A spectacular opportunity to combine contrasting experiences in the Mother City and allow you an intimate and authentic look into the richness that Cape Town has on offer. This trip will pull on the heartstrings of the young at heart and appeal to old soul history boffs; it will delight culture vultures and stir up a reverence in those with a love for big city life.
Revel in 360 degree views of the city as you ascend to the top of Table Mountain in just under 10 minutes by cable car. Take in the views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula. Meet some of South Africa's most talented, innovative designers, artists, photographers, and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor at the Old Biscuit Mill; all while filling your tummy with delectable treats and your backpack with striking souvenirs. Indulge in a bit of history as you tour Robben Island and learn about the stories this small island has to tell, giving you an in-depth look into apartheid in South Africa. A day offering a comprehensive look into the Mother City and one that will leave you wanting more.
Glide up the aerial cableway to see Cape Town from atop the iconic Table Mountain.
Learn about Mandela's past with an additional add-on tour of Robben Island.
Saunter through the hipster hub of craft and talent at the Old Biscuit Mill.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Your day begins as you hop on one of the sturdy cable cars to summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders aboard Table Mountain’s aerial cableway. On top of the world, Cape Town’s sprawling mass is laid bare in grid-like formation and the panoramic views make you feel as though you are the only one up there. There is over 2km of pathways to choose from to take in the views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula.
Indulgent foods and authentic Cape culture await you as you move on to the heart of Woodstock. Once a biscuit factory, the Old Biscuit Mill is now a creative space, home to an appealing collection of arts, craft, fashion and design shops, as well as many decadent restaurants and stalls. On a Saturday, the Mill transforms into a bustling market packed to the brim with local craftsmen, incredible food stalls, and innovative design. It’s a treat for the senses.
After such a bombardment to the senses, you can use the short ferry ride to Robben Island to hone in your exhilaration and change your tune as you embark upon a journey back in time. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. The notorious prison on the Island was also used to exile political prisoners of the apartheid era. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum; a poignant reminder to a now democratic South Africa of the price many paid for freedom. Tour past the leper graveyard; Robert Sobukwe’s house, the church of the Good Shepherd; gigantic camouflaged cannons; village houses whose windows blew out when the canons fired, and the bluestone quarry where Mandela and his comrades were forced into hard labour, sans shoes. End off your day with your camera fill and your senses satiated as you are dropped back at your accommodation.
*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed to perform maintenance for two weeks in Jul/Aug. Cable car tickets will not be bookable then but the hiking trails remain open.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
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A minimum of 8 learners need to pay the full amount to confirm this tour departure. Full payment needs to be paid before the payment cut-off date.
An Indemnity form for minors will need to be signed by parents / guardian to allow permission to partake in this Hotspots2c Tour and third party activities scheduled. A chaperone can also join the student group on tour.
When booking this tour you agree to our standard terms as listed on http://j.mp/hotspots2c/terms
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.