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Whales and Abalone Tour from Cape Town including a stop at Stoney Point
Get collected directly from your hotel in the majestic Cape Town, and travel to Hermanus along the scenic coastal beauty of Clarence Drive. Your first stop will be at Stoney Point, in Betty’s Bay, at one of two dedicated land based African penguin breeding colonies.
A refreshment stop will take place in Kleinmond before we make our way to Hermanus, to the Heart of Abalone. After a short explanation on Abalone, otherwise known as perlemoen in SA , you will boot up and take a walking tour to see abalone up close in their natural and farmed environment.. This is followed by an optional abalone tasting. Lunch will follow at Harbour Rock, overlooking the Hermanus new harbour before we board the whale watching cruise in Walker Bay, Hermanus. The cruise will take approximately an 2 – 2½ hour’s. We will then travel back to Cape Town via the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass, passing the historical towns of Elgin and Grabouw.
The Whale and Abalone Tour starts at 08h00 when you are picked up from your city hotel in a 2016 Ford Tourneo minibus that seats 7 guests. Ian, the owner operator will be your driver/guide for the day. We head out of the city along the N2 and take the beautiful scenic route along Clarence Drive to Stoney Point at Betty’s Bay. Here at you will see one of the only two land based African penguin breeding colonies, with the other being Boulders Beach on the opposite side of False Bay. The abandoned Whaling Station site where 300 whales were once killed annually for their oil (from 1917 – 1930) now gives birth to new life as penguins naturally selected breeding ground. After experiencing the sighting of African penguins, we go to Kleinmond for a refreshing cup of coffee or tea. A half an hours drive later we arrive in Hermanus, arguably the best land-based whale watching location in the world.
We visit Heart of Abalone where we will be provided the opportunity to see how Abagold, a working abalone farm operates. This rock-clinging sea snail is traditionally known for their great taste. Also known by it’s Afrikaans name “perlemoen” referring to it’s mother-of-pearl shell. Learn about the life cycle of this interesting sea snail, the challenges of the farming process, as well as the culture and history of this unique molluscs for South Africans and Chinese. Once the farm walk through is completed, we remove our boots that we were provided with and can now partake in the tasting of this delicasy. The tasting is for your own account and you will be spoilt with a delicious presentation of 3 ways in which abalone can be prepared. After this rare taster we head off to Harbour Rock restaurant.
The beauty of Harbour Rock restaurant is that it is situated on a cliff and overlooks Hermanus harbour from where we will embark on our whale watching cruise. The extensive highly acclaimed menu will for sure satisfy your taste buds. From mussels to mutton, you will be spoilt for choice. Acclaimed by locals and tourists alike, this is a restaurant that draws people back to Hermanus time and again.
After lunch the highlight of the tour begins. We board Miroshca, the purpose-built catamaran from where we will experience the beauty of the oceans majestic mammals in Walker Bay. Whale watching is only offered from June to November when these huge creatures visits the waters of the Cape.
Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point- visit the most South-Western Point of Africa
Your Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point tour will be strictly private and flexible with time. Tour departs from your hotel at your convenience in a private vehicle. Included in your tour are refreshment on boards, free WiFi and entrance fees to all activities.
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Cape of Good Hope is the most South-Western Point of Africa. It is the meeting place of the two currents, the Cold Benguela and the Warm Agulhas Currents. As your itinerary is flexible, allow your guide to assist in making your holiday memories of this magnificent land. This Tour could last a minimum of 4 hours and maximum 8 hours. All entrance fees are included as follows : Toll fee R42,Seals Island, Penguins Colony and Cape Point.
All Tours depart from your hotel/guesthouse at your own flexible time ( recommend to depart between 9am and 1pm). The tour will go along the following route, whereby your qualified South African flag badge tourist guide, will make sure that no stone will not be left unturned.
Below you will find a sample itinerary, please note that this is just a guideline. Frequent stops during this tour are allowed based on the guests needs.
Capturing a photo, appreciating the unmatched nature, or stopping for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Why not enjoy lunch (own expense). Sample Route/Tour: Waterfront, Mouille Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Maiden Cove (A stop here for photos is recommended), Camps Bay Beach, L’landadno (known also as the Millionaire’s Paradise) and Hout Bay. Optional stops: 1. World of birds 2. Seals Island boat trip which lasts one hour for the round trip – weather permitting 3. Browse the African Crafts/Gifts and Souvenirs).
Your journey will continue along the majestic, breathtaking scenic Road known as “Chapman’s Peak Drive (stop for photos). For coffee lovers, a quick stop at Noordhoek Village will be granted or even a light lunch. For the White wine lovers, a quick stop at Cape Point Vineyards will be granted to taste some of the best Cultivars South Africa has to offer. Nothing beats their Sauvignon Blanc (own expense).
The tour will carry on to Simon’s Town, which is the South African Naval Base. Then carry on to Boulders Beach where you will have time to watch the African Penguins. Cape Town and her surrounding coastline offers visitor some wonderful beaches, but none are more interesting or more beautiful than Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town. This beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins. Our final Destination will be the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve. Here you will explore the Dias Beacon or the light house could be explored using the Funicular or enjoy a quick hike.
Return To Cape Town via Muizenberg. Time permitting, a quick stop at South Africa’s oldest winery (Groot Constantia founded in 1685) for a scenic drive and wine testing (own expense). Kindly ask your tour guide to recommend a restaurant based on your appetite (own expense).