“Must See” Tours

Cape Town and environs has so much to offer that you could be busy for weeks. We recognize, however, that most visitors have limited time and want to experience, at least, Table Mountain, Cape Point, the penguins and baboons, The Winelands, Robben Island and the sea and the City. These suggested tours are designed to help you structure and prioritize your time here

These tours are offered by many tour companies, large and small, and can, quite easily, be self-driven. A good tour guide, however, can show you these sights and so much more, including local stories, history, geography, relevant arts and food and many others. They often have relationships with off-the-beaten path attractions and locations to give you a “behind-the-scenes” local view. I therefore recommend a custom tour with a small, local guide rather than one of the big tour companies and buses.

With one exception to the above, the big red buses: I strongly recommend that on the first day one takes the The Blue Mini Peninsula loop tour . This tour hits all the high spots and you can get on and off as many times as you like, if you want to explore. If you buy one of the multi-day packages, you can use this to see much of what is described below, safely and easily. The tour gives you a unique view from the top of a double-decker bus. It is really inexpensive and even i do it once or twice a year. You are exposed to the elements so sunscreen or warmer clothing depending on weather are important

For the remainder, the questions really are:

  • What do YOU want to see and experience?
  • How much TIME do you have?

I have crafted tours to ensure that you see and experience as much as possible in and around Cape Town in the amount of time you have. These are all just suggestions and should be modified based on YOUR interests

You should be flexible to adapt to whats happening in Cape Town and the weather. You can change any of these days and tours, by skipping certain activities and including other activities, e.g., a township tour ending in a meal at a township barbecue or a walking tour of Cape Town. See our Cape Town 411 pages for some ideas. You can also supplement these tours with early morning activities, such as a climb up Lion’s Head at sunrise (gorgeous!) and real Capetonian food and entertainment in the evening