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Overview

Cape Town is known and loved the world over for its star player - Table Mountain - and while this beauty really is a sight to behold, there’s a lot more to the Cape than this iconic crowd pleaser. This adventure-filled trip brings you to the best sights the Western Cape has to offer and introduces you to the warm and inviting region that locals have come to love.

The history, hospitality and the sheer diversity of fauna and flora in the Western Cape, together with a landscape that dramatically transforms with every curve of the road will naturally WOW… From Cape Town to Chapman’s Peak, Stellenbosch’s wine farms to Cape Agulhas, the Garden Route and beyond – get an in-depth insight into the Cape that will leave you wanting more.  

 Venture on safari game drives to spot the Big Five, hop aboard a sea kayaking expedition, go bungy jumping and forest ziplining.

Roam South Africa’s famed Garden Route for a generous dose of the great outdoors where nature and adventure combine in one perfect playground. Country roads perfectly frame the rolling farmlands and the landscape dramatically changes – from fruitful wine farms to dusty Klein Karoo plains, lush Tsitsikamma forests to vast mountain ranges.

Expect an adventure filled with authentic sights and tastes, South Africa's diversity always delivers.

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End

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Why You’ll Love It

  • Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife of Wilderness.

  • Experience a rush like no other when you jump from one of the world’s highest bridge bungy spots!

  • Soak in the views of Knysna and its surrounds from atop the sandstone heads.

  • Zipline through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the Tsitsikamma forest.

  • Walk through the luscious Tsitsikamma forest over suspension bridges with views of a secret beach.

  • Sandboard your way through the dunes of Jeffreys Bay.

  • Get beak to beak with the world’s biggest bird at an ostrich farm.

  • Hang ten on the world famous Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

  • Head deep underground to the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves.

  • Follow orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift on their trek to the waterhole.

  • Roadtrip along Route 62's semi-desert country plains with quirky pitstops along the way.

  • Hike amongst fragrant fynbos along the Hermanus cliff paths for some of the world's best seasonal land-based whale watching.

  • Meet the cute resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.

  • Wind along the wild beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere with dramatic coastal scenes of Clarence drive.

  • Prepare for unparalleled views as you drive along Chapman's Peak.

  • See wild Atlantic waves crash at the southwestern most point of Africa.

  • Take pics of the Muizenberg surfer's shores.

  • Tease your tastebuds along Franschhoek's charming streets in the gourmet capital of South Africa.

  • Stand at the point where two oceans meet at Africa's southernmost tip.

  • Chill out with some beach time or shopping in the surf town of Jefferys Bay.

  • Get a front row seat to view some of Hermanus' largest residents on a Whale Watching cruise.

  • Taste delicious ports in the Klein Karoo at Boplaas.

  • Drive the dusty roads of Addo in the tour vehicle, searching for elephants and other wildlife.

  • Wander your way through the historic streets of Stellenbosch on a unique foodie journey.

  • Let your vagabond spirit run wild in the eclectic seaside town of Kalk Bay.

  • Delight in La Bri's decadent wine and chocolate, or wine and biltong pairings.

  • Raise a glass with an MCC tasting of the first bubbly ever produced in South Africa.

  • Experience a colourful slice of Xhosa culture and local delights in Kayamandi.

  • Paddle along the Hermanus coastline and spot abundant marine wildlife from a sea kayak.

  • Horse ride along white sandy shores of a secluded beach near Jbay. 

Itinerary

This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most.
Day 1
Cape Peninsula > Stellenbosch
±150km

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.

Cape Town CBD fades into the distance as you crest the hill toward the Atlantic seaboard, be sure to try snag seats on the right-hand side of the bus for the best views. You’ll pass some pretty iconic white sandy beaches, with the likes of Camps Bay and Clifton flowing by as you head onwards toward Chapman’s Peak. 114 perfect curves await you along this scenic route, famed for its panoramic vistas.

The morning drive sets the standard for the day, so expect inspiring views at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope with their rich fynbos flora and the inevitable baboon spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Mountain zebra, ostriches, the elusive eland and sugarbirds. Once you’ve had your fix of the great outdoors, you’ll head to the delightful Kalk Bay, filled with local talent, vintage bric-a-brac and pristine views. Make a stop at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay Harbour, where you could indulge in a classic South African fish and “slap chips” (you know, the deliciously oily ones). Or treat yourself to a local brew at The Brass Bell, with waves crashing against the windows and views second to none.

As you meander into the afternoon, the Atlantic coastline hugs cloud-capped mountains at the seaside town of Muizenberg where you'll stop briefly to explore and ‘shark spot’ from shore. In the blink of an eye - on the road to Stellenbosch - the backdrop flattens and turns the tell-tale green of wine country, rich with fine wines, farm stalls and homemade goodies. Stellenbosch, with its distinctive Cape Dutch architecture and rich history, delivers ‘quaint’ in spades and is the perfect spot for an historic journey. Saunter through the historic oak-lined streets, making stops along the way to taste local flavours such as “droëwors” and rusks, and learn about the charming history of over 300 years. Settle in for the night in this vibrant town, free to spend your evening at leisure.

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Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

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Day 2
Cape Agulhas
±300km

In contrast to the stark whites of the old Dutch architecture and surrounding farmlands, the modest, yet colourful buildings in Kayamandi township illustrate the diversity of our beautiful country. Set off toward the colourful lean-to houses where you’ll be treated to colourful stories, tea or home-made gingerbeer and an array of local Xhosa treats such as amagwinya (vetkoek) and chakalaka. 

Just a little way on, you’ll pop in at the picturesque Simonsig, home of the country’s first ever produced MCC. Enjoy a bubbly tasting from the masters as you take a moment to soak in the fresh country air and the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Your next destination sees you venture into the quaint town of Franschhoek for some fine wine paired with hazelnut, cranberry or rich mint chocolates. You could also opt for a bit of local flair and choose a wine and biltong pairing instead where you’ll taste how the wine flavours are enhanced by beef and game biltong.

As lunch nears, South Africa’s epicurean capital, Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries is a must-do for gourmands and on weekends the local farmers’ market beckons with colourful stalls and tasty aromas. You’ll have time to soak up the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in the 17th Century, catch an impromptu street performer, shop for nic-nacs along the main street, taste local creations or savour a gourmet meal at a 5-star restaurant.

From the rolling fields and unending vineyards of the Winelands, you'll head to the southernmost point of Africa and the very spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans collide. Watch the sky burst into colour as the sun kisses the sea and spend a relaxing night at the tip of Africa.

 
 
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Day 3
Hermanus > Cape Whale Coast > Cape Town
±300km

Wake up to the sound of the ocean in Cape Agulhas and take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air. You’ll then start the short journey to the coastal haven of Hermanus where winding ocean cliff paths await and are sure to enthral. Meander along coastal paths lined with indigenous fynbos, lulled by the crashing sounds of ocean waves against the adjacent rocky shoreline. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the rich birdlife and the chance to see local marine life frolicking about. Hermanus is also one of the best land-based whale watching locations the world, so you can look forward to trying to spot a few southern right whales during whale season from June to November. The hike will take around an hour, after which you’ll have a choice of how to spend the rest of your morning.

You could hop on an optional whale cruise in search of some cavorting whales (during whale season), or choose to stretch those sea legs with an optional guided sea kayaking experience. Test your grit as you glide across the open ocean and spot various marine life. For a tamer pace, have a whale of a time in the seaside town of Hermanus, littered with curio shops, fine restaurants and an unmistakable old world charm.

The thriving African penguin colony at Betty’s Bay adds the final nature wow. Being one of the only remaining breeding grounds of the African penguin, these clumsy creatures are sure to pull on your heartstrings. Try out your sightseeing skills as you spot rock hyraxes (dassies) sunbathing on the rocks in between the waddling penguins. Flap a wave goodbye as you head on along one of South Africa’s most scenic coastal routes - Clarence Drive - to reach Cape Town by late afternoon.

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Day 4
Wilderness > Knysna
±400km

Hold onto your hat! Meet the Garden Route – 300 or so kilometres of contrasts, contradictions and some of the most mind-blowingly beautiful scenery on the planet. This southern coast of the Rainbow Nation combines dramatic scenery with artisan food, wildlife sightings, and adrenaline-fuelled activities, all united with a generous dose of South African hospitality. 

In this lush corner of the world, landscapes swap and change with great regularity so keep your camera at the ready as you wind your way through mountain passes and fertile cropping land towards the Indian Ocean.

After a morning drive with fascinating stops along the way, Wilderness National Park allows you to stretch your legs with a leisurely canoe paddle through a luscious green gorge. Native kingfishers, African fish eagles and brightly-coloured Knysna loeries tease bird-watchers with their calls and the fresh air provides the best pick-me-up after a day on the road.

Time suddenly seems to stop moving as the relaxed vibe of Knysna settles in. In keeping with the pace in these parts, it’d be an outrage not to sip sundowners at the waterfront and watch the sun sink below the watery horizon. 

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Day 5
Garden Route > Jeffreys Bay
±200km

The Garden Route can be as sedate or as adrenaline-charged as you choose and today offers up a mixed-bag of experiences.

Your day starts with a short coastal drive from Sedgefield to Knysna and some Vitamin Me time around the Knysna Lagoon. Towering sandstone cliffs flank the mouth of the Knysna estuary and lookout points offer exquisite views.

This gentle morning is followed by an afternoon of action for those who dare as you make your way to Bloukrans Bridge, the site of the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy. Crazy as it may be; it also happens to be one of the prettiest places to plunge 216 metres down on a bungy cord. There are market stalls and plenty of vantage points for those that choose to stay on terra firma. Or, for another adrenaline option, zip along an optional zipline over waterfalls in the magnificent Kruis River Gorge. The 40-minute, adrenaline-charged course sees you fly across three separate lines. Each ‘flight’ is connected by short scenic pathways through the lush forest, so be sure to take in the fresh air.

But it’s not all about the bungy, and those that get their kicks from nature can forgo the plunge and opt to continue on to explore the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area.

The next stop, Tsitsikamma National Park, marries lush mountain forestry with dramatic ocean views. A short, albeit steep walk to the suspension bridge is worth it, if just for the views alone, and you’ll get a thrill as you test the bridge’s swing factor. Marine life can often be seen in the water and rock hyraxes regularly sun themselves on the rocky coastline.

As you head northeast, the white tips and large ocean swells herald your arrival into Jeffreys Bay, the pit stop for tonight. Affectionately nicknamed J’Bay by surfers and locals alike, this tiny coastal community is South Africa’s most famous surf town and one of the stops on the World Surf League circuit.

As sea breezes lull you, unwind from your busy day with a walk on one of the beaches, or let the town's restaurateurs spoil you with seafood.

 
 
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Day 6
Addo National Park > Jeffreys Bay
±250km

Answering the call of the wild means an early morning start, but the chance to encounter Africa’s Big Five makes the dawn wake-up so worthwhile. Your guide will expertly lead you on a game drive in the tour van into Addo Elephant National Park - the third largest national park in South Africa.

Addo opened back in 1931 with only 11 elephants, but is now a sanctuary to more than 600 - the densest population of ‘ellies’ on the planet. These days, these giant tuskers share more than 164,000 hectares of malaria-free reserve with their fellow Big Five. Other iconic African animals - hyena, zebras, a variety of antelope species, jackals and warthogs - also roam free within the grounds, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.

As the safari draws to an end, the afternoon is yours to spend as you choose in Jeffreys Bay. In a town that attracts international surfers year after year, it is no surprise that many of the leisure activities revolve in and around the water.

Try your skills on one of the beginner breaks or learn to surf at one of the many surf schools in town. Sun-seekers can relax on the beach or with a paddleboard and those that prefer not to get wet can take a spin on a sandboard down sandy dunes.

The JB Surf Museum in the centre of town tracks the evolution of the surfboard and there are plenty of factory-outlet surf shops in town.

 
 
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Day 7
Oudtshoorn
±300km

The Garden Route by its very name evokes visions of lush, green sub-tropical landscapes, but today you’ll witness first-hand another of South Africa’s crazy contrasts as you head towards the semi-arid Klein Karoo region. Away from the coastline, temperatures climb and the vegetation thins, but the mountain passes, with their bright bursts of wildflowers and scrubby bush, are equally as spectacular.

Yup, you guessed it. You’re en route to Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world. Ostriches thrive in the desert conditions and helped put this tiny town on the global map at the turn of the 20th Century when feathers were worth more than their weight in gold.

The feather trade might be done and dusted, but the town still makes a pretty penny from their birds. A visit to an ostrich farm allows a stylised glimpse into the world of ostrich farming and the chance to come beak-to-nose with the stars of the show.

This afternoon your tour reaches new depths. Hidden beneath the arid landscape lies a special place that the Khoisan people named Cango, the wet place. Some 100 metres underground, you’ll find incredible 20-million-year-old limestone formations that dominate a series of enormous underground caverns and are illuminated to show-off their extraordinary curves and shapes.

There are two ways to explore the caves. The Heritage Tour is a gentle wander with a guide (there are plenty of steps, so be warned) who fills you in on the history and ecology of the area and tests out the acoustics with a well-timed song. The second isn’t called the Adventure Tour for nothing, so be prepared to climb, wriggle and squirm your way through small openings and passageways. 

Subject to availability, return to the wild for an optional 4x4 game drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve for a possible sighting of resident wildlife.

After a wild day out, it’s pretty fitting to end the day with a taste of local delicacies. There are plenty of fantastic eateries in town for those that wish. And, as night falls, be sure to sit back and watch the stars in the clear night sky – it’s African big sky country after all.

 
 
 
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Day 8
Oudtshoorn
±400km

As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, join an optional stroll with rescued elephants along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you'll never forget. 

After your morning adventure, it’s time to head back to Cape Town along the famous Route 62, modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, the highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape. Oenophiles will be in their element with a wine pit stop to sample Port-style wines en route to Cape Town. 

End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.

 

Included

Private Tour

This trip will run exclusively for you.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Private transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Accommodation

7 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.

Breakfast

7 x Breakfasts included

Included Activities
  • Hermanus Cliff Paths Walk
  • Meet the Betty's Bay Penguins
  • Wind Along Coastal Clarence Drive
  • Ostrich Farm Visit
  • Cango Caves Heritage or Adventure Visit
  • Route 62 Boplaas Wine Tasting
  • Route 62 Roadtrip
  • Wilderness Canoeing
  • Curve Along Chapman's Peak Drive
  • Cape of Good Hope Explore
  • Kalk Bay Wandering
  • Coastal Joyride Along Muizenberg
  • Stellenbosch Historic Taste Walk
  • Visit a Kayamandi Local's Home
  • Simonsig Bubbly Tasting
  • La Bri Wine & Chocolate or Biltong Pairing
  • Explore Franschhoek
  • Reach The Tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
  • Knysna Heads Walk
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Explore
  • Addo Game Drive in Tour Vehicle
  • Chill Out at J'Bay

Excluded

Optional Activities

Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey as per prices listed on the itinerary.

  • Hermanus Whale Cruise  
  • Hermanus Kayaking
  • Biltong and Wine Pairing 
  • Bungy at Bloukrans Bridge  
  • Tsitsikamma Waterfall Zipline 
  • Surfboard & Wetsuit Hire 
  • Sandboarding
  • Addo 4x4 Safari 
  • Elephant Bush Walk
Lunch, Dinner + Drinks

You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.

Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

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Benita Stroebel
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Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

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.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

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 

 

Public Holidays

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:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • 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, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

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.

 

Getting Around 

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.

 

Money 

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. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
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