Visiting Robben Island, privately

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town is Robben Island, where political prisoners were held during apartheid. Tickets are sought after and if you don’t book well in advance you could be out of luck. For many people, the visit is an emotional and eye-opening experience. Four centuries ago this infamous island…

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Nelson Mandela statues and memorials

There are many statues and monuments, throughout the world, honouring Nelson Mandela. Here are five South African Nelson Mandela memorials. VOTING LINE, PORT ELIZABETH A series of metal figures representing all the communities who share South Africa and who voted peacefully on 27 April 1994, South Africa’s first free democratic elections, are the subject of…

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Orientation city tour

Orientation tour We specialise in private guided tours but if you’re planning a self-drive holiday you can still benefit enormously from one of our orientation tours. An introduction to Cape Town, and the region, in the form of a one-day tour of the city and surrounds will give you a great overview. Think of it…

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Flybrary – a library in an airport

You might think a library in an airport isn’t something that’s really going to work but think again. You’ve bought something to read on the flight, something light and easy, and now you don’t need it, it’s not the sort of book you want to keep. You also need to lighten the load so you can…

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10 Cape Town facts you may not know

You know about the beaches and the wine and Table Mountain and about many other beautiful aspects of Cape Town but here are 10 Cape Town facts you may not know. During the late 18th century French soldiers stationed at the Cape to help the Dutch defend it against the British turned the burgeoning city…

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10 facts about Cape Town you may not know

You know about the beaches and the wine and Table Mountain and about many other beautiful aspects of Cape Town but here are 10 Cape Town facts you may not know. During the late 18th century French soldiers stationed at the Cape to help the Dutch defend it against the British turned the burgeoning city…

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Table Mountain, a few things you may not know

Table Mountain is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the most recognised of all South Africa’s icons, visited by millions of people every year and the largest mountain on the Cape Peninsula. Here are some interesting facts about Table Mountain. History Prehistoric people first left evidence of their lives on Table Mountain…

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The Springbok Experience, not only for rugby fans

I’m no rugby fan but I think the Springbok Experience rugby museum, which opened last November in the V&A Waterfront, is one of the best museums in town. It’s also one of the most technologically advanced. The Springbok Experience is not only for rugby fans because there is something for the whole family. Fans will…

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Nelson Mandela – RIP, and thank you!

It’s 2 in the morning and I am obsessively reading online tributes pouring in from around the world for Nelson Mandela who died just a few hours ago at the age of 95, at his home, surrounded by his family. Wherever you go in South Africa you can’t avoid reminders of this great iconic man.…

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Things to do in Cape Town – Robben Island

One of the many things to do in Cape Town is a visit to Robben Island – this world famous landmark just off the Cape Town mainland is a must-see for any visitor to the area. Ferries leave several times a day from the V&A Waterfront. It’s always advisable to book in advance to avoid…

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