Recommended Pre- & Post Congress Tours
Things to Do in Cape Town
Best of the Cape Tour
For those with a limited schedule, this full-day tour is a combination of Cape Point and the Winelands. We start off the day travelling around the Peninsula and then make our way through to the world-famous Stellenbosch wine region in the afternoon.
Clifton and Camps Bay beaches
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Cape Point – The most south-westerly tip of the African continent
Boulders – African Penguin Colony
False Bay – The largest Bay in Southern Africa
Various Wine Estates
Cape Peninsula Tour
Join us as we travel around the Cape Peninsula, named by early explorers as the ‘Fairest Cape’. On this tour, you will encounter beautiful beaches, remarkable scenery, the mythical meeting place of the two oceans, local wildlife and world-famous botanical gardens.
BOAT TRIP TO SEAL ISLAND (OPTIONAL)
This small island is a sanctuary for thousands of Cape Fur seals as well as a variety of seabirds. The trip back provides beautiful views of Hout Bay. This fun outing is particularly popular with children. A return trip lasts approximately forty minutes.
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE NATURE RESERVE
Cape of Good Hope is one of the two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park, the other is Table Mountain. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.
CLIFTON AND CAMPS BAY BEACHES
The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are white and sandy offering spectacular views and sunsets.
CAPE POINT OSTRICH FARM
The Cape Point Ostrich Farm was established in 1996 and turned into an ostrich breeding farm. Tours are facilitated on the farm.
CAPE POINT – THE MOST SOUTH-WESTERLY TIP OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT
Cape Point is situated on a peninsula known as the Cape Peninsula. At the very end of the peninsula the most south-western point of the African continent known as Cape Point. Within Cape Point, the treacherous cliffs forming the most southwestern tip of Africa are some of the highest in the world and mark the spot where the cold Benguela current on the West coast and the warm Agulhus current on the East coast merge. Hop aboard the funicular and you’ll be whisked away on a scenic trip 238 metres above the ocean to where the old lighthouse keeps watch over the seas.
FALSE BAY – THE LARGEST BAY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
False Bay has one of the Cape Peninsula’s most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. Known for its scenic beauty, it encompasses small seaside villages along the coastline. The most popular small towns include the historical naval village of Simon’s Town, Muizenberg(known for its epic waves), St James (with its colourful huts), Kalk Bay (with great seafood restaurants), and Fish Hoek(with one of the best beaches).
BOULDERS – AFRICAN PENGUIN COLONY
Boulders Beach in Simons Town is home to the ‘Jackass’ African penguin now said to number over 3000, though the species as a whole is listed as endangered. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in the natural habitat. Children will love the penguins and their antics!
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden founded in 1913 is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
The Cape Winelands are amongst the most scenic in the world. A visual feast of lush green valleys, rugged mountains, fine cuisine and world-class wine producing estates make up the Cape Winelands. Its many historic wine estates, characterized by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings with distinctive gables and thatched roofs, and massive vineyards date back centuries. Wine estates are bordered by the Hottentots Holland, the Franschhoek mountains and in the North by the Wemmershoekberg. The most popular and well-known are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.
Because wine is such a personal preference, your tour will be tailor-made to your individual wine preferences and the following highlights are just a few possibilities:
Paarl is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. It offers historical charm, culture, architectural heritage, wine and fruit farms, breathtaking scenery and many cycling and nature trails. Main Street Paarl is a colourful collection of beautifully restored buildings representing Cape Dutch, Edwardian, Victorian and even Art Deco styles. Paarl has a large area of unspoilt natural beauty at its doorstep. The town has a unique character, vineyards still grow in between residential neighbourhoods maintaining a country feel to a town virtually the size of a small city, and it is here that the struggle to gain recognition for Afrikaans as a written language was also achieved.
The Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve has a picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees.
Places of interest include the Afrikaans language Monument, the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in the country, a drive by The Groot Drankenstein Prison which is the last place in which Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa full of charming scenes and rich in history. Old oak trees line the streets and frame the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa which was established in 1971.
Dorp Street is a national monument and has one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in southern Africa. It was once the ‘wagon way to Cape Town’ and now the oldest residential street in South Africa.
Places of interests, a Historical walk through old part of Stellenbosch, famous Oom Samie se winkel and Stellenbosch Village Museum.
Franschhoek was founded by the French Huguenots over 350 years ago and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. It lies against the backdrop of the majestic Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains. It is a beautiful setting with many guesthouses, café lined streets, antique stores, art galleries, bakeries and the chocolaterie demonstrate a truly French flair.
Franschhoek is also home to many festivals from the annual Bastille Day festival (14 July) to cheese, wine and olive festivals at various times throughout the year.
Places of interest include the French Huguenot Museum, Vintage Motor Museum, Chocolate Tasting at the boutique Chocolaterie.
Wine, Cheese and Olive Tastings
Cape Winelands offers some of the finest wine tasting experiences. Wine Tastings can be planned according to your wine preferences at some of the premier estates in the Cape Winelands. The very best of locally produced cheeses made by some of the very top, cheese makers and producers South Africa has to offer can be tasted and paired up with some fine wines. Olive enthusiasts can also enjoy locally produced olive oil and olives.
The cellar tour reveals the winemaking process and a brief wine tasting method is demonstrated. Wines produced by the estate are sampled.
Various Wine Estates.
Wine Estates are planned and booked according to your wine preferences
Cape Town City Tour
Join us as we travel through South Africa’s oldest city – affectionately known as the Mother City. On this tour, you will encounter unique cultures, architecture, historical sites and unforgettable scenery.
BO-KAAP / CAPE MALAY QUARTER
Bo Kaap has a rich cultural, religious and architectural heritage and is a mixed and cosmopolitan neighbourhood with strong links to Muslim traditions and culture. The Cape Malay were originally shipped into the Cape Colony as skilled artisan slaves. The Bo Kaap is also home to the oldest mosque in South Africa, the Auwal Mosque, established in 1798.
TABLE MOUNTAIN: WEATHER PERMITTING
The top of Table Mountain offers spectacular views in all directions and gives a bird’s eye view of the city. The upper cable car station is situated at 1067 metres and the cable car floor rotates 360 degrees enabling visitors to take in the whole of the breathtaking views. There are numerous pathways on top, viewing decks, souvenir shops, a self-service restaurant and coffee shop.
The garden is the oldest in the country and was formally established in 1652 by Dutch settlers who sought to establish a victualling station to service and re-provision spice-trading sailing shops on the long sea route to the east. The Company Gardens which is situated in the middle of the CBD is also home to a beautiful rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and bird aviary. It is adjacent to numerous important landmarks, including the present day Houses of Parliament, the Iziko SA Museum and Planetarium, the SA National Gallery and other historical buildings.
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
One of the oldest buildings in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station. It is a fort rather than a castle. The Castle Military Museum depicts Cape Military History with one of the most impressive sword collections in the country. The William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and period furniture have a special relevance to the Cape. Key Ceremony performed during weekdays, followed by firing of the Signal Cannon. Horse and Carriage rides are also available.
GREEN MARKET SQUARE
Cape Town’s oldest market, set on a cobbled square still has an exciting buzz with some colourful and eccentric characters. You can pick up local art, crafts, fabrics and artefacts from almost every country on the African continent.
Become acquainted with the oldest city in South Africa. You will be driven through the streets of Cape Town City Centre where historic and important buildings will be pointed out to you.
Robben Island Mandela Tour
Robben Island’s most famous resident was Nelson Mandela, who spent most of his 27-year prison sentence there. The island is now a museum and conservation area and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and today has become one of Cape Town’s top attractions. This tour is a half-day tour and may be combined with another half-day tour to create a full-day tour.
Ferry trip to/from the Island
Breathtaking view of Cape Town and Table Mountain
Bus tour around the Island
Walking tour of the prison (conducted by former inmates)
Nelson Mandela’s cell
Children’s Tour of the Cape Peninsula: Penguins and Other Friends
This is truly a special experience! Visit the famous colony of African Penguins near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point and learn more about these fascinating creatures. Children will love the penguins and their antics. There are wooden walkways which allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat. Boulders beach is also worth a stop for safe and enjoyable swimming.
NOORDHOEK FARM VILLAGE
Noordhoek Farm Village is an enchanting and ideal destination for families set under shady oaks. It offers a child-friendly environment with a children’s playground and open space with restaurants catering for the little ones. While you relax at leisure, let the kids play in a safe, secure environment – don’t be surprised to find horses, pigs, cows, hens, ducks and rabbits roaming the gardens and open public spaces!
CAPE POINT OSTRICH FARM
The “Cape Point Ostrich Farm” next to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point National Park) is a productive breeding 65 ha farm which opened in 1996. Being a breeding farm, everything is done to comfort and accommodate 40 breeding Birds and our facilities can accommodate up to 800 birds. They live in big open spaced camps to ensure that there are always plenty of eggs to incubate.
Guided Tours are available and you will be familiarised with the life cycle of our ostriches – all the way from egg to adult ostrich and you get to see our breeding station. A wide variety of ostrich eggs and exquisite ostrich leather products are available.
Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the oldest farm in South Africa and combines a wildlife sanctuary with family entertainment. The Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard is home to some very friendly farm animals which roam freely, including goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and pony. Kids will love to ride the donkeys, camels and feed the farmyard animals. There are three camels available for rides, gentle enough for your kids to enjoy and the jerky two-metre ascent will keep things exciting. You are welcome to join them for the ride too.
Kids can see the goats being milked in the Milking Parlour. Kids can also get close to snakes and reptiles in the Snake Park. Parents can enjoy great food at the restaurant while kids enjoy the Jungle Gyms and Face Painting. The restaurant has a lovely enclosed garden with a large lawn area and jungle gym.
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
The beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens in Newlands, Cape Town is the ideal setting for kids to run around aimlessly. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens, lawns are intermingled with stream and ponds which will keep the kids amused as they explore these immaculately kept gardens.
WARRIOR TOY MUSEUM SIMON’S TOWN
In Simons Town, you can visit a museum showing all kinds of war toys – the only one worldwide. Find a variety of antique toys such as dinky toys, Meccano model cars, boats, trains and others. If you are a collector of toys, have children travelling with you or would like to take a present or two back home, then do not miss this museum.
SCRATCH PATCH IN SIMON’S TOWN
Scramble & Search for Gemstones! A fun family activity, where the kids and parents will have fun rummaging through thousands of tumble-polished gemstones. Kids will be kept entertained searching for their favourite shapes and colours as they decide which treasures to bring home. South Africa is one of the leading producers of gemstones in the world. There are two outlets, one at the V&A Waterfront and the other in Simon’s Town where the factory is situated. In the gemstone factory, you can view how the stones are tumbled, processed and polished to produce the final product.
WORLD OF BIRDS
Africa’s largest Bird Sanctuary in Hout Bay offers a delightful experience for all ages and it’s a spectacular introduction to birds and small mammals for young children. With more than 3000 bird species and 450 small animals in natural surroundings, visitors are able to walk through the aviaries and experience close-up encounters with cranes, guinea fowl, monkeys and meerkats, owls and eagles. The World of Birds reserve includes birds of South Africa as well as exotic birds, including ostriches, cormorants, pelicans, penguins, parrots, eagles and other various kinds of birds. The sanctuary also cares for injured birds and is a breeding centre for threatened species.
BOAT TRIP TO SEAL ISLAND
A fun cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island to see the large colony of South African fur seals. Watch them basking on the rocks or frolic in the freezing water of the Atlantic. This is great fun for kids of all ages.
Children’s Cape Town City Tour
THE COMPANY GARDENS
The Company Gardens in the middle of the CBD, is also home to a beautiful rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and bird aviary. The tree-lined avenue, with its benches and resident squirrels, make it for a perfect location for a stroll with the kids. Stop to browse the creations of local crafters and buy a bag of raw nuts and allow the kids to feed the many squirrels who call the gardens home.
THE IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM
Whilst in the Company Garden, you can also explore the South African Museum and Planetarium. The museum in Cape Town has an excellent dinosaur exhibition which the kids will love. A whale well and underwater exhibition, displays of South African rock carvings and a showcase of the life of the indigenous people in South Africa will keep the little ones intrigued.
SCRATCHPATCH AT V&A WATERFRONT
Scramble & Search for Gemstones! A fun family activity, where the kids and parents will have fun rummaging through thousands of tumble-polished gemstones. Kids will be kept entertained searching for their favourite shapes and colours as they decide which treasures to bring home. South Africa is one of the leading producers of gemstones in the world. There are two outlets, one at the V&A Waterfront and the other in Simon’s Town which is the main branch and where the factory is situated. In the gemstone factory, you can view how the stones are tumbled, processed and polished to produce the final product.
TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
The delightful colourful underwater nature reserve is located at the V&A Waterfront and with over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles, and penguins on display, this makes for an exciting visit for the whole family. Offering a variety of display tanks, interactive experiences, a touch pool and the highly popular predator’s tank. There is a wonderful child play area in the basement set right up against the seal display where children and seals have fun alongside one another.
THE IZIKO PLANETARIUM
The Planetarium is also housed in the South African Museum building, at the top of the Company Gardens. It offers great shows for the kids. Inside the domed auditorium, the night sky is recreated, where kids will be amazed by the interactive show and all the little lights and stars – an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young.
The Jolly Roger Pirate ship is the only authentic looking pirate ship in South Africa. Children will love the sense of adventure as they set sail out to sea and enjoy the live pirate show. Cruises are 1 hour long and leave from Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront and are subject to weather conditions.
One Day Safari Tour
A big 5 Game Reserve, situated approximately two hours drive from Cape Town, allows those who have limited time in Cape Town to experience a true African safari in a malaria-free environment. This tour is an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cape Town.
Welcome Drinks and light breakfast on arrival.
A Game drive where you will have a chance to encounter lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard.
The reserve is also home to hippo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, ostriches and over 170 different species of bird.
A visit to the ancient rock art site to see the renowned Bushman paintings.
Lunch at the African Boma Restaurant.
Return to Cape Town via one of the most picturesque passes in the Cape, Bainskloof Pass.
A 1 day fly in safari is also available weather permitting.
This tour shows how the majority of South Africans live in the buzzing townships. It is an excellent opportunity to interact with local communities and share in the rich African culture and traditional values. Experience unique township culinary delights, or try some home-made brew in a shebeen (pub) while enjoying some township jazz. Visit an African craft market, spaza shop, school, orphanage, community centre and a traditional healer.
Traditional Healer (Sangoma)
Shebeen (Local pub)
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