Cape Town Tours and Budget Safaris
Affectionately known as ‘The Mother City’ among South Africans. Cape Town offers a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure against a beautiful backdrop. Our packages are tailor-made by experts who have traveled throughout Africa and their extensive knowledge ensures we offer the best routes. Discover perfect sunsets, nightlife and memorable activities and experiences.
Africa Tours from Cape Town
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Highlights on Cape Town Tours
1) Take the cable car up Table Mountain:
If you consider yourself relatively fit then take a scenic hike up Table Mountain. However if you prefer the no sweat option then take the leisurely cable car to the top. Either way you will be awarded with magnificent vistas of the city, beaches and ocean. Cape Town is absolutely picture-perfect from these heights.
2) Cape Point
The Cape Point nature reserve is beautifully wild and serene. The most popular attraction in the reserve is the funicular and lighthouse while the views from the top are amazing.
With breathtaking picnic spots or the chance to take a walk to a secluded beach this excursion will bring you back to nature and all it has to offer.
3) Wine Tasting
The Cape Winelands are best explored with an organised tour and guide. This enables you to see numerous farms while learning about the history and farming techniques enroute. From Stellenbosch to Paarl, Franschhoek and Elgin along with Constantia and Durbanville. You will be spoilt for choice with so many wine varietals including the likes of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Pinotage being the most popular. Other varietals include Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Merlot as well as numerous blends offering a wine for every pallet.
Fun tastings offered at various vineyards include pizza and wine pairings as well as chocolate and wine pairings, with many more unique and exciting activities such as cellar tours and the opportunity to blend your own wine.
Cape Town is a foodie hub with world-class chefs powering a food revolution. Restaurants in the city offer every cuisine imaginable from traditional African dishes to fusion and fabulous seafood.
For a uniquely South African experience, head out to Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu. Here the tradition of braai culture (or barbeque) is held proudly as you are given the chance to choose your cut of meat and it is then cooked to your liking on open fires and served along with side dishes true to South African style such as pap or coleslaw. You can grab a beer (quart) next door from the shebeen to wash it all down with. Enjoy your meal while getting to know the friendly locals for a true African experience.
5) Open Top Bus
A good way to see the sights in Cape Town is to take the open top bus tour. Ideal for a sunny, wind-free days as the top level is open which lends itself to great photo opportunities as you explore the inner city, coastal or winelands routes. With the chance to hop on and off with a day pass you can cover alot of ground while exploring the city highlights.
6) Stroll down Long Street or Bree Street in search of a great bar
And you won’t have to walk very far to find one! Awash with pubs, clubs, restaurants and quaint shops. This street in the center of the city has an eclectic energy day and night and is worth the wander through it’s side streets and alleys. Two roads away and parallel to Long Street you will find Bree Street which is a trendy destination with unique bars, secret gin bars and beautiful restaurants.
If you are in Cape Town on the first Thursday of the month then be sure to take to the streets for a wonderful display of arts and culture as the city lights up with boutiques and galleries staying open till 9pm. Wonder the streets engaging in art installations and live music while enjoying street food or finding an outside table for diner.
7) Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Strolling around the beautiful gardens with Table Mountain as a backdrop you can stimulate all your senses and learn more about African plants.
The sheer variety of indigenous flora found on Table Mountain is staggering. Fynbos, an Afrikaans word meaning “delicate bush,” is the name given to the scrubby vegetation that is particular to the Cape and is found in abundance on the mountain slopes.
If you are visiting in summer, the Sunday evening concerts in Kirstenbosch are very popular. You can experience some of the best South African bands while enjoying a picnic in the gardens.
The African Jackass penguin colony have made Boulders Beach near Simons Town their home. This tourist attraction offers a lovely trip to the boulder fringed beach while watching the cute penguins with their young play in the surf or nesting on the shores.
9) Learn to Surf
Muizenberg is perfect for anyone new to surfing but it is also enjoyed regularly by the local surfers. The shark spotter high on the mountain overlooking the beach and surf will make you feel at ease while you climb into a wetsuit and test your balancing skills. Even if you don’t become the next Kelly Slater you will still relish in the opportunity for some fun in the waves.
10) Night Out
Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay is great for sundowners on a Sunday. This restaurant also serves really good breakfasts while you sit and watch the ocean.
Asoka Bar is a trendy Kloof Street bar where you can go either for pre-drinks before dinner or for a chance to dance until the early hours. Another Kloof Street bar with a great setting is Yours Truly which is where locals and foreigners hang out resulting in interesting conversation and a jovial atmosphere.
La Parada in Bree Street is a tapas bar with Spanish flair where you can enjoy great food and local beers while watching the bustling street vibes.
11) Walks and Picnics
The Sea Point promenade is 11 kilometers in length and winds along the Atlantic shoreline. This is a beautiful place to go on long walks or a gentle stroll as you enjoy an ice-cream while the sunsets. Picnics are a favorite pastime for locals as we have such amazing landscapes and gardens in the city and it’s surrounding areas. Signal Hill is a very popular spot for sunset picnics as it overlooks the city. The vistas are absolutely phenomenal especially on a still evening.
In the city center, the Company’s Gardens are also a great picnic spot or you can buy small bags of food with which to feed the resident squirrels. This 8.5 hectare park contains a Japanese garden, gorgeous roses, an aviary and South Africa’s oldest cultivated pear tree. These gardens are also very close to the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium so combine the two for a relaxing and informative day out.
There are many hiking routes in Cape Town. Most popular is Lion’s Head, which is a fantastic hike that offers awe-inspiring views of the city and coast below. Although climbing to the summit can be rather challenging, it caters for various levels of fitness and can be taken at your own pace.
Otherwise, try a hike up Table Mountain and explore the parks and forests of the city. We advise you don’t hike alone in Cape Town for your own safety so join a group and combine exercise with making new friends.
Cape Town locals flock to the various stunning beaches all week long. You too can spend time enjoying the sunshine on the white, sandy beaches of Clifton or Camps Bay. In addition explore the small, secluded beaches on the Atlantic seaboard such as Llandudno beach. Further along are Hout Bay, Noordhoek beach and the small Smitswinkelbaai which is down a steep mountain slope.
On the other side of the peninsula, you will find the warmer waters of Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Boulder’s beaches. This coastline is scattered with small shops and seafood restaurants while Kalk Bay has a unique appeal with quaint boutiques and cafes.
Along the west coast you can spend some time paddling in the waves of Milnerton or Blaauwberg beaches or try out kite-surfing on a windy day.
14) Visiting Markets
With a variety of markets in and around Cape Town, you are spoilt for choice with local crafts, fresh produce and delicious food. The Bay Harbour market of Hout Bay is set in an old fish factory and boasts more than one hundred stalls selling anything from handmade weavings to Tunisian chickpea rotis throughout the weekend.
The Old Biscuit Mill market every Saturday in Woodstock is super trendy. Here you can shop a massive range of fresh produce and homemade goods. It has a vintage appeal and due to its popularity it’s always buzzing with live music and foodtrucks.