Cape Town & Beyond

Wine, Whales & Wors Tour

If you’re on the hunt for a unique day trip outing, then look no further than the Whale, Wine and Wors Tour. You will be whisked off to discover the hidden gems of the Cape Winelands and Overberg’s coastal region.  We follow in the footsteps of early explorers who helped discover the interior of wild SA. We arrive at the hidden gem town of Grabouw, for a unique South African pairing of authentic Boerewors (farm sausage) and Everson’s Cider along with Biltong and red wine pairing in the winemaker’s cellar. From here we take a trip to a stunning Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Estate for lunch (all local sourced ingredients), followed by wine and chocolate pairing! Now for the world’s best land-based whale watching (binoculars are provided) at the quaint coastal town of Hermanus. After yet another wine tasting, we head back to Cape Town. This is a fun, authentic and different cultural day trip led by charming experienced tour guides.

 

 

Table Mountain Hikes

A visit to this national gem is a must! As an alternative to the typical cable-car visit– why not join our qualified mountain guide for a private guided walk up Cape Town’s most famous landmark? Whilst there are many trails up the mountain, we find that visitors generally prefer to do either the short and steep Platteklip Gorge trail or the longer Skeleton Gorge-Maclear’s Beacon trail. Both these trails end at the top cable car station and guests descend by cable car. Another option is of course to hike Lion’s Head which rewards you with spectacular panoramic views. It requires only moderate fitness and can be completed (up and down), in a leisurely 3 hrs. We also provide the unique opportunity to spend a night on Table Mountain and to watch the sunrise over the Cape Peninsula.

Footsteps to Freedom Walking Tours

This in-depth walking tour emphasises the dramatic history of Cape Town and South Africa as you take in the scenic highlights of the historic Old City. Guides use the bustling streets of Cape Town, old buildings and squares, people and places as props to develop our story of Dutch and British rule, slavery and apartheid, freedom and democracy. Highlights include a visit to: Greenmarket Square; Adderley Street and flower sellers; Grand Parade, City Hall and Castle of Hood Hope as well as the story of District Six and Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter).

 

Township Tour

Join Vamos as we explore the daily lives and culture of the Xhosa people living in townships. In Langa, the streets are the lifeblood of our community. It is in the streets that our kids play soccer, where we trade, walk and talk, where boys and the girls meet, where we show off our new clothes and our new cars. For an authentic township cultural experience you need to walk, to hear, smell, touch and taste. Your morning tour with Vamos includes a braai (barbecue) at the famous Mzoli’s, Guguletu (weekdays), or a home-hosted lunch (weekends and public holidays).

 

Franschhoek Wine Tram & Picnic Lunch

Just beyond Cape Town lies the picturesque vineyard town of Franschhoek. Many world-renowned wines have been produced from the fertile lands in this valley. Explore the winelands and taste some of the most distinguished wines in the world. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley; the picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and fine wines with a 300 year history. Visit Rickety Bridge Estate with its long winemaking history for a tasting of their award winning wines. This is followed by a picnic lunch of freshly baked breads, local cheeses, desserts and of course, fine wine.

 

 

Stellenbosch TukTuk Winelands Tour

TukTuks have taken Stellenbosch by storm. It is the ideal way to travel between vineyards, it even comes with a guide and driver! So travel like the locals do and visit charming Stellenbosch and its beautiful surrounding vineyards on this fun tour. This wine tasting tour with a difference will stop at 5 well-known wineries and includes tastings, lunch and 2 cellar tours.

 

Unique Winelands Day Tour

Stellenbosch is one of the world’s best wine producing regions. Spend some time in the magnificent wine-producing valleys and experience the true culture of living in one of the most renowned wine regions of the world. Visit 5 wine estates in Stellenbosch which includes a detailed vineyard tour, cellar tour, wine and food pairings (cheese & wine; chocolate & wine…) and a hearty lunch served in the middle of the winelands. Meet the locals and sometimes the wine makers themselves.  This full day tour includes a knowledgeable and qualified guide, transfers to and from your hotel, all tastings and lunch. Don’t miss out on this truly South African experience!

 

 

The “Forgotten” Wine Route: Train Journey to the Karoo

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers. Firstly, we visit some of Cape Town’s iconic land marks of a by-gone era and hear their stories. Afterwards your bus departs the city for the legendary route into the Karoo. We arrive at Rawsonville and visit a unique wine farm, meeting the winemakers and sharing a couple of glasses with them. From here we go forth on an epic train journey through stunning mountains and the plains of the Karoo to Matjiesfontein. Take some time to explore this town that’s frozen in time. The evening starts off with Matjiesfontein’s bizarre bus tour. We will then feast on a traditional Karoo braai (BBQ) under the stars. With our bellies filled, your guide takes you on an odd night’s stroll, followed by stargazing. We then return to the Lairds Arms Pub for some Honkey-Tonk sing-a-longs around the old piano, if the pianist is still awake! The next morning, after a hearty breakfast we head back via the scenic Koo Valley for lunch. We also drive through the lovely towns of Montagu and Ashton. To top off the day, more wine tasting followed by local olive tasting at award winning Marbin Olive Estate. Lazy and happy we make our way to be back in Cape Town. A memorable experience unlike any other of true South African culture.

 

 

 

Paragliding: Signal Hill

Observe The Mother City from a different angle…a thrilling bird’s eye view with the wind singing through your ears! Tandem jumps are arranged from Signal Hill and can last anything from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the conditions. You will be in safe hands as all the pilots are well-experienced and they love what they do!

 

 

Shark Cage Diving

This is the ultimate thrill! A close encounter with a great white shark can only be one thing – memorable! Our operator conducts small group diving and educational trips and strives to conserve and protect the sharks by creating awareness through education. Shark cage diving is an awesome experience from both above and below the water’s surface. Getting close to this most magnificent apex predator leaves you feeling exhilarated to say the least. Get to know this important keystone species of our oceans a bit better and book your dive today.

 

 

Cape Town Eats: Walking Food Tour

This private food tour aims to get under the skin of the city so that by the end of the day you can almost feel its pulse. We explore the history, the people, their cultures, their cuisines, as well as contemporary Cape Town and its artisanal trends.  Cape Town is a city that has been metamorphosing at a rapid rate. What was once a run-down area that was purely a business district is now a city where we live and love to play. Consequently the tour keeps changing as new creative and artisanal spots pop up on a weekly basis.  This tour aims to give you an understanding of who we are and where we eat and play.  This is a great tour to do early during your stay in Cape Town as it orientates you and gives you great insight into the city!  Some of the options for the day include a mix of eats and digestion shopping stops:

Bree Street, home to over 40 new spots in the last 18 months, this is the hub of the quirky, creative and artisanal openings in the city.  We spend time exploring some of the artisanal offerings on Bree Street.

The Bo-Kaap is one of the most beautiful areas of the city. It is also the heart of our Cape Malay community and we stop to explore and taste some of the local favourite dishes.

Sampling freshly cooked samoosas must be one of the most delicious things to try in Cape Town.

South Africans love milk tarts so if you visit a home for tea on a Sunday, you will usually find it served with milk tarts. Both the Afrikaans and Cape Malay communities claim this one as their traditional dish!

A foodie exploration would not be complete without trying African food! Samp and beans, chakalaka…yum!

Micro Coffee Roasters are scattered all over Cape Town and Woodstock and consequently we have become coffee fanatics.  Let us know if you love coffee and we will stop to visit a few!