Month Visited: December
Special tips and warnings about this trip: Before you travel to South Africa you should consult your physician about any vaccines or medications that may be needed. The rate of serious crime can be high in many parts of the country so make sure that you take all needed safety precautions. The rate of HIV infection in South Africa is also high so take care to prevent any exposure to the body fluids of others during a trip here.
Description: There are many hiking trails in and around Cape Town, South Africa to enjoy. You will find trails and paths that range from easy to extremely adventurous and difficult, so there are trails for all ages and every family preference. From towering mountain ranges to lush forests, from plateaus to scenic vistas that are breathtaking, you will find trails that excite everyone in your group. You can choose to take a guided hike or you can set out on your own, exploring nature without any distractions. The beauty and natural diversity of the Cape Town area make it a paradise for outdoor lovers and those who are active and enjoy hiking.
Our Experiences: We spent the early part of the day exploring some of the hiking trails and natural beauty that can be found in Cape Town and the surrounding area. The kids loved having a chance to burn off some extra energy and explore freely, and they were very excited to see the native wildlife and plants that are abundant. Make sure to bring water with you because all of the exercise will make you thirsty. Some visitors chose a guided hike but we decided to head off on our own and see what we could find. We were actually surprised by the variety of scenery that we came across, and the views that we had were spectacular. This activity is a must if you enjoy the outdoors and are an active family.
Description: The Cape Town area is home to many fine wineries and gorgeous vineyards, and these charming estates are full of character. Visitors can experience award winning wines, participate in tastings, and explore the vineyards and scenic beauty of the countryside. You can watch wine being made, see the grapes on the vine in the right seasons, and enjoy some of the best that nature has to offer when it comes to wines.
Our Experiences: Visiting some of the local wine estates near Cape Town was fun and relaxing, although this may not be ideal for younger children. The adults tried a few of the local wines while the kids enjoyed the vineyards and learning about how the grapes are grown and processed. We picked a few of the local wine estates to visit but there were many more that we missed. This is a must for anyone who enjoys good wine or is fascinated by the wine making process. There were other stops that the kids enjoyed more than this one, it was more for the adults in our family.