Tours of Cape Town allow you to experience the historic architecture, deep history and beautiful beaches of Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. Spend your days exploring the luxury hotels, restaurants and bars of the V&A Waterfront, climb or take the cable car to the top of Cable Mountain or see the penguins on the beach. Our Cape Town tours encompass South Africa’s Garden Route, as well as combining the city with a safari. Browse our selection below.
For an overview of Cape Town’s and the Garden Route’s main attractions, book our four day Garden Route Highlights Tour From Cape Town. Begin in the city, where you can enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants, watch the sunset from Cable Mountain or visit the incredible Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, the longer Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari takes you through the beautiful landscapes and rugged coastline of the south coast over 12 days. Begin in Cape Town and book a boat trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was famously incarcerated. Drive the Atlantic seaboard and enjoy the sparkling sea views and pretty coastal villages along the way.
To combine your Cape Town tour with South Africa’s other top destinations, book our Grand Tour of South Africa. Begin in Johannesburg; making your way across the beautiful country and along the Garden Route before finishing in Cape Town. Visit Cape Point and take in the cliffs, hills, sparkling sea and rugged coastline. Head to the Cape Winelands and enjoy views of rolling green valleys as you try delicious dishes perfectly paired with some of the country’s best wines. You’ll also enjoy a morning city tour with an expert local guide.
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Garden Route Holiday Destinations
“Though it can be quite hot earlier on in the year, the weather in Cape Town can change in an instant. Be sure to pack waterproof clothing and prepare for chilly evening once the sun goes down.”
“Avid photographers and nature-lovers arriving between June and December should visit the Whale Coast, near Hermanus, for some truly beautiful scenes of Southern right whales breaching.”
“Foodies will be in heaven in Cape Town – you must try bunny chow (hollowed bread filled with spicy curry), the savoury Gatsby sandwich (packed with fries, steak, polony sausage or egg), and biltong (dried strips of beef and ostrich)”.
Frequently Asked Questions
What language do people speak in Cape Town?
The most popular languages spoken in Cape Town are Afrikaans and English. Though English is the most widely-spoken language here, we recommend bringing an Afrikaans phrasebook to aid communication at traditional markets and restaurants.
What currency should I use in Cape Town?
The official currency of South Africa is the South African rand. It is recommended you convert your cash prior to arrival, as rates may not be favourable once here. Cash machines are widely available throughout Cape Town, and credit cards are accepted in most bars, restaurants and hotels but please note that your bank may charge international usage fees.
What’s the weather like in Cape Town?
The average temperature in Cape Town between January and May ranges between 18-20°C, with temperatures dropping as low as 8°C between the cooler months of June and September. You’ll experience the warmest weather in February, where midday temperatures can climb to 29°C.
Combining colourful, cosmopolitan streets with an incredible variety of landscapes – spanning dense woodlands, towering mountains, palm-fringed coastlines and pristine bays – Cape Town has charm in abundance. With an inspiring history of anti-apartheid movements and a thriving multi-cultural populace, this artistic, modern city should be at the top of everyone’s travel checklist.
Why you'll love Cape Town...
• Capturing the dazzling hues and pastel shades of the Bo-Kaap district
• Spotting Cape mountain zebra at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
• Taking in the splendour and unique flora at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
• Basking in the sunshine on the white powdery sands of Clifton Beach?
• Riding the cable car up to Table Top Mountain for epic views
• Enjoying a spot of retail therapy at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
• Sampling South African wines from the Stellenbosch wineries
• Hiking along scenic Cape Point
• Admiring the penguins of Boulder Beach
• Trying the flavourful chakalaka (a spicy vegetable relish served with bread and curries)
Did you know?
• The jackass penguins of Simon’s Town are South Africa’s only species of indigenous penguin.
• Cape Town annually hosts the world’s largest individually timed bicycle race, spanning 68 miles.
• The world’s first heart transplant took place in Cape Town in 1967.
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