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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.

 

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!

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Intimate wine estates in Franschhoek

It’s easy to be swept away by grand buildings, fancy labels and well-known names – but, did you know that you could be missing out on a few hidden gems?

With over 50 estates in the Franschhoek Valley, choosing a wine estate to visit can be near impossible – so, to help you make your decision, we’ve found three lesser-known estates that you should add to your “must-visit” list.

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Le Lude

A family winery situated on the edge of town, Le Lude specialises in bottle fermented sparkling wines – Méthode Cap Classique – and, in their own words, “Le Lude is also the first winery in South Africa to produce the artisanal Agrafe bottle fermented sparkling wine. This is the method of fermenting the wine under cork instead of crown cap”. The estate also offers a beautiful, greenhouse-style restaurant and cottage for overnight guests.

Find them: Le Lude, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek | 021 100 3465

La Bri

Established in the late 17th century, La Bri’s modern history began with their 2008 harvest – the first to be crushed in the new, modern 120 tonne cellar on the estate. Using a gravity-fed winemaking process, the estate produces limited volumes of superior quality, elegant wines. Complete with a spectacular backdrop and tasting balcony, their range of wines includes: The Affinity Blend (Bordeaux blend), a barrel fermented Chardonnay, Shiraz-Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Find themLa Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek | 021 876 2593

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La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme is a small wine estate that only produces enough wine to sell on the property – if you’re looking for limited edition, then, this is it. Says their winemaker, Wikus, “The thing about wine making is that some bigger wineries don’t have the opportunity to go out and pick individual parcels that are specific to the area and to the farm itself, but because we are fairly small and everything is done by hand I can go out and find these unique spots within La Petite Ferme’s vineyards and showcase what we can do”. Offering luxury accommodation and an award-winning restaurant, it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon in the valley.

Find them: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek | 021 876 3016

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.

A day at Asara Wine Estate

Considering the sheer volume of wine estates in the Cape, choosing where to begin can be an overwhelming task – especially if your time in the region is limited.

As far as holistic wine estate experiences go, we can recommend Asara with confidence. Barely 40 minutes outside of Cape Town, and off one of Stellenbosch’s biggest roads, you can be forgiven for thinking that you’ve reached another world once you come to the end of Asara’s tree-lined path.

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View endless mountain ranges, a gorgeous lake, a European-style courtyard, you could easily spend the day there – and, that’s how the team has designed it. Apart from the standard wine-tasting, Asara also boasts two restaurants and a dedicated gin bar – with the largest collection of gins in the Southern Hemisphere. This makes Asara a fantastic choice if some in your party aren’t big wine fans, as there is another tipple on offer.

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Sansibar is the more casual restaurant and the perfect option for an al fresco lunch, given its beautiful deck that extends across the lake. The menu boasts favourites such as wood-fired pizzas and burgers, along with substantial salads for the more health-conscious. In terms of drinks, ask the barman to surprise you with a bespoke gin and tonic – you can expect intriguing combinations such as rose and pink peppercorn and rosemary and orange.

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Dinner is a romantic affair at Asara, and is served at the upmarket, newly-opened Mise en Place Restaurant, at the water’s edge. Expect full silver service, and a menu to match. Gin-cured salmon, oven-roasted pork belly and chocolate soufflé, finished table side, all feature on their current summer menu. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to “pop the question” on your Cape adventure – or, are simply celebrating a special occasion – then, look no further than Mise en Place.

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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.

Looking for a child friendly wine estate?

Last weekend saw the end of the Cape Epic. 8 days on their bikes, 739km and 16000m of climbing! An incredible week watching super fit athletes cycling in mountainous, dusty and very hot conditions.

Monday was time to relax! A day to reflect on the week, and celebrate with friends and family! So the question was posed,  “Where are we going to enjoy a day out in a relaxed environment?”  The only stipulation was to find a beautiful, child-friendly, wine estate.

The unanimous decision was Warwick Wine Estate. On Sunday we called to order the gourmet picnic for our party of 12 and on Monday we headed for the winelands.  I can’t think of a better way to start the week and as we parked the cars we knew we had made the right choice!

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When we booked we mentioned we had toddlers in our party so a table had been reserved right next to the water feature. An immediate hit!  T-shirts off and nappies on, the water amused the toddlers for hours.

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With the rolling lawns and beautiful views of the Kanonkop and Simonberg mountains, Warick certainly lends itself to the perfect picnic venue. Our party immediately chose a comfortable spot. Some sat around the table, other chose to relax on the grassy areas with blankets and cushions.

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The gourmet picnic was outstanding. Pretzel rolls (delicious!), cheese, trout, biltong pate, baby potato salad tossed in olives, sundried tomatoes & fresh basil vinaigrette; and for those with a sweet tooth, a cheesecake pot for dessert.

Plenty of delicious fresh food, chilled Warick wine and happy children certainly allowed everyone to relax after a tough and challenging week.

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Warwick is open 7 days a week.  Enquire online, 24 hours in advance or call  directly to make a booking.+27 21 884 4410

 

 

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.

Explore the Winelands with Sideways!

On Friday I met with the team at Explore Sideways, Brittany Hawkins CMO, Marthinus Botha COO and Nicola Du Toit CTO. What a dynamic team! Our short introductory meeting turned into a long brain storming session discussing different ideas to attract visitors to the beautiful Cape Winelands. A luxury vehicle, knowledgable guide, chilled water, Free Wifi and the Sideways App surely must guarantee a wonderful wine tasting experience?

Explore Sideways has developed an iPhone App called ‘Sideways’ to assist those planning a trip to the Cape Winelands. Just key in the estate that you would like to visit and a photograph, GPS co-ordinates, phone number and other key features appear. This has to be easier than lugging around heavy wine books that often aren’t very helpful.

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If you’re not sure which estates to visit, filter by keyword or region, to ensure that you see the best estates in the area. There are over 40 different search filters that range from organic wineries and cellar tours to onsite restaurants and spas.

Once you’ve found the farms that take your fancy, tick the boxes, add them to your own custom list and you’ve got your own personalised wine route!

Our guides are really impressed with the App. There is always so much to learn about these estates and what a fantastic way to have fun, enjoy the beautiful scenery and taste some magnificent wines. For more information contact us at info@capevoyage.co.za

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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.

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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

 

 

Waterkloof Wine Estate – Magnificent Views, Fantastic Wine, & an Award Winning Cheese!

What an amazing day at Waterkloof Wine Estate, on the slopes of the Schapenberg mountains, in Somerset West.

Kim, Waterkloof’s Wine Ambassador, ensured that we had a memorable experience. She is clearly passionate about wine and the estate. She was very happy to tell us about their biodynamic approach to farming and explained that the “farm is a living entity and should be treated as one. All of the farming efforts are aimed at preserving and nourishing the soils, and encouraging the growth and essential organisms, in which the wine grows”

The restaurant is a spectacular hanging glass box with floor to ceiling windows, providing views from every angle, and the “open-plan kitchen emphasises the Waterkloof winemaking philosophy of openness and transparency”

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In the summer you can sit outside to enjoy the 5 star tasting experience. The tasting platter for 2 is a delicious selection of  a very tasty terrine, olives, fresh brown bread, and the award winning Healey Farmhouse Cheddar.

The wines are fantastic. We loved the Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvedre 2013, Circle of Life White 2011, & the Circle of Life Red 2010.

Open for wine tasting everyday from 10h00 – 17h00, & booking for the restaurant is essential.

Waterkloof wine estate is a must visit. Add this one to your Bucket List, this really is a piece of heaven!

 

Hey Gorgeous!

Have you tried Gorgeous,  the new Pinot Noir Chardonnay Wine from the well known Graham Beck Wine Estate?  I have always loved a Chardonnay Pinot Noir, and couldn’t wait to try this new Chardonnay with a hint of pink!  It’s a beautiful champagne pink colour and so easy to drink!   The wine is priced at R58, and is available from Ultra Liquor and Makro.  Gorgeous should be on the shelves in most stores in the next few weeks.

 

 

Fruit driven and deliciously accessible, this easy drinking lifestyle wine offers a richly textured taste sensation with intriguing lays of raspberry cream, peachy citrus and honeyed spice.

Gorgeous is lower in alcohol vol at only 11%, so it will be perfect for those long summer lunches!