Experience the magical Cape Whale Coast; combine romance, luxury and nature. An opulent whale of a time awaits.
|WHY WE HAND-PICKED THIS EXPERIENCE:
From romantic picnics on the beach to incredible whale watching, you can indulge in five star luxury and pampering with gourmet meals and outdoor adventure.
- 5 Nights/6 Days – 5 Star Luxury – Self-Drive (Car hire included)
- Hermanus & Grootbos Nature Reserve
- Enjoy a spectacular location overlooking the famous blue flag acclaimed Grotto Beach in Hermanus.
- Walk along the world renowned Cliff path overlooking Walker Bay promising incredible whale watching in season.
- Spend your days discovering the inside secrets of Hermanus, through the eyes of a local, from sundowners overlooking the ocean to a romantic picnic on the beach.
- Visit the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom at the luxurious Grootbos Nature Reserve.
- See the Marine Big 5 up close, whales, great white sharks, penguins, seals and dolphins.
- Indulge in a chocolate & wine pairing in the famous Hemel-en-Aarde Wine region and taste some of the finest wines in South Africa.
|BEST TIME TO GO||Whale Season is from June until November, with peak whale viewing in September & October|
|Grootbos Forest Lodge:||
The Magical Cape Whale Coast
Day 1 - 4: Hermanus - Mosselberg on Grotto Beach
On arrival in Hermanus, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative and check in at Mosselberg on Grotto Beach where you will stay for 3 nights in a luxurious Deluxe room offering either mountain or sea views.
Overnight: Mosselberg on Grotto Beach – 3 nights Bed & Breakfast in a deluxe room
Nestled on the sands of the Blue Flag Grotto Beach in Hermanus is a five-star boutique villa that promises African hospitality and world-class service, accommodation and facilities. Watch the Southern Right whales from July up to the end of November. Enjoy a mountain bike trail, a scenic walk along the cliff path or tee off at a perfectly manicured golf course. Luxurious facilities include a lounge area as well as the courtesy bar, a swimming pool, in room mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, free Wireless Internet, a games room, a mini DVD library, table tennis on request and a mini library.
Our dinner recommendation is Harbour Rock Restaurant situated in the New Harbour in one of the most spectacular settings in South Africa; a leading seafood brasserie in Hermanus with an ever-evolving menu of seafood and grills.
Day 2: Hermanus – Mosselberg on Grotto Beach
After a hearty breakfast, at approximately 10h00 please make your way to the New Harbour in Hermanus travelling towards Westcliff where you will take a 2 hour whale watching boat trip in Walker Bay, not only enjoying extraordinary whale watching but you will also discover the magic of this unique coastline with its abundant marine life.
Boat trip: 11h00 – 13h00
Duration: 2 hours
After your boat trip, you will return to Mosselberg on Grotto Beach for some leisure time.
Afternoon Sundowners & Drinks
At 17h00 please make your way to the pool area where you will be enjoying afternoon drinks and snacks
Day 3: Hermanus – Mosselberg on Grotto Beach
After a scrumptious breakfast, you will have some leisure time. At 12h00 please make your way to Creation Wine Estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes.
A Wine & Chocolate Paring has been booked for you for 12h30. Creation Wines offers a superb setting for lunch, which you can enjoy afterwards (pre-booking essential). The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is one of South Africa’s hidden gems and you can spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful area.
We recommend SeaFood at The Marine for dinner overlooking the cliffs of Walker Bay. True to its name, the ‘SeaFood’ restaurant menu offers guests a seafood menu showcasing the ethically sourced local ingredients that the Overberg region has to offer.
Day 4-6: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Forest Lodge
After breakfast and check-out, you will self-drive from Hermanus towards Stanford, its majestic mountains and beautiful wine estates on-route to Grootbos Nature Reserve where luxury and romance await you at Forest Lodge where you will stay for 2 nights in a Luxury Suite overlooking the reserve. The journey will take approximately 45 minutes.
Overnight: Grootbos Forest Lodge: 2 nights Luxury Suite, all meals & scheduled activities
Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury South African beach and nature holiday. Forest Lodge boasts panoramic views and every suite offers complete privacy. Your suite consists of a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities and separate bathroom, minibar, cosy fireplace, DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck with outside showers overlooking Walker Bay. Forest Lodge facilities include a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV and secure room safes.
(Scheduled activity of your choice, as listed below, which your guide will discuss with you on arrival)
Horse riding on the beach
Day 5: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Forest Lodge
After breakfast you can spend the day exploring the reserve and one of its many activities.
Nature drives at Grootbos
Romantic picnic on the beach
Magnificent views from Grootbos
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast and check-out, you will depart Grootbos Nature Reserve and head back to Cape Town International Airport.