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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

 

 

 

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Looking for an adrenaline rush?

SA Forest Adventures has opened the  Cape Town Zipline at Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Nek, about 21km from the City Centre.

“It’s an awesome experience to tick off your bucket list while in the Mother City,” says Clinton Lerm, the owner of this venture”

This adventure is definitely not for the faint hearted! The new zipline route is one of the longest on the African continent (approximately 2.3km in total), and with SINGLE cables that stretch up to 500m in length and soar 155m above the ground at their highest point.

“It will make you gasp for air,” claims Clinton, who insists that the Cape Town zipline is the most thrilling of all the SA Forest Adventures tours. “You feel as tiny as a rice grain way up there.”

The course is framed by Table Mountain and looks onto the back of the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles mountain range and down the Constantia Nek valley. Whilst testing your vocal chords you can attempt to appreciate the maginificent views of the ocean, the mountain and the fynbos.

 

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Photograph courtesy : SA Forest Adventures

Some important facts:

  • No children under 8 years will be allowed to participate.
  • No PREGNANT ladies.
  • No heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No person over the 120kg weight limit!
  • An average fitness is required.
  • You should not have a fear of heights!  If the tour starts and you are not able to start the tour, you will unfortunately have to walk a distance to get back to the base.
  • You should not have any heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No skill is required to participate.

The two-hour tour costs R480p/p and bookings for groups of six people or less can be done electronically via the company’s website -www.saforestadventures.co.za

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9am (first tour departs) – 4pm (last tour departs)

Location Silvermist Estate, Constantia

Follow Rhodes Drive passing Kirstenbosch towards Hout Bay until you reach the Constantia Nek traffic round about. Travel down towards Hout Bay for only 300 metres, on your left you have reached a large white wall, the entrance to Silvermist Estate and home of Cape Town’s most extreme zipline adventure.

Or contact us to arrange your tour and we’ll book your tickets, and collect you from your hotel!

We could even book lunch and a wine tasting on the Constantia wine route! Your nerves might need it!

 

 

De Grendel Wine Estate – “Few places on earth offer such a spectacular outlook”

Enjoy these beautiful Spring days and escape to the only vineyard in the country, 20 minutes from Cape Town, 350m above sea level, and 7 km from the sea. Truly breathtaking, this estate  owned by the Graaff family has been family owned since 1720.

 

We had planned a quick wine tasting, but once settled in the afternoon sun, we found it very hard to leave! Although the estate was busy, Douglas our Wine Ambassador was fantastic! It was evident that he has a passion for wine, and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge about the wines and the history of the estate. It was interesting to learn that not only do they produce award-winning wine, but De Grendel also has a dairy farm with herds of Holstein cattle.

Photographs courtesy of De Grendel Wine Estate

A few tastings later, and feeling very relaxed, we decided to order a cheese platter and a meat platter. Both equally delicious, they filled a gap whilst we enjoyed the wine, and were tormented by the aromas from the restaurant kitchen!

I had a quick look at the menu, and I look forward to visiting De Grendel restaurant soon!  Although a relatively small menu, every dish looked delicious and I’m sure very deserving of the American Express Fine Dining Award received last night.

Just before we left, Douglas took us on an impromptu tour to see the cellar and the restaurant, and again shared some of the fascinating history that makes De Grendel such as special estate.

De Grendel received five medals for its wines at the China Wine and Spirits Association competition, held in Hong Kong last month. My favourite was the Op die Berg Chardonnay 2013, which won a Gold at the Michaelangelo Awards last week.  “On the nose citrus flavours of grapefruit and marmalade that on palate is well supported by soft vanilla undertones”

We will be planning another visit to De Grendel soon, spectacular setting, and fantastic wine, but we’ll also return to enjoy the exceptional service and friendly ambience.

Tasting hours:

Monday – Friday 09h00 – 19h00

Saturday 09h00 – 19h00

Sunday 10h00 – 16h00

Contact number: 021 558 6280