Excursions

“EXPLORE CAPE TOWN” Thursday 7 September

Depart from conference venue at 13:00 and return at 20:30.  € 35 per person

Use this shuttle service to visit the tourist hub of Cape Town, the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. With a wide range of activities, the V&A caters for everyone, from the adventurous daring to go shark cage diving to the curious opting for a cable ride up Table Mountain instead. http://www.waterfront.co.za/vanda/about

The Red City Tour Bus is the best way to see the most popular sites and without getting off, lasts around 90 minutes. Tickets can be bought in advance, online, or on-site at the office at the Waterfront stop. www.citysightseeing.co.za

Post-Symposium Tours

FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER: 08:00 – 18:00  € 65 per person

Our optional excursions are planned to show case the Cape’s rich Flora biodiversity, deciduous fruit regions, winelands meander and picturesque coastline. Who knows, maybe you’ll spot a whale or two along the way. The excursions will offer technical visits among some of our most beautiful scenic routes. Both options will include lunch and refreshments. Be prepared for weather changes during the day, as it could easily be a cloudless day as we depart Stellenbosch but windy and rainy on the other side of the mountain.

Participants will be able to select from the following 2 options:

Option 1: TECHNICAL VISIT & SCENIC TOUR

Coaches will depart from Stellenbosch shortly after breakfast, to head in an easterly direction, over Sir Lowry’s Pass towards Oak Valley estate in Elgin where we will visit ornamentals such as Alstroemerias, Chrysanthemum as well as Oriental lilies grown under cover. www.oakvalley.co.za

As Elgin/Grabouw area is renowned for being a major deciduous fruit growing area, one of the major packhouses will be included in the visit. Our scenic drive then takes us over Houw Hoek Pass, into the Overberg area with its rolling hills of canola and grain fields, where we will visit Fynbloem, a prominent producer and exporter of indigenous Cape Flora bouquets. The last section of the trip will take us along the scenic coastal route via Gordons Bay and Strand before heading back to Stellenbosch.

Option 2:  PENINSULA TOUR

This coach will travel in a south westerly direction following a scenic route along False Bay heading to Cape Point nature reserve. The iconic Cape Point forms part of the southern section of Table Mountain National Park and is declared a Natural World Heritage Site. Experience the unspoilt beauty and raw magnificence of the “Cape of Storms” as Bartolomeu Dias called it when he first rounded the Cape Peninsula in 1488. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Taking the Flying Dutchman funicular saves visitors an uphill walk from the car park to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views. www.capepoint.co.za