South Africa – Cape Town & Knysna

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Also known as the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town, with its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Cape Point
South Africa - Cape Point

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront serves as the hub to the many tourist attractions that are in the city vicinity. Daily excursions also leave the V & A Waterfront for Robben Island that has an interesting history of its own. Within easy reach of the city are also beaches, Cape Point, wine estates , whale watching, and numerous other attractions and activities.

Table Mountain

Take the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain for the most spectacular and breathtaking view of Cape Town and the surrounding area. Attractions at the summit include a restaurant and souvenir shop, short walking trails and the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. The best time to ride to the summit is late afternoon – so that you can see Cape Town both in daylight, and after a spectacular sunset at night. Please bear in mind that the cable car only operates in good weather.

Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

This stunning trip follows the coastal route, where you will discover some of South Africa’s best beaches and most spectacular coastline. The road leaves the centre of Cape Town and winds down through Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay, before crossing the Peninsula to Simons Town where you will see a resident penguin colony at Boulders Bay. Your final stop, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve offers memorable views over the meeting of two oceans, the Indian and Atlantic, as well as a diverse range of flora and fauna. All in all a wonderful day out!

Table Mountain
Cape Town

Robben Island

Visible from the shores of Table Bay, Robben Island became known as ‘South Africa’s Alcatraz’ and most famously as the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly two decades. These days the Island has been embraced by the National Heritage programme and is now preserved as a breeding ground for jackass penguins and over 30 other species of birds.

Langa Township Tour and Lunch

Langa is the oldest and most central township, the name Langa means 'sun', but it is derived from the name of Langalibalele - a Hlubi rebel imprisoned in Cape Town after rebelling against the Natal government.

Stellenbosch Winelands
Stellenbosch Winelands

Stellenbosch Winelands

Renowned for its Cape Dutch architecture and oak tree-lined streets, the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch has been a major centre for South Africa’s wine production for more than 300 years. A 30-minute drive east of Cape Town, the location of the vineyards on the rolling hills between the Stellenbosch Mountains and the sea is critical to the quality of the wines. While the region is best known for its full-bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz, there are pockets of vineyards that produce top-quality white wines.


The picturesque town of Knysna nestles on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon. The lagoon (its really an estuary) is a favourite for fishermen and water sport enthusiasts, with boating, sailing, water skiing and scuba diving near the Heads, the majestic sentinels that guard the entrance to the lagoon. The town of Knysna is well known for the variety of eating establishments and shops specializing in wooden furniture and ornaments made from the indigenous timbers found in the forests nearby. Knysna is only five hours drive from Cape Town and two and a half hours from Port Elizabeth. It is ideally situated to enable visitors to explore the other wonders of the Garden Route.


Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Tour Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500