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Cape Town: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise

1. Cape Town: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise

One of South Africa’s most popular destinations, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See landmarks such as Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from 3 exciting tour routes. There are 2 ticket options available. If you opt for a 1-day ticket it allows you to experience all routes - Red, Blue and Purple Routes. The 2-day ticket allows you to take advantage of all routes - Red, Blue and Purple Routes for 2 consecutive days.  The 2-day ticket also includes a walking tour, a harbour cruise, and a sunset bus tour. Discover Cape Town on a narrated tour with daily departures. You may join the tour from any of the stops on the route: - V&A Waterfront (Tour office outside the 2 Oceans Aquarium) - Zeitz Mocaa Museum at the Clock Tower (Also Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island) - Cape Town Convention Centre - Downtown Tour office at 81 Long Street - Lower Cableway Station - Camps Bay Beachfront - Queens Road Stop (Cnr Alexander Road) - Beach Road, cnr St John's Road (Walk from here to Winchester stop along Promenade) - Beach Road opposite Winchester Mansions Hotel - Green Point Lighthouse - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - Constantia Nek (Wine Bus Tour change point) - World of Birds Park in Hout Bay - Imizamo Yethu Township (walking tour) - Mariner’s Wharf at Hout Bay Harbor Visit Constantia Valley – the oldest wine making region in South Africa. - Groot Constantia Estate (oldest commercial wine estate) - Eagles’ Nest (boutique winery)  - Beau Constantia (great wine and amazing views)

The Cape Town Official City Pass

2. The Cape Town Official City Pass

Explore the best of what Cape Town has to offer. Choose either a 2, 3, or 5-day City Pass, giving you free entry to over 80 of Cape Town’s top attractions to experience. If you are serious about exploring the heart of Cape Town, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Save money with the Official Cape Town City Pass.  You'll find there's something for everyone.  Just some of the over 80 attractions and experiences include: • Free transport, for the duration of your pass, on the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus which takes you to over 80% of the attractions. • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (Closed from 24 July - 6 August 2023 for maintenance) • Sunset Champagne Cruises • V&A Waterfront Seal and Harbour Cruise • LaGuGu Township Tour • Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art • Two Oceans Aquarium • World of Birds • Seal Island Cruises • Crocodile Farm • Hard Rock Café • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat • Groot Constantia Wine Estate • South African Museum • Slave Lodge • District Six Museum - Mariner's Wharf - Sky High Ride - Sunset Bus - SUP - Scootours - Acrobranch - Archery - Jay's Kitchen - Mojo Market - Cave Golf - Scratch Patch - Rush Trampoline Park - Walking Tours - Kayaking - Long March to Freedom - Afrikoa - Castle of Good Hope - Heart of Cape Town Museum - Jewish Museum - Newlands Brewery - Bicycle Rental • And much more If you select the Premium option, you can choose one of the following exclusive experiences:   • White Shark Projects Shark Cage Diving • Big 5 Safari • Cape Town Helicopters • Whale Watching • Jeep Tours - Sidecar Adventures - Cobra Car Hire - Mangwanani Spa Treatment • and many more

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

3. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

Discover the highlights of the Cape Peninsula on a private trip from Cape Town. Be camera-ready as you visit spots like the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman's Peak, Cape Point, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and more. Enjoy optional activities like an ostrich farm visit, wine tasting, and a cruise to Seal Island. Following pickup directly from your address in Cape Town, meet your personal guide for the day. If this is your first time in Cape Town, start with a 30-minute city orientation tour before heading out to explore the Cape Peninsula. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard, driving between the mountains and the ocean, and pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and Chapman's Peak. Make a photo stop at Maiden's Cove, then stop in Hout Bay where you will have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island. For lunch, you can choose to have fresh seafood at one of the harbor eateries or enjoy a light meal at Noordhoek village, where you can try the best coffee this side of the Cape at Roast Village (food and drink costs not included).   Next, set off for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the Cape Point Lighthouse, a popular stop for photographs. See the Dias and da Gama monuments and discover local fauna and flora. You may also encounter some baboons and other wildlife.  Enjoy an optional wine tasting of the region’s best Sauvignon Blanc at Cape Point Vineyard or a stop at the Cape Point ostrich farm. Continue to Simon’s Town to see the monument of the Great Dane dog who made his own history in the South African Navy. Visit Boulder's Beach and see the penguin colony. Return to Cape Town and pass through Fish Hoek and Muizenburg via the Old Cape Road. Before drop-off, make an optional stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens if time allows.

Cape Town: Skeleton Gorge and Kirstenbosch Gardens Hike

4. Cape Town: Skeleton Gorge and Kirstenbosch Gardens Hike

Skeleton Gorge Arguably one of the most beautiful hikes up table mountain is the skeleton gorge route. Starting off in Kirstenbosch gardens with its rich collection of fynbos. following up on a densely wooded kloof with exciting ladders next to waterfalls we will reach the white sandy beaches of Table mountain. This is the perfect route for a hot day in cape town allowing for a different perspective of table mountain. Quick route description Our hike will start in the beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens. from here we will hike up to the contour path via smuts track until the official start of the route. following the stepped path up the densely wooded gorge keeping to the left of the watercourse until we reach a steep section well equipped with ladders to easily climb over the polished rock. After this the route follows the rocky stream bed for a short distance, before bearing out to the right Zig- Zagging up the slope. Higher up the path crosses the gorge again to take the left side to the top where mountain meets sandy white beaches. Difficulty: Easy Skeleton Gorge Hike Length: 2.5 to 3 hours Hike Distance: 6.5km / 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 900 meters / 3000 feet What to bring with well supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must. Cape town does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed. a long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage. the weather on table mountain can change in an instant so a light mid-layer and a rain jacket will ensure that you stay dry and warm if we find ourselves in between the clouds. Hiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea Lastly, you'll need a sense of adventure and a willingness to have fun which is all hiking is about really.

Kirstenbosch Garden, Bo-Kaap-Penguins & Cape Peninsula Tour

5. Kirstenbosch Garden, Bo-Kaap-Penguins & Cape Peninsula Tour

Pick-up will be at your hotel at 9:00am within 15 kilometres of the city centre, and your Expert Tour Guide will introduce the itinerary. If you're outside the pickup area, meet us at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town Central at the pre-arranged time. Drive through historic Adderley Street in Cape Town and discover landmarks like the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall (where Mandela spoke after 27 years in prison), and the Slave Lodge. Explore key sites like Parliament, Company Gardens, and more. Explore the vibrant Cape Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap, with colourful houses and rich history. Try local delicacies like koesister pastries and shop for exotic spices. Your guide will help you capture Instagram-worthy pictures. Explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and it's amazing biodiversity, with a 90-minute guided tour. The entrance fee is ZAR 250,00 for adults unless you choose the all-inclusive option. Explore exclusive Cape Town suburbs and visit Pollsmoor, where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. Enjoy Muizenberg's beach, a surfers' haven. Dip your toes and capture Instagram-worthy pictures at St James Beach with its colourful cabanas. Next visit Kalk Bay Harbour for a bustling fish market, seal-watching, and fresh, healthy dining at spots like Harbour House Seafood Restaurant. Kalk Bay is a charming fishing village on the east coast of False Bay with stunning mountain surroundings. Explore Simon's Town, home to the South African Navy and Just Nuisance, the only dog in the Royal Navy. Learn about his unique story and purchase a book at the harbour's art gallery. Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony with your Expert Guide to see adorable African penguins up close. Home to over 3,000 breeding pairs, it's a top tour highlight. Entrance fees are extra unless you choose the all-inclusive option. Explore Cape of Good Hope, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Table Mountain National Park. The entrance fee is ZAR 400,00 (children under 12 pay half). Experience nature, wildlife, and stunning views. Snap photos at the intersection of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Visit the retired Cape Point lighthouse for breathtaking ocean views. You can hike for 15 minutes or take the Dutchman Funicular tram (ZAR 150,00 per adult round trip) to the top. Exit the Reserve, visit Dias Cross, Vasco da Gama Cross, and the Cape Point Ostrich Farm for a 15-minute stop to learn and take photos. Experience Chapman's Peak Drive, a breathtaking route with 114 curves, offering stunning ocean and mountain views. Stop for 20 minutes at a viewpoint. If there are periodic maintenance closures; we'll use the 'Ou Kaapse Weg' alternative route. In Hout Bay, visit the harbour to see seals and shop for souvenirs. Weather permitting, choose a 45-minute boat trip to Seal Island to observe Cape Fur Seals at an additional cost. Lastly, pass through Camps Bay via the scenic Atlantic Seaboard suburbs and admire the 12 Apostles mountains on your way to your hotel for drop off approximately 17:00pm.

Table Mountain & Constantia Wine tasting Small Group tour

6. Table Mountain & Constantia Wine tasting Small Group tour

We will start our day with a collection at your hotel in Cape Town, at approximately 08H50am. We will head to our first stop on the tour, Table Mountain Cableway, Guests will be heading to the majestic Table Mountain National Park which was voted as one of the seven new wonder of the Nature on the travel awards site. Travelers will be accompanied by a guide to board into the lower cable car straight up to the top to explore the Table Mountain. The guide will point out a meeting point for travelers. From Table Mountain drive pass upmarket residential area to the Groot Constantia Vineyard. Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest winery, it was established in 1685. Go behind the scenes and visit the cellar to get an in-depth look at how wine is made. Take part in a chocolate and wine tasting. Sample five selected wines, each one perfectly paired with a handcrafted chocolate. And before you leave for your next stop, visit the historical Cape Dutch homestead, and get a glimpse of what life on this wine farm was like in the 17th century. Travel from Groot Constantia to the Steenberg Farm, home to some of South Africa's finest award-winning wines. Enjoy your second wine tasting of the day and get to sample six of the estate's very best wines from their flagship range. The third and final stop on your winery adventure is a boutique wine estate located on the slopes below Constantia Nek with magnificent views of the surrounding wine region and False Bay. Sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Constantia Glen wine estate before taking part in your next tasting on the veranda. INCLUDES: -Hotel pickup and drop-off, -wineries wine tasting fees -Transport & fuel -Driver & Tour Guide -Bottled Water

Cape Town Private Guided Table Mountain Hikes

7. Cape Town Private Guided Table Mountain Hikes

Join this private guided hike up iconic Table Mountain. Rising to just over one thousand meters directly from sea level, Table Mountain ranks in status alongside famous African giants such as Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountains. This tour is perfect for the energetic and inquisitive traveler. Learn secrets of the mountain, including how the watcher of the south, Umlindi Wemingizimu, became Table Mountain. Let your experienced guide interpret the natural wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A few tour routes are listed below. An optimum route will be chosen from this selection based on the fitness of the members of the party and the Cape’s unpredictable weather at the time. Western Table to Maclears Beacon return: A 2-hour easy to moderate hike on the Table Mountain Plateau. Your guide will organize tickets and then proceed with you up Table Mountain in the aerial cableway. The cableway can carry up to 60 people at a time and does a full rotation. This means you can enjoy 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Once on top, you will get away from the groups and meander along to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Twelve Apostles to the Table Mountain Plateau: A 5-hour moderate climb: The climb up Kasteelspoort zigzags its way up a partly shaded gorge beneath the overhanging walls of Spring Buttress. Climbers are rewarded with views of the Twelve Apostles that stand like sentinels overlooking the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch down in the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation. Eventually you arrive on the Table Mountain plateau for a pleasant walk towards the Upper Cableway station. Your guide will organize tickets and you will then proceed down Table Mountain in the aerial cableway, enjoying 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Skeleton Gorge along the top of Table Mountain Plateau: A 6-hour moderate to strenuous hike: Start hiking in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, renowned for their spectacular array of indigenous plants. The climb up Skeleton gorge is well-equipped with ladders to aid hikers over the slippery rocks. Keep an eye out for the illusive endangered ghost frog as you ascend through the dense indigenous forests. The forest gradually gives way to the shrub-like Fynbos. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Descend down Platteklip gorge or take a ride down the cableway if your legs are weary.

Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

8. Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

Cape Point is located just 60 kilometers from Cape Town in a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park. It is the most southwestern tip of the African continent, and popularly referred to as the mythical meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Discovered in 1488 by Bartholomeu Dias, Cape Point has long been an important navigational landmark. The 9-hour tour begins in Cape Town and the drive takes you along the scenic Atlantic coast with the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the 12 Apostles mountains. After a short stop at Clifton Beach your drive continues past Camps Bay and then on spectacular Chapman's Peak Drive to the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Visit Hout Bay to explore an arts and crafts market and if you like, choose the optional boat ride to Seal Island. Drive past the suburb of Noordhoek, known for its picturesque shoreline and long, wide sandy beach, and then the charming villages of Kommetjie and Scarborough, as you make your way to Table Mountain National Park. As you drive through Table Mountain National Park to Cape Point, be on the lookout for Chacma baboons, ostrich and antelope. When you reach Cape Point you can walk up to the historic lighthouse (or take a 3-minute funicular ride) for magnificent, panoramic ocean views. Next is a short ride to the official southwestern-most point on the tip of Africa, at the Cape of Good Hope. Be sure to get a photo at the famous sign! Begin the journey back to Cape Town with a drive along the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, stopping to visit the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach in Simon's Town. Pass the coastal town of Fish Hoek and the popular surfing site of Muizenburg, with a short stop to see the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at your Cape Town hotel. Please note that the private tour option excludes entrance to Cape Point.

Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Peninsula Tour with Transfers

9. Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Peninsula Tour with Transfers

Discover the highlights of the Cape Peninsula on a multi-stop guided trip from Cape Town. Enjoy a scenic route along sandy beaches and the Twelve Apostles on the way to spots like Hout Bay, Cape Point, Noordhoek, and Cape Point Lighthouse. Enjoy optional activities like a cruise. Start your tour of Cape Town's City Bowl and continue past the V&A Waterfront to the main suburbs of the Atlantic Seaboard. See Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Travel past the Blue Flag beaches along a route with the Atlantic Ocean on your right and the towering Twelve Apostles mountains on your left. Make your way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, over Chapman’s Peak Drive, and into the quaint coastal town of Noordhoek. The peninsula drive takes you to the magnificent Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. In Hout Bay, choose to join a boat cruise to Seal Island (cost not included) or stroll around the popular mariner wharf and harbor, where you’ll make friends with the friendly seals that pop up for a pat. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, visit the Cape Point Lighthouse. Join a short but slightly steep walk on a well-worn path to the lighthouse, or take the funicular railway to the top. At the top, enjoy sweeping views and get the chance to see whales and dolphins. End the morning in Simons Town, a naval town overlooking False Bay. You have the option of visiting the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entry fee not included) or spending time strolling down the historic main street of Simons Town and popping into its quaint shops and museums. Stop at Simons Town Mariner Wharf for free time to grab food and drinks (costs not included), then head back towards Cape Town and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens along the False Bay coastal route. Pass through the seaside towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg. The streets are lined with quirky bookstores, vintage clothing shops, surf shops and a collection of popular seaside restaurants and delis. Stop along the way to wander the streets, shop, or watch the surfers in Muizenberg. Go whale watching (if in season) and take photographs of the famous colorful Victoria-era beach huts before ending the trip with hotel drop-off.

Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

10. Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

It would be a fun-filled day allowing you to interact with our very own Boulders Beach African penguin colony.. At Boulders Beach situated along False Bay, just outside Simon’s Town, you will come in close contact with African penguins It would be a fun-filled day allowing you to interact with our very own Boulders Beach African penguin colony. A top class professional driver/guide will share the history of this area as you travel in luxury air-conditioned vehicles stocked with bottled water. The itinerary would take you around the most spectacular routes around Chapman’s Peak to Simons Town after being picked up at your hotel between 8h30 and 9h30. Then, our tuxedo-clad feathered friends await us on one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Remember to pack a swimming costume and towel if you wish to swim with the penguins. Even moms and toddlers can enjoy this as it is safe. At the end of the day you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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The Hop on hop off bus was an excellent way to see Cape Town. The routes were fantastic and the commentary excellent. I highly recommend.

Excellent mall, restaurants, bars, entertainment and tourist centre. Well worth a full-day

We had a 2 day ticket. This was fine. All highlights could be reached by bus!

I missed seeing robben island and hopping off at waterfront

Great value for money, took us to all the best places