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Cape Escape CP

Visiting: South Africa
Tour Duration 11 Days
Reviews for Cape Escape 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.

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3.5 Jen Makin, 09/11/15

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A wonderful tour that gives you an opportunity to go on extensive hikes and to see beautiful scenery. Boulders Bay gives you chance to see penguins up close without disturbing them. They're really cute. Wine tasting in Stellenbosch was a lot of fun to sample South African wines. Sadly, the waters were too choppy so we didn't have the opportunity to go whale watching. However, it wasn't a huge disappointment because a few whales breached in the bay area. Quite enjoyed watching them while eating lunch. The township tour in Knysna tour is a great highlight and a definite must. (Explore notes are incorrect - township tour doesn't take place in Swellendam or on a Sunday) It is quite a positive visit. Our hostess took us around the township to talk about different areas: school, library, etc. Then she takes you back to her house, where you mingle with the children she has taken in due to neglect, abuse, etc. She's such a positive and inspiring lady who has come from nothing. Glad that Explore supports her efforts. The Botelierskop game reserve was good - you will be able to see lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, etc up close.

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5 Katie Taylor, 23/09/15

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The trip was a fantastic introduction to South Africa and the Cape. There was just the right amount of time in each location to really get a feel for the places and our tour leader was exceptional. The country was more beautiful and friendly than I could have imagined and everything was so well organised.

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2 Nigel Stevens, 13/03/15

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A group of 9 of us joined this tour from a Namibia Explore tour. This was a disappointment in comparison, mainly down to the lack of knowledge of the guide who had not done this particular tour before and did not know what to expect at each location. For example, we arrived a Robberg without water or food for a 3 hour walk and there was nothing there


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Our Response

We’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your tour leader – as you have rightly stated, this was Reginald’s first time leading this tour, and we do think some issues were mainly down to his inexperience. He has assured that he is doing more research on the itinerary, so he is able to provide more information to our groups, and we will also make sure that he is fully prepared before leading his next trip.

4.5 Sarah Evans, 18/02/15

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Cape Escape was a very well organised whirlwind tour of Cape Town and the garden route. I loved all of it but in particular loved climbing table mountain, the beautiful coastal walks, Stellenbosch and Knysna. The tour covered a great distance, it was good staying 2 nights at each location. All the hotels were of a good standard and in nice locations. The food and drink was fantastic, very reasonable and our guide made sure all our restaurants were booked and that we had transport to take us or where in walking distance. It was a jam packed tour so be prepared for being on the go and quite a bit of a travel in the bus.



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4 Geoffrey, 22/02/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"For my wife Penny the visit to Drakenstein Prison, arranged privately by Jakes as not officialy open.I couldnt go.
For both of us the walk on Robberg Nature Reserve."

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5 Shona, 17/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The whole tour was amazing but main highlights - the day tour round Cape of Good Hope, walking on Robberg Island, Table Mountain and private game reserve.

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5 Simon John Longworth, 11/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Table Mountain And the game reseve, but all was good

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5 Jessica, 15/09/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

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!

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5 Susan Stanton, 17/07/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

All of it, just loved every minute of it!

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0 Dave Harrison, 19/12/11
I went to South Africa not knowing what to expect.  I wanted to see whales and winelands.  The Cape in October greeted us with very strong winds which were unexpected although generally the weather was warm.  The tour started gently with a free day in Cape Town to explore the Victoria and Alfred harbour area.  The second day was a taste of what was to come with an early start and trip to Houts Bay and then on down to Cape Point and a walk across to the Cape of Good Hope.  The whales were elusive but other wildlife could be seen - Dassies, Eland, Baboons.  The following day the weather cleared and we climbed Table Mountain in glorious sunshine before setting off for the winelands.  We had wine tastings, walked, toured old towns and did I mention we had wine tastings!   We moved on through the spectacular Garden Route and visited Cango Caves and an ostrich farm.  We discussed South Africa's troubled past and its hopes for the future.  We stayed in excellent accomodation, met lots of friendly people, drank lots of very good wine and ate excellent food including samples of the local wildlife.  The disappointment was the whales - until Hermanous on the second last day.  Then, there they were, just yards off shore.  The Southern Right Wales were moving around the bay.  We even had a meal at a restaurant where we could watch whales breaching off shore as we ate. The trip was packed with activity and  looking back it is hard to see how we fitted everything in. The guide was excellent, knowledgeable, entertaining, efficient and he helped to make the trip something special.  The highlight could have been the climb to Table Mountain, or the winery tour, or  Cango Caves, or the visit to Railton township, the whales, or any number of other things we did on this tour.   In South Africa in October I saw a country with a climate much like a good English spring, a variety of cultures getting along together, spectacular scenary, exotic plants and varied wildlife.  Would I go back? - you bet I would. (CP - 14th October 2011)
0 Margaret Andrews, 29/12/10
The Cape Town region of South Africa is a great place to visit in November. The weather is warm to hot and days are long, but it is malaria free unlike other nearby areas. Our trip started locally with a day tour around the Cape peninsula. Relaxing sightseeing alternated with energetic walks and clambering onto the Cape of Good Hope. Fortunately the strong wind was on-shore! The next day we had perfect weather for our exploration of Table Mountain before heading for Stellenbosch. We made the most of tasting oportunities in this well known wine area, and had delicious dinners on a tranquil guest farm. Moving on along to the Little Karoo the landscape changed dramatically to arid land with ostrich rather than wine and cheese farms!  Next it was over the mountains to the beautiful coastal region. Here we watched for whales, dolphins and seals and were fortunate in seeing all three. The day spent in Tsitsikamma National Park at thecoast was a particular highlight.  Walking along the coast in the sunshine and thrilling at the sight of dolphins and whales is something I will long remember.  On the way back along the coastal route to Cape Town we enjoyed a visit to a private game reserve and, in the only rain of the trip, an interesting and enlightening Township visit.  This holiday is a great mix of action and relaxation with many varied optional visits, but time to just "be" and relax by several swimming pools along the way. Food and wine were reasonably priced and varied from excellent seafood to delicious ostrich steaks.  Although a group tour there were several oportunities to opt out and to make individual plans. On the last day I really enjoyed a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, while other participants went to Robben Island or just relaxed and shopped.  The direct non-stop flight and minimal time difference make this a trip the needs little recovery time on returning home. (CP - 12th November 2010)
0 Jennie Turner, 21/09/10
Lots of people had told me South Africa was wonderful but nothing could have prepared me for the aching beauty of the scenery, the whales bobbing around in the bays seemingly metres from the shore, the delicious food (we ate our way through the whole genus of antelope), wine lists as long as Anna Karenina and, well, ... ostrich riding. Chris, our tour leader, was very knowledgeable and open about South Africa's dark past and present stark inequalities. The township tour was fascinating and not at all ghoulish and everywhere we went people were pleased to see us and very hospitable. The unexpected part was the fantastic group dynamic promoted by Chris and the laughs we had, on the road and beyond. I would never have thought of reciting a poem about, well, ostriches, written on a bus before this trip. Advice? Make sure you get Chris as a tour leader and book a few extra days at the beginning or the end as 11 days was not enough for this extraordinary holiday. (CP- 6th August 2010)
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