South Africa's craft beer industry is experiencing a Renaissance to rival the United States and Japan. Craft brewers in Cape Town and along the coast are leaving the garage and growing their industry through innovation and experimentation. On this tour, combine the classic highlights of Cape Town with brewery tours of some of the region's most popular brewers.
Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by a private driver and transferred into town, and to your city accommodations. Check in, and settle in for the night.
Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest, while it's unique cultural blend of part African, part European and part Asian, makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience. Take the cable car or walk up Table Mountain, visit the colorful Malay quarter or meander through the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square, take a boat trip to Robben Island or simply relax on the beach. When you want to explore further, the Cape Peninsula offers one of the finest coastal drives in Africa to the Cape of Good Hope. Here, you might see whales breaching just off the bay or quirky African penguins on Boulder's beach. With so much to do and see in Cape Town, adventure truly awaits!
Today you are collected by your private guide for your half day beer tour. The Cape Town Beer Route is a rich half-day journey through Cape Town beer culture and stories, from traditional South African beer brewing history and techniques, through emerging craft beer culture right through to mainstream beer production and mega-scale.
Beer was originally brewed by women, and they were revered for this skill. And so to start our tour we visit a lady brewing traditional African beer, at home, in the ancient handmade way. We see the process, and taste in the traditional way. We learn about the cultural role of beer in South African society.
Then we tour the Newlands Brewery, the oldest commercial brewery in South Africa. We explore brewing history and style in the original buildings, before touring the modern production line. We end this part of the experience with a tasting of the brewery’s beers, which are some of Cape Town’s favorites.
Finally we focus on craft beer or micro-brewed beers. There has been an explosion in the last year in craft beer, and it seems like there is a new micro-brewery opening up every month. Cape Town is leading South Africa in craft beer, and for this part of the journey we visit Cape Town’s craft beer headquarters, the Banana Jam Cafe, to taste and discover Cape Town’s craft beers. We will taste their beers and hear their stories.
We return to your hotel having sipped, swallowed and celebrated the city’s rich and flavorsome beer stories.
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Our full day Cape Peninsula group tour includes a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak; the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Cape Point; viewing the Penguins at Boulders Bay; Simon's Town historical naval base and ends with the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
You will be picked up in the early morning to travel along the coastal road through the chic suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and onto the picturesque fishing community of Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, and now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of days gone by. There is the option to take a half hour cruise to 'Seal Island' or for the not so adventurous; the fish market Mariners Wharf is a must.
Next you’ll enjoy a scenic drive along the famous Chapmans Peak drive - if open - as it hugs the cliffs with a 200m drop on one side of the coach and a 200m rise on the other. You continue south to reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique bird life such as African black oyster catchers and Cape sugarbirds among others. You may be lucky to see wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, ostrich and baboon. Climb up to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical views over the bay. Alternatively you can take the funicular train as an optional extra.
After lunch (for your own account), you visit the unique penguin colonies at Boulders beach for an exciting close encounter with African Penguins - often a highlight of the tour. Drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass, Boyes Drive, and on to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens - some of the finest gardens in Africa nestling on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. We walk through the gardens where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns.
Hermanus is known as one of the best places for land-based whale-watching in the world so this private tour is especially recommended during the Whale Season (July to November). After you are collected from your hotel at 9am, we leave Cape Town to travel along Clarens Drive with its magnificent views of False Bay visiting the Harold Porter National Botanical gardens en route. From here we continue into Hermanus. Nestled between mountains and the sea, Hermanus offer some of the best land and boat- based whale watching in the world when the whales and their young come very close to the shoreline.
Visit Birkenhead Brewery for a brief beer tour followed by beer tasting. You can enjoy lunch here Wednesday to Sunday (own account).
On the route back to Cape Town we stop at a farm stall to buy some local preserves before traveling over Sir Lowry's pass for another magnificent view of False Bay. Alternatively if it is not whale watching season, you have time to visit the historic Vergelegen Wine Estate famous for its Cape Dutch Manor house, rose and herb gardens and the oldest Camphor trees in South Africa en route back to Cape Town.
You are collected by your private guide & coach for your full day City, Table Mountain & Robben Island tour.
You begin with a journey by the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a panoramic view of the whole of the Cape Peninsula. The cable car ascent is weather dependent.
Afterwards you travel into the city where you fist visit the Castle of Good Hope, the original fort of Cape Town built in 1652 and now painstakingly restored. The Castle was built by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679 to replace their original mud-walled fortress. The Castle's main entrance at first faced the sea, which in those days almost lapped at its walls. The present main gateway with its elaborate stonework was built by Governor Simon van der Stel. From there you continue to the lovely flower market and the historic center of Cape Town with its many 18th century buildings before continuing to the Waterfront for lunch.
After lunch we make our way to the Clock Tower to board the ferry to Robben Island, enjoying spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this historic island. The 3.5 - 4 hour scheduled tour includes a return trip across Table Bay (45 minute ferry ride each way) a visit to the historical Maximum Security Prison and tour of the island. Note that only official Robben Island guides are permitted to offer tours, so your private guide will not accompany you.
Once you reach the island you will be given a guided prison tour by an ex-political prisoner. You experience the conditions of incarceration - view Nelson Mandela's maximum-security prison cell (Cell 5) and see the lime quarries. In the one, hard labor was served, in the other prisoners discussed strategy, freedom and future. Later, many prisoners would develop eye problems as a result of the sun's reflection off the lime surfaces. This well-preserved landmark is a monument to the triumph of freedom, dignity and determination over humiliation and oppression.
Today you enjoy a private tour to the Cape Winelands for a leisurely exploration of the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek as well as beer tasting at local breweries. The stunning backdrop of the mountains, the tree-lined streets and the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads all blend in tranquil harmony.
The exact breweries to be visited will vary for each private tour as everyone has their own preference. Your guide will discuss all the options with you and breweries to visit. Depending on which breweries / estates you are visiting, the order of the tour will vary so the description below should be seen as a guide only. You are collected at approx 9am and head to Paarl where the Spice Route is your first stop.
The Cape Brewery Company situated at Spice Route produces and offers a wide range of beers using only the finest ingredients, state of the art equipment and is made by the highly skilled Brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel. Beer lovers can view the facilities where they can follow the entire beer production process and thereafter taste it either on tap or at the tasting stations.
The Barley & Biltong Emporium also at Spice Route is a new and truly unique offering to South Africa. Boasting with one of the best views of Table Mountain and the Paarl Winelands, Barley & Biltong is a beer garden with a local twist. Craft beer and biltong lovers can look forward to enjoying an ice cold pint of their favorite CBC beer together with our carefully selected range of Beef, Kudu, Eland and Springbok biltong.
Next you lead to the picturesque village of Franschhoek which is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountain. Enjoy some of its many interesting shops and boutiques and visit a second wine estate for some more wine tasting.
Lunch (not included) will be at one of the spectacular award-winning winelands restaurants. After lunch, you head to Stellenbosch. It is easy to see why Simon Van Der Stel decided to build a village in such an idyllic spot. The
The picturesque village of Franschhoek is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountain. Enjoy some of its many interesting shops and boutiques and visit a second wine estate for some more wine tasting. The origins of this village date back to 1688 when some of the French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled in the valley, then known as Elephants Corner. As the settlers increased the elephants ceased their annual migration to the valley, which later became known as French Corner or 'Franschhoek' in Afrikaans.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure. You are uniquely situated in a town rich with beer, wine and food culture.
Late this afternoon, you will be transferred by a private driver to the airport in good time to board your international flights out of South Africa.
The Cape Cadogan is an elegant and luxurious double-storied Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was originally a single story Georgian farmhouse, which was ‘Victorianized’ in the later part of the century. A second floor was added by the owner in 1912, Mr Heinrich Becker, using a renowned architect and builder of this era. The building was awarded national monument status in late 1984. On property are 12 luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms, decorated with an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary furniture, for the utmost comfortable and enjoyable stay. The public areas in Cape Cadogan include an inviting lounge with sofas and an open fireplace, gardens and a swimming pool, as well as a library with complementary computer access. A delicious breakfast is served in the dining room, overlooking the courtyard garden and pool. Located just off of Kloof Street, the property is surrounded by charming restaurants and boutique shops. It is also within easy walking of some of Cape Towns city center sights, such as the Company Gardens, National Museum and Art Gallery, parliament buildings and Greenmarket Square.
A peaceful haven set back from Franschhoek’s popular High Street, the Akademie Street Guest House offers boutique accommodation and exceptional personal attention. The property consists of only five charming buildings, surrounded by exquisite gardens. Six rooms are uniquely designed with contemporary decor and quaint historic structure. You may choose from suites with Cape Dutch architecture, mountain or vineyard views, private gardens and pools, loft rooms and even an 1860's cottage. The property also boasts a lounge, library and lovely outdoor patio, where breakfast is served.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.