My wife and I will be heading to Cape Town for our 10th wedding anniversary end of January 2011. We've never been to South Africa and as much as we would like to spend 3 weeks and explore it properly, thats just not an option. Ideally, I would like the trip to be 6 nights long but I am able to push it to 7-8 nights if it is felt that we may miss out on the experience. Having done safaris in East Africa and other places (I'm sure SA is different, but we've decided to skip the safaris this time around so that we have something to look forward to on our next trip).
Keeping the above in mind, we propose the following itinerary in and around Cape Town and would like suggestions from locals/regular visitors as we are flexible and havent made any bookings yet but plan to close out the reservations by Monday-Tuesday.
Day1 - fly into George via Joburg and drive to Knsyna. Overnight at Knsyna.
Day2 - relax at Knsyna, lagoon cruise, etc. Overnight at Knsyna
Day3 - drive to Oudtshoorn. Visit either (or both?) the caves or the wildlife ranch on the way. Overnight at Oudtshoorn
Day4 - drive to the winelands (Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek) and do some wine tours. Overnight in the winelands. (we love our wine) Q: Where should we stay here?
Day5 - after a leisurely lunch, drive to cape town. relax the rest of the day. Overnight in CT
Day6 - Cap Peninsula tour. Overnight in CT
Day7 - City Tour, V&A waterfront, Camps bay Overnight in CT
Day8 - depart CT at 5:45am to catch connecting flight from Joburg.
1) Is the itinerary too hectic
2) Do we require another day in CT
3) Are the places we've selected along the garden route amongst the most scenic/enjoyable
4) Any suggestions/thoughts welcome
Thanks in advance!