When we visited Paternoster during our Old Year tour in 2017, I was intrigued to see MONDVOL has moved closer to town! Remember in January 2013 when we trundled along a gravel road for about 15kms towards Trekkoskraal, to arrive at the Mondvol padstalletjie where we were warmly greeted by Charmaine and Alexander Pieters. So, it is good to see that they have moved closer to Paternoster, where you all LOVE going to and this was, indeed, GOOD NEWS!
Doing further research I discovered glowing reports about their new “Koffiewinkel” and, as you all know, I enjoy giving young people all the support we can, especially when they’ve opened a new restaurant which needs ’promoting’! We all have wonderful memories of that lunch in 2013!
TIME OUT 26th April Outing CANCELLED
The month of April has a double-up LONG weekend – Friday 27th is Freedom Day and Tuesday 1st May is Workers Day. This will affect our normal outing on Thursday 26th April).
During our January trip to The Private Hotel School, members were asked for suggestions as to what to do for April and since no comments or suggestions were forthcoming, I am forced to cancel the 26th April outing and offer instead, a fabulous day out in Elgin on Saturday 28th April.
There is a new kid-on-the-block outside Franschhoek….
The elegant yet trendy style of the La Paris Bistro’s interior, with its warm, solid French Oak floor juxtaposed against the cool, grey screed floor of the Deli, all with added unique décor elements, work in synergy with the relaxed feel of the Estate. A Farm to Table Philosophy with wholesome authentic fresh food sourced locally and responsibly to be savoured in the subtle and tranquil surroundings while time passes unnoticed. Their impressive bar boasts a sophisticated edge, provides over 70 locally sourced wines, craft beer on tap and offers an extensive range of cocktails. It is also a wedding venue and has had many top society weddings held there!
La Paris dates back to 1699 when Willem Adriaan van der Stel as a newly appointed governor awarded the farm to Francois Retief. The French Hugenot later married Marie Mouij. They became the founders of the Retief family in South Africa. Francois named the farm La Paris which was both nostalgic and filled with hopes for the future. They farmed with wheat, vineyards and livestock.
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Cape Town & Durban Departures
The full Southern Africa cruise calendar is available and it doesn’t make good reading when we compare current departures to those of 2016. Of the 30 departure dates between 6th January and 15th April, only 4 are ex Cape Town.
Durban departures are essentially to Portuguese Island, 3 nights and Portuguese Island, Pomene —4 nights. These departures require flights to and from Durban.
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Tours depart Bi-Monthly (Start & End in Cape Town).
Departure Dates 2018: 16 January, 30 January, 20 February, 20 March, 03 April, 17 April, 01 May, 15 May, 29 May, 31 July, 14 August, 28 August, 04 September, 18 September, 25 September, 02 October, 16 October, 30 October, 06 November, 20 November, 04 December, 18 December
|PRICE of this fully inclusive 5 day tour is detailed on the Itinerary which is accessible at the foot of this page.|
A 5 day escorted tour via the Overberg region and along one of the most beautiful stretches of South Africa’s coastline, starting and ending in Cape Town. Highlights include a stop in Hermanus which is world renowned as the best land-based whale watching spot along our shoreline, Swellendam, Knysna, a visit to the inspiring Tsitsikamma National Park and Oudtshoorn.
Day 1 – Tuesday Overberg Region (BD)
Depart Cape Town and stop en-route for a wine tasting within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Stop in Hermanus for an optional eco-marine or whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). Continue to Swellendam – the third oldest settlement in South Africa.
Overnight Gaikou Lodge (standard room) or similar
Day 2 – Wednesday Swellendam / Plettenberg Bay (BLD)
After breakfast, depart Swellendam and journey along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay for lunch and a stroll along the beach. Check in and enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge. Overnight Hunter’s Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 3 – Thursday Tsitsikamma / Plettenberg Bay (BD)
After breakfast, visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers incredible views. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight Hunter’s Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 4 – Friday Plettenberg Bay / Oudtshoorn (BLD)
Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Embark on 90 minute lunch cruise on the picturesque Knsyna Lagoon. Upon return, continue your journey to Oudtshoorn. End the day with a visit to an ostrich show farm for a guided tour followed by dinner at your hotel. Overnight Rosenhof Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 5 – Saturday Oudtshoorn/ Cape Town (B)
Before departing Oudtshoorn enjoy a morning visit to the Cango Caves. Travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. Stop near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). Continue to Cape Town where your tour will end with drop-off at your Cape Town based hotel or Cape Town International Airport.
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|PRICE of this fully inclusive 4 day tour is:
(1) R11,800 per person sharing & R12,970 single.
These are our 2018 rates (1 Nov 17 to 31 Oct 18)
(2) R12,750 per person sharing & R14,020 single.
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Depart Cape Town at about 08h15 and head northwards over the spectacular Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass en route to Worcester. From Worcester we continue on the R62 (route 62 is the longest wine route in the world) through Montagu. We stop for a wine tasting and delicious lunch. In the afternoon we travel through the Little Karoo. Changing scenery from lush farmland to semi-desert areas make this a day full of surprises. A warm welcome awaits us from the staff of the 3* Riempies Estate Hotel in Oudtshoorn (or similar), where we arrive in the late afternoon for our overnight stop. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. But the world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts. This small town is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region (encompassing Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp) and is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua- and Swartberg Mountains
Awake the next day to the freshness of the Karoo air. After a good breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour lasting over an hour – full of fascination. From the Caves we travel to the Cango Wildlife Ranch (Crocodile and Cheetah farm) to learn more about frightening reptiles and other beautiful animals. Hear the awesome stories from the guide as we tour the farm with a chance to view cheetah, tiger, lion, puma, and jaguar. A short drive to the other end of Oudtshoorn brings us to Ostrich country and lunch at the Highgate Ostrich farm. Today’s lunch – yes, you guessed it, includes ostrich delicacies. We’ll listen to the restaurant staff as they serenade us during lunch. After all this, the tour of the farm begins. We head down to the fields, where you will have the opportunity to sit on and ride an ostrich. You will also learn more about the breeding habits and of the bygone days, when Oudtshoorn was in the midsts of the 1920’s ostrich feather boom. The late afternoon takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. Here for the first time one can understand why this area is known as the Garden Route. As you drive over the summit of the pass, lush green vegetation awaits you. We’ll take a drive to the spectacular Knysna Heads where the ocean surges through the two sea cliffs to enter the magnificent lagoon. Get your camera ready! Our hotel tonight is the 4* Knysna Quays Hotel in Knysna (or similar).
The morning gives us some time to enjoy the quaint village of Knysna and we have a bit of free time in the Knysna Waterfront. At 11h00 we depart on a guided boat trip on the Keurbooms River where you experience the majesty of the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, as the Ferries glide over shimmering waters, through soaring gorges. Qualified skippers and guides are on board to ensure that your 2.5hr trip is as informative as it is unforgettable, ending with a picnic lunch on the beaches of the Keurbooms River.
In the late afternoon we will make our way to Mossel Bay where we visit to the Post Office Tree and Diaz museum where early pioneers left mail for the homebound ships to Europe. We spend a leisurely afternoon at the swimming pool or stroll along the beach before enjoying dinner, and overnight at the 3* Mossel Bay Protea hotel (or similar).
The next morning we visit Botlierskop Private Game reserve where we have breakfast before departing on a game drive. Experience close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, and Giraffe, rare Black Impala and many other species on an exhilarating three-hour guided game viewing drive in an open vehicle over the 3000 hectare reserve. From the reserve we travel via rolling hills to Swellendam, which is full of romantic history. The town was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1745 in order to exercise control over independent frontiersmen who migrated over the Hottentots Holland Mountains at the beginning of the 18th century. The district and town were named after the reigning Governor of the Cape, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme. In time, a village was established and Swellendam became the last outpost of civilization on the eastern frontier. Our lunch today is at a restaurant in Swellendam (La Belle Alliance). We stop at one of the local Farm stalls before continuing on our scenic route back to Cape Town.
Enquire about ending your tour in Port Elizabeth.
Enquire about ending your tour at Cape Town International Airport +/- 18:30 on Fridays.
For groups of four or more, enquire about alternative departure days (subject to availability).
Traveltime Tours was formed in 2007 as a direct result of associate Time Out Ladies Club wanting to experience tours longer than their normal 1 day per month, as well as being able to travel with partners and friends.
Traveltime has grown from strength to strength in the senior market and in 2017 will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, with Time Out (15 years).
Traveltime focuses on visiting interesting places throughout South Africa and Namibia (soon to include international destinations) with the motto “Friendship & Fun”. We only use luxury air conditioned coaches and superior accommodation and restaurants, all of which are checked by us before our guests join our tours.
We always strive to select the most interesting venues and destinations and to negotiate the best service, accommodation and meals in the current economic climate. We source places that are generally not on the tourist route and this allows you to meet the people who live in these areas and experience their way of life.
Our tours fit into the range of 1 to 11 days. Some of our past destinations include:
The above tours are a small selection of the over 120 tours conducted to date (February 2017).
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Big 5 Safari Lodge near Cape Town
Aquila Safari Lodge is a 4 star establishment near Touws River in the Southern Karoo. The reserve is a 10,000 hectare conservancy and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness – elephant, lion,
buffalo, leopard and rhino.
Various safari options are available throughout the year. From half day, full day, sunset and overnight to horseback and quad-bike trips (including combinations of these). Fly in helicopter and fixed wing itineraries as well as Private safaris are available.