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Wine Tasting, Sea Kayaking & Discovering Cape Town

 

Journey through Cape Town on a 3-day micro adventure with sea kayaking, South African history & sips of Stellenbosch's finest wine

Accommodation

2 nights in Hostel

Meals

2 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Transport

Minivan

Travel style

Detour

Group Size

Maximum 13 people

Team

Local Host

Map & Itinerary

Day 1

Traveller viewing Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

Arrive Cape Town

Wamkelekile! We'll touch down in Cape Town, South Africa and head straight to Never@Home, our 5-star hostel in the heart of the city. With Clifton's Beaches, Green Point Park, the City Centre, Sea Point Promenade and Lion’s Head all within walking distance, you'll have the chance to spend the day exploring. Hike up Lion’s Head for 365-degree views of Cape Town, stroll the promenade at sunset or lay on one of Clifton’s four beaches, often rated in the world’s Top 10. Tonight we'll meet back at the hostel’s bar & grill, The Randy Warthog, for dinner - ready for the real adventures to begin tomorrow.

Day 2

Travellers enjoying kayaking and spotting sea lions in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

Hermanus

After an included breakfast we’ll take the scenic route to Hermanus, a.k.a the whale-watching holiday capital of the world. A guided sea kayak trip will take us around Walker Bay where, for 6 months of the year, Southern Right Whales come to calf and nurse their newborns. For the rest of the year, having a chance to kayak among other whales, seals, penguins, dolphins, and other marine life will just have to do.

Elgin Valley

Our exploration of the Cape continues through the beautiful Elgin Valley known for its orchards, vineyards, and mountainous scenery. Here we'll stop at one of its two most famous foodie spots - The Elgin Railway Market, an old Apple Warehouse converted into a steampunk food hall, or the Peregrine Farm Stall, offering delicious artisanal farm-produced foods. Either way, we'll leave with satiated appetites for the rest of the day.

Stellenbosch

After working up a rare thirst, it’s time to taste some of the Cape’s finest wine around Stellenbosch. Three wine farms and tastings are on the menu as we meander the sweeping valleys between vineyards, spectacular views and glasses of wine. The evening will end at the vibey Camps Bay for cocktails and dinner to end an adventurous day exploring the Cape. 

Day 3

Travellers posing for a photo in front of Table Mountain, South Africa

Cape Town

Robben Island

After a delicious breakfast we'll start our day with a journey to Robben Island and into South Africa’s past. This experience includes the ferry trip as well as a guided tour of Robben Island, explaining the history of Apartheid and a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell from which he began his famous Long Walk to Freedom - a combo of history lesson and sightseeing for the win.

V&A Waterfront

Hungry? Time for lunch at South Africa’s most visited attraction & shopping destination – the V&A Waterfront. With more than 80 food market stalls & harbour-facing restaurants there's plenty of local & global options to choose from gourmet burgers & BBQ ribs to schwarma and frozen yogurt. We'll also have free time here to explore the attractions. Our suggestion? Take a grab-and-go from one of the food markets and then head to the Two Oceans Aquarium or take a ride on the Cape Wheel with unbeatable city, ocean and mountain views.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Our last stop for the day is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the first of its kind to be listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the lush gardens and views showcasing species of the Cape Floral Region, the smallest but most diverse of the worlds six Floral Kingdoms, and don’t leave without that selfie from the winding 'Boomslang' canopy bridge high above the gardens in the shadow of Table Mountain.

Mojo Motel

You came, you saw, you've explored the best of Cape Town. With the ultimate beginning to your dream African adventure, this short trip will end with a drop off at the Mojo Hotel this evening.

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What is Contiki?

Contiki are the world leaders in organized youth travel. We’ve been providing amazing travel experiences for young travellers, from 18-35 years old, since 1962. Imagine how good you would be at something if you had been doing it for more than 60 years?

 

Everything about Contiki is deeply rooted in our two values ‘Make Every Moment Count’ and ‘We’re About People’. We don’t just talk, we walk the walk and live by our brand philosophy of ‘Travel.Together.’ which means to travel with one another, with the destinations we visit, the people and cultures we enjoy and the environment.

 

You’ve never experienced travel like this.

Why only 18-35?

Focusing on 18-35 year olds allows us to tailor a dramatically more powerful travel experience and an itinerary so fun it feels like all of your best Friday nights combined.

Tailoring to select ages brings together like minded, likeable people, and allows us to use Social Travel planning to build great groups of people so fast you’ll wonder if you’ve been friends forever.

What destinations can I go to with Contiki?

A sunrise, shoreline or bright light for every whim. We are proud to offer more than 350 Global trips, intelligently designed for a seamless and simple social travel experience. Visit our search page to discover your perfect travel destination.

How does it work?

We’re reinventing hassle free travel. Whether you are a solo traveller or group you can be rest assured that there has been tonnes of planning behind every trip.

Booking with Contiki means you are saying yes to a smile inducing trip where the typically stressful elements just seem to magically happen.

No one does trips like Contiki, essential accommodation, transport, reservations and so much more is all taken care of. You can multiply the magic with trip add ons and numerous customisations for your free time.

Every single Contiki social travel trip is managed by one of our expert Trip Managers, who are there to provide hands-on support and ensure your trip runs smoothly whilst you stay in the moment.

From 2022 your good time will be good for the planet as all Contiki trips are carbon natural. Find out more here.

How many other travellers are on each trip?

Group sizes are completely dependent on where and how you choose to travel with Contiki. 

In Europe and in most of North America and New Zealand, group sizes can range between 24 – 53 awesome travellers. 

In regions like Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America, and on some North America and New Zealand trips, our group sizes are considerably smaller – as low as 12 or up to 30 travellers max.

Detour trips offer a different type of experience and max out at 16 people led by a local host.

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What’s included

All essential trip elements have been catered to ensure a great time, with great people in great places. But you mean more specifically right?

Your accommodation, essential trip transport, and a good handful of meals are included in the cost of your Contiki trip (on most trips we offer breakfast every day, plus a hand-picked selection of authentic and tasty meals). 

To fill your days and Insta feeds we have Included Experiences, which are basically the sights and activities we think you just can’t afford to miss. Of course you also get our expert and highly trained team of Contiki staff to support throughout.

A day by day breakdown of inclusions and Free Time Add-Ons are available on the trip specific pages. 

We always try to accommodate special requests such as birthdays, proposals etc. Please chat to our team and we can explore how we may support the request.

What’s not included?

Contiki social travel trips have a large degree of flexibility built into them to enable you to truly own your experience. This means that some trip elements are not included in the initial cost and may require additional budgeting. 

Flights to and from your starting and ending points are not included in the cost of your trip. These can be added on during the booking process either online or via our contact center or booked independently by you.

Each trip contains the right amount of free time for you to explore or indulge your travel desires. We offer Free Time Add-Ons, which are additional experiences that are not included in the overall price. These add ons are highlighted on the specific trip page. Your Trip Manager will highlight these to you and organise their booking on trip. Exceptions may apply where pre booking is required but this will be made known to you in your pre departure information.

A number of meal times are left open for you to explore a region and its foodie offerings in greater detail, so budgeting for your taste in non-catered meals is important. 

Travel insurance and visas are also not included in the cost of your trip, and should be booked separately.

How is Contiki Carbon Neutral?

As of January 1st 2022, Contiki will be carbon neutral, and we’ve developed a five-point Climate Action Plan to guide us - committing to carbon reductions and evolving to support the transition to a low-carbon future. 

Find out more details here.

How do I find out more about Contiki’s sustainability efforts?

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