • pick-up & drop-off at your hotel/B&B
  • all entrance fees
  • wine tasting fees

EXCLUDED from rate:

  • additional beverages or snacks
  • lunch
  • gratuity

NOTE: Rates seen are per person (p.p.). Itinerary may be subject to change in circumstances beyond our control.

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