Tours

CAPE PENINSULA EXPLORER

07:30 - 16:00 (Nov - Jan), 08:30 - 17:00 (Feb - Oct)

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A must for any first time traveller to Cape Town and a delight to children and adults of all ages! This tour is all about scenic beauty and interesting animals.  Travel via the famous Chapman’s Peak drive through picturesque coastal towns and suburbs, from the simple to the rich, all the way to The Cape of Good Hope National park.  Along the way, you can stop at the Hout Bay harbour for a short optional cruise to see the Cape Fur seals or to enjoy browsing for African curios, diamonds or a place to shoot that perfect photo.  

In the park, visit the Cape of Good Hope, the most south western tip of the African continent as well as the old Cape Point lighthouse, where the views will take your breath away.   Pop in at an ostrich farm to feed an ostrich if you dare, or continue onward to Simon’s Town where the African penguin awaits at Boulders Penguin colony.

Included:

  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Cape of Good Hope National Park entry
  • Boulders Penguin colony entry

 

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TABLE MOUNTAIN and CITY EXPLORER

07:30 - 11:30/16:00 (Nov - Jan), 08:30 - 12:30/17:00 (Feb - Oct)

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Take a trip to the top of one of the new 7 wonders of nature - the iconic Table Mountain. Make your way there either by the state of the art rotating aerial cableway, with 360 degree views of the mountain and the city bowl below.  For the more adventurous, make your way up by foot with an experienced mountain guide - up, up, up you go!

Spend some time in our amazing city filled with both modern designs and colonial history - visit the Company’s Gardens, the houses of parliament, a museum or gallery and browse through Greenmarket Square.  See the colourful little houses of the Bo-Kaap and other historic and architecturally photographic buildings and churches.  Lunch options are plentiful whether you are an adventurous eater or like sticking to more traditional food.  Cape Town is acclaimed for it’s world class cuisine offering everything from a quick bite at a local market or fine dining at one of the city’s top restaurants.

Optional Tour Extensions: Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Constantia Wine Valley.

TOUR EXTENSIONS

These tours can be done as full or half day tour. Tour extensions are available upon request for a full day tour.

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Robben Island

From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.  The tour guides inside the prison are former political prisoners. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO world heritage site, is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.  The garden boast over 7000 plant species, including many rare and threatened species.  Enjoy a walk on the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, informally called 'The Boomslang' (meaning tree snake), a curved steel and timber bridge that takes you from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, garden and Cape Flats.

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Constantia Wine Valley

See where the winemaking industry in South Africa all started with a visit to the oldest estate in the country, Groot Constantia - dating back to 1685. 

The estate is home to first Dutch governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel’s beautiful manor house, the Cloete wine cellar and other historic structures.  The mountain ranges and vineyards offer breathtaking photo opportunities and for the adrenalin junkies, the option to also include a rushing zip lining adventure, mountain biking or horse riding experience through the valley and the vineyards.

Included:

  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Table Mountain Cableway return tickets
  • Museum or gallery entry
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens entry, Constantia Valley wine tasting or
  • Robben Island Group tour tickets

 

CAPE WINELANDS EXPLORER

09:00 - 17:00

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Combine scenic beauty, award winning wines and fantastic food and you’ll know what to expect on this tour.  Just a short drive outside of Cape Town lies the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl vineyards.  Take a trip to enjoy the splendour of this area and taste some wine, cheese, chocolate and/or olives. Take in the views of endless mountains and vineyards at one of our favourite restaurants for lunch. If time permits, take a walk through the historically rich Stellenbosch or Franschhoek.  Stellenbosch is a student’s town and here you can see the iconic Oom Samie’s shop, the University of Stellenbosch and other beautiful old colonial buildings.  Franschhoek is home to the French Huguenot history.  Here you can see the Huguenot Memorial, beautifully set against the Franschhoek Mountains and stroll through the quaint shops and treat your taste buds with all the culinary delights this little town has to offer.

Included:

  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Three wine, cheese/ chocolate tastings
  • Cellar tours can be arranged on request

 

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SHARK CAGE DIVING EXPLORER

Time will be advised one day prior to tour

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For the brave!  An exhilarating and educational experience diving in the safety of a cage and coming up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.  Take a 2,5 hour drive out to the scenic little coastal town of Gansbaai where you will be met by the friendly and very capable shark cage diving team.  Not only do they have a sterling safety record, they are also leaders in shark conservation - every trip on the boat is an awesome adventure and an exciting crash-course in marine biology, educating you about the trends, traits and troubles of the endangered Great White Shark and the other amazing marine species, as well as the ecosystem!

Included:

  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Shark Cage diving experience

 

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WILDLIFE SAFARI - BIG 5 EXPLORER

07:00 - 16:00

Big 5 Safari

A short 2 hour drive outside Cape Town, you’ll visit the 4 star Aquila Private Game Reserve in the Southern Karoo. The reserve is a 10,000 hectare conservancy, home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness - elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.  Enjoy welcome drinks and breakfast upon arrival and then depart for a 2 to 3 hour safari in your choice of an open 4x4 safari vehicle, on horseback or on quad bikes! Enjoy a buffet lunch of South African food and catch some sun or have a drink next to the pool before returning to Cape Town.

A great emphasis is placed on a wildlife conservation education, offering visitors a complimentary educational introduction to their cheetahs. They are captive bred and strictly controlled in the interest of cheetah survival worldwide. Aquila is also the proud finalist of an Imvelo Award for their Social Involvement Programme. They provide over 300 jobs to the previously disadvantaged community of Touws River and also sponsors the local cricket, soccer and rugby teams as well as a full time school teacher.

Included:

  • Welcome drinks and breakfast
  • 4x4 Safari experience (2 - 3 hours)
  • Lunch
  • Private guide and vehicle to and from the nature reserve

 

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WHALE WATCHING EXPLORER (Jun - Nov)

Time will be advised one day prior to tour

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Head out to the beautiful little coastal fishing town of Hermanus - recognised by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world!  Walker Bay particularly, is the mating and breeding grounds of the Southern Right Whale during the winter and spring months (from June to November). Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic around June to calve and mate.  Calving takes place in August and September and the males arrive for mating in October when the whale population peaks.  Choose from either land based, boat based or kayak based (for the more adventurous) whale watching and be part of this magical wonder of mother nature.

If time permits, a visit to Panthera Africa can also be included.

Panthera Africa

Panthera Africa is a non-profit,  environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives.  One of Panthera Africa's main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. They are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. They are a blue print of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient, and aim to change all breeding facilities into sustainable ethical projects.

Panthera Africa believes in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and aims to become the first "green" big cat sanctuary in South Africa, and run solely on solar energy.  They strongly believe in the saying "In union there is strength" - and by standing together, human and animal, they believe in the possibility of a prosperous future for the big cats, and take pride in 'speaking' on their behalf.

Included:

  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Whale Watching experience - boat, land or kayak based
  • Panthera Africa group tour (time permitting)

 

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WEST COAST EXPLORER

07:00 - 18:00

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Go off the beaten tourist track for a trip northward up the rustic west coast and see the iconic view of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand.  Depending on your interest, this tour can be done focusing on a combination of either food, scenery, nature or culture.

  • Scenery is plenty, from the 16 mile, longest stretch of beach in South Africa at Yzerfrontein to the old fishing village of Paternoster, where the buildings all have the same white-washed façade and the beach is littered with colorful fishing boats.  Photographers get ready!
  • In terms of food, there is craft beer at Darling Brew, wine at Groote Post, Darling Cellars or Cloof wine estate, olives at Darling Olives and even toffee tastings in the town of Darling!
  • The nature lover can find tranquility at Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, home to the last manned lighthouse in South Africa or a visit to the West Coast Fossil Park, where you’ll find the world’s richest concentration of fossils dating back over five million years ago.  In spring the wildflowers blooming at the West Coast National Park together with the birdlife it offers is a great option.
  • If culture and history is your preference, the town of Darling with South Africa’s most famous aunt Evita Bezuidenhout, offers a quirky look into South Africa’s troubled past, with the garden at Evita se Peron sprinkled with humorous art pieces.  Alternatively, you can do a heritage walk in Mamre, at the historical Moravian Mission Station.  Get to meet locals and find out how they grew up as you stroll under oak trees that date back 300 years.  For a more native twist, visit !Khwa ttu Culture and Education Centre for a San Guided Experience either be by foot, safari vehicle or mountain bike (weather dependent) to see fresh animal tracks, a replica San village and get to know the herbaceous fynbos of the area and its many uses.

    Included:
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Tastings or entrances depending on your tour preference

 

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ELGIN CANOPY TOURS EXPLORER

08:00 - 17:00, subject to change informed a day prior to tour

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Lonely Planet recently listed the canopy tours located in the Elgin Valley, scaling the rugged Hottentots Holland mountains in the Cape Nature reserve as second on the list of the world’s hottest new tourism experiences for 2015. The canopy tours was the only African attraction to make the list! It has been described by Lonely Planet as “vertigo-tinged fun” and “an exciting aerial perspective”.

Enjoy a guided nature zipline experience through the mountains, including 11 ziplines and a suspension bridge over an iconic waterfall in the company of soaring eagles, surrounded by breathtaking Cape fynbos panoramas and mountainscapes only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Thrilled zipliners who have completed the course have described it as super safe. One commented that the quality of the structure and equipment was reassuringly high and had made her fear of heights irrelevant.

The drive there or back takes you via the famous Clarance Coastal drive that offer breathtaking view over False Bay with Table Mountain in the distance.  If time permits, stop at the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in Betty’s Bay.

Included:

  • Private guide and vehicle
  • 4 hour zip lining adventure
  • Light lunch

 

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TOUR ADD ONS


Looking for something more adventurous? Don't hesitate to add any of the following to your itinerary, we can easily incorporate them to some of our day tours. 
We do everything! Paragliding, surfing lessons, helicopter flights over Cape Town, Scooter tours, sky diving, scuba diving, beach horse riding, hiking - if you can dream it, we can plan it! Just let us know.

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THE BIG GARDEN ROUTE EXPLORER

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From Cape Town, head east along the world famous Garden Route, stretching all the way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  This tour can be customised from a 3 day to a 3 week itinerary! The range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities is remarkable.  The coastline boasts excellent beaches at Wilderness and Knysna, while inland you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, the famous Cango Caves system, historic ostrich farms, rolling hills and the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges.  The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast from Wilderness to Knysna offer adventure trails and hiking, birdwatching, canoeing on the rivers, sliding (zip-lining) through the tree canopy or simply taking an easy walk through the forest to gasp at the size of a yellowwood tree that's over 600 years old. Bird lovers will enjoy spotting the brilliant green and red Knysna loeries or walking through Birds of Eden, the words largest free flight aviary.

For the animal lovers, there is the allure of perhaps catching sight of one of the near-mythical elephants said to inhabit the forests.  Other amazing animal actives include visiting Monkeyland, the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary and a visit to and elephant sanctuary where you can learn more and see these magnificent animals up close.  Overnight safari experiences at either Botlierskop Private Nature Reserve or in the Addo Elephant Park are also highly recommended.  Let us put an unforgettable itinerary together that suits both your interest and your pocket.

Cango Caves: Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.  The adventure tour will see you climbing through narrow tunnels and spelunking to the lesser accessible sections of the cave system!

Ostrich Farm:  See and learn all about ostriches, feed one by hand, and see the various crafts made using the ostrich’s exquisite feathers, eggs and leather.

Monkey Land: Walk through the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary.  Monkeyland has as one of its aims, to create awareness about the plight of primates and to show that with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, that we can all live in harmony.

Birds of Eden: Walk through the world's largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary.  The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall.

Elephant Sanctuary: See these magnificent animals up close.  Feed them and learn how you can help the efforts for conservation of these beautiful creatures.  

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to big cats such as lions, cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, wild dog, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger, raccoons and various snake species (which are housed separately).  The focus is on conservation education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity, in South Africa and all over the world.

Safari at Botlierskop:  This malaria free, family owned and privately operated four star garden route game lodge is home to an abundance of animals including 4 of the Big 5, lions, elephants, buffalo's, giraffes, rhino's, hippos, rare black impalas and more as well as unique bird life.

John Ben Cruise:  A Natural Heritage site, the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna is an utterly unique privately owned reserve that lies on the Western Head of the famous landmarks known as 'The heads', accessible only by ferry.  The John Benn is a double-decker floating restaurant offering lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads.  One of the best floating restaurants in Knysna!

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours:  Zipline in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Many of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides ensure your safety while keeping you informed about interesting features of the forest ecology.

Storms River Kayak Adventure: The 2-3 hour Storms River kayak and lilo adventure takes you to explore deeper into the Storms River Gorge.  Experience the long, deep, quiet pools with deep caves and ancient forests.  This is an activity not to be missed!

Bloukrans Bungee:  The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquility of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below. Recognised as the ‘highest bungee from a bridge’ in the world, Bloukrans Bungy uses pendulum bungee technology to ensure the smoothest, most comfortable bungee jump possible. Jumpers are secured in a full-body harness combined with an ankle connection.

Paragliding: Numerous locations around the Garden Route, our favourite however, is The Map of Africa in Wilderness in the heart of the Garden Route, another stunning paragliding site. The name for this place derives from the view over the back, showing a shape of the river similar to the coastal outline of the Southern African countries. The view towards the coastline is even more stunning.

Included:
• Private guide and vehicle
• Accommodation (choose from 3 - 5 star)
• Activities as per customised itinerary

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