Cape Town: The Perfect Employee Incentive Travel

A 5 day trip to South Africa 
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The rewards of travel are everlasting, bonding business partners and employees alike outside of the office. Custom tailor your employee incentive travel in Cape Town, South Africa, to create a lasting impression. Impress your group by staying in a five-star hotel located on Cape Town’s waterfront. Visit the boutique cafes and fine dining restaurants around historic neighborhoods. Create teamwork and build a stronger working community with active challenges hiking to the top of Table Mountain or sailing around the harbor. Follow the wine route around Stellenbosch to sample celebrated regional wines. When you incentivize your community, their effort knows no bounds.

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Places Visited 

Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, Cape of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, Camps Bay, Franschhoek

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Cape Town has a seductive beauty nestled between the turquoise water of the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic plateau of Table Mountain. Beachgoers lounge on long blonde beaches. Adventurers rappel down the cliffs overlooking the city. Surfers catch waves and ride them back to the shore.

Your flight lands at Cape Town International Airport where your private transfer greets the workforce, escorting the team to your five-star accommodation located along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The city’s oldest working harbor encompasses 300 acres. Orange walls decorate the exterior of the 19th-century clock tower. The aroma of garlic mussels emanates from restaurant Quay Four. The Food Market bustles with locals in search of remarkable international cuisine and fantastic craft beers. Fishing boats wade in the waters, moored in the marina. The masts drift from side to side. Your hotel combines the sophistication of Europe with the vivacious South African spirit. The façade promises a grand experience, supported by the elegantly furnished lobby. Comfort and convenience create a luxurious atmosphere.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure, filled with the endless possibilities of Cape Town activity.

Optional Activities Include:

  • Walking the Sea Point Promenade
  • Hiking Table Mountain
  • Visiting the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Discovering Signal Hall and the Noon Gun
  • Exploring Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches

Having just arrived in the beautiful city of Cape Town, you and the group can head to luxurious Camps Bay, located on the opposite side of Table Mountain. A private transfer escorts you to the elegant neighborhood. Impressive granite cliffs border the beaches. Opulent homes overlook the water. White sand glints in the drifting sunlight. Waves crash against the shore. Locals play volleyball on First Beach. Neighboring Clifton offers views of the Twelve Apostles, the mountain range overtaking the skyline of the peninsula. Palm trees line the stretch of chic cafes and boutique shops. The relaxing experience provides you and the group with the perfect introduction to the culture of Cape Town.

What’s Included: transfer, dinner, accommodation

Day 2: A Taste of Inspiration

The thrills of Cape Town are endless. In the morning, sailboats glide across the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing enthusiasts set out in search of a perfect catch. Jazz musicians set up instruments along the walkways of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront ready to entertain passersby. The Two Oceans Aquarium features more than 300 species of fish from the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. In the distance, you can see the shores of Robben Island.

Today you can set out on a group hike up to the top of Table Mountain to start the day. Clouds roll across the plateau, resembling a tablecloth draping the tabletop. The sun burns away the veil. A revolving cableway travels from the mountain base to the summit, providing a unique view of the city below. The plateau rises more than 3,566 feet above sea level. Over 1,470 flower species blossom in the diverse microclimates. Rock hyraxes, a mammal with gray-brown fur and rounded ears, traverse the rugged footpaths. The trail leads straight up the mountain façade, ending near the cable car station at the top.

An easier route travels through the forest, which provides extra shade along the path. The aroma of exotic plants emanates from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens located nearby. Dramatic rock formations rise around you once you enter Platteklip Gorge. When you reach the top of the mountain, the group feels accomplished. Your reward is an unparalleled view of Cape Town, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and a panorama of the Atlantic Ocean stretching to the horizon. Wild baboons linger on the summit and many linger near the café.

Optional Activities Include:

  • Surf lessons
  • Harbor cruise
  • Food tour of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Visiting the District Six Museum
  • Excursion to Robben Island

Return to the hotel to freshen up before your private transfer meets the group and leads you to Simon’s Town, located south on the Cape Peninsula. A Dutch governor began the colony in the 17th century, noting the safe conditions of the natural harbor during winter. Today the marina fills with fishing boats. The masts create a unique skyline wading across the water. The architecture and seafaring ambiance resembles a coastal town in the northeastern United States.

Continue to Boulders Bay where a colony of more than 2,000 endangered African penguins has settled along the beach. A large collection of boulders jut out from the coastline and protect the shores from the wind. White sand sparkles against the clear, turquoise water splashing against the coast. Enjoy a close encounter with the penguins by strolling along the wooden walkways guiding you from the entrance to the penguin nesting grounds. The penguins grow to a height of 28 inches tall. Distinctive pink patches glow above their eyes. Black plumage surrounds their face, standing out against their white underbelly. The penguins waddle along the beach. Their squawk resembles a donkey’s bray. They burrow into the ground where the tufts of grass meet the shore. The unique experience of witnessing penguins in their natural habitat is an inspiring moment the group shares.  

What’s Included: breakfast, tour, dinner, accommodation

Day 3: A Taste of South Africa

Art Deco buildings frame the cobbled plaza of Greenmarket Square. Visitors of the city venture to the District Six Museum dedicated to the memory of the 70,000 residents of a multi-ethnic community displaced by the South African government in the 1960s.

The inspiring and unforgettable activities of Cape Town continue today. Each day revolves around bringing the group together in any and every possible way.

Optional Activities Include:

  • Whale watching at Hermanus
  • Seeing great white sharks on a cage dive
  • A scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak
  • Enjoying the atmosphere around the Castle of Good Hope

Your private transfer greets the group in the hotel lobby ready to escort you to the celebrated Winelands of South Africa, encompassing the wine growing regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The town of Stellenbosch is stunning, filled with elegant Cape Dutch estates. Emerald vines drape the fields. Oak trees rise along the foothills of the mountains. Fertile soil nurtures the produce, helping shape fruits and vegetables containing an abundance of rich minerals. Travel along the Wine Route, which boasts more than 200 wine and grape producers.

The mountains encircle the valley. Wildflowers grow along the road with bright yellow petals. You settle into your first tasting at the Dornier Wine Estate. Your guide leads you along the property showcasing the extensive vines spreading to the base of the foothills. The grapes soak up different nutrients from the soil dependent upon the location of the vine and this adds to the variance in flavors and aromas emanating from a wine made from the same grapes, but a slightly different location. The group takes a seat at the outdoor patio with a view of the landscape. Your guide pours a sample of Chenin Blanc.

You swirl around the wine and find notes of peach and white pear, along with honeysuckle. You find flavors of roasted nuts and orange zest, creating a harmonious acidity. Continue to the town of Franschhoek, known for its fine wines, elegant restaurants, and wide variety of cuisine. The open kitchen in Foliage provides visitors a chance to see their food prepared by quality chefs. The aroma of spiced beets and baby carrots blends with the richness of beef brisket. All the ingredients are locally sourced.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

Day 4: History and Activity

Locals venture to Jason Bakery in the morning in search of the celebrated bacon croissant. The aroma of coffee overtakes the hoppy aroma of the craft beer sold over the counter. The greenery of the Company’s Garden is visible from the doorway. The city comes to life once more. The cloud layer returns to Table Mountain forming the daily tablecloth.  The pool deck on the hotel rooftop offers a 360-degree view of the entire city. The aroma of the Atlantic Ocean is refreshing first thing in the morning. The sea breeze cools the warm sunlight. During your final day in Cape Town, the group can embark on a series of activities designed to bring everyone together to create lasting memories.

Optional Activities Include:

  • A historical walking tour of the harbor’s old heritage
  • Fitness along the Victoria and Albert Waterfront running route
  • Visiting the energetic ambiance of Long Street
  • Exploring the art scene in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock

Begin your day with a visit to the lush gardens of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, located near the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The park has been listed as one of the “seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world,” containing flora and fauna from around the diverse ecosystems of South Africa. The small oasis on the foothills has provided water and sustenance for people in the region for millennia. Archeologists uncovered Stone Age hand-axes and instruments in the dell. The Khoikhoi indigenous peoples used the land until the European arrival in the 15th century.

The British occupation of the 19th century shaped the gardens, completing the establishment of the public space in the early 20th century. The garden covers more than 1,300 acres, of which only 90 acres are cultivated. Sugarbirds, recognizable for their distinctive long tails, nest in the trees. The male can grow up to 17 inches long; the majority of their length resides in the tail feather. The male beats its wings in a way that creates a fluttering sound to attract a mate. Butterflies pollinate the red disa flowers, causing the bright red petals to blossom against the rugged boulders framing the garden.

Travel into the treetops on the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway. The steel and timber bridge winds and dips along the treetops. You gain a panoramic view of the garden, surrounding mountains, and Cape Flats. The bridge stretches for 426 feet with a maximum height of nearly 40 feet above the ground. For history aficionados, the Castle of Good Hope offers insight into Dutch history in South Africa. The 17th-century fortress has a star design and was originally situated on the coastline of Table Bay. It remains the best-preserved example of a Dutch East India Company Fort in the country. Restorations helped recover elements of the moat and the Dolphin Pool located in the inner courtyard.

What’s Included: breakfast, dinner, tour, accommodation

Day 5: Never Feels Like Work

You can see the edges of Robben Island from the walkways along Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. For more than 400 years the island imprisoned the state’s undesirables, including holding Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Visitors take the ferry from the waterfront to the island shore. The maximum-security prison held a lime quarry where prisoners endured hard labor during their time on the two-square-mile island. The tour takes visitors through the dining hall and general sections, including the eastern wing, which came to be known as the Leadership Section.

On the mainland of Cape Town, the restaurant of Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House begins to bustle due to its friendly atmosphere and locally sourced food. More adventurous travelers venture to Mossel Bay to witness the great white sharks during the season from April to October. Participants ride along the turquoise waters until the boat weighs anchor. They step into the safety of the cage to see the swarm of sharks swimming alongside the boat.

Take the time in the morning to enjoy the seascape and the landscape after breakfast. Your private transfer meets the group in the hotel lobby and escorts you to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer

Price

Price 

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.