The only complaint I have is with BA the flight to Cape Town was 2 hours late, in flight films not working properly and very poor service on board and coming back they ran out of cooked breakfast so not impressed. DialAFlight as usual delivered a high quality service so many thanks.
The service from DialAFlight was superb as usual, however KLM let us down badly by cancelling our first flight 40 mins before takeoff, which meant we missed our connecting flight to SA and had to be re-booked on a different airline.
Only suggestion is that next we fly to Cape Town we'll go direct rather than transfer through Jo'Burg as Virgin out of LHR was delayed on take off by an hour because of de-icing. And with the delays at Jo'Burg immigration it was very tight to catch the connecting flight!
All promptly and professionally handled as usual. No hitches and I left knowing that every last detail had been sorted for me.
Knowing that DialAFlight are there for me should any problems occur is worth its weight in gold. You have come to my rescue before, and for that I will be eternally grateful, and so highly recommend your services for the peace of mind it gives.
Our requests and needs were promptly addressed and met. Thank you Marshall.
Excellent service as always. Jackson went above and beyond with his customer service excellence.
Dexter did a really good and caring job for me.
Great service with excellent after sales personal service.
I was immensely grateful for some very speedy help in changing a flight - especially from halfway round the world. And on a Sunday!
Used you three times now.
Staff helpful, approachable and easy to contact.
Courteous and helpful throughout. Will use them again.
Really helpful staff and clear paperwork
Reid was creative in finding the flight and responded quickly when asked about a change. Overall excellent work.
We just want to say thank you to William, Neil and all the team who've never, in all the years we've been dealing with them, let us down.
I requested several different quotes for different places as I changed my mind on a destination. Each request was provided in a most helpful, courteous, and complete manner. Full marks!
Britz car rentals are the only company to have their large logo on the side of vehicles in SA. This advertises that you are a tourist and attracts people like bees to a honeypot. The service was excellent but something to be aware of.
Debbie you’ve done it yet again, thank you
Thank you so much again for a terrific experience. Sophie, Helen and Tyler for all of their constant professionalism, kindness and care. Love you guys.
Hadn’t thought of using an airline from Gatwick. Your suggestion to use Thomas Cook was great. Comfortable seats with reasonable space and well trained staff. A very good recommendation, thank you for your help.
Compliments to Edward for his helpfulness in what could have been an awkward glitch in our arrangements.
All communication and customer services were excellent, will definitely use again.
Everything went smoothly, as usual
Wonderful trip both ways. Will definitely book with you again for my trip in Aug/Sept this year. I liked the way I was kept updated re boarding gates /schedules
It is always a pleasure to deal with you. Everyone is always so friendly and helpful and you always get me the best deal. I feel very confident that everything will go to plan when it’s been arranged by you and I wouldn’t use anyone else.
From booking my flight and right up to my departure date you guys were brilliant. A massive thank you to Danny who always give me excellent service. Will be back to book my next holiday with you soon.
Thanks Zac. As always you were great.
I am very glad I spoke to Shelley - she ensured my flight was fabulous AND affordable!
Liked the personal touch and excellent customer service, thanks
When the French astronomer Abbe Louis de la Caille made it to the top of Table Mountain in 1750, he observed no fewer than 10,000 stars and was so impressed that he named a whole constellation (Mons Mensae) after this iconic slab of stone.
Today, you're likely to see almost as many tourists coming and going on the cable car or huffing and puffing on foot. But that's no excuse not to join them – because once you get there the crowds become insignificant in such an exhilarating setting.
We had allocated 45 minutes to wander about on the massive plateau, but it soon became almost two hours – and still, like Moses, we were reluctant to come down from the mountain.
There's so much to do up there. You can hike, picnic, study the rock rabbits (hyraxes), admire the spiky plants that thrive with little in the way of soil, practise yoga, grow tipsy on the champagne air and even abseil down it if you dare. And, of course, you can survey the scene from every angle: oceans to the left, oceans to the right, beaches down below, cloudless skies up above, Cape Point somewhere in the distance.
I was last here 21 years ago, a few months before the first democratic elections were held – and the transformation is astonishing.
The waterfront, buzzing with shops and restaurants, is a little too California for me, but it's one of the city's great success stories. By comparison, the town centre is still sleepy during the day and has largely avoided a full chi-chi makeover. When our guide said we were off to the bus terminal not far from the impressive old City Hall building, it was a case of following on trust.
Our reward was an introduction to a chef called David, one of several who run kitchens housed in cramped wooden shacks. Lunch here is ten times cheaper than on the waterfront and, somehow, ten times more atmospheric.
But perhaps our best meal was at trendy Test Kitchen, presided over by Luke Dale-Roberts, probably South Africa's most celebrated chef. We stayed 30 minutes out of town for our first two nights, at Steenberg Farm in Constantia, the oldest vineyard (1682).
The whole place – its lush golf course, excellent bistro (wine tastings aplenty), intimate spa, manor house and colonial-style rooms – exudes charm and calm. Cape Town is a bubble compared with the rest of the country – and locals of every creed and colour seem to know that.
I detected no smugness, no sense of entitlement. Rather, an acute awareness that this is a work in progress. And just as the physical backdrop plays such a huge part here, so too does the political backdrop.
I couldn’t find anyone with a good word to say about President Jacob Zuma. Some think he could be gone within 12 months, despite his term officially having almost four more years to run.
Visiting a country that remains on a political knife-edge is exhilarating – and I was very much struck by how Nelson Mandela still has such a powerful influence; always will. His presence is everywhere: on street names, on billboards and, crucially, within the hearts of all South Africans.
We made the pilgrimage to Robben Island, where he spent 18 of his 27 years in captivity, joining a tour led by a fellow former inmate. It could be so much more interesting than it is, but if you've never done it, you must.
Visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town is a good idea, too. Then head back to the city via the False Bay villages of Kalk Bay (lunch at Harbour House was sensational and we loved the ramshackle shops), St James and Muizenburg, the latter described as the St Tropez of Cape Town, which may or may not be a compliment.
The swimming is colder on the west side of the Cape, but the views better. We stayed at the fabulous Cape View Clifton, which opened two years ago and has only seven rooms, all facing the ocean, all whites and greys, with soulful art and comforts of every kind.
It's a glorious spot high above the beach, with Camps Bay round the corner. A beach house that feels more like a home than hotel. You help yourself to drinks and jot it down; guests wander about in the kitchen chatting to the cheerful staff; no one wears shoes.
The sunset on our last night was the colour of the rosé swishing about in our huge wine glasses. We drank deeply on both counts, painfully aware that the morning would bring a hangover made worse by the thought of flying home.