Before booking our full day chauffeured van rental I did a good amout of research into the popular Cape Town destinations, what other tours had to offer and what we needed to see in our first ever, 2 day visit to the area. After finding this option we realized it was perfect for us because it meant that no one else would be slowing us down. We could move at our own pace, when and where we wanted and that was exactly what we did!
After the booking is confirmed you must reach out to Ian, the guide, to start planning your day. He was incredibly responsive which made me feel at ease about flying across the world with no true knowledge of area. Keeping mind we move very quickly and wanted to pack a lot into the day we planned to attempt the following, with Ian's approval.
Pick up at Cape Town Hotel at 8am
Drive through Haut Bay
Then on to Boulders beach to see the penguins
Followed by Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
Then finally, Constantia Wine region
Ian gave some great suggestions via email and when the day finally came to take the tour it COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER. He picked us up right on time in a new, comfortable van. We started along the way to Haut Bay making a few stops for photos per Ian's recommendation. We even pulled into a few Marinas / look out points we would not have known about, but truly enjoyed, as we both love photography. We continued along to Boulders beach- Ian joined us, showed us around and gave us plenty of time for photos. Next we were off to Cape Point. I didn't even know there was a gondola ride to the top to see the old lighthouse but Ian encouraged us to do it and it was great!
On the way out of the area we stopped for the classic Cape of Good Hope photo and then grabbed a delicious lunch of Fish and Chips! As we continued on Ian mentioned that we were going to drive by an ostrich farm and ask if we wanted to stop. We said yes, not knowing if it would be time well spent. IT WAS. It was a beautiful area and a quick fun experience to feed the birds.
Finally, we finished our already epic day in the most beautiful wine region, Constantia. I had wanted to go to Stellenbosch but Ian had been correct in saying that it would have made our day to rushed to enjoy. I couldn't have asked for more then Constantia- we went to Groot, the oldest winery in South Africa. The wine was spectacular, the chocolate pairing was expert, the scenery was beyond my dreams. IT. WAS. PERFECT.
We pushed our time frame a bit but Ian could not have been more generous. He never made us feel rushed or a bother. If I could have spent more time in Cape Town we would have hired him for tours of different areas, every day. If anyone I know travels to this area in the future they will be handed his information! This was our 9th night in Africa: we had been on safari and traveled to Zimbabwe and Zambia....but this day is the one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
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