Arrive in Cape Town at any time. Our G Adventures Experience Officer will go over the details of your stay and will help you to arrange optional activities for you. Enjoy the rest of the day in Cape Town at leisure, perhaps strolling the V&A Waterfront. Cape Town's name originated from the term 'Cape of Good Hope' when Bartholomew Diaz and other seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain, like an inn that promised hospitality and prosperity. The city is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant character being derived from Khoxisan and other African tribes from the North, and Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers. Cape Town is the third most populous city in South Africa, with over 3 million inhabitants, and is the provincial capital of the Western Cape. It is also the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located. For shopping, dining and entertainment the V&A Waterfront is a hotspot for foreigners and locals alike. Still a working harbour, the Waterfront is an example of creative architecture and restoration and has become South Africa's most visited tourist attraction. The Waterfront offers over 250 shops from designer boutiques to craft stalls, a host of restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of other activities.
Cape Town has a lot to offer. Please find a list of some optional activities you could choose from just to give you some ideas, there is obviously a lot more you can do in vibrant Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Explorer Depart the hotel and flank the Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbour still has a charm of days gone by. We continue over the famous Chapman's peak, with a 200 meter drop on one side, making our way south until we reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope; the meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian. Continue on past Simonstown, en route to see the famous Jackass penguin colony at Boulders beach. Our last stop of the day is at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home of some 3500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. (It is possible to go up Table Mountain by Cable car if you choose - this is at additional cost to you at approx: R145.00 per person - weather permitting) Full day Cultural Tour and Robben Island (weather dependent) Today we will visit the townships - a tour that offers you insight and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. We start with a tour of the Bo-Kaap Cobblestone streets, colourful houses, mystical mosques, spiritual shrines and beautiful views in the Malay quarter, whose distinctive traditions and culture have contributed to Cape Town's development. At district six we explore the site that was once home to thousands of people of various cultures, but is now a desolate wasteland because of forced removals in 1966. We also visit Langa, the oldest formal township in Cape Town. After a visit to Khayelitsha, we will transfer to the waterfront to catch the ferry to Robben Island. People lived on Robben Island many thousands of years ago, when the sea channel between the Island and the Cape mainland was not covered with water. Since the Dutch settled in the Cape in the mid 1600's, Robben Island has been used primarily as a prison holding political prisoners and anti-apartheid activists; the most famous being Nelson Mandela. Robben Island is surrounded by the shark infested and ice-cold currents of the Atlantic, which deterred all prisoners from making a swim to the mainland. Today, Robben Island is used to tell the story about victory over Apartheid and human rights abuses. Full day Hermanus and Whale Route (Seasonal) – operating Wed/Fri/Sun – July to November only Enjoy a full day along South Africa's stunning "whale" coast: We depart early along the scenic coastal Clarens drive with spectacular views of False Bay. Along the way, we stop at Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its spectacular bird and plant life, then continue on to Hermanus where whale watching is enjoyed from the craggy cliffs that line Hermanus'shoreline. You will have some free time to explore this beautiful coastal town, prior to returning to Cape Town. Full day Winelands – Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch This morning we drive north to Paarl to visit Nelson's Creek cellar for wine & cheese tasting followed by a drive past Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. Continue on to Franschhoek to enjoy wine tasting at the vineyards followed by a visit to a village nestled amongst the mountains, then stop at the Hugenot Memorial. We continue over the Helshoogte mountain pass into Stellenbosch for a city tour and free time before our final stop at the famous Spier Estate for wine tasting. Full day Private Game Reserve Safari Depart early for the drive to Aquila Private Game Reserve (reserve is subject to change, based on availability) where you will receive a full breakfast followed by a 2-3 hour 4X4 game drive with an experienced game ranger. Wildlife observation can include Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Blue Wildebeasts, Zebras, Ostriches and a variety of Buck species. Lunch is included before return to Cape Town later in the afternoon. Township Volunteer Experience Full day interaction experience in the Red Hill rural area Township. Many schools in this area face a shortage of classrooms and facilities, and as a result must limit the number of children they can accommodate. During our time here, we can help in various projects that are ongoing at the time, which can include; fixing fences and windows, rebuilding and painting classrooms, or there are also opportunities to assist teachers with reading programs, one-on-one tutoring and special classes for children who need extra help with their studies, conduct arts and crafts, music and dance activities, co-ordinate and coach sports events, and help distribute meals. (not available when school is not in session - for example, over weekends, holidays, etc). Full day Cape Point including Biking and hiking This is a full Cape Peninsula tour including the fishing village at Hout Bay, drive over Chapman's Peak towards the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the Reserve, we take our mountain bikes along paths to enjoy the breathtaking views and clean sea air. We also can enjoy a short cliff top hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope. Later in the afternoon we enjoy an included picnic lunch before setting off to Boulders beach to visit the rare colony of Jackass penguins. Full Day Spier Wine Estate Today we visit the World renowned Spier Wine Estate for wine tasting and included lunch at one of the trendiest eateries in the Eastern cape: Moyo Restaurant. Enjoy an informal wine tasting at Spiers Welcome Centre, an exploration of the close relationship and balance between wine and cheese. Focusing on the vintages of the Spier Classic Range, a Wine Educator will pair regional South African cheeses with three Spier Wines.Also included is a visit the Cheetah Outreach Centre and Eagle Encounter, two activities that endeavor to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation. You also will have free time to walk the numerous trails and paths around the beautiful Estate Full day Footsteps to Freedom and Township Tour Listen to stories of Dutch and British rule at the Cape, slavery and apartheid, freedom and democracy on your morning walking tour of the historic heart of Cape Town. Get interactive with township residents in the afternoon while visiting homes, taverns, kindergarten and various memorials. Operating daily, except for Sundays.
Depart at any time.