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South Africa Trip Highlights

Known as the Rainbow Nation due to its cultural diversity, many of our tours finish in South Africa and several also start here.

Check out some of the highlights in this fabulous year-round Me by the Vineyarddestination which has something for everyone!

Stellenbosch

On many of our tours we spend two nights in historic Stellenbosch, also known as the City of Oaks and South Africa’s second oldest city.

Stellenbosch is set on the banks of the Eerste River, nestled amongst Denis winelands 10some of South Africa’s most famous wineries.

Wine Tasting Tour

We are collected at 10.30am to head to the wine valleys for our day of wine tasting around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

During the day we sample wines from four different wineries and as well as cheeses from the famous Fairview cheese farm. Lunch is included.

Cape Town and surrounding area

Shark Diving

With an early start we travel to Gansbaii on the coast for an exciting day out on the Atlantic Ocean.

shark 3After a thorough briefing and allocation of wetsuits and snorkels we head out in search of the infamous great white shark! The day is spent alternating time in the cage that is dropped at the back of the boat and having close-up experiences with the sharks. A good hot lunch is included as part of the day, much needed after being in the cold waters with the adrenaline pumping!

 Robben Island

2006 - 017Departing from the Victoria and Alfred wharf, a 45-minute boat ride brings us to Robben Island.

Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life sentence for “sabotage against the apartheid South African government” in a tiny cell on this barren island from June 1964 when the sentence was handed down.

The guiding around the prison grounds is informative, providing information2006 - 016 about apartheid and the day to day life of the prisoners who spent time here in prison. The ferry journey also gives you wonderful views of Table Mountain.

This excursion books out well in advance so we strongly recommend booking a slot 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Talk to us for further advice when planning your tour.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’Cable cars well known backdrop and a trip up the mountain can be done either using the ultra-modern cable car or by trekking to the top by foot.

A walk around the top of this monolith is the perfect way to see all the different areas of Cape Town and the stble mtnurrounding beaches from above. Look out for the rock hyraxes that make this place their home.

Table Mountain is situated within Table Mountain National Park which contains the mountain chain which stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south.

 

Cape Point

Cape Point is a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park. Take the walk to the lighthouse and on the way visit some penguins! We leave around 8 am and make our way past the beautiful coastline towards Boulders Beach. Africa 3 009Here we have time to visit the jackass penguins. They nest on the beach here and spend the day sunning themselves and lazing on the beach.

There are boardwalks that take us right past their nesting spaces and the areas where the penguins relax. It’s a rare spectacle to see penguins on the beach.

Africa 028From there we move on towards the Cape Peninsula National Park from where we can cycle through the park towards Cape of Good Hope. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.

We have a picnic lunch before making our way to Cape Point itself where you can climb up to the lighthouse for some spectacular views along the coast line. Then a stop at Cape of Good Hope before we start making our way back past the small coastal villages back towards Cape Town.

Oudtshoorn

Ostrich Farm

Oudtshoorn is known as the “ostrich capital of the world”. It is the largest town in the semi arid Klein Karoo and past wealth created from the ostrich industry in the late 19th century has left a legacy of beautiful historic architecture evident in the Art Nouveau and Victoriana ostrich face buildings seen in town.

During our stay you can stroke ostriches on an ostrich farm visit for some background on the ostrich farming industry.

We particularly find out about the recent move from just using the feathers of these huge birds, to now enjoying ostrich on our dinner plates, the meat being regarded as very healthy as it is very low in fat.

There is a chance to ride an ostrich if you want!

Cango Caves

CPT2We head into the Swartburg mountains and here we find the stunning Cango Caves which are a series of hidden dripstone caverns found deep in a thick limestone ridge that extend over four kilometres.

Here we have an hours guided tour to view the enormous stalagmites and stalactites of various colours. Formed over 500,000 years, some of these now extend up to 90 metres in height.

MeerKat Adventures

We can spend a few hours in this reserve on the lookout for these charismatic creatures that belong to the mongoose family. Living in sociable families they are always entertaining to sit and watch.

Knysna

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Knysna (800x475)During winter and spring there can be a fabulous amount of whale activity in the ocean off the sweeping coastline of the Garden Route.

Heading out by speed boat through the stunning Knysna Heads into the Indian Ocean the knowledgeable skipper and guide provides in depth knowledge to showcase the whales and many other fascinating species that exist here. The Southern Right Whales and humpbacks particularly make this bit of coastline their home between the months of June and October. It is this time of yeaDSC_0748 (800x536)r that they are birthing and looking after their new born calves having left their frozen feeding grounds off Antartica for the warmer waters off Southern Africa.

With a bit of luck we will also spot the ever playful dolphins as we ride through the waves.

Storms River

Black water tubing

A half day activity that sees us head up the gorge of the Storms River. Once we reach the top we jump in our rubber rings and make our way down through the rapids. A great fun activity for the adrenaline junkies amongst us!

Bloukrans Bridge Bungee5. Bungiee SA

Up on Africa’s highest bridge is the place to be for those with no fear of heights and who love the thrill of a free-fall! At 216 metres high, here we can bungee jump from the world’s highest bridge platform. Not for the faint-hearted!!

 

Canopy Tour

The Canopy Tour takeOuteniqua editeds place in the beautiful Tsitsikamma forest. Many of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old, with the platforms and bridges looking down at the lush forest floor thirty metres below . Like the bungee, although not quite as high, this is an activity for those who like heights and seeing the flora and fauna from an alternative viewpoint.

Jeffreys Bay

Learn to Surf

One of South Africa’s most famous surf beaches, surfers descend on this beach from around the world each July for the Billabong Surf pro classic. For those not quite in the professional league it is possible to spend the morning with your surf instructor paddling and attempting to stand in the not-so-giant waves that hit the coast during the winter months! With a professional photographer there to catch your splashy moments it’s a great fun way to spe006_girlonhorsend the morning!

Horse Riding

With a 14km stretch of beach to explore, heading out on horseback though the sand dunes and rippling ocean shore is a great way to spend a couple of hours enjoying the sea breeze before the moon rises.

Township Tour

The township in Jeffreys Bay is called Tokyo Sexwale which is small in comparison to others in South Africa. Here on this 3-hour tour you can spend time learning about the diversity of those who live here. The tour is led by a Sexwale resident and you can spend time playing football, visiting local families and having a beer at the local shabeen!

Addo National Park

Game Drive

AddoAddo National Park stretches down to the coast and so can boast being home to the Big 7 – the Big 5 plus the Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark. We spend much of the day exploring this park. Famous for its elephant and dung beetles – some of which are easier to see than others!!

Night Game Drive

Bob Burden -  ZebraAfter the sun goes down it is possible to head out into the park to discover those creatures that prefer the cover of moonlight for their activities. Heading out in a 4 x 4, we spend three hours on this night game drive.

Johannesburg

Soweto Tour

Soweto is South Africa’s largest township covering over 120 square kilometers and home to 3.5 million people. The afternoon or morning can be spent with your informed guide visiting the Nelson Mandela museum, spending time with a local family and enjoying lunch or dinner with them.

Apartheid Museum

With the troubled history of South Africa, this museum will give you an idea as to what is what like living in the apartheid era and the plight of the non-white Africans.

 

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