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

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

Discover the stunning beauty of the Cape of Good Hope on a full-day tour in an airconditioned vehicle from Cape Town. Visit Maidens Cove and Cape Point Lighthouse for breathtaking views. Stop to see the cute critters at the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.  Be picked up from your hotel in Cape Town and relax on the comfortable drive to the first stop at Maidens Cove. Soak up views of Camps Bay Beach, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head.  Continue along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas on the way to Chapman's Peak Drive for 2 photo stops. Upon arrival at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the park. Purchase a ticket for the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse or take a 15-minute walk up that passes a spectacular viewpoint. Head to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about sea birds.  Make a lunch stop at Simon's Town harbor where you can buy some tasty local food and admire the 18th-century buildings. On the drive back to the meeting point, stop to see shark spotters, who help prevent sharks attacks at Muizenberg Beach. 

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

2. 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.

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

3. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). After exploring the harbor in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Cape Town: Water Biking Tour

4. Cape Town: Water Biking Tour

Glide across the ocean on the worlds most advanced water bike in a totally new and unique way to experience the incredible marine environment of False Bay – renowned for its stunning ocean and mountain views and marine wildlife. Safely explore without an environmental footprint as these water bikes are silent, do not emit any omissions, and do not require fuel. Also, get a different perspective of your surroundings as the bike elevates you in the ocean. Navigate the ocean with ease as these easy and no hassle water bikes are very stable and easy to steer. They do not need balancing as with conventional bikes and no previous experience or special skills are required.  On this tour you will often encounter playful Cape fur seals, other marine life and various sea birds along the way. During whale season, it is possible to encounter one of these magnificent mammals.

Half Day Trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

5. Half Day Trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Cape Town and heads to the brightly colored Bo-Kaap district. After a stop for photos, continue on towards the Atlantic Sea passing by some of Africa’s richest suburbs including Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Later, enjoy a 20 minute stopover at the scenic Hout Bay, a charming town surrounded by mountains and the ocean. Continue the tour south via the majestic Chapman’s Peak Drive, locally known as Chapies. Afterwards, explore the farm village of Noordhoek, boasting a selection of bakeries, cafés, juicers and more. Mingle with the locals and shop for souvenirs before heading back on the road to Simon’s Town, home to Boulder’s Beach. At the beach, walk along the boardwalk and marvel at the penguins in their natural habitat. Spend some time taking photos and learn about these fascinating creatures. From here, drive along the eastern side of the peninsula, passing the quaint towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenberg. The final stop of the tour is Muizenberg Beach where you can take photos of the colorful huts that line the shore. The day ends with drop-off back to your accommodation.

Cape Town: E-Bike Cape Peninsula Tour

6. 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.

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope Guided Private Tour

7. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope Guided Private Tour

See the world-famous beauty of the Mother City as you drive through Cape Town and its surrounding area on this guided tour. Visit historic sites like Bo-Kaap, visit Maiden’s Cove, see African Penguins at Boulder’s Beach, and more. After being picked up, your first destination will be the colorful area of historic Bo-Kaap. These brightly colored houses represent the freedom of the slaves who settled there. Once you’ve taken your full of photos there, the next stop will be the majestic Maiden’s Cove, known as millionaire’s paradise. You’ll understand why: a tidal pool with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other make it a one-in-a-million location.  Next stop will be at Houtbay Harbour, where you have the option to do the boat ride to the Seal Island. Here you will be able to enjoy a 45minute boat ride and see over 300 Cape Fur Seals with smal external ears. From there, pass over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the top ten scenic drives in the world. 6 miles in length and with about 114 curves, it's the perfect place to stop for photos of the surrounding area, with magnificent ocean views. From there, it's through the charming town of Noordhoek. Known for its excellent coffee, there are also souvenir shops, cafes, and a bakery for those with a sweet tooth.  Next, you’ll arrive at Boulder’s Beach, likely filled to the brim with its cute inhabitants – African Penguins!  Final stop will be at the Cape Point Lighthouse and The Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

8. Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and take a photo with the sign. Hiking is recommended but no swimming because of sheer riptides. Carry on to Cape Point and walk for 20 minutes one way up to a historic lighthouse. You could also take a funicular at your own account if you are not in the mood for walking. Feel free to stop for lunch at the world-class seafood restaurant with a sea view or grab a quick bite in the food shop next door. Next, embark on a journey to Simon's Town for a special date with the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend about 45 minutes at the penguin colony before you head back to Cape Town along the coastline. Pass through the quaint towns on this historically known Millionaire's Mile. Hear fun facts about the navy and Just Nuisance - the only dog in the world to have been an able seaman. Finally, discover Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Beach, the surfer's corner before returning to the starting point.

Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

9. Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

This full-day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the oceans meet. Also be sure not to miss the sensational visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 1. Clifton & Camps Bay Situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay have been awarded Blue Flag status, offering pristine white beaches and beautiful, clear waters that make these beaches highly popular with locals and visitors alike. (30 minutes) 2. Hout Bay & Seal Island Boat Trip The small fishing village of Hout Bay is often jokingly referred to as the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ by Cape Town locals, and feels like an entirely separate town. A beautiful beach, delicious fresh seafood, bustling markets, and plenty of restaurants make this suburb a must-visit on any Cape tour. You will also have the option of going to admire the thousands of seals that inhabit the Seal Island at your own cost. (45 minutes) 3. Cape Point Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies in this area are some of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans landscapes of rugged cliffs, lush fynbos, and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point. (1.5 hours) 4. Simon's Town & Penguin Colony Simon's Town is the seat of the SA Navy, and has a charming coastal town atmosphere and a vibrant history. Here you can find a thriving harbor, a toy museum, navy museum, and plenty of other sights – nearby is also Boulders Beach where you can admire the penguins for an extra fee. (45 minutes) 5. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offer visitors a haven of peace and serenity at the foot of the Devil's Peak mountain. Let yourself be enchanted and your senses roam free in the sights, smells, and sounds of this luscious forest. (45 minutes)

Private Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope e Guided Tour

10. Private Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope e Guided Tour

Take in the impressive view of Table Mountain as you ascend on a cable car. Enjoy a 360-degree view on your way up. Drive along the rugged cliffs of Chapman's Peak Drive. Discover the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Go to The Cape of Good Hope. Begin at your hotel as your tour guide picks you up. Drive to Table Mountain and be impressed by the sight of this flat-topped natural wonder. Arrive at the lower cable car station and get into a cable car. Ascend to the top on a 360 degree rotating cable car, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Get off at the upper cable car station. Follow your guide on a circular walk on the mountain and hear about the main attractions. Continue via Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's top 10 scenic drives. Enjoy the coastal view and high cliffs as you drive this windy road. Pass through Noordhoek, a town famous for its locally roasted coffee. Head on to Boulders Beach and see the African penguins. Eat lunch and visit cafes during your tour. Finish your tour at The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Be dropped back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Simon's Town, South Africa

As a local, my family and I enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide, Albert, was awesome from beginning to end. He’s very informative, kind and accommodating. We got to see all the sites during the busy peak season without being rushed and we were able to really take in the beauty of this amazing country. I recommend this tour to anybody and everybody as it really showcases the beautiful landscapes and expresses our rich history. Worth every single penny!

Great experience from the reservation to the end of the tour. Leticia contacted me via Whatsapp and explained all the details for this tour which was a great discovery for a first time in Cape Town. The group was small and Leticia, who was also the tour guide, gave us all the information and curiosities about the sites we visited and about South Africa and Cape Town. I will not hesitate to do other tours with her next time I am in Cape Town.

The tour was so much fun and Jean Luc is the best guide one could ask for! So many nice spots that we would not have been able to see without this tour. Thanks for the amazing tour Jean Luc, we can only recommend it to everyone!!

Jean luc was super professional, good driver, took plenty of nice photos of us and shared lots of information along the way. We watched baboons, antelopes, seals, osteriches and of course: penguins! Definitely recommend

Great tour! Loved the penguins. Make sure to take the hike from cape point to cape of good hope.