Gogos go gaga for the Western Cape

22 Mar 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 Western Cape were treated and delighted to a host of activities, and this is what they got up to…

V&A Waterfront

There is no better outing than visiting the beautiful V&A Waterfront which lies nestled under Table Mountain. The Waterfront, Situated in the heart of Cape Town, where the mountain meets the sea, it has been a working harbour since about 1860. You can enjoy some of the many activities including seal watching; a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Maritime Museum; boat trips around the harbour and along the coast; or an exciting helicopter tour: world class shopping and amazing food!

Contact:  +27 21 408 7600

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This was also the departing point for an experience the gogos were all super excited for, a visit to Robben Island.

Robben Island Touring

A trip to Robben Island is a must do for anyone visiting Cape Town. When you step foot on the Island, you’re able to see the cell in which Mandela, the world’s most famous prisoner, was held for 18 years of his 27-year incarceration. Today, you can catch a ferry ride to what is now called “The Robben Island Museum”. The standard tour starts at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and takes around 3.5 hours in total (the boat ride is half-an-hour one way). To add to the immersive experience tours are often led by former political prisoners who draw a vivid picture of life in prison. It is a testimony to the true spirit of the South African people and history, and will never fail to humble you and give you perspective.  

Contact:  +27 (0)21 413 4200 / info@robben-island.org.za

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After such a busy the day the gogos headed to their hotel for some R&R. They were exited to hear that they were stay in the heart of Cape Town at the Southen Sun Hotel: Cape Sun Hotel. The Southern Sun Cape Sun hotel offers world-class hospitality, outstanding service, and breathtaking views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Hotel guests are invited to make use of facilities like the indoor pool, fitness centre, and the Camelot Spa. Each suite is equipped with amenities like free WiFi, DStv and many more besides. Picture-postcard views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay contribute to an unforgettable stay, along with easy access to Cape Town’s top attractions.

Contact: +27 21 488 5100

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Dinner was enjoyed at the hotel and the gogos enjoyed a wonderful night’s stay!

Day two included a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where the gogos enjoyed breathtaking scenery and a wonderful pamper session surrounded by the natural beauty of the garden.

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The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, not only has spectacular views of nearby Table Mountain, but the garden is also a splendid showcase for South Africa’s indigenous flora. It is not surprising the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is are admired as one of the great botanical gardens of the world, helped by the fact that it is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Contact: +27(0)21 799 8783 / Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za

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.

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