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New Experiences: Unique Day Tours For Exploring The Cape
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Last Updated: 17 December 2019
Free family city walking tours. Tracking the wild otters of Cape Point. Horse riding and wine tours for couples. And unique private tours and underground or Karoo adventures for big groups. This is our selection of exciting, unique and special day tours in Cape Town and the Western Cape.
AWARD-NOMINATED CAPE TOWN EXPERIENCES WITH KIFF KOMBI TOURS
Living in the area in and around Cape Town means there is no shortage of travel adventures to be had. Kiff Kombi Tours is the perfect guide for locals to find the things they've never known about. There are scenic road trips or the flagship Urban Safari tour that showcases street art and trendy neighbourhoods. Other categories include tours for foodies and wine lovers, such as the Craft Beer Safari and The Gin Jol. What’s great about the tours – besides the fact that there’s a LekkerLocal special of 20% off – is that some experiences can also be boosted with fun activities such as clay shooting, bubble soccer or paintball, which is ideal for bachelors or even corporate events. Also check out the private high-end experiences offered by Kiff Kombi Tours.
Duration: 6–7 hours
Best suited: Adults, groups, couples
Price: From R990pp–R1800pp
Cape Town | +27 (0)72 213 3888 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Kiffkombitours.co.za
DISCOVER THE CAPE IN A VINTAGE CAR
How fun does taking a sunset ride to Chapman's Peak, exploring the Cape Peninsula, or cruising around the Winelands in a 1959 Jaguar Mk.9 or 1967 Mustang Fastback sound? This classic chauffeur-driven car hire service utilises a network of privately owned classic and sports cars to provide the ultimate transport experience for your special day. The full-day tours are a unique way to explore Cape Town’s main attractions, such as Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach and Cape Point. You’ll also discover charming vineyards and enjoy the Cape’s finest wines and culinary delights with Classic Rides.
Duration: 9 hours
Best suited: Adults, groups
Price: From R3900 per car
SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE
Cape Town is for exploring at your own leisure and pleasure. At AroundAboutCars you can even rent a vehicle with a driver. Or, go it alone and still enjoy unlimited kilometres with no excess, and a 24-hr countrywide emergency backup. Plus, all customers enjoy free delivery or collection of cars at all major airports and discounts on luxury accommodation at Cape Point Villa. It’s worth speaking to the team at AroundAboutCars.
SPOT THE MARINE BIG 5
Ever heard of an ocean safari? It's a thing and the best guides to help you spot the Marine Big 5 are Ocean Experiences. The ocean adventures company runs boat trips daily, from scuba-diving to snorkeling with seals. They have a variety of experiences. The short and afforadble one to try is the 45 minute Table Bay Safari.
Duration: Various times, depending on tour type
Best suited: Family, groups, couples
Price: Various. The Table Bay Safari, which costs R600pp, is discounted to R550pp and R450pp for CapeTownMagazine.com readers. To book phone +27 21 418 2870 and mention CapeTownMagazine.com or book online via our exclusive Ocean Experiences deals page.
Shop 8 | Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 418 2870 | email@example.com
BIG CATS AND WILDEBEEST
On this game drive, you’ll see (among other animals) springbok, zebra as well as a herd of wildebeest while sipping on your choice of wine or grape juice (for the kids) and enjoying a cheese platter. Your guide will tell you about each animal species and share anecdotes about the celebrity individuals on the farm. Then, you get a tour of Vredenheim’s vineyard, where youl’ll have access to wine tastings (also gin) and tours. The tour culminates in a special feeding experience at Vredenheim’s big cats park. Meet the lions, leopard and Bengal tigers. Read more about the game drive at Vredenheim.
Best suited: Family
Price: R225 for adults and R170 for kids under 11.
Vredenheim Estate | Stellenbosch | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 881 3637
TAILOR-MADE ADVENTURE TOURS
Go on an open-top safari, visit a waterfall, paddle up the Touw River or bungy jump at Bloukrans. Choose between a 3-, 6- or 10-day tour and have a unique and unforgettable experience visiting South Africa’s most beautiful sites through Off The Beaten Path and Wanderlust Backpackers.
Duration: 3–10 days
Best suited: Both adrenaline junkies and the leisure explorer
93 Station Road | Observatory | +27 (0)21 447 1332
KAYAK IN A MARINE PROTECTED AREA AND KEEP THE OCEAN PLASTIC FREE
Go paddling in an environmentally-friendly kayak in the Table Mountain Marine Protected Area, and see Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill appearing in a way that makes them seem a completely new. You have the chance to see the Cape Marine Big Five (dolphin, penguin, sunfish, whale, seal) and other marine life at close range. The endemic Heaviside dolphins (and in summer, their babies too) love to play in the Granger Bay area. Paddling at moonrise is just as breathtaking as a sunrise paddle. Your chance to collect any trash that you see in the ocean, so that you can do your part in keeping our oceans free from plastic. Get the experience and kayak with Kaskazi Kayaks.
Duration: 2 hours+
Best suited: Family, couples and groups
Price: R400 per person
179 Beach Road, Mouille Point (next to the Shell garage) | +27(0)83 346 1146, email@example.com
TRACK WILD OTTERS AT CAPE POINT
Track and locate clawless wild otters on a guided walk with the “Otter Man”. Learn the tracking techniques, see the habits of these elusive creatures and discover hidden areas of Cape Point along the way.
Duration: 3 hours
Best suited: Family (ages 5+), couples and group tours
Price: R750pp (adults and children)
Glencairn | +27 (0)84 525 5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE CAPE TOWN WALKING TOURS
Put on your walking shoes and explore the colourful and vibrant streets of the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town’s historic sites and buildings, or St George’s Cathedral, the “apartheid benches” and District Six. Free Walking Tours operates three very Capetonian tours – Bo-Kaap, Historic city and Apartheid to Freedom tours – daily at 11am, 2pm and 4:20pm from Motherland Coffee Company on Wale Street. And they are completely free.
Duration: 90 minutes
Best suited: Groups, couples and family tours
Mandela Rhodes Place | Wale Street | +27 (0)76 636 9007 | email@example.com
THE KAROO “FORGOTTEN ROUTE” TRAIN AND PRIVATE DAY TOURS
Return to a bygone era. Travel aboard the Shosholoza Meyl train on a two-day adventure into the Karoo, retracing the steps of the early diamond explorers. See iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in true South African culture and share stories with the local winemakers and musicians of the Karoo plains. Your end destination is the one-road town of Matjiesfontein, which remains locked in the ways of the past. Departing every Friday, you’ll get a fascinating glimpse into the past with this Wine Flies’ Forgotten Matjiesfontein Route Karoo train tour.
Duration: Friday 5pm to Saturday 7:30pm
Best suited: Couples, family, groups – private day tours also available
Price: R1950pp (max 13 people per tour), includes accommodation, train ride, wine tasting, dinner, breakfast and museum access.
Cape Town | +27 (0)21 462 8011 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A THRILLING TUNNEL TOUR ADVENTURE
The secret tunnels of Cape Town in a unique underground adventure. You’re given a torch and gumboots before descending into darkness, and then you’re ready for discovery. This tour by Good Hope Adventures is definitely one for the thrill-seekers. And it’s best done in large groups.
Duration: 90 mins
Best suited: Groups, teenagers (kids 7+ only)
Price: R250pp for 20+ people, R350pp for 10+ people. (Book at least 1 week in advance)
15 Granger Bay Boulevard | +27 (0)82 482 4006 | email@example.com
THE CAPE TOWN CRAFT CRAWL
A full day dedicated to exploring Cape Town’s emerging craft scene. That’s beer, gin, coffee, craft markets as well as local stores and hidden city gems. The Craft Crawl adventure by Local Knowledge includes day and night-time adventures and it’s good for a group of friends.
Duration: 10 hours
Best suited: Groups, couples, adults (18+ only)
Price: R850pp, includes transport and driver, local guides, all entrance fees, plus: coffee, beer and gin tastings.
Cape Town | +27 (0)84 856 9656 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE
Cape Town is for exploring at your own leisure and pleasure. At AroundAboutCars you can even rent a vehicle with a driver. Or, go it alone and still enjoy unlimited kilometres with no excess, and a 24-hour countrywide emergency backup. Plus, customers enjoy free delivery or collection of cars at all major airports and discounts on luxury accommodation at Cape Point Villa. It’s a reputable company, too: it's been operating for over 20 years and has made over 100 000 clients happy, so it's definitely worth speaking to the team at AroundAboutCars.
20 Bloem Street | Cape Town | 8001| +27 21 422 4022 | email@example.com
MEMORABLE DISCOVERIES: PRIVATE FAMILY TOUR
A fun family-filled private tour dedicated to exploring some of Cape Town’s best gems, tourist attractions and beautiful landscapes. Your expertly trained tour guide will take you on a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, Giraffe House, Lion Park, a few beautiful wine estates, the celebrated Spice Route and more. A uniquely tailored private Cape Town tour hosted by Kabura Travel Tours.
Duration: 10 hours
Best suited: Family, all ages, group
Price: R895pp (children), R1400pp (adult), includes private driver and tour guide, all entrance and wine tasting fees, bottled water, complimentary coffee at the Spice Route.
Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 2720 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME LUXURY EXPERIENCES
To see the city and its coast in a helicopter is enchanting enough, but to pair a flight with a luxury experience in the area is to raise travel to another level of special. Cape Town Experiences offers rare, carefully curated and unforgettable tours, such as flying to the West Coast for a mussel, oyster and sparkling wine feast on the beach. The wine connoisseur will cherish the exclusive experience of flying to the beautiful Helderberg area for a personalised tour of the top wine farms, including exquisite Lourensford Wine Estate on the luxury Cape Town Experiences.
Duration: Various, ranges from 3-6 hours
Best suited: Couples, groups, families
Price: Various, from R7 500pp
220 East Pier, V&A Waterfront Helipad | + 27 (021) 418 9462
AN IMMERSIVE LOCAL TOWNSHIP TOUR AND PRIVATE DAY TOURS
Step outside of the glamorous CBD and into the vibrant heart of “the real” South Africa and its lively township streets with this authentic half-day township tour. Includes Langa, Gugulethu, District 6, Bonteheuwel and Joe Slovo informal settlement. Engage with the locals and experience the vibrancy of township life first-hand. It’s a local tour led by locals with Camissa Travel & Marketing. DONT FORGET TO ASK FOR THEIR FAMOUS GOSPEL TOURS.
Duration: Half-day: 4 hours, full-day: 9 hours
Best suited: Family, groups, couples – private day tours to townships also available
Price: From 550pp (adults), R275pp (children under 12) for half-day tours.
12 Cosimos Court, 5 Knysna Road, Milnerton | +27 (0)21 555 2581 | email@example.com
EXHILARATING SHARK CAGE DIVING ADVENTURE
Calling all thrill-seekers – get up close and personal with an apex predator. Dive the famous Great White Shark hunting ground of Gansbaai, a journey that starts at the crack of dawn. Also combine your tour with whale-watching, a scenic flight or a safari game drive with the White Shark Diving Company’s Gansbaai shark cage diving tours.
Duration: Full day
Best suited: Adults, groups, couples
9 Kusweg, Kleinbaai Harbour, Gansbaai | +27 (0)82 559 68587| firstname.lastname@example.org
CELEBRATING WINE, WHALES AND WORS
Taste the unique local wines, traditional foods and the beauty of Stellenbosch, Grabouw and Hermanus. Discover and taste your way through the Cape Winelands onboard a “musical chair minibus”, enjoy an authentic boerewors and cider pairing in Grabouw, and then do some whale-watching in Hermanus, followed by a meal of local fish and chips. Wine Flies invites you on this authentic Whale, Wine and Wors tour.
Duration: 12 hours
Best suited: Adults, groups, couples
Price: R880pp, includes all tastings, food pairings and lunch.
Cape Town | +27 (0)21 462 8011| email@example.com
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