Gecko Accommodation – Stay Near Cape Town International Airport

Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and barbecue, Gecko Accomodation is located in Bellville in the region of Western Cape, just 300 m from Bellville South Library. Free private parking is available on site.

All rooms have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms include a sitting area where you can relax. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom.

Bellville South Swimming Pool is 400 m from Gecko Accomodation, and Bellville Bowling Club is 0.6 km from the property. Cape Town International Airport is 8 km away.

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Bellville! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Free private parking is available on site (reservation is needed).

Facilities available:
– Free Parking
– Family Rooms

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Whales and Abalone Tour from Cape Town including a stop at Stoney Point

Get collected directly from your hotel in the majestic Cape Town, and travel to Hermanus along the scenic coastal beauty of Clarence Drive. Your first stop will be at Stoney Point, in Betty’s Bay, at one of two dedicated land based African penguin breeding colonies.

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A refreshment stop will take place in Kleinmond before we make our way to Hermanus, to the Heart of Abalone. After a short explanation on Abalone, otherwise known as perlemoen in SA , you will boot up and take a walking tour to see abalone up close in their natural and farmed environment.. This is followed by an optional abalone tasting. Lunch will follow at Harbour Rock, overlooking the Hermanus new harbour before we board the whale watching cruise in Walker Bay, Hermanus. The cruise will take approximately an 2 – 2½ hour’s. We will then travel back to Cape Town via the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass, passing the historical towns of Elgin and Grabouw.

The Whale and Abalone Tour starts at 08h00 when you are picked up from your city hotel in a 2016 Ford Tourneo minibus that seats 7 guests. Ian, the owner operator will be your driver/guide for the day. We head out of the city along the N2 and take the beautiful scenic route along Clarence Drive to Stoney Point at Betty’s Bay. Here at you will see one of the only two land based African penguin breeding colonies, with the other being Boulders Beach on the opposite side of False Bay. The abandoned Whaling Station site where 300 whales were once killed annually for their oil (from 1917 – 1930) now gives birth to new life as penguins naturally selected breeding ground. After experiencing the sighting of African penguins, we go to Kleinmond for a refreshing cup of coffee or tea. A half an hours drive later we arrive in Hermanus, arguably the best land-based whale watching location in the world.

We visit Heart of Abalone where we will be provided the opportunity to see how Abagold, a working abalone farm operates. This rock-clinging sea snail is traditionally known for their great taste. Also known by it’s Afrikaans name “perlemoen” referring to it’s mother-of-pearl shell. Learn about the life cycle of this interesting sea snail, the challenges of the farming process, as well as the culture and history of this unique molluscs for South Africans and Chinese. Once the farm walk through is completed, we remove our boots that we were provided with and can now partake in the tasting of this delicasy. The tasting is for your own account and you will be spoilt with a delicious presentation of 3 ways in which abalone can be prepared. After this rare taster we head off to Harbour Rock restaurant.

The beauty of Harbour Rock restaurant is that it is situated on a cliff and overlooks Hermanus harbour from where we will embark on our whale watching cruise. The extensive highly acclaimed menu will for sure satisfy your taste buds. From mussels to mutton, you will be spoilt for choice. Acclaimed by locals and tourists alike, this is a restaurant that draws people back to Hermanus time and again.

After lunch the highlight of the tour begins. We board Miroshca, the purpose-built catamaran from where we will experience the beauty of the oceans majestic mammals in Walker Bay. Whale watching is only offered from June to November when these huge creatures visits the waters of the Cape.

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Arts and Culture Private Day Tour of Cape Town including Kalk Bay – experience picturesque coastal villages along the way

Explore the art, architecture, and scenery of the Cape region on this full-day, private, guided tour from Cape Town. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the Company Gardens, the Cape Gallery, Casa Labia, and the Kalk Bay Gallery, while experiencing magnificent beaches and picturesque coastal villages along the way. A moderate amount of walking is required.

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Highlights
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour by minibus
The full-day tour departs from your centrally located downtown Cape Town, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or Atlantic Seaboard (Mouille Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay) hotel accommodation around 9am.

You’ll first be driven in an air-conditioned minivan to the Company Gardens downtown. There, you’ll embark on a walk toward the city center, strolling past the National Library, Cape Town Parliament, and St. George’s Cathedral. You’ll continue through the heart of the old city where you will find some of Cape Town’s oldest and most prestigious galleries, antique shops, and auction houses, and visit The Cape Gallery flanked by colorful Georgian and Dutch facades. You’ll then return to the Company Gardens for a visit to the South African National Gallery. It houses outstanding collections of South African, British, French, Dutch, and Flemish art with regular exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles, and architecture.

Back in the minivan, you’ll travel to the village of Muizenberg, home to Casa Labia. Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Today it is a contemporary South African art gallery, an uber-stylish Africa nova boutique, as well as a celebrated Italian café where you can enjoy a light and delicious lunch (at your own expense).

You’ll then continue on to the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay where the pace of life is a little slower, and explore its quirky shops, antiques, crafts, and art. Traditional fishing vessels still return with the ‘catch of the day’ to the little port, while surfers enjoy surfing one of the best reefs in Cape Town. Established in 1995, The Kalk Bay Gallery, housed in the distinct Orange Building overlooking False Bay, is reputed to have one of the most comprehensive selections of original contemporary South African art. You’ll have time to explore its unique selection of over 3000 art works from international and South African artists for sale.

Finally, you’ll return to your Cape Town accommodation in the late afternoon. This tour is not wheelchair accessible, and a moderate amount of walking is required. Note that two people per booking is required.

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Eltham Palace – The Art Deco Jewel In London’s Crown – private tour

Join us on a private tour to the beautiful and entirely unique Eltham Palace. For centuries a Royal Palace sat atop of a hill overlook beautiful countryside and more latterly in the leafy London suburbs. There is nowhere else quite like Eltham Palace where the Medieval meets the Art Deco.

Join us on a private tour to the beautiful and entirely unique Eltham Palace. For centuries a Royal Palace sat atop of a hill overlook beautiful countryside and more latterly in the leafy London suburbs.

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There is nowhere else quite like Eltham Palace. Situated in SE London, it is a unique marriage between a medieval and Tudor palace and a 1930s millionaire’s mansion. From the 14th to the 16th century it was an important royal palace, where monarchs often stayed and hunted in the surrounding parks.

Much of Eltham Palace fell into disuse and large sections of it had to be taken down but happily the Great Hall remains and it is one of the finest in the country, up with that at Westminster Palace and Hampton Court Palace.

What really makes Eltham Palace unique however is that after centuries of neglect, Eltham was leased to Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1933 and they spent £20 million on building a state of the art home here that incorporated the Great Hall with their magnificent Art-Deco creation. The result was a masterpiece of 20th-century design.

Finally, Eltham surrounded by beautiful gardens, a wonderful moat and ancient brick bridge which anywhere else would be a tourist destination in its own right.

The tour will end with us returning by car back to our starting point.

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Full-Day Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Region Private Tour from Cape Town: including a visit to visit to Domaine Des Dieux

Spend an exceptional day exploring the boutique wine producers of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Known for its Pinot and Chardonnays, this region is a delight to true wine connoisseurs that want to discover the diverse appeal of South African wines. Drive down the famous coastal Whale Route through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay and then spend the day tasting heavenly world class wine in the renowned Hemel-en-Aarde valley wine region.

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Highlights
All entrance fees included
Led by a local guide
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Start the day with a beautiful drive along the picturesque Cape coastline, passing through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus. This famous drive is aptly named the “Whale Route” because it is known to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. The majestic Southern Right whale can be spotted year round but they are seen in abundance between June and November when they come to breed and calve.

Make your ascent into the adjacent Hemel-en-Aarde valley, with dramatic mountain landscapes and endless vineyard views. There’s no question why this valley appropriately named “Heaven on Earth” in Afrikaans. This region’s close proximity to the ocean makes it prime for cool climate wines, mainly of a French, German and Northern Italian descent. Wines like Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and even some great bubbles are all produced in this hidden gem of a region. All the wineries here are boutique and small production, but are growing rapidly in terms of a world-class recognition.

After stopping at two of the family owned wineries to taste, arrive at Creation Winery. Situated high up the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, Creation’s vines climb the steep hills of Babylonstoren Mountain to a lofty altitude of 350 meters above sea level. Here they bask in generous sunlight, flourish in 450-million-year-old clay loam soils with decomposed Bokkeveld shale and dance in the cool breezes blowing in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. You’ll experience one of the most impressive food and wine pairings in South Africa. Known for their award winning Pinot noirs and Chardonnays, you can see how the perfectly prepared canapés can enhance the unique flavors of the wines.

Your last stop will be a visit to Domaine Des Dieux, the first and only MCC (sparkling wine) producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde. This small production premium wine estate boasts stunning views of the Valley as you sip on their range of award winning wines. And just when you thought life couldn’t get better, one of the tasting assistants will supply you with some bubbles to do your own sabrage! This experience is offered exclusively for Sideways guests and is really not to be missed.

After you’ve sipped and sabraged, your guide will bring you back to your accommodation in Cape Town or Hermanus. This region is one of our personal favorites and we cannot wait to share it with you.

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What’s on this weekend in Cape Town … a reason to travel this weekend.

HOUSE OF WINTER WINES – Sat 24th Jun 2017 14:00 – 19:00

Brought to you by annual sell-out, House of Wine, House of Winter Wines is a celebration of winter and fine wine. Taking place at Herbert Baker’s historic 6 Spin Street in town, House of Winter Wines will be an afternoon of wine tasting, electro jazz, beautiful hearty food and warming up with fellow wine enthusiasts.

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Apart from a fun afternoon out with friends, House of Winter Wines is also an opportunity to taste new wines – particularly varietals that are more suited to colder weather – and buy wine at cellar prices. Your ticket includes a booklet of tasting coupons to use as you will, gorgeous cheeses and breads from our harvest table and live electro-jazz.

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We are thrilled to announce that farms participating in House of Winter Wines are as follows:
Avondale
Babylonstoren
Bellingham
Delheim
Groot Constantia
Krone
Oneiric
Ormonde
Villiera
Waterkloof
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Shanchuan – Stay Near London Heathrow Airport

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a barbecue, Shanchuan offers accommodations in Hounslow, just 3.5 km from Osterley Park.

You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There is a shared kitchen at the property.

The bed and breakfast also provides car rental. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport, 4 km from the property.

This property is also rated for the best value in Hounslow! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Facilities available:
– Free Parking
– Airport Shuttle
– Free WiFi
– Non-Smoking Rooms

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Marine Big 5 Safari from Cape Town: includes a visit to our newly build African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

Operating around the world famous Dyer Island where you might be so fortunate to see the Marine Big 5 – the Southern Right Whale/Humpback/Bryde’s Whales, the iconic Great White Shark, the Cape fur seal (around 60 000 on Geyser Rock), the endangered African Penguin and various visiting dolphin species. The area is also home to a wide variety of seabirds.

Highlights

All necessary equipment included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
You will arrive at The Great White House where we a restaurant, bathroom facilities and curio shop are situated. Upon arrival tea, coffee an muffins will be served. In the conservation and education room, you will receive an in-depth briefing regarding the area that you’ll be operating in, as well as conservation work and safety. You will be equipped with inflatable life jackets and wet weather gear in case of cooler weather conditions.

It is a short walk down to the harbour to enjoy an exhilarating trip on custom designed Dream Catcher. The Southern Right Whale Season is normally from June – December, but for the rest of the year the area is so fortunate to occasionally see some Humpback and Bryde’s whales. Other stops include a visit to the shark cage diving vessels to view great white sharks and then head to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock for the penguins and seals. You may also spot one of three dolphin species that visit: the Common dolphin, the Humpback or the Indo-pacific Bottlenose dolphin. You have an on board biologist and experienced crew promise an educational and memorable experience for the whole family.

After the trip at sea, you come back to The Great White House for warm soup and bread while warming up in front of a cosy fire or in summer to enjoy the warm sun. A debriefing will follow and the trip footage can be bought.

The trip also includes a visit to our newly build African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) either before or after the trip.

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Babylonstoren Garden, Cape Dutch Wine & Olive Oil Tasting

Take a trip to one of the most beautiful and well-known farms in Cape Town, Babylonstoren. Here, we can admire the old manor house, perfectly preserved in the Cape Dutch tradition, before embarking on a tour of the spectacular gardens.

We are guided through the garden, which was based on the Company Gardens of the Cape; a replenishment station for passing ships in years gone by. We get acquainted with over 300 varieties of plants, divided into different areas for vegetables, berries, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens. There’s even a prickly pear maze. The best part? All plants in the garden can be eaten or used for medicinal purposes. Explore, engage your senses and enjoy the view of climbing roses and blossoms.

After your garden visit, head to the winery for a tasting of the best flagship wines that the estate produces. Sample some of the Cape’s finest export, and indulge in some olive oil tasting before heading home.

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Cape Winelands Guided Trike Tour from Cape Town: travel to Spier for some more wine tasting

This tour will take you over 4 dramatic and scenic mountain passes via Grabouw, the apple capital of South Africa, to Franschhoek, rated as one of the worlds 10 prettiest towns, to historic Stellenbosch where you will taste some of South Africa’s best wines at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate and Spier Wine Estate.

Highlights

Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free drinks included

Depart from your hotel in Cape Town around 9am then travel down the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass stopping for a photo shoot. Ride through Grabouw via vast apple orchards past various farms. Then travel over the majestic Franschhoek Pass stopping for a photo shoot overlooking the Franschhoek valley. Franschhoek is rated as one of the 10 prettiest towns in the world. Continue to ride through Franschhoek over Hell’s Hoogte to Stellenbosch, stopping at Blaauwklippen Wine estate for wine tasting and lunch. From Blaauwklippen, travel to Spier for some more wine tasting. From there along the N1 back to hotel or guest house.

Two wine tastings are included in the price.

Return back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

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