Cape Fusion Tours offers only private tours, however it is always good to check out your budget and consider doing some private touring as well as some scheduled touring options. Our advice is to spoil yourself with a private winelands tour and if the budget is restricted, then mix in a scheduled peninsula tour. The route is the same for a scheduled peninsula tour versus a private peninsula tour. The difference is that on a private tour you can stop for longer where you chose to and stop for a long leisurely lunch……which is of course a priority when you are a “foodie”! Below are also some options for other tours that tickle our fancy!
The below info is there to help you with your research and to make sure you get some tips and ideas if you are not doing private tours. Please get hold of the vendors directly:
Scheduled Scenic Peninsula Tour:
- Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
- Boulders Beach – Penguin Colony
- Hout Bay- optional Seal Colony Boat Trip
- Simonstown historical naval base
- Fynbos vegetation
- The chance of seeing baboons, bontebok, ostriches, bird life and the Southern Right Whales (seasonal)
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Cape Winelands Countryside Scheduled Tour
- Stellenbosch, tree lined streets, historical architecture, alfresco cafés and good shopping
- The Franschhoek Valley with its endless mountain vistas
A large variety of tour operators offer the scheduled winelands tour with an itinerary much the same as the above – however for a scheduled wine tour with a company who has in depth knowledge and whose guides are huge wine lovers try Wine Flies
Hermanus Whale Watching tour:
Scheduled tours to Hermanus operate from July to the end of November. This period is the peak season for the Southern Right Whales visiting Walker Bay to give birth to their babies. They nurse the babies and once they are large enough, they return to their home in the South Pole. Hermanus has a wonderful location as the town is located on steep cliffs – as such it allows the whales to come very close to the shore line. Consequently, they can boast the best land based whale watching in the world! I am not sure of the boast, but it is absolutely wonderful to be able to stand on the cliffs and see the whales frolicking below. Hermanus also has a cliff path that goes for a couple of kilometres along the coast line. They have dotted this path with benches for whale watching. So make sure you take your binoculars and either drive out yourself or take a whale tour is you are here in the period of July to the end of November. A variety of operators offer this tour – but many only offer it on specific days of the week – so if you are keen to see the whales – make sure you book this one before you book the other options!
- Travel by cable car to the top of the world famous Table Mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the city (weather dependent)
- City orientation tour
- The Castle of Good Hope – our first fort
- Cape Malay Quarter – The colourful homes & Mosques of the Bo-Kaap
- Flower market
- Green Market Square – our oldest market
Note – you can either book to this with an operator or you can do the city sightseeing bus or you can do a walking tour of the city or you can cycle it – there are options – keep reading below for more ideas
Bike & Saddle City Cycling Tours: Cape Town at Night – heritage cycle:
Savour the sights and sounds of Cape Town from the back of your trusty bike, with a guide behind you every pedal of the way! It’s fun, healthy and active – and what’s more it’s good for the environment.
Leave the historic V&A Waterfront from the five-star Cape Grace Hotel as evening descends on the city. Follow Beach Road as waves lap up on the shore, with the iconic Green Point Stadium beside you. Idle through the Company Gardens, home to Parliament, the National Gallery and much more! Soak up the bars and cafes on Long Street before the smell of Malay curry fills the air in Bo-Kaap with its mosques and coloured houses. Return to the exclusive Waterfront Marina Yacht Basin for a glass of sparkling wine and gourmet canapes at the famous Bascule Bar as the sun sinks below Table Mountain! It’s the Eco-Active adventure of a lifetime – so what are you waiting for?
(Note the tour includes a tour guide and as such a running commentary is given when you stop at various highlights – this also gives you a chance to catch your breath. The ride is geared at all levels of cyclist – I did it and I have not cycled in ten years!). There is good attention to safety for this tour – helmets are provided, triangles must be attached to your back and a guide rides at the back of the group to make sure no one has problems or is left behind. The guides are warm and knowledgeable and the snacks at Bascule at the end were amazing!! This tour has a real gourmet grand finale – which really appealed to me! Tour start time in summer: 18h00 and 16h00 in winter. Duration: Approx 2.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy ( I did it!). For more cycling options click here
Operated by Bike & Saddle Tours – they do a variety of tour options involving cycling – check out their website.
Cape Town City Walking Tours
This is one of the cheapest ways of exploring Cape Town City. Footsteps to Freedom offer daily walking tours of the city that depart from nearthe Taj hotel at the top of Adderly Street in town. It is best to book directly and you can book on the day or simply just turn up at the tour time! Times: 10h30 Monday to Saturday (excluding Easter Friday and Christmas). Duration: 3 hours. Bookings: 083 452 1112. Visit their website for more information. Cost: Approximately R210 pps. I would highly recommend this as they use great tour guides who take you on a walk through the past.
Township Tours and Experiences:
City Sightseeing Bus:
Cape Town has a wonderful hop-on-hop off bus which does two routes – one focuses on the City/Table Mountain/Camps Bay/Waterfront route and the other takes in the more outlying areas of Hout Bay, Constantia and Kirstenbosch gardens. They have on board guided commentary and everyone I know who has been on the tour has enjoyed it. This is an extremely cost effective way to explore Cape Town. NB remember your sunblock! Click here to visit their website.
Table Mountain info:
During peak season November to April, it is advisable that you purchase your ticket for Table Mountain before you head up to the cableway station – this will mean that you miss the first part of the queue. The tickets are valid for 7 days and refundable less a small handling fee. Click here to go to the Table Mountain Cableway website. Free tours are available on top of the mountain at 10am and 12pm. To book your cableway & Robben Island tickets – click here. In addition you can organize to Abseil down the mountain through a company called Abseil Africa. For hiking on the mountain it is recommended that you take a map, you let someone know that you are going and that you preferably stick to the main hiking routes of Platteklip Gorge (about ten minutes walk from the main cable car station) or Skeleton Gorge (hike from Kirstenbosch over the mountain to the front). With all routes it is recommended that you take the cable car down as the paths are slippery due to crumbling rock. Should you wish to do a guided walk with a nature guide, visit Table Mountain Walks, which is a company owned by a wonderful guide named Margaret Curran – she has been running hiking tours around the Cape for many years
Robben Island Tours:
In order to visit Robben Island, you need to book a tour of the island. Many people think that this can be done once you arrive – most of the time, they are very wrong and the tours are sold out a month before. As such it is important that you organize your tickets well in advance – or you will spend days sitting at the ticket office at the Waterfront. Tickets can be bought from the webtickets website. Note that these tickets are not as easy to refund or to cancel as the Table Mountain tickets are. The tour is 3.5 hours long and leaves from the Clocktower at the V & A Waterfront. As such I highly recommend booking the 09h30 tour as it brings you back into the Waterfront at lunch time – and this way it does not block out a whole day of being able to do something else!
Finally Cape Town has launched the first phase of having public transport!! At this stage you can now get to the top through to the bottom of town and through the V&A Waterfront, the next route that has launched goes all the way from the city to Bloubergstrand. In 2014 the city is currently rolling out the route that will go from the city, pass Greenpoint and then travel along the ocean past Clifton, Camps Bay and through to Hout Bay. This is going to revolutionize getting around our city very cheaply! Click here to check out the bus routes that are currently operating and those that will operate soon!
Terms & Conditions:
- Prices are subject to change should vendors increase their prices due to unforseen circumstances. The final price of the tour will be confirmed via e-mail on receipt of a booking enquiry.