Cape Town and Winelands Trip Notes

Travel to South Africa with Intrepid travel to discover the wonders of Cape Town and the regional Winelands. Explore the scenic Cape Peninsula, taste local wines and relax in some of Cape Town’s best restaurants.

    • 5
    • UBAP
    • Total twin price tool tip
      USD $1,007
      CAD $1,072
      AUD $1,115
      EUR €775
      GBP £667
      NZD $1,322
      ZAR R10,150
      CHF FR955
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    • Total single price tool tip
      USD $1,305
      CAD $1,390
      AUD $1,445
      EUR €1,005
      GBP £865
      NZD $1,715
      ZAR R13,150
      CHF FR1,240
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    • Short Breaks, Wildlife
    • Comfort
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Cape Town and Winelands
Trip code: UBAP-C
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Sip, munch and slurp your way through Cape Town and the Cape Winelands. Boasting the best wines in South Africa, journey along the stunning Cape Peninsula to Stellenbosch and take a step back in history. From colonisation and slavery to the abolishment of the apartheid regime, learn how this nation is overcoming it’s turbulent past to become the friendly, modern and upbeat society it is today. As the most popular tourist destination in South Africa, prepare for Cape Town’s pleasant weather, welcoming residents and incredible natural setting to steal your heart.
This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.
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StyleImportant notesEmergency contact
ThemesGroup sizeEmergency funds
MapAccommodationIssues on your trip
ItineraryMealsHealth
Culture shock rating TransportTravel insurance
Physical ratingGroup leaderThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeJoining point Carbon offset
Spending moneyFinish point Feedback
Style
Comfort
  • Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4 star), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course). Along the way, you'll really experience the destination up close. You'll mingle with locals, enjoy a taste of their way of life and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel, but real world experiences - just with a softer landing!
Themes
Short Breaks, Wildlife
Map
Cape Town and Winelands
Itinerary
Day 1 Cape Town
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
On arrival in Cape Town, you’ll be met by our local operator who’ll transfer you to your hotel.
Your hotel is cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town's suburb of Tamboerskloof. The city centre and beach are both located just 1km away. Facilities include restaurant, cocktail bar, pool, gym, and WiFi.
With its stunning coastline, dominating mountain and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. With vineyards on its doorstep, adventure activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, Cape Town is a very easy city to spend some extra time in.
If you have extra time, Cape Town, with its internationally recognised beaches, is a great place to kick back and relax. If you'd rather get active, hop inside the revolving cable car and set off on one of hundreds of hiking trails that criss cross Table Mountain to its summit, stopping off the admire the views of Camps Bay below. If you've got energy left perhaps strap on a harness and abseil down. Other attractions worth a visit include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Accommodation
Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 2 Cape Town Walking Tour
Today we’ll retrace 350 years of Cape Town’s dramatic history on a three hour walking tour. Specially trained local guides will bring the challenges facing the early Dutch settlers to life, as well as the hardship of slavery, colonial life in The Cape, the tragedy of apartheid, and the joy and triumph of the new ''Rainbow Nation''.
Our tour will take in historical sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, Grand Parade, and significant historic slavery sites such as the Slave Lodge and Slave Tree. At the Parliament Buildings and District Six Museum, we’ll learn about apartheid and get a valuable insight into the effects of racism and discrimination on the lives of ordinary South Africans.
In Government Avenue near St. George’s Cathedral, Footsteps to Freedom tour guides will tell us about Cape Town’s three Nobel Peace Prize-winners; Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk. We’ll visit the building where the apartheid laws were passed and where they were later repealed after De Klerk’s dramatic speech at the opening of Parliament in February 1990.
In Greenmarket Square and St. George’s Mall, you can’t help but feel the energy and pulse of the new South Africa.
Included Activities
  • Cape Town Walking Tour
Accommodation
Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 3 Cape Town/Cape Point Peninsula/Winelands
Today we will enjoy a full day tour travelling down the spectacular coastline to Cape Point and enjoy a tranquil escape to the Winelands. Lunch isn’t included today as we think you’ll enjoy getting out and sampling the local cuisine for yourself!
Travelling down the spectacular coast to Cape Peninsula with some of the highlights including Clifton Beach view, Camps Bay, Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope. We will then enjoy a relaxing drive to the Winelands through Paarl, driving past the Groot Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in February 1990.
In the afternoon we head to Stellenbosch for a city tour where you’ll have some free time to explore the town on your own. There’ll be more wine and cheese tastings in the afternoon before heading back towards Cape Town.
Included Activities
  • Best of Cape Day Tour
Accommodation
Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 4 Cape Town Free Day
Today you have free time to discover everything that Cape Town has to offer. You can admire the view from the top of Table Mountain, head off to Robben Island - where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, take in the atmosphere of the V & A Waterfront or experience the Hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour around Cape Town.
The choice is yours!
Accommodation
Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 5 Cape Town
Our adventure comes to an end today.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
You’ll be collected from your hotel by our local operator and transferred to Cape Town Airport for your onward flight. Additional accommodation can be booked if you’d like to extend your time in Cape Town.
    • Kruger Experience - Lodge (5 days) (UBAJ-C)
    • Amazing Southern Africa Reverse (UBKCC)
    • Amazing Southern Africa (UBKEC)
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Money Exchange
    SOUTH AFRICA
    The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).
    The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).
    CASH:
    Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.
    ***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN EAST AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. IF YOUR KITTY PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO BE PAID IN USD, IT MUST BE PAID WITH BILLS NO OLDER THAN 2006 SERIES***
    EUR or GBP are also widely accepted. The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorised money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.
    TRAVELLER'S CHEQUES:
    Some people like to carry traveller’s cheques for back up emergency cash. While traveller’s cheques are undoubtedly the safest way to carry money, they are becoming harder to cash around the world and can often result in unfavourable exchange rates and commission charges. They are no longer accepted in many locations in Kenya & Tanzania. It can also be tricky to reach banks during banking business hours which are often short in many African countries. Note: Receipts for traveller’s cheques are required by banks and money changers.
    VISA AND MASTERCARD:
    With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Important notes
    OUR LOCAL PARTNER:
    This trip is operated by Peregrine Adventures and you will be joined by other like minded Intrepid and non Intrepid travellers. Single travellers will share accommodation with another traveller of the same sex.
    IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN:
    A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.
    Group size
    Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
    Accommodation
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar (4 nts)
    Meals
    4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
    USD 100.00
    Transport
    Van
    Group leader
    SHORT BREAK - GROUP
    This Short Break Adventure is a 'join in' group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader - our local representative fills this role - and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.
    The aim of our local representative is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. On this style of trip you might have one person stay with you for the entire journey, or you might get to enjoy the variety of having someone different for each day and/or activity. They will all be to provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and, where possible, introduce you to our local friends. While some may not be guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
    Joining point
    Cape Milner Hotel
    2a Milner Road
    Tamooerskloof
    Cape Town
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Phone: 27 (21)4261101
    Finish point
    Cape Milner Hotel
    2a Milner Road
    Tamooerskloof
    Cape Town
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Phone: 27 (21)4261101
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's South African Office can be reached on: +27 11 471 7400 (South African business hours) or +27 828229407 (24/7). For all other enquiries please contact our reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Melbourne Office can be reached on Tel: +61 3 9473 2650. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    SOUTH AFRICA:
    Citizens of Australia, UK and most EU countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.
    Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate
    As of October 1st 2011, A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region. As of October 1st South Africa will also consider Zambia as a country infected by Yellow Fever even though the WHO does not currently list Zambia. All travellers from Zambia into South Africa will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.
    A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    Health
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    YELLOW FEVER:
    A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
    It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
    DRINKING WATER:
    As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 222.00 kgs per pax.
    Feedback
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    Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher.