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Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Experience

1. Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Experience

Meet your personal "Take-Off Manager" on arrival, and after a safety briefing you're ready for launch! Once securely clipped in, take a few light steps and within a moment you're flying! With an expert pilot behind you, relax and enjoy the stunning views. Tandem paragliding gives you an amazing sense of freedom. Once in the air most people are surprised at how relaxed they feel. You’ll sit comfortably upright like on your sofa at home, and you won’t feel like you’re sinking or falling at all. Savor the moment in the world of the eagles as you glide through the air at around 40 km/hr. In optimal weather conditions take the opportunity to fly the paraglider yourself! Your instructor will place his hands above yours to show you how to steer. It really is quite simple and utterly exhilarating. This, like the aerobatics before landing, is completely optional of course!

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

2. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks. Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

3. Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

Discover the best that Capetown has to offer on this half-day tour. Start your adventure with a stop to the famous Table Mountain for a circular walk. Continue to Signal Hill for incredible views and perfect photos. Continue on to Camps Bay and stop at Maiden’s Cove for more breathtaking views. Head through Clifton, Bantry Bay, Seapoint, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town city center. Pass by the Cape Town Convention Centre, drive along Heerengracht Street, passing the Cape Town railway station and stop at the Castle of Good Hope. End your visit with a stop at the Noon Gun museum and Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Cape Town: Half-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

4. 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. 

Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

5. 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 Scooter Tour

6. Cape Town: Table Mountain Scooter Tour

Meet your guide at the Table Mountain Kloofnek parking area. Hop onboard a bus and be shuttled to Signal Hill for the 1st downhill run.  On arrival at Signal Hill, you will be issued with helmets and gloves, before receiving a safety briefing on how to operate the scooters. Follow the guide down a jeep track all the way into Bo Kaap to complete the first run of the tour. Next, hop back on board the bus and be taken to Table Mountain to reach the starting point of the 2nd downhill run. After being dropped at Dead Man's Tree, enjoy panoramic views of Cape Town, and take the opportunity to get some fantastic photos of the city. After this photo opportunity, freewheel down the mountain on another off-road trail, passing by Deer Park and finishing at Oranjezicht. After the shuttle up to Table Mountain, the fun begins again as you get the freewheel down a jeep track down the mountain, through Deer Park into Oranjezicht.

Cape Town: Lion's Head and Signal Hill Morning Trail Run

7. Cape Town: Lion's Head and Signal Hill Morning Trail Run

Embark on a trail run around Lion's Head and Signal Hill and experience the beautiful Cape Flora. Much of this rich, natural heritage cannot be seen anywhere else on earth. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature as you take to the trails. Take in fascinating sunrise views over the Hottentots Holland mountain as well as Table Mountain. Begin your approximately 10-kilometer run at the base of Lion's Head climbing gradually along the spine of the mountain all the way to the first stop at Signal Hill viewpoint. From here, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline, Robben Island, and the magnificent twelve apostles mountain range. From Signal Hill the route goes around the East side of the mountain with a gentle downslope before crossing over to the west side of Lion's Head. The path winds around the base of the mountain offering panoramic views and overlooking some of the most expensive area of Cape Town city bowl as well as its beaches.

Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

8. Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

Cape Town, the Mother City, is a beautiful place steeped with history. This half-day tour will take you to all of the major points of interest and landmarks you need to see for your visit to be complete. The tour will be led by a registered guide who is an expert on all things Cape Town. You will visit all the major sights in the city, including the South African Museum and beautiful Company Gardens. See the Parliament buildings, City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope. Before you reach the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap, the smells of Malay curry will be wafting your way. You will also visit the Green Market Square, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton. If you are interested you will have the unique opportunity to be taken on a short diamond factory tour. At the end, choose from 2 options. You may opt for a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Otherwise, choose a trip up to Table View, for the postcard view of Table Mountain.

Cape Town: Table Mountain Kasteelspoort Hiking Trail

9. 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.

Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

10. Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Of all the hikes in Cape Town, the climb up Lion’s Head is definitely the most popular. Situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the peak provides 360-degree views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic seacoast. Taking in the sunset and the city lights from on high is a totally new way of enjoying Cape Town. You’ll make your way up to the peak on a spiral path. The ascent takes around an hour and there are gorgeous views all the way. Your passionate and knowledgeable guide will point out iconic landmarks and tell you about the history of the city. You will learn about the geology, fauna and flora of this world heritage site.  There are a number of ladders and chains that help you to the summit. If you are afraid of heights this may be daunting but if you are up for the challenge then your guide will help you all the way. At the summit you’ll be able to look down on Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town and enjoy the light and fantastic photographic opportunity. Walk back down as the sun sets and take in views of Table Mountain illuminated by a golden sky. If you’re lucky the moon might rise from the eastern mountains, further enhancing your views.  

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What people are saying about Signal Hill, Cape Town

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 783 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!!

Our guide, Fatima, was excellent!! I would never have been able to do this without her. I have a fear of heights, but I really wanted to do this. It was more challenging that I anticipated. This was more than what "hiking" I'm used to. This had some true climbing to it!! There were times I wanted to turn around and actually became frozen with fear. Fatima knew just what to say to me to help. The subtle little nudge of my foot, the standing right behind me....all what I needed to be able to make it to the top AND back down. I was worried about my husband behind me, she always kept me informed of how he was doing too. The views from the top did not disappoint either. Just stunning!!

Leticia was one of the best experiences (of many!) and she turned our ride into an not just extremely informative but also funny and heartwarming day. We just can wish other customers Leticia herself, because she is really a Capetonian sister you did not know you'll miss when you leave.

Everything went well. The tour guider was very nice n patient. We really enjoyed Cape town

I had an amazing Tour, and the guide was so friendly!