Firstly, the day out we had, bore no resemblance to the previous reviews. It does illustrate however, how much the weather and/ or guide can influence the enjoyment or otherwise of this trip. Pick up was on time, the only surprise being that there were 7 others in the mini bus on the same trip - but this did mean we then got charged the reduced fee for a 'group'.
Our guide was personable and chatty and gave us a running commentary of what we could see and some of the history behind South Africa.
The botanical gardens (£ included) were a bit of a dead loss purely because it was the wrong time of year, but served as useful 'stretch' stop en route.
The boat based whale watching (optional - £ not included) was helped by the fact that it was wall to wall blue sky and mill pond like sea state. This was early Sept and during the 2 hrs or so, we saw probably 5 or 6 whales with calves close up and a pod of bottlenose dolphins.
Lunch was in Hermanus (£ not included) and you could go to whichever restaurant/cafe that took your fancy.
On the way back to Cape Town we stopped at a vineyard for a wine tasting session (£ included). All very nice.
Overall a full day out 08:45 to 18:00 - no complaints at all.