Table Mountain

Edits: Cabernet & Capers in South Africa Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
South Africa
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EZC
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

8 Days Land only
Ages: 30s and 40s

Trip Overview

Fling yourself into Cape Town capers and venture to the Winelands beyond. There are adventures of the sandboarding and kayaking type to be had in these parts, but much more besides. Monumental scenery. Epic wildlife. Divine wines. Delicious food. See for yourself why people can’t resist returning to sensational South Africa time and time again.

Edits trips are for those in their 30s and 40s. We also have a range of trips for everyone, including our similar trip Cape Town & The Garden Route, or you can view our full range of Edits trips.

At a Glance

  • Seven nights in hotels and guesthouses
  • Airport Transfers

Trip Highlights

  • An action-packed and varied troop through the magnificent Western Cape
  • Experience the best of the region’s food and wine
  • The ideal pace, with just the right amount of time to savour experiences before continuing

Is This Trip for You?

This is an active trip with cycling, kayaking, canyoning, sandboarding and hiking, so you need to be reasonably fit and have a sense of adventure

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Cape Town
End City:
Cape Town

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Ease yourself into South Africa with sundowners overlooking Camps Bay

    You’ll be met at Cape Town’s airport and transfer to our hotel in town. You’ll meet your group in the late afternoon and head out for sundowners overlooking Camps Bay

  • Day 2

    Climb the iconic Table Mountain

    Table Mountain keeps watch over Cape Town, and you’ll get to explore this flat-topped mountain properly on your first full day. Shunning the cable car in favour of the more intrepid India Venster route (arguably the most scenic way up) you’ll hike and scramble up the mountain, stopping to admire the views over Camps Bay and Robben Island.

    At the summit, there’s time to explore. Then you’ll head down the Skeleton Gorge path to the Kirstenbosch Gardens.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive to the iconic Cape Point for an unforgettable bike ride

    You’ll leave after breakfast (but with a promise to return to the city in a few days) and drive via Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. This ruggedly beautiful area is home to the likes of springbok, baboon and ostrich.

    Stretch your legs on a lighthouse walk and continue to the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide. Next, you’ll take to two wheels and cycle for two hours to Boulders Beach, home to South Africa’s 3000-strong penguin colony.

    You’ll check into a quayside bolthole in Simonstown later.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Kayak with penguins

    The adventure continues apace today, with an early walk to Simonstown harbour. You’ll kayak to Boulder’s Beach for another penguin encounter, this time on the water by kayak.

    Around lunchtime, you’ll head to Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa’s wine country. The afternoon is yours. Stroll around the oak-lined streets in this buzzy university town. Or maybe you’ll have some downtime in mind, and the pool of the Cultivar Guest Lodge could be just what’s needed.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Taste the region’s blockbuster wines

    There’s a full day of wine tasting today, touring three estates. At the Waterford Estate, you’ll pair the region’s Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with chocolate. Then it’s on to Middelvlei to pair their wines with delicious boerebraai tapas. Finally, there’s a cheese and wine pairing and cellar tour at the Jordan Estate. After today, you’ll be able to navigate wine menus back home like a pro.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Hike through Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

    Spend a day in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, to the southeast of Stellenbosch. You’ll follow a hiking trail through scenic mountains and fynbos, a heathland plants unique to South Africa’s Cape regions. Bring a swimming costume as there may the opportunity to go for a swim. The reserve is home to leopards, honey badgers and baboons, although they’re rather shy. Instead, you’re more likely to spot kingfishers, eagles and agama lizards.

    For those looking for an adrenaline rush, there’s the option of going kloofing for the day instead. It’s the South African version of canyoning, following the Steenbras River through a canyon, abseiling, rock jumping and swimming in clear pools.

    This evening there’s a traditional South African BBQ. It’s the perfect opportunity to swap stories of the day’s adventures.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Surf the dunes on a sandboarding adventure

    The morning is spent sandboarding at the Atlantis Dunes, with full instruction and equipment provided. There’s also the option to try quad biking here. Then it’s back to Cape Town, after a late lunch at Bloubergstrand where you’ll get a great view of Table Mountain.

    This evening, there’s a trans-African food experience at Gold Restaurant complete with live entertainment.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Savour your last moments in Cape Town

    On your final day, the choice is yours. A township tour? A visit to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Or perhaps just spending a little more time around the V&A Waterfront? There’s no bad way to spend time in this city.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

Grand Daddy Hotel

Occupying an enviable position in the heart of the action on Cape Town’s Long Street, the Grand Daddy Hotel is a different take on a typical hotel experience. Don’t leave without spending time at the rooftop Airstream Trailer Park (yes, seriously).

Cultivar Guest Lodge

In archetypal wineland surroundings, this diminutive Lodge screams peace. There’s a pool that’s ideal for spending a lazy afternoon with a local wine in hand.

Simonstown Quayside Hotel

A bright and breezy hotel on the water’s edge with views over False Bay and the Simon’s Kloof Mountains beyond.

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • Vegetarians and Vegans can be catered for

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Included Transfers.

Exodus Edits provide airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the start hotel and from the end hotel and will be on the dates that the tour starts and finishes.

We know that the unexpected can happen. Your plane may get delayed, or things just don’t go to plan. If you miss your tour departure, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don’t forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure.

Flights

Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. The recommended flights for this trip are with British Airways but there are alternatives. If you’d like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give us a call on 020 8772 3837.

Location start:
Cape Town
Location end:
Cape Town

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Walking shoes or walking boots
  • Swimming gear
  • Sun/rain gear
  • Waterproof roll bag can be useful for kayaking
  • Reusable water bottle

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles

Practical Information

Passport

South Africa

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

South Africa's Timezone:
Africa/Johannesburg SAST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

South Africa's Electricity:

South Africa uses unusual plugs with large round pins (the old UK plugs) which are generally not found on universal adaptors. It may be possible to find S. African adaptors at airports (such as Heathrow) or in S. Africa. An increasing number of properties also have European style and, to a lesser degree, British style plugs.

Money

South Africa's Currency

The national currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (July 2020) of approximately 21 to the GBP, 17 to the USD, 13 to the CAD, 19 to the EUR, 12 to the AUD and 11 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available throughout the trip

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Spending money will depend on how much wine and curios you decide to buy but as an indication meals are generally between R200 and R400 (roughly GB£10-20/US$15-25); a beer is around R40, glass of wine R30; soft drink R12.

Kloofing R1595

Quad biking R850

Township tour R500

Robben Island - R600 (Note: If you would like to book this excursion then please advise Exodus at least 4 weeks before travel (ideally when you book on the trip). We will take all names and the tickets will then be payable locally - this is to avoid disappointment as it is a popular tour. Once you have signed up then we cannot accept cancellations. Refunds will only be issued if we are refunded by the ticket office for adverse weather conditions etc).

Tipping

Tipping as your own discresion, however recommended tipping for the leader is around R600 for the entire trip (about GB£30/US$40)

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2022.

Exodus Community

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.