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Our top 10 places to celebrate a special occasion in Cape Town

We’re heading into that time of the year, where there’s a special occasion and reason to celebrate around every corner. We’ve put together our favourite places to help you celebrate a special occasion in Cape Town.

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 De Grendel

Offering a menu based on classic, locally sourced ingredients the restaurant at De Grendel serves creative flavour combinations that perfectly complement their range of De Grendel wines. The simple menu changes every day according to availability of ingredients, with a few unusual offerings including brandy and coke ice-cream, liquid popcorn and more.

De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town
021 558 6280 

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff’s dining experience is an expression of the seasons, where classic bistro favourites are served with the finest South African touches. The restaurant prides itself in a simple philosophy – the best food starts with the best ingredients. Enjoyed with views that overlook a sea of vineyards and olive groves planted on the Simonsberg, guests can enjoy classic bistro favourites with the finest South African touches.

Delaire Graff, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch
021 885 8160

Nobu

No stranger to international culinary influences, Nobu gives classical Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist with a Peruvian influence. Diners can indulge in fresh South African seafood and indigenous spices in mesmerising dishes such as Sake Roast Whitefish with Jalapeno or the Chocolate Bento Box; a dark chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream and a sesame seed tuile. Don’t miss a drink or two in the upper-level Nobu Lounge when you’re done with your meal, and indulge in a selection of Sakes including Japanese beer and Shochu based cocktails.

One & Only Hotel, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 431 5111

The Grand Africa Cafe & Beach

Grand Africa Café & Beach is an iconic Cape Town favourite recognized as an ideal destination for retro-chic dining and group functions – having become the place in the city to enjoy relaxed casual-cuisine dining and social delight. Views of the Atlantic Ocean, swaying palm trees and tables on our private beach make this a one-of-a-kind seafront venue in the V&A Waterfront. This is a multi-purpose venue, with scenic back drop of Table Mountain and conveniently situated in the city with a wide range of accommodation and visitor activities nearby, ideal for groups and special celebrations.

Haul Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 425 0551

Harbour House

Situated on Quay 4, this sophisticated restaurant offers international cuisine with Mediterranean elements in an elegant setting. Only the freshest seafood and ingredients and the best line fish will do. With its prime position overlooking the bustling Victoria Basin and the quay, Harbour House Restaurant has become a firm favourite for seafood-loving locals and tourists alike. The superb menu is a blend of time-honoured favourites and creative new dishes that remain true to the Harbour House ethos of fresh seafood with a gourmet spin.

V & A Waterfront, Quay Four, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 418 4744

The Foodbarn

At the Foodbarn Restaurant, food is civilised without being pretentious – focusing on the natural taste, smells and textures of ingredients, it is also arguably the best restaurant in the Cape’s South Peninsula.

Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek
021 789 1390

La Mouette

La Mouette offers seasonally inspired menus which change regularly, priding themselves in showcasing only the best of local producers and ingredients. La Mouette not only offers ever changing menus, but prides itself on the meticulous selection of complimentary wines carefully selected by their in-house wine list consultant.

78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
021 433 0856

Shortmarket Club

Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame has partnered in a joint venture with his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison to open The Shortmarket Club in a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street. Expect luxurious interiors, in a swanky members-only club feel – with the flavours and textures that have made Dale-Roberts a world-renowned chef.

88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
021 447 2874

Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia

The Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia team likes to keep things fresh and fun for both patrons and chefs, with a seasonal and produce-driven menu that changes regularly, with their signature experience being tapas to share for two. Situated at the top of the Constantia Valley, diners can enjoy sweeping views over Cape Town at Eat Out’s 4th Best Restaurant in South Africa.

021 794 8632
ERF1026 Constantia Main Rd, Glen Alpine, Cape Town

Homespun by Matt

Homespun is the result of Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe. Whether he’s been flying high in the skyscrapers of Frankfurt, giving some stylin’ serving by the lake of Zurich or personally road-testing the delicacies of South East Asia, he’s drawn inspiration from all his experiences and has brought them back home, to this intimate, local dining experience.

1 Porterfield Rd, Table View, Cape Town
021 556 2824

Top Cape Town tour recommendations from our tour guide – Part 2

In the second part of our our tour guide’s series, we share two more must-do tours while you’re exploring beautiful Cape Town.

If you missed the first part of our series, you can view our tour guide’s recommendations, here.

Constantia Wine Estates and Kirstenbosch

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The Constantia Valley is situated right on our doorstep, only 17 km from Cape Town, and the oldest wine producing region in the southern hemisphere. Home to some of the world’s finest wines, the wine route consists of ten wine farms, each with their own distinctive heritage and premium wines. The Constantia wine tour takes you into the heart of the Constantia Wine Route, with unparalleled views of the valley and the vineyards.  Each wine estate has their own heritage and premium wines.

Bonus: The Constantia Wine Route is only 27km from the airport.

While this tour does have a heavy focus on wine, we also recommend spending some time at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens while you’re in the area, possibly with a bottle of wine from one of the local estates?

View our Constantia Wine Route Tour here.

The City through  Camps Bay via Chapmans Peak to Noordhoek 

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If there’s one tour you do during your time in Cape Town, we suggest that it be this one – the iconic Cape Peninsula Tour. Starting from the vibrant heart of the city, we head around the peninsula, for jaw-dropping views at every turn.

This tour goes as far as Cape Point, including time there at your leisure and a stop at Simon’s Town on the False Bay Coast for a look around and head to Boulder’s Beach to see a colony of African penguins.Return to your Cape Town hotel via the pretty towns of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg with your final stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. From the famous palm-tree lined beaches of Camps Bay, through to Hout Bay and Noordhoek’s farm village and laid-back lifestyle, we can’t recommend it highly enough.

View our Cape Peninsula Tour here.

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Our top three places to see the wildflowers in Cape Town

While there’s still a discernible nip in the air, nothing can dampen the flurry of wildflowers that will blanket the Cape in the coming weeks.

From this week until late September, Cape Town’s spectacular flower season is in full bloom and just begging for a road trip. Here are three of our favourite spots to see the wildflowers this spring.

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Possibly a surprise inclusion, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, is a close and beautiful spot to watch nature bloom this season. Whether you choose to do a guided tour, or spend a few hours discovering alone, the garden is home to thousands of plants and flowers that will be at their best this time of year.

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Bontebok National Park

Often referred to as the jewel in the Cape Floral Kingdom’s crown, the Bontebok National Park is a jewel in its crown. Set over 27 kilometers, the park comes alive in flower season, with some of the most beautiful flower formations in the world. The park is in Swellendam and just under three hours from Cape Town – we suggest making the most of your trip to the area and spending the night to truly soak up the natural beauty.

More information.

Darling Wild Flower Show

Possibly the most famous wildflower attraction in the Cape, the annual Darling Wild Flower Show takes place in September, and sees visitors from all over the country flock to this quaint West Coast down. Barely an hour from Cape Town, you can find over 1 200 species of flora – 80 of which are are endemic to the Western Cape. Another excuse to pack a bag, spend the night, and get to know the town.

More information.

 

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The Canola Fields

While not a wildflower, we thought the spectacular yellow carpets of canola fields close to Bot Rivier deserve special mention – just an hour from the city, via the N2. Vibrant yellow, as far as the eye can see, you can pay them a visit over the next few weeks.

Experience the best of Cape Town and its wildflowers with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

 

Exploring the South Peninsula

Known for its laid-back spirit, long, white beaches and beautiful landscapes, it’s hard to believe that the South Peninsula is only 40 minutes from the city centre – when it feels like a world away.

Easy enough for a day trip, but still enough to keep you busy for a full weekend, here are a few of our must-visit spots when you visit the South Peninsula.

Where to eat

The Foodbarn Restaurant

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With one of Cape Town’s most loved chefs at the helm, the Foodbarn Restaurant has been serving delicious “casual” fine dining in Noordhoek for years. Led by Chef Franck Dangereux, the property includes a deli, restaurant, wine bar and tapas style offering. The extensive menu features French classics, with Cape flavour – such as la bouillabaisse du cap, a rich fish soup with grilled fish, prawn & mussels, saffron and garlic potato mousseline, rouille and crouton and a classic steak tartare – hand chopped with tartare sauce, croutons and parmesan cream.

Make your reservation and find them here.

Cafe Roux

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Also set in Noordhoek’s beautiful farm village, Cafe Roux gives guests a relaxed space in which to enjoy a meal and glass of wine, often alongside frequent live music. Describing their menu as “fresh and unpretentiously delicious“, they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are child-friendly.

Find them here.

Where to drink

Aegir Project Brewery

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While you can enjoy a selection of the Cape’s finest wine at almost any restaurant in the area, we suggest making a stop at one of two local breweries in the South Peninsula. Aegir Project Brewery has a number of beers on offer for tasting, and, is also rumoured to serve incredible pretzel bratwurst rolls. Worth a drive out to Noordhoek alone.

See what they get up to online, here.

Where to stay

Atlantic Dream Villa

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Delving even deeper into the South, head on down to Scarborough and spend the night at the luxurious Atlantic Dream Villa. A double storey, beachfront villa, this beautiful property can sleep 10 and overlooks white, sandy beaches and a peaceful milkwood forest. Close enough to town, you can easily be there in time for dinner on a Friday evening.

Get all the details here.

 Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel

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One of the newer additions to Simon’s Town, the aha Quayside Hotel is perched just across from the famous yacht basin. Offering nautically styled, 4-star accommodation, with either mountain or ocean views, it’s perfect for a last-minute seaside escape.

Get all the details here.

Getting to know Heritage Square

 Set in the heart of the CBD, Heritage Square is home to the award-winning Chef’s Warehouse, and iconic steakhouse, HQ.

We look a little further into this beautiful square, and share a few hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered.

Cape Town Gin Company

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Distilling in Elgin, the Cape Town Gin Company has an intimate tasting room just outside the entrance to HQ, where you can taste their three gins, including their “Pink Lady”- with flavours of hibiscus and rosewater, and their iconic “Cape Town Rooibos Red Gin” – celebrating one of the Cape’s most famous exports, together with elements of orange and cinnamon.

Details: Cape Town Gin Company | 021 593 8800

Roost & Co

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Aiming to provide a wholesome chicken dining experience for the whole family, Roast & Co uses only free-range birds, served alongside a selection of delicious dishes – think pumpkin fritters, charred corn and truffle pap among others. We have a feeling that your Sunday roast won’t quite be the same again.

Details: Roast & Co | 021 424 6372

Dorrance City Winery

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The passion project of Christophe and Sabrina, Dorrance offers an urban wine cellar and tasting room in the heart of the city – expect narrow doorways, exposed granite walls, dimly-lit rows of barriques. Hailing from Calvados, Christophe has used his experience as a supplier of premium French barriques to produce finely crafted wines in the French tradition. View the full range of wines here. If all that wine tasting has made you hungry, then we suggest popping into their wine bar and restaurant, Bouchon, next door.

Details: Dorrance City Winery | 021 422 0695

You Bet It’s Ice Cream

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A relatively new kid to the block, You Bet It’s Ice Cream has quickly become known for its constantly changing flavours, vegan options – and boozy ice creams. From Chardonnay to gin and vodka, you might easily be tempted to switch your after-dinner drink for an after-dinner ice cream. A nightcap and dessert in one? It gets the thumbs up from us.

Details: You Bet It’s Ice Cream | 079 648 3595

Find Heritage Square at 90 Bree Street, Cape Town.

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Best spots for sundowners in Cape Town

Arguably the quintessential Cape Town activity, no visit to the city is complete without the much-loved local tradition of sundowners.

From coast to coast, we’ve rounded up our top three spots to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the end of the day – fantastic views, guaranteed.

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Chinchilla in Camps Bay

A relatively new addition to the famous palm tree-lined Camps Bay strip, Chinchilla is the latest offering from the respected Kove Collection, who have been bringing great food and wine to the Cape for years. From its elevate position, Chinchilla gives you those sunset views that visitors travel days to see, together with a variety of well-priced cocktails – we have it on good authority that their frozen margaritas  are well worth trying. That, together with an easy-going food menu of burgers, seafood favourites and sweet treats, make Chinchilla the new go-to cocktail spot in Camps Bay.

Details: Chinchilla, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town | 021 286 5075

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Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay

Hidden below Chapmans Peak Drive, you would easily drive past this luxury oasis, which, only adds to its appeal. Apart from 10 luxurious ocean-facing suites, Tintswalo Atlantic also has a restaurant and enviable deck area that locals are welcome to enjoy. With views across the bay and a sunset that is nothing short of magical, we’re sure that experiencing it just once won’t be enough. Bookings are strongly recommended, as the location is intimate – but, absolutely worth it.

Details: Tintswalo Atlantic, Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay | 021 201 0025

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Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek

Located in the Cape’s “deep South”, Cape Point Vineyards is perhaps one of the most picturesque in the city, offering guests 360 degree views of mountains, fynbos and vineyards – making for unforgettable sunsets over the Atlantic ocean. Join the them on a Thursday evening for the local community market, pick up a few treats and a bottle of wine, and enjoy your bounty on the lawns as you watch the sun set. Alternately, wine tastings as well as dinner at their restaurant, and picnics, are available every other evening of the week.

Details: Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town | 021 789 0900

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Things to do with kids in Cape Town

While Cape Town is a popular family holiday destination throughout the year, the Easter holidays are particularly well-loved by those who want to plan some time away during the school holidays. Whether it’s for mom or dad to compete in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, or simply to spend some time enjoying the sites of the city – we’ve put together a list of our top five activities that the whole family can enjoy in the Mother City.

Visit the Planetarium

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The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, and a treat for young and old alike. Offering daily shows and an interactive exhibit, you’ll be wowed by the expanse of the universe and leave with renewed appreciation for our little planet Earth. The Planetarium has a revolving show schedule, which has also included 360 degree cinema experiences on the human body, and more – so be sure to view their schedule to plan your visit.

A trip up Table Mountain

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The Table Mountain Arial Cableway is one of the most-visited attractions in the country, if not the continent, for good reason. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the floor of the cablecar itself slowly rotates, giving you panoramic views before you’ve even reached the top of the mountain. When you arrive, the whole family will be able to explore this famous attraction via dedicated pathways, with a café giving you the chance to enjoy an ice cream, or something more substantial, before your trip back down. While this is a family-friendly activity, it is still a mountain and, as always, children should be well-supervised and not left to wander alone.

Spend time at the 2 Oceans Aquarium

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium, is possibly the perfect family activity in the city. A world-class facility, there’s sure to be something on almost any time you visit – from predator feeding, to penguin experiences and a touch pool for little ones to get a first-hand feel of the ocean, it’s worth putting a few hours aside to do this Cape Town attraction justice.

A picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot to spend a few hours feasting on a blanket, under the shade of a tree, while the kids run freely on the grass. With seemingly endless pathways, ponds and streams, it’s the perfect place for children to get rid of a little energy, while also taking in some fresh air in one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

A boat ride to Seal Island

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Take to the ocean and visit Hout Bay’s famous Seal Island with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat. Watch seals frolicking and see kelp forests gently swaying beneath you from Circe’s famous cruise. Afterwards, explore the fishing village with a visit to the Bay Harbour Market, and of course – fish and chips on the rocks.

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What to do on a Cape Town morning

Make the most of the bright summer’s mornings, and enjoy the Mother City before the town wakes up. Get an early start on your day, with our perfect itinerary for a morning in Cape Town.

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A walk along the promenade

Running from Mouille Point to Sea Point, Cape Town’s promenade is one of the city’s most-loved attractions – for locals and visitors alike. Offering 7 km of safe, paved walkway along the oceanfront, we suggest starting your day with a little sea spray. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by dog-walkers, runners, roller bladers and more – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market has quickly become a Cape Town institution, with locals flocking to get their fresh produce and artisanal goods on a Saturday morning. From fresh flowers to leafy greens and healthy meals-on-the-go, you might even be treated to a spot of live music or the chance to adopt a local pup in need of a home, thanks to the good folks at Sidewalk Specials.

Bubbly and oysters at Sea Breeze Fish & Shell

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Having worked up a decent appetite, you need no more excuse to visit Sea Breeze Fish & Shell on Bree Street. A favourite since it opened, you can find sustainable seafood and a large selection of oysters and wine by the glass. Sit under an umbrella on their roadside benches and people watch, or head indoors for elegant, minimalist decor. If you don’t get your fill for brunch, we recommend coming back between 5pm – 6pm for oyster happy hour, when the delicious morsels are only R10 each.

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The Heritage Market at Constantia Uitsig

Over the past few years, Constantia Uitsig has been under a seemingly constant state of change. The latest addition is the new Heritage Market – and, let’s just say we’re pretty excited.

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While the new winery and wine tasting facility is still under construction, the estate has already opened a restaurant – Open Door – and a bike park, both of which have proven to be very popular with visitors. And, we’re quite sure that their new market is going to be no different.

Set in the row of quaint cottages, you’ll now be able to browse and shop from a variety of artisanal craft producers. With four producers already in residence, and more on the way, here’s a peek at what you have to look forward to during your next visit.

Sushi Box

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Said to be the best sushi this side of Japan, Sushi Box uses only the freshest, most sustainable ingredients – and aims to bring world-class sushi to the city. As the sixth outlet in Cape Town, you can now get your sushi fix in the winelands.

Contact details:

Tel: 021 204 3132 | Email: manager@sushibox.co.za | Website: www.sushibox.co.za

Closed on a Monday | Tuesday to Saturday 11h30 – 20h00 | Sunday 11h30 – 17h00

Alexander Avery Fine Chocolates

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Suppling a number of exclusive, 5* hotels and properties, Alexander Avery brings his beautiful display of bonbons, filled chocolates and more, all made from the finest chocolate, to Constantia. We’d also suggest taking advantage of the delicious, European-style patisseries, high quality teas and French Press coffees – pop a few in your basket to enjoy later, and turn tea time into something special.

Contact details:
Tel: 021 204 3135 | Email: info@alexanderavery.co.za | Website: www.alexanderavery.co.za

Kirsten’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream

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Handmade with love, Kirsten’s ice creams are all made from scratch, right down to the marshmallows, cookies and honeycomb. If a scoop (or two) of ice cream isn’t enough to tempt you, then why not add a freshly-made waffle, doughnut or cookie to your order? Good news for those with dietary requirements –there are also sugar-free, banting an vegan ice creams on offer. Ice cream for everyone!

Contact details:

Tel: 021 204 3134 | Email: kristen@kristenskickass.co.za | Website: www.kristenskickass.co.za

Monday to Sunday 09h00 – 17h00

Nest Deli and Coffee Shop

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A coffee shop that offers the finest single-origin coffees, breakfasts, light lunches and cakes, Nest Deli prides itself in warm and friendly service in a space that feels like home. Connected to the shop, you’ll also find a selection of gifts, fresh produce and home ware –we suggest adding a little extra time to your visit for a browse. Here’s a peek at their menu to tempt you – click on the image to enlarge:

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Contact details: 

Tel: 021 204 3133 | Email: info@nestdeli.co.za

Monday to Saturday 08h30 – 16h30 | Sun 08h30 – 15h00

Heritage Market at Constantia Uitsig:
Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Explore Cape Town with our most popular tours

Our unforgettable guided tours of Cape Town allow you to experience the best of the Cape, while making the most of the time you have in the city.

Led by experienced guides, whether you want to experience our pristine coastal reserves and beaches, the famous wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or take in the views from the world-famous Table Mountain – there’s no reason you can’t do it all with us. Ready for an adventure? Here are our three most popular day tours to whet your appetite.

The Cape Peninsula Tour

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From your Cape Town hotel, you’ll travel in our luxury vehicle as we head towards our first top of Hout Bay – a charming, multi-cultural fishing village. Keen to get out and explore on your own? You’re also able to hop on a boat for a trip to a nearby seal colony at Duiker Island.

From Hout Bay we head along Chapmans Peak – often considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world – until we arrive at Cape Point, the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula. There’s time to stretch your legs, explore the National Park, grab a bite to eat and take in the spectacular views. From here, we slowly head back towards Cape Town, stopping in at Simon’s Town – a quaint seaside village that is home to the country’s naval base, and Boulders Beach – famous for its colony of African Penguins. This tour ends at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain.

The Stellenbosch or Franschhoek Wine Route Tour

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With its outstanding wine and beautiful scenery, no visit to Cape Town is complete without a day spent in the winelands. Our guide will take you to 2 or 3 wine farms for wine tasting and allow you to indulge, without having to worry about driving home afterwards. The two most popular regions are Stellenbosch or Franschhoek – both beautiful towns, home to exceptional wine estates – chat to us and we’ll help you decide on your route and plan your perfect day.

The Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour

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Offering spectacular views of the city, Robben Island and the peninsula, Table Mountain is one of the new wonders of the world for good reason and a visit should be top of your Cape Town to-do list. The state-of-the-art cable car offers 360 degree views on your journey, and we pre-book tickets, giving you more time to enjoy the views, and less time in queues. Once at the top, you can take in the views, explore via one of the sign-posted pathways or grab a drink and bite to eat. The cable car departs regularly, with the last car leaving at sunset.

From the top of the mountain to sea level, there are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island. A short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you will be guided around this World Heritage Site by a former inmate, giving you unparalleled insight and understanding into one of the world’s most significant political landmarks.