The best day tours from Cape Town
Cape Town is one of those cities where people keep coming back. The Cape Town weather definitely helps a lot because 9 out of 12 months we enjoy sunshine.There are a LOT of things to do in Cape Town so we created an easy list for you so you know what to do in Cape Town once you arrive.
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1. Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain Click here to book this tour
The Cape Town city centre with lots of areas to explore. The history is interesting, there are many places to visit like Green Market Square, St. Georges Cathedral, the Cape of Good Hope Castle and the colorful houses of Bo-Kaap. Take a look at the Cape Town City Hall from where Nelson Mandela held his first speech in freedom, zip coffee at one of the many coffee shops and buy beautiful flowers in Darling Street.
Visiting Table Mountain is often best done in the morning when the wind supposed to be less than in the afternoon. Check on www.tablemountain.net if the cable car is open and then head out. The Cable Car will only take you 5 minutes to get to the height of 1.078 m and the car takes about 60 people. The floor is revolving to make sure everybody gets to see the beautiful views of the city, Signal Hill and Lions Head. On top of the mountain you can walk around and enjoy the different view points. There’s restaurant in case you get hungry and there’s a WiFi Lounge for those who need to be in touch with their loved ones. We highly recommend to book your ticket for the city tour and Table Mountain here
2. Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Click here to book this tour
The Cape Peninsula is absolutely spectacular. We recommend you choose a tour that includes Chapmans Peak Drive (although this route is sometimes closed because of rock falls). It is one of the most breathtaking coastal routes in the world so make sure to make a photo stop en route. Then continue all the way into the Cape Point National park and make sure to have some time to walk up to the lighthouse and to walk from Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope is a stunning walk. Organize with your guide to be picked up from there. Of course AFTER you made the famous picture by the sign. Continue your trip on the False Bay side and visit the penguin colony by Simonstown. You don’t always need to go into the paid area, often the penguins can be seen outside as well. However it is great to go onto the beach (by the Boulders Beach Hotel) and have a chance to swim with the penguins. Don’t mind the smell though..
3. Shark cage diving in Gansbaai Book the Shark Cage Diving Adventure here
This tour is a little bit controversial however there are very responsible operators and we highly suggest you book your tour with this company to ensure responsible tourism. Gansbaai is about a 3 hour drive from Cape Town but it is the best spot to experience this adrenalin thrilling encounter. The cages are attached to the boat and you sit in the cage with snorkeling equipment so you don’t actually go scuba diving. Book tour here
4. Wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Book your private wine guide here
Cape Town wine tours is one of the favorite tours from Cape Town. Although Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are probably the most well known regions, we also love to explore Constantia, Wellington and the Robertson area. The Constantia wine region is closest to Cape Town. A 20 minute drive will take you there and a range of about 9 wine farms can be visited and explored. The oldest wine estate in the Cape, Groot Constantia, is definitely worth a visit. Buitenverwachting offers a lovely setting for picnics and at Beau Constantia you can enjoy spectacular views of the vineyards and exquisite lunch at the Chef’s Warehouse.
We don’t recommend drinking and driving so book your private wine guide here.
5. City Cycling Tour Book your cycling tour here
We love exploring the city by bicycle (Dutchies through and through) . You see a lot more and it is good exercise. The tour we recommend starts from the V&A Waterfront goes through the Foreshore, Cape Town Station, Castle of Good Hope, Company’s Gardens, city centre, Bo-Kaap. If you’re Dutch, there might be a small chance that I’m your guide…
6. Day safari from Cape Town Book your Cape Town Safari here
If you’re rushed for time and only visit the Cape Town area and don’t have time to visit the Krugerpark, there are a few options for day tours from Cape Town to see wildlife and (part of) the Big 5. The parks obviously are a LOT smaller than the Krugerpark but you will still experience and open jeep safari drive with a qualified guide who will tell you lots about the animals you see as well as the plants and trees. I can definitely recommend it.
7. Tandem Paragliding from Lions Head or Signal Hill Book your flight here
This is definitely one of the most exciting adventures you an experience in Cape Town. Take a bird’s eye view of the city while flying around. Simply spectacular! You will either fly from Lion’s Head or from Signal Hill depending on the wind. Your pilot will make sure it is a fun trip. They can never say how long the flight will, all depends on the weather conditions.