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how it works

wish it, do it

Let us help you tick off your bucket list. Build your ultimate travel wishlist and we’ll create your dream trip.

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get exploring

We’ve handpicked the best spots and designed epic trips, just choose your adventure and hop on board.

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with purpose

Be happy! A part of your tour price supports projects that makes a difference in local communities.

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why hotspots2c

 

 It's easy to see why so many customers trust Hotspots2c

 

your choice

A wide range of curated trip options ensure a personalised journey.

Have it your way

by locals

Experts make planning easy and local qualified guides share insider tips. 

Meet the team 

transformative

Travel changes you. Our goal is to benefit the local communities too. 

See the change

verified

Thousands of happy travellers choose to adventure with us. 

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safety & flexible bookings

 

   

Zero Deposit, Partial Payment, Free Date Changes and Flexi Travel Voucher options are available to make it easy to update your booking if you need to change your travel plans. No deposit, no-obligation tour reservations and date changes are accepted up to 31 days before a tour departs. 

We received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Safe Travels Stamp of Approval, providing travellers extra assurance that our tours adopted international standard health and hygiene protocols as prescribed by TBCSA (Tourism Business Council of South Africa) and WTTC’s Safe Travels guidelines travel during the pandemic

Our small and micro group or private tours also allow significantly less risk usually associated with higher volume large scale coach tours, all with the convenience of a local qualified guide leading the tour.

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TOUR TYPES ON OFFER

 

 
JOIN A SMALL GROUP

Pre-planned small group tours with set departures.

Join a group 

 

 

  

 

PRIVATE JOURNEYS

Exclusive private trips with suggested itineraries.

VIP your trip

 

 

 

 
EDU GROUPS

Private tours for learners, uni & volunteer groups.

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TAILOR MADE

Complete customisation. Your adventure, your way.

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 PROUD SUPPLIER FOR

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Established in 2007, Hotspots2c has grown to be one of South Africa’s favourite tour operators. Based in the Cape Town region, we offer scheduled group, private and tailor-made tours primarily to the Western Cape along the Garden Route, Addo and Kruger National Park and beyond. 

Hotspots2c is the brainchild of Western Cape local, Johan Du Toit – a seasoned globetrotter who has travelled to more than 60 countries to date. We are owner-operated and offer easy and affordable touring options. Our passengers enjoy the convenience of a small tour and the luxury of choice - from activity options to where you stay.

At Hotspots2c, we do not want to be the largest tour operator in South Africa; we simply want to show off our beautiful country the best way we know. Being privately owned gives us independence and flexibility and is a competitive advantage in our quality control and accountability. We pay meticulous attention to itineraries and tap into our creativity when we plan our tours. Our bespoke itineraries and own luxury vehicle fleet can accommodate any group size to visit your preferred destination in Southern Africa.

Behind-the-scenes, our dedicated team has a cumulative industry experience of more than 150 years.

We are a unified company that believes travel is more than just visiting a place but it's about building relationships, making a positive change and about giving back to the community. That’s why we established our charity arm, 2cChange in 2016 to help achieve our goal in making a positive difference in the areas we travel through.

 

So many reasons to book with Hotspots2c

 

 

 

safe & flexible travel

Safety first

Safety and security have always been our number one concern. Our small and micro group or private tours also allow less risk usually associated with crowded large scale coach tours with the convenience of a local qualified guide leader to keep you safe at all times.

 


Bring a mask  - Temperature checks - Sanitise often - Social distancing on tours 

 

 

COVID-19 Safe Travels Compliance: 

Hotspots2c Tours & Africa Select Journeys pledge to adhere to the following TOURISM INDUSTRY STANDARD PROTOCOLS FOR COVID-19 during the time of the pandemic as prescribed by TBCSA (Tourism Business Council of South Africa). We also received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Safe Travels Stamp of Approval, providing assurance that our tours adopted international standard health and hygiene protocols.

 

Zero Deposit

That's right; no deposit is required to reserve a spot for tour bookings as long as the tour is paid in full before that specific tour's full payment deadline is reached. Full payment is required to secure your booking.

 

Free Date Changes

With Hotspots2c you’re never locked in. We know plans can easily change, so we've kept it simple to allow free date changes or tour changes if it is made before the specific tour's full payment deadline is reached. If you (or we) do need to cancel your trip for any reason, and it is before that specific tour's full payment deadline, you will receive a Flexi Travel Voucher as a refund to the value of the payment received by Hotspots2c (in ZArand currency). If you wish to receive the refund in your bank account or request changes closer to the tour departure date, our standard booking terms will apply.

 

Flexi Travel Voucher

Our travel vouchers are ideal to give a loved one the gift of adventure, allowing them to pick their own trip. It also ensures the best exchange rate value if you buy it when the currency exchange rate is in your favour or if you're not sure what or when to book yet. Flexi Travel Vouchers can be redeemed toward any future booking with Hotspot2c Tours within 36 months of the voucher date. Vouchers can be transferred to a friend or family member but cannot be exchanged for cash. Vouchers are calculated in ZAR (South African Rand) currency.

 

Partial Payment Plan

Our zero deposit booking option offers you the option to pay for your trip as and when you can. No deposit is required to make a tour reservation when booking before the specific tour's full payment deadline. So, why not plan your holiday in advance and part pay your trip in affordable instalments that fits your budget. No interest, no catch and no hidden fees.

 

Secure Payments

Buy with confidence at Hotspots2c; payments up to ZAR150 000 is protected and bonded by SATSA Lost Advances Fund.  Mastercard & Visa credit card payments are processed securely online. If you'd like to make a secure transfer directly into our bank account, please contact us.

 

Rand Price Guarantee

Once you've reserved your tour the ZARand price will not change despite currency fluctuations. Bookings, refunds and Flexi Travel voucher values are all calculated in our local ZAR (South African Rand) as a base currency. Transaction values in your own currency could be affected due to bank fees and currency exchange fluctuations, but the ZARand value you reserved and paid for will never change.

 

 

 

more choices

Travel should be savoured, that's why we’ve done all the hard work for you, taking care of all of the little details so you can simply focus on having a good time. Our scheduled group tours are designed for solo travellers, couples, friends, adrenaline junkies and everyone else in-between, and include more sights, more activities and more spectacular places to stay with flexible free time. Every Hotspots2c tour package offers a variety of options to personalise your trip, from accommodation to optional activities. If you have a specific bucket list in mind, we can tailor-make your dream trip. 

 

Choose your Way 2 Stay:

  

COST SAVER STAY 

Overnight at backpacker hostels with a lively atmosphere. Dorm and bathrooms rooms are shared between the group but private rooms are on offer. 

COMFORT STAY

Stay at mostly cosy 3-star guest houses, usually situated away from the cost saver lively accommodation. Your private room offers an en-suite bathroom.

 

DELUXE or SUPERIOR STAY 

Stay at 4- or 5-star luxury guest houses or lodges. Imagine coastal villas, city pads, glamping camps, safari resorts and other unique places to stay. 

 

 

 

 

local guides, happy customers  

Travel is as much about the destination as it is about the people. We believe in superior customer service and personalised details. Our on-the-ground experts and tour guides are all locals and passionate about Southern Africa, providing in-depth knowledge and authentic experiences. With years of satisfied travellers’ appraisals and top-rated online reviews, it’s safe to say that we always go the extra mile when it comes to total customer satisfaction.

our own fleet

We can cater to any transport requirement with an extensive fleet of our own small wheel vehicles and access to larger coach solutions through a network of approved suppliers.2 x Quantum mini-coaches   (seat max 13 guests + driver) 

9 x Haice mini-coaches   (seat max 13 guests + driver) 

4 x RAV & BMW SUVs    (seat max 3 guests + driver) 

 

The benefits of having our own fleet include:

  • Independent flexibility and quality control.
  • Comprehensively insured R20 million Passenger Liability (Minimum R1 million per seat) and R5 million Public Liability per incident.
  • Serviced only by the authorised manufacturer as per the service interval requirements.
  • Update fleet periodically to ensure quality.
  • An onboard fleet management system with live satellite tracking, vehicle diagnostics and driver performance management and reporting.
  • An onboard communication device allows access to our 24/7 operations support team or passengers via mobile text and call technology.

  

 

 

be the change

We believe in travel that leaves positive footsteps in its wake, that's why part of your tour price is used to support local projects that make a positive, life-changing difference in the communities through which you travel. Celebrating our country’s diversity, we are firm believers in being the difference we’d like to see happen in the world and continuously challenge ourselves to bring about positive change whenever and wherever we can.

 

 

 

 

trusted & loved by many

Each year Hotspots2c safely carries over 7500 happy customers to the best spots Southern Africa and beyond has to offer. Every tour we design gets vetted to guarantee only the highest quality.

Our list of awards and achievements show our commitment to making travel accessible and easy for all. You can book a Hotspots2c tour with ease of mind, knowing that your payments are 100% secure as your money is bonded with SATSA and every detail is carefully planned. Our local support on the ground gives you 24/7 peace of mind that all your travel needs (and questions) are taken care of, leaving you to enjoy hassle-free travel. 

 

reviews & memberships

 

Tripadvisor Traveller Rating
1 057 reviews
Tripadvisor Ranking
#8 of 260 Food & Drink in Cape Town Central
Recent Traveller Reviews
  • “Amazing trip around the handsome Garden Road”
  • “A nice experience!”
  • “Great experience !”
  • “Wonderful tour to do!”
  • “A tantalizing taste of the Garden Route...”

  

  

 

 

contact us 

 

PHONE

+27 79 983 0812 

 EMAIL

bookings@hotspots2c.co.za

 

STREET ADDRESS

13 Gardner Williams Ave, Paardevlei, Somerset West, 7110, South Africa

Open weekdays. Please make an appointment in advance.

POSTAL ADDRESS

PostNet Suite 756, Private Bag X15, Somerset West, 7129

 

 

 

 

our team

Since 2007, the Hotspots2c team has been committed to making planning a trip as easy as possible. Our talented team, with an accumulative 150 years of travel industry experience, is dedicated to maximising your travel experience. By employing our collective skills and creativity we are able to design unique, unforgettable tour itineraries that, along with our own fleet of modern vehicles and diverse team of local guides, bring the magic of Southern Africa to life. 
  
Isaac Matlakeng
Tour Guide

Having been in the travel industry for 17 years I have come to know and love South Africa and all that it has to offer. I enjoy the easy going lifestyle and the rich culture. Traditional African music is one of my loves in life, as well as different languages, I can speak 11 local languages. If I’m not conversing in a foreign language I’m probably cracking jokes on the tennis court. I love making people feel at home in South Africa.

Maudi Hlongwana
Tour Guide

I have worked in the travel industry for 15 years now and my passion for travelling has only grown as the time has gone by. Locally, my favourite spot would have to be Durban, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, but if you lose me abroad, I’ll be enjoying the beaches of Mozambique’s Nyambane. I love sports, especially golf, and watching other people experience our beautiful country.

Ulrich Damon
Tour Guide

My nickname is GG – Gentle Giant – and I think it fits well as I was a former African Junior champion in Javelin throw, but I’m also a choir conductor. Life is all about balance. I love all kinds of sports and am passionate about travel. One of my favourite local spots is South Africa’s Ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn.

Liezel de Klerk
Tour Guide

I am a firm believer that we should go wherever the journey takes us. As an avid mommy-adventurer, I love discovering places right on our own doorstep. The Cape winelands are most definitely up there near the top of my list, as well as the many picturesque coastal treasures we have here in South Africa. A strong contender for my favourite international destination would have to be Thailand’s many islands!

Gerhard Pretorius
Tour Guide

Before I became a guide with Hotspots2c I spent many years training tour guides, so it’s safe to say that I LOVE the travel industry. I love being on the road and getting to see all that our beautiful country has to offer. While I am a scuba-diving enthusiast, I also love South Africa’s Kruger National Park and all it has to offer, we really do have something special in this country. Internationally, I’d have to say that Singapore is a firm favourite.

Xenny Yazbek
Tour Guide

I have travelled quite extensively in my 27 years of working in the tourism industry, but I have to say, South Africa will always be home. I love hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains and singing at the top of my lungs – “the hiiiiills are alive!” Only joking, but I did get the privilege to sing with the world famous Drakensberg Boys’ Choir when I was younger. I just love laughing and enjoying every moment life throws at me.

Uriel de Wee
Tour Guide

I love to seek out adventure and do everything I can for a challenge. Travel is one of the most rewarding ways to adventure and our world has so many unexplored places. Luckily for us, our beautiful country also has some serious gems. Tsitsikamma is one of my personal favourite local spots to explore, so many opportunities to hike, cycle and adventure, my cup of tea.

Johan du Toit
Owner & Founder

Travel was always something I wanted to do growing up and my first travel-related job was as a tour guide in Europe. From there I have gone on to travel to 60 countries and have lived in Australia, Scotland and France. When I started Hotspots2c it was pretty much just me and my bus, and the support of my family. When I’m not focused on work I’m with my family or can be found practising my French or reading with a glass of wine.

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Marc Whitmill
Marketing Director

I believe that hard work, determination and passion will take you where you want to go, and if you don’t apply those things to what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it. That's why, after my first job as a travel consultant in London back in 1999, I still find myself in the travel industry. When I'm not drinking beer I can usually be found participating in or training for an endurance event; cooking up gourmet dishes, or travelling through the Cape Winelands.

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Vicki-Ann Griebenauw
Operations

With 12-years of working for Lufthansa under my belt, I am often teased about my German efficiency – but that’s what helps me balance work and being a mother to two very busy teenage boys and keeping the family pets alive! As much as I enjoyed my time in Europe, I am very happy to be home and to be able to work in a company that allows for both work growth and having the time to spend with my boys.

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Nicolette Nel
Edu Groups

I have been in the Travel Industry since 2006, and have done a variety of jobs in the travel industry. As a mother of three the idea of travel as education has always interested me, and it was why I was happy to take on the challenge of creating edu-tours for young learners. My family time is also so very important to me and I love taking walks in nature with my kids and seeing the 'world' through their eyes, and watching movies with some good red wine and chocolates with my hubby.

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Benita Stroebel
Journey Designer

Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager for years, I've been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.

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Juanita Steyn
2cChange

Travel and Tourism is what I have a passion for, and studied it at University. From there I went on to work as a guesthouse manager, then on to work at a wine farm, and eventually joined Hotspots2c in 2013. Here my role has changed and developed, just as the company has. I now run the company’s non-profit organsitation – 2Cchange. It is fantastic to see how we are able to give back to the communities that we work closely with and travel through, simply by showing-off our beautiful country.

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Claire Marucchi
Custom Journeys

Firstly it is important for you to know that I literally cannot see a dog without stopping to stroke it. Right, with that out of the way, I have always thought that travel was an important way to learn about oneself, and that it allowed for growth and development. It’s also very exciting – which is why I started out working for a travel marketing agency before I joined the Hotspots2c Team. When I’m not working I’m usually creating decadent baking creations, enjoying music, or spending time with family and friends.

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Divan vd Westhuizen
Operations

I truly believe in karma and therefore believe that a person should always do the right thing – which I try to do every day at work and in my personal life. I also like to keep busy, and managing our guides and the logistics of all of our tours definitely does that. I really enjoy all kinds of sports, and keeping fit, which I think makes me better at everything that I do.

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Ferdi FJ Longland
Communications

Travelling the world, getting lost in dense forests or a jungle paradise inspires me. If I’m not behind my MacBook editing travel videos or uploading product content, I'm on the lookout for new adventures. Growing up on a farm instilled a deep passion for the great outdoors, so being close to nature will always be my happy place.

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Amanda Willemse
Logistics

Hotspots2c is my first travel job and I have loved every second of it. Even when it feels like I’m juggling balls of fire with my feet, while standing on my head. On the days that I’m not doing that, I am usually with family and friends, or busy helping to organise activities with my church (more juggling balls of fire). When I do have some time to myself though, I can be found spending hours completing crossword puzzles.

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Koos Avenant
Tour Guide

I have a very long history in the travel industry, exploring and guiding through the Cango Caves from when I was a mere 14 years old! Since then my love for travel has only grown, fueled by this spectacular country that I get to call home. My favourite destinations are the ones I have yet to explore and I am always up for an adventure. When I am not on the road, I love gardening, building projects and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

JP Huisamen
Tour Guide

A true adventurer at heart, I love the laid-back lifestyle. South Africa’s Wild Coast is one of my all time favourite spots and has some of the best waves. I love the outdoors and get a kick out of being able to show travellers the beauty of this country. As a keen bird-watcher myself, I love pointing out feathered treasures along my tour routes.

Neville St Clair
Tour Guide

Travel is a true passion of mine, as are people - and being a Hotspots2c guide affords me the privilege of living out both of these passions together! There’s nothing quite as cool as getting to explore incredible places with people and watch as they experience it all for the first time, making memories that will last a lifetime! They say “Do what you love, so that you can love what you do” and boy are they right! 

Denver Alexander
Tour Guide & Fleet Assistant

A people’s person at heart, I absolutely love the diversity that comes with the travel industry. From helping manage Hotspots2c’s ever growing fleet to ensuring that every guest has a truly memorable touring experience, I love going to extra mile to make a difference. When I’m not on the road with the fleet, you’ll find me at my local church serving the community. 

Catherine Barnard
Financial Officer

A lover of systems, numbers, (and wine), I am a true accountant at heart. I love bringing order and knowing that the finances at Hotspots2c are perfectly taken care of, while maintaining the balance and letting my hair down from time to time! When it’s time to unwind, I take to the trails and absolutely love training for endurance races and pushing my limits! 

Byron Cupido
Operations Assistant

I am a sucker for the peaceful outdoors and absolutely love spending time hiking and getting off the grid, exploring new places. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy the tourism industry so much, I love seeing people experience different places and cultures for the first time! One of my favourite local places to travel is Beaverlac in Porterville, where you’ll probably find me devouring a book or reminiscing about my old days as a saxophonist for Solms Delta.

TK - Thembelani Kwaza
Tour Guide

I am very interested in how people's environment, culture affect them personally. I love seeing someone experience something new for the first time in their life, but it's even more rewarding if I've help them experience it. I love South Africa and evolve and grow with our country. Travel is one of the best educations available, so one day I dream of running educational tours for students across our beautiful country. To me, travel is about connecting with people and nature, a connection more genuine can't be found.

Benita Stroebel
Custom Journeys

Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager for years, I've been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.

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Lizel Vogel
Reservations & Customer Care

Having left the corporate world of banking, I’m up for any challenge the fast paced tourism industry has to throw at me! As the friendly voice behind the Hotspots2c hotline, it’s my joy to help our travellers have an awesome South African experience. When I’m not manning the reservations lines, I can definitely be found snuggling up to my pup Luna, or indulging in a little Harry Potter fandom.

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You?

Are you keen to join our team?  Email your CV to trip@hotspots2c.co.za to be considered. 

FAQ

How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.
Benita Stroebel
Journey Designer

Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager for years, I've been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.

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