Considered to be the most beautiful country in the world, South Africa is a “must see” destination. And what better way to experience the landscape and culture than through the sport of rowing? The South Africa Western Cape trip in April is a one week adventure, although there is the possibility of joining us for two weeks with the full South Africa Rowing Safari. We will explore the Western Cape province. The Western Cape is most famous for the city of Cape Town and for wine.
We row with the back drop of mountains, hills and vast plains, plus one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Penguins will entertain us on False Bay; we will stop rowing to watch bright birds weaving nests that hang above the water; after a row and a swim at a beautiful reservoir we will have a wine tasting lunch under the shade of a spreading tree; and we will explore two very different sections of the Breede River, just at the eastern part of this province. This is rowing travel at its best.
Diverse groups of people have created a vibrant culture. You will not forget the beautiful smiles. They are like the sunshine: warm, constant and everywhere. Our South African rowing guides and hosts will share insights into this fascinating country, with its complex history. Experts will introduce us to history and wildlife. We will enjoy a traditional “braai” following a row in the shadow of Table Mountain. While rowing is the draw, there is so much to explore and enjoy in the beautiful Western Cape.
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|Single Supplement||$445||$595||395 €|
Non-rowing companions welcomed. Program for non-rowing companions includes cycling, walking, kayaking and sightseeing options.It is possible to join us for two weeks. See our two week South Africa Rowing Safari trip and our one week Eastern Cape trip.
|Daily Distances||Boats||Max Group Size|
|15-30 km/day||Coastal coxed quads, doubles, fine doubles & fine singles||15 rowers|
Note that some of the rivers rowed are tidal in nature, which will determine the exact time of the rows. Wind conditions will also be an important consideration – safety is a priority. Thus, on some days, the actual program may vary from this description.
We recommended that you book a few extra days in Cape Town in advance of the trip start. It is a magnificent city with much to see and do. Beginning on Day 2 of this trip, the focus with be on rowing, with relatively little time to sightsee in the “Mother City”.
Arrival in Cape Town. Depending on arrival time, enjoy a sightseeing walking tour of the downtown and Company Gardens plus time to relax. We will discuss the plans for the next week over a wonderful welcome dinner.
The rowing begins. Our first row is early morning with Cape Coastal at Simonstown. We will row on False Bay, but the wind and water conditions will determine exactly where we go. Fingers crossed that we row by the penguin colony at Boulder Beach. It is fantastic to see these beautiful creatures from the water. Afternoon row with Alfred Rowing Club at Zeekoevlei, followed by a braai (BBQ) at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club with Alfred members. Sleep Cape Town.
Another morning row with Cape Coastal Rowing Club on False Bay from Simons Town or alternate location depending on conditions. If we were not able to see the penguins yesterday, we have a second chance. But the scenery is magnificent from any perspective, with Table Mountain towering above the bay. We will continue south to visit to the Cape Point National Park (Cape of Good Hope), returning to the hotel in the evening for a final dinner in Cape Town.
We will start heading east, beginning with a drive to the beautiful Eikenhof Reservoir. We will row with Elgin Rowing Club, perhaps stopping part way to enjoy a refreshing swim from a beach. Then on to a lunch and wine tasting at a nearby winery. Our overnight will be in Hermanus, a coastal resort town famous for whale watching (but sadly it will not be the viewing season). If we arrive early enough, there are options for a walk in a nature reserve or a swim at the beach. Tonight’s dinner is not included in the trip price, with a wide choice of restaurants to select from.
We will leave the coast and travel inland along gravel roads. You will feel that you have really touched the heart of South African landscape here: wide planes with rolling hills rising to blue mountains in the background. We might spot ostriches or the rare blue crane along the way. Our destination is Malgas on the Brede River, where we will meet again Cape Coastal RC. After unloading the trailer and getting the boats ready we will enjoy an afternoon row on this winding river. We can stop on sand bar beaches to swim.
Today we have a full day to explore the Breede. If we are ambitious we might head downstream almost to Witsand where the river meets the ocean. Tiny sharks are known to enter the river here, but not to worry – swimming is still safe. We might picnic or stop for pizza at a rustic bush pub.
We will load the trailer and then head off to explore a completely different section of the Breede. Far away from the tides, the narrower river winds through vineyards and fruit orchards, with the hills closer in. This is wine country and we will be sure to sample the local wines. We say farewell to our friends from Cape Coastal before settling into our hotel in a vineyard for our farewell wonderful dinner.
After many days of rowing, today is a travel day. Perhaps it will be a sad and fond farewell to the group. For those enjoying the South Africa Rowing Safari, we will make our way to Cape Town airport to catch our flight to Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape.