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“very close encounter”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of AWOL Tours

AWOL Tours
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$47.37*
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Private Hiking Tour of Table Mountain
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: AWOL Tours offers exclusive hiking and biking adventures, with opportunities for genuine cultural exchange and natural encounters, personalised to ensure your extraordinary travel experience. AWOL Tours is a leading outdoor travel specialist for hiking and bicycle tourism in Cape Town, South Africa. We offer you opportunities for breathtaking adventure and authentic interactions. Our experienced AWOL team balance expert trip planning with eco-friendly activities, creating thrilling, memorable travel experiences for you. We've been at the forefront of responsible tourism since 2002, with repeated awards and happy client reviews to prove our success.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
Hamburg
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“very close encounter”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We went on a cycling/walking tour to the small township of Masiphumelele (Cape Peninsula) with Awol Tours. We were 7 people amongst 3 children aged 8 and 9. In the beginning we were wondering if this would be safe with children, but it turned out to be an incredible experience for all of us. We went to a kindergarden, library, through very poor shanties but felt safe at any moment and it did not feel funny. Zwai was officially our guide, but it was a girl that finally went through it all with us. In the end we met her mother, who is a sangoma (witchdoctor) who did a dance with her apprentice and with us. This was a bit like a show and did not feel entirely authentic. Also the bead necklaces for sale there were a bit expensive, but we still bought some to support the people and our girls liked them. This tour has been set up to give people some thing to do and they do it well. Also it gives us the opportunity to a very authentic insight view into the life of most south africans.

Visited October 2012
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UGOAWOL, Owner at AWOL Tours, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thanks so much for taking the time out to share your experiences of our township cycling tour in Cape Town with other travellers. Your comments are greatly appreciated as we constantly trying to improve our experiences and make it as authentic as possible despite being a tour. In future, the Sangoma is going to show guests her medicine (muti) room and explain more about the plants, bulbs and bark that get used in treatment so visitors can get a better understanding of the Xhosa culture. We glad that your family including the children gained insight into the local culture
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Delta, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great tour with Leonard!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Wonderful way to experience downtown area of Capetown...Leonard went the extra mile & in fact, our tour lasted 4 hours, not 3. Do not miss this personalized view of the city.

Visited October 2012
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UGOAWOL, Owner at AWOL Tours, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Thanks so much for taking the time out to compliment Leonard on a great tour. We really appreciate the feedback. Glad you enjoyed our insightful cycling tour of Cape Town.
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Table Mountain Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We had a very nice hiking tour in September 2012 to the top of the Table Mountain. It was quite challenging but we made it. The Groups are normally very small. (we had the luck that we were the only two that booked the hiking tour this day)
Our advice are good hiking boots and rain prooven jackets because the weather changes fast.

The tour took about six hours. We got picked up from the hotel at morning and brought back at afternoon. When we visit Cape Town next time, I'm sure we would book another tour of AWOL.

Visited September 2012
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UGOAWOL, Owner at AWOL Tours, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences of hiking up Table Mountain with us. Yes we also glad you made it to the top of Table Mountain. All our hiking tours are private, so our guides always go at your pace so that you don't have to stress about holding up the group. Look forward to hearing from you next time you in Cape Town
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Township Tour in Cape Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

with trepidation I booked a Township Bicycle Tour with AWOL Tours, this is a tour with a difference.... bikes. !! We were collected from our back backer lodge by Leonard and then met the wonderful smiley Zwai. Zwai set us up with bikes and we got on our way weaving safely around the maze of Masiphumele. We visited a small day care centre, the library and enjoyed the busy vibe of this multicultural community esp the children jumping on for rides and the stories sung to the drums of the local healer .The day ended with a very yummy BBQ lunch at the local restaurant and although the hardships are obvious the vitality shines through. This tour is a gift for those looking to experience the other side of South Africa living without the voyeuristic nastyness of large buses .

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“WOW... Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

AWOL tours took me through the townships in Cape Town and showed me a side of Africa that other tourists may not see.. It really opened my eyes and made it an unforgettable experience that I would recommend anyone to do... Sally the tour guide was brilliant, so friendly, knowledgable and organized. If your traveling to Cape Town then I would defiantly recommend a tour with AWOL.

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