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Cultural day tours and excursions uncovered in Cape Town and Surrounds

What are the origins of Cape Town and how did the city become the ‘rainbow nation’ of the present day?  From District Six to Bo’Kaap and from Kramats to Art Deco; you will find the answers in historical streets, monuments, museums, landmarks, architecture and spirited Cape Town people. Embark on a full or half day cultural tour and your expert guide will open your eyes to fascinating accounts of the pain, tragedy, challenges and triumphs faced by the ancestors of the Mother City.

Walking cultural day tours in Cape Town

Nothing helps you digest an experience like slowing down the pace to a leisurely walk. Join specialist guides on a budget, half day walking tour through Cape Town’s historic streets to retrace 350 years of Cape Town’s colourful past. Your tour, including Greenmarket Square and the Castle of Good Hope, is packed with stories of the challenges facing early Dutch settlers, the pain of Apartheid and the triumph of the new ‘rainbow nation’. Your tour operator also provides private walking tours for smaller groups (Footsteps to Freedom | +27 (0) 824521112).

A free walking tour which focuses on city developments is a great way to see just how far Cape Town has come since Apartheid. Discover the stories behind the streets, buildings and people, and the projects that are transforming the City Centre into a place that retains historical character, whilst becoming a vibrant, ‘World City’ (Cape Town Partnership | +27 (0) 21 - 4191881).

Cultural day tours in the Mother City by bike

Ever wondered how much the Dutch East India company paid for the Cape Peninsula, or what wild animals roamed the City Centre 300 years ago? Hop on a bike for a full day tour and you’ll find out. Cycle through Cape Town’s major historical sights from Robben Island, to the Castle of Good Hope, to scenic, Chapman’s Peak Drive. Tours include bicycle rental, a helmet and a knowledgeable tour guide (City Cycle Tours | +27 (0) 21 - 5115766).

Cultural day trips to Robben Island

From the 17th to the 20th century, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment to key political figures like Nelson Mandela. Several times a day, ferries depart from the Robben Island Exhibition and Information Centre, situated at the V&A Waterfront. A half day tour of this world heritage site is a reminder of the price paid for freedom and includes; the prison and an island tour (Robben Island Museum | +27 (0) 21 - 4095169).

Bo-Kaap cultural day tours

Bo-Kaap is a multi-cultural area of Cape Town, tucked safely into the fold of Signal Hill. During a half day walking tour, explore Muslim cultural history and heritage, via the cobbled streets and colourful 18th century homes. Your local guide, Yagya Arend, will take you to South Africa’s first Muslim mosque and to sample traditional Cape Malay cuisine at a resident’s home in the ‘The Malay Quarter’. For more information, Take a Walk Through Bo'Kaap (Bo’Kaap Experience Cape Town | +27 (0) 829216755).

Not enough Cape Malay cuisine for your taste buds? Combine your cultural tour with shopping for tantalizing ingredients including; ginger, cinnamon, coriander and chili. Learn how to mix Masala, fold Samosas and balance the flavours of a Cape Malay Curry, then reap the tasty rewards of your efforts, whilst an expert cooking instructor tells you more about the food of Bo-Kaap Culture (Andulela Experience |+27 (0) 21 - 7902592).

Exclusive Cultural Day Tours

Drive through historical Cape Town in style, in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with onboard refreshments. Your tour includes Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope, Wine Tasting in Constantia and a Traditional South African Lunch at a luxury venue (Alatus Tours | 0713698625). Or, cruise the city with a group of friends in a private, 7-seater microbus, with a qualified driver guide. Your half day scenic drive includes; Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Houses of Parliament, City Hall and Bo-Kaap (Hylton Ross Exclusive Touring | +27 (0) 21 - 5115784).

We hope that this overview of excursions and day trips in Cape Town and Surrounds has inspired some great experiences in the Mother City. If you enjoyed this overview, be sure to read Adventure Day Tours, Township Day Tours, Winelands Day Tours, Cape Peninsula Day Tours and Wildlife and Nature Day Tours. For a selection of the best, be sure to read our Top Ten Day Tours.

By Lisa Nevitt

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Shimmy Beach ClubBeach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club

Sun, sand, sea and glitz – the weekend isn’t over until you’re relaxing at Shimmy Beach Club

A Touch Of Madness Burgers and Beers 5Saturdays are for Sunny Daytime Parties at A Touch of Madness

Touchdown Saturdays’ DJ, drink specials and sunny courtyard are ideal for summer afternoons

Waterless dinner 2Waterless Dinners Are Coming to Cape Town

Enjoy a guilt-free meal comprising of crops farmed using salt-water agriculture

Pizza Sgt pepperDouble Tuesday Pizza Special at Sgt Pepper

Let the good times roll at this favourite Cape Town music haunt

Roast and Co 22-for-1 Drink Specials at Roast & Co

Every day “on your way” at Roast & Co. - enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials and discover the coolest mugs

Oude 2Enjoy a night of entertainment with the family under the stars at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre

Picturesque views form the backdrop to this open-air Oude Libertas theatre. It’s just waiting to host you and your family for a night of delight

King Kong MusicalKing Kong is back in Cape Town for its Final Run

Celebrate the comeback of this historic musical. WATCH: Video footage of the original King Kong Musical

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

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Hop on board a fun-filled minibus and explore the hidden gems of the Western Cape

Boy Girl HairHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

FOREX Pub Quiz 2016 2Trivia Night at The Forex Bar

Test your general knowledge at this Observatory-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

The Piano Bar Burger and Beer Special in Cape TownBurger and Beer Special at The Piano Bar

Visit this jazzy eatery and bar on any Tuesday for a burger (or pizza) and free beer

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist Attraction: HintHunt

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

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Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser tag activity

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Bring your corporate family along to experience team building and business functions featuring the Big 5

The Village Idiot Restaurant & Bar in Cape TownTuesday Mates and Dates Restaurant Special at The Village Idiot in Cape Town

Bring a partner for a two-by-two weekly special at this popular inner city neighbourhood haunt

Boschendal Wine FarmPicnic Lunches at Boschendal Wine Farm

Delight in an alfresco feast at one of the most picturesque wineries in the Cape Winelands

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'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

Excentric HairTransformation Tuesday at Excentric Hair Salon

First-time clients will receive complimentary Olaplex treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

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Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ambiance at this Parisian-inspired Cape Town steakhouse’s #HQDateNight special

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