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From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

1. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins 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 an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Peninsula tour. 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). After exploring the harbor 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 Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

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

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

Be collected from your accommodation in Cape Town at around 9:00 AM by a Mercedes Benz C-class, Hyundai H1, Toyota Quantum GL, or Mercedes Benz Sprinter for larger groups. Head out on your full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula with a qualified guide. If this is your first time in Cape Town, you will be taken on a 30-minute city orientation tour before heading out.  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 photograph stop at Maiden's Cove. Stop in Hout Bay, where you will have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island. For lunch, you can enjoy the fresh seafood at harbor eateries. Alternatively, a light meal will be available further on at Noordhoek village, along with the best coffee this side of the Cape at Roast Village.  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 the 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, with an optional stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, if time allows. You can be dropped off at your accommodation or a restaurant of your choice in Cape Town. 

The Cape Town Official City Pass

3. 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 • Sunset Champagne Cruises • V&A Waterfront Seal and Harbour Cruise • LaGuGu Township Tour • Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art • The Cape Wheel • 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 • And much more If you select the Premium option, you can choose one of the following exclusive experiences:   • Great White Shark Cage Diving • Big 5 Safari • Cape Town Helicopters • Whale Watching • Jeep Tours • and many more

Cape Town: Guided Sightseeing Tour and Cape of Good Hope

4. Cape Town: Guided Sightseeing Tour and Cape of Good Hope

We will depart from your Hotel at 08h30 and drive through the City Center to Bo-Kaap to learn more about the history of the color houses and take same photos. Our second stop will be Table Mountain where we will take a cable car up to the top of the Mountain to enjoy the beautiful view of the City from the mountain top. Maidan Cove is known for its magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostol's Mountains, here you can take beautiful photos to create your memories. We will then proceed through Camps Bay and have a stop at Haunt Bay harbor to take an optional 45 minutes boat trip to Seal Island which will cost R100 per person. The tour will then proceed to the most scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, we will stop at the viewing point to take photos and enjoy the scenic views of this beautiful place and then start the most amazing driving experience with breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. We will have an optional stop for a cup to coffee at Farm Village and then proceed to Simons Town to learn about "Just Nuisance" the only dog that has ever been enlisted in the South African Navy, explore the town and its history of Navy and not forgetting visiting Penguins in Boulders Beach. The tour will proceed to our last destination which is Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope where you have an opportunity to visit Cape Point Lighthouse. You can either take a funicular to the lighthouse or take a steep walking path which is a short distance. Here you will enjoy the nature at its best, from birds, baboons, and many more other animals, the spectacular view of the nature is also amazing. We will also have the opportunity to see wild animals like Baboons, Ostrich, Elands and others that live in Cape of Good Hope National Park. Please Note: Entrance fee to Boulders, Penguins - R170 Per person Entrance fee to Cape of Good Hope National Park - R360 per person Table Mountain Cable Car fee also not Included. You are invited to bring your family, your friends, you colleagues and most importantly, bring your Camera. Lets go have fun.

Cape Town: The Cape Point Instagram Small Group Tour

5. 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.

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 Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

7. Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day 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.

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope Guided Private Tour

8. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope Guided Private Tour

See the world-famous beauty of the Mother City as you drive through Cape Town and its surrounding area on this guided tour. Visit historic sites like Bo-Kaap, visit Maiden’s Cove, see African Penguins at Boulder’s Beach, and more. After being picked up, your first destination will be the colorful area of historic Bo-Kaap. These brightly colored houses represent the freedom of the slaves who settled there. Once you’ve taken your full of photos there, the next stop will be the majestic Maiden’s Cove, known as millionaire’s paradise. You’ll understand why: a tidal pool with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other make it a one-in-a-million location.  Next stop will be at Houtbay Harbour, where you have the option to do the boat ride to the Seal Island. Here you will be able to enjoy a 45minute boat ride and see over 300 Cape Fur Seals with smal external ears. From there, pass over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the top ten scenic drives in the world. 6 miles in length and with about 114 curves, it's the perfect place to stop for photos of the surrounding area, with magnificent ocean views. From there, it's through the charming town of Noordhoek. Known for its excellent coffee, there are also souvenir shops, cafes, and a bakery for those with a sweet tooth.  Next, you’ll arrive at Boulder’s Beach, likely filled to the brim with its cute inhabitants – African Penguins!  Final stop will be at the Cape Point Lighthouse and The Cape of Good Hope.

Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

9. Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

Marvel at the spectacular views from one of the world's most scenic drives, Chapman's Peak. Look out for African Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown, as you enjoy the splendor of Victorian-era buildings. Get the camera at the ready as you stop at Maiden's Cove, famous for its incredible views of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay, and the twinkling Atlantic Ocean. Take an optional boat ride out to Seal Island, and enjoy the chance to hunt for souvenirs in the local market. Relax afterward over the best-roasted coffee in Cape Town, at Noordhoek Farm. Keep an eye out for wildlife at the World-Heritage-listed nature reserve of the Cape of Good Hope, known for its rich bio-diversity.

Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

10. Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

This full-day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the oceans meet. Also be sure not to miss the sensational visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 1. Clifton & Camps Bay Situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay have been awarded Blue Flag status, offering pristine white beaches and beautiful, clear waters that make these beaches highly popular with locals and visitors alike. (30 minutes) 2. Hout Bay & Seal Island Boat Trip The small fishing village of Hout Bay is often jokingly referred to as the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ by Cape Town locals, and feels like an entirely separate town. A beautiful beach, delicious fresh seafood, bustling markets, and plenty of restaurants make this suburb a must-visit on any Cape tour. You will also have the option of going to admire the thousands of seals that inhabit the Seal Island at your own cost. (45 minutes) 3. Cape Point Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies in this area are some of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans landscapes of rugged cliffs, lush fynbos, and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point. (1.5 hours) 4. Simon's Town & Penguin Colony Simon's Town is the seat of the SA Navy, and has a charming coastal town atmosphere and a vibrant history. Here you can find a thriving harbor, a toy museum, navy museum, and plenty of other sights – nearby is also Boulders Beach where you can admire the penguins for an extra fee. (45 minutes) 5. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offer visitors a haven of peace and serenity at the foot of the Devil's Peak mountain. Let yourself be enchanted and your senses roam free in the sights, smells, and sounds of this luscious forest. (45 minutes)

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4.7 / 5

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With this tour we had the chance to see the main attractions of the Cape Peninsula. Francis our guide was perfect in all explanations, he knows the places and their history well, so I highly recommend this tour.

The guide was great, his knowledge of the city, its history, sights, etc. was sensational! In addition, he was friendly and reserved at the same time, perfect !!

I was very pleased. Sceptical at first but we found the app, with vouchers etc worked extremely.well in Capetown

Lovely experience. Jean Marie was excellent and went above expectations.

Very nice tour. With Alex as a guide, everything worked out great.