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.
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.
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.
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