Gondola Rides in South Africa. What is a gondola and where can I do it in SA?
Gondolas are not something you would associate with South Africa as this flat bottomed boat has its origins in Venice where it has been used for hundreds of years as a way to get around. World class waterfront precincts, expedited by the 2010 Soccer World Cup, have been developed in some of our major cities including Cape Town and Durban providing new sparkling canals where many water based activities, like stand-up paddle boarding, can be enjoyed. The latest offering in the floating fun realm comes in the form of a venetian-style gondola operated by its very own gondolier.
This new urban adventure is safe, fun and can also be very romantic. Up to 5 guests can embark on a journey to explore and absorb the vibrant marine atmosphere of the waterfront canals from a comfortable seat on the gondola.
Many different occasions can be catered and customised for; for couples, families or friends. Fun birthday parties, romantic valentine’s outings with rose petals, champagne and a ‘message in a bottle’ and team building gondola-centred games are all options on offer, as well as evening gondola rides where the magic of the lit up night-scape makes for a completely different experience. Imagine proposing to your loved one, on a rose-petal strewn gondola, your own private musician playing your partners favourite song, the lights of the city adding magic to your moment.
A gondola ride is also just a great way to relax and get away from the busyness of the city without even having to get out of it! Water is a very calming element and the clean, clear canals with their many fish inhabitants and the sea-birds wheeling over you will provide you with a quick, easy break from the bustle of your normal life.