Touring Ideas

All of our touring is done on a private vehicle and tour guide basis, meaning that your time is completely flexible. You can tour at your own pace and according to your interests – you are not obliged to follow a set itinerary and our knowledgeable guides will advise you on how best to allocate your time according to your interests. Because of this flexibility, entrance fees are excluded from our touring rates, so that you only pay entrances for what you actually do.

Tours in the Cape Town Area

Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Cape Town, the "Mother City", is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa. South African Tourism

Cape Peninsula - Full day tour (9 hours)

Full day Cape Point tour starting with an ascent by cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting) offering breathtaking views of the City, harbour and coastline. Follow the mountain along Marine Drive past the exclusive seaside resort suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Llandudno to Hout Bay - once the source of wood (from the mountains and valleys) used to construct many of Cape Town's old buildings, now a large fishing harbour featuring restaurants and cruise departures to Seal Island.

Continue over the impressive Chapman's Peak Drive (when operational) built by prisoners of war around 1920 and hugging the cliffs high above the surf line and offering magnificent views of the Atlantic seaboard. Continue onto Cape Point Nature Reserve, the meeting point of the the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After a seafood lunch at Miller's Point overlooking False Bay, continue to the Naval base of Simon's Town which has been used as a harbour and anchorage since 1741 and where one can visit the penguin colony which thrives in the bay.

On through the villages of Fishhoek and Muizenberg to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Town City and V&A Waterfront - Day tour (4 hours)
Tour of the city centre including the Cape Malay Quarter, Signal Hill and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and harbour area.
Stellenbosch Wine Route - Full day tour
Full day tour of the winelands including the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, established in 1679 and renowned for its vineyards and orchards.
Onto Boschendal Estate to visit the elegant manor house, taste the excellent wines and enjoy a sumptuous lunch.
After lunch continue to the French settler town of Franschhoek, where in 1690 about 200 French Huegenot settlers established a farming community. Today it is known for its quaint art and craft shops, restaurants and galleries and the surrounding wine estates.
Return to your hotel via the town of Paarl cradled in the Berg River Valley in the shadow of the second largest granite rock in the world and which gives the name of "The Pearl" to the town.
Paarl offers wine and fruit estates and has a rich architectural heritage.
Hermanus - Full day tour
Full day tour to Hermanus via the national road offering panoramic views of the Constantiaberg Mountain Range and the Cape Flats from the top of Sir Lowry's Pass. Enjoy whale spotting in Hermanus Bay in season.
After a leisurely lunch return to Cape Town along the coastal road past the resort towns of Kleinmond, Cape Hangklip, Rooiels and Gordon's Bay.

Tours in Gauteng

Gauteng has a unique geography, offering a combination of natural beauty and mineral wealth. Situated on South Africa’s Highveld, a high-altitude grassy plateau, the province is home to the picturesque Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountain ranges.

The province is also the site of coal and diamond extraction operations, but it is best known for its gold deposits. The Witwatersrand (“ridge of white waters”), which runs through Gauteng – meaning “place of gold” in Sesotho – is famous for being the source of 40% of all the gold ever mined from the Earth. Gauteng Tourism

Soweto - Day tour

South Africa's largest and best known "black" city (an obsolete term since the demise of apartheid) sprawls across 100 square kilometres (39 square miles) of dusty and unkempt terrain to the southwest of Johannesburg. Much of it is electrified, a growing number of its streets are paved and the more prosperous residents have large and attractive homes. However, formal development has been haphazard and slow and the majority of Sowetans live in so-called matchbox houses in overcrowded conditions (there are no high-rises).

Soweto - an acronym of South Western Townships was originally designed as a dormitory town. Many workers still commute daily by train and minibus taxi to Johannesburg and other nearby centres. Big business has passed Soweto by (until recently forced to do so by law) and commercial activity is represented by about 4000 tiny "spaza" stores and by the burgeoning informal sector (hawking, markets, backyard industries).

Soweto has few of the civic amenities (public parks, libraries) that city dwellers of the more advanced communities take for granted. The local hospital, Baragwanath, is Africa's largest, while the Sowetan newspaper is the country's fastest growing in circulation terms. Social life revolves around the football stadiums and shebeens (home bars) and the more upmarket nightclubs and community halls.

The tour will take you past the vast Baragwanath Hospital, a modern university, the Mandela and Tutu homes, visit a shebeen, the luxury suburb of Diepkloof as well as squatter camps.

Johannesburg - Day tour
This tour includes the City centre - the history, imposing mining houses, stock exchange and adjacent traditional herbalist shops, Panorama View from the top of the Carlton Centre, optional museums, etc. - continuing through the exclusive Parktown suburb featuring numerous Sir Herbert Baker designed homes and onto the luxurious northern suburbs.
Pretoria - Day tour

Depart from your hotel and proceed to Pretoria. Visit the Voortrekker Monument (Pioneer Monument) and onto Pretoria City - the administrative capital of South Africa - where 55000 Jacaranda trees line the streets.

Visit Paul Kruger's home, historic Church Square, the Union Buildings which house parliament, continue past the State President's residence and return to your hotel via the fashionable suburbs.

Cullinan Town and Diamond Mine - Day tour

(this tour is normally done in conjunction with Pretoria making a full day tour) In 1902 Thomas Cullinan discovered the immense diamond pipe in the area now known as Cullinan. The Premier Mine was established and in 1905 the largest diamond ever found, the 3106 carat Cullinan stone, was unearthed here.

The quaint town of Cullinan is from a bygone era. Interesting curio shops and restaurants line the single main street. Daily surface tours of the Premier Mine are offered.

Lesedi Cultural Village - 6 hours

Situated 18 km north of Lanseria on the R512 this is a collection of 4 authentic tribal villages, namely Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi and Basotho.

Visitors are introduced to the customs of each tribe who live in the traditional manner in the villages.
For the curious visitor a Sangoma will divine the future.

Daily dancing and stick fighting displays take place combined with either a traditional lunch (or dinner).

Gold Reef City

Built around Crown Mines' number 14 shaft - this is an actual gold mine that at one stage held the world record for amount of gold recovered and in 1916 held the world shaft sinking record. Authentic turn of the century mine dwellings complete with genuine antiques, costumes and artefacts of that age are one of the major features of Gold Reef City.

The style of living in those times becomes immediately apparent when you step into these dwellings with their cool interiors and Victorian furnishings while the inns, taverns and music halls bring back to life the rollicking, roistering side of life of Johannesburg from a hundred years ago.

Experience the thrill of descending 200 metres underground where old and new mining techniques are demonstrated as well as watching a gold pour. Other attractions include mine dancing displays, gold panning, mining and historical exhibits as well as numerous restaurants and shops.

Sun City & Pilanesburg Game Reserve - Full day tour (approximately 13 hours)

South Africa's premier extravaganza of casinos, international stars, Million Dollar Golf tournaments and the fantasy of The Lost City is situated two hours by road from Johannesburg.

This edifice to man's adaptation of Africa beckons the glamorous, the thrill seekers, the fortune hunters and the sports enthusiasts.
The Pilanesburg National Park situated adjacent to the Sun City complex, is the crater of a long-extinct volcano.

This massive 55 000ha wilderness pulses with the varied sounds of over 500 species of wildlife (including the big 5) as well as 320 bird species which have been recorded in the reserve.

Other Regions

Gauteng has a unique geography, offering a combination of natural beauty and mineral wealth. Situated on South Africa’s Highveld, a high-altitude grassy plateau, the province is home to the picturesque Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountain ranges.

The province is also the site of coal and diamond extraction operations, but it is best known for its gold deposits. The Witwatersrand (“ridge of white waters”), which runs through Gauteng – meaning “place of gold” in Sesotho – is famous for being the source of 40% of all the gold ever mined from the Earth. Gauteng Tourism

Durban City and Valley of 1000 Hills

Depart your hotel and travel along Durban's golden mile - the Marine Parade - with Zulu rickshaw pullers resplendant in their colourful regalia. Continue along South Beach to the harbour entrance, pass Vasco da Gama's clock, the imposing Durban Club and the yacht club. Continue through the Natal University campus and on to the bustling Indian Market, the botanical gardens and exotic Orchid House.

After viewing the stately homes of Morningside travel inland via the flower lined streets of Kloof to the heart of the Valley of 1000 Hills. The vast rift valley is dotted with many Zulu beehive huts - visit Phezulu, a Zulu Kraal, and witness the tribal dancing to the beat of African drums. Shakaland Situated 2 hours drive north of Durban, the route takes you through the rolling fields of sugar cane. On arrival a guided tour will take you through this Zulu village and experience the Zulu culture and tribal dancing followed by a traditional meal.

Garden Route Tour - Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice versa)

En route to Plettenberg Bay from Port Elizabeth are the world renowned surfing resort towns of Jeffreys Bay and Cape St. Francis - the former being a prolific source of sea-shells - a museum displays rare and exquisite specimens. Cape St.Francis was named by the Portuguese navigator, Manuel Perestrello, in 1575 in honour of the patron saint of sailors. Continue on to the 130 metre high Storms River Bridge and Tsitsikamma Forest, featuring more than 30 species of indigenous trees some of which are reputedly 1000 years old.

Proceed through Natures Valley to Plettenberg Bay, first named "Bahia Formosa" (Beautiful Bay) by the Portuguese. Plettenberg Bay is renowned for its rock and surf angling and deep sea fishing. Safe beaches, a lagoon and a river mouth are backed by mountain ranges and a prominent cape at the end of a promontory known as Robberg - home to archaeological sites in caves once used by the "strandlopers" who lived in the area.

Continue to Knysna with its magnificent Lagoon and the sandstone "Heads" flanking the gateway to the sea. This attractive town grew from the timber trade, started in 1804 by George Rex, said to be the illegitimate child of King George III - although never substantiated. The St George's Church, Matteroli-Knysna House and the angling museum are worth visiting. There are many talented artists and crafters displaying their work at craft markets and in the many shops.

A popular tourist attraction is the John Benn Lagoon Cruise including Featherbed Nature Reserve. The Outeniqua Choe-Tjoe is a steam train that travels twice daily between Knysna and George - the journey takes approximately 3 hours and includes magnificent lakes, mountains and coastal scenery. Travel via Sedgefield and the romantic seaside resort of Wilderness to George. The George Museum depicts the town's history, while the Mark Mall and St Mark's Cathedral are also worth seeing.

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn featuring several historic monuments and the fascinating architecture of the sandstone buildings that were built by ostrich farmers at the beginning of the century and dubbed the "ostrich palaces" (in those days prime feathers fetched more than their weight in gold!). There is a myriad of quaint shops displaying various forms of local arts and crafts, including many ostrich products.

Warm, dry summers and sunny winter days make this the ideal breeding ground for the ostrich. Ostrich show farms offer the opportunity to ride an ostrich or to stand on a rock-hard giant ostrich egg. A tour of an ostrich farm is recommended along with lunch. Cango Crocodile Ranch and Cheetahland features numerous wild animals as well as the rare wild dog and also houses a snake park.

This morning visit the seaside town of Mossel Bay which was first discovered by Bartholomew Diaz in 1488 while on a voyage to the east. He named the bay "Aguada de Sao Bras" (watering place of St Blaize). The Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerden renamed it in 1601 after the bounteous supply of mussels that line the shores. Visit the Bartolomeu Dias Museum at the end of Market Street - it includes the Culture Museum, Shell Museum, a replica of the Dias Caravel and The Post Office Tree. Continue on to Cape Town via Riversdale and Swellendam.