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Cape Town

Cape Town

Maison-de-la-Souris
Gilcrest Place
Maison-de-la-Souris

Cape Town

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

Accommodation options in Cape Town cater for every budget.

5 Night – Tour highlights:

Breakfast daily • Return airport / hotel / airport transfers • Full day Winelands Tour • Interactive Djembe Drumming Session Dinner • Half day Township and Cultural Day Tour • Lunch on the Alba Floating Restaurant at Cape Town Harbour.

ITINERARY:

Day One: arrive Cape Town and transfer to hotel and evening at leisure Overnight hotel

Day Two: Breakfast at hotel 08h00 Pick up at hotel for Full Day Winelands Tour

Tour highlights: What is the best feature of a Cape Winelands tour? Not only does a Winelands tour take in the crisp white and classic French-style red wines, fantastic cheeses and olives that the area is famous for, but it also gives you a chance to savour a stunning wealth of natural beauty. Explore vast estates as we take you along the Cape Winelands’ principal route through Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Relax in the shade of giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. Our Winelands tour is a day filled with fine wines, great food and spectacular scenery. Tour Includes • 3 wine tastings • Cellar tour Tour Excludes Lunch and additional beverages 17h00 Tour ends and transfer back to hotel 18h00 Evening at leisure Overnight at hotel

Day Three: 17h00 Pick up from hotel and transfer to The Gold Restaurant for African Dinner and Drumming Experience at the Gold Restaurant.

Tour highlights: A fun-filled evening of interactive entertainment and delectable food at Gold restaurant. Sample a set Cape Malay / African style menu which is served at the table in sharing and individual portions. The evening starts off with an interactive djembe drumming session followed by a traditional soothing hand washing ceremony. A professional djembe drum instructor will teach you how to play the basic rhythms of the djembe drum. Live entertainment during dinner includes a Mali puppet show which involves story telling with singers, dancers, puppets and musicians. The final performance is by the waiters and kitchen staff who will entertain you with some local song and dances. Tour Includes • Interactive djembe drumming session and set menu dinner Tour Excludes All alcoholic beverages 23h00 Transfer back to Hotel Overnight at hotel

Day Four : Breakfast at hotel 08h00 Pick up hotel for Half Day Township and Cultural Day

Tour highlights – An experience travelling through the three South Africa’s: The birth, where it all started; Apartheid South Africa, what happened then; and the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Departing from Cape Town city centre, the first stop is in the Bo-Kaap. Here we discuss the arrival of an expedition of Dutch sailors in 1652 that proved to be a monumental turning point in the South African history. Taking a short walk along the romantic cobblestone streets between the brightly coloured homes, your tour guide explains how the framework for racial segregation was established. Passing some of Cape Town’s landmarks, a short drive brings us to District Six where we elaborate on the next tier in the South African story i.e. Apartheid South Africa. Once in District Six, we drive through the now decaying ruins of what once was a flourishing mixed-race community where 60 000 people lived and worked, but was demolished only to be reserved exclusively for white people. The tour continues to Langa, the oldest Black African Township in Cape Town. Along the way we elaborate on the restrictive legislation introduced by the Apartheid regime to enforce racial segregation. On arrival in Langa, we have a photo stop at the site that commemorates the student uprising of 1976, and discuss the Pass Laws and barracks built for African migrant workers. If conducted on a Sunday morning, the tour includes a short visit to one of the local churches. Here guests are immersed into the charisma and vibrancy of how religion is practiced in the townships. While in Langa, we also share the miracle of our country when Nelson Mandela convinced us to forgive so that we can free ourselves. We also offer our guests a greater understanding of Shanty Town that exploded with the massive migration of mothers and children into the cities, restoring Black dignity at the end of Apartheid. Tour Includes • Tour of the Township with guide Tour Excludes Meals and beverages 13h00: Tour ends Lunch and afternoon at leisure Overnight at hotel

Day Five: Breakfast at the hotel 12h00 Pick up from hotel and transfer to Cape Town Harbour to board the Alba Floating Restaurant for a 2 hour upscale dining cruise lunch in the V and A Waterfront Harbour. Lunch includes: Glass of bubbly on arrival A three course menu with wine pairing and attentive tableside service Selective beverages including teas and coffees Expect breath-taking views of the Cape Town skyline from the fully glass-enclosed and air conditioned restaurant boat, including sights like Table Mountain on the spell-bounding tour through the fishing industry and yacht marina in the V and A Waterfront 15h00: Lunch ends Afternoon at leisure Dinner at leisure Overnight hotel

Day Six: Breakfast at hotel and departure from hotel.

OPTIONAL DAY TOURS

Day Tour: Scheduled Boat based Whale Watching – Daily Jun – Dec at 06h00

Day Tour: Scheduled Full day Cape Winelands Tour – Daily at 08h30

Day Tour: Scheduled Full day Robben Island & City Tour – Daily at 08h00

Day Tour: Scheduled Full day Safari Tour – including transfers – Daily at 06h30

Day Tour: Scheduled Full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour – Daily at 08h30

Day Tour: Full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour 2 pax – Private tour

Day Tour: Full day Cape Riviera and Whales 2 pax – Private tour

Day Tour: Full day Cape Winelands Tour 2 pax – Private tour

Gems of the Cape and Garden Route

Somerset WestMaison-de-la-Souris is a Luxurious, charming private double or single accommodation situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Very centrally located close to Stellenbosch (15km), Franschhoek (53km), Hermanus (82km) and Cape Town city centre (46km). Cape Town International Airport (30km)Paternoster is a picturesque fishing village 145 km north of Cape Town, between Saldanha and St Helena Bay. It is also home to the worlds best restaurant Wolfgat.

Gilcrest Place is a charming thatched guesthouse is situated 200m from the beach in the quaint West Coast fishing village of Paternoster, an easy 90 minute drive from Cape Town.

Some of the attractions

• The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, with the only remaining manually controlled lighthouse in SA climb the 97 steps to the top of the Lighthouse on Castle Rock.

• Whales and dolphins can frequently be seen just beyond the breakers, and seals and penguins are regular visitors to the large boulders along the coastline.

• Prolific bird life makes this a bird-watchers paradise.

• Wine-tasting at many estates in the area

• Fine local restaurants – a gourmet’s delight. Rock lobster is a local delicacy, as is bokkoms (dried fish)

• Sporting activities on offer include kitesurfing, snorkelling, kayaking, golf and cycling

• Namaqualand – see the barren landscape transform during Spring (Aug/Sept) into a carpet of colourful flowers stretching as far as the eye can see. Assistance with dinner bookings and excursions locally can be organised by arrangement with your friendly hosts, Dee and Andy.

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