Petday – Nairobi Visited December 2014
Thank you Martin so much for an amazing 3 days of touring. As promised, you tailored the days to cater beautifully for our diverse family needs- daughters in late teens plus an overly active young son. You were extremely punctual, patient, funny and with a wealth of knowledge. You exceeded the usual touristy guide expectations and took us to some hidden gems.Thank you for the best eat out and shopping tips- you were right by the way about where we could get exclusive stuff. An incredible tour guide.
Happytravellers1950 Visited February 2015
We are so pleased that we chose Martin Fine’s tours. In three days we did the Cape Peninsular, Stellenbosch wine tour, and a Cape Town city tour. It was packed with so much interesting information and lots of fun. Martin is a superb guide, who is so knowledgable and friendly. We feel as if we got to know the area so well. We are so pleased we chose this way of seeing the sites as it was far more cost effective than a DIY approach. I would recommend Martin’s tours to anyone who wants a stress free and fun site seeing tour. We are sad to say goodbye to Cape Town, but we will definitely come back and tour with Martin again as there is so much more to see and do.
My husband is an ethnomusicologist who had travelled to Cape Town area for a business meeting; I was along for the ride because, hey, Cape Town! After his meeting, he had one further quest: to track down a specific musical instrument. We had no interest in renting a car and taking ourselves around an unfamiliar city so I contacted Martin at Cape Fun Tours to act as our driver to various music shops in Cape Town. I was a little sheepish when I first contacted him because I actually didn’t know much about Cape Town area and therefore didn’t really have a touristy agenda. I didn’t have much direction to offer except for the addresses of 2 shops and that we’d like to see Table Mountain. He was very gracious and agreed to escort us.
The quality of his service was clear from the moment we got into the car. For starters, he showed us that we had been unknowingly staying at a historically significant site in Simons Town area. As he drove us toward our first musical destination, he pointed out aspects of every area we drove through. History, geology, botany… Martin proved to be a wealth of local information. It was kind of uncanny, really. I mean, we weren’t on a regular tour route. We had just wanted to get from point A to point B. But he turned it into an actual tour, one customized to our peculiar interests but seamlessly conducted. At one point on our path, we actually experienced a disappointment in that my husband was unable to test the instrument he had been looking for. As a result, our quest felt derailed for a moment. But Martin took it in stride and kept the tone positive. He lifted our spirits, helped us to locate another option and, as always, pointed out all the interesting things we would have missed otherwise along the way. And when we went up on Table Mountain, he helped us make the most of our time even guiding us to the best places to stand in the cable car for the rotating view; brilliant. An experience of a lifetime
We had only planned to go with him for a single day but, by the end of it, we were glad that we had one unscheduled day remaining for our South Africa trip… so we could book him for another day! Again, he did not disappoint but took us to see sights that we had not even known about, let alone known to plan for. I highly recommend his services and will not hesitate to book him again if I find myself back in Cape Town area.
We booked the peninsula tour on our last day in Cape Town and it was excellent! Martin, our guide, knew every answer to our questions and always had an interesting or funny story to tell. Comfy and modern van with a British gentleman as driver and guide, what else can you expect! Thank you very much the tour, you made our day
Eshinee & Rob Veit 2014-10-14 09:45
Thanks, Martin! It was lovely to meet you as well. I truly hope that we will be able to tour with you again in the future. You truly made the most of our last 2 days in the Cape.
All the best,
Eshinee (& Rob
Hutchkinson Family 2014-09-28 16:35
Thank you Martin for a wonderful 3 days. We originally booked a wine tour with one of the big operators, what a mistake, the guide knew nothing. On complaining to the hotel they recommended Capefuntours – Martin, what a difference. We learnt so much. We enjoyed the experience so much we booked Martin for an extra 2 days. Martin is passionate and caring, nothing was too much trouble. Having experienced wine tours in France, Italy and USA Martin beats them all. He even organised a barrel tasting and we got to blend our own Hutchkinson Bordeaux Blend Red. Thank you Martin for everything. We shall certainly recommend you to everyone.
Jeanne & Flo 2014-07-29 15:58
Flomar and I arrived back in the US and already miss our time in Cape Town with you! We’ve been telling so many people about the wonderful time we had learning about the history from an expert (that’d be you!) and seeing so many beautiful parts of the Cape area.
And, we’re already looking into how we can get our hands on some Hamilton-Russel l Pinot!
You mentioned you have a few pictures you can send us, which would be great. I know you also said something about sending you pictures and/or posting comments somewhere. Did you have a page you wanted us to post on so we can add to your lengthy fan list?! Let us know and we’ll do so!
Thank you again for a lovely trip!
Jeanne & Flo
PS – hope you’re enjoying that brandy…althou gh we’re guessing it may already be consumed :)
Jennifer Anders 2014-07-23 16:39
Thank you again for a great 2 1/2 days of touring! We really enjoyed it and only wish we’d had more time to explore Hermanus and the wine region – but the whales were a highlight and I loved the little beach towns down the peninsula.
Until next time……we’ll try to send business you way
Atkinson Family 2014-07-14 21:29
What an absolutely delightful gentleman you are… And soooooooooo knowledgeable about the Cape!
We did’t know what to expect…. But what ever it was…. You did so much more! We all had a fantastic day out touring the cape with you and learned so much! Thank you for such a brilliant day and making one of our days holiday so very special and unforgettable.
From Dave, Em, Chloe and Joe ( who will be back one day to refill their little jars I have no doubt!!)
Peter & Sally Cole 2014-06-23 09:01
On behalf of the Cole Crowd we all appreciate the effort you went to make all of us happy. Cape Town, thanks to you, Martin, was the highlight of our 3 weeks in Africa. I hope you like the photos. I have passed on your info to friends who are now thinking of coming out. We are opening the Pinotage tonight and will drink to you!! 😆 ;-)
FRED 2014-06-09 08:11
Thank you Martin for a wonderful 5 days. The highlight will always be our walking with the elephants. Your enthusiasm, profound knowledge and sense of humour is much appreciated. We certainly recommend Capefuntours as the best way to explore the Cape.
John, Alex, Carol & Timmy
Natalie and James 2014-05-12 18:29
We had the pleasure of having Martin guide us and take us out for 2 full days. The first day we went to Simon Town to see the penguins and the history of the town, Cape point with spectacular views and baboons, lunch at a lovely fish place in Houts Bay and a little tour of the city. The second day we went on a wine tour and this was fantastic. The wineries are truly beautiful and we were looked after very well by Martin and the Estates, we even went chocolate tasting. We had lunch again and a fantastic setting at Roca, food is amazing and a view to die for. Martin is very knowledgable and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Martin truly loves what he does and will take you to the best places. The people vehicle Martin has which he will drive you round in is luxurious and extremely comfortable and big. When I head back to Cape Town I will be using Martin again to take us about. I strongly recommend using him. Thank you Martin for a great couple of days.
The Broderick Family 2014-01-23 06:30
So much to see but never enough time. Martin you were so right. Our only regret is we only booked you for 3 days. Yes, we will recommend your services and thank you for the Table Mountain Fresh Air. I have placed it with the silver in the lounge cabinet. We will keep in touch. 😀 😆 :-)
Carol and Jenny 2014-01-21 08:51
Anyone reading this must know that Martin is the best. Our only regret is that we only booked you for 2 of our 5-days in Cape Town. Your attention to detail, knowledge and humour really entertained us. Martin, you are a fountain of knowledge and we will tell everyone about Capefuntours providing you keep your promise to refill our bottles of Table Mountain Air.
Lots of Love
The Aussie Birds
The Boultons 2014-01-21 08:45
Thank you Martin for making the Cape Town leg of our Xmas holiday the highlight of our African trip. Do please visit us when you next visit Oxford. We shall certainly recommend Capefuntours to all our friends. We will keep in touch through Facebook.
Will & Esme Stops 2013-06-06 12:03
I just wanted to say a big thanks for looking after us so well. We would have never have got to see so much under our own steam. We really enjoyed the Cape area and we will be back in the future [ in the summer }. I hope you have a good winter and that you stay busy,
Mr & Mrs Guest 2013-10-22 14:30
Just a quick note to say thank you for your excellent tours. We thoroughly enjoyed the two days we spent with you. Your encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiasm make all the difference! We will be sure to pass your name on to any friends who head in your direction.
Rubin Family 2013-05-16 17:12
Thank you, Martin for 7 fantastic days. Our close friends the Simons reccommended you and we are so glad we took their advice. We enjoyed all your tours but perhaps the most memorable was our 2 days in Knysna. Janine sends her love and says she really enjoyed your book, The Lost Stradivarius. If we ever plan a trip to South Africa again you will be the first person we contact.
Nikola 2013-02-16 08:04
Thank you Martin for a Great Day at Cape Point and for being the perfect guide – Nikola, Larissa and Rebecca from Germany thursday 14th February.
Dr Budwar & Dina 2013-01-14 18:38
Thank you so much for such an entertaining trip. You amazed us with your local knowledge of South Africa. Your book Children of Apartheid is brilliant and I cant wait to start the next one of the Crystal Skull. Many thanks and looking forward to using you again, next year when we return.
Collins & DeVries Families 2013-01-09 11:26
Thank you Martin for helping to make our Christmas in Cape Town so special. We particularly enjoyed your story telling and the way you brought the history of South Africa alive, we learnt so much. Our good friends the Hughes Family will be contacting you to arrange their visit in November. Harry is enjoying Children of Apartheid and says I must wait to read it until he has finished. Best Wishes.
The Freytag Family 2012-12-28 01:06
The four of us had a fantastic three-day personalized tour covering the Cape, City and Wine country. Martin was amazingly knowledgeable and great fun. We could not recommend Capefuntours more highly!
John & Gail Cadwell 2012-12-25 23:18
Found Martin on line and was a little since he was so far away. Needn’t have worried, 100% reliable. He put together a custom tour for us to do the game drive and visit some wineries. Very knowledgeable about the country and wines. A most enjoyable day. Highly recommended!
The Dawkins Family 2012-12-24 12:48
Our friends the Philips reccommended you and we are so glad we took their advice. Martin thank you so much for making our Cape Town experience the best part of our African trip. We agree with you “Cape Town so much to see and so much to do but never enough time.” We will contact you to plan our next visit and keep writing!!!
Carl VT 2012-12-20 21:28
Thank you very much for making our tour of the Cape Peninsula so enjoyable and memorable. Your personal touch was particularly appreciated. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Dr. Philip Solar 2012-12-20 17:00
To sum up the tour with (cafefuntours), would be informative, enlighting, exciting, a truly great experience. I have been to Cape town before but never was on a tour that really was all encompassing/ I recommend the above completely. Great trip, very informative, and exiting. One of the best trip in South Africa. Highly recommend