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4 Experiences to Give Instead of Presents

The holiday season is upon us which usually means a large group of the population spend a questionable amount of time in shopping malls searching for the perfect gifts. More often than not, they don’t find it and settle for something else.

People are becoming more and more aware of the effects of consumerism and in recent years it’s become popular to give experiences rather than gifts. After all, few people can remember the gifts they received for their birthday or Christmas the previous year. When you give experiences instead of gifts, chances are awesome memories will be made and it will be remembered for many years to come.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few experience “gift” ideas:

Cape Peninsula Tour
If you love Cape Town as much as we do, you’ll want to give this experience as a gift. The Cape Peninsula tour will take you and your loved one around Cape Town to witness all of its wonders – Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Houtbay and the penguins in Simons Town, to name a few.

Safari Tour

South Africa’s Big 5 are truly majestic but you won’t know that unless you spend some time observing them. Give the gift of a safari tour and grant your friend or family the opportunity to see the South African wildlife they’ve only seen on TV.

Wine Tour
The Cape Winelands is one of the most incredible wine regions in the world and attracts many international visitors. Exquisite wines and breathtaking scenery all bundled into one fantastic wine tour and you’re guaranteed to impress anyone who calls themselves a wine enthusiast.

Whale Watching Tour
Get up close and personal with these gentle creatures. A boat tour by Xenon Travel will take you right to where the action is. While July and August is peak whale watching season, you can expect to see them anytime between June and December.

The tours are exceptional and affordable and you’re guaranteed to make memories that will last a lifetime. Spoil your family with any or all of these fantastic tours offered by Xenon Travel. Give us a call to make your booking today.

4 Interesting Food and Wine Pairings You’ll Only Find in Cape Town

What can be better than tasting wine at one of Cape Towns many exquisite wine farms? Enjoying it with a unique food pairing of course.

Food and wine pairings are fun and there are so many different pairings to choose from – cheese and wine, biltong and wine or even chocolate and wine. But if you’re looking for something a little more unique to entice your taste buds, get ready to expose yourself to one of these unusual combinations offered by some stellar wine estates.

Cupcakes at Delheim Wine Estate

While the combination of cupcakes and wine seem a little strange, you’ll understand why it’s a match made in heaven once you experience it. At Delheim you can enjoy cupcake flavours like pumpkin and vanilla, pomegranate, makataan or rooibos with lemon and cream cheese. These are then paired with various wines like Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Pinotage Rosé and Gewürztramine.

Ice cream at Clos Malverne Wine Estate

This ice cream and wine pairing is perfect for the adventurous sweet tooth. Clos Malverne is located in Stellenbosch and you can try a unique selection of ice cream flavour like chilli and coconut or passion fruit, vanilla shortbread and gooseberry, sweet potato and dill as well as rosemary meringue, all paired with excellent wines.

Pancakes at Uitkyk Wine Estate

With the tasting rooms located inside the Georgian-era manor house, you will be treated to a sampling board of five stuffed pancakes, each paired with one of the exceptional wines from the estate. Pairings are incredibly creative and include Thai green curry with Chenin blanc, roasted butternut with chardonnay, and chocolate ganache-and-berry compote paired Carlonet.

Turkish Delight at Lourensford Wine Estate

While Lourensford offers various tastings, one that is most unique would be the Turkish Delight pairing. Pairing the complex wine profiles with these sweet delectables of rose, almond, orange and ginger Turkish delights, will take your taste buds to the next level.

The Cape Winelands has the perfect food and wine pairing no matter your mood or taste. For more amazing wine tasting experiences, book your next  Wine Tour in Cape Town with Xenon Travel.

 

3 Reasons to Add Franschhoek to Your Bucket List

When I think of Franschhoek, I think of lush vineyards, majestic mountains, exquisite food and a quaint little main street with a European feel. Visitors from all over the world flock to Franschhoek to soak up everything it has to offer. Famous for being the culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek boasts 3 of the top 10 restaurants in the country. If you need more convincing, below are three reasons you simply have to visit Franschhoek soon.

  1. Exquisite Wines

Irresistible fine wines are what’s on offer in Franschhoek. With world-renowned wineries and little hidden boutique wine farms, you can enjoy wine tastings and cellar tours every day at extremely affordable prices.

A unique way to discover the beautiful vineyards of the Franschhoek wine valley is by doing a Wine Tour with Xenon Travel. Experience adorning wine tours, as a wine specialist introduce you to the some of the secret spots only locals know off. We can create a tour to suit your unique needs and tastes.

Xenon Travel provides pick-up and drop-off services at your accommodation in and around Cape Town if you are not staying in Franschhoek.

  1. Spectacular views all around you

Franschhoek isn’t shy when it comes to breathtaking views.  You will be stunned by the magnificent landscapes and surrounding mountains when you enter from Franschhoek Pass.

  1. Foodie Heaven

You will find plenty of eateries and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat.

With 4 South African 5-star chefs and 36 Franschhoek Eateries, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food.

Franschhoek has a lot to offer any visitor, that’s for sure. Visiting Cape Town without spending time in Franschhoek would be a crime against nature.

Discover the hidden gems of Franschhoek with your very own expert guide by booking a wine tour with Xenon Travel. Wine tours are just one of the many services we offer. If you need more information or wish to make a booking, get in touch with Xenon Travel today!

Top 3 Whale Watching Spots in Cape Town

Cape Town offers the most spectacular whale sightings every year from June to November. This is when whales migrate from Antarctica to feed and breed. July and August is peak calving season, thus, whale watching season in Cape Town.

Pack your sunscreen, beach towels and camping chairs because we are rounding up the best spots for whale watching in Cape Town.

Hermanus

Xenon Travel offers thrilling whale watching tours in Cape Town. Of course, it is possible to visit Hermanus on your own but a boat tour will give you a deeper, more informative experience. You’ll be much closer to where the action is compared to viewing from afar.

On such a tour, experienced whale spotters will show you exactly what to look for so you don’t miss out. You’ll learn more about the history of whales in our country, the species we attract as well as other interesting factors.

False Bay

Another excellent spot for whale watching is the False Bay coast. Ideally located, is a little town of Kalk Bay with cafes, bars and restaurants right on the water. You’ll be able to see whales come to the surface while having coffee or lunch.

While Xenon Travel doesn’t offer a whale watching tour in that spot, we do offer a 24/7 point-to-point shuttle service.

Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas is at the southernmost tip of Africa, also the spot where the Atlantic and Indian ocean meet. Just around the corner is a little fishing village called Struisbaai where you’ll have front row seats to the best mammal show of the year. Buy some fresh fish and chips or pack a picnic bag, then head to the beachfront boardwalk where you can do some incredible whale watching.

Whale watching requires patience and time if you want to get the best views of these magnificent mammals.

For more info or to book your tours in Cape Town, get in touch with the team at Xenon Travel today.

4 Reasons to Do a Winelands Tour in Cape Town

If you’ve never been to Cape Town, you haven’t lived! While South Africa as a whole is spectacular, Cape Town has a little added glamour in the form of Winelands. In Cape Town, you’ll find world-class wines from renowned wineries as well as little boutique wine farms you didn’t even know existed.

Cape Town has so much to offer its visitors and once you get a taste, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Below are 4 reasons why you simply have to indulge in a Cape Town Wine Tour when you visit the Mother City.

1. The Wines Are Delightful
When you visit Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or any of the other wine regions in Cape Town, you will experience wine like you never have before. These wine regions offer many award-winning wines that can be tasted at affordable rates. Whether you like bold and red or light and white, you are sure to find a favourite you just need to purchase a case of.

2. The Scenery Is Breathtaking
The scenery in and around Cape Town will make a fantastic backdrop for all of your photos. Even more so when you visit the Franschhoek wine region. Majestic mountains and vineyards span as far as the eye can see. To say the least, you’ll be amazed at just how beautiful Cape Town really is.

3. The Food Is Delicious
Franschhoek entirely lives up to its reputation of being the food capital of South Africa and for good reason. You’ll be in foodie heaven any time you sit down to eat whether it’s for a quick bite at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery or go all out at Le Quartier Français Restaurant.

4. Learn More About Winemaking
You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn when you take a cellar tour at one of the outstanding wineries in Cape Town. You might just sound like a wine connoisseur next time you share a glass of wine with your friends.

If you’re looking for a safe and reliable way to do your Cape Town Wine Tour, get in touch with Xenon Travel today.