So many things to mention!! Seeing Whales, Dolphins, Penguins and Seals was an unforgettable experience. Not to forget climbing Table Mountain while it was cloudy and then arriving at the top to find the weather had cleared and we had perfect blue sky!
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Jakes was a great tour leader along with Keith our driver. They were a great double act and added many personal touches to the trip throughout to ensure we all enjoyed our holiday. Jakes provided lots of information about the history of South Africa and was always thinking ahead to ensure we made the best of the holiday – including organising whale watching from Pletternberg bay instead of Hermanus due to the unpredictable weather forecast.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"This is a slow paced holiday and you can choose to opt out of some of the walks if you want. I did all the excursions and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Prices are accurate as quoted in the trip notes if not a little cheaper in some areas. There are a couple of optional extras not mentioned in the trip notes such as the animal close encounters at the Wildlife Ranch, so you may want to take that into account when budgeting for your trip.
Eating out at lunch is cheap and you can get a sandwich/chips/drink for around £5. In the evening you eat in each hotel for one night and then have a free choice for the second night in the town, meaning you can find something to suit your budget. I spent anything from £8-£20."
Do you have anything else to add?
"Sit back and enjoy! The scenery is amazing especially along the coast. All of the hotels and guesthouses we stayed in were excellent particularly the lodge at Oudsthoorn.
Binoculars are useful to have to spot whales from the shoreline, and a camera with a good zoom is needed to get photos from a distance, although you do get closer to them whilst whale watching. "