While designing the tour, we tried to create an experience that captures the essence of this beautiful city. The winning factor for us would be that after touching the various milestones on the tour, one walks away with a sense of appreciation for the City’s history, social etiquette, culture and arguably some of the worlds most fascinating landmarks.
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, your dedicated guide for this spectacular journey will be waiting to take you to your first milestone experience, The Great Table Mountain.
South Africa’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain, is more than just a pile of rock in the bay. The Table Mountain has some of the world’s most remarkable features that makes it a great destination for nature-lovers, deserving of more than just a quick cable car ride to see the view from the top. The first European to ascend the Mountain was the Portuguese sailor, Antonio de Saldanha in 1503, who also gave it its iconic name.
The mountain forms part of Table Mountain National Park, which is globally recognized for its biodiversity and contains truly unique fauna and flora. The park encompasses the Table Mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south, the seas and coastline of the Peninsula.
Please note that, as the cable way to the mountain top does get quite busy, we try to get to the foot of the mountain as early as possible. We kindly ask our guests to be on time for departure as any delays will affect the day’s schedule.
After your descent from the Mountain, enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Clifton with its snowy white beaches. The sharp cliffs plunge vertically into the ocean and magnificent mansions that cling to the rock and seem to hang precariously over the edge of the mountain.
We drive on from the Iconic beautiful affluent Camps bay, Sea-Point and then through Green Point past the R 4,5 Billion Cape Town Stadium built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Hosted in South Africa. We head back into the city past the exclusive Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where we stop briefly for a quick orientation on this modern city gem.
Prince Albert, second son of Queen Victoria began the construction of the 300Acre harbor in 1860, the first basin was therefore named in his honor and the second basin was named after his mother Queen Victoria.
With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audio visual equipment, the V&A Waterfront can meet any requisite. Some of the worlds most prestigious brand outlets can be found here, from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Gucci or even the world famous Armani.
We then arrive for a site tour of the historic Castle of Good Hope;
Built by Jan van Riebeeck and later expanded by the Dutch East India Company, the building, which is an example of a “star fort”, was completed in 1679. The building’s 18th Century décor has been restored and now functions as a popular museum. Take a journey into 18th century military excellence by walking through some interesting, strategically planned infrastructure mixed with stories not for the faint hearted. While we are here, we will also take the opportunity to view the Iconic Cape Town City Hall, built in 1905 in the Italian Renaissance. It was on the balcony of this Victorian style landmark where Nelson Mandela addressed the world, after spending 27 years in Prison in front of nearly 250 000 people.
We now drive to the heart of the City where we will tour the award winning Spier Arts Academy.
Based in Cape Town, this 3 year, full time apprenticeship academy focuses on Mosaic and Ceramic Art and includes tuition in drawing, ceramics, art history and business skills-enabling apprentices to jumpstart their creative careers and run their own successful enterprises. Here we will get a chance to tour the Spier studios and learn first hand how to create a hand crafted Art-piece; if you are lucky, you might even get to create a small mosaic piece to take away with you as memorabilia.
The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building.In 1998 this museum was renamed the Slave Lodge. Under the umbrella theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights, exhibitions explore the long history of slavery in South Africa and attempts to address issues around human rights awareness.
The Company’s Garden is situated in Queen Victoria Street, at the top of Adderley Street, and adjacent to the South African Parliament. It takes its name from the Dutch East India Company who first started the garden in 1652 for the victualing of their ships that plied the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via The Cape of Good Hope.The Vegetable Garden is not only a visitor attraction, but also a resource to exhibit and teach urban-agriculture skills to those interested in growing food in an urban context, and help to promote food security.
The Bo-Kaap Museum situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colorful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience.
The Museum was established in 1978 as a satellite of the SA Cultural History Museum. It was furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family.
Meal at Guests own Expense
After an exciting day of breathtaking sightseeing, nothing says you are in Africa quite like enjoying a succulent African Dinner at the city’s famous Africa Café to conclude the day.
Escape on a magical journey of culinary delights across the majestic African continent, accompanied by unique interactive traditional entertainment.
The Africa Café, where we are to relax and have dinner has been the talk of the city for over 15 years.