Cape Town
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Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

1. Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

Begin your journey of Cape Town with a hotel pick up, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to the ferry dock to catch your boat to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the Apartheid era. Visit the former prison on a guided tour, hearing stories of the famous island's past. Next, head back across the water to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront, where your guide will take you on a historical tour of Cape Town. See a number of iconic monuments and sights, including the Parliament buildings, the Company's Garden, the Slave Auction Tree, the Apartheid Museum in District Six, the Slave Museum, the Castle — which is the oldest building in South Africa, built between 1666-1679. The last stop on your South African excursion is a visit to Table Mountain. Hop on the cable car and make your way to the top of Cape Town for unparalleled views of the sprawling city and the ocean.

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From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Scenic Helicopter Flight

2. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Scenic Helicopter Flight

Take off from the V&A Waterfront Helipad for spectacular views of the "Mother City" and Table Mountain. Glide over the venue for the 2010 World Cup, and then travel down the coast for bird's eye views of Lion's Head, Camps Bay and the beaches of Clifton. Head for Karbonkelberg Mountain and soar over Hout Bay towards the Cape Nature Reserve. Take photos of the Cape of Good Hope and watch as the terrain changes as you approach False Bay and look for great white sharks in the ocean. Return on the other side of Table Mountain for a different view of the landscape, passing the vineyards of Constantia Valley before landing back at the helipad.

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Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

3. Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

Discover the best that Capetown has to offer on this half-day tour. Start your adventure with a stop to the famous Table Mountain for a circular walk. Continue to Signal Hill for incredible views and perfect photos. Continue on to Camps Bay and stop at Maiden’s Cove for more breathtaking views. Head through Clifton, Bantry Bay, Seapoint, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town city center. Pass by the Cape Town Convention Centre, drive along Heerengracht Street, passing the Cape Town railway station and stop at the Castle of Good Hope. End your visit with a stop at the Noon Gun museum and Cape Town Diamond Museum.

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Cape Town: 3-Hour Bike Tour

4. Cape Town: 3-Hour Bike Tour

Learn about Cape Town’s heritage on a bike tour from the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the bustling inner city, and get up close and personal with its inhabitants along the way. Marvel at the urban landscape, and see sights old and present as you visit the historic fort of the Castle of Good Hope, journey down Adderley Street and go to the former township of Bo-Kaap. Cycle to Company Gardens and St. George’s Mall and see the impressive Green Point Stadium, where the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held. Explore the newly landscaped Green Point eco park and admire the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.

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Cape Town: Half-Day e-Bike City Tour

5. Cape Town: Half-Day e-Bike City Tour

Discover the "Mother City" with an electric bike and a registered tour guide. This scenic tour along the Atlantic seaboard and history-rich city is both easy to do and bound to be a highlight for your trip to South Africa. Crossing the Yacht Marina and through the waterfront, you will visit the oldest lighthouse in South Africa. After riding on Seapoint’s Walkway, your guide will lead you to Greenpoint Gardens where you will encounter a superb view over Cape Town Stadium. You'll later visit the Nelson Mandela Jetty 1 Museum, where all the prisoners were kept before being transferred to Robin Island. Aboard your convenient e-bike, this tour is effortless and contains many possibilities to stop for photos.

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Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

6. Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

When you have limited time to spend in Cape Town, or if you just want to be an efficient traveller, this is the ideal full-day Cape tour for you. This experience combines the best of a historical, wine tasting and landmark tour. On this tour you will really see the best of the Cape. The Peninsula portion of the tour will include visits to all of the important landmarks and historical sites including: Clifton and Camps Bay; Twelve Aspotles; Chapman’s Peak; Noordhoek; Cape Point; Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; Simons Town, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and False Bay. You will also be taken on a fascinating ostrich viewing and have the opportunity to take part in an optional Penguin Colony visit. On the wine route, you will visit the historical town of Stellenbosch and learn about how it is the centre of the South African wine industry. Here you will visit one of the many wineries in the Winelands and do a complimentary wine tasting and cellar tour. You will also have the chance to purchase the wines you just sampled. The Cape is a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. Don’t miss a thing and take part in this comprehensive and fun-filled full-day tour.

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Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

7. Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

Meet your local guide and get ready to hear interesting stories about the city's rich history and heritage. Make your way to the Bartolomeu Dias monument in Cape Town Central. Learn about important figures in South Africa's history. Discover the Castle of Good Hope. Explore this pentagonal fortress considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa. Then, immerse in the history of Nelson Mandela. Visit the City Hall where he made his first speech as a free man. Also take a walk past the Parliament, the Slave Lodge, Company Gardens, Cathedral, St. Georges Mall and Greenmarket Square. Finally, take some photos of the brightly coloured houses of Bo-Kaap. The tour culminates with lunch at AfroDeli Eatery in Long Street. Experience the authentic African cuisine from Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

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Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

8. Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

Cape Town, the Mother City, is a beautiful place steeped with history. This half-day tour will take you to all of the major points of interest and landmarks you need to see for your visit to be complete. The tour will be led by a registered guide who is an expert on all things Cape Town. You will visit all the major sights in the city, including the South African Museum and beautiful Company Gardens. See the Parliament buildings, City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope. Before you reach the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap, the smells of Malay curry will be wafting your way. You will also visit the Green Market Square, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton. If you are interested you will have the unique opportunity to be taken on a short diamond factory tour. At the end, choose from 2 options. You may opt for a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Otherwise, choose a trip up to Table View, for the postcard view of Table Mountain.

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Cape Town: City Tour with a Local Guide

9. Cape Town: City Tour with a Local Guide

Get a local's expert insight into the top attractions of Cape Town and its surroundings on a half-day sightseeing tour. Learn fascinating facts about the Mother City and some of its impressive monuments, including the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope, built by the Dutch East India Company on the outskirts of the CBD (Central Business District).   Explore the lively Cape Malay district of Bo-Kaap, characterized by its colorful cottages and cobbled streets. Delve deeper into South Africa's history at the South African Museum in Company Gardens, where you will also find the parliament building and statues of many of the nation's past leaders.   Visit the Blue Flag beaches of the Clifton and Camps Bay areas, just a few minutes from the city center. Discover where the Noon Gun salute is fired on Signal Hill. Ride the cable car up Table Mountain, or get an amazing view of the iconic mountain from the Table View suburb.

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Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Cruise and City Tour

10. Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Cruise and City Tour

Immerse yourself in the thriving center of the Mother City and experience a fun combination tour of both the land and the sea. The tour starts with a trip to the waterfront for a 1.5 hour cruise of Table Bay. Marvel at the amazing sea life that lives here including seals, penguins, and dolphin pods, and if you’re lucky enough you might even spot a whale. Enjoy the stunning views of Table Mountain and Robben Island from the water and snap some incredible photos as the wildlife appears before you. After the boat ride, enjoy a stroll along the waterfront indoor food market and taste the flavors of the region with a selection of local delicacies and traditional treats. Once lunch is over, return to your guide in time for the afternoon city tour. The first stop on the tour is the Castle of Good Hope, which stands proudly on the outskirts of the business district and was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company. Today, the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and is open for visitors to explore and learn more about its history. Next, head to the Bo Kaap, tucked under the slopes of Signal Hill. The Bo Kaap is a fascinating and vibrant area that was somehow bypassed in the forced removal policies of the Apartheid. Also called the Malay Quarter, this area is characterized by its multicolored cottages and steep cobbled streets, as well as its exotic Malay culture. No tour in Cape Town would be complete without a visit to the Bo Kaap! Retrace the course of history next with a visit to the South African Museum. Take a look at life throughout the ages in South Africa and learn about the rich history of the region. Many exhibits can be found here, and there is also a Planetarium situated within the building. The museum is situated in the Company Gardens, which holds the Seat of Parliament. Pristine lawns, shady paths, ornate fish ponds, statues of past leaders and plenty of curious squirrels are just a part of the Company Gardens’ charm.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 72 reviews

My tour was excellent especially with my tour guide Leticia she gave me a lot of information about cape town all in all i learnt a lot from her she is the most amazing woman i ever met, she is so kind and loving i can not wait to come back to cape town so that i can meet her again.

We enjoyed a wonderful and informative tour around the city. I am not a cyclist and was very nervous at first, but I soon got the hang of it all under the watchful and caring eye of our guide, Bevan.

Great tour, lots of urban and original art with depth, also by local artists! Just come along, see-be amazed-learn and support! Gladly again!

Fun night out! Perfect for a solar travelling looking to meet people.

Had an awesome time...thanks to our tour guide Letticia