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Cape Town Day Tours, Attractions & Excursions

You find yourself in Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but where do you start and what should you see? We have reviewed the best activities, excursions, and tours  – equipping you with all the local knowledge needed to make the most of your stay.

From the most exhilarating activities to the best sightseeing tour and cheapest flights into Cape Town, we have you covered.

Cape Town Excursions and Tours

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Atlantis, an oasis of perfectly white sand. Dunes rising into the sky as far as the eye can see. Explore this breathtaking landscape by spending the day finding your balance and technique from a professional guide before ripping down the snow-white dunes of Atlantis. On the West Coast, just a 45-minute drive outside of Cape Town, this serene natural playground is easily accessible. A favorite among locals with toys or adrenaline junkies, who love exploring on sandboards, motocross bikes or 4x4 vehicles. Join in on the fun!
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An exhilarating and fun-packed day on the Atlantis dunes is fun for the whole family or group of friends. A great day out for adrenaline junkies and outdoor enthusiasts.
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Location
10
Value for money
7.5
PROS:
  • Exquisite natural beauty
  • Towering white dunes all around
  • Conveniently close to Cape Town
CONS:
  • Sand everywhere
  • Weather dependant
  • Physically exhausting
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If you are looking for a private sunset cruise, why not reserve the yacht for your own private experience. You have the yacht all to yourselves. You choose the duration of the sunset cruise, from 2 hours to 4 hours.
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Nothing says romance more than a sunset cruise along the gorgeous Cape Peninsula. Sit back with a glass of sparkling wine, loved one by your side, and let your troubles and stress float away as the sun goes down. Watch Table Mountain become illuminated as the landscape grows pink and bright. Cape Town has one of the most scenic coastlines in the world and you get to see it at golden hour! There can be no better way to end the day.
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A catamaran tour is an exciting, fun way to explore the coast of Cape Town and watch the sunset light up Table Mountain and the water that stretches towards it.
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Location
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Romance
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Value for Money
9
PROS:
  • Brilliant way to relax after a long day
  • Great date night idea for before or after dinner
  • Chance to see the city from a new, different perspective
CONS:
  • Possible cancellation for rain and poor weather
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Flanked by the great Atlantic Ocean to the East, and False Bay to the West, the Cape Peninsula is an outstandingly beautiful rocky outcrop. The coastline rises dramatically from the ocean, sheer cliffs pointing towards Table Mountain’s summit. Culminating at Cape Point, this stretch of coastline has much to offer. From the pristine natural beauty seen in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, to the authentic South African culture experienced in the quaint town of Kalk Bay.

Know before you book:

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bring warm clothing. Cape Town weather can change without warning
  • You have the option of full-day trips or half-day trips
  • Hotel pickup available from selected areas
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$28.02
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The Cape Peninsula tours offer a great way to see the best sights and landmarks of this incredible city without the hassle, and with the help of a knowledgeable tour guide to share interesting facts along the journey.
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8.5
Location
9.5
Fun
7
Value for money
8.5
PROS:
  • Unrivaled natural beauty
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Multiple optional activities to add to your day
  • All the best of the Cape in one day
  • Entrance fees included
  • Take some amazing photos
CONS:
  • A fair amount of driving
  • Experience can be negatively affected by poor weather
  • Additional entrance or activity fees not included
  • Meals not included
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Getting up close with penguins is one of the best experiences in Cape Town. Options include scenic drives along the beautiful Cape Peninsula coast visiting famous landmarks like Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Simon’s Town or kayaking to the penguins. We've found tours catering to every penguin seeker and nature lover.
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There are some really great ways to experience Boulders Beach and the rest of Cape Town's lush wilderness. Whichever you pick, it's going to be a fun day!
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Location
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Value for money
9
PROS:
  • Easy booking and cancellations
  • Free pick-up service
  • Great number of additional activities to be booked
CONS:
  • Additional costs may apply to enter Boulders Beach
  • Admission fees for some stops
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Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most iconic sights in the city with the shape of the mountain dominating the beautiful skyline. Considering the majesty of the mountain, it’s no wonder that the cable car, Cape Town, is a top tourist attraction and this is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Although there are many trails scaling the mountain, the cable car is an easier way to summit (or descend) as the ride boasts breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town. Some of these include Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Cape Town city centre, and even the West Coast. Depending on how much budget you have to spend on cable car tickets, there are a variety of options available. Here we explore the top options, namely a combo ticket with the hop-on-hop-off bus, a hike and cable way combo, and a private tour. Simply pick the option that best suits your needs.
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Regardless of your budget, amount of energy or time available in Cape Town, a trip on the Table Mountain cable way is a must! The price you pay is a small amount considering that the experience is invaluable.
Value for Money
9
Convenience
8
Fun
9
PROS:
  • The best panoramic views of Cape Town
  • Summit one of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • Enjoy the rotating floor of the cable car for a 360° view
CONS:
  • The experience may be cancelled if the weather is bad
  • Table Mountain can get very crowded
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Robben Island is at the core of South Africa's rich history and culture. The tiny island located just off of the coast of Cape Town is home to a large amount of history and tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s captivity - and subsequent freedom - which became iconic for the democracy of South Africa. Today, the island is a popular tourist attraction for those with a passion or interest in history and human justice. The only way to reach the island is by boat or air. Here we will discuss a variety of ways to visit the island by ferry - and even by helicopter.
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A visit to Robben Island gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into South African history. This enriching experience may be affected by the weather, so be sure to check the forecast before booking.
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8
Convenience
7
Fun
8
PROS:
  • Secure a ticket on the ferry to Robben Island
  • Discover the rich history of the island from a former prisoner
  • Learn about South Africa’s dramatic past
CONS:
  • The tour may be canceled due to bad weather conditions
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Soar above The Mother City like a Cape Black Eagle. For the best view of Cape Town, look no further than an exhilarating, but peaceful paragliding Signal Hill tour. Experience stunning views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Robben Island, Lions Head, and a host of other gorgeous coastal sites. Tandem paragliding in Cape Town is certainly a bucket list item for any adventurous soul. It makes for an extremely memorable date or a fantastic present. Just be sure to include yourself in the gift, as you don’t want to miss out on this one! Know before you book
  • No persons under 8 years old
  • Adults must accompany all children
  • Tour subject weather conditions
  • You are required to provide your weight at the time of booking
  • Transport not included
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Tandem Paragliding from Signal Hill is a thrilling, beautiful way to see the sights in Cape Town. It's an adrenaline rush without being too scary, for those who want to fly, but not fall.
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10
Location
10
Comfort
9
Value for money
7.5
PROS:
  • Fly like a bird
  • Best views of Cape Town
  • 100% safe
  • Exhilarating
CONS:
  • Weather dependant
  • Cannot pilot yourself without training
  • Can be vertigo-inducing
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If you've ever wanted to go abseiling, Table Mountain is one of the best places to try it! This adventure is definitely one you'll never forget. Table Mountain's unrivaled natural beauty combined with the excitement of abseiling off a sheer cliff is sure to secure this wonderful memory forever.
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You can tick adrenaline-inducing abseiling off your bucket list with this abseiling Table Mountain tour. Try out this extreme sport with the safety of a skilled instructor, and take the chance to enjoy the mesmerizing Table Mountain views while you're there.
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10
Location
10
Value for money
8.5
PROS:
  • Enjoy views from the famous Table Mountain
  • All equipment provided
  • Exhilarating
  • 100% safe
CONS:
  • Weather dependent
  • You'll have to find your own way up and down the mountain
  • Terrifying if you suffer from extreme vertigo
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Most certainly one of the top game reserves near Cape Town, and considered to be the most authentic of the Big 5 game parks near Cape Town, Aquila Safari is the epitome of African luxury and an experience not to be missed. No trip is complete without experiencing a sunrise or sunset amongst the splendid natural beauty at arguably the best game reserve near Cape Town. Get up close and personal with some of the most feared and famed animals in Africa. Highlights
  • Enjoy both a breakfast and lunch buffet
  • 2-3 Hour game drive in an open safari vehicle
  • Meet the iconic Big 5
  • Experience a Horseback safari or quad bike safari
  • Safaris are guided by knowledgeable game rangers

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$243.24
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Comfort
9
Location
9
Fun
9.5
Value for money
8
PROS:
  • Meet the Big 5
  • Explore iconic Aquila
  • Enjoy both breakfast and lunch
CONS:
  • Transfers not included
  • Spa treatments are an optional extra
  • Age and weight restrictions may apply
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What better way to experience the beauty of Cape Town than by bird’s-eye view while on a scenic helicopter ride. As you circle Table Mountain, catch a glimpse from an unmatched, new perspective. While witnessing the two oceans famously meet, glide high above the Indian and Atlantic currents. Sit back, relax, and soak up the Cape Town sights as you’ve never seen them before.
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Enjoy the best way to see Cape Town. Take a trip through the sky and look down on the Mother City's beauty, with live commentary from insightful pilots.
Comfort
9
Location
10
Fun
9
Value for Money
8
PROS:
  • Easy booking and cancellations
  • Free pick-up service
CONS:
  • Shared flights, private trip at extra cost
  • Overweight passengers may need to pay extra
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Watch the colorful envelope of your hot air balloon become buoyant as billows of combustion bring it to life, affording its passengers an unforgettable, upwardly lifting experience. Cape Town is known for its amazing mountains, sprawling winelands and gorgeous coastline. What better way to see this beautiful city than on one of the incredible hot air ballooning tours? From families to couples looking for a romantic activity, there’s a tour to suit everyone. Take flight with the rising sun as it illuminates the magnificent Cape Winelands landscape below. Think it’s all a bunch of hot air? Think again!
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What could be better than soaring over spectacular vineyard landscapes on board one of the most nostalgic forms of flight? Photos of the setup routine are welcomed, as this in itself is something special to see. From the incredible take-off to the memorable views, this tour is unforgettable.
Comfort
8.5
Location
10
Fun
9.5
PROS:
  • Unmatched aerial views
  • Experience of a lifetime
  • Photo opportunities like no other
  • Breakfast and sparkling wine included
CONS:
  • This one's for the early birds
  • Not ideal for those with vertigo
  • Subject to cancellation due to weather conditions
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