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Cape Town: Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Half Day Shared Tour

1. Cape Town: Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Half Day Shared Tour

Soon after pick up we will drive along the M5 and connect with the M4 via Muizenberg, St. James and Fish Hoek beaches located along the scenic False Bay coastline on our way to Boulder's Beach Penguins Colony. Passing through Muizenberg beach we will see the stretch of attractive colourful beach huts in the distance. Your tour guide will stop at St. James Beach for a few minutes to allow for some fun-filled photos with the colourful beach huts. We drive past Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon's Town beaches. We will stop at Boulder's Beach to visit the African Penguins colony and take a walk along the boardwalk to the official penguins colony location to see the penguins in their natural habitat. Boulder's penguins colony is home to approximately 3000 African Penguins who spend their days frolicking in the False Bay waters and parading on the granite Boulders. Our tour culminates with the highlight of the day: The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Nature Reserve. Take your photo behind the Cape of Good Hope name board and explore the nature reserve whilst the tour guide shares stories about the Bartholomew Dias and Vasco Da Gama beacons. See many a fauna and flora such as fynbos (fine bush), over 250 species of birds including ostriches, as well as buck, baboons and the Cape mountain zebra. Our return route is via the scenic coastal Old Cape Road back to Cape Town. Upon our arrival back in Cape Town visitors will be dropped off at the same pick up point where they were collected in the morning.

Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

2. Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

The tour departs Cape Town and heads to the first stop of the day, Maidens Cove. From here, admire the stunning views across the Atlantic seaboard as well as marveling at the imposing Twelve Apostles Mountain range. The tour continues along Chapmans Peak Drive, rated one of the best mountain drives in the world. Along the way, stop at a selection of lookouts that provide unspoiled views of Hout Bay Harbour and Noordhoek beach. Arrive at Boulders Beach and learn about the friendly African Jackass Penguins that call the beach their home. Although the penguins roam freely on the beach and are comfortable being near humans, they are protected animals and visitors are not permitted to touch or feed them. Admire the penguins from a designated viewing point, and observe these creatures as they go about their day. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach, take a swim with the penguins in the refreshing waters, or explore the surrounding landscpaes. The tour ends with a visit to Boyes Drive, a spectacular mountain road overlooking the stunning view of False Bay coast before dropping you back at your hotel (accommodation).

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Helicopter Flight with Boat Tour Ticket

3. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Helicopter Flight with Boat Tour Ticket

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks. Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

Cape Peninsula Shared Half-Day Tour

4. Cape Peninsula Shared Half-Day Tour

The Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular routes you can experience, and on this half-day tour you will get to see all the unspoiled beauty surrounding this lush area. The Peninsula itself is a generally rocky peninsula that juts out for 47 mi (75 km) into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa. Our tour today will take you past the pristine beaches of the exclusive Clifton and Camps Bay, where you will get to see the extraordinary peaks of the Twelve Apostles. From here we will continue on to Hout Bay Harbor, where we will drive the stunning Chapmans Peak Drive. This spectacular road hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, the road was at the time regarded as a major feat of engineering. You will be awed both by its engineering wonders, as well as the natural views all around you! Finally we arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here we will have the chance to experience the rugged flora and fauna of this area, as we gaze out over the meetings of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Finally, we drive back to Cape Town via False Bay and Simons Town, where you will have the option to visit the unbelievable African Penguin Colony. We finish our day with a drive through the world-famous Constantia wine area before returning to Cape Town.

From Cape Town: Steam Train Ticket to Elgin Railway Market

5. From Cape Town: Steam Train Ticket to Elgin Railway Market

This 160 km round-trip by rail takes you east from Cape Town to Somerset West, over the 473m high Sir Lowrys Pass, affording majestic views over False Bay and the surrounding mountains, and finally into the Elgin Valley. The Elgin Valley, being synonymous with apples, is one of the most intensively farmed districts in Southern Africa, producing 60% of the national apple crop (of which 40% is exported annually). Guests spend their time on the train doing what they enjoy best, whether mingling in the bar, reading a book, taking in the sights, catching up with family, or closing their eyes and letting their senses take them back to another place in time. Arriving at the Elgin Railway Market, guests can choose from food stalls offering everything from fragrant curries, Mediterranean cuisine, healthy Vegan salads, spicy chicken, Neapolitan pizzas, ribs and burgers, exotic Dim Sum, Mexican Nachos, delicious fresh juices, tasty biltong, fall off the bone lamb, and fresh Thai. Sweets treats are also plentiful. They include home-made fudge, ice-cream, handmade chocolate, and to finish off, a great selection of cakes. The bar serves local wines, beer and cider. L-Gin, from Elgin artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins. The train then departs back to Cape Town with guest relaxing onboard for the return journey.

Cape Town: Shark Cage Dive

6. Cape Town: Shark Cage Dive

This half-day tour, just outside Cape Town, allows you to see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature, and other factors. Venture to Seal Island or Cape Point to see seven-gill cow sharks, mako sharks, blue sharks, and great white sharks. The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip. A small group of guests onboard allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage accommodates four guests comfortably and is fixed to the boat just above the surface of the water.

Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour

7. Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Mother city and it's breath taking landscapes on this full-day guided tour. You will have the pleasure of seeing the multicultural reaches of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood where Malay, Indian and Dutch traditions coalesce between the sights and grab the opportunity of picturesque colourful houses. Enjoy the drive along the Atlantic Seaboard passing through Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay which draws crowds to it's namesake beaches, known for it's fine sand, natural rock swimming pool and the views of Twelve Apostles mountains and Chapmans peak drive which offers the most mind blowing and breath catching views (weather permitting).Arrive at Hout Bay Harbour where you have the option to board a boat cruise to the Cape Fur seal colony on Duiker Island or spend free time browsing the local curio shops at the harbour. Noedhoek Farm village has the best coffee and juice for your pallet(optional). Set out to visit the Cape of Good Hope (Africa’s most South Westerly tip), Hiking trails to the summit of the Cape makes for great activity and sightseeing to explore. Next, is Cape Point you have the option of taking the Funicular ( own expense) or walk up to the Lighthouse while enjoying the Cape Floral Kingdom. After Cape Point head on to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and check out the playful African Penguin family. Relax back as you pass through Simon's Town, home to the South African Navy's Naval Base located on the shores of False Bay. You will pass by Kalk Bay and Muizenburg where surfers experience the thrill of riding waves. You will be dropped off at your accommodation or any location of your choice.

Cape Town: Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Shared Tour

8. Cape Town: Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Shared Tour

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Cape Town. Drive along the M5 and connect with the M4 via Muizenberg, St. James, and Fish Hoek beaches located along the scenic False Bay coastline on your way to Boulder's Beach Penguins Colony. Passing through Muizenberg Beach, see the stretch of attractive colorful beach huts in the distance. Stop at St. James Beach for a few minutes to allow for some fun-filled photos with the colorful beach huts. Then, drive past Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, and Simon's Town beaches. Make a stop at Boulders Beach to see African penguins in their natural habitat. Walk along the boardwalk to Boulders Penguin Colony, home to approximately 3000 penguins who spend their days frolicking in the False Bay waters and parading on the granite boulders. End the tour with the highlight of the day, The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Nature Reserve. Take a photo behind the Cape of Good Hope name board and explore the nature reserve whilst your guide shares stories about the Bartholomew Dias and Vasco Da Gama beacons. See fauna and flora such as fynbos (fine bush), over 250 species of birds including ostriches, as well as buck, baboons, and the Cape mountain zebra. Finally, follow the scenic coastal Old Cape Road back to Cape Town.

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Scenic Helicopter Flight

9. 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.

Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

10. Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

Get back to nature on a challenging hike through the Platteklip Gorge, and be rewarded by spectacular views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. Following pickup from your accommodation, you will be taken to the start of the hike. The Platteklip Gorge hike takes about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the group's level of fitness. Hike with an experienced guide who will point out landmarks such as Lion's Head and the flat-topped Signal Hill, known for the Noon Gun salute by the South African Navy. Take in panoramic views of Devil's Peak, and see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was kept in a maximum-security prison for 18 years. Travel back down on the Table Mountain Cableway to complete your experience.

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based on 519 reviews

fantastic trip! Great value for money, our guide Lucadel was very informative and we learnt so much about South African history and culture. Our guide got us tickets early so we did not have to wait in the ques and made the most of our time at each stop. We got upgraded to an afternoon private tour free of charge and we're able to go to some extra places. Our guide really went above and beyond for us and made our time extra special. would highly recommend to anyone!! thank you again for a great trip

We had a great time. Would definitely recommend as it’s a small group tour. Thank you Danson our driver and also for being our knowledgeable tour guide.

We had a fantastic experience and our guide Lucadel was the best, went an extra mile at all times. Really recommend this tour!

Ray was amazing, he told us so much about the land, the animals and the culture. Thank you

Our tour guide was amazing, very knowledgeable, answered all the questions.