Cape Town, South Africa

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The magnificent Garden Route in South Africa
View of the famous Table Mountain
Aerial view over Cape Town

Introduction to Cape Town

Known for its lively waterfront and harbour, serene vineyards and impressive Cape Point National Park, Cape Town is a fascinating, must-visit destination with a deep history. Located on the shore of Table Bay, this picturesque city is best seen from the top of Table Mountain - accessible via cable car - where incredible views of the 'City Bowl' are found.

Nestled beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is home to the lively Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, serene vineyards and the impressive Cape Point National Park, which altogether make for a fascinating destination.

Learn more of the Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life and legacy at Robben Island, or perhaps spend a memorable evening watching the sunset at Signal Hill, while enjoying fresh oysters and champagne. Nearby is the dramatic coastal scenery of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point.

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CAPE TOWN - INFORMATION

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest settlement and legislative capital; it is with no doubt, one of the most beautiful and sophisticated cities in the world, offering awe-inspiring views.

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest settlement and legislative capital; it is with no doubt, one of the most beautiful and sophisticated cities in the world, offering awe-inspiring views. The city is situated at the foot of the flat-topped Table Mountain, and is dominated by majestic mountain walks, exquisite vineyards and luxurious beaches, all of which are within easy reach. A promising area to visit, if you wish to experience the South-African way of life, is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – the old Victorian harbour which has now been restored, offering a mixture of free entertainment and an array of numerous shops, taverns and restaurants. Nearby is the dramatic coastal scenery of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, framed by two oceans.                                                                                         

The official currency of Cape Town is the South African Rand.


Company Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

TOUR AA - HISTORICAL CAPE TOWN & CITY ORIENTATION

  • Relax as you take in the main sites of Cape Town
  • Marvel at the oldest building in South Africa - the Castle of Good Hope
  • Stroll through the oldest garden in the country
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Take in the main sights of Cape Town on this informative orientation tour. If you have never visited this fascinating city before, this is the tour for you!

Cape Town is a remarkable city, where the present and the past harmoniously converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people.

Embark on a city tour of Cape Town which begins with a visit to the Castle of Good Hope – the oldest building in South Africa. Take a tour of the Castle, including a visit to the Military Museum and the William Fehr collection. This cultural history museum contains a collection of old Cape Dutch porcelain, historic paintings and many antique pieces of furniture.

Continue onto Adderley Street – the principal thoroughfare of Cape Town, which is renowned for its fine examples of old Cape architecture, including the Standard Bank Building, St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the Cultural History Museum.

Afterwards, stroll through the Company’s Garden, the oldest garden in South Africa. Established in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck, it was originally used as a vegetable garden to supply fresh produce to passing ships. Located within the gardens are the red-bricked House of Parliament, the South African National Gallery, the Jewish Museum and the Great Synagogue.

Continue your tour and travel onto the Foreshore, an area of land which was reclaimed during the construction of the present day harbour, known as Duncan Dock. Vast quantities of sand dredged up during the building of the dock created 145 hectares (352 acres) of level ground.

After gaining a general overview of Cape Town, return back to the quayside.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with some cobblestones to negotiate at the Castle of Good Hope; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. In order to avoid congestion at the venues, the order of sites visited may be different to that described.


Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

TOUR B - TABLE MOUNTAIN

  • Brace yourself for the best views over Cape Town
  • Savour the breathtaking journey to 1,060 metres above sea level
  • Marvel at the thousands of endemic plants
Price£40.00 - £50.00
Duration3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark!

Depart from the quayside and travel up Kloof Nek, the saddle between Table Mountain and Lions Head, to the Lower Cableway Station. Ascend from the Valley Station (363 metres above sea level) to the Mountain Station (1060 metres) in a Swiss-engineered Rotair cable car. The journey from the base to the summit takes just under four minutes, and you can enjoy spectacular views, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent.

Table mountain gets her name from the flat-topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. They form a sort of amphitheatre that encloses the city centre and some of the older suburbs. Other earlier suburbs are on either side of the chain of mountains, which run like a spine through the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point – the cape from which Cape Town gets its name.

From the summit, the natural protected area stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point has been managed under the custodianship of the National Parks Board. This area has one of the highest concentrations of endemic plant and animal species in any area of its size, containing a staggering 2,285 plant species – more than the entire U.K.

Return to the ship via a short orientation tour of the city of Cape Town.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven terrain on Table Mountain if you wish to experience the full panoramic views; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Tickets for this tour will be pre-purchased, which will reduce the queuing time; however it can still be necessary to stand in a queue of approximately one hour at peak times to board the cable car. The tour is not recommended to guests with a fear of heights, and is strictly weather permitting. No refund will be given if the cable car is closed due to the pre-purchase of tickets; instead a visit to the South Africa Natural History Museum will be made. Refreshments can be purchased at the top of Table Mountain at guests’ own expense.


Cape Point, South Africa

TOUR D - CAPE POINT PENINSULA

  • Marvel at some of the best scenery South Africa has to offer
  • Admire the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • Experience a funicular railway journey to witness breathtaking views
  • Spend time observing the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 7.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Cape Point offers magnificent views and breathtakingly beautiful seascapes. On this tour today you will be introduced to a fascinating range of sights, and gain an understanding and appreciation of the history that surrounds the Cape Point Peninsula.

Your tour begins with a drive along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa. Drive through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles. Continue along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small, picturesque fishing village.

From Hout Bay, continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive (provided the road is open), passing through the seaside residential suburb of Scarborough enroute to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where, by tradition, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and their differing ecosystems are said to meet. The reserve occupies 7,750 hectares of indigenous flora and fauna and Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs – among the highest in South Africa – is the main attraction. Here a funicular railway will take you to the top of the point, from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views.

Following your stop, continue to a scenically situated restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before travelling through the naval base of Simonstown to Fish Hoek. From here, continue to the colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, before joining Boyes Drive, which affords one magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay.

On the return drive to the quayside, you will pass the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert’s Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves large amounts of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground with approximately 120 steps to negotiate at Good Hope Nature Reserve and a further four at the lunch venue; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The road along Chapman’s Peak Drive is extremely steep, narrow and winding, and is not suitable for anyone who suffers from vertigo. Should Chapman’s Peak be closed, the road via Constantia Nek and Ou Kaapse Weg will be taken instead. In order to avoid congestion, the order of sites visited may be different to that described..


Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch, South Africa

TOUR E - KIRSTENBOSCH & CONSTANTIA

  • Visit the world-famous botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch
  • Explore some of the thousands of different species of indigenous plants to this area
  • Enjoy a tasting of local wines in Constantia
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

One of the world’s most famous Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch is spread over 560 hectares on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and contains over 8,500 species of indigenous plants. For plant and garden enthusiasts, there’s no better way to spend your day.

Depart from Cape Town harbour and travel towards Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, skirting the slopes of Devil’s Peak enroute. Once at the Botanical Gardens, take a leisurely stroll through these beautiful surroundings. There will also be some time at leisure available for browsing in the gift shop.

From Kirstenbosch, travel through the prestigious suburbs of Bishopscourt and Constantia into the region where South Africa’s wine industry began over three centuries ago. Constantia is the oldest wine making centre in South Africa. Here you can enjoy some wine tasting of local varieties.

The return journey to the quayside will be take you over Constantia Nek to Hout Bay, before continuing to the Atlantic seaboard suburbs of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bantry Bay.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately two hours of compulsory walking, some of which may be over gravel and cobblestone ground and there will be approximately 55 steps to negotiate over the duration of the tour; therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.


Oysters from Cape Town

TOUR F - SUNSET & OYSTERS AT SIGNAL HILL

  • Savour breathtaking views over Cape Town
  • Indulge in oysters and sparkling wine as you witness the sun set
Price£65.00 - £75.00
Duration1.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Take in this short, and memorable tour to the summit of Signal Hill to savour the amazing views, especially at night when the lights of the city sparkle like jewels in the surrounding darkness.

Depart the ship and drive to Signal Hill, travelling via Kloof Nek. The views from Signal Hill are dramatic, making it an ideal venue to appreciate the stunning views of the Atlantic Seaboard, and to watch the sunset. Signal Hill used to be used as a post for communication with ships at sea, hence the name Signal Hill. Take in the spectacular views whilst enjoying a selection of oysters, canapés, and sparkling wine.

From here, return back to the quayside, travelling via Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Sea Point and Green Point.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 100 metres of walking once at Signal Hill over rugged and grassy terrain; therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as individuals are able to board a coach unaided. Unfortunately toilets will not be available for the duration of this tour.


Robben Island, South Africa

TOUR H - ROBBEN ISLAND

  • Step aboard your ferry for a tour of discovery to Robben Island
  • Understand what life prisoners would have experienced in this isolated prison
  • Discover the former cell of Nelson Mandela
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

For over four centuries, Robben Island has been a place of punishment for exiles and prisoners as well as a place of confinement for lepers, lunatics and the sick. Since 1960, it has become synonymous with the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa. This tour is your chance to experience a high emotion-filled island and try to understand what life would have been like here.

Political prisoners of the past have included Nelson Mandela and poet Dennis Brutus. The last political prisoners were released in 1991 and on 1st January 1997, the Robben Island Museum opened its doors to the public, with quite a number of the former political prisoners becoming island guides. In 1999, Robben Island was declared a World Heritage Site.

Robben Island is an outcrop of rock formed by geological processes extending millions of years ago. Rising and falling sea levels have changed the appearance of the island periodically. Over the past 700,000 years, there have been 12 periods of lower sea levels, during which the island has been linked to the mainland. Except for the administration buildings and prison infrastructure, the island is primarily sand covered with somewhat limited vegetation.

It is home to penguins, seals, chameleons, lizards, snakes, seabirds and a variety of buck. Robben Island plays host to approximately 23 mammals and 132 bird species including the African penguin. Robben Island hosts the third largest colony of African Penguins.

Depart on foot from the ship to the ferry terminal, located at the Nelson Mandela Gateway. After browsing through the Museum, board the ferry, which will transfer you across Table Bay to Robben Island. Upon arrival at the island, board a bus for a 45-minute orientation tour. Bypass the old leper colony, a Muslim shrine and a shipwreck. Also visit the lime quarry, where the former President’s eyes were damaged permanently, and where personalities in the struggle were put to back-breaking labour.

Thereafter, join a guided walking tour through the maximum-security block, led by a former political prisoner. A visit to Nelson Mandela’s former cell is also included.

After your two-and-a-half hour visit to the island, return to the mainland by ferry and then by foot back to your ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a considerable amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground with approximately 20 steps to negotiate once on Robben Island; therefore it is not recommended to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It is recommended that participants wear lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes along with sun protection. The ferry to Robben Island is government-owned and may be cancelled at any time, and is strictly weather permitting. Both the ferry and guided bus journey once on the island are not exclusive to Fred Olsen guests. The distance for the return walk to your ship depends on where your ship is docked - this can range from approximately five minutes to twenty minutes. Due to January/February being peak season for the Island, once tickets have been purchased, any cancellations (except by our tour provider due to weather conditions) at any point, will encounter a cancellation fee. Guests wishing to do this tour independently may struggle to purchase tickets, as this is a very popular attraction.


Rovos Rail, Cape Town

TOUR J - RAVOS RAIL OVERLAND

  • Enjoy a journey on arguably the most luxurious train in the world, offering extravagant excellence
  • The Rovos Rail offers a great way to view the stunning African landscape
  • Experience pure calm, quiet and relaxation

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PriceFrom £2,450.00
Duration4 nights
LimitationLimited to 15
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Since its establishment more than 15 years ago, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. On this tour you will step aboard the wood-panelled coaches – classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition – and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond your windows.  Described by many as “the world’s most luxurious train”, Rovos Rail reflects the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. Hauled by steam, diesel and electric locomotives, just 72 privileged passengers can enjoy this elegant mode of travel at a time. For many visitors to South Africa, there is no finer way to see the country than on this popular 48-hour journey between Cape Town and Pretoria.

Boasting the largest train suites in the world, comfort will be assured aboard the sleeper carriages. Modern conveniences sit side-by-side with period Edwardian features, and each suite is complete with an en suite bathroom, twin or double bed and all the amenities you would expect from a modern five-star hotel. Dress code is smart-casual during the day and jacket and tie for the evenings.

Sunday 31st January 2016 – Cape Town

Disembarking from your ship, take a short transfer to The Portswood Hotel. After checkin, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be at your leisure. This waterfront hotel in Cape Town shares the nautical theme throughout the property and is equipped with the necessary amenities to provide guests with a relaxed and luxurious stay. You will have the choice of three in-house restaurants, each with a unique menu and atmosphere where you can choose to spend your evening (at your own expense). The restaurant and lobby are built around the original well and holding cells for prisoners en route to Robben Island 300 years ago. The location of this waterfront hotel means that it is close to most of the city’s highlights and must-see locations.

Monday 1st February – Cape Town – Matjiesfontein

After breakfast at your hotel, a short transfer will take you to Cape Town Station to pick up Rovos Rail, late morning, from platform 23. Once settled in your deluxe suites, begin your journey towards Matjiesfontein.

Leaving the Mother City of South Africa behind, trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Travel the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Highlights of the north and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic, perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Enjoy dinner this evening onboard your train.

Tuesday 2nd February – Kimberley

Your train will arrive into Kimberley this morning where you will visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum. A gem of an experience awaits you as you approach the Big Hole. While remaining the prime pulling point for spectators, the Big Hole is scattered with additional attractions such as the Diamond Museum, an open-air experience that whisks spectators away on a journey to the indulgent days of the diamond rush while providing insight into diamonds, diamond mining and the processing of rough diamonds. Discovering how diamonds are transformed, from a rough cut to the exquisite engagement ring in a jeweller’s window, is just one of the multi-faceted facts visitors will leave with.

A bustling bar and coffee shop offers guests comfortable convenience, providing a spot to sit and sip on a hot drink while looking out onto the prestigious site. Various snack shops ensure appetites are appeased (at your own expense) while a jewellery and curio shop allow for a luxurious retail experience where serious shoppers may even find the diamond of their heart’s desire.

Departing Kimberley by train, dinner will be served aboard before a relaxing evening at leisure once again.

Wednesday 3rd February – Pretoria

This morning, enjoy breakfast aboard your train before arriving into Pretoria at around midday. Upon arrival at Capital Park Station, you will take a transfer to the 54 on Bath in Johannesburg.

With its signature blend of luxury and style, not to mention its sought-after location in Sandton’s tranquil suburb of Rosebank, it is no wonder that 54 on Bath has become one of the leading Tsogo Sun hotels in Johannesburg. Business travellers and holidaymakers alike, from neighbouring areas or further afield, are able to truly relax and rejuvenate in a luxurious environment, ensuring an experience that is sure to be rewarding at every turn.

The attractions of Sandton are nearby should you be keen to explore your surroundings at leisure. Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch and many other sights await, with the Gautrain rapid rail system also easily accessible from the hotel.

Thursday 4th February – Johannesburg – Durban

After enjoying an early breakfast at the hotel, you will gather your belongings and check-out. Boarding your bus we will head to the airport for our internal flight from Johannesburg to Durban.

Once in Durban a short transfer will take us to the quayside to re-board your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour has a very limited amount of walking involved; however it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair users due to the very narrow walkways and the motion of the train. The step in order to board the train is very steep and must be boarded unaided. Luggage allowance for the internal flight is 20 kilograms per person. All meals and beverages are included in the cost whilst aboard Rovos Rail. Breakfast is included at both the hotel in Cape Town and Johannesburg; however any further food or drink will be at your own expense. Warm clothing in layers is recommended for cold mornings and evenings. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or televisions onboard. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other guests is confined to the privacy of your suites only. The reception is poor while the train is moving. Onboard the train, smoking is allowed in the Club Lounge only and the privacy of your suite, but please be mindful that the train is generally made up of wood; please don’t thrown flammable items such as cigarette or cigar butts off the train as bush fires in Africa are a constant and dangerous hazard. Not included in the price are staff gratuities, all premium brand alcoholic beverages, personal expenses e.g – telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry.

The booking deadline for this tour is 16th December 2015. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk


Cruises to Cape Town

TOUR K - GARDEN ROUTE OVERLAND

  • Enjoy a scenic journey along the Garden Route
  • Tour a working ostrich farm in the ‘Feather capital of the World’
  • Relax on a Knysna lagoon cruise
  • Visit the splendid Tsitsikamma National Park

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

PriceFrom £495.00
Duration2 nights
LimitationLimited to 40
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.

Sunday 31st January – Cape Town – Oudtshoorn

Departing from Cape Town for Somerset West, travel over Sir Lowry’s Pass through the Elgin Valley. Continuing on you travel overland and cross Tradouws Pass for a stop in Barrydale to enjoy some lunch, before departing for Oudtshoorn on the scenic Route 62, past Calitzdorp.

On arrival at Oudtshoorn, known as the feather capital of the world, a visit to an ostrich farm will be made. You begin in the breeding camp with a nest of ostrich eggs, where the first stage of the ostrich life cycle will be explained. You will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them – a great photo opportunity. Every tour ends with an “Ostrich Derby” where local jockeys display their riding skills. A highly entertaining and educational event will be guaranteed.

In the late afternoon arrive at your hotel, where the evening will be at your leisure.

Monday 1st February – Oudtshoorn – Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, check out and travel approximately 29 kilometres to the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo – the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations.

Embark on a one hour standard tour or, for the more adventurous, one and a half hour adventure tour of the caves. Once back together again as a group, your coach will take you to Knysna for lunch.

Knysna lies on a lagoon, the mouth of which is guarded by two promontories known as the Knysna Heads. The origins of the town name are probably from the Hottentot words ‘Xthuys Xna’, which mean ‘place where the wood is’. An entire industry sprang up around the beautiful yellow-wood trees in the surrounding Tsitsikamma Forest, until South Africa’s national tree became an endangered species.

Boarding a small boat, embark on a Knysna lagoon cruise to view the two sandstone heads that guard the sea’s entrance to the lagoon.

Taking the short walk from the water’s edge, then you check in to your overnight hotel, which is home to various restaurants and quaint shops all overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. Tonight will be at your leisure once more.

Tuesday 2nd February – Knysna – Port Elizabeth 

After breakfast this morning, depart for the Tsitsikamma National Park, which stretches for 80 kilometres from the Krom River Forest Station to the Salt River. It lies between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the coast. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning “place of much water”, and is Africa’s oldest and largest marine reserve, playing a vital role in the preservation and conservation of marine fauna and flora.

After approximately one hour at the Tsitsikamma National Park, a transfer will take you to Port Elizabeth to re-join your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: Comfortable clothing, binoculars, a sun hat and sun protection are strongly recommended for all participants. This tour involves large amounts of walking over uneven ground; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair users. All meals are included on this tour where stated, otherwise these will be at your own expense. Two bottles of water per guest per day will be available. Please be aware that only one bag per guest is permitted to be taken on this tour. Guests are permitted to sit on an ostrich and to take photographs if they wish, however there is a weight restriction of maximum 100 kilograms for this activity. Not included in the price are staff gratuities, all premium brand alcoholic beverages, personal expenses e.g – telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry.

The booking deadline for this tour is 16th December 2015. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk


Victoria Falls, Africa

TOUR M - "THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS" - VICTORIA FALLS OVERLAND

  • Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of the most awesome natural wonders of the world – Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
  • Visit Chobe National Park and witness one of the highest concentrations of elephant herds in the world

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PriceFrom £3,150.00
Duration4 NIGHTS
LimitationLimited to 20 participants
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The Victoria Falls is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular natural sights in the entire world. The Falls occur where the mighty Zambezi River stretches to approximately 1,688 metres wide and, from its highest point, plummet 108 metres in a thundering roar of white waters and spiralling mists. This experience is really one not to be missed!

Sunday 31st January – Cape Town – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

Upon disembarkation from your ship, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. After a short wait, your connecting flight will take you direct to Victoria Falls Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next four nights. Following checkin, free time will be given to freshen up.

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the Grand Old Lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shurbs, it offers the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the Smoke that Thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.

With plenty of choice of dining locations, all at world-class level, including Stanley’s Terrace, which is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas, and boasts a clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, there really is no expense spared at this stunning location. A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms and chapel are part of the complex.

Late this afternoon you will depart the hotel for your sundowner cruise. Experience an unforgettable two-hour sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, during which drinks and snacks will be served while cruising upstream. During your cruise, look out for birdlife, and keep watch for occasional glimpses of hippos, crocodiles or even elephants.

Return to your hotel where dinner can be enjoyed this evening with the remainder of the evening at your leisure.

Monday 1st February – Victoria Falls

After breakfast, depart on a tour of the Victoria Falls.

Explore the rainforest trails surrounding the Falls with your guide, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River’s ferocious torrents plunging down a series of basalt gorges. Based on width and height, Victoria Falls is considered to be the world’s largest waterfall, and as you come face-to-face with it, with the water pounding in your ears and the spray rising before your eyes, you will certainly understand the nickname of ‘the smoke that thunders!’ While walking, watch out for Livingstone’s Statue that looks out over the Devil’s Cataract – a natural pool that marks the lowest point of the Falls.

Return to your hotel for lunch and then meet your guide in the late afternoon for a local craft market visit. This is a chance to browse in a must-visit traditional, open curio market where everything that a Zimbabwean hand can make is found – Batique fabric, tribal drums, marimbas, jewellery, bowls, chess boards, wooden and stone carvings, and soap stone carvings from the Shona tribe are just some of the most popular (and traditional) items for sale. All the artists will be happy to discuss their art and the atmosphere is buzzing with Zimbabwean smiles and African hospitality. What a way of taking the essence of a trip to Zimbabwe back home with you!

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure prior to your dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday 2nd February – Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel this morning prior to your departure to Chobe National Park. The travelling time through the Kazungula border is approximately one and a half hours. On crossing the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana you will change vehicles to an open game drive vehicle and continue to Chobe National Park.

Botswana’s Chobe National Park, located on the banks of the scenic Chobe River, is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Experience the thrill of a game drive on the lookout for elephants and lions that populate the park.

On this full day tour, embark on a boat trip on the Chobe River and enjoy a game drive in Chobe National Park. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Kasane.

Transfer back to Victoria Falls in the afternoon where time to freshen up will be given before you enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday 3rd February – Victoria Falls

Following an early start, take a transfer to enjoy an unforgettable elephant-back safari.

The morning is devoted to an elephant safari in a wilderness area not far from Victoria Falls. An experienced elephant minder will accompany each elephant and guest. Upon mounting the elephants, your safari will begin. During your ride, keep your eyes peeled for game and savour the experience of crashing through the African bush atop a gigantic mammal.

Your safari ends with a short training session and interaction with the elephants, followed by a late breakfast. You will then return to the hotel, where you will be met in the late afternoon and taken for a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. View game coming to the water’s edge for a late afternoon drink, whilst the setting sun creates a splendid display of colour over one of Africa’s finest wilderness areas.

Return to your hotel where free time will allow you to relax in the pool, or sit and take in the magnificent views that surround you - it really is your choice this afternoon.

Dinner will be served at the Boma Restaurant located off site. The Boma is well known for its variety in traditional local cuisine as well as the international dishes served. Enjoy a four course meal of mouth-watering starters such as soups from the campfires, a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates with a selection of salads, followed by a wide selection of delicious deserts.

Entertainment is provided in the form of local traditional dancers. After dinner you can join in a drumming extravaganza, which is usually the highlight of the evening.

Thursday 4th February – Victoria Falls – JNB – Durban

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, pack your belongings and complete checkout before your departure, and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival in Johannesburg you will be assisted to meet your connecting flight to Durban.

On arrival in Durban, you will be transferred to the harbour where you will re-join your ship.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves large amounts of walking, some of which will be over uneven and gravelled terrain; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please be aware that Zimbabwe is a malaria risk area and ALL participants must take malaria precautions prior to their departure. It is also recommended that you consult a doctor before booking this tour. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana Immigration officials require that all visitors to each country have a minimum of two consecutive double blank pages in their passports. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in permission to enter these countries being denied. All British passport holders will be required to obtain a visa for Zimbabwe; these can either be applied for before departing the UK or on arrival, however it is recommended that you have this before arrival as otherwise this will slow the group’s transit across the border. For charges and up-to-date information regarding visas, including those for non-British passport holders, please contact your local embassy. Only one soft sided bag per person, of no more than 20 kilograms is allowed on this tour.

The water levels at the Falls are season dependent. The river levels start to rise in January through to its peak in March/April. During the elephant back safari, guests should wear neutral coloured clothes. We would request that you do not feed the elephants at any point during your tour. Wildlife may be encountered and therefore whites and bright colours should be avoided. The contents and order of activities in this programme are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Chobe National Park. During early morning games drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool; therefore layers are recommended. During the day, it can be extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements; therefore it is advisable not to forget sun protection, including hats and sun glasses, as well as your cameras and binoculars. Please note that the game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not suitable for guests with back or neck problems, or pregnant women. Wildlife sights are never guaranteed. Not included in the price of this tour are staff gratuities, all premium brand alcoholic beverages, personal expenses e.g – telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry.

The booking deadline for this tour is 27th November 2015. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.

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Cruises to Cape Town

TOUR N - AQUILA GAME RESERVE

  • Discover the animals that roam the Aquila Game Reserve
  • Hunt down hippos and crocodiles that may be lurking in the wetlands
  • Spend time searching for the rare black eagle, which the reserve has been named after
Price£150.00 - £160.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
LimitationLimited to 78
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Join this day tour to Aquila Game Reserve, which will take you to the semi-scrub desert of the Karoo for a wild encounter with Africa’s game.

Transfer in an air conditioned coach to your game drive destination. The two hour drive will meander through the scenic Hex River Valley to Cape Town’s closest private game reserve, Aquila. The Aquila Game Reserve in South Africa is situated on 4,500 hectares of Southern Karoo Highlands and combines the fauna and flora of three beautiful valleys. The reserve encompasses a natural wetland and a magnificent mountain range. You will have the opportunity to experience an outstanding variety of game.

A welcome drink awaits your arrival and a buffet lunch will be served in the restaurant. After lunch, depart for your safari game drive, which will be in a 4x4 safari vehicle, with an experienced ranger guide. Animals found roaming in the reserve include rhinos, buffalos, giraffes and lions (in an enclosure). Large herds of zebra, black and blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, warthog, eland, springbok, blesbok, and gemsbok may also be seen in the semi-arid desert conditions. Hippos and crocodiles lurk in the wetlands. Aquila’s wide array of bird species include several pairs of the rare and endangered black eagle.

On return from the game drive depart Aquila Game Reserve and return to Cape Town and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves very small amounts of walking over uneven terrain; however guests must be able to board the 4x4 jeeps unaided; therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. The roads in the game reserve are gravel led with inclines and so participants will get bumped around; therefore the tour not recommended for guests with back or neck problems, or pregnant ladies. Guests are not permitted to use phones on or during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and sun protection are strongly recommended. Lions and cheetahs are in an enclosed area but all other animals are wild; therefore sightings are not guaranteed. One drink is included with the lunch; any further refreshments at the restaurant will need to be paid for locally by the guests.


Chapmans peak, Cape Town

TOUR O - CHAPMAN'S PEAK & OU KAAPSE WEG SCENIC DRIVE

  • Relax as you embark on a scenic drive, taking in magnificent views along the way
  • Discover one of the world’s most spectacular routes, Chapman’s Peak Drive
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

On this tour, travel outside of Cape Town during an insightful panoramic drive. Climb aboard your coach for a scenic drive to Chapman’s Peak for a very different look at South Africa. A camera is a must!

Depart the quayside and enjoy a drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay. Stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy the magnificent views onto Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, before continuing along the coastal road, past the upmarket suburb of Llandudno and on towards the fishing village of Hout Bay.

From here you will travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its numerous lookout points, which offer magnificent views of the ocean towards Hout Bay and the Sentinel.

Pass the pristine white sands of Noordhoek Beach, before continuing over the scenic Ou Kaapse Weg (Old Cape Road), taking in the vistas over the southern Peninsula, Cape Flats and False Bay.

Finally, head back to the city via the M3 motorway, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert’s Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital enroute.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves very limited walking at brief photostops, however guests may remain onboard the coach if they so wish; therefore it is recommended to guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as they are able to board a coach unaided. The road along Chapman’s Peak Drive is extremely steep, narrow and winding; therefore this tour is not recommended for guests that have a fear of heights. Should Chapman’s Peak be closed, the tour will be re-routed via Constantia Neck. There will be no toilet available throughout the duration of this tour.


Winelands in Cape Town

TOUR P - SCENIC WINELANDS

  • Sample the “Pearl” of the Berg River Valley
  • Savour the tastes of some locally produced wines
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in Franschhoek
  • Explore Stellenbosch during a panoramic drive
Wine Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On this tour, combine a scenic drive to the pretty town of Paarl, with a wine tasting and cellar tour, followed by a visit to Stellenbosch?

Depart from the quayside by coach and take the N1 National Road to Paarl, the “Pearl” of the Berg River Valley. Paarl is a romantic town built on both sides of a ten kilometre-long main street, shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. Pass by the Paarl Monument. On the mountain, you will see the unique Taal Monument, which was erected in honour of the Afrikaans language. From Paarl, continue to a wine estate where you will enjoy a cellar tour and have the opportunity to taste some of the local varieties on offer.

The tour proceeds to the village of Franschhoek. The rich culture and historical heritage of Franschhoek and its tradition of viniculture date back to 1688 when some 200 French Huguenots were apportioned land in the district. Enjoy some free time in Franschhoek to explore at leisure.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing to Stellenbosch, a university town and the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. Stellenbosch has become known as the “Town of Oaks” – some of the oaks here have been proclaimed national monuments. Stellenbosch is also famous for the typical Cape Dutch-style architecture, which can be seen in the main thoroughfare, Dorp Street, which is lined with houses, cottages and shops.

After an orientation tour through this lovely town, return to Cape Town along the N2 national highway, arriving back to the ship in the late afternoon.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven and gravel led terrain with some steps to negotiate; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Sun protection and comfortable shoes are recommended.


TOUR Q - COASTAL DRIVE BY HARLEY DAVIDSON

  • Don your leathers and experience the thrill of riding a Harley Davidson
  • Appreciate the panoramic views on offer as you coast along, taking in some of the most stunning coastal views that South Africa has to offer
Activity Tour
Price£230.00 - £240.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

There are few experiences as powerful as a pack of leather clad bikers roaring past on shiny Harley Davidson’s. Enjoy a chauffeur driven ride along the Cape’s scenic passes while onlookers hoot, wave and flash their lights at the passing bikes.

Depart from the quayside and enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay. Stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy the magnificent views onto Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, before continuing along the coastal road, past the upmarket suburb of Llandudno.

From here you will travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its numerous look out points, which offer magnificent views over the ocean towards millers Point.

Continue to Simons Town for a short comfort stop before enjoying a scenic and relaxing cruise drive along the coast back to the quayside.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking however guests must be agile enough to climb onto the back of the Harley Davidson. The road along Chapman’s Peak Drive is extremely steep, narrow and winding; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests that have a fear of heights or suffer from vertigo. Should Chapman’s Peak be closed, you will be re-routed via Constantia Neck.


TOUR R - IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF NELSON MANDELA

  • Enjoy a tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Admire the façade of Cape Town City Hall
  • Be intrigued by a visit to Robben Island and the cell that Nelson Mandela resided in for 27 years
Price£125.00 - £135.00
DurationApproximately 8¼ hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life and this tour will take you to many of the places that changed his life.

Departing the quayside you will head to the Houses of Parliament in the city of Cape Town. The Houses of Parliament were witness to debates concerning the South African Anglo-Boer War, World War I, World War II and the political changing of the guard, from the United Party of General Jan Smuts to the National Party, whose brainchild was the loathed apartheid system.

Some of the most stirring events in the Houses of Parliament during the apartheid era took place when opposition party members stood up to hold the Nationalist government to account for the disastrous effects of apartheid. In 1994, the Houses of Parliament were witness to yet another phase for South Africa when Nelson Mandela stood up as the president after the country’s first democratic elections.

Continuing on to Cape Town City Hall, you will pass the City Hall on your ‘dawn patrol’ of central Cape Town, the amber morning lights fall directly on its sandstone-coloured Italian Renaissance-style façade. Cape Town City Hall was totally eclipsed on 11th February 1990 when a newly-released Nelson Mandela stood on the balcony and addressed the jubilant people gathered below on the Grand Parade Square. ‘Today the majority of South Africa, black and white, recognise that apartheid has no future’ Mandela said. ‘Our march to freedom is irreversible’.

Lunch will be served at a restaurant on the waterfront.

After lunch you will travel to Robben Island ferry terminal, located at the Nelson Mandela Gateway. After browsing through the Museum, you will embark the ferry which will transfer you across Table Bay to Robben Island. Upon arrival at the island you will be met by your guide, Christo Brand, the former prison guard who was responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela. During your 45 minute orientation tour by bus you will bypass the old leper colony, a Muslim shrine and a shipwreck. Also visit the lime quarry, where the former President’s eyes were damaged permanently, and where personalities in the struggle were put to back breaking labour.

Here Christo Brand will take you on a guided walking tour through the maximum security block. A visit to Nelson Mandela’s former cell is also included.

Join your ferry ride back to the mainland and then back to Boudicca.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves extensive walking over some even ground at Robben Island; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Lunch will include one drink per person, all subsequent refreshments must be paid for locally. It is recommended that participants wear lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes along with sun protection. The ferry to Robben Island is government-owned and may be cancelled at any time, and is strictly weather permitting, should the captain cancel due to weather conditions you will make a visit to the Company Gardens including a walking tour and information on the Slave Lodge Museum. The ferry is not exclusive to Fred Olsen guests but the guided bus journey once on the island will be exclusive. Due to January/February being peak season for the Island, once tickets have been purchased, any cancellations (except by our tour provider due to weather conditions) at any point, will encounter a cancellation fee.


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