ACE CAMP EXPLORE | NATURE, FOOD, WINE + DESIGN TOUR | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA | MARCH 15 - 22, 2017

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About the trip:

The Mother City, home to soaring Table Mountain, golden beaches and bountiful vineyards, is an old pro at capturing people’s hearts.

Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. 

Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and traditional African beliefs coexist in this proudly multicultural city. They all bring unique flavours to Cape Town’s rich Creole melting pot.

Surrounded by ocean on three sides, with the landmark Table Mountain soaring 1,000 meters above the packed streets of the City Bowl, Cape Town rightly places high -- maybe number one -- in any ranking of the most scenic big cities on the planet.

Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Winelands destinations such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location and also a base from which to organise shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes.

Cape Town lies at latitude 33.55°S, roughly the same as Sydney and Buenos Aires.

...as always there will be free time for you to explore on your own. We think that's important!

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WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Experience contemporary chic and historic graciousness at the Cape Heritage Hotel. Situated in Cape Town’s fashionable Heritage Square, this intimate boutique hotel offers direct access to the city’s vibrant street life, business precinct, shopping and fine dining.

As an integral part of the restored Heritage Square, the hotel’s historic roots run deep into the 18th century; the central courtyard is shaded by the oldest known fruit-bearing grapevine in South Africa. It’s an oasis of calm from which to explore all that the Mother City has to offer.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 7 nights  (based on shared occupancy)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Guided tour of Cape Town city Historical sites
  • Guided tour of the Woodstock art and design district
  • A full day exploring + tasting our way through the Wineland regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl
  • Half day Workshop with Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx
  • Guided tour of Table Mountain
  • Scenic tour of the Cape Peninsula UNESCO park
  • Wine tasting
  • Admission and tour fees - local museums
  • Tips - Guides

*Rooms are shared with one other person.  Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for single rooms.

Ace Camp Explore is limited to 10 people.

Fee:  $1949.00 USD - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $1000.00  - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $949.00 due January 15, 2017

Payments are in USD.



Workshop with Skinny laMinx, an afternoon of pattern making fun –  Heather Moore started making papercuts and screenprinting patterns on fabric, and soon enough, people around the world were snapping up her work. Skinny laMinx - a design company in Cape Town that's all about midcentury style, Scandi-inspired, japanese-crazed pattern & colour, with a dose of African chic thrown in for good measure. 

THE PLACES YOU WILL VISIT...the things you'll do.

Winelands – Wine tasting paired with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture and awe-inspiring food.

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve – the south western tip of Africa, is a must-see destination offering dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails and deserted beaches with spectacular ocean views.

Saturday market at the Old Biscuit Mill – Market day is an amazing array of colours, crafts and regional food.

Boulders Beach & Simon's Town – home to one of the only penguin populations on the African mainland. 

Free day in Cape Town  – optional activities include a visit to Robben Island, relaxing on one of Cape Town's beautiful beaches, checking out the art galleries of Hout Bay, walking the 'Museum Mile', taking a street art tour, experiencing a cooking class, + so much more!

 

 

 

PASSPORTS + VISAS

Foreign visitors wishing to travel to South Africa should be in possession of valid national passports valid for at least 190 days. 

An entry visa for South Africa may be required, these requirements differ from country to country and are subject to change. We can try to assist you as much as possible if needed. Contact your government office to find out particulars.

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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. If this Ace Camp Explore fills prior to 60 days we will let you know right away so you can plan.

You will be met at the airport and brought to the hotel.  More information will be sent after your registration.

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WEATHER

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17 degrees.

March is the beginning of Autumn in the city and temperatures range from 22C during the day to 14C in the evenings. One day can be hot and dry, while the next can be much cooler with some rain.  It is best to dress in layers and bring an umbrella.

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ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER

The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.


ITINERARY

Day One ~

TRAVEL DAY

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be welcomed by our tour representative and brought to the hotel. Please try to arrange your flights to meet us for dinner.

Meet + Greet with dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day Two ~

CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR + VISIT TO WOODSTOCK ARTS DISTRICT

Breakfast at hotel.

An early departure today, but it will be worth it, as we will climb to the top of Table Mountain by cable car for stunning views of the city and coastline. Having withstood 6 million years of erosion, it hosts the richest floral kingdom on earth, + the mountain is now officially recognized as one of the new seven world wonders.

We continue our tour by driving towards the City Centre to learn about the history of the City while visiting the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall and discovering the facts that led to the force removals in the District Six and the years of segregation.

To get a feel of Cape Town and its people we take a stroll around the Historical Centre walking into the Company Garden, being the true heart of the City and home of the Parliament Building, the Saint George Cathedral and many other historical buildings.

Bo-Kaap, home of the vibrant Cape Malay community is the perfect destination to conclude our morning, wandering alongside the colorful houses, enticed by the scents of the spices and delicious home made food drifting through the air.

Lunch at TBA.

After lunch we head to the Woodstock, this innovative district has created an extraordinary platform for arts and design in the city.

Our creative walking tour is a full immersion into the heart of this neighbourhood, with its hub of visionary minds, working studios and boutiques. Here we visit various artisans as they take us through their works, ranging from sculptures and leather accessories to ceramic artwork.

Dinner at TBA

Day Three ~

WINELANDS

Breakfast at hotel.

From Cape Town, it is a leisurely hour drive to our first stop in the Winelands of the Cape. Babylonstoren Winery is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the country. We will join one of their experienced gardeners who will be your guide around their much beloved garden, during which we encourage you to pick, taste, smell and touch. Each of the 300 plant varieties is edible or has medicinal value. The beautiful garden is not only pleasing to the eye, but also provides the restaurants with fresh produce, harvested daily.

We follow this with a wine tasting and lunch at Babel Restaurant. Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try their tasty yet often unconventional combinations.

After lunch we make our way to Tokara Winery for an Olive Oil tasting. We will taste some of their unique Premium Extra Virgin Olive oils, which are produced from Leccino, Frantoio, Mission and Multi Varietal, each displaying a unique character with regard to fruitiness, intensity and flavour.

From here we will visit the Jordan Estate Vineyard. Tour of the vineyards in an open safari-style game viewing Land Rover, with stops to experience the spectacular views of False and Table Bays as well as the flora and fauna of the Cape Winelands. You will experience the terroir and geology of the estate whilst tasting a selection wines in the sustainably grown vineyards. 

Dinner at Jordan Winery

After dinner return to Cape Town hotel

 

Day Four ~

SATURDAY MARKET + SKINNY LAMINX WORKSHOP

Breakfast at hotel.

This morning we head to the award-winning Saturday market featuring over 100 specialty traders, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises. The market is housed in an old sky-lit brick warehouse and courtyard at the Old Biscuit Mill. 

Lunch - on your own - pick up something fun from the market to sample!

Afternoon: Designer Heather Moore will take you into her working studio where she develops her ideas for the Skinny laMinx brand, where we'll explore pattern generation and printmaking together in a hands on workshop.

Dinner - TBA

Day Five ~

FREE DAY

Breakfast at hotel.

This day is left free for your personal interests.

Perhaps you’d like to include a surfing lesson, check out the Bree street shops, hop on a cycling tour, go Chocolate tasting at the Honest Chocolate co. + so much more! We can help you organize.

Day Six ~

Breakfast at hotel.

CAPE PENINSULA TOUR

The Cape Peninsula is one of the most breathtaking ranges in the World and stretches from the City Centre to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Here it extends to the edge of the majestic African continent where the "currents" of two oceans meet.

This day trip will WOW you with its spectacular coastlines, charming villages, abundance of the UNESCO Cape Floral Kingdom as well as African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, Chacma Baboons, Mountain Zebras, various Antelopes and not forgetting the gentle giants of the sea the Southern Right Whale.

Lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant

Dinner on your own.

Day Seven ~

CRAFT WORKSHOP + FREE AFTERNOON

Breakfast at hotel.

This morning we have a 2hour workshop with a fair trade wire and beading co-operative, where you will learn about the craft process that has helped employ and train hundreds of local people. You will then get the opportunity to work with an instructor to create your own beaded piece to take home.

Lunch on your own

Free Afternoon to explore the city

We celebrate our final evening together with a farewell dinner at The Test Kitchen

Day Eight ~

TRAVEL DAY

Breakfast

Check out of hotel.


Nota Bene: This is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.