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Urban Safari Tour with Kiff Kombi Tours
Your one way ticket to good vibes!
Last Updated: 3 May 2017
Kiff: adj. South African slang for extremely cool, awesome etc. E.g. “That Kombi is so kiff man!”
You’re waiting at the designated pick-up spot, not exactly sure what to expect, but your shades are on, you’re rocking your shorts and flip flops, which undoubtedly means you’re ready. Kiff Kombi Tours pulls up into the parking lot - colourful artwork, summer tunes and happy vibes are all oozing from...an old school microbus.
The kombi is synonymous with African adventure, inspiring Kiff Kombi Tours co-founders, Drew Campbell and Sophie Bagheri, to obtain an old school kombi and set up a rustic and authentic experience of Cape Town. “Cape Town is an amazing city, with so much to explore. We wanted to bring a new experience to the table,” says Drew proudly. The pair looks to attract a younger crowd ranging between the ages of 18 and 35, but make no mistake, there is space for the young at heart to hop on board too!
LET THE TOUR BEGIN
The sun may be at its peak when your journey starts, but no worries, Drew and Sophie have you covered with two cooler boxes loaded with drinks to keep you hydrated on your Urban Safari! The journey affords travellers the opportunity to spot artefacts of great design, stupendous views of natural beauty, and perceptive historical facts. The first stop is the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, where vibey tour guide, Kirsti November, takes you on a walk through the colourful streets, providing insight to the history of the area while pointing out some artwork.
The colourful houses in Bo-Kaap.
The second stop is all about mingling over lunch and craft beer! Devil’s Peak Brewery is where the socializing starts, adding a unique touch to the tour. On Saturdays, Kiff Kombi Tours takes you to the Old Biscuit Mill, where you are free to purchase a lunch of your choice. Good food combined with local craft beer, now that’s a recipe for heart-warming friendship!
Vrrrooom, and we’re off! After our tummies are filled and thirst for beer is quenched, our next stop is District Six. Kirsti once again starts the show with her extensive knowledge of Cape Town. She shares the hidden messages in street art, some of which have been spray-painted by international artists, condemning the hunting of rhinos.
Artwork in District Six.
Drew, who drives the kombi, then takes you all the way up to Signal Hill Lookout for a breath-taking view of the seaboard, the bustling CBD and our FIFA-approved Cape Town Stadium. You cannot help but get teary-eyed as you witness the beautiful city we inhabit. This part of the tour presents you with a moment to feel the breeze of the ocean air on your skin, while sipping on some ice-cold refreshments as you chat away with strangers who have now become friends. “This is what Kiff Kombi Tours is all about! We want to take people on a journey through a Cape Town that they may think they’re familiar with,” Sophie said with a glowing smile.
The Signal Hill gives you a unique view of the City.
After enjoying a moment of admiration, Drew takes you on one of the most scenic stretches in the world – Chapman’s Peak Meander. As if the view from Signal Hill wasn’t enough, Chapman’s Peak Drive offers a marvellous panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Think the gentle ocean breeze entering the kombi’s windows, caressing your skin all the while a summertime soundtrack playing in the background – and that’s just a brief outline of the experience that Kiff Kombi Tours have to offer!
The drive on Chapman's Peak is half has beautiful as the view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sounds like a treat, don’t you think? Well, it gets better! Drew and Sophie take the group for a wine wind down, with a wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek. This chill-out is an opportunity to share your experience of the tour and perhaps a few things about yourself too. By this time you may think that the tour has come to an end…you’re mistaken! Drew has a trick up his sleeve.
Wine and good conversation is definitely on the menu at Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek!
The final stop is a secret sundowner spot, with waves crashing into rocks as you sip on some bubbly and watch the sun slowly set over the ocean. As this spot is a secret, I can't say more, or the spot may not be such a secret after all!
Shhhhh it's a secret!
As the tour concludes, you are left feeling that the six hours spent with Drew and Sophie was not enough, and already you start to miss them!
“Kiff Kombi Tours is all about giving you a view of Cape Town that you may not have seen before, offering an experience that is different from other tours. We want to bring something fresh and vibrant to the tourism industry and what better way than Kiff Kombi Tours,” Drew and Sophie excitedly conclude.
Note: A little bird whispered that Kiff Kombi Tours are planning to incorporate a uniquely Capetonian culinary experience. Keep your eyes peeled for that!
Tip: Try Kiff Kombis Wine, Beer & Biltong Tour every Monday, Friday and Saturday, which includes a micro craft brewery tour, a beer tasting, a visit to three wine farms, including a wine and biltong tasting, cellar tour, ending off with an authentic South African afternoon braai; and The Road Trip Tour which includes penguin spotting at Boulders Beach, a drive through Chapman's Peak, and entrance to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve and Cape Point. For all of those gin lovers out there, Kiff Kombi have just debuted their new tour; The Gin Jol. They will take you across the city to visit three distilleries and three very different tastings. The tour ends with a drink at the Secret Gin Bar. You can also enquire about Kiff Kombis township tours, for a truly Kasi experience.
The Bill: Urban Safari: R680p/p – lunch included (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday). Saturday tours do not include lunch, but travellers are welcome to purchase a lunch of their choice at the Old Biscuit Mill. Instead, the Saturday tour includes a cheese and wine pairing at the Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek | Wine, Beer & Biltong Tour: R800p/p - braai, snacks, beer, wine and biltong tastings included | The Road Trip: R600p/p including the drive, and all entrance fees | The Craft Beer Safari: R750p/p including four craft brew tours and tastings, plus a craft beer and food pairing board.
Book your tour now by calling +27 (0)72 213 3888 or email Drew@kiffkombitours.co.za
By Garth Prins
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