But the Cape is also a feast for all your senses. Starting in Cape Town, the Dutch style architecture and the views from Table Mountain are a delight to the eye.
Stand at Cape Agulhas and your taste for adventure will be satisfied as you watch two mighty oceans collide.
And then come the beautiful wineries of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the unrivalled cuisine of Wellington and the rock art and wildlife of the Cederburg Mountains.
You’ll be met at the airport and taken to collect your hire car, for your drive to one of the most iconic hotels in Cape Town. From here you’ll be able to spend time soaking up the atmosphere of the picturesque waterfront with its upmarket bars and restaurants.
You can take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views over the city, harbour and ocean – especially if you choose a time when there’s no ‘tablecloth’ (the locals’ nickname for clouds).
Tour the town to see great examples of Dutch architecture, or simply spend some time strolling along the great beaches nearby.
Stay: Two nights in a superior room in Mount Nelson Hotel.
Wellington and the Cape Winelands
Take a meandering drive through the winelands of the Western Cape with Wellington as your ultimate destination and you’ll pass through miles of rolling countryside peppered with white, gabled wineries and traditional Dutch farmsteads.
You’ll be staying at the former grand residence of the owners of Doolhof Wine Estate, where you can ride horses, shoot clays, play golf and, of course, taste wines.
From Wellington itself you are just a few minutes’ drive from wine routes that will take you to the classic vineyards of Paarl, Franschhoek and the picture postcard university town of Stellenbosch.
Stay: Two nights in a superior loft room at Grand Dedale Country House.
Now it’s time for a different taste of the Western Cape. In the Cederberg Mountains you’ll experience life in the wild – beginning with a tour of ‘the world’s biggest open air art gallery’ – an 18,000 acre reserve featuring more than 130 rock art sites created by the San Bushmen countless centuries ago.
The wilderness experience continues as you swim in crystal clear rock pools, watch the rich birdlife, take daytime and sunset game drives, or go for river walks or canoeing expeditions. Or simply sit in the open bush and stare at the stars.
Stay: Three nights in a luxury room at Bushman’s Kloof.
Drive back to Cape Town to catch your evening flight home.