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From Cape Town: Cape Point and Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

1. From Cape Town: Cape Point and Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

Discover Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope on this guided day trip from Cape Town. Marvel at the beauty of nature as you stop at Boulders Beach to spot whales, ostrich, and other animals it shelters. The full-day tour leaves Cape Town in the morning for the spectacular landscapes of the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy a scenic drive to Boulders Beach through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. Stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach before heading to Cape Point, in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Be on the lookout for antelope, ostrich and other game. Scan the ocean for whales during the Cape's whale season (July-November). Enjoy lunch (at your own expense) before joining the optional hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope headland (medium fitness required). Sit back and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town, taking in spectacular views from the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass.

Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

2. Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

Start your full-day tour at the Bo Kaap (Cape Malay Quarters) with its colorful houses, before heading to the Table Mountain cable car station. Take the cable car to the top for unforgettable views. Drive along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Maiden's Cove for photos with the backdrop of the 12 Apostles mountain range. Enjoy the views from Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most scenic routes. Visit Boulders Penguins Colony in Simon Town before reaching the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided tour at this very popular landmark. Travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse or take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top.

From Cape Town: Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope Tour

3. From Cape Town: Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope Tour

After you have been picked up from your accommodation, we will go straight to Table Mountain. It's known to be one of the seven wonders of Nature in the world. The flatness on top is attributed to the Glasius when the mountain was at sea level. Tectonic plates pushed the mountain to 1067m above sea level. Next we will continue to Chapman’s Peak Drive. Approximately 10 km long with 114 curves. Get your cameras ready, as we will drive through one of the top ten scenic drives in the world and stop for photos. Afterward, we will pass through the town of Noordhoek. Known for its locally roasted coffee and some sweet pastries. This is a perfect stop for coffee lovers and those with a sweet tooth. Next, we will go to Boulders Beach. Here you will see the African Penguins in their Natural Habitat. Afterward, we will continue to Cape Point Nature Reserve. First, we will stop at Cape Point, where you will visit the lighthouse. The lighthouse can be entered in two ways. Either you walk up and down or you can take the funicular. The final stop will be at the Cape of Good Hope, which is The Most South-Western Point on the African Continent.

Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

4. Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

The tour departs Cape Town and heads to the first stop of the day, Maidens Cove. From here, admire stunning views across the Atlantic seaboard as well as marveling at the imposing Twelve Apostles Mountain range. The tour continues along Chapmans Peak Drive, rated one of the best mountain drives in the world. Along the way, stop at a selection of lookouts that provide unspoiled views of Noordhoek beach. Arrive at Boulders Beach and learn about the friendly African Jackass Penguins that call the beach their home. Although the penguins roam freely on the beach and are comfortable being near humans, they are protected animals and visitors are not permitted to touch or feed them. Admire the penguins from a designated viewing point, and observe these creatures as they go about their day. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach, take a swim in the refreshing waters, or explore the surrounding landscpaes. The tour ends with a visit to Boyes Drive, a spectacular mountain road overlooking the stunning view of False Bay coast.

Cape Town: E-Bike Cape Peninsula Tour

5. Cape Town: E-Bike Cape Peninsula Tour

After a short safety briefing, you will begin riding south to the Cape of Good Hope. This area is a world-renowned landmark, and contains monuments in honor of two of the world's most famous explorers: Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias. On your way, observe over 250 species of birds, baboons, ostriches, bucks, and the Cape Mountain Zebra. You will then head to Cape Point where you will get off your bike to travel to the lighthouse, where you will have some leisure time and eventually lunch at a local restaurant (not included). Once you’ve made the most of Cape Point, you will ride your bike back north to where you started to get back in the vehicle for the last attraction of the day. You will have the option to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach in the charming coastal town of Simon’s Town. There you will be able to observe them coming back from the ocean, basking on the beach, or just resting in their nest, from a non-intrusive platform above the floor.

Cape Town: The Cape Point Instagram Small Group Tour

6. Cape Town: The Cape Point Instagram Small Group Tour

Embark on a fun-filled day tour in Cape Town - one of the most unique cities in the world with beautiful ocean and mountainous drives, spectacular landscapes and iconic heritage monuments. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout the city. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll learn about the Cape Town culture and history behind those sites. Your guide will be available to take pictures for you while you strike the perfect pose. Visit the colourful houses in the Cape Malay Quarter known as the Bo Kaap and learn about its heritage and cultures. Drive along the Atlantic Seaboard with the oceans on one side and the mountains on the other and stop at Maiden's Cove with 12 Apostles as a backdrop. Take a boat to Seal Island to visit the Seals colony. Stop over at the viewpoint along Chapmans Peak drive, one of the most scenic routes in the world. Visit Boulders Penguins colony and take a selfie with these enchanting sea creatures. A trip to the Cape of Good Hope affords you not only a photo opportunity but also to learn about the history of this monumental nature reserve. You may encounter a baboon, so please take care not to venture too closely as these are wild animals and may be dangerous. Then take the Funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse and see where the Two Ocean Currents meet. End off the day with a snapshot in front of the coloured huts on St. James Beachfront. Drop off will be between 6:00 and 6:30 PM.

Supersaver: Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain Private Day Trip

7. Supersaver: Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain Private Day Trip

The first stop on this 10-hour private tour is Table Mountain. Take the cable car to enjoy the views on the way to the top. Continue to Maidens Cove for views of Camps Bay Beach, 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head. Drive along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas en route to Chapman's Peak Drive. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the area. Board a funicular to the lighthouse or hike if you prefer. Stop to enjoy lunch. Visit the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about the sea birds. On the drive back, stop to see the shark spotters, who help prevent sharks attacks at Muizenberg Beach. You will be taken back to the pickup location or with the option to change the drop-off point.

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

8. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular). At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where you will take the 11:00 AM boat trip to Robben Island for a prison tour. On the island, an ex-prisoner will be your guide and take you through the prison. See the cell where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. Upon return from the island at approximately 3:00 PM, your guide will be waiting for you again at the clock tower to transfer you back to your hotel.

Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

9. Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

Marvel at the spectacular views from one of the world's most scenic drives, Chapman's Peak. Look out for African Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown, as you enjoy the splendor of Victorian-era buildings. Get the camera at the ready as you stop at Maiden's Cove, famous for its incredible views of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay, and the twinkling Atlantic Ocean. Take an optional boat ride out to Seal Island, and enjoy the chance to hunt for souvenirs in the local market. Relax afterward over the best-roasted coffee in Cape Town, at Noordhoek Farm. Keep an eye out for wildlife at the World-Heritage-listed nature reserve of the Cape of Good Hope, known for its rich bio-diversity.

Cape Town: Peninsula Vibes Boulders Beach & Cape Point

10. Cape Town: Peninsula Vibes Boulders Beach & Cape Point

Meet your local guide at a local coffee spot to begin your adventure. After meeting your group, head to the East side of the Cape Peninsula. Spend your day exploring quaint villages and pristine beaches, and discovering local secrets.  Your first stop is the beautiful St. James Beach which is famous for its funky, colorful houses. Next stop is the beautiful fishing village of Kalk Bay where you can visit the Empire Café, art galleries, fashion boutiques, Cape Fur Seals, Kalkies Fish and Chips, and more. From here make your way to the beautiful Boulders Beach, hopefully to see African Penguins. Stop at the viewing deck, and the Boulders Beach to enjoy a packed lunch prepared by The Strangers Club Café. After lunch visit Cape Point Reserve and the iconic lighthouse. Enjoy the panoramic views and stop at a great sunset spot. Share a few drinks and end the day in style before being dropped at the Mojo Market.

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What people are saying about Simon's Town

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,337 reviews

Our guides, Wellington and Edward, we so professional and caring. They coordinated the group, made allowances for what started as a rainy day but got better with time. We had the best time ever and learnt so much about every bit of the beautiful vista we saw on the way and at our stops. The e-bikes were good and we became confident quickly with their guidance and safety tips. Of course we had many laughs along the way!! Cheers to this exceptional team and thanks for an unforgettable and breathtaking tour! It’s highly recommended!!

What a wonderful tour with Ruben as our guide through the Peninsula. With entertaining delivery we were kept in chuckles throughout the tour. Ruben showed an amazing depth of knowledge about the Cape and its origins without being too lecture-ry about the whole thing. The little tips on where to capture the best photos, acting as a photographer was absolutely enchanting. I fully intend to book with him when I am next in Cape Town for another visit. Thank you Ruben, your Quantum "beat the bendz" :-)

If you have only one day to spend in Cape Town, spend it touring with Reuben. So informative, funny, patient and enthusiastic. We saw so much, leaned so much and laughed so much.

Honestly this is a must do whilst in Cape Town, our guide Wellington, he made the tour a special one, this is something you look back at and think wow yes that was so amazing

Veranstalter geil, Planung geil, Guide geil. Wunderschöner Tagesausflug!