South Africa - January 21
Arrived in Cape Town last night, beginning our 8th Tauck tour. Wanted to put a post out there for fellow travelers to give an idea what to expect during the COVID travel period. First let me say we booked this trip last April, but after the news out of South Africa last November we were certain it would be canceled either by
Tauck or us. Needless to say, we both moved forward, us with much trepidation. I hear that our “Small Group” tour will actually be an intimate group of eight! The Cape Grace Hotel is lovely with the staff friendly and welcoming. We feel very secure so far. There is a high level of mask compliance even outdoors and many shops, restaurants and attractions as well as the airport are doing temperature checks and spray hand sanitizer on you as you enter. The weather is fantastic. Warm and sunny. Today we took the Hop on Hop Off bus up to Table Mountain and spent at least an hour enjoying the views. I know they shut the cable car down in case of high winds or bad weather, so for us it was a must see and we wanted to take advantage of a perfect
day. As a side note S Africa is requiring a negative PCR test no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure. Our travel agent suggested we schedule the tests at two different places hoping to have at least one set of results back. We did a free test at CVS and paid for one that guaranteed results by midnight. Fortunately we received both test results back back the day before we traveled. Now off to meet the rest of the group!