Yes! weather was excellent- no pushing on the cable car and the place was almost all empty.
I love doing it. - glad you have enjoyed.
Mil, thank you for all your time and effort in putting this travelogue together for us to enjoy. While I am aware the internet exists I'm interested in how you did your research for the extra excursions you took - travel agent, extensive reading, friends' recommendations or just googling until you found activities you were excited about.
As the Tauck tour continue...
We depart the hotel early on our way to Cape Hope with a stop at Simmon's Bay for an eco-tour and saw the seals. - The cruise was great, beautiful weather and the captain- Stephen S. owner of False Bay White Shark Adventures (I have his info. if anyone is interested PM me), he is now a friend. He's hilarious.... they do swim with the shark's tours. but I'm not there yet!
We saw the seals and far away Whales.
From there we went to eat lunch and proceeded to Cape Point Nature Reserve. saw a couple of Ostrich and baboons.
Once there we took the iconic picture of Cape Hope.
And stopped by the lighthouse to see the incredible views.
then back to the hotel. I had hired a private guide and went with him to see more of the city. We drove around, he took me to the South African National Gallery, The Truth Coffee, a diamond store and to the green market. I also stopped at an Art Gallery and bought 2 beautiful Masai paintings.
busy day! I'm beat... Bubble bath for me and another room service.
It's a long but fun process. I do have all the names-websites and phone #'s of everyone I've hired for xtra activities if you want them.
I guess once you checkout Tauck's or any itinerary & know when you'll have xtra time available, you can then plan accordingly.
I do book a lot of stuff on my Pre and Post days. Normally I do stay 1-2 days after any tour.
Find out the top 10 attractions, check TripAdvisor, Fodor's, google, local guides tours, Viator, your own hotel -concierge recommended tours etc.. read previous reviews here on the forum... once you start, you'll get better and will get familiar with the sources. for me is super easy, (I do have a great resource network, I have created) have done it for the last 35 years. I do it on my own, no travel agents
feel free to ask me via pm.
Great stories mil, some of pictures brought back memories, you have a kind heart.
Thanks! I'm not an angel... I have my flaws, but I try to be my best, every day!!!!!!!!!!!
So, Farewell dinner night.
Pleasant evening, everyone had dress up, so everyone was looking great, cheerful and not ready to go home... .
The setup for the dinner was at the open Bar/lobby on main floor, we had drinks and some hors d'oeuvres, selection was great. adorable, friendly and very kind couple- I rcvd. a lot of love from both... you made my trip, I'm forever grateful.
My final thoughts about this tour... it is AMAZING!
I love the itinerary, love the camps, love the food, it was well programed, the staff in each hotel/camp were extremely professionals and caring. The animals were abundant and at its best, weather pamper us during the 12 days.
Would I do it again... YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now... I'll like to invite you all to continue my report. As 2 more days of activities are coming up. -
Private Cape Town companies.
mil....so glad you had a WONDERFUL time. Let the adventure continue as you venture out on your on. Be Safe & Stay Well...Looking forward to your future post
next day.... Day 12! Freedommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! but I have to be honest during the day I did miss the group.
So, it is 6:00 am I'm downstairs eating a Croissant & having my coffee- no time for big breakfast... I was getting picked up by 6:15-30am
I'm going to Hermanus- whale watching and also to Bettys Bay to see the biggest colony of Penguins in Cape town.
(I can provide all the info. if interested)
My favorite Penguin shot! I did a reel of it. https://youtube.com/shorts/jlkGr4uHqgA?feature=share
So, my driver Hilton... showed up with his adorable wife Arlene & granddaughter. not planned but it was great we had an amazing day.
we headed south to Hermanus, a great little fish town with beautiful ocean views and great million $$ houses.
We went straight to the dock, joined the lecture, and got on the boat. I booked with Percy tours. Funniest British dude, very friendly and reliable he came to the dock to greet me. Love it.
Once done with all the activities we had lunch and drove up the coast.. incredible views and Hilton gave me some insights on life in South Africa
As the end of the day approached I was dropped at the hotel for my next appt. The Spa!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, much needed.
I had a fabulous 3.5-hour treatment that was amazing! came out as new woman! ready to roll
Tomorrow, my last day Day #13.
Time to go to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art. , the architecture is different and inside it's crazy cool. I spend a couple of hours.. no pictures and went to the waterfront , shopped at the water Shed, were I met a fantastic painter , Marius , who had painted a zebra that I was so close to buying, but too expensive.. now he is looking into 1 of my pictures and he might give me a better price .I did some shopping, bought some souvenirs , walked around the waterfront, bought some tea and sat by the bands to eat a snack, then I finally went back to the hotel, it was a gray rainy day, took a great nap and watched Tv for the rest of the night
Also, took a selfie with my O&O fantastic staff, they took care of me all the way. Thanks a Million.
this is the Zebra.
Some fun stuff
P.S all the photos throughout the report have been taken with my iPhone
So, this report has come to the end...
Tomorrow ,I fly back home- Cape-Dubai-Seattle.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read it and the kind words of many of you. It has been a pleasure.
Thanks for sharing your journey. Looks like you had an amazing time.
Thank you mil, so glad you had such a great time. The pictures and reports were amazing.
Mil, thanks so much for your wonderful report, videos and pictures. Looks like you had a fantastic tour.
Wow Mil, you sure are a bundle of fun!
Mil - such a wonderful report. Thanks for all the time you put into it and the photos.
I am enjoying your trip through your eyes.
Very enjoyable journey. Thanks Mil.
Hello, today I picked up my Masai paintings that I bought in Cape Town, they are 5'2" ea. Love them. The wall in the back is not pink.. it's the light
mil...Beautiful...I'm sure you have the perfect wall to display and enjoy them. I'm always leery of having an item shipped from far far away. I'm glad you're not as risk averse as I am...Happy Sunday!
Love it Mil, great paintings
Mil- Great report and pictures! It looks amazing! Safe travels! And thanks for all your tips for the J and E tour!