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Competition time – Sunset Cruise for two

To Enter simply like our Facebook page or share. The Mother City Cape Town has one of the best locations to see the Sunset from the Sea. This is certainly a “Must Do ” Trip to see Fabulous Table Mountain and city views while the sun dips into the sea at sunset.We Serve a Complimentary Glass of local sparkling wine per person  (or a Bottle per Couple ) A Cash Bar is available for other Beers and Softdrinks .

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By |February 26th, 2016|Blog|

Volunteer

UBUNTU PROJECT

Ubuntu =  African principal of humanity is a 4 week volunteer program Volunteering in South Africa with children and orphans in the township.

Minimum stay:  4 weeks – Pax can stay for longer, but minimum stay of 4 weeks, due to impact on the children

Accommodation: Yoga Shala – Back packer style accommodation / volunteer house – Walking distance to project, with a home away from home feeling.

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Included :
Accommodation is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Airport Transfers
Cape Town City Orientation on Red Bus
Township Orientation
Programme mentorship & guidance
Cape Diversity Tours tour desk

Excluded :
Lunches
Additional tours & transfers
Medical / Travel Insurance

Project location : Masiphumelele Township, Cape Town. South Africa
A small township, in an eco-sensitive area, with 50 000 residents. Experience the vibrant African culture whilst volunteering in this diverse and wonderful township. Many challenges affect this community – poverty, unemployment, HIV and AIDS, crime, drugs. Your role as a volunteer will be to help the women of the township, commonly referred to as “mama’s”, in caring for the children.

Project description :
Your role as a volunteer will be to help the women of the township, commonly referred to as “mama’s”, in caring for the children. Your job is to be a positive role model for the children and to share your skills and experience with them. In so doing, helping to broaden their minds, so that they meet young people from all over the world. You in turn will have a deep experience of the African culture, as the children will share their traditional dances, theatre pieces, songs and games with you. You will work closely with the African culture and experience Ubuntu culture, Africa’s gift to the world.

All our township projects are under resourced and lack basic facilities. We work together with the local women of the township, to create safe and happy spaces for the children. Slowly and strategically helping to improve their environment. We work with vulnerable and orphaned children, that have been affected by poverty. Not all our children come from vulnerable situations, but many of them do. Our aim is to develop values among the children, value & respect for their own lives and that of others.

COST : USD $ 1,400.00 per person (4 weeks) or EURO 1,275.00 per person (4 weeks)

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Morning : 08h00 – 12h30
Mornings are spent, supporting other projects and day care centres in the township. These children are younger 0 – 6 years; whereas our afternoon project is for slightly older children 6 – 15 years. The children are very small, so help is needed in all aspects of their care. Changing nappies, feeding, cleaning and providing the general love, care and routine – that gives comfort to little ones.

Lunch : 12h30 – 14h30
Lunches are spent at our centre in the township, or at a nearby coffee shop / restaurant. Or a visit to the local shopping mall.

Afternoon : 14h30 – 16h30
Afternoons are spent at our own centre, “ The Ubuntu Centre”  and volunteer base in the township, where we take care of 60 – 70 children every afternoon. The Ubuntu centre is based on values – kindness, respect, caring, sharing, non-violence, respect for all life etc. We have a kitchen, where we prepare meals, an organic township garden, a workshop space and a stage where the children are able to have a platform to perform traditional songs and dance.

Whether you have studied social work, law, teaching, nursing, theatre, or if you simply have a little love to give – this experience – will enrich your own life and bring so much experience to whatever field. You will learn so much about development and working with a community / township – the challenges and the success, all part of life.

Age : 18 + to 60 + years

FAQ

Why volunteer ?
Today’s world is about building character and experience – you might have studied and got the degree; but to develop yourself as a person / human being is real progress. If you are taking a gap year, or are thinking about changing your career, or at a crossroads and needing time out – no better way to find one’s own direction, than to volunteer.

Why pay to volunteer ?
Most of what you pay, goes on hard costs – accommodation, meals, transport, logistics, co-ordinators and a percentage to the projects. In today’s world, no one can afford to host anyone – with rising energy and related food costs, so instead of been a help, one becomes a burden. Through volunteering, one is able to bring valuable  skills and resource, during challenging times.The most important thing is that you are paying to develop yourself as a person.

Optional extra’s :
Wellness package : R 2,500.00 per person
Includes :
Weekly yoga session
3 Day Happiness course
1 Free Massage

Meet the Team

Ubuntu project - some of the team

By |February 25th, 2016|Blog|

Sup Yoga Tours

We are so excited to share with you our new SUP-Ventures! Book your SUP YOGA TOUR here.

Don’t you love our video??? We Shot it with What-SUP-Fitness.

Email us on info@capediversitytours.com for bookings.

 

 

By |February 25th, 2016|Blog|

Run Rhino Run

 

rhinoMy friend is a legend. His name is Richard Jooste and he is actually doing something about the plight of our rhinos. He flew up to Kruger and donated equipment to the anti-poaching unit. Read about his story here. Any money we can put together for him to aid the anti-poaching unit would be amazing. Even if it’s R 100 per person it will make a difference! I am pledging. Will you pledge? There are our Small heros. His story here:

Richard: “Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good Christmas and New Year. I’m heading up north to help out an anti-rhino-poaching team I’ve been involved with. The guys are from quite poor areas who are doing their best with very little equipment. I’ve put together some army and medical stuff for them and hope to put together a small Christmas hamper to say thank you for all their hard work and long hours in the bush away from their families. If anyone would like to help out in this regard feel free to make a pledge. If we manage to raise enough I’ll also look into getting them more tactical equipment like better radio’s or high powered observation equipment. If you’re shy about making a public pledge you can always contact me directly.”

This is Richard doing his thing. He is a real live hero. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to start pledging. We are proud to be associated with him.

You can make a differernce by emailing: Cape Diversity Tours
Or calling +27 (0) 21 706 8039
Email: info@capediversitytours.com
Web: www.ilove-africa.com

The Anti-poaching team in action.

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By |January 15th, 2015|Blog|

Holiday to Mauritius

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I’ve been wanting to holiday to Mauritius for a long time. I try to get away once a year – I think it’s important to have something to look forward to throughout the year – it keeps you hanging on and pushing through, to have a special holiday  to look forward to. So at the end of 2014 we decided on Mauritius. It is very close to South Africa and easy to get to. You can get direct flights from Cape Town or Jo’burg with Air Mauritius. On arrival we were picked up by Beachcomber Tours. It is  one hour’s drive from the Airport to the North West of the island. There is great shopping and markets here, so get your driver to drop you off for a morning. You drive through fields and fields of sugar cane. It is a very beautiful and rural place.

We stayed for 7 x nights at Le Victoria Hotel in a Superior Room. I Site Inspected all 8 of the Beachcomber Hotels while I was there. They cater for all budgets, from 4 star to 5 star, and all hotels are beautiful. If you are able to go on a 5 star budget, I would stay at Shandrani in the South, or Troux Au Biches in the North, they are absolutely magnificent, and the beaches are supreme. I would recommend going on an all inclusive basis. Needless to say I put on 3 kgs – the chefs and outdoor dining and French cooking are magnificent. All wine, cocktails, beer and champagne are included. So I now have to try very hard to lose the weight again. The snorkelling and water sports are great fun, and we spent each day lazing on the beach drinking Pina Coladas. A real peaceful holiday. We did the dolphin tour where you can swim with the dolphins in the wild. I would definately do it again. Low season is from May – October when the rates are great. Here are a few pictures of our stay.

You can book through myself at: Cape Diversity Tours
Reservations: +27 (0) 21 706 8039
Email: info@capediversitytours.com
Web: www.ilove-africa.com

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By |January 14th, 2015|Blog|

I Love Africa Franschhoek Competition!

I Love Africa is running a Facebook Competition, one of the easiest competitions you have ever entered. All you have to do is log onto Facebook, go the Official Facebook page and click “like” to qualify! The Facebook Competition Prize is a night away for two at Maison Chablis in Franschhoek. The competition is running for the month of May 2014 and the winner will be announced on the 20th of May. The night away will be for Saturday the 7th of June ’14.

Follow the Facebook link below to be taken directly to the I Love Africa Facebook page:

Enter on Facebook: ‘Follow’ https://www.facebook.com/ILoveAfricaTours

Enter on Twitter: ‘Follow’ https://twitter.com/capediversity

TO DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES, ENTER ON BOTH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

We hope to see lots of “likes” and lots of shares, all in the spirit of WINNING!

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By |April 23rd, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|

What to do in Cape Town – Township Tour


Yesterday I visited Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Langa with UTHANDO (love South Africa) How Incredible?!?! Uthando is a unique Non Profit company. The aim is to raise funds for community development projects in South Africa. What I came away with: “Visiting these projects gave me hope and opened my eyes to what lies beyond. I came away with this, “That Every single visitor to South Africa and every single  fellow South African should visit the townships, and become involved in a project, because they need us, and we need them even more.”

Abalimi Bezekhaya Project (Planters of the Home)
The Harvest of Hope project utilises a small Pack Shed to collect, pack and deliver organic vegetable boxes to families in Cape Town (us) You can pick up your box of veges once a week at various pick up points! (brilliant) This project offers regular income security to the community farmers, by contracting them to grow seasonal organic produce at guaranteed prices. For more information contact harvestofhope@abalimi.org.za It trains people to micro farm. It promotes sustainable development while encouraging initiatives which renew, build and conserve social organisation, self responsibility and the natural environment.They are an urban agriculture (UA) and environmental action (EA) association operating in the socio-economically neglected townships of Khayelitsha, Nyanga and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats near Cape Town, South Africa.

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By |March 27th, 2013|Blog|

SUP Safari!

V&A Waterfront SUP Safari

Our 2-hour introductory paddle on the V&A Waterfront will get you into the basics of SUP, all in the calm flatwater of the canals. We’ll explore alongside the numerous beautiful native birds and marine life. Go with the flow, following the tides and wind direction for a great beginning paddle.

Level: Beginners No Experience
Duration: 2 Hours
Cost: R 450 per person. Ask about group discounts.
What to bring: water bottle, sunblock, swim suit, and flip flops or water shoes.

Contact Us to book your tour.

Sunset, Morning or Full Moon Safari
Clifton 4th beach

Discover the best place in the world to SUP, Cape Town’s beaches! We’ll head out at dusk to position ourselves in the ideal spot to catch a picture perfect sunset. Leave all you worries behind and return before dark with a refreshed feeling.

Level: Beginners No Experience
Duration: 2 Hours
Cost: R 450 per person. Ask about group discounts.
What to bring: water bottle, sunblock, swim suit, and flip flops or water shoes.

Contact Us to book your tour.
photo credit: http://chappypix.co.za/

By |March 11th, 2013|Blog|

Yoga Safari!


Surrounded by tranquillity of life’s natural cycles, the African bushveld is the ideal place to slow down a little, go back to basics and reconnect with yourself. Designed to provide a holistic experience for body and soul, Ilove-Africa’s yoga safaris combine the health benefits and serenity of the yoga discipline with the most peaceful and scenic natural settings. Set in Africa’s most iconic wilderness destinations, the safaris are led by renowned local and international yoga teachers and combine yoga and meditation classes with wildlife adventures. Soothe your spirit with a meditation session overlooking a tranquil watering hole or listen to the dawn sounds of the bush as you greet a brand new day with a yoga class in the open air.

Tailormade by travel experts and yoga teachers, the safaris are designed to suit your needs and interests. They are available at any of the six spectacular safari lodges at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. The safaris are led by some of Africa’s top yoga teachers, internationally qualified and recognised in a variety of yoga disciplines. Our Yoga Travel Expert will help you select the right option for you, specialising in your preferred yoga style. Up to two yoga classes per day are interspersed with traditional game drives, leaving plenty of time for soothing massages and leisurely meditation sessions by the pool. You may find yourself doing stretching exercises out on the open savanna, watched by curious giraffe, or meditating atop a rocky escarpment that offers endless views.

For even more relaxation, you can choose to combine your yoga safari with a beach holiday on Africa’s sun-drenched coast.
If the thought of a yoga safari in the midst of the African bush has inspired you to dream of other beautiful settings for your workout session, contact us to find out what other adventures we can create for you in South Africa.
https://www.facebook.com/ILoveAfricaTours

SAFARI FOR THE SOUL
Yoga, meditation and wildlife adventures
At a glance:

• Tailor-made yoga safari
• Up to two daily yoga and meditation classes
• Twice daily game drives
• Expert yoga teachers
• Selection of yoga disciplines
• Available at a number of &Beyond lodges

By |March 11th, 2013|Blog|

What to do in Cape Town – Creative Mornings

Creative Coffee Mornings is an intimate monthly morning lecture series that aims to gather Cape Town’s creatives for a brief motivational talk by an invited visionary. This Friday, creative director Ree Treweek and 3D artist Stanley Segal from creative agency Shy the Sun will be sharing their journeys and speaking about animation, illustration, narrative work and character development. So, if the morning happens to be free, pop in to the Upper Eastside Hotel in Woodstock for a good bout of inspiration and a complimentary cup of coffee. Attendees are encouraged to register beforehand (registration is now open) and arrive at 8:30am; the whole event will be over by 10am and is entirely free of charge.

Date: 24 Aug 2012
Time: 08:30 – 10:00
Venue: Upper Eastside Hotel
Location: Brickfield Road | Woodstock
Phone: +27(0)83 276 9051
Email capetown@creativemornings.com
Website: www.creativemornings.com
By |August 22nd, 2012|Blog|

Kruger Park Safari Itinerary

The 2 Kruger Park Lodges Safari enjoys Safari experiences at lodges which are located inside the Kruger National Park. Fly into Hoedspruit Airport where you are met and transferred to Hamiltons tented camp, one of only a hand full of camps in Kruger which is built in the style of an east African tented camp. Two nights spent at Hamiltons is followed by a short transfer to Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge which is unique in the fact that it is built in the style of a Tsonga village and also offers some insight into the culture and traditions of these proud peoples of Southern Africa.

Kruger Park Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kruger National Park

Guests are met at any location of their choice in Johannesburg, from where you are transferred to the airport for a flight to Hoedspruit Airport. Guests are met upon arrival and are transferred to Hamiltons Safari Lodge. The lodge is located in the central section of the Kruger National Park in a private 15000 Hectare concession. The afternoon is devoted to a first open 4×4 safari at Hamiltons in the company of experienced rangers and trackers.
Overnight: Hamiltons Tented Camp
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Kruger National Park

The area in which the two game drives of the day are conducted is criss-crossed by three river systems. The northern portion of the concession is characterized by open savannah grassland, and southern portion by heavily wooded areas. These different vegetation regions ensure the area attracts a great number of species to these diversified habitats. Game viewing on the two open 4×4 safaris is sure to be exceptional in this part of the Kruger National Park.
Overnight: Hamiltons Tented Camp
Meals: Full Board

Day 3: Kruger National Park

A morning open 4×4 safari is followed by breakfast, after which guests are transferred to Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge. The lodge offers exceptional accommodation in a region where game viewing is of the highest standard. The late afternoon is devoted to a first open 4×4 safari in the company of an experienced ranger and tracker, both of whom are experts in locating game, the most notable being the ‘Big 5’, in this area of the Kruger National Park.
Overnight: Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
Meals: Full Board

Day 4: Kruger National Park

The members of the ‘Big 5’, namely lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, are not only amongst the fiercest and most dangerous animals found on the continent but also the most graceful and interesting. A day devoted to two open 4×4 safaris and a bush walk is sure to lead to sightings of some of these magnificent creatures, with the insights of the ranger into their behavior and habits sure to enhance your experience. The signs left by passing animals both great and small are interpreted, shedding some light on the tapestry of life which exists in this eco-system.
Overnight: Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
Meals: Full Board

Day 5: Departure

A last morning game drive at Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is followed by breakfast, after which guests are transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for a flight to Johannesburg after a memorable safari in the world renowned Kruger National Park.
Overnight: None
Meals: Breakfast

COST: R17,000.00 per person sharing All Inclusive

By |June 5th, 2012|Blog, Guided Tours|

My trip to the Okavango Delta!

Last month I was lucky enough to visit the Okavango Delta! Thank you Ker &Downey, for sponsoring my trip. I am so grateful.

These are my diary entries: –
06 Oct: I’m sitting in a small 6 seater plane, flying from Maun over the Okavango Delta. It is a searing 45 degrees. I can see tiny hippos and elephants below me. The swamps of the Okavango Delta vein their way around – the lifeblood of Africa. My heart is in my mouth as we fly higher and higher. We touch down at our 1st camp, Kanana Tented Camp. I can’t believe I am here! We check in and go for our first Game Drive. I see a lioness on the way to the Lodge. Tonight I enjoyed a beautiful dinner by candle light..so romantic.

07 Oct: This morning I fly to my next Lodge, Okuti Camp. Okuti offers 5 twin bedded rooms & 2 family rooms accommodating up to 18 guests. This camp lies alongside the Maunachira River which flows through the Xakanaxa Lagoon, within the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Okuti has recently been rebuilt amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana’s prime game viewing regions. Here I enjoyed a game drive and a mokoro boat trip, where we viewed game and birds and little frogs from my private boat. Beautiful and quiet and serene, and incredibly special.

08 Oct: Today I fly to Shinde, a classic safari tent camp, nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta. Shinde is an intimate camp located on the edge of Shinde lagoon, teeming with animal and birdlife. I visit the exclusive Shinde Enclave camp, which is the best location for wildlife photographers in the Delta, and see 1000’s of birds endemic to the area, it was totally incredible.

Delta! 09 Oct: The last camp I visit is Footsteps Across the Delta Tented Camp, a specialist safari experience. I overnight at Footsteps, which offers expertise in guiding with the emphasis on walking safaris. This program maintains the elegance and eccentricity of the original ‘under canvas African safari’. We track wild dog on foot for 3 hours, a truly amazing experience and one that I will never forget. The Guides and food and accommodation has been ‘top’ Thank you Ker & Downey, for creating many special memories that I will never forget.

 

By |May 24th, 2012|Blog|

My trip to Victoria Falls!

My trip to Victoria Falls! I stayed at Tongabezi Island!

This month I had the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls, and stayed at the most romantic property on earth, Tongabezi & Sindabezi Island. Perfect for Honeymooners, Sindabezi Island is is an idyllic bush camp on a private island on the Zambezi River. It is the only luxury camp in the Victoria Falls region and in 2008 was selected by The Sunday Times in London as one of the best remote places to stay in the world. Sindabezi Island has just five open-sided thatched cottages, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush in a perfect untouched setting.

HIGHLIGHTS: Swimming in the Devil’s Cauldon on top of Vic Falls. This is an activity I’ve been wanting to do my whole life. Words cannot describe the feeling you get from up here! You can book this activity through me.

Having a champagne breakfast overlooking the Falls

Paddling up the Zambezi River, in a 2 man kayak over crocodiles and hippos swimming beneath you. Probably the scariest thing I have ever done.

By |May 24th, 2012|Blog|