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Cape Town Tours

Cape Town is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The city sits on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, where the waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge and spectacular mountains tumble towards the sea.

For centuries, the Cape of Good Hope was synonymous with danger as European ships bravely rounded the area during their travels to Asia. To resupply those passing ships, the Dutch created an outpost in 1652, a settlement that would blossom into one of the most beautiful cities in one of the most breath-taking settings on earth.

Cape Town has endured a lot of social and political upheaval over the years, but it has set the course for a prosperous and optimistic future. This is a city that, despite its challenges, shines as an example of hope to not only South Africa, but also the rest of the world.

Cape Town’s central area is situated in the City Bowl. This amphitheatre shaped area begins at the edge of Table Bay and it is backed by the two-mile long plateau of Table Mountain. Nearby is the Company Gardens. This is where produce was grown to provide the early ships with vital sustenance. All around the gardens, some of the city’s most important institutions sprang up, such as the Parliament Building and the National Library. On the park’s southern end, the South African museum and the planetarium are where you can experience the rich history of Africa. From the pre-colonial rock art through to the centuries of creative art that are available in these buildings as well as in the National Gallery (which is located only a few feet away).

Fusing both contemporary and old-world architecture, the nearby South African Jewish Museum stands as a tribute to a community that has done much to shape the country. Just a few blocks away, don’t miss the District 6 museum. This museum and cultural centre give voice to the 60 000 non-white residents who were not only forcibly removed from their neighbourhood during the darkest days of the apartheid era, but also had to witness their neighbourhood being flattened.

Thankfully, one neighbourhood that was spared from the wreckage of apartheid was the Bo-Kaap. Despite decades of segregation, traditional Cape Malay culture still permeates the area. Here, you will see colourful houses, cobbled streets and other picturesque points of interest.

Post-apartheid South Africa is often referred to as the Rainbow Nation. And, like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow are cultural diversity, transformation and creativity that shine out from downtown Cape Town.

Whether you are interested in a Cape Town City Tour or a tour that explores other points of interest in the area, Southern Circle Tours & Safaris will give you the tour and experience you are looking for. Here are some of the fascinating options that we have:

Cape Town City Tour

Our four-hour Cape Town City Tour departs from most hotels and guesthouses in the city bowl. During this trip, you will be able to experience the cultural diversity, cosmopolitan ambiance, architectural styles and a number of tourist attractions. Some of the highlights of this city tour include:

  • A cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain,
  • Signal Hill, if the cable car is not operating due to weather restrictions,
  • The Castle of Good Hope, and
  • The SA Museum.

During the tour, we will point out many of Cape Town’s popular tourist attractions, restaurants, historic landmarks and museums that you may want to visit after the tour. You will also see a number of interesting places such as the Company Gardens, Parliament Complex and the Malay Quarters. We will also show you a full view of Table Mountain – so make sure you pack your camera! There is also an optional tour of Robben Island if you want to see this historic and interesting landmark as well.

All of the entrance fees, except the cable car ride, are included in the tour price. We advise guests to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Cape Town Coastal Explorer Guided Tour

This Cape Town coastal tour will take you from Cape Town to Durban in 6 days. The six-day tour has been set out as follows:

  • Cape Town – Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn
  • Congo Caves – Garden Route – Knysna
  • Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park – Port Elizabeth
  • Addo Elephant National Park – East London – Wild Coast
  • Wild Coast
  • Oribi Gorge – Durban

The tour departs from Cape Town International Airport as well as most hotels and guesthouses in and around the city. The tour includes accommodation in small, luxury hotels and lodges, as well as owner-managed accommodation where possible. Breakfasts, dinners, entrance fees, conservation fees as well as the activities mentioned are also included.

Be sure to pack your camera, walking shoes, a warm jacket or wind breaker, as well as long pants if you are booking your Cape Town tour in the winter months. The tour ends at King Shaka International Airport in Umhlanga, Durban. Book this Cape Town Coastal Tour here.

Cape Town Whale Watching Tour

This Cape Town Whale Watching Tour will take you to see the majestic creatures of the ocean in Hermanus. The Southern Right Whales breed and rear their young in this area. If you are able to book your tour between July and November, you will be very likely to see the gentle giants from up close as they come very near to the shoreline. After the whale watching experience, our tour returns to Cape Town via the scenic coastal route of Somerset West, Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay. Depending on the amount of time we spent whale watching, we may also be able to stop at some of the famous wine estates for a wine tasting. The tour is a full day one and you will be transported in a luxury 8-seater microbus. Be sure to pack your camera and your binoculars.

Cape Town Mountain Pass Tour

Are you interested in the inspiring and beautiful mountain passes in the Western Cape? Our four mountain passes tour is a one-day tour that will take you through the Bainskloof Mountain Pass, the Du Toits Kloof Pass, the Franschhoek Pass and Sir Lowry’s Pass. Find out more about this mountain pass tour in Cape Town.

Cape Peninsula Tour

This one-day tour will give you a round-trip of the Peninsula, which is filled with spectacular views, winemaking centres, historical attractions and more. Some of the highlights of the tour include the following:

  • The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,
  • The Constantia Valley,
  • The African Penguins at Boulders Beach,
  • The Cape of Good Hope,
  • Cape Point,
  • The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and
  • Chapman’s Peak.

Cape Winelands Tour

During this Cape Winelands Tour, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the best wine that our country has to offer. Paarl has a long history of wine making and you will be able to visit some of the most famous wine estates in the area. We will also take you to Stellenbosch where you can see a number of beautiful and historically significant architectural pieces. The tour includes entrance fees, two wine tastings, a cellar tour and transport.

Cape Nature Splendour Guided Tour

This 6-day tour departs from Cape Town and shows you all the beautiful natural attractions that Cape Town and the surrounding area have to offer. Some of the places we visit include Swellendam, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, the Garden Route, Knysna, the Tsitsikamma National Park, Port Elizabeth, Addo National Park, Cradock, Mountain Zebra National Park, Graaff-Reinet, Beaufort West, Karoo National Park, Matjiesfontein, and the Hex River Valley. The tour includes accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, conservation fees, entrances and all the activities mentioned. Be sure to pack your camera, binoculars, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Garden Route Tour

This Garden Route Tour will take you from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in three days via Route 62. The tour departs from Cape Town and takes you through a number of picturesque regions and to a variety of interesting attractions, including the following:

  • The Du Toits Kloof Mountains,
  • The Breede Valley Wine region,
  • The Robertson and Montague wine regions,
  • An ostrich show farm,
  • The Cango Caves,
  • The Outeniqua Mountains,
  • The Lakes of Knysna,
  • Plettenberg Bay,
  • The Tsitsikamma National Park, and
  • The Birds of Eden.

This guided tour includes breakfasts and dinners, entrances, the activities mentioned, all the conservation fees, as well as accommodation in luxury 4-star type small hotels and lodges.

Cape Nature Highlights Guided Tour

This 5-day tour departs from Cape Town and takes you eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass. Some of the fascinating things you will see during this tour include the (arguably) oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree, the magnificent scenic river valley passes, the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’), the Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley, the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves (which is regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders), Beaufort West, the Karoo National Park, Matjiesfontein and the Hex River Valley. The tour schedule has been set up as follows:

  • Day 1:
    Mossel Bay – Garden Route – Knysna
  • Day 2:
    Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna
  • Day 3:
    Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn
  • Day 4:
    Cango Caves – Swartberg Mountains – Beaufort West – Karoo National Park
  • Day 5:
    Matjiesfontein – Hex River Valley – Cape Town

Be sure to pack a hat, comfortable well worn-in cool clothes, walking shoes, as well as warmer clothing if you are booking this Cape Town Tour from April to September. The tour excludes lunches (but we do provide for lunch stops), personal purchases and personal insurance. It includes accommodation, breakfasts and dinner, conservation fees, entrance fees and the activities mentioned.

How to get to Cape Town from Australia, the US and England

Whether you are travelling to Cape Town from Australia, the US or England, you will need to arrange the appropriate visa and book your flights from your destination. Please check the visa requirements that are needed from your country and make sure this has been approved before you have booked your Cape Town Tour. Many times, you will travel to Johannesburg from your home country before catching a short two-hour flight to Cape Town.

About Our Cape Town Tour Company

Southern Circle Tours & Safaris is an inbound wheels tour operator and complete destination management agency into South Africa. We are able to arrange your complete package in South Africa may it be guided tours, self-drive packages or accommodation, hotel/airport transfers or the hire of a vehicle.

The reason why we are able to offer such a wide range of Cape Town tours and deliver the 5-star service that we promise our clients, is because we have identified service providers with the same pledge to their guests as us. We have negotiated the best rates and set up each tour to give our clients the best experience of Cape Town that money can buy. For more information about any of our tours, contact us today.