Seal Island is situated off the coast of Hout Bay and has up to 75 000 seals visiting the island. The Cape Fur Seal is curious and playful, a real treat to watch up-close and personal.
Making our way
As we arrive on the shores of Hout Bay harbor, we board the private ferry which will be escorting us to the island. Along the way our personal guide will give you and your circle the history and facts about the island as well as some guidelines when diving with the seals.
The Cape Fur Seal is curious and playful by nature, but it should be taken into consideration that this is a wild animal with very sharp teeth.
Under the sea
The seals are quite acrobatic underneath the surface of the ocean, but on land, it’s the opposite.
You will be allowed to dive with the seals and witness their behavior up close and personal.
On arrival, you will receive diving equipment and a safety brief before entering the water. The seals are overjoyed to show you and your circle their latest tricks.
It’s not just the Cape Fur Seals that inhabit the island. Other wildlife like the African Penguin has been seen nesting on the island. Seven gill sharks have been spotted frequently around the Island and are known for being interactive with the shark cages used in diving.
When the sun goes down, we return home with the adrenaline still flowing throughout our bodies and the amazing moments captured in our minds forever. You will reminisce on the wildlife you have spotted, the moments you will never forget and the photos to prove you were there.
Going on a Safari
When you think of Cape Town, you might be surprised to know that Cape Town has Safari listed as an activity. As a local Capetonian, I know my way around a safari park.
Safari made personal
Going on a safari, you want to see the big 5 up close and personal, while still being safe inside the vehicle. We provide you with your very own private safari vehicle for you and your circle, with your very own personal guide that has been trained in the ways of the wildlife.
I believe that your experience should be memorable, and what's more memorable than having a personal experience with your circle?
The Game Reserve
Aquila private game reserve sits right outside of Cape Town, a mere 2-hour drive. Our journey starts at the beginning. As you board your private vehicle, you and your circle are taken to the entrance of the game reserve where you and your circle are treated with drinks and a little bit of insight on the reserve and what you will see during your safari drive.
The big 5 and others
You and your circle will be taken on Safari by an experienced guide in an open safari vehicle and this is where your adventure begins.
Along the road, you will experience the sight of the majestic elephant, the biggest buffalo you have ever seen and the sheer powerful sight of a lion. But it's not just the big 5 that grabs the attention of the landscape, the fastest land mammal, a cheetah can be spotted lounging in the sun, antelope galloping in the grass and even the smallest of animals running in the long grass.
It's not just the wildlife you will see, Aquilla is famous for but also the San Bushman rock art and your experienced guide will explain all you need to know about it.
Cape Town is a natural beauty on it’s own, as people from all over the world flock to the city’s hustle and bustle. As a local Capetonian, I know all the ins and outs of the city and the wonders it has in store.
Our personal Tour
An adventure is an experience, and what is better than having a personal experience you and your circle can share alone. We take you on a personal adventure, with your own private vehicle. Your personal guide knows the perfect route for you and your circle to experience Cape Town in a unique way, and did I mention that we tell stories along the way?
This natural beauty has been around for millions of years and according to science, she’s still growing. With it’s majestic view and different fauna and flora, no wonder it has been awarded one of the 7 wonders of the world in 2012. We make our way to the top on foot, as I know the best route with the most to see, its advised to wear hiking gear for the climb. Adventure around every corner, it’s the perfect activity for those with an adventurous streak.
The real question is, what makes this such a popular attraction? Come along on our private tour and see for yourself.
We descend with the Cable car to our next destination, Cape Town Bo-Kaap.
The BO-Kaap is one of Cape Town’s most distinct neighborhoods and there’s so much to see, taste and explore. Your personal tour will take you into the heart of the BO-Kaap, for an up close and personal experience on what it is to be a Cape Malays.
So why the brightly painted houses?
As a matter of fact, the houses being painted a bright color represents their freedom the residents gained after the end of Apartheid, as they were forced into a designated section far from the ‘white residents’.
The Bo-Kaap residents have been around since the 1760’s, after generations, it’s still remarked as a cultural spot that cannot be showcased in a single image.
We take the streets into an area known as the Company gardens.
This beautiful oasis is right in the centre of Cape Town and is known as the breath of fresh air for the locals. The Company’s Garden was first built as a refreshment station for the trade route that rounded the tip of Africa between Europe and the east. Ships sent by the Dutch East India Company would stop by after months at sea and stock up on fresh produce grown in the garden—hence, “The Company’s Garden”.
The garden showcases fauna and flora, as the brown squirrel rules the roost.
The Garden is also home to the South African Museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre here, where you can view exhibits about the atrocities suffered by Jews during World War II.
Beyond that, there are dozens of little historical treasures you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking for them. There is the Rutherford Fountain—which still stands on the original spot where it was erected in 1864—and the well pump embedded in an oak tree which dates back to 1842. There’s also the oldest cultivated tree in South Africa—a saffron pear, propped up on huge steel crutches.
The garden has much more to offer, you just need to take a closer look at the surprises waiting around each corner.
Now for the next leg of our journey, a VIP Robben Island experience
The V&A Waterfront
This is our departure point to the world famous Robben Island, where the man himself, Nelson Mandela was an inmate at the correctional facility.
The V&A Waterfront is a destination by itself, as it showcases different aspects of the Cape Town lifestyle. We depart from the V&A Harbour on our private ferry, onward to Robben Island.
Personal Robben Island Experience
As we board the Ferry, the experience begins. The ferries were used to transport staff and political prisoners between the mainland and Robben Island. Your personal guide will enlighten you with stories and facts about what happened on the very Ferry you are boarded on. The sights and experiences along the way to Robben Island cannot be captured in a single photograph.
We disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island. Here we meet up with an ex political prisoner, as he takes us around the Island and recalls the true stories that have taken place inside the prison walls. The island’s itself first recorded landing was in 1498 when a group of Portuguese sailors took refuge there and stayed overnight in a cave.
Our tour takes us into the cell of Nelson Mandela. He spend 18 years out of the 27 years he was sentenced to in that very cell. Today, it is seen as a monument and a symbol for freedom in South Africa.
After an adventure filled day, we head back home. Reminiscing on the memories and unique experience we had, you can without a doubt say your experience was like no other.
Apartheid to this day lingers in the mind’s of the South African people, as there are still traces of this moment in history in the locals.
Our Personal Tour
I believe that experiences should be personal. You and your circle will have the opportunity to experience the story of Apartheid from those affected first hand while being transported in your own personal vehicle. Your personal guide will take you through the events of Apartheid and you will learn from those affected directly and we will have a look at where Nelson Mandela spend numerous of years behind bars on Robben Island.
Apartheid is an Afrikaans word which means separateness, and that is exactly what took place. Different races were separated according to their skin color and placed into settlements. The white minority were considered superior. Anyone perceived as ‘non-white’ were allowed to make use of designated areas. These individuals were excluded from ‘whites only’ locations which were indicated by a sign. When it came to voting, it was a white privilege to vote.
Voting rights were denied to Coloureds in the same way that they were denied to Blacks from 1950 to 1983.
Apartheid is a story with twists and turns throughout, It was a tragic time in the South African history and to this day, the aftermath is seen across the nation. Apartheid ended in 1994 and South Africa has turned over a new page and as you will see, the rainbow nation is alive and well. Nelson Mandela had the biggest influence on the outcome of Apartheid and its demise.
Nelson Mandela’s Footsteps
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Nelson Mandela spent nearly seven decades of his life in the struggle against white minority rule and for a free and democratic non-racial society.
On 12 June 1964,Nelson Mandela was accused of treason and sentenced to life in prison. On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison after more than 27 years behind bars. He continued to call for peace throughout violent protests and crowd gatherings.
One of the most iconic moments in history was the Mandela’s first vote casted in 1994 and the iconic moment when he presented the trophy to the Springbok captain, Francios Pienaar in 1995 when the Springboks won the World Cup.
Mandela retired from active political life in June 1999 after his first term of office as president. He received the World Methodist Peace Award in 2000 and many others till his death in 2013.
Nelson Mandela has been proclaimed as the father of the new nation, he dedicated his life to correcting the wrong of the past and his legacy lives on to this day.
His message of peace and unification lives on and has made a significant impact on each South African.
Warren day tours takes you on an emotional journey through apartheid and you and your circle encounter first hand the stories from ex-prisoners and local township folks that paints you a picture that you have never seen before.