Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,102 reviews

The tour was good although there were too many stops so that too little time was given to each of the places we visited. I would have left the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden out and given more time for the lunch break. The stop at the Cape Point Lighthouse was too short and the bar there too crowded. The driver/tour guide Basil was extremely nice and told us lots of interesting stories about the country. He is a wonderful guide with a vast knowledge and a great attitude. The company GYG gave us 2 different pick-up times for the excursion: 7-8 am and 8-9 am. Finally the driver came at 8:45 am. He said he had been given that pick-up time. The evening before the trip I texted GYG about the pick-up time as we were confused and they confirmed that it would be 7-8 am, which finally was not correct. The same thing happened two times for two different excursions during our stay, GYG gave us 2 different times. GYG, please be more precise with the pick-up times! It can get very annoying.

Ashley was an excellent guide & did not rush us and even added a visit to Rhodes monument & an hour in the Cape Town Museum (at our cost.) Our suggestion would be that the 9am Kirstenbosch Park cart option (rather than 10am) could be reserved in advance with us guests notified about accepting additional cost. That way overview of the park could be done first with the free time post to explore on our own rather than the reverse.

Our driver/guide Ashley was on time for our pick up. He was very knowledgable about African social and political history as well as about the botanical gardens. The trip included Cecil Rhodes memorial with it spectacular views and we opted for a very interesting 45minutes in the South African museum next to the Company Gardens. We very much enjoyed the tour and would recommend both the tour and our driver/guide Ashley.

Good tour but timings of visits changed as Robben island and Table Mountain subject to weather ie visit whilst you can. Also the time of year (1st Jan 2020)we went is a popular time so the queues for table mountain were long - over 2 hours just to get up - so opted out. Otherwise the 2 day tour gave a good overall experience of the Cape. The guide Josh was charming and helpful.

Call or WhatsApp the number provided the day before travel. Our email said 6am-7am and we got picked up at 9:15am. Bruce, our guide was very knowledgeable. Weather can change and can be cooler and windy at the cape point so would advise bringing a jacket. Great tour!