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Cape Town Day Tours

Explore Cape Town

Let us explore this beautiful city and its surrounding areas for the day on a private day tour in an air-conditioned vehicle that has space & comfort. This tour is excellent for small groups or family groups that have little time in Cape Town but wish to see as much as possible from sunrise to sunset. We can end the day with a dinner at the V & A Waterfront.

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Numerous various attractions can be visited and these are normally off the beaten track and combinations can be done to include Cape Point, wine yards, Castle of Good Hope, museums, Bo-Kaap, whatever you found on google concerning Cape Town, we can put a tour together and see if we have enough time in one day to visit as many of the places you need a photo of.

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To explore Cape Town, you must try some of the finest food & wine that will compete favourably with the finest in the world. We can for lunch visit any of the many restaurant’s in and around Cape Town or, try a typical cultural lunch such as a fish dish or “Cape Malay Curry”. If you want to visit some of the beaches and take a walk, we can do so.

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Costs are on request due to the variety of tourist points that can be visited on this tour.

Included

Tourist Guide & transport. Water on the vehicle.

Excluded

Tips & curios. Lunch & drinks. Entry fees.

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Historical Wine Tour

South Africa’s wine history and in particular Cape Town, this early history was recorded  by the Dutch East India Company to the Cape of Good Hope to start a supply station that must provide vitamin C reach fruit & vegetable to prevent “Scurvy” that was rampant among the sailors passing Cape point on their way to India. The “Spice Route”.

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Jan van Riebeeck was given the task of managing the station and planting vineyards to produce wine and grapes for ships passing the Cape however, it was in 1685, another Cape Governor, Simon van der Stel, purchased a large 1,850 acre (750 hectare) estate, founding what later became the world-renowned Constantia wine estate. In the 19th century, the British colony caused the wine industry to flourish due to large exports to Europe and England. This prosperity lasted until the 1860’s when the Cobden-Chevalier Treaty signed by the Palmerston government and France reduced the preferential tariffs that benefited South African wine in favour of French wine exports.

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In the late 19th century, the outbreak of  phylloxera and caused an epidemic and many vineyards were replanted with high yielding grape varieties such as Cinsaut. By the early 1900’s there was a large glut of wine, creating a wine lake effect which led some producers to pour their unsaleable wine into local rivers and streams. The depressed prices caused by this out-of-balance supply and demand dynamic prompted the South African government to fund the formation of the Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Bpkt (KWV) in 1918. Initially started as a co-operative, the KWV soon grew in power and prominence, setting policies and prices for the entire South African wine industry. To deal with the wine glut the KWV restricted yields and set minimum prices, encouraging the production of brandy and fortified wines.

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During the apartheid era, the wine industry in South Africa received very little attention due to sanctions. Its isolation was further deepened by boycotts of South African products in protest at the country’s apartheid system. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s and 1990s when apartheid was ended and the world’s export market opened up that South African wines began to experience a renaissance. With a steep learning curve, many producers in South Africa quickly adopted new viti-cultural and wine making technologies. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are today still world renowned wine and one can buy this world wide. The reorganization of the powerful KWV co-operative into a private business further sparked innovation and improvement in quality. Vineyard owners had previously relied on KWV’s price-fixing structure, that bought their excess grapes for distillation. Now they had to shift their focus to quality wine production in order to compete. In 1990, less than 30% of all the grapes harvested were used for wine aimed at the consumer market, with the remaining 70% being discarded, distilled into brandy or sold as table grapes and juice. By 2003 these proportions had reversed, with more than 70% of the grapes harvested that year reaching the consumer market as wine.

Come with us and visit Constantia Wine Estate and learn about the history of our magnificent wines. You can actually taste it. We can also visit some of the museums.

Costs are on request

Depart from Cape Town to visit Constantia Vineyards. Perhaps let us arrange a nice picnic or dinner. (Not included)

Included

Tourist Guide & transport. Water on the vehicle.

Excluded

Entry fees, tips & curios. Lunch & drinks.

Please note: Depart as arranged and bookings must be done for this tour.

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Jewish History in Cape Town

Jews have been a part of South Africa’s development from the very beginning. Portuguese Jewish cartographers and scientists contributed to Vasco Da Gama’s discovery of the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. A number of non-professing Jews were among the first settlers of Cape Town in 1652, despite restrictions against the immigration of non-Christians. The earliest evidence of Jews in Capetown comes from a record of the baptism of two Jewish men living in the Western Cape on Christmas day in 1669. Until the early 1800’s, only a few Jews came to South Africa as a part of the Dutch East India Company, which required that all its employees and colonists be Protestant.

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Religious freedom was granted by the Dutch colony in 1803 and guaranteed by the British in 1806. Among the first British settlers to come to Cape Town were 20 Jews. The first South African Jewish congregation was founded in 1841 when 17 men gathered to form a minyan at the home of Benjamin Norden, Helmsley Place. Eight years later, the first synagogue, Tikvat Israel (“Hope of Israel” – referring to the Cape of Good Hope) was established in Cape Town and is still standing today. Over the next three decades, British Jewish immigrants established additional synagogues, as well as cemeteries and other philanthropic institutions.

Jewish immigrants from Germany and Holland arrived in Cape Town in the early 19th century seeking fortune and adventure. Some choose to join the Boers on their Great Trek into South Africa’s hinterland and some traveled into Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe and Zambia). The Jews began building a commercial infrastructure for the Boer farmers and set up trading stations in villages and at railway sidings, which soon became local business centers. A credit system was established by the Jews to finance new industries. In the 1840’s, Jews developed shipping, fishing and coastal trading and sugar enterprises. Jews were also active in the production of wine, clothing and steel.

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This tour cost is on request and the itinerary is very flexible to include a cemetery visit and any other Jewish history place in Cape Town on a private day tour.

Included

Tourist Guide & transport. Water on the vehicle.

Excluded

Lunch & drinks. Tips & curios.

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Cape Malay History

The Cape Malay community is an ethnic group or community in South Africa. It derives its name from the present-day Western Cape of South Africa and the people originally from Maritime Southeast Asia, mostly Javanese from modern-day Indonesia (largely speakers of Malayu, hence the name Malay), a Dutch colony for several centuries, and Dutch Malacca, which the Dutch held from 1641 – 1824. The community’s earliest members were enslaved Javanese transported by the Dutch East India Company. They were followed by slaves from various other Southeast Asian regions, and political dissidents and Muslim religious leaders who opposed the Dutch presence in what is now Indonesia and were sent into exile. Malays also have significant South Asian (Indian) slave ancestry. Starting in 1654, these resistors were imprisoned or exiled in South Africa by the Dutch East India Company, which founded and used what is now Cape Town as a resupply station for ships travelling between Europe and Asia. They were the group that first introduced Islam to South Africa.

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With the Cape Malay History Tour, you visit and experience the Cape Malay of today in the world’s number one tourist hot spot. The Cape Malay, an ethnic group or community in South Africa that derive their name from today’s Western Cape. These people, originally from Maritime in Southeast Asia, mostly Javanese from modern day Indonesia and largely people that spoke Malayu (Malay).

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The Dutch held the Cape for several centuries till 1824 and during this time some of the earliest people were enslaved Javanese brought to the Cape. They were followed by people from various other Southeast Asian regions, and political dissidents and Muslim religious leaders who opposed the Dutch presence in what is now Indonesia and were sent into exile. Malays also have significant South Asian (Indian) slave ancestry. Starting in 1654, these resistors were imprisoned or exiled in South Africa by the Dutch East India Company, which founded and used what is now Cape Town as a resupply station for ships travelling between Europe and Asia. They were the group that first introduced Islam to South Africa.

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Today, these people are a proud community in South Africa and bring a cultural history to the people of the Cape. The “Kaapse Klopse” over new years’ is a sight to see and you the visitor will be enthralled with the history of the Cape Malay. This is an interesting tour and combine this with a night or two in a Cape Malay Bed & Breakfast. Experience Cape Malay cuisine and culture on your doorstep.

Costs are on request

We visit the Bokaap museum as well as the Castle of Good Hope.

Excluded

Entry fees. Tips & curios. Lunch & drinks.

Included

Tourist Guide & transport. Water on the vehicle

Please note: Depart as arranged and bookings must be done for this tour

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Shark Cage Diving

For your convenience we arrange your adventure under the Cape waters that is quite cold for you to experience a Great White Shark Cage Dive with one of the top cage diving companies in Cape Town. Once in the water, one does not feel the cold anymore as adrenaline kicks in to enhance your experience with this beautiful beast. Shark diving with White Shark Projects can provide you with a unique opportunity to witness the wonder of the Great White Shark in a safe and professional environment. These people are completely part of the conservation of the Great White Shark.

 

We will not only arrange your transport for you from your hotel or guest house very early, but travel along a scenic route to a perfect breakfast spot before we depart for the dive. Induction to the waters and its fish will be provided and this includes your vessel for the day, diving gear and the cage itself.

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This is a day tour and you will be returning to your hotel in the late afternoon. Your boat crew and Skipper are experienced and professional people and you will love them.

Cost

On request.

Depart from your Hotel or Guest House.

Departure is as arranged and bookings must be done for this tour.

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Cape Point Tour

Cape Point, known as the “Cape of Storms” by the sea captain Dias in 1488. Many a ship lost its way and sank in the stormy waters of the Cape. During the day with blue sky it was a beautiful landmark but by night, treacherous. The coastline is famous for the amount of ships that sank in its waters.

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In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed; it still stands at 238 meters above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. Access to this historical building is by an exhilarating three-minute ride in the wheelchair-accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 meters above sea-level, to the upper station.

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Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora.

Costs are on request.

Included

Tourist Guide & transport. Water on the vehicle.

Excluded

Entrance fee, tips, lunch & drinks.

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