Dock House Boutique Hotel
This luxurious boutique hotel is located near to the airport in Cape Town and set within the opulent Portswood Precinct in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront district. It dates back to the 1800’s when it was constructed as a private residence for the Harbour master. In more recent times this historical and architectural gem has been tastefully converted and furnished into one of Capes Town’s most elegant and exclusive boutique hotels making it most popular with the rich and famous from around the world.
It’s fabulous location with beautiful panoramic vistas across the harbour and beyond are truly mesmerizing and an unforgettable image of any stay here. The outstanding service begins on arrival with guests swiftly checked in to the cosiness of their luxurious accommodations. On offer are five exclusive guestrooms with a choice of garden, ocean or city views, each room is furnished and decorated with understated Victorian sophistication effortlessly blended with all the contemporary amenities expected for modern day living. Each room is equipped with a designer en-suite bathroom featuring deep bathtubs, double sinks, slippers, bathrobes and exclusive designer toiletries. Other facilities include your own private but unobtrusive butler service, 24 hour room service, Plasma TV with satellite decoder, complimentary wireless Internet access, glitzy open bar, telephones, filter coffee, biscuits and herbal teas, assisted facilities for disabled guests and daily housekeeping. For that extra special occasion there is a desirable suite with all the above amenities and with direct access to a private manicured garden.
Hotel guests have full use of the hotels spa and wellness centre featuring a steam room, sauna and the stylish poolside facilities including poolside bar and comfortable sun loungers .The hotel offers a great selection of treatments and massages for its guests total relaxation and rejuvenation carried out by highly skilled and trained staff. The hotel also boasts a fully equipped modern gymnasium for all guests who wish to work off a little over indulgence. Located next to the hotel library is a fashionable outdoor dining area and restaurant where guests can try out some of the chef’s recommended specialities or alternatively enjoy there menu selection from the comfort of their stylish and spacious accommodations.
For the business traveller the hotel offers 24 hour business facilities with a selection of small meeting rooms, complimentary wireless internet connection and secretarial services as well as a limousine car service.
In addition the hotel also offers the following facilities and services including Shuttle Services, Tour/Ticket assistance, Complimentary Guest Parking, Wedding Services, Coffee Shop, Wedding Services, Concierge Desk, Travel Consultancy, Child Minding, Foreign Exchange, Valet Services, Dry Cleaning, Personal Training, Al Fresco Dining, Selection of Luxury Sedans for Transfers.
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South Africa Attractions
South Africa has so much to offer tourists it’s difficult to know where to start so let’s take a look at some of the alternative lesser known attractions and activities to see and do. Everybody knows about the fabulous beaches and great places of interest in South Africa, so instead, let’s take a little journey and have a look at a few things you are sure to tell your friends, families and neighbours about for years to come. Here are a few suggestions for all you adrenalin junkies out there.
Shark Cage Diving
You must be mad I hear you say, well maybe, but wait a moment and let me explain for the adrenalin seekers this is a must do activity coming face to face with one of man's greatest fears and one of the world’s ultimate killing machines the “Great White Shark”. These awesome creatures can reach over 20 feet in length and are armed with a gigantic mouth full of serrated dagger like teeth evolved for tearing the flesh from its hapless victims. South Africa is one of a few tourist destinations in the world where you can get the privilege of seeing these magnificent animals close up and in their natural habitat. Imagine the thrill of entering in to a portable jail cell before being submersed into shark filled waters. Watch in amazement as the sharks go in to a feeding frenzy brought about by the bait laid down all around you. Good luck!
Let’s ease up a little on the adrenalin rush but only a smidge! With an activity that’s sure to pump you up and have you doubting your sanity, the thrill of leaping out into the abyss connected only by an overgrown elastic band "The Bungee Jump". Located along one of the most scenic parts of the country is the “Bloukrans Bridge” spanning a deep gorge some 216 metres below. It is the highest commercially run bungee jump in the world which attracts clientele with a certain type of personality from across the globe the “Adrenalin Junkie”. Safety is paramount for this activity with all equipment certified and regularly checked against stringent international regulations and the most experienced qualified staff are used to ensure your safety as well as help bring to life a thrill of a life time. If you want more adrenalin rushes after the bungee jump it’s possible to try out the “Flying Fox Cable Slide” or a tour of the bridge taking you along a carefully constructed catwalk to the top of Bloukrans Bridge with breath-taking vistas over the gorge .
Let’s chill out a little after all those adrenalin pumping activities and enjoy the thrill of watching the world’s largest sea creatures in their natural habitat. South Africa is one of the world’s best locations for viewing these mighty majestic sea mammals from the safety of dry land, no need for boats here it truly is a very special place for viewing whales. Between June to November Southern Right Whales are easily seen along the Cape south coast often coming into the shallows just a short distance from the shore. The best location for whale watching is at Walker bay where it’s possible to also see Minke, Humpback, Bryde’s and on occasions Killer Whales but there are also many other beautiful spots along the coast to view these gentle giants of the deep performing their water acrobatics. It’s possible to view the whales in even closer proximity if you book one of the chartered boats which specialise and are officially authorised to oversee close encounters.
Big 5 Safari’s
If you come to South Africa then one of the top attractions is surely a safari and one of the best ones is the Big 5 safari where you seek out the famous Big 5, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. It’s a must-do activity for anyone who loves seeing wildlife in their natural habitat and one of the most iconic areas of South Africa for viewing these magnificent creatures in the wild is the “Kruger National Park in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The thrill and excitement of capturing these creatures on film is one never to be forgotten but this is the wild and part of the excitement is in the chase and locating your prey and if you’re lucky you will bag all 5 but nothing is guaranteed on safari. The skilled guides will do their best to locate the animals so be prepared with camera to hand to snap away when you come across a pride of lions or a leopard sleeping in a tree after a kill or a herd of boisterous elephants around one of the many water holes.
The Garden Route
One of the most rewarding ways to view South Africa is to take the beautiful "Garden Route"
through mixed landscaped of ragged coastlines, tall trees from ancient forests, hidden artist communities, golf courses, craft centres, beach locations and tranquil mountain hideaways, something for everyone. It is conveniently reached by the main arterial highway the N2 running from the Southern Cape to the Eastern Cape and Storms River village. There is so much to see and do along the way with a plethora of side roads leading off the main highway just waiting to be explored. Towns along the way well worth diverting off the main route for are Oudtshoorn made famous by all the ostriches found there, Plettenberg Bay region with its secluded bays ideal for whale watching and the recently added wine making farms, also worth a mention are Sedgefield, Knysna, Calitzdorp the list is endless. To do justice to this great region allow three to four days travelling time but be warned you will find you will be drawn back to this area on future visits with its breath taking scenery and friendly people, there’s always more to find and explore, the opportunities are truly endless.
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Welcome to the southernmost tip of Africa
It’s easy to see why South Africa is one of the major tourist destinations in the world; it has so much to offer the traveller with a spirit of adventure. Located on the southernmost tip of the South African Continent it is a huge country covering 471,008 square miles, it has over 1,700 miles of pristine coastline, vast interior scrublands, high mountain topography, over 21 National Parks, desert, and eight World Heritage sites including the famous caves in the Gauteng Province containing some of the oldest fossil remains of the human species. This huge natural geographical diversity is matched only by the diversity of its many peoples and the different climatic zones that can be found within.
The country is divided into 9 separate provinces with a multi ethnic population of over 51 million people speaking over 11 officially recognised languages including English and Afrikaans spoken mainly by the minority white and coloured South Africans. This amazing diversity is one of South Africa’s greatest attractions with a huge cultural diversity between the different areas that attracts visitors from around the world.
For the adventurous there is so much to see and experience with huge populations of wild animals including white rhino, kudus, wildebeest, lions, giraffes, hyenas, impalas, leopards and hippopotamus making Safaris one of the top attractions. Other adventures include shark-diving in cages viewing the mighty “Great White” from close quarters, surfing from the pristine beaches, balloon flying, mountain trekking, flying through the tree tops on a number of canopy tours through the majestic forests of South Africa, Whale watching, the list is endless and has earned South Africa the title of “Adventure Capital of the World”. For those who like to take a more relaxing vacation there are miles of beautifully stunning golden beaches, luxury hotels, glorious sunshine, wine tasting tours, exploration of the flora and fauna in the six floral zones of the Western Cape known locally as South Africa’s “Eden” one of the most diverse in the world with over 20,000 different species. For those seeking unbelievable natural beauty head for the dramatic scenery and panoramic vistas of the Blyde River Canyon or the craggy and untamed Wild coast with its isolated near deserted beaches.
What's the best time of year to go to South Africa?
With so much to see and experience is there a “Best Time” to visit? Well the simple answer is it depends on what your objectives are for your holiday. Being surrounded by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans ensures that the climate is mostly temperate in nature with variations due to elevation, distance from the sea and closeness to the Equator. This climatic variation can best be seen in the deserts of Southern Namib in the Northwest to the lush subtropical climate along the eastern flank of the country bordering the Indian Ocean and Mozambique. The seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere with Spring in September and October, Summer falls between November to February, Autumn during the months of March and April with the cooler winter Months between June to August.
If visiting for a Safari then the dry season is the best time to plan your vacation anywhere from May to October, if Whale watching is your priority activity then the best time of year to view these magnificent creatures off the Cape’s coast is between July to October. The summer months are ideal for walking along the Capes amazing and colourful flora zones and is also the best time for its high mountain trekking in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Whatever time of the year you go on vacation you will always find an abundance of attractions and activities to fulfil your greatest expectations, one visit is never enough and once experienced a return visit is almost inevitable.
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