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Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

1. Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

Take the ferry to Robben Island and tour the prison where Nelson Mandela was confined. Learn about South Africa's history of Apartheid and life in the prison from a former prisoner. Depart from Cape Town on a shared bus to the V&A Waterfront. Collect your ticket and make your way to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Sail out to the island on a 45-minute journey. On arrival, embark on a bus tour of the island before visiting the prison and the cell where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 prison years. Gain an insight into the history and conditions of the prison from a former prisoner. After the tour, return to Cape Town and be dropped off at the V&A Waterfront. Here you will be free to return to your accommodation independently or continue touring the beautiful city.

Knysna: 75-Minute Lagoon Boat Cruise

2. Knysna: 75-Minute Lagoon Boat Cruise

The tour departs from Thesan Island Harbour Town and heads out onto the pristine Knysna Lagoon, home to an array of native birds and marine life. On board the ‘Oyster Boat', spend a leisurely 75-minutes exploring the lagoon as you sail to the breathtaking and imposing Knysna Heads. As you glide along the waters, sit back and relax whilst soaking up the famous South African sunshine with the wind in your hair. From start to finish the tour provides breathtaking views of the surrounding waters as well as the Knysna coastline. During the boat ride your guide shares fascinating insight into the history, heritage, and culture of Knysna, from a local’s perspective.

Knysna: Downhill Forest Scootour Adventure

3. Knysna: Downhill Forest Scootour Adventure

Experience the stunning, tropical beauty that is Garden Route National Park on a mountain scooter-bike. Used in the Alps during the summer season on the snowless ski slopes, the thick tires and solid design of your scooter-bike allows you to carve Garden Route’s trails with ease. Each scooter can fit one adult and a child passenger. After meeting your expert guides, you’ll board a scenic minibus ride to start your descent into the national park. After a safety briefing, you’ll head out onto the sweeping bends, criss-crossing down long hills within the lush forest. Keep on the lookout for local wildlife, like the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck, and plentiful wild boar. After 2 hours going downhill on the trails, you’ll head back to the meeting point via minibus, never needing to worry about the uphill climb.

Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

4. Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

Come get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean on this 2-hour whale watching tour! Your trip begins as your captain navigates you through the Knysna Estuary and then you'll head out towards the vast and beautiful Indian Ocean. Every year, both the southern right and humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the Southern African coastline - this makes Knysna one of the best whale-watching destinations in the country. The tour will be narrated by an experienced skipper and guide who will share with you fascinating information about the lives of these whales. Your adventure will also be assisted by an experienced whale spotter who is in radio contact with all skippers, so you can be directed to any sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life as well - you may even spot a dolphin or a penguin or two!

Cape Town: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

5. Cape Town: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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 4 exciting tour routes. There are 2 ticket options available. If you opt for a 1-day ticket it allows you to experience all four routes - Red, Yellow, Blue and Purple Routes. The 2-day ticket allows you to take advantage of all routes - Red, Yellow, Blue and Purple Routes - for 2 consecutive days.  The 2-day ticket also includes 2 walking tours, a harbor cruise, and a sunset bus tour during the summer season. The Red City Tour 1 V&A Waterfont 2 The Clock tower 3 Cape Town Convention Centre 5 81 Long Street 6 Jewel Africa 7 Lower Cableway Station 8 Camps Bay Beachfront 9 President Hotel 10 St John's Road 11 Winchester Mansions Hotel 12 Green Point Lighthouse The Blue City Tour 1 V&A Waterfont 4 Foreshore 5 81 Long Street 15 Mount Nelson Hotel 20 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens 21 Constantia Nek (Wine Bus Tour CHANGE POINT) 22 World of Birds Park in Hout Bay 23 Imizamo Yethu Township (walking tour) 24 Mariner’s Wharf at Hout Bay Harbor 8 Camps Bay Beachfront 9 President Hotel 10 St John's Road 11 Winchester Mansions Hotel 12 Green Point Lighthouse Yellow Downtown Tour  5 81 Long Street 13 St George's Cathedral 14 South African Museum & Planetarium 15 Mount Nelson Hotel (access to the Government Gardens) 16 SA Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center 17 District Six Museum 18 Castle of Good Hope Purple Wine Tour 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)

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

6. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Meet your guide at the Lion's Head Hike - Starting Point. There is parking along Signal Hill Road if you arriving by car. Embark on the route to the summit, climbing 400 meters along the steep and rocky path. Keeping a slow and steady pace, take time to enjoy the views and photo opportunities en route. Enjoy views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean at the summit with snacks and coffee provided before heading back down the mountain to the meeting point.

Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

7. Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

Enjoy a one-hour scenic coastal cruise aboard a luxury power catamaran. The vessel will take you from the historic V&A Waterfront area on an adventure out to sea. Throughout the cruise, you'll travel along the Atlantic coastline to the Green Point Lighthouse before then traveling back to the harbor. With spectacular mountain and city views, the cruise provides perfect ocean views over many of Cape Town’s splendors. Your one-hour cruise operates daily, with regular departures from Quay 5. With a cash bar on board for refreshments as well as great service, this is a trip not to be missed.

Cape Town: Coastal Cruise & 2-Course Lunch Combo

8. Cape Town: Coastal Cruise & 2-Course Lunch Combo

Embark on a relaxed scenic 1-hour coastal cruise or a Bay sail followed by a delicious 2-course meal ashore - the ideal way to spend your lunchtime in Cape Town. Board a sturdy but luxurious twin decked trawler based vessel or an iconic sailing vessel which will take you from the historic V &A Waterfront area out to sea to cruise along the Atlantic coastline or depending on wind direction into Table Bay for spectacular views of Table Mountain from a Mariners perspective. For all the vessels, when the seas are running too high or the wind is unpleasantly strong, instead of heading into Table Bay the destination is the Cape Town Harbour for a Harbour Day Cruise. After the cruise, enjoy the freedom to choose between 3 restaurants: the Meloncino Restaurant for Italian, the City Grill for local flavor, and the Greek Fisherman.

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

9. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks. Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

10. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town. Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate to savor two wine tastings and a wine and cheese pairing. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on a guided walking tour.  See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape town and head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry arose from refugees from France. Find out how they applied their skills in Stellenbosch and transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Arrive at the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Continue to the cellars for a guided tour. Take in the ambiance created by vast barrels of wine ageing. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

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What people are saying about Western Cape

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,747 reviews

My guide, Leticia was very knowledgeable and personable person. We went to Bo Kapp initially then Table Mountain which unfortunately was covered in cloud and haze - out of the company’s control and quite typical of this time of year, so I was unable to gain the full experience. I was driven around Capetown and was told about the rich history behind street names, buildings, statues and squares. Thoroughly recommended for solo travellers, Leticia is knowledgeable and lovely!

It was a very nice route. Our perfect Fâtima guide. Helping at all times the elderly person who came with us, who had little practice in climbing mountains. Those who have vertigo like me, can stay a little lower. The view is equally beautiful. We went down at night with the lights that our guide gave us. Recommendable!!

What a great boat (The Enigma). Great to see those 460HP motors in action - so powerful! The bar was great (Coronas!) and the staff super friendly...

Went to 3 beautiful vineyards. Beautiful scenery. It was a lot of fun, the group was quite drunk by 12pm.

This is the best way to explore Cape Town. They have everything organized… higly recommend it