Tailor-Made brings you DAY TOURS & ACTIVITIES
An extensive range of day tours, activities and adventures is an integral part of the Thompsons Africa portfolio, and as leaders in this field, the team works at innovation, so as to ensure that all guests’ interests and expectations are not only met, but surpassed.
When it comes to adventure tourism, southern Africa is an adrenaline feast. For those who choose life on the edge, Shark Cave Diving in Hermanus is an absolute thrill, with Dyer Island acknowledged as one of only two unique areas worldwide with exceptionally high chances of viewing great white sharks. A colony of around 40 000 Cape Fur Seals inhabits the smaller island of Geyser Rock, and guests may be privileged to see the captivating Cape Gannets, Cape Cormorants, African Penguins, whales and dolphins.
Or if at Victoria Falls, your guests can do what the Falls do. With the river running below, the Falls at your back, bungee jump a whopping 111 metres...one of the highest jumps in the world, guaranteed to get hearts a-pumping. In Cape Town, there’s an option to paraglide off Lions Head, glide over magnificent Camps Bay beach with breathtaking views of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic coast. A wonderful half hour of riding high on the thermals.
For activities, Thompsons Africa seeks out the unusual, the unexpected, so guests can enjoy roads less travelled, experiences less predictable...like a full day trip to three different wine farms at Grootbos to relish organic wine tastings. Originating from grapes grown strictly in accordance with organic farming principles – no artificial chemical fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides – this is a fascinating taste of the other side of wine farming.
Whether it’s a daytrip or only a few hours, every experience offered is as special as it’s authentic. In Cape Town, guests can spend an evening at Richard’s Supper Stage and enjoy Kaapse Stories, where a traditional Cape Malay buffet dinner is followed by a lively theatrical show portraying Cape culture through the wonderful stories of a local family. It’s song, dance and narrative - an evening of learning and laughing. Or they can walk through Langa Township with Inkululeko Tours, exploring the craft markets and spaza shops, interact with the local community, and learn about their lifestyles and cultures. To top off a perfect afternoon, a delectable home-cooked dinner at Mamma’s house. For those who love to cook, there’s the Cape Malay cooking safari, an interactive guided walking tour through the famed Bo-Kaap in the Cape, and its Cape Malay community, followed by a fascinating cooking demonstration and luncheon at a local family’s home.
From champagne cruises and swimming off a luxury yacht at Clifton Beach in Cape Town, to an unforgettable elephant-back safari in Zambia, there’s something exhilarating for every taste. For those guests for whom wildlife is the highlight, they can enjoy game from a myriad different vantage points – peaceful but exciting walking safaris in different landscapes, countries and game parks, with legendary bush trackers, learning to identify and follow spoor, identify plants and birds too, seeing wildlife at close quarters; or a half-day Chobe Boat Cruise in an open-sided boat in Botswana, viewing game from water towards land. The Endangered Wildlife Experience, too, shows guests the fine work being done at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre with birds of prey and others, as well as Hoedspruit’s famous endangered species centre, where rare sightings of wild dog, cheetah and aardwolf are possible. The seasonal St Lucia Turtle tour in Kwazulu-Natal is a rare and fascinating night expedition to watch turtles laying their eggs on the beach or, later in the season, hatchlings making a desperate dash for the ocean.