From Cape Town pick your way south, starting inland initially and then heading down towards the coast past Hermanus and on to the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. You’ll be staying at Grootbos Forest Lodge, a delightful property shaded by Milkwood trees and with stunning views out towards Walker Bay. Spacious suites come with their own plunge pools and are a haven of tranquillity after a busy day exploring. Activities on offer included guided tours of the nature reserve, horseback trails, beach picnics, visits to historic caves, scenic flights and shark cage diving (both an extra cost). Between July and December it also provides the base for whale watching, either from the beach or on a boat trip.