• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Cape Town Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Jan 19

Cape Town is the capital city of South Africa. Located in South Africa's southwest coast, nestled in between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, it is easy to see why Cape Town has been named one of the best cities in the world to visit. From safaris, hiking, wine tasting, swimming with seals and much more, this city is a perfect place for any kind of traveler. Let's take a look at some the best things to do while there.


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 are when booking for a single adult and 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 8am - 5pm

Price

  • $16 per person for a 1-day ticket

  • $21 per person for a 2-day ticket

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Cape Town Helicopter Tour

Get a bird’s eye view of Cape Town on a short helicopter tour over the city. Great for first-time visitors, you’ll get oriented with natural landmarks such as Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Signal Hill. You’ll also fly over man-made attractions like Sea Point Promenade and the Green Point lighthouse. After the tour, enjoy a glass of champagne before heading out to explore Cape Town from the ground.


Duration

15 mins

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$120 per person


Table Mountain & Robben Island Tour

This full-day Cape Town excursion offers two tours wrapped into one. With round-trip transportation from your hotel, part 1 takes you via ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. A bus tour of the island, delivered with intimate detail by a former political prisoner, includes a viewing of Mandela's jail cell. Part 2 returns to Cape Town for a guided city bus tour highlighting all its major monuments and places of interest including a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am

Price

$160.35 per person plus a $25 cable car fee paid on arrival

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The Streets of District Six - Coffee and History

You may ask "Why District Six?". The area is a former inner-city residential area where over 60,000 of its non white inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s Apartheid regime. It was meant to be redeveloped for whites only, but as a result of international pressure it was left abandoned and empty. Walk by eerie old roads overgrown with weeds, and see what is still left today. This area is slowly redeveloping boasting quirky cafes and street art which serve as a powerful voice, telling us a story of the struggles and beauty of the area. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am

Price

$34 per person

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Cape Town City Center Photo Shoot Experience


Your photoshoot will start off in Companies Garden then on to several other beautiful locations. You will receive between 35 and 50 professionally edited photos in high resolution. You will receive the edited photos within 72 hours via a link from which you will be able to download them. 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

$52 per person

Alternative

Bo-Kaap Photo Shoot Experience - $52 per person


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 10am and 2pm

Price

$34 per person

Alternative

Street Art Walking Tour - $26 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 9:30am

Price

$127 per person plus approximately $120 in game park fees paid on arrival.

Alternative

Big 5 Ocean Safari - $54 per person


Sandboarding & Quad Biking Tour

Enjoy the beauty of being surrounded by White Sand Dunes during an exciting, adrenaline-pumping, all-inclusive, adventure in the Atlantis Dunes. Round-trip transportation from your hotel and lunch is included with your tour. The Sandboarding experience is approximately 2 - 3 hours and the Quad Biking is approximately 1 hour. The Atlantis Dunes are 43km from Cape Town, where a desert-like experience awaits you!


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am

Price

$111 per person

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Ziplining at Table Mountain Reserve

Experience one of Cape Town`s Top rated adventure activities. The tour itself consists of 7 cables totaling one of Africa`s longest Zipline Tours with +- 2.3 Kilometers in total. The first of our 11 platforms and 7 long cables towers are high in the mountain overlooking beautiful Cape Town. From this bird`s eye view you will start your journey down a large canyon on one of our shorter cables in between the Cape Floral kingdom. You will also walk within the mountain range and take in the beautiful scenery and explore small paths along the fynbos kingdom.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

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

Price

$46 per person

Tandem Paragliding

Come make your dream of flying like a bird come true with a professional Tandem Paragliding flight with spectacular views. Get a different perspective on Cape Town by soaring across the city and its surroundings on a paragliding flight. Tandem paragliding flights are done from Lions Head and Signal Hill, within the spectacular Table Mountain National Park. Tick this off your bucket list now.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday at the top of every hour from 9am - 6pm

Price

$87 per person


Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner

With the Atlantic Ocean stretching away from the majestic Table Mountain range, this is certainly a must do cruise for locals and tourists alike. Toast the setting sun from the deck of a luxury vessel with a complimentary glass of local sparkling wine (two glasses per guest, or a bottle for a couple). You’ll have an opportunity to observe amazing marine life, with regular sightings of dolphins, whales, penguins and many more aquatic creatures. After building an appetite at sea, you have the option of choosing between three gourmet restaurants to suit your culinary desires: the Meloncino Restaurant, specializing in Italian food, the City Grill for local flavor, and the Greek Fisherman for seafood.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Tuesday - Sunday at 5pm

Price

$55 per person

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Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Tour

Visit a penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve all in one day during this tour, including round-trip transport from Cape Town. First, catch sight of the endangered African penguins on the beach, and then travel over to Cape Point in the nature reserve. Spend ample time at Cape Point, and keep an eye out for ostrich, antelope, and whales.


Duration

9 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am

Price

$30 per person plus park entrance fee of $32 paid on arrival

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Seal Snorkeling

Snorkel with local seals in Hout Bay’s Duiker Island Cape Fur seal colony on this adventurous excursion from Cape Town. With expert snorkeling guides accompanying you and all equipment provided, even beginners will feel safe and comfortable. During the boat ride out to the colony, listen to in-depth commentary from your marine life-expert guide, as well as information on how to safely exist in the water with the seals.


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 11:30am and 1:30pm

Price

$50 per person

Alternative


Marine Life Kayak Tour

This kayak tour is perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Enjoy a carefree day gliding across the Atlantic Ocean with a guide to lead the way so you don’t get lost. You won’t have to worry about bringing kit with you, as kayaking equipment and safety gear hire is included. Access incredible views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline. You’ll also be able to look out for native marine life such as dolphins, seals, penguins, and sometimes whales too.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7am, 9:30am and 12pm

Price

$30 per person

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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

$24 per person

Alternative

Private Surf Lesson - $27 per person

Cape Town Pub Crawl

Set off on a nightlife adventure through the hottest spots in Cape Town. Begin your night by meeting your guide at the first of many bars to get the night started right. Enjoy complimentary drinks, drinking games, music, and an overall festive atmosphere while you get to know your fellow pub-crawlers for the evening. After warming up at the first bar, you’ll move through a slew of bars and clubs specially chosen by your guide — from rooftop bars to secret dance floors.


Duration

4 - 5 hours

Availability

Fridays at 7pm

Price

$58 per person

Alternative


Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

Combine wine tastings, cheese tastings, and a cellar visit on this action-packed half-day tour of Stellenbosch. Save time figuring out public transport schedules by having round-trip transport from Cape Town included. It’ll be the ultimate day of convenience as wine tastings are included. Venture into Cape Winelands and visit two wine farms for wine and cheese tastings.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am and 1pm

Price

$53 per person

Alternative


A Taste of Africa

Enjoy a different kind of safari while in South Africa's Mother City. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history & food culture, accompanied by an experienced local guide. Discover new sites while exploring the center of Cape Town. You'll visit several different restaurants, try amazing traditional dishes, refreshing beverages, and regional specialties. Learn more about South Africa's diverse history within the city center and create new memorable moments.


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Monday - Saturday at 2pm

Price

$92 per person

Alternative


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