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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Cape Town International Airport – Facilities

Cape Town International Airport is Africa’s most award winning airport! As Africa’s 3rd largest airport it processes over 8 million passengers annually with over 50 % of the country’s air passengers passing through the airport.

The ninety-room Road Lodge Hotel is adjacent to Cape Town International Airport and has Internet access in all bedrooms and a guest office.

​Road Lodge Hotel: ​+27 (0)21 934 7303 ​www.citylodge.co.za
​Hotel Verde: ​+27 (0)21 380 5500 www.hotelverde.com

Baggage

A-Teck not only offers bag wrapping services but also manages a Baggage Storage Facility. For rates, visit their offices located on the ground floor of Parkade 2 or contact them directly on +27 (0) 72 384 2954.​​

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Banking

Domestic arrivals terminal

ABSA,Nedbank and FNB have automatic teller machines (ATMs) in the domestic arrivals terminal.
Standard Bank at the domestic arrivals before security.
Bidvest Bereau De Change bank,forex in the Domestic Arrivals airside at the baggage collection area.​

Domestic departures terminal

Standard Bank, ABSA and Nedbank have ATMs in the domestic departures terminal. ABSA also has a bureau de change here.
Netbank -Bank,ATMs,Forex & Financial at Domestic departure before security.
Capitec ATM

International departures terminal

ABSA – Bank, Bureau De Change and an ATM in the international departures terminal.
Bidvest Bereau De Change – Bank,forex & Financial Duty free Mall after Security.

International arrivals terminal

You will find a Master Currency bureau de change in the international arrivals terminal.
ABSA – ATM before Security.
American Express bank,Forex & Financial.

Central Terminal Building​

ABSA – Bank,Forex & Financial.
Bidvest Bureau De Change – bank,forex & finanacial.
FNB & Capitec ATMs

Contact Details

ABSA at Central Terminal Building – (021) 934 0223
ABSA at International Arrivals – (021) 934 4772
American Express at International Arrivals – (021) 934 1600
Bidvest Bereau De Change at Domstic Arrivals – (021) 936 2233
Bidvest Bereau De Change at Duty free mall – (021) 936 2280
Bidvest Bereau De Change at Central Terminal Building – (021) 936 2270

Chapel and prayer rooms

​Passengers who require a room in which to pray can be accommodated. Any ACSA representative at the airport will be able to assist.

Disabled

Airports Company South Africa is committed to providing world-class facilities that meet the needs of all airport users. We focus on ensuring existing and new facilities within our airports meet the particular needs of disabled travellers and airport users.

In the multi-storey parkade at Cape Town International Airport there are disabled parking bays at all levels while the airport itself features special lifts, ramps, wheelchairs and toilets for the disabled.

Passengers who require assistance boarding and disembarking from aircraft can make arrangements with the relevant airline when booking.

Flightcheck

Prior to arriving at the airport you can obtain up-to-date flight information in a number of ways:

Call +27 (0)86 727 7888 for Airports Company South Africa’s automated flight-information service;
Call the information desk on +27 (0)21 937 1200
Send an SMS message containing your flight number to 35007 to receive up-to-date flight details, or
Check live arrivals and departures on our website.

Internet

A Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet Access) facility is available at both the international and domestic terminals. For instructions on how to access the Internet, please click here.

Porters

​The porters at Cape Town International Airport are identifiable by their orange and black uniforms. As they are self-employed and rely on tips for income a gratuity of R5 is recommended for each item of luggage handled. For group arrangements please contact Johan Adendorff, Tel: +27 (0)73 309 0268.

Postage

The Post Office is located on the ground floor of Parkade 2 past the Permit Office and the SAPS offices.

Tel: 021 934 2211

Operating hours:
08h00 – 16h30 except Wednesday 08h30 – 16h30

Restrooms

​There are restrooms in all terminal buildings. Baby-changing facilities and other amenities for young children are available in most ladies restrooms.

Public telephones

Public telephones take coins or phone cards and are sited in all terminals.

Mobile telephone rentals – VodaShop Rent a Fone and MTN Mobile Phone Rental are located in the international terminal. There is also a VodaShop Rent a Fone in the domestic arrivals terminal.

Transit / Transfer facility

Cape Town International Airport has a fully functional transit / transfer facility that facilitates in-transit passengers taking an international or regional connecting flight.

The following procedure will apply to passengers from an aerobridge (Passenger Loading Bridge) stand:

– Follow the directional signage indicating “International Transfers”
– Relevant airline staff will accompany passengers through process and route
– Boarding passes must be retained for the continuation of journeys where already issued;
– Where no boarding pass was issued, this can be printed at the transfer / transit facility by your airline;
– Hand baggage check may be conducted at the transfer facility by Customs and Airports Company South Africa’s Aviation Security Officers;
– All visa restricted passport holders require a Transit visa to transit South African airports irrespective of length of transit.
– Follow the directional signage to the international departure lounge for boarding
– Please allow for a minimum connecting time of 1 hour to facilitate all processes

The following procedure will apply to passengers from a non-aerobridge stand:

– Relevant airline personnel shall be required to direct relevant passengers to the transit / transfer facilities
– Passengers transiting or transferring shall prior to the international arrivals immigration processing area, take the steps or lift towards the transit facility;
– Passengers are then required to follow the directional signage indicating “International Transfers”
– Boarding passes must be retained for the continuation of journeys where already issued;
– Where no boarding pass was issued, this can be printed at the transfer / transit facility by your airline;
– Hand baggage checks may be conducted at the transfer facility by Customs and Airport Officers;
– All visa restricted passport holders require a Transit visa to transit South African airports irrespective of length of transit.
– Follow the directional signage to the international departure lounge for boarding
– Please allow for a minimum connecting time of 1 hour to facilitate all processes

VAT refunds

Foreign visitors leaving South Africa may claim back Value Added Tax paid on purchases from the VAT refund administrator. Goods must be presented to the administrator before check-in at the VAT refund office on the ground floor in the international departures terminal.

Once you have checked in and passed through passport control your VAT refund (less the administrator’s commission) is paid back at the VAT office on the ground floor of international departures, before passport control and the boarding gates.

VAT refund office, Tel: +27 (0)21 934 8675 or www.taxrefunds.co.za

Viewing deck

Arriving and departing aircraft can be viewed from the terminal building.

Accessories

Jewellery & Accessories​ at Central Terminal Building ​bofore security ,Tel:(021) 934 9008

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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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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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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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Cape Town International Airport – Premier tourist and VIP destination.

​Cape Town International Airport is Africa’s 3rd largest airport. It is also Africa’s premier tourist and VIP destination and has established a reputation as Africa’s premier international award-winning airport, consistently performing among the best in the world for service in its category.

Special needs passengers

Passengers with mobility restrictions requiring special access can contact the Landside hotline number on +27 (0) 21 935 3737 and use the same hotline to organise a wheelchair to take them from the terminal to their car. Wheelchairs are not available in parkades or shaded parking areas, kindly contact +27 (0) 21 935 3737 to arrange a wheelchair which should be collected at the Information Desks located on the ground floor and check-in area of the Central Terminal Building. Kindly ensure you have your ID when you collect.

Special needs passengers should also contact their respective airline 48 hours in advance to arrange for wheelchair assistance from the check-in desks to the aircraft and from the aircraft to the arrival halls. Airports Company South Africa accepts no liability for any injuries caused by the use of Airport Company South Africa or airline wheelchair.


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Half-Day Robben Island Tour from Cape Town: a World Heritage site

Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most infamous prisoners, statesmen and leader’s in Nelson Mandela.<

Highlights

Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Step back in time on a history tour
Family friendly
You will be collected from your accommodation at 8am and taken to the Robben Island Museum where you will board a ferry to the island which is 9km away from the V&A Waterfront (entry to Robben Island included in price). The ferry ride is approximately 45 minutes. You will then hop onto one of the buses and be led on a tour by previous inmates of the prison who will tell us stories of their’s and Nelson Mandela’s time in the prison.

The island, a World Heritage Site some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town, was dubbed “Robben” (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time. Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base. The aforementioned Nelson Mandela spent only 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island.

After the tour of the island you will take a return ferry and your guide will then escort you back to your accommodation at around 1pm.

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Table Mountain Bike Tour in Cape Town – Double Descent’ downhill route: The perfect track for beginners

Unleash your adventurous streak on this three-hour mountain biking tour on Cape Town’s iconic landmark, Table Mountain. Enjoy a fun-filled dirt track riding experience while discovering the true beauty of the mountain slopes!
Before hitting the tracks a complimentary hotel pick up by mini van will bring you to the very top of Table Mountain where you will take in stunning views of Cape Town City, Table Bay and Robben Island.

You will then bike the ‘Double Descent’ downhill route on the lower slopes of Table Mountain – the perfect track for beginners. This is an excellent tour for those keen to try some off-road biking with an expert guide. After an action packed bike ride you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Enrique R, December 2014
It was an incredible experience. Quite scary at times but worth it. This tour is for the adrenaline junky type of person. If you are afraid of going down hill fast on a bike, I would think twice, but for me it was a great experience. The guides are fantastic and the experience is great!

Joanne T, March 2014
Great bike trip. I would say it is tough for beginners. The first part is quite steep but I was able to wait at the start point so didn’t have to do this bit. Then there is a pedal up for a bit which is hard work. Down was good – quite rocky and bumpy but amazing views. I hadn’t been on a bike for a few years so am a definite beginner and manged this but had to walk the bike some of the way. The guides were excellent and the views stunning. Glad I did it.

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George Airport – The town of George lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The town of George lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s ever-popular Garden Route.

With more and more visitors travelling to the region’s mountains, beaches and forests, George airport now handles over 600,000 passengers each year. The increasing popularity of the area as a tourist destination is expected to boost traffic even further.

But the airport does not only play a central role in the region’s tourist economy. It is also a national distribution hub for cargo such as flowers, fish, oysters, herbs and ferns.

George Airport’s steady growth, coupled with an unwavering commitment to service and efficiency, has won it the South African Airport of the Year award six times.

This airport was originally built in 1977 as an exact replica of the Keetmanshoop Airport in Namibia, however since expansion and changes it doesn’t look similar anymore. It has won awards for efficient operation two years running.[clarification needed]

In 2013, the airport served 560,432 passengers, substantially more than the 154,000 in 2003. From 2014 onwards continued increase in passenger numbers were witnessed, with 2016 recording a record number of passengers of 738,475, closing in on the design capacity of the airport which should necessitate further terminal expansion in the near future.


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