CAPE TOWN TOUR OPTIONS
Cape Town is a great base from which to explore the stunning surrounds in the rest of the province. Whether you want to go on safari, visit the Cape Winelands, or just take in the amazing scenery the Western Cape has to offer, there’s plenty to see and experience no matter your interests. Here are our five favourite excursions from Cape Town.
Enjoy any of these tours when based in Cape Town - Pick your favorites, or reference your itinerary
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Spend the day at leisure at world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront…So much to do and see!
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. More than 80 restaurants bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisines – there is just so much to do, so much to discover.
The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbor, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbor began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)
If you're interested in visiting Robben Island, you'll find the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront.
Cape Peninsula & Cape point tour
In a nutshell...Cape Point has got to be one of the world’s most beautiful promontories, with its cliffs rising high above the waves that crash at its base. The scenery from here is truly magical, with endless views of the ocean. Seabirds nest in the cliffs high above turquoise waters, and tiny hidden beaches are tucked into private alcoves.
- Visit scenic Peninsula Area… See the Southwestern most point of Africa!
- Travel along both coastlines with lovely views
- Visit Hout Bay Harbor with optional boat trip to see Cape Fur Seal Colony
- See African Jackass penguins at Boulders Beach
- Visit Cape Of Good Hope Reserve - do the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet here?
- See the Southwestern most point of Africa
Cape Peninsula Tour commences with a scenic drive to Hout Bay via the spectacular Clifton Beach and Camps Bay (maybe you can spot a celebrity or two at one of their side walk cafes!). At Hout Bay Harbor, which is a quaint fishing village, you have the option to board a boat and view the Cape Fur Seals on Duiker Island. You’ll spot the famous dassies (rock hyrax), along with other small animals, and can take the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top lighthouse for panoramic views that look like something from a postcard.
Chapman's Peak drive is not to be missed, which ever way you do it is absolutely magnificent.On the way, you’ll travel along the False Bay Coast, a stretch of beach-side suburbs like Kalk Bay, where you’ll find innumerable bars and restaurants as well as little antique shops and art galleries. You’ll also pass Simon’s Town, where you can get up close to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach and take a dip with the creatures....
Did I mention the penguins? The soft white sand and warm(ish) waters are not the only reasons why 60 000 visitors a year make their way along the coast, past Simon’s Town, to Boulders Beach. The local inhabitants – and I’m talking about the little tuxedoed chaps here – know how to pull the crowds.
African Penguins – formerly known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying – are the only penguins found on the continent. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast to Port Elizabeth; however, few places offer as remarkable a viewing point as Boulders Beach.When the penguins first came to False Bay in 1983 from Dyer Island, which is near Gansbaai, there was plenty for them to eat and so the colony grew rapidly. In recent years, however, commercial fishing, marine pollution and habitat destruction have negatively affected the size of the colony. In 1910, it was estimated that there were approximately one-and-a-half million African Penguins; a century later, the aquatic bird was classified as an endangered species. These days there are only a paltry 26 000 breeding pairs left in the whole world!
One of the very popular stops is at Jubilee Square in Simon's Town looking out at the South African Naval base and the yachts moored at the Yacht Club. Here you will hear all about a wily old sea dog called “Just Nuisance”.
Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora. At Cape Point you have the option of taking the Funicular to the Lighthouse.
The Cape of Good Hope is a promontory off of the southern tip of South Africa. It is mistakenly thought of as the southernmost point of Africa and the spot where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The true southernmost point of Africa is at Cape Agulhas, located on the Garden Route of South Africa over 200 km away.
Table Mountain & city tour
Drive through the 'Mother City' and see the Castle Good Hope, Houses of Parliament, Greenmarket square and other sites...Visit scenic Peninsula Area… take a picture from the Southwestern most point of Africa!
Weather permitting, you can take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain
This full day tour will give you an opportunity to orientate yourself in our beautiful mother city, Cape Town. What better way to do this then from the majestic Table Mountain. From this platform you will see the city of Cape Town stretching out below you, False Bay extending from Cape Point in the distance, to Cape Hang Klip and the majestic mountains of the Cape Wine lands. On descending the mountain you will be driven through the streets of the thriving city of Cape Town, thronging with different cultures and traditions.
Table mountain cable car fees excluded ( approx. $30) - weather permitting. Evening at leisure ...explore the Victoria & Alfred waterfront located nearby!
Visit The Castle of Good Hope which is the oldest building in the country and home to a few ghosts from the Castle’s very interesting past, as well as to the William Fehr Collection of outstanding historical artworks and antique furniture dating back to the 1800’s. Take a leisurely walk through the Company Gardens, originally the vegetable and fruit orchard which supplied the passing ships. Green Market Square offers a lively flea market with a variety arts and crafts, clothing and curios. You will be exposed to one of the darker eras of past South African History, during the tour through District Six.
There are some very fascinating cultural diversity when we meander through “Die Bo Kaap” previously known as the Cape Malay District. From there you have the following choices:
Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where there are more plant species than in the entire United Kingdom! A lovely way to spend an afternoon learning about our amazing flora and scenic views of the mountain!
We take a visit to Rhodes Memorial for some fascinating history and some splendid views of the City of Cape Town.
Groot Constantia is always a good way of soaking up some history, lovely views and again some very good wine!
Optional activity: Board a Ferry to Robben Island where you will be shown Nelson Mandela’s cell and learn about the island’s past.
Adapt the Mother City tour for the children by adding a few of the following:
- Replacing Robben Island with a boat ride around the Harbor.
- A visit the Two Oceans Aquarium.
- A walk up the Green Point Lighthouse (a bit scary, but you will love it!).
- The City tour for the adventurous. We can enjoy half a day of culture and history and spend the rest of the day doing a few of the following activities:
For the brave, abseil down Table Mountain!
Enjoy a spectacular helicopter flip over the Peninsula!
Savor a sun-downer aboard a yacht on a cruise along the coast! For the more extremely adventurous go Paragliding off Lions Head! The possibilities are endless!
Cape Winelands Tour: Stellenbosch
Framed by sun-splashed vineyards and craggy mountain peaks, the picturesque valleys of the Cape Wine lands are famous for their grand old estates, pretty little towns, award-winning restaurants and - of course - for their wine!
An easy hour’s drive from Cape Town, a Cape Wine lands holiday perfectly complements a stay in one of the world’s favorite cities...
Simon van der Stel arrived at the Cape as commander in 1679 and soon after was appointed its first governor. Later that year he undertook his first tour of inspection, which brought him to ‘the most charming valley he had ever seen' - the Stellenbosch winelands.So enchanted was he that he set up camp in a grove he named Stellenbosch, and there decided to establish a second settlement after Cape Town. He grew to love the town, spending his birthdays there. And he ordered the planting of the oaks, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Eikestad, or ‘town of oaks'. Today these massive trees shade the historic Dorp Street, which runs through the well-preserved old town.
While initially established as a centre to produce fruit and vegetables, van der Stel had a hunch that its Mediterranean climate would be ideal for wine growing. He was right.
There are more than 20 wine-growing regions surrounding Cape Town but the term Cape Wine lands generally refers to the three most popular: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, each set in rolling countryside with spectacular Alpine-style views.
The Stellenbosch winelands are considered to be the capital of the South African wine industry. The romantic town of Stellenbosch it is the second oldest town in South Africa. Gorgeous scenery, old Cape Dutch houses and picture perfect streets lined with old oak trees one can easily get lost in this quaint little town.
Stellenbosch is best known for its award winning Wines with numerous wine tours on offer.With more than 60 estates currently operating, it's the leading centre for viticulture and viticultural research. Prestigious restaurants, cosy bistros, al fresco cafes and student pubs, Stellenbosch has it all, a food and wine connoisseur’s heaven. Have a picnic with the family; packed baskets are available for sale at numerous wine farms. Seasonal Strawberry picking is another favourite and for the more adventurous and active, a variety second to none. Many of these estates boast state of the art wine cellars, wine tasting facilities and some of the region’s top restaurants. Stellenbosch recently won the “Wine Town of the Year Award” for 2011 by the influential Swedish wine club Munskänkarna, the first time this award has gone to a wine region outside the European borders.
Wander the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, stopping in at art galleries and quaint coffee shops, or take your pick from the many excellent restaurants.Your day will include a visit to Tokara estate, Delaire Graff and some surprises o the way.
- Visit the main wine producing areas of South Africa.
- Visit historic town of Stellenbosch.
- Cellar tour and wine tasting.
- Visit picturesque Franschhoek surrounded by striking mountains.
- More shopping/browsing in shops unique to this town.
Cape Winelands Tour (Franschoek)
Franschhoek Valley is one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the whole world with its senses of intimacy and mystery...
Situated just 45 minutes from Cape Town, is the French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek. Nestled in a rich and fertile valley between majestic mountains, the Franschhoek winelands is world-renowned for its spectacular beauty, French heritage and superb wines.
Franschhoek was originally known as the 'Valley of the Huguenots', as a result of a community of French Huguenots that settled in this valley over three centuries ago. Today many of the wine farms still bear the original French names and the beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, which pays homage to its history.
Considered the culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek boasts some of the best restaurants in the country. This exclusive winelands town, situated just 75 kilometres from Cape Town, is famed for its Huguenot heritage, exquisite Cape Dutch architecture, prestigious wine estates (many of which include luxury accommodation), and an ever-expanding foodscape that includes world-class restaurants and fabulous cafés. Dotted with wine farms, many being of French origin, this is where the original French Huguenots settled in South Africa around 1692. Nowadays this little town is booming with the good vibrations of fine wine, great dining and gorgeous scenery.
Set right in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is home to some of South Africa's oldest and most famous wine estates such as Chamonix, Boschendal, L'Ormarins and Haute Cabriere. Wine tours from Cape Town offer visitors the opportunity to relax and taste a variety of fine wines while enjoying the exquisite surroundings of the Franschhoek Winelands.
Franschhoek streets are lined with a wonderful collection of art and antique shops, galleries, African curio shops and coffee shops. Food connoisseurs will also find a delicious choice of award-winning and widely acclaimed restaurants in and around the town.
Visit the Cheetah Outreach center... Meet and spend time with the Cheetahs up close and personal! Other animals also available here are cereals, caracals, meerkats, bat-eared foxes and jackals.
It took 4 million years of evolution for the cheetah to become the exceptional animal it is today and only 100 years for man to place it on the endangered list. Now the fastest land animal in the world is losing its most important race: the race for survival.
Hermanus Scenic tour
Hermanus is one of the most picturesque towns in the country and is blessed with spectacular natural views of the ocean and mountains.
Contributory factors to the success of the town are the natural scenic beauty, the mild climate, the range of outdoor activities available, and the close proximity to Cape Town, with Hermanus being a mere80 km from the Cape Metrople. The ideal base from which to explore the Western Cape and the Cape Overberg.
Hermanus has something for everyone. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve has over 40 km of walks, ranging from moderate to strenuous walks in the beautiful mountains which form an imposing backdrop to the town. The 14 km of unique cliff walks recently incorporated into the nature reserve boast a variety of coastal fynbos and birdlife (See Hermanus Hiking Trails).
The pristine stretches of beach offer solitude to the walker and boating activities abound in the Kleinriver Lagoon, renowned for its birdlife. Invigorating horse rides along the beach appeal to all ages. The Hermanus Golf Course is well known and curious baboons create a diversion as they silently observe the players.
The Old Harbour complex in Hermanus offers the visitor an insight into Hermanus' past as a Fisherman's village and marine life. Hermanus and neighbouring towns Onrus and Stanford are the residence of a variety of artists, from watercolours, to writers, potters and crafters. Excellent jewellery is produced and crafts of a high standard can be purchased at the popular Craft Market at Lemm's Corner.
The Hermanus Wine Route, the southernmost in Africa, produces top quality, world renowned wines. Hermanus is firmly established on the Epicurean map with its myriad of restaurants, fine wine, fresh vegetables cheese and fish. Today Hermanus remains a thriving holiday resort offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman's village charm.
Get up close to the Giants of the Sea..The Southern Right Whale is a baleen whale that can grow up to 15 meters in length and weigh up to 47 tonnes. They are closely related to, and indistinguishable from, North Atlantic and North Pacific right whales; however they are unable to cross the warm equatorial waters and interact with other subspecies.
The whales spend the summer months in the far Southern Ocean and migrate northwards in the winter. More than 100 whales visit the Hermanus area during this time. Whale watchers might see behaviour unique to the Southern Right Whale known as “sailing”. They use their elevated flukes to catch the wind; it is thought to be a form of playing for them. Note that whale watching season is typically between June - DecemberAn incredible opportunity to get within meters of the Southern Right Whales, this boat based activity will take you into the waters of Walkers Bay. Boat excursions follow a strict set of regulations to ensure they don’t disturb these gentle denizens of the sea. This is an unforgettable encounter, with whales often surfacing within meters of the boat. In addition to the whales; huge schools of dolphins, seals and wide variety of birdlife are also often seen on these trips. Whale watching season usually stretches from June to mid-December.
Scenic day tour:
Leave from Cape Town around 08:30 am.Drive over Sir Lowry’s Pass.The N2 winds its’ way past the verdant Cape Winelands and then onto the flat plains of Somerset West. The road then rises to make its way through Sir Lowry’s Pass; a scenic mountain pass that crosses the Hottentots-Holland Range. At the start of the pass you can look back for a panoramic view at the low-lying area that stretches out towards Cape Town.
Drive along R44 Coastal Road.The scenic stretch of coast between Hermanus and Somerset West is known as the Cape Whale Coast because of many opportunities for spotting these amazing creatures. Along this pristine stretch are a rustic collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays and coves.
This is a stunning natural area that is a key eco-conservation area. As we travel up this stretch of coast you can relax and enjoy South Africa’s spectacular scenery.
A little way down the coast is the seaside village of Betty’s Bay. Sitting on a narrow strip of land which is sheltered by the Kogelberg Mountains on one side and looking out to the ocean on the other; Betty Bay is home to a thriving fishing community. It also holds one of only three land based penguin colonies in South Africa.
The African Penguin more commonly colonise off-shore islands and are the only species of penguin that breeds in this area of the world. The first nest here was noticed in 1982 and the area was soon fenced off to protect the colony. You will be able to see these enthralling birds at play via a well-constructed wooden walkway. These cheerful and boisterous creatures have been placed on the endangered list after seeing a 90% population decline over the last 60 years.
After a day exploring the charming towns and amazing marine life around Cape Town we will return to the city in comfort and style.
Cape Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tour
Wine, nougat, Chocolate & cheese...Can it get any better?
Start the day with a visit to Villiera Estate - we take a look behind the scenes with a cellar tour followed by..... Wait for it!
Bubbly & Nougat tasting! Depart on a unique safari game drive through the estate.A number of mammals have been introduced in the Wildlife Sanctuary: Springbuck, Kudu, Giraffe, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Bush Pig, Burchell's Zebra, common Duiker, Steenbuck and Grysbok.
The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Koelenhof and access is gained through Villiera's vineyards. A game drive through the 220 hectares lasts approximately two hours. What a way to start the day!
Lunch is going to be an 8 course Tappas/Wine tasting
The main concept behind pairings is that certain elements (such as texture and flavor) in both food and wine interact with each other, thus finding the right combination of these elements will make the entire dining experience
Moving on to the Chocolate/Wine experience at Waterford Wine estate.Depart on a unique three hour trip on a safari type vehicle...This experience allows the chance to to taste our award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin. The wine tasting will be accompanied by various light snacks, which are well suited to pair with the individual wines. The experience will end off with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting, back at the winery.
The Wine and Chocolate Tasting is a unique flavour experience. Kevin Arnold together with, Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wine, results in a flavour sensation unlike any other.
Last stop of the tour - arrive at Fairview Winery - a Nine course paired Master Cheese/wine experience awaits you!
The Fairview Master Wine Tasting showcases the estates top wines. These wines are made from grapes from the Paarl wine region. Once again this also a hot region. They boast a large range of wonderful wines and are most famous for their Shiraz. The range is however extensive and the cheeses will be paired with a combination of white and red wines. Fairview is the largest producer of speciality cheeses in South Africa. Every week they change the wines and cheeses they are pairing. On this visit you enjoy 8 cheeses paired with 8 wines.
The perfect end to the perfect day !
All tours in Cape Town area are privately guided tours in a luxury mini van.
Great What Cage Diving
Need an adrenalin rush...look no further!
Sharks are quite possibly the world's most feared animals. From the smallest sand shark to the enormous whale shark,they are sleek, muscled, and some are almost as agile as a dolphin. There is no doubt that they are the most evolved predators in the ocean! Row upon row of teeth and capable of sensing the blood of an injured animal from over a kilometer away, its not surprising that they are the most feared creature beneath the waves. And of them all, the Great White is the most awesome. Now, dive and meet a Great White Shark, face to face - and on your own terms!
Big 5 Safari Experience
Enjoy an open vehicle game drive with the opportunity to view giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras, rhinos, wildebeests & many other wildlife types.
Experience the Big 5 at a private Game Reserve lying outside the town of Touwsriver; just less than two hours drive from Cape Town. Set in the pristine Southern Karoo Highlands against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Game Reserve offers an exciting taste of real Africa.
Home to an enormous variety of game, including the Big 5 - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard -- giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, many different antelope, baboons, jackal, bat-eared foxes, hippos and crocodiles. And many migratory birds stop en route at the reserve's own wetland.
This overnight safari doesn’t spare on spoiling. Welcome cocktails are served on arrival, either outside around the pools, or in front of a log fire in the cigar bar. Before the safari departs a sizzling lunch is served at the African character restaurant.For an extra indulgence, book a spa treatment at the new Tranquila Spa.
The overnight safari Cape Town boasts a 2 – 3 hour game drive with Game Reserve specialist. Awaiting your return is a traditional African barbecue, cherry champaign over swopping-safari-stories, and luxury accommodation .
Premier Luxury Chalets
There are just five premier luxury chalets, each a unique style and equally exclusive. Chalets are privately situated and have been built into the hillside of the reserve. Chalets combine natural rock elements, wood and stone - creating a definite back to nature ambiance. The en suite bathrooms include; twin hand basins, a toilet, bathtub, and outdoor shower. The honeymoon suite boats a Jacuzzi. Each unit opens up onto a private patio, which is perfect for frosty cocktails on hot summer nights. On colder evenings, most guests curl up on the plush furniture, in front of the chalet log fire.
The Overnight Premier Safari includes 2 Game Drives, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and accommodation in a Premier Chalet.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch – or rather, the land on which it sits — was bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes. At the time, it was nothing more than ramshackle farmland overrun with pigs. In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate (which includes the Garden) falls under the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, a mere 13km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch includes a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, a garden that features 2500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula, a Protea garden (best seen in spring!), a braille trail, and a cycad amphitheatre. There is also a glasshouse – the Botanical Society Conservatory – which houses plants from the continent’s more arid regions. To immerse yourself in all that the Garden has to offer, it is worth taking one of the free guided tours that depart from the Visitors’ Centre at 11am and 2pm from Monday to Saturday. If the times are inconvenient, audio guides are also available.
Big Cats Park
Enjoy the rare and exciting experience of being able to view these beautiful creatures up close...and do not forget the wine tasting!
Saturated with old Cape Dutch charm and hospitality, Vredenheim is home to coffee, wine and food, as well as lush gardens, a nursery and the Big Cats Park. Vineyards and fruit orchards make the area an ideal picnic spot. Vredenheim is also home to animals such as wildebeest, springbok, elands, ostriches and zebras.
The Big cat sanctuary is currently home to 3 adult brown lions, 2 adult white lions, 1 white lion cub, 2 brown lion cubs, 2 caracal, 1 cheetah, 1 leopard and 2 Bengal tigers. Enclosures are large and spacious, and offer each cat their own “creature comforts”, such as a play area and swimming pool for our tigers, long grass for our leopard and cheetah, and a big, comfortable rock for our male white lion to sun himself on during the day.
Visitors to the Vredenheim Big Cats Park can enjoy the rare and exciting experience of being able to view these beautiful creatures up close, but still from the safety of our viewing decks and behind the enclosure fences! After all, these are wild animals and we respect them as such.
Daily feeding are at 11 am and 3 pm - so be sure not to miss out on the action!
The animal park nearby offers pony rides and"petting zoo" for the younger around, while adults enjoy an introduction to Vredenheim’s range of wines in the tasting room.
Tasting Room also shares the stage with a gift shop, giving guests the perfect excuse to browse around whilst enjoying a wine tasting. From calendars and curios to jewellery, toys and art, and everything in between, there’s really something for everyone!
- Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations
- Safari begins and ends in Cape Town, South Africa. Flights between Johannesburg, South Africa and Cape Town, South Africa are not included should your Africa arrival point be Johannesburg, South Africa
- All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
- BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details
- International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are not included in the cost
- Child policy may apply
- Single occupancy policy allies
- Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
- Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility
They say that all bugs in Africa bite...but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!