South Africa holiday, Cape escape
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Description of South Africa holiday, Cape escape
This marvellous 11-day South Africa holiday is a perfect way to discover Cape Town and the many cultural and natural highlights on its doorstep.
You will hike up the iconic Table Mountain (or take the cable car if you prefer); sample a range of superb wines in the world-renowned Stellenbosch region; travel along the breathtaking Garden Route, and take a thrilling game drive in the private Boteilierskop Reserve, where the wildlife includes rhinos, giraffes and zebras. You may even get the chance to meet some orphaned elephants and lions!
Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most desirable destinations. The natural beauty in the surroundings is practically unparalleled, and there are reams of cultural excursions available. You will be travelling as part of a small group, led by a knowledgeable tour leader to ensure that everything runs smoothly. That leaves you to relax and bask in activities such as seeing the penguins in Boulders Bay, boat-tripping out to noisy Seal Island, and even whale watching from the cliffs of Hermanus (in season).
Among the most memorable moments will surely be Table Mountain. The walk up takes three to four hours, and is not to be under-estimated, but the effort is very much worth it for the panoramic views from the summit. You will drive along a section of the Garden Route, considered one of the world’s most beautiful roads, and pause in Knysna, an artists’ retreat from where seals and dolphins can often be seen in the ocean. On your final day, you may also wish to take the boat trip out to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.
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1 Reviews of South Africa holiday, Cape escape
Reviewed on 09 Jan 2012 by Stephen Pick
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing and going up Table Mountain, the wonderful wild flowers and birds, going to the most southerly tip of Africa, seeing Whales, dolphins and penguins and visiting a Township. The optional trip to Robben Island was memorable.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for sudden weather changes. Bring a good camera and binoculars. Make sure you visit a Township. Make sure you get up Table Mountain when it is possible as weather conditions can make that not possible. Treat Table Mountain with respect - it isn't just a small hill!!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes. The money we paid to go to the township went, as far as I know, directly to help that Township with health and social issues. We gave employment to the guide and driver and were able to hear from them about South Africa and then tell our friends back in the UK. We stayed in small local establishments.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Overall it was good, but I was disappointed that there was such an emphasis on wine tasting and wine buying. I know it is a wine growing area and very important to their economy (although that may well be more the rich white Africans) but I had hoped to see more local other industries and to be able to get out more and walk and explore the local areas.
Planet and peopleOn a tour that includes many of South Africa’s favourite ingredients, we also have the opportunity of appreciating this young country’s cutting edge programmes of wildlife conservation and environmental care. In season, the Southern Right Whale can be observed off the Western Cape, and there is the chance to explore the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks – plus, of course, to view the Jackass Penguin colony at Cape Point. South Africa is leagues ahead of many developed nations when it comes to environmental care, and its Zero Litter Tolerance in its reserves is widely respected. Transportation on this guided trip includes chartered bus, boat and ample walking – all contributing to a more in-depth exploration, whilst avoiding the harmful impact of fly/drive tourism. Local businesses are widely supported through our use of local suppliers, hotels and restaurants. In addition there is the option to visit the Township at Swellendam – a great opportunity to learn more about the local people.
As well as the above, we support a variety of charities and projects worldwide which support vulnerable communities and habitats including Friends of Conservation, Hope Worldwide and Send A Cow. We are also actively engaged with UK travel industry bodies which promote best practice in responsible tourism, such as Tourism Concern, The Travel Foundation and AITO. Our commitment to responsible tourism is not limited to our overseas operation and we have measures to ensure our UK office operates according to our responsible tourism policy. As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.