Cape Town & winelands holiday, South Africa tailormade

“A tailor made holiday to the heart of Cape Town and its beaches, mountains and vineyards, with freedom to explore and time to meet local people, too.”

Highlights

Cape Town | morning tour | full day Cape Peninsula National Park tour | Clifton and Camps Bay beaches | penguins at Boulders Beach | visit Uthando charity and their township projects | full day Winelands tour | fully tailor made holiday with option to extend

Description of Cape Town & winelands holiday, South Africa tailormade

This Cape Town and winelands holiday, South Africa, is a tailormade trip which takes you to the heart of Cape Town, shows you the unmissable highlights, gives you the freedom to explore, but also introduces you to the local people and their traditions.

With the impressive backdrop of Table Mountain and Table Bay at its feet, Cape Town has to be one of the world's most stunningly situated cities. It is also blessed with a great climate for much of the year.Whether you like to spend your days shopping and chilling out in the fashionable Waterfront area, visiting the vibrant townships, or making the most of the natural beauty of this region, Cape Town really does have something for every taste.

Cape Peninsula National Park
This National Park encompasses the scenic Peninsula mountain chain that reaches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south (about 60km), and is flanked by the Atlantic to the west and False Bay in the east. It includes Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom owing to its huge diversity of plant species (about 2300 species, of which about 90 are endemic). Mountain fynbos (fine bush) is the main feature of the plantlife here. There are also about 250 bird species, plus a variety of mammals such as baboons, buck and caracal. Cape Point, within the park, boasts the highest sea cliffs in South Africa (249m).

Atlantic and False Bay Seabords
The Cape Peninsula is flanked by the Atlantic on one side and False Bay on the other. Both of these coastlines boast great beaches, such as Clifton, Llandudno, Bakoven and Boulders Beach (where you can see African penguins). There are also pretty fishing villages such as Hout Bay and Kalk Bay.

Winelands
Within less than an hour's drive of Cape Town is the beautiful, mountainous wine-growing region of the Cape. Here you will find incredible natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and world-renowned wines. Explore the 'wine' region with its mountain backdrop and fertile vineyards, and towns with well-preserved Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings.

If you want to extend this trip with some time on the beach or going to see whales for example, we can arrange any additional services for you.

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Departure information

You can either join one of our set departures (twice monthly), or this trip can be arranged at any time to suit you and adapted to suit your requirements
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Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Cape Town & winelands holiday, South Africa tailormade

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

At the company location in the UK there are fifteen staff members. Of these, four work from home (no commuting), one who cycles twenty miles a day to & from work, and another cycles ten miles a day (in summer). The new office that was recently built is very energy efficient. It is well-insulated, the roof is shaded by trees which helps with the building not overheating during the summer months and therefore air-conditioning is not a daily requirement, and it has lots of natural light to reduce electric light usage whenever possible.

The company is located on a former farm and the directors grow fruit and vegetables which are shared with the team (apples, pears, blackcurrants, broad beans, lettuce, mint, courgettes, squashes etc!), so we keep our own footprint low. In addition, there are other members of staff that have home grown products that are available to their team members. As a company, we look to buy energy-efficient computers, and believe in recycling, so the latest computers bought have been both energy efficient and re-conditioned.

As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.

As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. Whereas it is not always possible for them, due to their locations in remote areas, the company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.

Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.

Environment

Uthando is an innovative non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited company. The aim of Uthando (which means Love) is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. On this trip you have a half day in Cape Town to enjoy meeting some of the people and seeing some of the projects which Uthando backs. It will be a highlight of your trip.

The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

Environment

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

In the UK: The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).

Community
Eco-ratings & community tourism: The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

Travel Philanthropy: The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many memorable moments. Capetown, the township tour, the teabag factory, the whales, the safari, the garden route and the caves.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Stay in a hotel half way between the city centre of greenmarket square and the near the waterfront

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we were made aware of a water shortage in western cape and in capetown.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant

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