Hotspots2c vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

It was incredible!

5.0 December 2018
S
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I did the 15 Day Jozi to Cape Country of Contrasts tour, and it was incredible! We went everywhere from the mountains to the beach, historical sites, etc. I learned so much about the country, cultures, and history. There is also a lot of great (optional) adventures too- hiking, bungee jumping, horseback riding, etc. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Tour Hotspots2c Company Reviews

It was amazing

5.0 November 2018
J
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just ended our 4-day Watern Cape and Cape Peninsula tour and it was amazing. Our first time visit in South Africa was made wonderful by Hotspots2c very efficient travel officer Benita Sroebel and awesome guide Gerhard. Everything in the itinerary was followed with additional surprise from our guide Gerhard like the olive boutique. Nothing is so much trouble for him. He made sure that we were comfortable. and he even help in barbecueing out traditional braai dinner. Gerhard was funny, knowledgeable about places and animals. No dull moments during our travel. We saw many animals and he brought us to Swartberg pass, a beautiful mountain. When planning your next trip to South Africa, book at Hotspots2c and look for Benita Stroebel. She will guide you in planning and very quick to respond to my emails and queries. Request for Gerhard as your tour guide and you will have an unforgettable trip. Thank you Nita and Gerhard, from the bottom of our hearts. Gerhard, we hope to be with you again in our future trips.
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Tour Hotspots2c Company Reviews

Excellent tour

5.0 May 2018
K
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent tour company offering customised tours of the Western Cape and beyond. These guys really do go the extra mile.

Tour Hotspots2c Company Reviews

Tours 5 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 88 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Group Tours
Service Level Budget Standard
Regions
  • Africa
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Safari
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Somerset West, South Africa Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 2007 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Hotspots2c

        Founded in 2007, Hotspots2c offers several ways for travelers to experience the beauty of South Africa.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Owned by a South African, Johan Du Toit, who has a lot of experience in the travel industry, their focus is one hundred percent on the traveler and how to ensure they have the best experience of South Africa. This includes seeing the major sites while also venturing to places the locals enjoy.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Younger and middle aged travelers, will probably enjoy these tours the most. They provide many options and opportunities to personalize your journey, as well as make sure you have free time away from the group. This is perfect for adventurous travelers who enjoy having some planning input themselves.

        Where Do They Operate?

        Their tours are entirely focused in South Africa.

        Why Travel With Them?

        They strive to present many different and wonderful sides of South Africa, with a local focus. Their local guides want to hear from you on what you’d like to see and try their best to accommodate, so it’s a great company if you are visiting South Africa with an idea in mind of what you want to do.

        About Signature Collection by Gate 1

        A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.

        What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?

        These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.

        They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.

        The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.

        Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.  

        Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.

        While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.  

        Top Destinations

        They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

        Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style

        Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.

        Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.

        Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.

        All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.

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