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Clothing / Dress Recommendations
Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 - 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.
Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer, as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don't forget to bring swimwear.
The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets.
Cape Town can get rainy during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.
Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.
Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter. For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.
Electricity and Plug Standards
Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances - such adapters are also available at major airports.
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SunSquare Cape Town Gardens
Located in a quiet, verdant area of the city, just a short distance from the foot of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and the bustling V&A Waterfront, the SunSquare Cape Town Gardens is a charming, urban holiday jewel, where you are never far from the main sights and the life of the city. Surrounded by green, towering trees and featuring an outdoor swimming pool with adjoining sun loungers and a terrace bar, the hotel serves as a great place to unwind and relax in between your urban exploration. Inside, you’ll find a host of modern art, adorning the walls throughout, as well as a delightful restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine, and a casual bar, where the lit up wall will tell you what drinks are available. If, after a day full of adventures, you somehow still fancy a workout, then there is a fitness room available within the hotel, but you’re of course welcome to curl up in the large bed in your modern and elegant room and rest a bit before the next sightseeing adventure awaits (we know which of the two we’d prefer).
A lively metropolis surrounded by sea, mountains, nature parks and vineyards, Cape Town is a great introduction to South Africa. Gaze across the city from the top of Table Mountain or from Signal Hill, and then head to the national park of the Cape of Good Hope, where you can hang out with penguins at Boulder’s Beach. The contemporary cultural heart of the city is found around the V&A Waterfront. Here you’ll find plenty of chic bars, amazing restaurants, galleries and interesting museums, all of which have rejuvenated what was once an industrial part of the city.
A stay in Cape Town should also not be without day trips to nearby sights and culinary destinations. Tour the Stellenbosch vineyards to sample some of the great South African grapes, see the flowery landscapes around Kirstenbosch or catch a glimpse of the “Big 5” on a full day safari. Cape Town is a diverse and multifaceted city where unique memories and experiences are lined up for you to enjoy on your holiday.
Paarl Wine Region
One of the Western Cape’s premier wine regions, Paarl is home to a number of well-respected wine producers, including KWV, Laborie, Nederburg, Fairview and Plaisir de Merle. The red wines, made in this region are largely from Shiraz, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon (often found in a Bordeaux blend) are rich and robust, with a great intensity of fruit. The white wines are fruit driven and tropical, usually made from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Paarl’s vineyards are found on the lower slopes of Paarl Rock, on the northern side of Simonsberg Mountain and in the valley of the Berg River.
About an hour’s drive from Cape Town lies Franschhoek Valley, famous for its beautiful mountains, excellent wines and unforgettable restaurants. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories. Spectacular vineyards cover mountain slopes where the Huguenots settled around 300 years ago; they brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people. The main street is lined with coffee shops, galleries and restaurants. Franschhoek Valley is famous for Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris (Grigio) and Viognier. If you’re partial to red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Pinotage and Sangiovese are widely available
A blend of historical architecture, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines in one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates. Cabernet Sauvignon is the region’s most widely planted grape variety, and is often combined with Merlot to create Bordeaux Blend wines. Stellenbosch is also notable for being the birthplace of Pinotage (a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut) in 1924.
Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the south-western tip of South Africa, Chapman’s Peak is one of the most spectacular coastal drives anywhere in the world. This 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky shores of Chapman's Peak. The drive offers stunning 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
This park lies at the south-western tip of Africa and offers great views, a restaurant and a funicular which takes you up to the old lighthouse. The spectacular scenery coupled with zebras, baboons, deserted beaches and plenty of fynbos to make this one of the Cape’s must see destinations.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Quirky Quests)
In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first botanic garden in the world to be included on the list. Discover new and interesting plants from all over southern Africa among the thousands of species growing and blossoming in Kirstenbosch. Desert plants are on display in the Botanical Society Conservatory. Proteas, pincushions, buchus and heaths can be seen along the Fynbos Walk. Trees and shrubs from all over Southern Africa in the Arboretum form a Tree Canopy Walkway and gives visitors a different perspective of the spectacular views of the Garden and surrounding countryside. Plants with aromatic leaves and/or fragrant flowers are in the Fragrance Garden, where raised beds to make it easier to reach and smell them. Medicinal, edible and useful plants are in the Useful Plants Garden while rare and threatened plants are in the Garden of Extinction.
Starting with a tour of the city’s District 6, you’ll see what a wonderful mosaic of cultures the city is as you pass by three mosques and five churches. The tour then continues to the Cape Flats, which is the oldest official township in the city. You might hear some of the 11 different official languages spoken here, as the guide tells you about the daily life in these areas. You might also meet a local healer and see some of the local institutions that exist here. After this, the tour continues through Bonteheuwel, Nyanga, Crossroads and Khayelitscha. Along the way you’ll see the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial. In the early afternoon, you will board the Robben Island ferry, which sets sail to one of the most famous places in South African history. A rock in the Atlantic Ocean just north of Cape Town, this island homes the prison many of the country’s freedom fighters throughout history, including Nelson Mandela, were confined. The guided tour will end in front of his cell, in which he spent 18 out of his 27 years in imprisonment. The day concludes with a return ferry and subsequent transport to the hotel.
See Africa’s Big 5 up close on a full day in the Aquila Private Game Reserve. Starting at 9am, you’ll be setting out on a 2-3 hour safari, led by an experienced guide. Learn about the surroundings and the animals as the tour makes its way through the landscape. After seeing some of the wild animals on a game drive, you will return to the base for a lunch, after which you can choose to add either a spa treatment or a further exploration of the area to your day. Head out on horseback or on quad-bike and make a special visit to the Aquila’s rescue and rehabilitation centre, before heading back to your hotel at 4pm. Add this wonderful day-tour to your Cape Town stay and see some of the most iconic African animals in great surroundings.
Experience the beautiful flora and fauna on a three night excursion, where meals and accommodation are provided. This tour departs on a Tuesday and returns on to Cape Town on a Friday.
Day 1 - Protea Hotel Riempie Estate, Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostriches and the magnificent Cango Caves. Located along the famous Route 62, which takes motorists past one awe-inspiring sight after another, Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, as these huge birds are almost as common as people in this charming town. In addition to these magnificent birds and the wonderful feathers and meat they provide, the Oudtshoorn area also boasts the spectacular Cango Caves; the largest show cave system in Africa, permeated with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites and captivating rock formations.
Wine tasting and lunch are included en-route.
Day 2 - Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, Knysna
Nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, and surrounded by world-renowned forests, Knysna offers a wealth of activities for visitors. The beautiful lagoon and more than eight beaches provide opportunities to partake in numerous water sports, walk on soft sand and take ferry rides, while nearby markets offer organic goods, delicious food, indigenous plants and a great social atmosphere. Explore the mountains, valleys, lakes, forests and streams, and head out on the bird-watching route where migratory and exotic birds can be spotted. The area is also famous for its golf courses, the Knysna Heads and its delicious oysters.
Lunch and dinner are included en-route.
Day 3 - Protea Hotel Mossel Bay, Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay has rapidly grown from its days as a little fishing village and holiday resort. The big bay has long sandy beaches and the old town has plenty of historic and recreational attractions, including the Diaz Museum, the Post Tree and the Mossel Bay Golf Course. The course boasts views of the sea from every tee and the chance to whale watch as you line up your next shot.
A picnic lunch is included en-route.
Day 4 - Departure
Start the day with a visit to the Botlierskop Private Game reserve where breakfast is served before departing on a game drive. Experience close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, and Giraffe, rare Black Impala and many other species on an exhilarating three-hour guided game drive in an open vehicle over the 3000 hectare reserve. From the reserve, travel via rolling hills to Swellendam. Lunch today is at a restaurant in Swellendam. Transfer back to Cape Town.
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