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Cape Town: Half-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

1. Cape Town: Half-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

Ascend to the summit of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town on a half-day tour that also includes a hotel pick-up and exploration of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. Start with a drive through the city center, passing landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company. Admire the baroque grandeur of City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue along Adderley Street to St. George’s Cathedral, overseen by the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter (also known as “Bo-Kaap”) in the foothills of Table Mountain to see the historic district of the Cape Malays, descendants of slaves brought to Cape Town from Java, Ceylon and other regions of the Far East in the early 18th century. Next, go to Table Mountain via Kloof Nek, and ascend to the top (weather permitting) by revolving cable car (tickets not included). Look for wild flowers and the famous silver tree, before getting a bird’s-eye view of the city and its beaches. On clear days it’s possible to see Cape Point on one side and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, on the other side. 

Cape Town: Guided Sightseeing Tour and Cape of Good Hope

2. Cape Town: Guided Sightseeing Tour and Cape of Good Hope

We will depart from your Hotel at 08h30 and drive through the City Center to Bo-Kaap to learn more about the history of the color houses and take same photos. Our second stop will be Table Mountain where we will take a cable car up to the top of the Mountain to enjoy the beautiful view of the City from the mountain top. Maidan Cove is known for its magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostol's Mountains, here you can take beautiful photos to create your memories. We will then proceed through Camps Bay and have a stop at Haunt Bay harbor to take an optional 45 minutes boat trip to Seal Island which will cost R100 per person. The tour will then proceed to the most scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, we will stop at the viewing point to take photos and enjoy the scenic views of this beautiful place and then start the most amazing driving experience with breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. We will have an optional stop for a cup to coffee at Farm Village and then proceed to Simons Town to learn about "Just Nuisance" the only dog that has ever been enlisted in the South African Navy, explore the town and its history of Navy and not forgetting visiting Penguins in Boulders Beach. The tour will proceed to our last destination which is Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope where you have an opportunity to visit Cape Point Lighthouse. You can either take a funicular to the lighthouse or take a steep walking path which is a short distance. Here you will enjoy the nature at its best, from birds, baboons, and many more other animals, the spectacular view of the nature is also amazing. We will also have the opportunity to see wild animals like Baboons, Ostrich, Elands and others that live in Cape of Good Hope National Park. Please Note: Entrance fee to Boulders, Penguins - R170 Per person Entrance fee to Cape of Good Hope National Park - R360 per person Table Mountain Cable Car fee also not Included. You are invited to bring your family, your friends, you colleagues and most importantly, bring your Camera. Lets go have fun.

Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

3. Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

Get back to nature on a challenging hike through the Platteklip Gorge, and be rewarded by spectacular views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. Following pickup from your accommodation, you will be taken to the start of the hike. The Platteklip Gorge hike takes about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the group's level of fitness. Hike with an experienced guide who will point out landmarks such as Lion's Head and the flat-topped Signal Hill, known for the Noon Gun salute by the South African Navy. Take in panoramic views of Devil's Peak, and see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was kept in a maximum-security prison for 18 years. Travel back down on the Table Mountain Cableway to complete your experience.

Cape Town: Table Mountain Kasteelspoort Hiking Trail

4. Cape Town: Table Mountain Kasteelspoort Hiking Trail

Start the hike in beautiful Camps Bay. Kasteelspoort ravine is a trail that takes one all the way up to the top via a meandering path. On the way you’ll see spectacular cliff faces and thick fynbos including the stunning protea bushes. At the top, be rewarded with the most spectacular views of Camps Bay and views of Table Mountain all the way to the Cable Car station and Signal Hill. This route also visits the best photo stop on Table Mountain. From the top, \make your way towards the Woodhead dam to take in this incredible feat of engineering. You'll then make your way along the Valley of the Red Gods to the Cable Car.  This hike can be undertaken by anyone who is reasonably fit.

Table Mountain Hike with Local Tour Guide

5. Table Mountain Hike with Local Tour Guide

Get back to nature and marvel at the flora and fauna of Table Mountain on a half-day hike with a qualified mountain guide. Trek at your own pace and in complete safety as you learn the cultural history of Cape Town and its natural surroundings. India Venster Half-Day Hike: Get breathtaking views of the city and rock formations of the west coast, and look across at Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. The hike will take 3-4 hours to reach the top. Platteklip Gorge Half-Day Hike: Hike one of the most popular paths for stunning views of Lions Head, Signal hill, Devils Peak, Robben Island and more. It is a strenuous, but safe, hike that takes 2 to 3 hours to reach the top. Lions Head Half-Day Hike: Join this great walk for families to get panoramic views from 670 meters above sea level. Look down as the stunning beaches of Camps Bay and Sea Point. Take the adventurous path using staples and chains or the easier route if you prefer.

Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

6. Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

Begin your journey of Cape Town with a hotel pick up, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to the ferry dock to catch your boat to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the Apartheid era. Visit the former prison on a guided tour, hearing stories of the famous island's past. Next, head back across the water to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront, where your guide will take you on a historical tour of Cape Town. See a number of iconic monuments and sights, including the Parliament buildings, the Company's Garden, the Slave Auction Tree, the Apartheid Museum in District Six, the Slave Museum, the Castle — which is the oldest building in South Africa, built between 1666-1679. The last stop on your South African excursion is a visit to Table Mountain. Hop on the cable car and make your way to the top of Cape Town for unparalleled views of the sprawling city and the ocean.

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

7. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

Join this tour for a day filled with the city's biggest highlights. Travel by cable car to top of Table Mountain (please note that the cable car is close for renovation from 25 July - 28 August 2022) Descend through Malay Quarter, also known as Bo-Kaap. Visit the Bo-Kaap Museum and see the beautiful colorful houses. Explore the city center, Company Gardens, and Green Market Square. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa. To finish the day, we take a bike ride along the Sea Point Promenade to the V and A Waterfront for a late lunch, shopping, or for drop-off at your hotel.

Cape Town: India Venster Half-Day Hike on Table Mountain

8. Cape Town: India Venster Half-Day Hike on Table Mountain

Starting near the lower cable car station, this hike will take 3-4 hours to the top. Look out for indigenous flora, like the King Protea, wander at the spectacular rock formations, like the India Venster (“Window” in Afrikaans), and witness views as far as the eye can see, taking in Robben Island and the whole of Table Bay. The sense of adventure is amazing!

Cape Town: 2-Hour Table Mountain Hike via Platteklip Gorge

9. Cape Town: 2-Hour Table Mountain Hike via Platteklip Gorge

Hike through Platteklip Gorge on the shortest route to the top of Table Mountain. Take in the sweeping views of the Cape Town area from the top. It should take around 2 hours to hike up. The trail begins just past the lower cableway station on Tafelberg Road. This was the first route that explorers used to summit the mountain, way before the cableway was built. Enjoy panoramic views from the path to the top. This is definitely the best way for those who do not like heights and climbing to conquer the mountain.  There is an option of taking the cable car down (additional fee).

Cape Town: City Sightseeing Private Trip to Table Mountain

10. Cape Town: City Sightseeing Private Trip to Table Mountain

Start with a morning walk through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Summit to the top of Table Mountain with the Cable Car and see 360 degrees of breathtaking views from the top of Table Mountain. Wander along wooden and sandy footpaths and breath in the attractive smells of fynbos. Explore Bo-kaap on foot along its cobbled stone streets and admire the colourfully painted houses. Sample hot, spicy, and sweet Cape Malay food. End off with one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, with a stop-off at Camps Bay and sunset drinks at a secret location, overlooking the Atlantic seaboard.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 115 reviews

This mountain/hike is no joke! It's quite a challenge from the start and doesn't really let up much on the way; however, it is very doable if you take your time and keep at it. I thought I was doing a terrible job and made it up just at the average time and I'm pretty sure my husband could have done it 30-45 mins quicker had I not been holding him back haha! Regardless, Lynette makes the hike very enjoyable and had it not been for the amount I was chatting, I may not have been huffing and puffing quite so much and could have gone faster lol. Lynette is very knowledgeable and shares all kinds of information about Table Mountain and Cape Town with you while on the hike and is lovely to converse with as we hiked. It was a very worthwhile morning and especially fulfilling once you finish on the plateau!!

Excellent tour, very well informed guide. Mr. Samora made the trip very worthwhile. His profound knowledge of the history and the city were incredible. I highly recommend This tour to anyone traveling to Cape Town. Also selected an outstanding restaurant for lunch.

Mr Samora Njabulo, is a professional guide. He is punctual,friendly and a flexible person. He is well documented about the places that we visited. We really enjoyed our tour. Value for money and we highly recommend his services. A big 5 stars for him.

Highly recommend this hike ! We opted not to go up to the top of table mountain but still enjoyed amazing views !

Great experience, the trip is wonderful and the places are amazing! Samora is an excellent guide!