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SIGHTSEEING

There is so much to experience in Cape Town but we have listed our top 9 tours | outings that we think you will enjoy. Below you’ll find a little about each adventure with a link to their website that will provide you with more in-depth information.

Robben Island

The Robben Island Prison is a site of historical importance and it is where South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela spent 27 years along with hundreds of other political detainees during the time of Apartheid.  There are various tours that run throughout the day.  Ferries depart from V&A Waterfront and the tour takes 3 ½ hours including the ferry trip, tour of the historical sites around the island and back to the V&A Waterfront. 

www.robben-island.org.za/tours 

Table Mountain

The flat-topped Table Mountain, Cape Town’s most recognizable landmark, provides incredible views, rich biodiversity and challenging recreational opportunities for hikers, rock climbers, mountain cyclists and cavers. It is often covered by clouds, called “the table cloth.” The top can also be reached by cable car up to a nearly 3,600-foot (1,089 m) vantage point. The 5-minute ascent includes breath taking 360-degree views. Go round trip the aerial way or take a more adventuresome way down. 

www.tablemountain.net 

Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus

The Hop On Hop Off sightseeing bus introduces you to the sights and attractions of the city blending spectacular natural beauty with the fast pace and bright lights of an urban centre in an open top double-decker bus. 

 www.citysightseeing.co.za/en/cape-town  

The Cape Wheel
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Cape Wheel is a 40 meter giant observation wheel featuring 30 air conditioned enclosed cabins offering a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Your viewing experience across Cape Town includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town skyline, Paarl Mountains and the Cape Town Stadium. 

www.capewheel.co.za 

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Newlands

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has plant life you can only see in South Africa. Because it is at the heart of the Cape Floristic Region – Cape Floral Kingdom, it was the first botanical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 1913, the 36-hectare (89 acres) nature reserve blends into the forest of Table Mountain and is a good start or finish to a hike to the top if you’re up for more than a leisurely garden stroll.     

www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/ 

World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
Hout Bay

Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.   A tropical garden setting in the Hout Bay Valley is the environment in which the aviaries are spaced over 4 ha of land, framed by the back of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, Constantiaberg, Chapman’s Peak and Little Lion’s Head. A paradise for nature lovers and photographers, the World of Birds is one of Cape Town’s premier tourist attractions which no visitor should miss. 

www.worldofbirds.co.za 

Two Oceans Aquarium
Victoria & Alfred Waterfron

The two Oceans Aquarium in Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Sea Point offers an incredible diversity of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans at one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. Explore the exhibits, catch a feeding show, get up close and personal with the adorable rockhopper penguins, visit the touch pool where you can pick up, touch and feel a variety of marine animals and plants or dive in the aquarium with yellowfin tuna, turtles and striped bonito. 

www.aquarium.co.za 

Cape Town Helicopters
Victoria & Alfred Waterfron

Hop on board as Cape Town Helicopters take to the skies to experience the beauty of the mother city.  At Cape Town Helicopters, sightseeing reaches new heights, in an unrivalled experience that is unimaginable from the ground.  Select from various tours that will fly you around Cape Town, over Robben Island, over dramatic mountains, curvaceous coastlines and a city skyline or along the best wine routes. 

www.helicopterscapetown.co.za 

Cape Town City Cycle Tour
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Leaving daily at 10am from the V&A Waterfront clock tower, a city cycle tour led by an experienced local guide, makes cycling the only way to really experience this incredible city.  Awol Tours 3 hour bicycle tours are relaxed, interactive and offer you an authentic approach to Cape Town’s cultural legacy and modern day life. 

www.awoltours.co.za/bicycle-tours/cape-town-city-cycle-tours/