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Seal Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Guided Tour

1. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Guided Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour. We begin with a drive-by city orientation tour of Cape Town City centre and a stop in the Bo-Kaap for photos with the colourful houses. Next, we drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). The boat cruise takes approximately 45 minutes and we will view the seal colony from the boat. After exploring the harbour in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and St. James Beach with its colourful beach cabanas for optional photos. The return route to Cape Town will be via Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula & Boulders Penguin Beach Tour

2. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula & Boulders Penguin Beach Tour

First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and take a photo with the sign. Hiking is recommended but no swimming because of sheer riptides. Carry on to Cape Point and walk for 20 minutes one way up to a historic lighthouse. You could also take a funicular at your own account if you are not in the mood for walking. Feel free to stop for lunch at the world-class seafood restaurant with a sea view or grab a quick bite in the food shop next door. Next, embark on a journey to Simon's Town for a special date with the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend about 45 minutes at the penguin colony before you head back to Cape Town along the coastline. Pass through the quaint towns on this historically known Millionaire's Mile. Hear fun facts about the navy and Just Nuisance - the only dog in the world to have been an able seaman. Finally, discover Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Beach, the surfer's corner before returning to the starting point.

Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope, Seals and Penguins Day Tour

3. Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope, Seals and Penguins Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the famous natural beauty and adorable wildlife of South Africa’s Cape Peninsular. Take photos at the Cape of Good Hope sign, see seals and penguins, and enjoy the Chapman’s Peak drive. You can even meet an ostrich at an ostrich farm. Leaving Cape Town behind, drive by Bantry Bay nestled in the foothills of the Lion's Head, an affluent suburb well known for its wind-free status. Pass by Clifton, a prestigious neighborhood in Cape Town where the four Clifton beaches are naturally divided by granite boulders. Enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove for social media-worthy pictures with magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles and Camp's Bay Beach. Continue to Hout Bay where you can hop an optional 45-minute ferry ride to Seal Island, inhabited by more than 5000 Cape fur seals. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, you can see the seals from the mainland and can use the time to explore the local craft market. Next up is Chapman's Peak Drive, a Mountain side road locally known as Chappies. Chapman's Peak is an engineering masterpiece that meanders for 10km along the mountains that seem to drop into the ocean like an avalanche. There is a photo stop at the viewing point for views of the ocean and cliffs. Arriving at Noordhoek Farm Village, you have time to enjoy the breathtaking views of Noordhoek and have the option to enjoy some of the best coffee brewed in Cape Town at the Village Roast. Continue you for a quick visit to a local ostrich farm to see the largest bird on the planet. Cape Point Nature Reserve is home to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern corner of Africa. Rich fauna and flora make this place a biodiversity hotspot as well as a great spot to grab a selfie with the famous sign. At Cape Point, you can walk or take an optional funicular ride up to the oldest lighthouse in South Africa for a 360-degree view of the national park. The area is also a hotspot for local birdwatchers. Your Cape Peninsular day tour continues at Boulder Beach. Here you are escorted to the colony of African penguins that call this place home. See the birds at close range and hear about the conservation efforts to ensure their ongoing survival. Continue to Muizenberg to see the colorful beach huts from the top of the mountain which are used as changing rooms for swimmers. Your final stop will be at the unique Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter. Here you have time to explore the streets lined with colorful houses and learn about the area’s rich history. Please note, the order of the itinerary on the day may be altered.

The Cape Town Official City Pass

4. 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

5. 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: 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: Peninsula, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Day Tour

7. Cape Town: Peninsula, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Day Tour

Discover the entire Cape Peninsula from Cape Town to Cape of Good Hope on this guided day tour. Marvel at the beauty of nature as you stop at Maidens Cove to enjoy the view of Camps Bay Beach, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head. Take a 45-minute return boat to Seal Island to visit the Seals colony (optional). Photo stop over at the viewpoint along Chapmans Peak drive, one of the most scenic marine routes in the world. Upon entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the national park. Be on the lookout for ostrichs, antelopes, and other games. Scan the ocean for the Southern right whale during their winter migration (Jun to November). Take a 15-minute walk-up, that passes a spectacular viewpoints or purchase a ticket for the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse. Enjoy lunch (at your own expense), and free walk in Simons Town before heading to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about sea birds. Relax back and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town, taking in spectacular views of the false bay with a selfie in front of the coloured huts on St. James or Muizenberg beach. Drop off will be just before 6:00 PM

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

8. 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: Premium Attractions City Pass with Bus Tour

9. Cape Town: Premium Attractions City Pass with Bus Tour

Explore the best of Cape Town with a 3 or 5-day Premium Attractions City Pass. Enjoy free entry to over 80 top attractions and experiences, including the Crocodile Farm, South African Museum, Table Mountain Cableway, V&A Waterfront Cruise, and a hop-on hop-off bus to get you from one point to another. Some of the 80 attractions and experiences include: • Free transport, for the duration of your pass, on the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (Closed from 24 July - 6 August 2023 for maintenance) • Sunset Champagne Cruises • V&A Waterfront Seal and Harbor 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 • Sky-HI Ride • And many more With the Premium Pass, you can also choose one of the following exclusive experiences:   • Great white shark cage diving • Big 5 safari • Cape Town helicopters • Whale watching • Harley Davidson chauffeur • Tandem paragliding • Kayak, hike, and bike challenge • Mangwanani Spa Treatment

Cape Town: The Cape Point Instagram Small Group Tour

10. Cape Town: The Cape Point Instagram Small Group Tour

Embark on a fun-filled day tour in Cape Town - one of the most unique cities in the world with beautiful ocean and mountainous drives, spectacular landscapes and iconic heritage monuments. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout the city. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll learn about the Cape Town culture and history behind those sites. Your guide will be available to take pictures for you while you strike the perfect pose. Visit the colourful houses in the Cape Malay Quarter known as the Bo Kaap and learn about its heritage and cultures. Drive along the Atlantic Seaboard with the oceans on one side and the mountains on the other and stop at Maiden's Cove with 12 Apostles as a backdrop. Take a boat to Seal Island to visit the Seals colony. Stop over at the viewpoint along Chapmans Peak drive, one of the most scenic routes in the world. Visit Boulders Penguins colony and take a selfie with these enchanting sea creatures. A trip to the Cape of Good Hope affords you not only a photo opportunity but also to learn about the history of this monumental nature reserve. You may encounter a baboon, so please take care not to venture too closely as these are wild animals and may be dangerous. Then take the Funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse and see where the Two Ocean Currents meet. End off the day with a snapshot in front of the coloured huts on St. James Beachfront. Drop off will be between 6:00 and 6:30 PM.

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We had a wonderful day trip together with Candice and Josie, they really did such a wonderful job driving, showing us around, taking pictures of us and explaining so much about Cape Town and South African landscape and history. We travelled with a toddler and the trip in such a small group was perfect for all our needs. He slept on the bus in between stops and loved seeing the seals and penguins.

The trip was great! Mike and Boby were so kind and very helpfull. They told us so much about the country. They were open for our questions and we loved the hole tour with all the stops!

Treasure was an outstanding guide, the tour was thoroughly enjoyable and a lot of fun. Absolutely recommended! Many greetings Jan and Steffi

Great trip. Lots of great sights in one day. Guides were very helpful and gave a lot of information. Overall, highly recommended!

really well organised. Our guide/driver Talent was wonderful.