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Touring Cape Town

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Cape Peninsula Tour Winelands City Tour
Township Tour Kirstenbosch/ Constantia Hermanus
Atlantic Seaboard Robben Island West Coast
Breede River Valley

The Peninsula is the most popular tour in Cape Town. If you only have a day in the city this is the tour to take. Tremendous scenic beauty; Kirstenbosch Gardens; the wine and history of Constantia; penguins at Boulders; the Cape of Good Hope; Cape Point Nature reserve, and much more.

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Penguin at Boulders
Timing: Full day
Total Distance: approx 150 kms

Even if you are not a wine fundi don't miss the natural beauty, cuisine and architecture of the winelands, only 45 minutes from Cape Town. Explore beautiful Stellenbosch, drive through historic Paarl and have lunch in Franschhoek. Drop in on farms along the way for tastings.

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Dutch House

Timing: Full day, or several
Total Distance: approx 200 kms

Cape Town dates back to the Dutch settlement of 1652. It is a blend of Asian, European and African traditions. Enjoy the architecture, shops, history, museums, Greenmarket Square and the peaceful Company Gardens. Ascend Table Mountain and then explore the suburbs along the Atlantic coast.

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Cable Car

Timing: Half or full day
Total Distance: approx 30kms

The struggle for political freedom in South Africa, and now the dynamic efforts towards economic development make the townships the most interesting and instructive part of any trip to Cape Town. It is best to visit the townships with a registered guide.

Townships

Timing: half or full day
Total Distance: approx 50kms

The fabulous gardens at Kirstenbosch in Bishopscourt, set on the slopes of Table Mountain, are enormous and feature over nine thousand plant species. Afterwards visit Constantia, a leafy suburb nearby with plenty of history, lovely walks and good wine farms.

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Timing: half or full day
Total Distance: approx 50kms

Stunning scenery and, between June and December, some of the best whale watching in the world. Go out via Betty's Bay around the spectacular coastline and come back through the apple growing region of Elgin.

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Whale crier
Timing:half or full day
Total Distance: approx 250kms

Along Beach/Victoria Road (M6) are luxury suburbs, mountain vistas and wonderful beaches. Start at the Waterfront and follow the coastline through Sea Point to Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. Take a boat trip from Hout Bay harbour to see the seals.

Perhaps return over Constantia Nek and take in Constantia and Kirstenbosch.

Clifton

Timing: half or full day
Total Distance: approx 50kms

Many visitors appreciate visiting Robben Island - where Nelson Mandela spent much of his imprisonment. Unfortunately not all of the guides and staff are competent, the buses are old and the sea can be rough. If your time is short a township tour is a better choice

Robben Island

Timing: half day
Departures from the Waterfront throughout the day

The attraction of the West Coast are the wildflowers in August/ September at Postberg and the picturesque Langebaan lagoon. There is also the Afrika Village at the West Coast Ostrich Farm. The area is however quite dry and underdeveloped.

Wildflowers

Timing: full day
Total Distance: approx 250kms

The drive east of Cape Town is picturesque, especially via Franschhoek or Riebeek Kasteel. There are rolling hills and wheat fields with a backdrop of mountains, and some pretty villages at Greyton, Ceres and Tulbagh. Try to include the Hex River Valley (De Doorns). Stay overnight somewhere if possible.

Hex River Valley

Timing: full day or several
Total Distance: approx 350kms

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