Cape Town Tour
Discover South Africa’s history, revel in its vibrant nightlife, sunbathe on its beaches and get lost in its Winelands with an exciting Cape Town tour.
Known as Kaapstad in Afrikaans, Cape Town is considered South Africa’s Mother City.
A trip to Cape Town is nothing short of a geographical, historical and cultural extravaganza. The white whales, Robben Island, Table Bay, Atlantic seaboard, Castle of Good Hope and other tourist attractions will give you an otherworldly experience.
After all the sightseeing, shopping and adventure, take your taste buds to wine tasting in the Cape Winelands to crown your trip.
Things to see in Cape Town
- Table Mountain
- Robben Island
- Simon’s Town Museum
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- African penguin colony at Boulder Beach
- Khayelitsha Township from Lookout Hill
- Cape of Good Hope
- Castle of Good Hope
- Oom Samie Se Winkel
- Afrikaans Language Monument
- Company’s Garden
- The Cape Wheel
- Dorp Street
- Brydes & Southern Right whales
- Great White Sharks
- Bottlenosed dolphins
Things to do in Cape Town
- Watch acrobats at the Zip Zap circus
- Eat a Cape Town Gatsby sandwich
- Take photos of Cape Town and Robben Island from Lion’s Head
- Kitesurf at Big Bay
- Take a blindfolded haircut at Swordfern salon
- Paraglide from Signal Hill
- Take a luxurious trip on the Blue Train
- Rub shoulders with designers, artists and photographers at Old Biscuit Mill
- Hobnob with A-list celebrities at Camp’s Bay
- Paint the town red with a night at Long Street
- Shop at Africa’s 3rd largest shopping center – Canal Walk
- Watch birdlife at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary
- Visit the District 6 Museum
- Visit the Cape Town City Hall where Mandela gave his first speech after 27 years imprisonment
- Visit the Iziko Slave Lodge
- Have a Turkish steam bath at the century-old Long Street Baths
- Work up a sweat at the outdoor gym on Sea Point Promenade
- Have tea and homemade cake at the Rhodes Memorial
- Enjoy some nyama choma (roasted meat) at Gugulethu
- Go on a white shark diving session at Gansbaai
- Go on a cave exploration at the Cape Peninsula Speleological Society
- Eat wine-infused ice cream at Somerbosch Estate
Places to stay in Cape Town
- The Table Bay Hotel
- Radisson Blu Le Vendome
- The Bay Hotel
- The Residences at Crystal Towers
- Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa
- Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre
- Winchester Mansions Hotel
- Taj Cape Town
- Dutch Manor Antique Hotel
- Cape Town Lodge Hotel
- Cape Royale Luxury Hotel
- Vineyard Hotel
- Victoria & Alfred Hotel
- Signal Hill Lodge
- Best Western Cape Suites Hotel
- Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel
- Ocean View Villa
- Apartment Soho On Strand
- Cape Diamond Hotel
- Sea View 10 Monte Carlo
- Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard
How to get to Cape Town
- By air: Take a direct flight and land at Cape Town International Airport. There are multiple daily flights to and fro. A shuttle service operator would charge you around R300 for the first person and R30 for each additional passenger to the city. You will be dropped off at Civic Centre where you will take a cab to your preferred destination. This trip takes 60 minutes during rush hour and half the time during off-peak. You can get cheap flights to Cape Town at Vacay Holiday Deals.
- By rail: If you’re departing from Pretoria, take the Blue train to Cape Town. Presidents, celebs, and other public figures have taken this train from time to time. Each room has its own private facilities and fare includes meals, cigars, drinks, overnight accommodation and an excursion during your ride. If you want your Cape Town tour to be more subdued, take the Metrorail which is cheaper. It’s also a great way to get around Cape Town and nearby towns like Strand, Paarl, Simon’s Town, Stellenbosch and Fish Hoek. When it’s windy sea spray hits the train windows and you can view the whales.
- By road: Take an uber to Cape Town. Make sure that you have the app on your phone before your Cape Town tour. If not, call up a metered taxi which charges about R10 per kilometer. During the day take an open-topped sightseeing bus and visit top attractions in the area; from Table Mountain to Camps Bay beach, Kirstenbosch gardens and other tourist sites. If you’re in the mood for a road trip, hire a car and explore the Western Cape scenery.
Best time to schedule a Cape Town tour
Timing depends on what you want to see and do while in South Africa. The Southern Cape has a different weather pattern from the rest of South Africa which explains why it has unique flora.
Cape Town is sunny and hot from November to March even though the rest of South Africa may be experiencing heavy downpours.
Rain falls at the Cape from April to August with June and July registering the highest rainfall levels. Spring starts in September and you can see plants in full bloom at Table Mountain.
The best time for a Cape Town tour is from late January to late April when rates are lower and sites are less crowded. If you’re hiking, April to June provide the best weather for outdoorsy adventure types.
Foodie safaris are best scheduled from June to August because days are clear and perfect for cycling and wine tasting.
Whale watchers can schedule their Cape Town tour from July to September when southern right whales arrive.
What to pack for a Cape Town tour
- All weather clothing
- Insect repellent
- Cape Town travel guide
- Light jacket and umbrella (for rainy days)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Jeans trousers
- Crossbody day bag
- Beachwear (if you’re traveling in spring or summer)
- Sun hat
If South Africa’s Mother City is on your wish list, check out the Cape Town tours available or call an agent to customize your trip.
|Languages spoken||English, Afrikaans, Xhosa|
|Currency used||South African Rand (ZAR)|