It being our first trip to Africa, we decided to spend three days in Cape Town before joining friends for a safari in Botswana. To make the most of our limited time in Cape Town, and based on the reviews on TripAdvisor, we contacted Clive at The Cape Town Tour Guide Co. to arrange some guided tours and are thrilled that we did! Clive promptly responded to our initial email inquiry and offered us several options for private all-day tours during our stay. We elected to spend two days touring with Clive and his colleague, Godfrey, and confirmed our arrangements two months before we arrived in Cape Town.
On our first day of touring, Godfrey picked us up at our hotel and took us on a “City and Township” tour that included Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the city center, the Jewish Museum, and at our request, a bicycle shop (we’re both cyclists) to pick-up some South African cycling jerseys. After lunch, we visited the District Six Museum and then took a drive out to Langa, a historic Black African township where 50,000 people live in an area of one square mile.
Without a doubt, the township tour was the most fascinating part of the day since it exposed us to the reality of what daily life is like for a large number of South Africans – something that you really can’t understand or appreciate by just visiting the city center and the usual tourist sites. In addition to a visit to a local pub for some “home brew” with men from the township, Godfrey also arranged for us to visit the apartments of some of the township residents as well as a local community center that provides classes and employment opportunities, including a pottery workshop. Our time with Godfrey was not only fun and engaging, but informative and eye-opening as he took special pride in sharing with us his extensive knowledge of Cape Town and the township where he grew up, still resides, and is greeted warmly by seemingly everyone.
On our second day of touring, Clive met us at our hotel and we set out on a tour of the Cape Peninsula. During our drive down to the Cape of Good Hope along some truly scenic routes, Clive shared with us some of the history of Cape Town and South Africa and we discovered a common interest in cycling. Our trip back included stops in Simon’s Town to visit the penguin colony, Kalk Bay for a tasty seaside lunch, Constantia for a wine tasting at the Groot Constantia winery (South Africa’s oldest), and Bishopscourt for a tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Considering that we had opted not to spend a day touring the wine lands near Cape Town, visiting the winery was an unexpected treat.
The highlights of the day for us included visiting the penguin colony and encountering other wildlife, including a troop of baboons, in the Cape nature reserve. While our time with Clive was spent visiting somewhat traditional tourist sites, it was no less enjoyable or informative than the time we spent with Godfrey. Clive is a very knowledgeable and personable guide and he did a terrific job of showing us what the Cape Peninsula has to offer and spontaneously adapting the tour to our requests and preferences.
Clive and Godfrey are both knowledgeable and personable tour guides. They’re a terrific team and you won’t regret booking your Cape Town tours with them!
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