The best day trips for Spring

With the return of longer days, added sunshine and warmer temperatures, it’s time to get out of hibernation mode and start exploring again.

From wildflowers to whales, here are our favourite day trips to take from Cape Town this Spring.

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Whale watching in Hermanus

Rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, Hermanus is under two hours from Cape Town and gives you the ability to spot these magnificent creatures from the land, air or sea.  Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic around June to calve and mate, with calving taking place in August and September and males arriving for mating in October when the whale population peaks – making Spring the perfect time to take a drive down to Hermanus.

Make the most of the sun setting over the ocean, and head on over to the luxury Marine Hotel for sundowners and a bite to eat.

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Beautiful canola in Caledon

A gem in the Overberg, Caledon is barely an hour from Cape Town, and known for its fields of yellow canola, which hare particularly beautiful this time of year. If you have time to spare, make a weekend of it and spend time at their world-famous, mineral-rich hot springs.

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A seafood feast at Die Strandloper

A casual, open air restaurant, Die Strandloper is easily one of the most famous restaurants in Langebaan.  There’s a set menu with 10 courses, so put aside at least four hours. You’re welcome to bring your own drinks, cooler box encouraged, while you feast on the jewels of the sea. Traditional treats include, fish curry, angel fish and snoek, grilled haarders, smoked angel fish, snoek with sweet or steamed potato, plus waterblommertjie bredie.

Find our more on their website here.

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Trending travel – a peek inside Cape Town’s hotspots

The South African tourism industry is constantly shifting and evolving, with people looking for a different kind of travel experience.

Whether travelling for business, leisure, or a bit of both (coined as “bleisure” tourism), people want to experience as much as possible within a limited time frame. South Africa has a plethora of vibrant attractions to offer the curious traveller, and Cape Town is at the heart of it all!

Sarah Rootman, owner of Cape Voyage, shared her thoughts on recent travel trends in Cape Town.

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With summer approaching, what are you most looking forward to?

Touring Cape Town and basking in the sun! Scenic drives, beach picnics, and walks along the promenade are some of my favourites.

What are 3 must-do activities in Cape Town that you recommend?

A scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point, with a mandatory stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. And, of course, a visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a visit to the winelands.

Cape Town is best-known for its incredible wine farms. What are some of your favourite farms, and what makes them stand out?

There are so many, but we love Waterford Wine Estate. Some delightful wine farms listed on our tours (and website) include Delaire Graff, Haute Cabriere, Steenberg, Constantia Glen, De Grendel and Warwick.

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In your opinion, what makes for a great wine tasting experience?

Beautiful views, a good sommelier and great service are a must.

Travelstart recently featured a blog on 5 Undiscovered Wine Farms In and Around Cape Town. Which winery would you include in your tour?

They all sound great, but we will definitely visit Whalehaven Winery when we plan our tours to Hermanus to see the whales in a month or two.

What trends have you noticed in your company in the last year about travel and tourism in South Africa?

We are seeing more and more international travellers, and so many are returning for their annual summer holiday. With so much to offer – beaches, hiking, world-class restaurants and warm weather – Cape Town is certainly becoming the place to visit.

In your experience, how are local tourists different from foreign tourists?

I think locals take so much for granted. Foreign visitors show their appreciation for what they see and experience, and there’s a certain excitement to see and explore as much as possible.

Cape Voyage has been around for 7 years. How would you define your company’s success?

It may be a cliché, but good service. We are quick to respond to all enquiries and are available 24/7. We understand that with travel, things can change at the last minute, so we have to be flexible and able to accommodate last-minute changes. Our drivers and tour guides are very reliable and will always go the extra mile to ensure our guests have a memorable time.

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If Travelstart approached Cape Voyage to do a team-building event, what would you recommend?

We work with a company that specializes in team events, so we would be able to provide the transport, (luxury sedans, minivans or coaches depending on the numbers) and ensure you have a safe, comfortable trip.

Gear up for summer in Cape Town, where its beckoning coastlines, shimmering beaches and natural wildlife will take your breath away. Get ready to wine and dine your way through some of the Cape’s most spectacular wine farms, set against picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re a local or first-time visitor, you’re in for a treat with Cape Voyage’s fantastic tours and tailor-made packages!

Interview as told to Travelstart

3 Great day trips from Cape Town

If winter’s already giving you cabin fever, or you want a quick break without breaking the bank – you’ll soon realise that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to easy day trips around the Cape.

Here are three of our top day trips, all under two hours from the Mother City – ensuring you’ll be back in time for dinner.

Explore the South Peninsula

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Only 40 minutes from the centre of town, there’s so much to explore “down south”, from Muizenberg all the way through to Cape Point. Whether it’s time spent exploring quirky and colourful Kalk Bay, before heading on to historic Simons Town with its famous penguins at Boulders Beach, you can easily spend an entire day in the area. If you have time to spare, we suggest heading out to Cape Point – the most southerly point in Africa – and taking in the incredible views, before enjoying a late lunch at their restaurant. Keen for a more DIY option? Pack a picnic and enjoy it on one of the private beaches within the nature reserve. You’ll return home feeling like you’ve had a true holiday away!

Darling and the West Coast

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Particularly popular during wild flower season, from August to October, the West Coast is barely an hour from the CBD. With lagoons and beaches reminiscent of the Mediterranean, set against endless carpets of vibrant flowers, it’s easy to make a day of the area. If you want to experience some local culture while you’re there, then we suggest looking into the San Bushman Cycle Tour, which allows you to explore the history of the !Khwa ttu people, who have been in the area for over 2,000 years. We also recommend stopping in at Evita Se Perron – the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout – and Darling Brew, a local microbrewery offering tastings and delicious platters.

A day in Hermanus

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One of the most famous whale-watching towns in the world, Hermanus is under two hours from the city, making it a popular day-trip destination. A bustling town, set against the rocks and cliffs of the coast, it has small-town charm – but comes alive during whale-watching season – from October onwards. With the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route just outside town, and plenty of kayaking and water-sports options, the family-friendly town offers something for everyone. A must-visit if you’re in Cape Town for more than a few days.

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Top 5 things include in a trip to Cape Town

Planning a trip to Cape Town can be overwhelming – no matter if you’re a local traveller, or visiting from further abroad. With so many attractions and things to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve put together our 5 top things to include in a trip to Cape Town for you.

Table Mountain

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Whether you choose to explore Cape Town’s icon by cable car or by foot – you can’t visit the city and not visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Set aside some time to spend at the top, taking in the views from every angle and enjoying a bite to eat at the restaurant. The hike can be challenging, if you are contemplating tackling it by foot – so remember to take the necessary precautions and prepare accordingly.

A helicopter trip

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No matter if you’re a Cape Town local or international visitor, seeing the city from the sky is guaranteed to wow you. With flights as short as 15 minutes, all the way up to one hour, it’s easy to fit one in to your schedule, even if you’re pressed for time. Most flights depart from the V & A Waterfront, making it a central option for most visitors. Be sure to book in advance, especially in peak season (November – March).

Cape Peninsula Tour to Cape Point

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The Southern-most tip of Africa, the iconic Cape Point Nature Reserve allows you to do everything from taking scenic hikes, to getting up close and personal with African Penguins at Boulders Beach. A beautiful drive from the city, it’s worth booking out at least half a day in your diary to make the most of this area.  Note that entrance fees for the nature reserve do apply.

A visit to the winelands

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Showcasing more than simply spectacular Cape wine, the three main wine regions around the Cape – Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are also filled with heritage monuments and rich history of the area. If you’re short on time, Constantia is barely 30 minutes from the city centre – with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch more suited if you have half a day or more to spend. No matter where you choose to go, we guarantee you’ll find a new favourite wine!

A sunset cruise

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The perfect pre-dinner treat, sunset cruises usually leave from the V & A Waterfront. Including a glass of bubbly, watch the sun go down on the Mother City while taking in the views from the water. Perfectly situated to take advantage of the many fine restaurants at the Waterfront, you won’t find a more magical way to send a day in the Cape.

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The best spots to celebrate in Cape Town

While visiting Cape Town is, in itself, a special experience – there are a few spots that are simply magical. Whether you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary, pop the question or have a special birthday coming up – these are our top picks for spots to celebrate in Cape Town.

Tintswalo Atlantic

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Situated just below Chapmans Peak, within the Table Mountain National Park, Tintswalo Atlantic is unrivalled in terms of location. With the ocean barely meters away, this boutique 5* hotel is as special as it gets. If you aren’t looking to spend the night, sundowners and dinner will allow you to experience the magical sunset, and, if you’re lucky, an al fresco dinner with the lights of Hout Bay shimmering across the bay.

Planet Bar at The Mount Nelson

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The Nellie is more than simply a pink facade, boasting two restaurants, a spa and retail outlets on its grounds. However, often overlooked, is its gorgeous Planet Bar. Sophisticated and elegant, it offers privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD – and, a fantastic selection of classic cocktails for all palates. Whether it’s pre-dinner drinks or an entire evening of celebration, Planet Bar will add more than a touch of class to your night.

12 Apostles Hotel

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Situated outside Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles is perfect for those wanting a seaside escape away from the crowds. With their Leopard Bar and restaurant both offering fantastic sea views, you’ll be forgiven for turning your drinks into a night in one of their luxury rooms. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for their winter movie specials, which include dinner and a classic movie in their intimate on-site cinema.

La Colombe

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Voted the second best restaurant in the country for two years running, La Colombe offers refined dining at its most elegant. Situated at the top of Constantia Nek, expect gorgeous views across the valley, impeccable service and food that will leave you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. As it is popular, booking is essential – it’s worth including a visit on your itinerary before you hop on the plane. Even if you don’t have a special occasion, as soon as you step into the restaurant, we guarantee you’ll be in the mood for some bubbly.

Experience the best of Cape Town – and beyond – with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

Top 10 spots for you and your kids this summer

Summer is a glorious time of year, but in Cape Town it’s simply put: “the best.” Traveling with your kids should never been seen as a setback, it’s an opportunity to do all the fun stuff. Cape Town has so many unique family-friendly offerings; indoor and outdoor places to visit, things to do and over 72 beaches to choose from. Lonely Planet voted Cape Town as the Number two city to visit in the world, so bring your family to experience its offerings, here are a few musts:

 

THE BEACH

Cape Town has eight blue flag beaches, with the exception of Boulders Beach, all eight are free to use. Each of them has something different to offer and you are guaranteed to find one that suits all your needs. For the more adventurous, you can find some exciting activities, including surfing, kite-surfing and SUP lessons available.

(Photo credit: Debbie Benjamin)

(Photo credit: Debbie Benjamin)

 

STROLLA RESTAURANT

A new addition to the foodie scene in Cape Town is Strolla Restaurant. Enjoy a warm family dinner or light lunch to a productive business meeting, this chic new eatery caters for every kind of setting. The restaurant is connected to an impressively equipped kids’ playroom which has everything kids can dream of to keep them busy and entertained.

Website: www.strolla.co.za

Where: 313 Beach Road | Sea Point

(Photo credit: www.strolla.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.strolla.co.za)

 

 ARTJAMMING

Artjamming studios, offers a painting experience with a difference known as “paintertainment.” This is great for both the young and the young-at-heart. Everyone gets to choose a blank canvas to paint with an array of colours to choose from. It’s all about being creative and using ones imagination.

Website: www.artjamming.co.za

Where: V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge Shopping Centre (Tygervalley)

 

CHEETAH OUTREACH

The Cheetah Outreach project near Somerset West has been set up to educate people about cheetahs, as well as to raise funds for initiatives to prevent their extinction in South Africa. Meet the world’s fastest land animals.Entrance to the Cheetah Outreach is approx R10. A cheetah encounter, where visitors can stroke the animals and have their pictures taken, costs R110 (adults) or R60 (children under 14 years).

Website: www.cheetah.co.za

(Photo credit: www.cheetah.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.cheetah.co.za)

 

TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM

The Two Oceans Aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to discover the diverse marine life found off the southern African coast. Meet the animals that call the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean their home – and the brightly coloured ones that live in the warm Indian Ocean. Be mesmerized by the new I&J Ocean Exhibit and Jellyfish gallery. Truly an experience for the entire family.

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Where: Dock Road | V&A Waterfront

(Photo credit: www.aquarium.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.aquarium.co.za)

 

JOLLY ROGER PIRATE BOAT

Isn’t it every kids dream to be a pirate? The Jolly Roger pirate boat at the V&A Waterfront is the perfect port of call for you and your kids to play out the ultimate adventure on the high seas. Operating seven days a week, the Jolly Roger offers morning, afternoon and sunset cruises. Private charters are also available.

Website: www.yacoobyachts.co.za

Where: Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront

 

PENGUIN COLONY AT BOULDERS BEACH

Boulders beach, home to a colony of about 2122 African Penguins which are spread along the coastline. Experience an up close encounter with breeding colony of penguins, swim with them in the sea and enjoy their private sandy beach. Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has a lot going for it: the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids. It falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. This however comes at the cost of a small conservation fee, but who wouldn’t want to pay the R65 for a day in this paradise amongst Cape Town’s feathered friends.

Website: www.sanparks.org

(Photo credit: www.capetown.travel)

(Photo credit: www.capetown.travel)

 

WATERWORLD

For a wonderful day of good, clean, safe fun with the whole family head to Waterworld Strand Waterpark, a wet and dry play zone just 35 minutes from Cape Town. The summer hotspot is tucked away in a leafy area just alongside one of False Bay’s most beautiful beaches and has five waterslides, an adjacent putt-putt course, a jungle gym, an obstacle course and a shaded café.

Website: http://waterslides.co.za/

Where: Beach Road | Strand

 

SCOOTOURS

Ready for a downhill adventure,scootours offers riders the unique opportunity to experience the Mother City and her magnificent views while freewheeling down the slopes of Signal Hill and Table Mountain on a Monster Mountain® Scooter. Each scooter tour is led by a friendly guide who ensures the whole family is having tons of downhill fun but will also keep you and your little ones amused throughout the trip with fun and interesting facts about Cape Town. Scootours® Cape Town offers three daily tours; at 9am, 12pm and 3pm and the duration of the 5km track ranges from an hour-and-a-half to two hours.

Website: http://scootours.co.za/cape-town-table-mountain/

(Photo credit: www.scootours.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.scootours.co.za)

 

IMHOFF FARM

Imhoff Farm, a place that is not just a playground for the kids, but the adults as well. Open all week, the picturesque farm in Kommetjie has loads to keep you busy. A free-range farm and coffee shop, the Blue Water Café, Old Cape Wine Shop, the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo and the Imhoff Equestrian Centre that offers outrides on Noordhoek Beach. Uniquely to Imhoff farm is the opportunity to ride a camel!

Website: www.imhofffarm.co.za  

Where:  Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Boulders Beach – Penguin’s Paradise

Boulders Beach is all about the Penguins! With it’s pristine beach, clear water and plenty of penguins, it’s not surprising that more than 60 000 visitors flock to Boulders Beach every year

Boulders Beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins. Only 50 minutes from Cape Town, a trip to Boulders Beach is well worth a visit.

Book a tour, enjoy the scenic journey and enjoy a few hours amongst these little guys. It’s great fun to watch the tuxedo clad penguins go about their daily routines of sunning themselves, guarding their nests or waddling across the beach.

 

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At Boulders Beach, the penguins have adapted quite well to camera-wielding humans.

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They walk and nest undisturbed just a few feet away from the thousands of visitors that visit every year. But, as cute as they look they can be quite feisty, so don’t try to feed them!

If you’re travelling with kids, be prepared to stay a while: the water is safe for swimming, there are rock pools to explore and granite boulders to climb on – it really is the perfect spot for a family beach picnic.

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We love this video clip! (Credit David Jacobs)  What a cute little guy – sometimes you just need to trust your ability!

More than 25 million people have visited Table Mountain!

If you’re visiting Cape Town, a trip to Table Mountain is a must.

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The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been providing visitors with a world-class experience since October 4, 1929.

The cableway has been upgraded three times – in 1958, 1974 and, more recently, in 1997, when the cars with revolving floors, called Rotairs, were introduced.

Cable cars similar to the ones used at Table Mountain are in use at Titlis in Switzerland and Palm Springs in the United States. The cable cars take visitors up 704m, from the Lower Cable Station at 363m above sea level to the Upper Cable Station at 1 067m above sea level.

Table Mountain Cable Way

Table Mountain Cable Way shared these fun facts:

FUN FACTS

  • The Cableway has transported over 25-million people to the summit of Table Mountain
  • Each of the two cable cars can carry 65 people
  • More than 800 people can enjoy the trip every hour
  • The floor of the circular cabin rotates to allow travellers 360° views
  • The cable cars’ circular shape ensures excellent aerodynamics and stability
  • Approximately 909 000 visitors from all over the world use the Cableway annually
  • Tickets can be bought online from anywhere in the world.
  • The cable cars travel at a maximum speed of 10m per second
  • The cable cars take four to five minutes to reach the top of the mountain
  • Each of the Cableway’s cables is 1 200m in length
  • The cables weigh 18 tons and are attached to counter-weights weighing 134 tons each
  • The cable car base is a water tank with a 4 000l capacity. This provides fresh water for visitors, and is used as ballast in windy conditions
  • The cable cars can carry up to 5 200kg each

If you’re only in Cape Town for a short stay don’t leave Table Mountain to the end of your trip! If the sun is shining and there’s no wind, book your tickets and take advantage of the perfect day.

Send an email to book@capevoyage.co.za and we’ll purchase your Table Mountain tickets and book your transfer. Should you want a guide to accompany you we will ensure a registered tour guide collects you from your hotel or guesthouse.

Why not take advantage of the Sunset Special. Tickets are half price from 18h00 until the end of February. Adults pay half price at R120 per ticket
Children pay half price at R57.50 per ticket.

Sunset on Table Mountain

Sunset on Table Mountain – Photo courtesy table mountain.net

 

 

 

A new conference centre has opened in Cape Town!

A new  high-tech conference centre is now open in Century City, Cape Town. With the capacity to accommodate 1900 guests across 20 different venues, the Century City Conference Centre provides the ideal location for a wide variety of events, from corporate conferences and product launches, to expos, cocktail parties and weddings.

 

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Cape Town Tourism is on a massive drive to market the Western Cape as a global destination for Business travel and as a result there has been a great demand for a conference facility with a capacity for up to 1200 delegates (in one venue).

The Century City Conference Centre is intended to compliment the Cape Town International Conference Centre and position the city as the prime conference city in Africa.

A further advantage is that the adjacent Hotel now increases the number of rooms in the area to six hundred in total, all within walking distance from each other.

This mixed-use development was designed with both hospitality and operations in mind, exposing Century City to a global audience and providing local businesses the advantages of the spillover effect.

The Square, which surrounds the Conference Centre and Hotel, is a calculated feature set to become the central meeting place for both residents and the people working in the precinct.

With a variety of restaurants, bistro’s and wine bars to choose from, this open-air setting serves as a great location for live concerts, markets and social gatherings.

Read more: The Next 48hOURS caught up with Gary Koetser and Glyn Taylor, Joint CEO’s of Cape Town’s newest conferencing destination, the Century City Conference Centre (CCCC).

To book your transport for your next conference contact info@capevoyage.co.za

 

 

 

24 hours in Cape Town

We plan itineraries for our clients! That’s what we do!  We usually think of all the things to do if our guests are here for a long weekend, or at least a week. But what if you only have 24 hours, assuming the weather is good!

Recently I stumbled across an article from one of my favourite foodie bloggers, Candice Bresler, agorgeouslife, that highlights how to make the most of the city if you only have an overnight stay.

So if you only have 24 hours in Cape Town and you’ve already been up Table Mountain, this has to be your perfect itinerary!

Start with a flight with NAC Helicopters and end with a cycle along the Sea Point promenade.

Read more:  24 hours in Cape Town

Tintswalo Atlantic

Tintswalo Atlantic

Photograph courtesy Candice Breslar

If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town, please contact us info@capevoyage.co.za. We can assist with all your travel requirements.