The Gogos enjoy the Northern Cape

15 Feb 2017

We think everyone should get to enjoy all that South Africa has to offer, most of all the wisest of our nation – the gogos. The “Gogos on Tour” initiative aims to treat our senior citizens to some awesome experiences at various places across their provinces.

This week, the lovely gogos from the Northern Cape were treated and delighted to a host of activities, and this is what they got up to…

The Big Hole Tour – Diamond Mining Tour

The enthusiastic senior tourists got to explore The Big Hole, one Kimberley’s popular attractions. The gogos experienced a day in a miner’s life and the 19th-century diamond rush era. The viewing platform was the ideal place that offered incredible views of the Big Hole, leaving them in awe of the sheer scale and depth of the world’s largest hand-dug excavation site. The tour also included a visit to the old town, the diamond vault and more.

Rates: Adults – R100 / Children – R60 (4 to 12 years) / Pensioners – R80 only on Mondays

Contact: +27 53 839 4600 / E-mail:

For lunch, The Occidental Bar & Restaurant offered a great variety of local cuisine to satisfy the gogos’ appetite. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Kimberley at The Big Hole, and was the perfect setting to end their tour.



Accommodation at the Savoy Hotel & Conference Centre

The Savoy Hotel , which was established in 1892, proved to be just as mature, refined and charming as our gogos. This time-honoured gem in the heart of Kimberley boasts 45 luxurious rooms, and hosts high teas and dinner galas – the gogos indulged in some leisurely time before enjoying dinner drizzled with impeccable service from the staff.

Contact: +27 53 832 6211/4

World of the Flamingos – Kamfers Dam

For a spectacular sight and incredible experience, the gogos were treated to a trip to Kamfers Dam where thousands of flamingos descend to breed and take in the lush surrounds. Approximately 20 000 birds call the Kamfers Dam home and their presence on the man-made, S-shaped island in the middle of the dam has become a popular attraction for visitors and bird-watchers.

Contact: +27 53 830 677

Flamingo Sun Casino Hotel

Named for the wealth of flamingos in the province, the Flamingo Sun Casino Hotel was the perfect venue for the gogos to receive special attention during spa treatments, after their amazing adventures. After much-needed pampering, they were spoilt for choice with the hotel’s variety of entertainment and leisure activities.

Contact: +27 53 830 2600


Harvest Grill & Wine

With an extensive food menu, an impressive wine list and great service, the Harvest Grill & Wine restaurant at the Flamingo Sun Casino Hotel extended true hospitality to our gogos. They settled down for lunch at this family-friendly, à la carte steakhouse, which offers a wide selection of local cuisine, chicken dishes, and seafood, and it is vegan friendly.

Contact: +27 53 830 2654

We truly hope the gogos enjoyed their experience and realise that South Africa offers friendly services and activities that accommodate everyone – old and young.


For more information on child-friendly and family-friendly accommodation, please visit: SA Venues.