NEW FLEXIBLE OPTION FOR TOURISTS SOLVES TRANSPORT PROBLEMS IN THE WESTERN CAPE
For the first time visitors to the Western Cape will be able to see all the tourism hotspots in a three-day tour, offering an affordable and flexible option that saves the inconvenience of driving in a foreign environment.
Called HOTSPOTS2C, owner/manager Johan du Toit saw a major opportunity in the Western Cape travel market after working in the travel and tourism industry in Europe and South Africa for ten years. “I realised there was a big opportunity for an affordable tour with regular departures out of Cape Town that also included all the tourist hotspots within a three-day window. Previously tourists who wanted to see all the hotspots, either had to rent a car or take standalone day-tours,” Du Toit said.
HOTSPOTS2C was launched to fill that gap. The price of a three-day tour starts at only R990 and includes entrance fees, cellar tours and wine-tasting, a township tour, a licensed and informed driver-guide and pick-ups and drop-offs from selected accommodation points. Scheduled departures are every Tuesday and Friday from Cape Town.
“It makes it possible for tourists to see more in a short space of time, because there’s no need to travel back and forth to Cape Town. Accommodation and restaurant meals are also determined by the client’s budget and personal preference, adding another level of flexibility to the product,” Du Toit said. The tour overnights in Stellenbosch and Hermanus and by request HOTSPOTS2C will arrange accommodation and pick up passengers.
A travel professional who has visited dozens of countries, Du Toit takes a particular delight in making it possible for tourists to enjoy what the Western Cape has to offer.
“This is a place like no other. Where else will you find within one hour of a major city the wild beauty of our oceans, as well as a mountain wilderness, game roaming over vast plains and unique sightings of whales, sharks and penguins. On top of that we offer the sophistication of a world-class city, an outstanding culinary awareness and a wine-making culture that dates back centuries,” he said.
A three-day tour with HOTSPOTS2C includes a visit to Cape Point, cellar tours and wine-tastings, a township tour in Stellenbosch, seasonal whale watching at Hermanus, getting close to African penguins and enjoying the scenery of some of the world’s most beautiful mountain passes. The itinerary includes the fishing village of Hout Bay and the food and wine capital of the countryside, Franschhoek. HOTSPOTS2C uses luxury vehicles fitted with air conditioning, reclining seats, seatbelts and satellite tracking and all its guides are registered with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
More adventurous visitors have the option to come face-to-jaw with a Great White shark by adding on shark cage diving or a cruise to Duiker Island at an extra cost.
“We have created a package that will appeal to tourists who enjoy the companionship, security and guidance of a group experience, but would like some freedom and flexibility within that framework,” Du Toit said.