10 Best Tours In Cape Town, South Africa - Updated 2024

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Cape Town, a city in South Africa that has all the workings of a great vacation such as its ocean, its landscape and its rich cultural heritage, has had South Africans and foreign visitors lining up to its attractions. Take my word when I say you will be planning several visits to the Mother City because there are a lot of tours to be had and it is just impossible to go to all of them just in one visit. The following are some of the best tours Cape Town which will definitely have you learning a lot and enjoying the best of the Mother City.

1. Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town (from USD 84.0)

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There is nothing as magnificent as watching a family of whales wafting along the Hermanus waters. Strategically positioned for maximum views of the whales from land, you can do the viewing from Hermanus or you can pay to go on a boat for a more up-close-and-personal feel. While at Hermanus, why not take in its cultural diversity by visiting its art galleries, doing some shopping in the many shops dotting the town or savor its culinary prowess by having some lunch in one of the many restaurants. During the drive back, take time to reflect as you drive on one of the most magnificently dramatic coastal roads in the world.

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Hermanus Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

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2. Cape Town: Full Day Wine Tasting Tour (from USD 89.97)

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Wine lovers will have a field day on this tour! Swig on the finest South African wines while learning about their history and quite possibly, carry a few bottles with you home at your own expense. The tour will take you to Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch and somewhere in the tour there will be a wonderful lunch spread in one of the vineyards, which will include vegetarian dishes. It does not get any better than a swirl on the Capetonian wine history to enjoying great food pairings with wine, ranging from deep reds to crisp whites to sweet wines and everything in-between.

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Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Duration: 9.0 hour

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3. Cape Town: Foodie Thursdays Tasting Tour

Some delectables paired with a craft beer.

Foodie’s abode! Whoever came up with this tour knows the good stuff because it will take you through Cape Town’s culinary greats, from local foods to delectable artisan foods. It is not all about eating, you’ll get to learn about food influences in Cape Town at Company’s Garden. In the tour, you will be taken to Woodstock, a foodie haven as you sample its best coffees and teas or learn the art of craft beer and sample a few.

You cannot go without sampling some biltong, a delicious dried meat delicacy at Heritage Square. Get a culinary climax at Bo Kaap where you will learn and savor the best of koeksisters, the spices used to make the Cape foods and many other delicacies. I tell you, start this tour on an empty stomach, you will not regret it. Before the tour, let the guide know beforehand if you have any dietary preferences to make the necessary arrangements.

Cape Town: Foodie Thursdays Tasting Tour

Address: Cape Town, Bo-Kaap Museum


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4. Hour Walk in Tranquility Cracks from Cape Town

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Strap on your hiking boots and head five hours out of Cape Town to Tranquility Cracks at Table Mountain National Park. Climb up from the Atlantic Ocean side as you make your way through winding ravines to a breathtaking view of Camps Bay. Soldier on round the ravine heading up, which will get you to the rear of the mountain and a short distance away from the Tranquility Cracks entrance, a natural phenomenon of yellowwood trees emerging from cracks on the rocks.

On the hike, you will get to walk the 12 Apostles to the Old Cableway used in the later years of the 1800s to transport both men and materials to the top of the mountain. This point will be the start to the end of your hike as you head down using the Kasteelpoort route to where you started.

5-Hour Walk in Tranquility Cracks from Cape Town

Address: Cape Town, South Africa


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5. Full-Day Walk to Freedom Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island

Robben Island Prison
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If not for its natural splendor, then South Africa and especially Cape Town is known around the world for its rather complex political history. The Walk to Freedom Tour will take you to the many interesting and historic political points in Cape Town, such as Bo Kaap, District Six and most importantly, the world-renowned prison, Robben Island. This is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Book a tour to experience, albeit tamely, the clanging of the metal doors and the surroundings that one of the greatest influencers of the world did.

Full-Day Walk to Freedom Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island

Address: Cape Town, South Africa


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6. Full-Day Sky Diving, Sandboarding and Quad Biking Combo from Cape Town

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A tour tailored to perfection! If you love high intensity activities that get your blood pumping, then book this tour which will see you heading off to Atlantis Dunes just outside Cape Town for a thrilling day. Whether you are a greenie or a pro snowboarder, whizz down the dunes as you feel the sand beneath you. When you reach the bottom, get ready for a buzzing twirl in the sand with a quad bike on the Atlantis’s white sands.

For the ultimate climax, jump off a plain tandem and feel the wind on your face as you plummet to the ground only to be whisked away by a parachute, allowing you to take in the beautiful scenery below that is Cape Town.

Full-Day Sky Diving, Sandboarding and Quad Biking Combo from Cape Town

Address: Cape Town, South Africa


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7. Full-Day Craft Beer, Classic Car and Wine Tour from Cape Town (from USD 155.0)

If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, can twirl, swig and savor wines with the best sommeliers out there, and love classic cars, then this is the tour for you. Specially crafted to include the finest experiences in Cape Town, you will get to visit some wineries and enjoy cheese, chocolates and drinks. The tour will have you visiting art galleries, private car museums and eating the finest foods as an extra expense on your part.

Better yet, learn the art of glassblowing and get yourself a piece or two to take home with you. The Franschoek Motor Museum will detail the history of automobiles in South Africa from an 1898 vintage Beeston motor tricycle, to the latest modern Benz they have on display. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery is where you can opt to have lunch while sampling their best craft beer. This tour is an endless sensory experience, the foods, the architecture, the wines, the cars, the museums – just endless.

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Franschhoek and Stellenbosch: Beer, Wine, Classic Cars Tour

Duration: 8 hours

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8. Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour (from USD 96.4)

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This tour will have you visiting the oh-so-white beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and you’ll be drawn in by the waters that are so clear and serene. Mingle with the locals at Hout Bay while eating fresh seafood and if you want, pay an extra fee to visit the seal island, Duiker Island. The tour will get you to Cape Point, a nature reserve characterized by the south-westernmost point in Africa, flanked by the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Visit the South African Navy Museum at Simon’s Town and other attractions nearby for an extra charge of entrance fee to Boulders Beach. End the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the serenity of it all, the aromas, the greenery and the tranquility.

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Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

Duration: 9.0 hour

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9. Cape of Good Hope: Private Full-Day Tour from Cape Town (from USD 147.7)

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A full day for you to explore the point in Cape Town, known as the Cape of Good Hope, as you teeter on the most south-westernmost tip of the whole of Africa. In this excursion, you will come across penguins going about their day and you are bound to see a whale floating along minding its own business. All this will be happening while you take in the Capetonian coastline and its magnificently awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

Have little rendezvous in quaint towns such as Hout Bay and many others on the route. The day winds down to Constantia for some good old wine tasting time. If you would like to add or remove one of the many stops in this tour to your liking, feel free to do so, it is a private tour after all.

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Cape Peninsula: Private Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

Duration: 1 day

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10. Full-Day Inverdoorn Reserve Safari from Cape Town (from USD 130.22)

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You cannot go to South Africa and not have a safari. With the Inverdoorn Reserve Safari, you will come so close to some of the most dangerous yet magnificent and gentle African animals in their natural habitat. The 4x4 open air ride will have you pulsating with both excitement and dread, a great combination as you appreciate nature’s magnificence. After the drive, you will head back to the lodge for a hearty lunch and a relaxed afternoon by the pool or fire pit, reflecting on the morning drive. Your guide will get you back to Cape Town via the Huguenot Tunnel at the end of the day.

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From Cape Town: Inverdoorn Game Reserve Full-Day Safari

Duration: 5 hour

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Cape Town will have you coming back to experience its culture, history, food and barrage of activities. These tours are but a few of the many!

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