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CAPE TOWN

Welcome to one of the top 10 destinations in the world!

Cape Town is a destination like few others. voted one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit, it most certainly has something for everyone! 

Enjoy any or all these tours when based in Cape Town – Pick your favorites!

STELLENBOSCH WINE LANDS TOUR

Wine lands galore!

 

An easy hour’s drive from Cape Town, a Cape Wine lands holiday perfectly complements a stay in one of the world’s favorite cities. Framed by sun-splashed vineyards and craggy mountain peaks, the picturesque valleys of the Cape Wine lands are famous for their grand old estates, pretty little towns, award-winning restaurants and – of course – for their wine!

Simon van der Stel arrived at the Cape as commander in 1679 and soon after was appointed its first governor. Later that year he undertook his first tour of inspection, which brought him to ‘the most charming valley he had ever seen’ – the Stellenbosch winelands. So enchanted was he that he set up camp in a grove he named Stellenbosch, and there decided to establish a second settlement after Cape Town. He grew to love the town, spending his birthdays there. And he ordered the planting of the oaks, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Eikestad, or ‘town of oaks’. Today these massive trees shade the historic Dorp Street, which runs through the well-preserved old town. While initially established as a center to produce fruit and vegetables, van der Stel had a hunch that its Mediterranean climate would be ideal for wine growing. He was right.

The Stellenbosch winelands are considered to be the capital of the South African wine industry. The romantic town of Stellenbosch it is the second oldest town in South Africa. Gorgeous scenery, old Cape Dutch houses and picture-perfect streets lined with old oak trees one can easily get lost in this quaint little town. Wander the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, stopping in at art galleries and quaint coffee shops, or take your pick from the many excellent restaurants.

There are more than 20 wine-growing regions surrounding Cape Town but the term Cape Wine lands generally refers to the three most popular: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, each set-in rolling countryside with spectacular Alpine-style views.

Stellenbosch is best known for its award-winning Wines with numerous wine tours on offer. With more than 60 estates currently operating, it’s the leading center for viticulture and research. Prestigious restaurants, cozy bistros, al fresco cafes and student pubs, Stellenbosch has it all, a food and wine connoisseur’s heaven. Have a picnic with the family; packed baskets are available for sale at numerous wine farms. Seasonal Strawberry picking is another favorite and for the more adventurous and active, a variety second to none. Many of these estates boast state of the art wine cellars, wine tasting facilities and some of the region’s top restaurants. Stellenbosch recently won the “Wine Town of the Year Award” for 2011 by the influential Swedish wine club Munskänkarna, the first time this award has gone to a wine region outside the European borders. Your day will include a visit to Tokara estate, Delaire Graff and some surprises o the way.

 

VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT

Spend the day at leisure at world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an array of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. More than 80 restaurants bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisines – there is just so much to do, so much to discover.

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbor, you’ll find it all here. (Construction for this harbor began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)

If you’re interested in visiting Robben Island, you’ll find the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront.

CAPE POINT & PENINSULA TOUR

Imagine standing on the southern tip of the African continent!

The Cape peninsula makes for a spectacular scenic drive along Africa’s south western tip.

• See the Southwestern most point of Africa!
• Head south along the coastlines with lovely views of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean
• Stop at Hout Bay Harbor for an epic lunch
• Take pictures of the African Jackass penguins at Boulders Beach
• Where exactly does the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet? Come visit and find out!
• Pay a visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony
• See the Southwestern most point of the African continent

This day tours starts with a very scenic drive to Hout Bay, via Clifton Beach & Camps Bay. Camps bay is well known for its’ street café’s and fine restaurants. Arrive at Hout Bay Harbor, a quaint fishing village

Chapman’s Peak drive is a drive to be remembered! Every which way you look there is something spectacular to be seen. On the way, you’ll travel along the False Bay Coast and on to Simon’s Town, where you will visit the resident African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. African Penguins (also known as jackass penguins) are the only penguins found on the African continent. African Penguins are classified as an endangered species, with a mere 26,000 breeding pairs left in the world.

Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope (Africa’s most South Westerly tip).
Located in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, Cape Point is a World Heritage Site. The site includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, stretching all the way from Signal Hill to Cape Point. This stretch of coastline is dotted with bays and beaches, beautiful valleys and contains an extraordinary mix of diverse & unique fauna and flora. At Cape Point, we suggest taking the Funicular to the Lighthouse to get a bird’s eye view!

Just a point of interest!
The true southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas, located to the east, on the Garden Route of South Africa over 200 km away. This is the spot where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The Cape of Good Hope is a promontory off of the southern tip of South Africa, and is often mistakenly thought of as the southernmost point of Africa.

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN & THE CITY TOUR

Experience the sights, sounds and history of the ‘Mother City’

See spots like the Castle Good Hope, Houses of Parliament, Greenmarket square and many more. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain! From here you will see the False Bay extending from Cape Point in the distance, all the way to Cape Hang Klip. Table Mountain cable car are around $ 30 pp and the ride is always weather permitting.

Home to a few ghosts from the past, The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in the country. Take a leisurely walk through the gardens – originally the vegetable and fruit orchard which supplied the passing ships. Up for some curio shopping? Green Market Square is a lively flea market with a wide variety of arts and local crafts, clothing and curios. More fascinating history and some splendid views of the City of Cape Town from the site of the Cecil John Rhodes Memorial.

“Die Bo Kaap” previously known as the Cape Malay District, offers some very fascinating cultural diversity.

Looking for a lovely way to spend an afternoon learning about our amazing flora and scenic views of the mountain? Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you will find more plant species than in the entire UK!

Did you say wine? Groot Constantia is always a good way of enjoying some local wines and soak up some Cape history.

FRANSHOEK WINE LANDS TOUR

Wine, food and more!

Franschoek Valley is one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the whole world with its senses of intimacy and mystery .

This stunning wine lands town, situated just 45 minutes from Cape Town, is famed for its Huguenot heritage, exquisite Cape Dutch architecture, prestigious wine estates, luxury accommodation, and an ever-expanding world-class restaurants and fabulous street cafés. Nestled in a rich and fertile valley between majestic mountains, the Franschoek wine lands is world-renowned for its spectacular beauty, French heritage and superb wines.

Franschoek is a result of French Huguenots that settled in this valley over 300 years ago. Today, many of the wine farms names’ still bear resemblance to the original French names and the stunning examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

Franschoek is considered to be the culinary capital of South Africa, boasting with some of the best restaurants in the country. Food connoisseurs will find a delicious choice widely acclaimed restaurants in and around Franschoek streets of Franschoek are lined with a wonderful collection of art galleries, antique shops, curio shops and coffee shops.

Franschoek is home to some of South Africa’s most famous and oldest wine estates such as La Motte, Boschendal, Baylonstoren, Chamonix, Haute Cabriere & L’Ormarins.

 

CHEETAH ENCOUNTER / BIG CAT TOUR

Cheetahs, Lions & Tigers!

Visit the Cheetah Outreach center… Meet and spend time with the Cheetahs up close and personal! Other animals also available here are cereals, caracals, meerkats, bat-eared foxes and jackals.

It took 4 million years of evolution for the cheetah to become the exceptional animal it is today and only 100 years for man to place it on the endangered list. Now the fastest land animal in the world is losing its most important race: the race for survival.

Lions & Tigers: Big Cats Park offers a unique experience not to be found anywhere else along the Stellenbosch wine route, where one can both view and learn more about these majestic creatures that may well one day cease to exist in anything but our history books.

Enjoy the rare and exciting experience of being able to view these beautiful creatures up close…and do not forget the wine tasting!

Saturated with old Cape Dutch charm and hospitality, Vredenheim is home to coffee, wine and food, as well as lush gardens, a nursery and the Big Cats Park. Vineyards and fruit orchards make the area an ideal picnic spot. Vredenheim is also home to animals such as wildebeest, springbok, elands, ostriches and zebras.

The Big cat sanctuary is currently home to 3 adult brown lions, 2 adult white lions, 1 white lion cub, 2 brown lion cubs, 2 caracal, 1 cheetah, 1 leopard and 2 Bengal tigers. Enclosures are large and spacious, and offer each cat their own “creature comforts”, such as a play area and swimming pool for our tigers, long grass for our leopard and cheetah, and a big, comfortable rock for our male white lion to sun himself on during the day.

Visitors to the Vredenheim Big Cats Park can enjoy the rare and exciting experience of being able to view these beautiful creatures up close, but still from the safety of our viewing decks and behind the enclosure fences! After all, these are wild animals and we respect them as such.Daily feeding are at 11 am and 3 pm – so be sure not to miss out on the action!

Tasting Room also shares the stage with a gift shop, giving guests the perfect excuse to browse around whilst enjoying a wine tasting. From calendars and curios to jewelry, toys and art, and everything in between, there’s really something for everyone!

CAPE WINE,CHEESE & CHOCLATE TOUR

It does not get much better than this!

Start the day with a visit to Villiera Estate – we take a look behind the scenes with a cellar tour followed by….. Wait for it!

Bubbly & Nougat tasting! Depart on a unique safari game drive through the estate. A number of mammals have been introduced in the Wildlife Sanctuary: Springbuck, Kudu, Giraffe, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Bush Pig, Burchell’s Zebra, common Duiker, Steenbuck and Grysbok. Take a game drive through the 220 hectares lasts approximately two hours. What a way to start the day!

Lunch is an 8 course Tappas/Wine tasting. The main concept behind pairings is that certain elements (such as texture and flavor) in both food and wine interact with each other, thus finding the right combination of these elements will make the entire dining experience.

Moving on to the Chocolate/Wine experience at Waterford Wine estate. Depart on a unique three-hour trip on a safari type vehicle…This experience allows the chance to taste our award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin. The wine tasting will be accompanied by various light snacks, which are well suited to pair with the individual wines. The experience will end off with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting, back at the winery.

The Wine and Chocolate Tasting is a unique flavor experience. Kevin Arnold together with, Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wine, results in a flavor sensation unlike any other.

Last stop of the tour – arrive at Fairview Winery – a Nine course paired Master Cheese/wine experience awaits you!The Fairview Master Wine Tasting showcases the estates top wines. These wines are made from grapes from the Paarl wine region. Once again this also a hot region. They boast a large range of wonderful wines and are most famous for their Shiraz. The range is however extensive and the cheeses will be paired with a combination of white and red wines. Fairview is the largest producer of specialty cheeses in South Africa. Every week they change the wines and cheeses they are pairing. On this visit you enjoy 8 cheeses paired with 8 wines.

 

GREAT WHITE SHARK CAGE DIVING

Experience the thrill!

Sharks are quite possibly the world’s most feared animals. From the smallest sand shark to the enormous whale shark, they are sleek, muscled, and some are almost as agile as a dolphin. There is no doubt that they are the most evolved predators in the ocean! Row upon row of teeth and capable of sensing the blood of an injured animal from over a kilometer away, its not surprising that they are the most feared creature beneath the waves. And of them all, the Great White is the most awesome. Now, dive and meet a Great White Shark, face to face – and on your own terms!

AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Big 5 Safari Experience

Less than 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, and set in the pristine Southern Karoo Highlands against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, lies a Big 5 Game Reserve… offering an exciting taste of Africa.

Home to the Big 5 and a wide variety of game, including elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard. Also, to be spotted, the ever-graceful giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, many different antelope species, baboons, jackal, bat-eared foxes, hippos and crocodiles. Open vehicle game drives with the opportunity to view elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, rhino, zebra, & many other wildlife types.

Home to the Big 5 and a wide variety of game, including elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard. Also, to be spotted, the ever-graceful giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, many different antelope species, baboons, jackal, bat-eared foxes, hippos and crocodiles. Open vehicle game drives with the opportunity to view elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, rhino, zebra, & many other wildlife types.

Chalets are privately situated and have been built into the hillside of the reserve. Natural rock elements are combined with wood & stone – creating a definite natural ambiance. En-suite bathrooms include a bathtub and outdoor shower and the honeymoon suite boats a jacuzzi. Each unit opens up onto a private patio, perfect for sundowner cocktails and colder evenings, curl up in front of the chalet log fire.

 

KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS

Paradise!

Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, a mere 13km from the city center, Kirstenbosch includes a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, a garden that features 2500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula, a Protea garden (best seen in spring!), a braille trail, and a cycad amphitheater. Regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch – or rather, the land on which it sits — was bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes. At the time, it was nothing more than ramshackle farmland overrun with pigs. In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate (which includes the Garden) falls under the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kirstenbosch lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

There is also a glasshouse – the Botanical Society Conservatory – which houses plants from the continent’s more arid regions. To immerse yourself in all that the Garden has to offer, it is worth taking one of the free guided tours that depart from the Visitors’ Centre at 11am and 2pm from Monday to Saturday. If the times are inconvenient, audio guides are also available.

HERMANUS SCENIC TOUR

Whales and more!

Hermanus has something for everyone. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve has over 40 km of walks, ranging from moderate to strenuous walks in the beautiful mountains which form an imposing backdrop to the town. The 14 km of unique cliff walks recently incorporated into the nature reserve boast a variety of coastal fynbos and birdlife (See Hermanus Hiking Trails).

The Old Harbor in Hermanus offers insight into Hermanus’ past as a Fisherman’s village. Hermanus and neighboring towns Onrus and Stanford are the residence of a variety of artists, from watercolors, to writers, potters and crafters. Excellent jewelry is produced and crafts of a high standard can be purchased at the popular Craft Market at Lemm’s Corner.

The Hermanus Wine Route, the southernmost in Africa, produces top quality, world renowned wines. Today Hermanus remains a thriving holiday resort offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman’s village charm.

The Southern Right Whale is a baleen whale that can grow up to 15 yards in length and weigh up to 100t. The whales spend the summer months in the far Southern Ocean and migrate northwards in the winter. More than 100 whales visit the Hermanus area during this time. Whale watchers might see behavior unique to the Southern Right Whale known as “sailing”. They use their elevated flukes to catch the wind; it is thought to be a form of playing for them. Note that whale watching season is typically between June – December. An incredible opportunity to get within meters of the Southern Right Whales, this boat-based activity will take you into the waters of Walkers Bay. Boat excursions follow a strict set of regulations to ensure they don’t disturb these gentle denizens of the sea. This is an unforgettable encounter, with whales often surfacing within meters of the boat. In addition to the whales; huge schools of dolphins, seals and wide variety of birdlife are also often seen on these trips. Whale watching season usually stretches from June to mid-December.

SCENIC DAY TOUR DETAILS
Leave from Cape Town around 08:30 am. Drive over Sir Lowry’s Pass. The N2 winds its’ way past the verdant Cape Winelands and then onto the flat plains of Somerset West. The road then rises to make its way through Sir Lowry’s Pass; a scenic mountain pass that crosses the Hottentots-Holland Range. At the start of the pass you can look back for a panoramic view at the low-lying area that stretches out towards Cape Town.
Drive along R44 Coastal Road. The scenic stretch of coast between Hermanus and Somerset West is known as the Cape Whale Coast because of many opportunities for spotting these amazing creatures. Along this pristine stretch are a rustic collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays and coves.
This is a stunning natural area that is a key eco-conservation area. As we travel up this stretch of coast you can relax and enjoy South Africa’s spectacular scenery.
A little way down the coast is the seaside village of Betty’s Bay. Sitting on a narrow strip of land which is sheltered by the Kogelberg Mountains on one side and looking out to the ocean on the other; Betty Bay is home to a thriving fishing community. It also holds one of only three land-based penguin colonies in South Africa.
The African Penguin more commonly colonize off-shore islands and are the only species of penguin that breeds in this area of the world. The first nest here was noticed in 1982 and the area was soon fenced off to protect the colony. You will be able to see these enthralling birds at play via a well-constructed wooden walkway. These cheerful and boisterous creatures have been placed on the endangered list after seeing a 90% population decline over the last 60 years.

 

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