PREMIUM ESCORTED TOURS
At t Insight Vacations, we have been in the business of creating magical experiences for travellers for over 40 years. But for us, it’s never been just a business. Travel in its truest sense – not just going to incredible places, but really connecting with them, in an authentic way – is both a joy and a personal passion, for every member of our team. Let us share that passion with you. We’ll take you on an unforgettable journey. We’ll immerse you in unique experiences, and we’ll introduce you to amazing people. The magic begins here!
Based in the beautiful surroundings of the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine tourism destination, and the country’s culinary capital, The Private Hotel School is where hospitality dreams come true. The Private Hotel School with its skilled team of professionals, teaching nationally and internationally accredited courses, is one of the more sought after hotel schools in South Africa and will help realise aspirations of a career in the stimulating world of hospitality. The curriculum combines innovative and leading edge hospitality instruction with sound practical training and knowledge of the hospitality industry.
Exciting news is that on a THURSDAY they open their restaurant to the public! We will be supporting the young students and at the same time helping them to develop their skills for the future!
How many times, en route to Hermanus near the Arabella Hotel, have you passed the new development on the lagoon? Have you wondered what it’s all about? Well, Brian and I have and we recently stopped in to discover a true gem in the making with exciting times ahead from 1st December. Only 1 hour from Cape Town International airport, overlooking the
Atlantic Ocean in Hermanus, lies the 200-hectare security estate, Benguela Cove, a unique piece of real estate in South Africa which is surrounded by the Botriver lagoon a natural
lagoon which is teeming with fish and birdlife. This exclusive development has 124 plots on the estate, which over time are being turned into luxury waterside and vineyard
properties. Benguela Cove is surrounded by water, mountains, vineyards, olive trees,
lavender fields and is a working wine farm, on which you can buy or build property. The plots are set in a protected nature reserve and your only view is dreamy sunsets with flocks of birds highlighted against the mountains. They are set to open their brand new restaurant on 1st December.
Plans are underway to take Time Out to the new restaurant for lunch. The views from the restaurant are to-die-for and it will be a great place to start the New Year of 2018.
ABOUT UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES
Award-winning Uniworld—the world’s ONLY authentic boutique cruise line™—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.
The Highest Standards in Luxury River Cruising
In 2004, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation (TTC), a highly successful international travel group founded by Stanley Tollman. TTC has more than 30 top brands, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels, a renowned collection of four- and five-star luxury properties.
TTC has made major investments in Uniworld’s ships, crew, and staff, with an eye towards providing guests with all the elements of an unforgettable Six-Star Experience: Expertise; Service; Luxurious Ships, Uniquely Designed; Culinary; Choice; and Truly All-Inclusive. Combining the tour planning and hotel management expertise of TTC’s sister companies with Uniworld’s decades of superior nautical experience has created an entirely new category of luxury river cruising.
The Boutique Experience, Onboard & Onshore
The renowned Red Carnation Hotel Collection was founded in the early 1980s by Beatrice Tollman, who has many years of experience as a chef, cookbook author, and hotelier in South Africa, Europe, and the US. The family-run business now spans four generations—including her husband Stanley and three children—and owns and operates 17 boutique properties in five countries. Mrs. Tollman was named Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards in 2012.
Boutique hotels are known for their destination-specific interior décor, gracious service, and carefully selected amenities, all of which provide an intimate, elegant, and relaxed experience. Similarly, Uniworld’s boutique river cruises allow guests to travel from one exciting destination to the next aboard a stylish floating hotel with inviting lounges, cosy libraries, panoramic restaurants, sumptuous cuisine, exquisite antiques and original art, and luxurious riverview staterooms and suites. Meticulous attention to detail is readily apparent on every company-owned ship, including Uniworld’s four stunning Super Ships—the S.S. Antoinette, S.S. Catherine, S.S. Maria Theresa, and the S.S. Joie de Vivre (debuting 2017).
Gracious and Attentive Service
In partnership with its sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld takes pride in its long-lasting relationships with guests, for whom there is “No request too large, no detail too small.” Uniworld employs a professionally trained, dedicated, English-speaking staff, so guests never have to worry about communication.
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.
MSC Cruises-Schedule 2017/2018 Season
A brand new sparkling destination for the 2017-18 season is Pomene Bay, a picturesque haven located 605km north of Maputo. You can relax and unwind in Pomene Bay while the Indian Ocean seas lap onto the powdery white sand of this peninsula’s palm-lined beaches on one side and the other welcomes clear waters of a spectacular mangrove estuary.
This cruise season is rewarding all early bookings by offering a never-to-be-repeated saving of up to 50% on the standard fares! A deposit of R3,500 secures your booking (within 48 hours), with the balance only due 60 days before your cruise sailing date.
NB! All rates are per person based on 2 people sharing a 2-sleeper cabin and subject to availability, foreign exchange and fuel cost fluctuations. All cruise offers are capacity controlled and offering selected cabins at a specific price in line with Cruises Dynamic Pricing Policy. *KIDS CRUISE FREE: Up to 2 children under 18 years, sharing a four-sleeper cabin with 2 adults, for Suites 2 children under 12 years & for balconies 1 child under 18 years, only paying the mandatory charges. Single supplement applies and multiple berth cabins carry a surcharge.
* Passengers must be the age required at the time of completion of travel to benefit from age related discount.
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Tours depart Bi-Monthly (Start & End in Cape Town).
Departure Dates 2017: 17 & 31 January, 07 & 21 February, 07 & 21 March, 04 & 18 April, 02 , 16 & 30 May, 06 & 20 June, 04 & 18 July, 01, 15 & 29 August, 05 & 19 September, 03, 17 & 31 October, 07 & 21 November, 05 December
|PRICE of this fully inclusive 5 day tour is available on application.|
A 5 day escorted tour via the Overberg region and along one of the most beautiful stretches of South Africa’s coastline from Cape Town back to Cape Town via the Karoo town of Oudsthoorn. Highlights include a stop in Hermanus which is world renowned as the best land-based whale watching spot along our shoreline, Swellendam, Knysna Lagoon boat trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve and a visit to the inspiring Tsitsikamma National Park.
Day 1 Tuesday (Dinner)
Morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour & tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During whale season (June to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path. Here you would have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). After lunch (to own account), continue to Swellendam – the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight Schoone Oordt Country House (standard cottage) or similar
Day 2 Wednesday (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, depart Swellendam and enjoy your journey along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay. Travel to Plettenberg Bay – millionaires’ playground for lunch and a stroll along the white sandy beaches. Check into your accommodation during the afternoon. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge.
Overnight Hunters Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 3 Thursday (Breakfast and Dinner)
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay – ‘millionaires’ playground’ – before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight Hunters Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 4 Friday (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Embark on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2 kilometre downhill nature trail walk. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour. Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rosenhof Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 5 Saturday (Breakfast)
Before departing Oudtshoorn enjoy a morning visit to the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch, enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town where your tour ends around 18h00 with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town based hotel.
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|PRICE of this fully inclusive 4 day tour is:
R11,800 per person sharing & R12,970 single.
These are our 2018 rates (1 Nov 17 to 31 Oct 18)
|INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
||NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
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.
Our expertise lies not only in putting together tour packages, but in arranging self drive tours as well.
Our most recent package was conceptualized for a Pretoria based group who wanted to use their own vehicles to experience the sheer beauty of Namibia.
The on line itinerary provides full details of the 11 night excursion.
Please feel free to contact us to allow us to show what we can do for you.