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Cape Peninsula: Full-Day Small Group Tour with Penguins

1. Cape Peninsula: Full-Day Small Group Tour with Penguins

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 known as the French Riviera, 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 Llundadno 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, the tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (additional cost). 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 (additional cost). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony, encountering these fascinating creatures at close range. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, and the day ends with a drop off at your accommodation.

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

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

After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, the first stop on this 10-hour small-group tour is Maidens Cove. There, soak up great views of Camps Bay Beach, 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head. Continue along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas en route 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. Board a funicular to Cape Point Lighthouse or take a 15-minute walk up that passes a spectacular viewpoint if you prefer. Next, visit the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about the sea birds. After marveling at the main colony of African penguins, stop to enjoy lunch at Simon's Town harbor (at your own expense), and admire the 18th-century buildings. 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.

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Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

3. 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.

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Cape Town: The Cape Point Instagram Small Group Tour

4. 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. Position yourself inside the photo-ready frame with Table Mountain as a backdrop. 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 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 houses on Muizenberg Beachfront. Drop off will be between 6:00 and 6:30 PM.

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Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

5. 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.

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Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

6. 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.

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Cape Town: Peninsula Vibes Boulders Beach & Cape Point

7. 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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Cape Town: 2-Day Best Highlights Private Tour

8. Cape Town: 2-Day Best Highlights Private Tour

Day 1 After an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel, start the day with a guided tour of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain. Follow this with a scenic drive through the coastal neighborhoods of Mouille Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, and Clifton before stopping for a photo opportunity at Maiden's Cove. Continue to Hout Bay for a boat trip to Seal Island. Enjoy the ocean views as you travel through Llandudno before arriving at Chapmans Peak Drive for a relaxing 15-minute stop at the viewpoint. At Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, keep an eye out for the Dias Cross, converging ocean currents and diverse fauna and flora, such as baboons and ostriches. Visit the rare breed of African penguins at Boulders Penguins Colony before returning to your accommodation via Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenburg. You will be dropped at your hotel or accommodation. Day 2 Head to the Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront after another 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel. Start with a Robben Island boat trip and museum tour, which last 3.5 to 4 hours, before being reunited with your tour guide at the V&A Waterfront. Enjoy Cape Town's highlights on a guided city tour, including visits to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood and famous city monuments. Follow this with a wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in South Africa, Groot Constantia Wine Estate. Conclude the tour with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a relaxing walk found at the foot of Table Mountain. You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

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Half Day Cape Point Tour

9. Half Day Cape Point Tour

Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. From here we travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe. The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show." We'll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (as per legend), and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor" for its presumed curative powers. Following the coastline along False Bay, we'll return to Cape Town by way of the Simon's Town (optional, own account & time permitting visit to Penguin colony), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

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From Cape Town: Cape Point, Penguins And Wine Tasting Tour

10. From Cape Town: Cape Point, Penguins And Wine Tasting Tour

Get picked up at 8:00 AM from your centrally located Cape Town city hotel or lodging in order to start the Cape Peninsula Tour. Travel around the beautiful Atlantic coastline, past the world-famous Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches, Bakoven, Llandudno and through Hout Bay.  Continue along the world-renowned magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive towards Kommetjie, a great surf spot, the Slangkop Lighthouse, past Misty Cliffs and continuing through the quaint seaside village of Scarborough until heading to Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park. Be served complimentary tea/ coffee and biscuits at the much photographed Cape of Good Hope sign-board before driving further to eventually hop onto the Flying Dutchman Funicular (cost included) to go up to the incredibly beautiful viewing point around the base of the old Cape Point lighthouse. Your next exciting stop will be Boulders Beach, a popular tourist destination, to view a colony of African penguins that settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach is one of the few sites where the penguins can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. Boardwalks will take you to within a few yards of the birds.  Lunch will normally be at Seaforth near Boulders. Their fish and chips is always a winner, but so is the rest of the menu. Then it's through Glen Cairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and over Boyes Drive for a panoramic view of False Bay, where you may be lucky enough to spot sharks or whales on a quick stop to the Shark Spotters lookout. Not far from here you reach the Constantia Valley Wine Route, one of 9 routes in South Africa. You will be treated to a tasting of 5 fine wines at one of the finely selected estates on route. Then for a scenic drive back to your hotel past Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which you can visit at your own leisure by taking the city sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus or an Uber from the city. This is a full day tour and you won't get back to your hotel until around 5:00 PM but it will be the most memorable day of your visit to Cape Town.

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What people are saying about Simon's Town

The most incredible tour to see the iconic sites around Cape Town! Money well spent as the day included beautiful sights, incredible history, and the most amazing time. Would highly recommend! Our guide Barnabas (Marshall) was truly one-in-a-million and made the tour that much more enjoyable!

Despite the fact that I was the only participant, the trip was completed. I think that is really nice service. Incidentally, there was nothing to put a finger on. Everything ran smoothly and the guide was sweet to also help take pictures :)

I can really recommend the tour to anyone who has little time to explore the city. All important and interesting places were shown. The pick-up and the tour were on top and the guide was super friendly. Worthwhile every second !!!!!!

It was a great day, very fun and diverse. Nice tour guide with a lot of knowledge. Perfect timing of everything.

That was amazing tour. Our guide was very attentive and the tour ran very well.