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What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
Explore tours are always packed with highlights - this was my 10th tour. The Western Cape has stunning scenery and the cycling was very well-planned so that we were in a different landscape each day. That said, it wasn't all about the cycling. Fuelling up for the road ahead was very enjoyable with abundant snacking, nice restaurants and good wine. We had a good balance of other activities,sightseeing and shopping opportunities without feeling rushed. Our day at Stellenbosch stands out as a highlight : great ride followed by wine tasting and then Jakes' surprise ( spoilers). Also the cape flowers,the wildlife and occasions to question, discuss and piece together South African history : the Boer war, life during apartheid and Nelson Mandela and his legacy. I now have quite a long reading list . . . We were fortunate to have a lovely mix of people in the group who all got on well together. My overall memory is of an inspiring country with genuine, friendly people. Bursts of activity, sometimes long but always followed by fun and relaxation and special moments of discovery that we all shared.Read more
Tour Leader Name
Jakes Sampson & Rasodien Abrahams
How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
We were spoilt, we had 2 great guides, Jakes and Rasodien who were both very professional and excellent ambassadors for their country. They worked well together and exuded South African warmth and positivity with big welcoming smiles. Everything seemed so relaxed and easy although behind the scenes they worked hard for long hours and were highly organised. They were flexible with the itinerary too and introduced options which they knew would appeal to the group. I genuinely felt that our time and experiences in South Africa mattered to them for the entire duration of the tour which is a rare quality and difficult to sustain. I also appreciated their patience and readiness to share their personal stories growing up in South Africa during very changing times.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
Although this tour is 'suitable for all levels' it's definitely worth doing some hill training to get the most from the cycling. There are ups even when it's level. However if you need to 'pace yourself' as I did from time to time, the tour guides were really encouraging and patient. They were always saying, It's not a race, so enjoy yourself! There's also the vehicle back up if you need it. I would also say a gel seat is a must specially for the dirt roads. Consider spending extra time in Cape Town before or after the tour or both. Our tour seemed to be over so suddenly and before I knew it we were on the plane home. Cape Town is very scenic and has a lot to offer : you can see a lot with the Hop On Hop Off Bus thenthere are museums, history, sports, shopping, great restaurants and just relaxing. I took this tour in September which was a fabulous time to see spring flowers ( lots of proteas in the fynbos) and wildlife displays.
Do You Have Anything Else To Add
I wasn't sure about booking this tour as there was only one review and that was writen 4 years ago! I booked the tour anyway and that's why I'm writing this review. This tour has got it all and will be a hard one to follow. Maybe I'll just go back and do it again