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Friends of Dorothy Day Tours

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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About Friends of Dorothy Day Tours
I offer private day tours in and around Cape Town looking at things from a slightly different angle.So whether it is the traditional Peninsula, wine, cultural, culinary, gardens or historical tours or something different, ask me and I can work something out that best fits with your wishes and time available.
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Steven H wrote a review Jan 2020
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We are a group of two sets of partners so four adults and we booked Tim for a full day in the winelands visiting Stellenbosch and then Tokara for lunch and then back. The van was comfortable and the experience really thoroughly enjoyable. Tim was clever and witty and enabled us to change the tour as we went according to what we fancied. Very much recommend this. He also shared insights and routes that we could explore on our own, which we did.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Terence G wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
We had 2 tours booked, the Tin Man's Four Passes Tour and the Yellow Brick Road Tour of the Cape Winelands, and Tim managed to provide us with an amazing experience for both days. Tim is definitely one of the top guides I have ever met. He was able to share a wide variety of fun facts while on the drive to our destinations and always has a great way of delivering the information. He was also very pleasant and flexible with the tours and he makes a point to check what your interests are, or what you would like to see. On the tours, we were able to see the picturesque landscapes of Cape Town and were brought to vineyards with amazing views. We had lots of fun and always were wondering how the day passed so quickly. The Friends of Dorothy Day Tours is highly recommended for anyone who would like to learn more about Cape Town and have a great time doing it!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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suekat6143 wrote a review Nov 2019
Invercargill, New Zealand9 contributions3 helpful votes
Our group had 2 tours with Tim both of which were excellent. The reataurants were an excellent choice by Tim. He Taylor made our 2nd day as one of our party had expressed an interest in visiting a cheetah sanctuary. I would thoroughly recommend Tim as a tour guide, - I agree with another review which says he is the Wikipedia of Cape Town .
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Date of experience: November 2019
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snokim wrote a review Oct 2019
Calabasas, California1 contribution
Best tour guide ever! We travel frequently and have used many tour guides n our varied trips. Tim Freeman@friends for Dorothy was absolutely the best. He was outstanding and I would recommend him to anyone who is going to Cape Town. We were a group of 4 adults and hired Tim to take us through Cape Town and surrounding areas. We corresponded with him prior to our trip and he was unbelievably helpful in setting up our time. On the first day we went wine tasting in the Stellenbosch region as it was Sunday and Tim advised us that much in the city would be closed. We had an unbelievable day touring wineries. Tim was so knowledgeable about the region and wines we sampled. We soon learned his breadth of knowledge was vast. He could give us history as well as colorful information about South Africa which made it interesting and entertaining. We visited places I could not have imagined existed in Cape Town. As beautiful as anything I’ve seen in Tuscany. The next day we had a city walking tour. Again Tim’s knowledge was amazing. He knows where to stop and let us explore. He is acquainted with people in different sectors of the city who helped us understand Cape Town and the variety of people who live there. We took a tour of a township which was truly eye opening. On our last day with Tim we drove to The Cape of Good Hope. We stopped at Kristenbosch Gardens and were just blown away by his knowledge of plants. On our travels we saw baboons, ostrich, seals and a variety of other wild animals. The trip was so beautiful and interesting. Plus Tim timed it perfectly so we could make our dinner reservation at one of Cape Town’s finest restaurants. The one thing I may not have mentioned is Tim’s quick wit which makes touring with him so enjoyable. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guide in Cape Town
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TimFreeman, Owner at Friends of Dorothy Day Tours
Responded 18 Oct 2019
Thank you for the review. I enjoyed our time together, and you certainly kept me on my toes ! it is always a pleasure to share my beautiful part of the world.
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David K wrote a review Oct 2019
Calabasas, California152 contributions81 helpful votes
The Best guide in South Africa. Tim’s knowledge coverage such a wide breath of subjects he is a Wikipedia of knowledge on all things South African! We were lucky enough to book Tim for all three days (could have been busy for 6 or 7) of our private tours and each day was customized to our groups needs (four of us) and interests. The first day was wine tasting in the Stellenbosch where he planned a spectacular day of wine tasting. Our day included stops at Hartenberg which was just gorgeous and equally beautiful Rustenberg with wonderful wines and views and gardens. He booked our lunch at Delaire Graff Estate several months prior so we we able to sit outside and enjoy a view that was more beautiful than being in Tuscany or the Loire Valley. All the time Tim shared information about the history, custom, traditions and complicated political climate through the Dutch, British, apartheid and current times. His sense of humor was spot on and we enjoyed every minute together. He is a poet, historian, witty, thoughtful, and quick to improvise on the spot if needed. In short, everything one would want in a Tour Guide! Dinner at Babel was extraordinary and unique. But Tim is just as comfortable taking us to a street vendor and showing us the samosas at a corner stand are safe to eat as he is recommending some of the most wonderful dining experiences around town. We so enjoyed our second day walk around town culminating in the firing of the noon gun overlooking Capetown. One of the highlights of the second day was visiting a township called Langa. Experiencing township life with a local guide Tim arranged and learning about the daily hardships there and triumphs was extraordinary.. Our last day was another miracle of planning and perfect execution. We started out at Kirsteneosch Gardens. At first I was very reluctant to tour a garden but so glad I listened to Tim . These gardens are like nothing we have seen anywhere and Tim’s knowledge of everything green made it so interesting even for the non gardeners in our group. Walking high up along the canopy walk in the gardens was quite an experience. The Penguin experience was also quite special. Tim has so much information to share on so many subjects that even a visit to the Penguins becomes even more interesting and fascinating then you might expect (ask him to share the story of the Penguin rescue operation that captivated all Capetown a while back) The visit to the Cape of good hope was equally spectacular as we the scenic ride around the peninsula to view the 12 Apostils . Weather your group has a short attention span or longer one Tim instantly reads the group and adapts the tour to their needs and interests . Having taken many private tours around the world from Asia to India and Europe I can say unequivocally Tim stands head and shoulders above any other Tour guide I have ever hired and spent time with. If you are lucky enough to book him, I have no doubt you will be writing a similar review!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TimFreeman, Owner at Friends of Dorothy Day Tours
Responded 18 Oct 2019
My immediate response, on reading your review, was "I will respond to that Tomorrow" ! (In joke!) Wow - thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed it.
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