Cape Town's Little Five Experiences

Robben Island Tours

Highlights

• Ferry ride
• Bus tour on Robben Island
• A walk-in prison tour conducted by a former political prisoner

Time

• Departure times: 09H00, 11H00, 13H00 and 15H00 daily*
*Times subject to change seasonally
*Weather permitting

Important Details

• It is advisable to make a booking in advance
• For bookings, the following details will be required:
– Date, times, number of people, credit card details* (card number, expiry date and CVV)
*Credit card will be charged immediately

Shark Cage Diving Adventures

Why It's Amazing

A 2.5 hour drive from the hotel in Gansbaai

Time

Departure: Between 05H00 and 09H00
Return: Between 15H00 and 18H00

Important Details

Included:
– Transport
– Breakfast and snacks
– Gear
– The option of purchasing the DVD of the day’s activity

Eco-friendly Shark Cage Diving

Highlights

• Great white shark spotting up close
• Fun, knowledgeable crew
• Responsible and ethical company
• Shark research initiatives are supported
• Awareness campaigns

Why It's Amazing

This famous Cape Town adventure is enjoyed while a contribution to the environment is made. Knowledgeable crew accompany participants and provide insight into the world of great white sharks. The team is qualified to co-ordinate activities around these incredible creatures, including conservation, education and research.

The experience is designed to accommodate both divers and non-divers and participants can rest assured of their safety. It is truly a once-in a lifetime experience as no dive is ever the same. As there are fewer than 5 000 of these sharks left in our oceans, participants can count themselves fortunate when spotting them.

About the Guide

White Shark Projects is committed to working in harmony with our natural and social environment. The team offers outstanding customer service, value and operational efficiency. The crew and staff are set apart by their expertise, their hands-on experience and their passion for great white sharks. The company’s knowledge is rooted in 15 years’ experience in great white shark research, conservation and eco-tourism.

Important Details

• Included:
– Breakfast or lunch before the trip
– Snacks and refreshments on board
– Soup and bread upon return from the trip
– Wetsuits and equipment
• Duration: Two to five hours long, depending on sightings and weather conditions
• What to Bring:
– Warm clothing
– Sunblock
– Bathing costume
• Meeting Location: Dive Lodge in Kleinbaai

Special Terms

• Clients are not entitled to a refund should weather conditions suddenly change while out at sea causing a trip to be curtailed
• Clients will not be given a refund if no shark sightings take place as sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed; in this case, an alternative date for the tour is offered at a reduced rate
• Cancellation Policy:
– Cancellations must be done at least 24 hours before departure to avoid incurring fees
– 24 hours to 18 hours before tour: 50% of fee is payable
– 18 hours or less before tour, or no-show: No refund due and the company that made the booking will be responsible for the payment
– If a tour cannot go ahead due to bad weather, clients will be informed as soon as possible and an alternative date will be offered or a full refund will be given (The tour will not be permitted if safety is compromised in any way)

Hiking Table Mountain

Highlights

• An experience accompanied by an adventurer who has conquered the highest mountain peaks on the planet
• The famous India Venster trail
• Abseiling trip down Table Mountain with Abseil Africa
• Picnic with a view of Cape Town

Why It's Amazing

Eco-explorer and mountaineer, Kai Fitchen takes hikers on the ultimate Cape Town adventure, along the India Venster trail to the top of Table Mountain. Here, breathtaking views of Devil’s Peak, the Cableway and the ocean can be absorbed.

Hikers then abseil down the slope of the mountain under Abseil Africa’s professional guidance. This is followed by a well-deserved picnic at a beautiful spot called Fountain Ledge. Here, Kai shares his stories about his expeditions to Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

About the Guide

Kai’s love for the Cape came from clambering up and down Table Mountain whenever he could. When he was nine years old, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Hiking and climbing was the only thing which allowed him to move past the ordeal. At the age of fifteen, he conquered Mount Kilimanjaro on an expedition aimed to raise awareness about the disease. Over the years, Kai has climbed numerous mountains and has done so in a manner that is eco-conscious and that inspires environmentally and socially responsible climbing expeditions.

Important Details

• Included:
– Guided hike
– Abseil from the top of Table Mountain
– Picnic basket with drinks and snacks of your choice
• Duration: Approximately three hours
• Time: 09H00
• Maximum Number of People: Fifteen
• Meeting Point: Lower cable car station

Special Terms

• Hikers of all experience levels welcome, but must not be afraid of heights and should be ready to rock climb
• This activity is weather dependent and the date may need to be rescheduled due to certain weather conditions
• Persons under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by adults
• No refunds, no cancellations policy

Paragliding Experience

Highlights

• Tandem paragliding experience
• Flight over the city
• Professional paragliding instructor
• Views of Robben Island on the horizon, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the Atlantic Seaboard

Why It's Amazing

Of the many amazing ways to experience Cape Town, this one is no doubt in the top five. The adventure begins on Lion’s Head or Signal Hill (both on Signal Hill Road/Drive) depending on the wind on the day. Flights that launch from Lion’s Head conclude in front of the Bungalow in Camps Bay, whereas those that launch from Signal Hill conclude in Sea Point, in front of Winchester Mansions hotel.

There is a 15-minute walk up the hill if launching from Lion’s Head but no walk if launching from Signal Hill. The flights are performed by professional and experienced instructors, certified by the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA).

About the Guide

Cape Town Tandem Paragliding was started by Manu Wegmershaus. He started paragliding at the age of fourteen and proceeded to become a paragliding junkie – eating, sleeping and breathing paragliding. Manu has brought together a team of like-minded paragliding professionals who now introduce others to this thrilling adventure.

Important Details

• Duration:
– Flight: Five to thirty minutes depending on wind, which changes throughout the day and from day to day
– Whole experience: Approximately one hour, depending on the weather
• What to Bring: A bottle of water for the hike
• What to Wear:
– Closed shoes, such as trainers or running shoes
– Long pants
– Windbreaker
• Required Fitness Level:
– Suitable fitness level required for a 15-minute walk up Lion’s Head to launch from this site
– Any fitness level is suitable for flights that launch from Signal Hill
• Age Specification: People of ages and abilities can enjoy the flight; the team has flown people aged three to eighty-seven
• Meeting Location: Confirmed on the day of the flight via text message

Special Terms

• Paragliding is weather dependent, and delays can be experienced due to wind and clouds
• In the event of bad weather, another date will be recommended; if it is not possible to reschedule, any money paid will be refunded less a 10% admin fee regardless of circumstances
• If Cape Town Tandem Paragliding arranges the transfer and the transfer commences but weather inhibits the activity, the client is still responsible for payment of the cost of the transfer
• Bookings may be delayed, postponed, rescheduled or cancelled at the sole discretion of Cape Town Tandem Paragliding, its owners and management
• All clients participate at their own risk and will be required to sign an indemnity form before the activity takes place
• The owners and management of Cape Town Tandem Paragliding cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage of any property of the client
• Cancellation Policy:
– 30 to 15 days prior to confirmed booking date: 10% cancellation fee payable
– 14 days before prior to date, or no-show: 100% cancellation fee payable

Zip-lining & Wine Tasting

Highlights

• Full-day private tour
• Zip-lining over the canopy
• Wine tasting at three famous wine farms

Why It's Amazing

The adventure begins at Constantia Nek where zip-lining is enjoyed, 155 metres above the tree canopy. Thereafter, wine tasting takes place at Beau Constantia where stunning views of Constantia Valley can be absorbed. The next stop is at Constantia Glen Winery, perched high up on the slopes of Constantiaberg, followed by a stop at Eagles Nest. Wine can be enjoyed in the lush garden and bottles can be purchased.

About the Guide

Explore Sideways is a passionate team of wine experts, indulgent foodies, travel addicts and adrenaline junkies that have come together to share their insider knowledge of the incredible South African Winelands.

Important Details

• Included:
– Pick up and drop off from participants’ accommodation in and around Cape Town
– Private guide/driver
– Zip-lining activity
– Three wine tastings
• Excluded:
– Lunch
– Optional visits
• Departure: 08H00
• Return: 17H30
• Age Specifications: Zip-lining may only be done by adults and children over the age of eight

Special Terms

• Neither Explore Sideways nor any operator shall be liable for weather conditions that may affect the delivery and implementation of a planned itinerary
• Participants bear the sole risk of scheduled tours being affected by inclement or extreme weather conditions, such as rain, wind or extreme heat
• No booking can be cancelled or amended by participants at any time on the basis of weather conditions
• Cancellation Policy:
– 30 days or more prior to tour departure: 10% cancellation fee payable
– 3 to 30 days prior to tour departure: 20% cancellation fee, plus any additional charges levied by suppliers up to date of cancellation payable
– 24 to 72 hours prior to tour departure: 50% cancellation fee, plus any additional charges levied by suppliers up to date of cancellation payable
– Within 24 hours prior to tour departure: 100% cancellation fee payable

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