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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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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 as the shape of the mountain dominates the beautiful skyline. Considering the majesty of the mountain, it is no wonder that the cable car, Cape Town, is a top tourist attraction. ...

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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.
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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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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. ...

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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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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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Best seller Robben Island

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. ...

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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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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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PROS:
  • Up close encounters with sharks
  • All inclusive package
CONS:
  • Weather can cancel dives
  • Not suitable for younger children
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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 tour. Experience the best views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Robben Island, Lions Head, and a host of other coastal sites. ...

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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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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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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. ...

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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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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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What better way to experience the beauty of Cape Town than by bird’s-eye view while on a scenic helicopter ride. ...

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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.
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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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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. ...

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Value for money
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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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Best seller Hot air balloons in sky

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. ...

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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.
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Location
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Fun
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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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