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Top Cape Town tour recommendations from our tour guide – Part 2

In the second part of our our tour guide’s series, we share two more must-do tours while you’re exploring beautiful Cape Town.

If you missed the first part of our series, you can view our tour guide’s recommendations, here.

Constantia Wine Estates and Kirstenbosch

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The Constantia Valley is situated right on our doorstep, only 17 km from Cape Town, and the oldest wine producing region in the southern hemisphere. Home to some of the world’s finest wines, the wine route consists of ten wine farms, each with their own distinctive heritage and premium wines. The Constantia wine tour takes you into the heart of the Constantia Wine Route, with unparalleled views of the valley and the vineyards.  Each wine estate has their own heritage and premium wines.

Bonus: The Constantia Wine Route is only 27km from the airport.

While this tour does have a heavy focus on wine, we also recommend spending some time at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens while you’re in the area, possibly with a bottle of wine from one of the local estates?

View our Constantia Wine Route Tour here.

The City through  Camps Bay via Chapmans Peak to Noordhoek 

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If there’s one tour you do during your time in Cape Town, we suggest that it be this one – the iconic Cape Peninsula Tour. Starting from the vibrant heart of the city, we head around the peninsula, for jaw-dropping views at every turn.

This tour goes as far as Cape Point, including time there at your leisure and a stop at Simon’s Town on the False Bay Coast for a look around and head to Boulder’s Beach to see a colony of African penguins.Return to your Cape Town hotel via the pretty towns of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg with your final stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. From the famous palm-tree lined beaches of Camps Bay, through to Hout Bay and Noordhoek’s farm village and laid-back lifestyle, we can’t recommend it highly enough.

View our Cape Peninsula Tour here.

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Our top three places to see the wildflowers in Cape Town

While there’s still a discernible nip in the air, nothing can dampen the flurry of wildflowers that will blanket the Cape in the coming weeks.

From this week until late September, Cape Town’s spectacular flower season is in full bloom and just begging for a road trip. Here are three of our favourite spots to see the wildflowers this spring.

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Possibly a surprise inclusion, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, is a close and beautiful spot to watch nature bloom this season. Whether you choose to do a guided tour, or spend a few hours discovering alone, the garden is home to thousands of plants and flowers that will be at their best this time of year.

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Bontebok National Park

Often referred to as the jewel in the Cape Floral Kingdom’s crown, the Bontebok National Park is a jewel in its crown. Set over 27 kilometers, the park comes alive in flower season, with some of the most beautiful flower formations in the world. The park is in Swellendam and just under three hours from Cape Town – we suggest making the most of your trip to the area and spending the night to truly soak up the natural beauty.

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Darling Wild Flower Show

Possibly the most famous wildflower attraction in the Cape, the annual Darling Wild Flower Show takes place in September, and sees visitors from all over the country flock to this quaint West Coast down. Barely an hour from Cape Town, you can find over 1 200 species of flora – 80 of which are are endemic to the Western Cape. Another excuse to pack a bag, spend the night, and get to know the town.

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The Canola Fields

While not a wildflower, we thought the spectacular yellow carpets of canola fields close to Bot Rivier deserve special mention – just an hour from the city, via the N2. Vibrant yellow, as far as the eye can see, you can pay them a visit over the next few weeks.

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

 

What to do on a Cape Town morning

Make the most of the bright summer’s mornings, and enjoy the Mother City before the town wakes up. Get an early start on your day, with our perfect itinerary for a morning in Cape Town.

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A walk along the promenade

Running from Mouille Point to Sea Point, Cape Town’s promenade is one of the city’s most-loved attractions – for locals and visitors alike. Offering 7 km of safe, paved walkway along the oceanfront, we suggest starting your day with a little sea spray. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by dog-walkers, runners, roller bladers and more – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market has quickly become a Cape Town institution, with locals flocking to get their fresh produce and artisanal goods on a Saturday morning. From fresh flowers to leafy greens and healthy meals-on-the-go, you might even be treated to a spot of live music or the chance to adopt a local pup in need of a home, thanks to the good folks at Sidewalk Specials.

Bubbly and oysters at Sea Breeze Fish & Shell

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Having worked up a decent appetite, you need no more excuse to visit Sea Breeze Fish & Shell on Bree Street. A favourite since it opened, you can find sustainable seafood and a large selection of oysters and wine by the glass. Sit under an umbrella on their roadside benches and people watch, or head indoors for elegant, minimalist decor. If you don’t get your fill for brunch, we recommend coming back between 5pm – 6pm for oyster happy hour, when the delicious morsels are only R10 each.

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.

 

Explore Cape Town with our most popular tours

Our unforgettable guided tours of Cape Town allow you to experience the best of the Cape, while making the most of the time you have in the city.

Led by experienced guides, whether you want to experience our pristine coastal reserves and beaches, the famous wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or take in the views from the world-famous Table Mountain – there’s no reason you can’t do it all with us. Ready for an adventure? Here are our three most popular day tours to whet your appetite.

The Cape Peninsula Tour

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From your Cape Town hotel, you’ll travel in our luxury vehicle as we head towards our first top of Hout Bay – a charming, multi-cultural fishing village. Keen to get out and explore on your own? You’re also able to hop on a boat for a trip to a nearby seal colony at Duiker Island.

From Hout Bay we head along Chapmans Peak – often considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world – until we arrive at Cape Point, the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula. There’s time to stretch your legs, explore the National Park, grab a bite to eat and take in the spectacular views. From here, we slowly head back towards Cape Town, stopping in at Simon’s Town – a quaint seaside village that is home to the country’s naval base, and Boulders Beach – famous for its colony of African Penguins. This tour ends at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain.

The Stellenbosch or Franschhoek Wine Route Tour

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With its outstanding wine and beautiful scenery, no visit to Cape Town is complete without a day spent in the winelands. Our guide will take you to 2 or 3 wine farms for wine tasting and allow you to indulge, without having to worry about driving home afterwards. The two most popular regions are Stellenbosch or Franschhoek – both beautiful towns, home to exceptional wine estates – chat to us and we’ll help you decide on your route and plan your perfect day.

The Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour

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Offering spectacular views of the city, Robben Island and the peninsula, Table Mountain is one of the new wonders of the world for good reason and a visit should be top of your Cape Town to-do list. The state-of-the-art cable car offers 360 degree views on your journey, and we pre-book tickets, giving you more time to enjoy the views, and less time in queues. Once at the top, you can take in the views, explore via one of the sign-posted pathways or grab a drink and bite to eat. The cable car departs regularly, with the last car leaving at sunset.

From the top of the mountain to sea level, there are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island. A short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you will be guided around this World Heritage Site by a former inmate, giving you unparalleled insight and understanding into one of the world’s most significant political landmarks.

 

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.

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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.

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

Cape View Clifton – A Beautiful Boutique Hotel

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Cobus Bester, the General Manager of Cape View Clifton.  My brief from a client was to find 5 star accommodation, ideally not a hotel, with the essential “home away from home” feeling.  As I arrived I knew that I’d hit the jackpot.

Cape View Clifton is centrally located and within minutes of the city of Cape Town. It offers convenient access to many of the spectacular sights of the area, Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Clifton’s very own Blue Flag beaches.

Two things struck me when I arrived, firstly the very warm welcome (Knowledge, the porter, opened the door before I could press the buzzer!) and then the uninterrupted views of Clifton, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

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This boutique hotel is beautifully appointed and Cobus was quick to tell me that Jessica Latimer, Founder and Owner of the Cape View Clifton, has transformed the family beach house into this elegant guesthouse.

First we viewed one of the Deluxe suites. Three words come to mind – spacious, bright and luxurious!  You can see that Jessica has an eye for detail. Every room has a sea view with a sea facing balcony and each room is beautifully decorated.

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The two Junior Suites are generous and have king size beds with crisp white linen. They have the same features as the Deluxe suites, sea facing balconies, beautiful furnishings and luxurious attention to detail.  The only difference is that the balconies and living areas are slightly smaller than the Deluxe suites.

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Cobus mentioned that they also have two and three bedroom suites on the ground floor, perfect for small groups and families. These suites have separate living / dining areas and a fitted kitchen, ideal for the nights when your want to enjoy a casual dinner at home and enjoy the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.

A delicious breakfast is served in the open plan kitchen area and the coffee station is available to guests during the day.

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I loved the honesty bar concept where you can help yourself to drinks and freshly made cakes whenever you feel like it, note it down and it will be charged to your bill.

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For those who like to stay fit whilst on holiday there is a small gym on the top floor with possibly the best workout view in the world! Trail runs and hikes are easily accesible for those wishing to enjoy the outdoors.

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Photographs courtesy of Cape View Clifton

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a special honeymoon venue or a luxurious escape with spectacular views, I think we’ve found your perfect location.

For more information contact Cape View Clifton +27 (0) 21 438 8748 or visit Cape View Clifton.

 

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!

 

 

Rated the number 1 place to visit in Stellenbosch!

Waterford Wine Estate definitely has the WOW factor! It’s hardly surprising that it’s recently been voted the number one place to visit in Stellenbosch.  Beautiful scenery, award winning wines, friendly staff and great service are some of the reasons why the estate always seems to have a special spot on the agenda when we plan our wine tours.

The 120 hectare property is owned by Jeremy and Leigh Ord and managed by partner and cellar master Kevin Arnold. The minute you arrive at the estate you know that you will have a special experience.

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“The Estate boasts old citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of Provence or the Spanish countryside” Bronwyn H, Front Office Manager at Waterford Estate.

I would definitely recommend the wine and chocolate tasting. This really is a unique tasting experience and who doesn’t love chocolate and wine?

Three wines are paired with three chocolates specially crafted by the Greyton-based chocolatier, Richard von Geusau, all beautifully displayed on a wooden board.

The Kevin Arnold Shiraz is paired with a Masala Chai Dark Chocolate, the Waterford Estate Cabernet with a delicious Rock Salt Dark Chocolate, and the Heatherleigh Noble Late Harvest with a Rose Geranium Milk Chocolate.

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When we visited last time we noticed that a young child was offered a milk and chocolate pairing! Now that’s how you enjoy a memorable family trip to the winelands.

Waterford’s wine and chocolate tasting is open Monday to Friday 09h00 – 1700 and Saturday 10h00 – 17h00. The more limited combination of three wines with three chocolates costs R45 per person, whereas the full tasting of eight wines with the accompanying chocolates costs R65 per tasting.

 Every guest to the farm is made to feel a part of the Waterford Way, and those who have visited are drawn back often not only to the sumptuous wines, but to the heart and soul of Waterford.

 

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Download the Sideways app on your iPhone and explore the winelands, or if you want to kick back and enjoy your day, find out more about our personalised tours with a registered tour guide.