Nathier’s Place – Stay Near Cape Town International Airport

Featuring a patio with BBQ facilities and an outdoor dining area, Nathier’s Place offers self-catering accommodation in the suburb of Rondebosch East. The apartment is conveniently located just 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport.

This apartment comes with a sofa and a TV with cable and satellite channels. It also includes a fully-equipped kitchen with an oven, stovetop and microwave. Free WiFi access is available in all areas, and there is free private parking on site.

Nathier’s Place is situated around the corner from a supermarket and is a 10-minute drive from Kenilworth Racecourse. The Victoria & Albert Waterfront in Cape Town’s city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway are both 15 km away.

Rondebosch East is a great choice for travelers interested in beaches, mountains and scenery.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Cape Town! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Free Parking
– Family Rooms

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Cape Winelands Guided Trike Tour from Cape Town: travel to Spier for some more wine tasting

This tour will take you over 4 dramatic and scenic mountain passes via Grabouw, the apple capital of South Africa, to Franschhoek, rated as one of the worlds 10 prettiest towns, to historic Stellenbosch where you will taste some of South Africa’s best wines at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate and Spier Wine Estate.

Highlights

Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free drinks included

Depart from your hotel in Cape Town around 9am then travel down the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass stopping for a photo shoot. Ride through Grabouw via vast apple orchards past various farms. Then travel over the majestic Franschhoek Pass stopping for a photo shoot overlooking the Franschhoek valley. Franschhoek is rated as one of the 10 prettiest towns in the world. Continue to ride through Franschhoek over Hell’s Hoogte to Stellenbosch, stopping at Blaauwklippen Wine estate for wine tasting and lunch. From Blaauwklippen, travel to Spier for some more wine tasting. From there along the N1 back to hotel or guest house.

Two wine tastings are included in the price.

Return back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

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Fourlays Rhino Cottage – Stay Near Cape Town International Airport.

Fourlays Rhino Cottage is located in the suburb of Pinelands. This apartment features free WiFi.

A microwave and a toaster can be found in the kitchen. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is available.

The Howard Centre is 1.5 km away while Old Mutual Park is a 7-minute drive from Fourlays Lion Cottage. The King David Mowbray Golf Club is 3 km away.

Pinelands is a great choice for travelers interested in city trips, shopping and tourist attractions.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Flat-screen TV

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4-Hour Cape Town City Cycle Tour Greenpoint

4-Hour Cape Town City Cycle Tour Highlights:
* Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
* Family friendly
* All necessary equipment included

Overview
This is a wonderful 3-4 hour cycle around the highlights of Cape Town City. Starting close to the Greenpoint Stadium at the Greenpoint track you cycle through the Bo Kaap Malay quarter, through many historical sites wending our way through the V&A waterfront and back to Greenpoint.

What to Expect
You meet at 8.45am at the Greenpoint McDonalds traffic lights where your guide will greet you and walk you over to the Greenpoint track carpark where your bus and bikes will be.

You then start your city cycle covering many attractions like the sea front of Green Point, past the World Cup 2010 Stadium then along a network of cycle paths for a pushbike through the Bo Kaap and the Company Gardens, past ‘Desmond Tutu’s Cathedral’ , Green Market Square and the Flower Sellers. The Grand Parade, the Castle, through the waterfront and back to Greenpoint. Please provide your height when bookng so the correct sized bike for the tour can be allocated to you. You will get water on the bike.

Important Information
Departure Point
-Greenpoint Track / McDonalds Traffic lights

Departure Time
9am (subject to confirmdation at time of booking)

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Inclusions
Bikes and helmet
Water on bikes
Exclusions
Hotel pickup
Hotel drop-off
Entrance fees
Lunch
Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult between 7-12 and must be relatively confident cyclist
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
All passenger heights MUST be advised at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Half-Day Robben Island Tour from Cape Town: a World Heritage site

Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most infamous prisoners, statesmen and leader’s in Nelson Mandela.<

Highlights

Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Step back in time on a history tour
Family friendly
You will be collected from your accommodation at 8am and taken to the Robben Island Museum where you will board a ferry to the island which is 9km away from the V&A Waterfront (entry to Robben Island included in price). The ferry ride is approximately 45 minutes. You will then hop onto one of the buses and be led on a tour by previous inmates of the prison who will tell us stories of their’s and Nelson Mandela’s time in the prison.

The island, a World Heritage Site some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town, was dubbed “Robben” (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time. Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base. The aforementioned Nelson Mandela spent only 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island.

After the tour of the island you will take a return ferry and your guide will then escort you back to your accommodation at around 1pm.

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Cape Town’s new runway is a step closer to being realised

The Department of Environmental Affairs has notified Cape Town International Airport that it has authorised the proposed runway realignment and associated infrastructure planned for the airport.

The department’s notification was communicated to the airport following a detailed examination of an independent environmental impact assessment including submissions from other interested and affected parties. The process and criteria used by the department in authorising the development plans are set out in the Environmental Management Act.

The authorisation granted by the Department of Environmental Affairs includes extensions to and realignment of the runway as well as associated infrastructure such as aircraft parking stands and taxiways. The environmental impact assessment took nearly four years of planning and assessment and included extensive public consultation.

The independent environmental consultants, SRK Consulting, are now required to inform all interested and affected parties within 12 days of the department’s decision and will also broadly advertise the Environmental Authorisation. The regulatory process provides an opportunity for appeals so that anyone who wishes to challenge the record of decision can do so. The regulations applying to the authorisation require parties to notify the department of their intentions within 20 days of the date of the environmental authorisation.

Says Deon Cloete, General Manager of Cape Town International Airport: “We are indeed pleased to have reached this milestone within the environmental assessment process. It has required a great deal of planning and continuing engagement with communities to get to this point”.

Cloete says the environmental authorisation is just one step in the process and that the EIA process is not yet fully concluded. “We still have a way to go and if all approvals are received at best construction is estimated to begin mid-2018. We will continue to follow a fair and responsible approach to this development.”

Cloete also had a special word of thanks to the public and all the airport’s stakeholders for supporting the development initiatives. “This runway project is not only about the growth of the airport, it’s about unlocking the growth potential of Cape Town and the Western Cape and we are pleased to be able to further contribute to
development of the region,” says Cloete.


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Fourlays Lion Cottage – Stay in Pinelands near Cape Town International Airport

Fourlays Lion Cottage offers accommodation in the suburb of Pinelands. Free WiFi is available.

The unit has a double bed, as desk and a basic kitchenette with microwave, kettle and refrigerator. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is featured and towels and linen are provided.

The Howard Centre is 1.5 km away while Old Mutual Park is a 7-minute drive from Fourlays Lion Cottage. The King David Mowbray Golf Club is 3 km away.

Pinelands is a great choice for travelers interested in city trips, shopping and tourist attractions.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Flat-screen TV

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Full-Day Craft Beer, Classic Car and Wine Tour from Cape Town: passing through Franschhoek and Stellenbosch

Enjoy a laid-back tour through the Cape winelands passing through Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. You’ll sample chocolates, witness the art of glass blowing, view the most stunning private motor museum, see priceless art, taste some of the finest award-winning Cape wines, sip on truly awesome craft beers and enjoy lunch (at own expense) in Franschhoek. You will visit 3 wine estates and 1 to 2 microbreweries.

Highlights

All entrance fees included
Small-group tour by minibus
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
You will be picked up at approximately 8:30am from your Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront or city hotel. You travel along the N1 towards Klapmuts for approximately half an hour before you reach the tranquil Spice Route. Once there, you kick the tour off with the perfect cup of coffee made from DV Café’s small batches of their own roasted beans. You stroll over to Red Hot Glass, a world-class glassblowing studio to witness this fine art and where you are able to purchase some beautiful pieces. After seeing melting glass, it is time for chocolate to melt in your mouth. DV Artisan Chocolate factory is housed in an old Cape Dutch home and will be your host.

A short meander through this beautiful wine area brings you to The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only this museum can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – ranging from a tiny 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a monster 2016 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG 6X6. There are only 80 vehicles on display at a time.

You will spend about an hour here and if you are not interested in cars, you can stroll around the gardens and enjoy refreshments.

After a 10-minute drive further into the Franschhoek Valley, you arrive at La Motte Wine Estate. You will partake in a cellar tour and tasting of these multiple award winning wines. You are welcome to browse through the La Motte Museum. One of South Africa’s greatest master artists, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s work can be seen here. (Museum is closed on Mondays.)

Choose to either have lunch at Leopards Leap Estate or at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery on the main road of Franschhoek Village is a beautiful quaint microbrewery. Here you can sip on some craft beer or you can explore and/or shop at some of the small shops or see sights in the village.

After lunch, head over Hellshoogte pass and descend into the world-famous Stellenbosch where you will see some of the oldest Cape Dutch houses in the country. The R44 awaits with a choice of another wine estate or micro brewery for you to do a tasting. De Grendel, 20 kilometers from the city center will be your last stop for the day. De Grendel with it’s breathtaking view of Table Mountain from the farm, 350 meters above sea level, is arguably the best in the Cape winelands. On a clear day, you can see all the way from Table Bay to False Bay, and sometimes even on to Cape Point. Enjoy a glass or two here before being dropped off at your hotel around 5pm.

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Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay – Stay in Our Guests’ Favorite Part of Cape Town

Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay is situated in Cape Town, 100 m from Iziko Museums. Cathedral is 100 m from the property.

All units have a TV. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. A microwave and toaster are also provided, as well as a coffee machine. Some units also have a kitchenette, fitted with an oven. Towels are offered.

Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay also includes a year-round outdoor pool. The property also offers grocery delivery.

Company Gardens (Adderly Str Entrance) is 100 m from Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay, while St Georges Mall is 100 m away. The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport, 17 km from the property.

City Bowl is a great choice for travelers interested in sightseeing, shopping and food.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8 for a two-person trip.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Free Parking
– Airport Shuttle
– Non-Smoking Rooms

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Cape Town City and Table Mountain Private Tour: including a visit to the Castle of Good Hope

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendor and an assurance of activity of excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

* The Cape Town City & Table Mountain tour will not include Table Mountain during the period 24 July – 6 August, due to the closure of Table Mountain for annual maintenance.

Highlights

Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour by minibus
The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. Take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.

Table Mountain (Cable Car fee not included in cost): By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on the 4th of October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

The Company Gardens have been described as “an oasis of calm in the city rush”, and with the trees, the squirrels and lunch-hour love birds it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of Africa’s most important cities. Spots of interest include a sundial dating from 1787, a Saffren Pear Tree (believed to be South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree), a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a rose garden and pools with brightly colored fish.

The South African Museum was founded in 1825, then moved to its present building, in the historic Company Gardens, in 1897. Since then, millions of visitors have wandered its halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They have left the Museum with a better understanding of the Earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.

Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle was, however, not the first fort to be built at the Cape. A quadrangular fort was built after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, where the Grand Parade and the main Post Office are situated today. In 1936 the Castle was declared a National Monument.

At picturesque Bo-Kaap, or “Malay Quarter”, you’ll discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape’s Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development.

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