Adrenalin Cape Town
South Africa is in many denominations grand and astonishing beautiful but also a very interesting destination with a long history. With its extremely varied landscape, people and culture, the country is a unique experience for everyone. Cape beauty, in combination with the local passion for food and wine make this an exceptional destination, while adrenaline junkies will find lots to do, either up in the Table Mountain or the ocean. Beach lovers have a choice of lovely, pristine beaches. Cape Town has also a thriving arts scene, with galleries scattered across throughout the city, shoppers can spend days exploring the outdoor markets and shops in the center.
Day 1.You arrive at Cape Town International Airport and will be met by a representative who delivers your travel documents and answer questions that you might have about your stay in Cape Town. You will be taken to your hotel and can check in and take it easy, maybe have a drink in the sun. Stay at Ellerman House, which sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay residential area. This elegant Cape Edwardian mansion is known for having one of the most spectacular ocean views in South Africa. Just ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half acre property features a panorama of Atlantic coastline that includes the infamous Robben Island.
Day 2.Enjoy a good breakfast, relax by the pool. Take a
swim before continuing the day to see what Cape Town has to offer. Suggestions on what to see and do :
• Table Mountain: Table Mountain Cable Way, runs from the foot of the mountain and up to the top,
and is an experience not to be missed. The spectacular views of Cape Town
• Helicopter: See Cape Town from a bird's eye view.
• Robben Island Robben Island, the island is the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years!
and who is now a national monument.
• Township Cultural Tours: A great chance to see and be guided slums (so called townships) around Cape Town, hear about the life of local residents, might take a drink or meal in one of the area's taverns (sheebeen). An experience that puts perspective on life.
• District Six Museum: This museum gives you an insight into what it was like in South Africa
• Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
• Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.
Overnight at Ellerman House
Day 3.After breakfast it's time for the ultimate adrenaline rush - diving with sharks. Sharks, particularly great whites have always fascinated people for different reasons. Maybe it's their size or their graceful beauty, perfectly adapted to their environment, they have ruled the sea since time beginning. Gansbaai is famous for its high concentration of sharks that live on the seals that live on an island, just off the mainland. Here you will experience the sharks up close, from a cage underwater, directly in their territory. Overnight at Ellerman House
Day 4.Enjoy your breakfast and then it is time for new, dizzying adventure. Today we are going to experience Cape Town from above, with a paraglider you will sail in the air, with the birds for company. We start from Lionshead and sail with termal winds above Camps Bay magical views of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight at Ellerman House
Day 5.Today, you can enjoy your last breakfast in Cape Town before we move on to Franschhoek located in the Cape Winelands. During the afternoon you can stroll around the city on your own. In the heart of Franschhoek Village, just 45 minutes from Cape Town, Le Quartier Français is an ideal place to start from which to explore the stunning vineyards of Franschoek. The hotel has a warm atmosphere and with a rich, rural hospitality, a place where the old world meets the new in a perfect marriage of sophistication and comfort.
Day 6.After breakfast it's time for some exercise on a bicycle saddle. A day in the vineyards is about enjoyment. You cycle along winding country roads and discover Franschhoek Valley in a unique and memorable way. The bike ride is simple, but there are also more strenuous routes for those who want a little more challenge. After we have admired the architecture, we cycle back through the back door of this picturesque part of South Africa, we stop for wine tasting next to rippling streams. We continue along the road, past the horses and cows, old and new vineyards - before we stop for another wine tasting and picnic on the well manicured lawns. This is a wonderful way to experience the true life story and the Cape Winelands. Overnight at Le Quartier Francais.
Airport: Cape Town International.
Duration: As many as you wish.
The price includes: Return transfers from Cape Town International Airport and Cape Town locations
At Ellerman House: Fully inclusive breakfast, Laundry packed in tissue paper, Beverages (excluding wine and Champagne) inclusive of spirits and beer, Fully stocked in-room bar with luxury brands
Guest pantry (24 hour) with wide selection of snacks and in-between meal options, Daily sunset cocktails and canapés, Wireless Internet access, Access to the Ellerman House Spa and Fitness Centre, 24-hour monitored security, Private and secure parking, Individual attention from Senior Managers who personally supervise Guest Services.
At Le Quartier Francaise - B&B. All tranfers and activities according to program.
The price excludes: Meals, telephone calls, dry-cleaning, Spa treatments, and gratuity and more.
Combine with: Our other hotels or extra nights.
At Ellerman House, they want the guests to experience the best of what the country has to offer.
To create this experience, they have planted an indigenous garden, serve South African wine and cuisine, and have a renowned collection of local art representing the best of past and present. Ellerman also employ a diverse staff that provides guests with the warmest in true South African hospitality.
To further the community contribution, they’ve committed themselves to improving the lives of those less fortunate than us. Ellerman House has created ArtAngels, an annual fundraising art auction, hosted on site. All proceeds are channelled through the Click Foundation, our family foundation established in 2010. Funds raised each year are used by the partners of the Click Foundation to expand the reach of community pilot programs
Should you wish to be involved in helping us make a difference, the team at Ellerman House will be happy to assist you. Through your involvement and generosity, you will share in the joy, excitement and pride of being part of this exciting country, where we can all make a difference in forging a brighter future for South Africans.
THE CLICK FOUNDATION
The Click Foundation is an educational organisation set up as a response to the education crisis in South Africa. Their aim is to innovate and test non-conventional technology-based education solutions and programmes.
The first implementation project is a foundation phase English literacy programme called Reading Eggs. It’s an online phonetics-based programme that uses reading games, activities, songs, animations and rewards to create a fun and motivational learning experience. Reading Eggs allows for individualised, self-paced learning, requiring only basic facilitation.
For more information, visit the Click Foundation.
Ellerman House ArtAngels is a charity auction held in Cape Town each year for the benefit of the Click Foundation and their implementation partners. At each event there’s a limited auction of fine art pieces – kindly donated by some of South Africa’s leading artists – plus raffle draws, prizes, food, wine and music.
Ellerman House has launched an initiative to become Cape Town’s most eco-friendly boutique hotel. Through newly implemented green projects such as solar panels, LED light bulbs, heat pumps, earthworm farms and recycling systems, the property aims to be Cape Town’s leader in eco-friendly luxury hospitality.
Ellerman House is dedicated to the future and well-being of Cape Town, and by reducing our carbon footprint we hope to inspire other businesses in Cape Town to become more eco-friendly as well.
“We have a responsibility to our guests and to the residents of Cape Town to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” said Ella Cuyler, GM of Ellerman House. “I know I am speaking on behalf of everyone at Ellerman House when I say how excited we are for this new challenge.”
In order to measure the carbon footprint for the entire property, including the main house, villas, spa, art gallery and all administrative housing and offices, Ellerman House hired an energy efficiency company, BrightBlack, as a consultant and to administer extensive energy testing. The staff began taking energy-reducing steps immediately, beginning with the installation of 1,500 energy-efficient and motion-sensor activated LED lights. This new lighting system uses 80% less electricity than the system it replaced.
Ellerman House will be installing a grid-tied solar PV system to generate up to 40% of our total electricity. This state of the art solar electricity generating system will see approximately 230 solar panels installed on several roofs, plus a new solar panel covered carport, generating power and providing protected parking for guests. The main house will receive power from the system.
Ellerman House has always been a great supporter of recycling, but we will be expanding current initiatives to include composting and water repurposing. The entire staff recycles garden and kitchen trimmings, coffee grounds and shredded paper and adds them to the eight earthworm farms at Ellerman House. The materials eventually turn to compost, used in the picturesque Ellerman gardens, comprised of indigenous and drought tolerant plants, as well as species from the famed Kirstenbosch Garden.
Ellerman House is also building water-capture systems on the property, which will be used to irrigate the estate. The reduction in energy use by the geysers that we have installed is also significant. The six initial heat pumps installed will use 60% less electricity than the conventional geysers they replaced. Additional heat pumps will be installed later this year, making all hot water heating efficient.
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Travel Ethics: No special.
Visa: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after departure from South Africa and have two blank pages for entry and exit stamps.
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Vaccinations: Read more about which vaccinations you need.
Packing: Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes.
Currency: South African Rand.
Weather: Cape Town
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Water: Buy bottled water, make sure that the bottles end up in the bin.
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