Following the tourist trail is no bad thing, but with the right personable, knowledgeable guides guests can come away with so much more, getting to feel the real essence of the country. Inside knowledge is the key so we really encourage guided days if appropriate, such as in Cape Town and the surrounding wine lands. These tours can be tailored to clients’ interests and preferences so they are very personal, stopping at select restaurants that may be a best kept secret. We get such good feedback from our clients and they come back for further personally guided tours, asking for the same guides in later years.
Guided wine tour with Pam.
We have recently heard from one of our favourite guides who has just taken our clients, who are on their very special honeymoon, on a guided wine tour. Whilst in the wine lands they were staying at The Last Word Franschhoek.
The Franschhoek is a historic Cape Winelands Hotel in the centre of what many regard as the most picturesque village in the Cape Winelands. The village of Franschhoek is a wine and food lover's delight and a haven for artists.
Pam loved guiding them and said they all got on so well and they had an awesome day. She says “It is always so lovely when people enjoy the history and are truly interested in everything.”
They started off taking a walk around Delaire to check out the view and the art collection followed by a short drive through tour of Stellenbosch. Then they headed to Mulderbosch which they loved as they had some of the wines before. Mulderbosch is a great spot to showcase South Africa’s Chenin blanc which is the biggest South African white grape varietal. They then headed to De Morgenzon - who quirkily play classic music to their Shiraz wines. They have great white wines and Pam says our client is definitely a white wine girl! They LOVED their lunch at Babylonstoren declaring it to be the best meal they had in The Cape. They have a fabulous garden here so walking around it took them to the end of the day.
Travel Africa clients enjoying their guided wine tour!
Pam says they parted with hugs and she really wished she was able to guide them for more days as they were such a lovely couple.
People with a passion for what they do are rewarding guides and these are the sort of people we look for in order to give our clients a memorable holiday. We look forward to further feedback as this is a special honeymoon. Next stop Phinda Forest Lodge, a very intimate, stylish lodge set deep inside a coastal forest.
Phinda is a 23,000ha private reserve which covers a range of habitats including mountain forests, savannah and vegetated coastal dunes. It contains a full range of wildlife and is considered to be one of the leading private game reserves on the continent.
So remember, if a guided tour is suggested, it’s definitely worth a consideration.