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Ultimate Cape Town Itinerary: Must-Do Tours and Activities

Updated: Apr 2

Buckle up for a breathtaking adventure in Cape Town, South Africa! This stunning city at the tip of Africa offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Hike (or cable car!) to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views, explore the charming cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap, or cycle along the scenic Sea Point Promenade. Cape Town is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities to kayak in crystal-clear waters, bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge (the world's highest commercial bridge jump!), or spot penguins at Boulders Beach. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a history buff, or a nature lover, Cape Town offers a ton of tours and activities that will make your trip unforgettable.


If multiple attractions catch your eye, you may want to consider the Cape Town City Pass for additional savings.


Disclaimer

Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed below are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Cape Town City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour

Explore Cape Town at your own pace with a full-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Journey around four different bus routes, stopping at attractions such as Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, and the Cape Winelands, and spend as long as you wish at each. Enjoy a city walking tour of over 30 attractions.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday from 8 am - 5 pm

Price

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Hot Air Balloon and Cape Wine lands Private Tour

Defy gravity and hover over the Stellenbosch winelands in a hot air balloon. Explore the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and experience South Africa's award-winning wines.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Everyday at 5 am

Price

$474 per person

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Table Mountain, Robben Island, & Aquarium Tour

See Cape Town's top tourist attractions in a single day. Join a guided tour complete with hotel pickup and visit Table Mountain, Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront, and the Two Oceans Aquarium.


Duration

9 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8 am

Price

$40 per person plus entrance fees paid on arrival

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Cape Town Township Tour

Visit some of the notorious townships of Cape Town, including District Six, and learn more about South Africa's apartheid policies.


Duration

3 - 4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8 am

Price

$36 per person

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Steam Train to Elgin Railway Market

Situated in a an already beautiful country, the overpowering allure of the country draws one in when sitting in this steam-hauled train as you overlook the ever-changing scenery. Guests spend their time on the train doing what they enjoy best, whether mingling in the bar, reading a book, taking in the sights, catching up with family, or closing their eyes to enjoy the soothing sounds of the rail.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Saturday and Sunday at 7:45 am

Price

$49 per person


African Food and Storytelling Tour

This experience celebrates community kitchens and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, each with its own story to tell. You'll delve into the vibrant tapestry of African cuisine, connecting with the rich traditions that span the African diaspora in Cape Town.


Duration

2 - 3 hours

Availability

Monday - Friday at 3 pm

Price

$81 per person

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3 Regions Wine Tour with 3 Estates & 15 Wines

Explore the wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch in a day. Visit 3 estates, taste 15 wines including a sweet, decadent pairing and cheese, and enjoy a guided walk through Stellenbosch.


Duration

8.5 hours

Availability

Monday - Saturday at 8:30 am

Price

$37 per person

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Secret Cocktail Nightlife Experience

Enjoy all that Cape Town's nightlife has to offer. Experience some of the best kept secrets in town from local guides. Head to the off-the-beaten-path spots frequented by locals.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Thursday - Saturday at 7 pm

Price

$77 per person

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Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner

Cruise and dine on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. Cruise through the harbor at sunset with a glass of champagne and savor a 3-course meal with scenic harbor views.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Tuesday - Sunday at 5 pm

Price

$56 per person

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Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Tour

Enjoy a day excursion from Cape Town to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach and even spot whales in season.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9:30 am

Price

$53 per person

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Seal Snorkeling

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime Cape Town adventure trip to snorkel and swim with the ocean's friendliest creatures, the cape fur seal. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or an ocean lover, this excursion should be on your itinerary.


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Price

$51 per person

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Shark Cage Dive Boat Cruise

Book the ultimate in thrill-seeking experiences and come eye to eye with the most respected animal in our ocean. Enjoy this once in a lifetime shark cage diving adventure.


Duration

5 - 10 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7 am

Price

$112 per person

Alternative

Scuba Diving Experience - $81 per person

Jetski Experience

Get an adrenaline buzz as you admire Cape Town’s coastline from the water on this Jet Ski experience along the V&A Waterfront. Receive a safety briefing from your small-group instructor before zooming out to ride the waves. Enjoy a break from the mainland crowds as you soak up views of Table Mountain and beyond from your unique vantage point.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday at 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm

Price

$225 per pair

Alternative

Group Surfing Lesson

Experience the thrill of surfing in the safest possible environment! Using specialized imported surfboards that are the best surfboards to use for learning to surf. Professional surfing instructors will give you the best introduction to surfing as well of loads of tips to help you progress quickly - and guarantee a fantastic, thrilling experience!

Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday from 7am - 5pm

Price

$20 per person

Alternative

Private Surf Lesson - $24 per person


Horse Safari & Beach Ride

With this horseback riding safari, you can explore the West Coast of South Africa at a much faster pace than a walking tour. Enjoy beautiful coastal views on an untouched stretch of beach and look out for local wildlife at the same time, as the journey visits places where giraffes, water buffalos, and zebras have been spotted before.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday from 8 am - 4 pm

Price

 $43 per person

Alternative

Horse Back Safari - $30 per person

Big-Five Safari Tour

Spotting the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo—is a priority for many visitors to South Africa and this tour is ideal for those with limited time. Travel from Cape Town by private vehicle, enjoying views of the Breede River, Hex River Wine Valley, and Table Mountain along the way, then join a group safari drive at a private game reserve and enjoy some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.


Duration

8 - 9 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9:30 am

Price

 $141 per person plus game park fees paid on arrival

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Sandboarding & Quad Biking Tour

The quad biking and sandboarding combo at Atlantis Dunes offers a unique adventure melding thrill and natural beauty. Set amidst stunning landscapes, participants navigate varied terrains, from steep slopes to vast sand plains. It's a memorable fusion of exhilarating rides and breathtaking vistas, promising lasting memories of adrenaline-fueled exploration amidst the captivating dunes of Atlantis.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday from 10 am - 3 pm

Price

$53 per person

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Ziplining at Table Mountain Reserve

This ziplining experience allows you to see incredible views of Cape Town's most famous natural wonder—Table Mountain, and enjoy a thrill-seeking activity at the same. Travel in a private 4x4 vehicle to the foot of the mountain, then, start a zipline tour with seven different cables to try out. During the experience, enjoy plenty of time to walk along platforms, take in the scenery, and explore the flowers and plants of the fynbos floral kingdom too.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm

Price

$47 per person

Alternative

Tandem Paragliding

Discover Cape Town from a new perspective and enjoy the unique sensation of flying over the spectacular coastline of South Africa with this paragliding flight.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday from 7 am - 7 pm

Price

$67 per person

Alternative

Tandem Skydiving - $423 per person


Cape Town City Center Photo Shoot Experience

Visit several beautiful locations during this photoshoot. You will receive the 40 - 60 professionally edited photos within 72 hours via a link. The purpose of this experience is to make you see, feel and discover the City Center of Cape Town to its fullest! It will be a lot of laughs and a lot of fun and you will bring back nice memories of your visit to Cape Town city center!


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday, time TBD

Price

$76 per person

Alternative


African Art Workshop

Come have a hands-on painting experience at the studio of a local artist. Firstly, you will be welcomed to the art studio then learn about African art history and the artist's life journey. Learn how the artist creates his paintings from scratch, then choose to start painting on a material prepared for you or on blank material. You are then free to express yourself with a wide range of colors and brushes. After 3 hours of fun, you can go home with your painting.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Monday - Friday at 10 am and 2 pm

Price

$34 per person

Alternative

Harley Davidson Coastal Scenic Ride

Cape Town is known for its incredible coastal drives, and rather than having to organize your own vehicle hire and study a map, this Harley Davidson tour makes life easy. Enjoy the luxury of having your own chauffeur to take you on a scenic ride that showcases spectacular scenery, and includes plenty of photo opportunities and coffee breaks along the way.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday from 8 am - 8 pm

Price

$83 per person

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