The Cape Town day tours offered strive to offer clients with limited time an informative experience when visiting the highlights in and around the city of Cape Town. The Cape Winelands, which include the Franschoek and Stellenbosch wine routes, are most popular among these short excursions which can depart from any location of your choosing in Cape Town.
Franschoek Wine Route Day Tour
After a drive of about 50 minutes, the tour arrives at Franschoek, located in one of the most picturesque valleys of the Cape. The town of Franschoek owes its existence to the first French settlers who worked the valley in the 18th century.
Time will be devoted to exploring the town and the memorial to the French Huguenots. The memorial is set in lovely gardens against a backdrop of impressive mountains. Thereafter a visit is made to three fine wine estates, which are internationally recognized for the exceptional quality of their wines. All the noble cultivars and classic styles are on show here, from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc to the rich reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. During the tour of the wine estates, the process of wine making and aging is explained in some detail by a local wine maker. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a range of wines that are produced at each of the estates.
Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope
The spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive, which is cut into the 650m high Chapman’s Peak, leads the tour through the town of Noordhoek to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, botanical and scenic delight, the reserve is home to several antelope species as well as a great diversity of flowering plants and birds. A highlight is sure to be the walk to the summit of Cape Point, where, it is said, the stormy waters of the Atlantic are met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean.
The tour traces the peninsula on the way back to Cape Town with a visit to Boulders Beach, an attractive secluded haven which comprises a tumble of huge round boulders on a sandy shore. The boulders are an ideal vantage point for watching the antics of a colony of mainland-based African penguins. After the visit to Boulders, the tour makes its way back to Cape Town.
Stellenbosch & Wine Day Tour
We will travel to the wine-producing region of South Africa and the town of Stellenbosch. The town is the oldest in South Africa after Cape Town. Oak-lined streets along water furrows complement the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture which are on display. Some time is devoted to exploring the town before venturing into the surrounding Winelands.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest, largest and probably the most visited of the southwest Cape’s wine routes. Many of the estates are very old. Their gabled, whitewashed Cape Dutch homesteads, rolling vineyards and shade-dappled grounds are beautiful beyond measure. You will visit two of these fine estates where the art of wine making in South Africa is experienced first-hand. A large variety of wines can be sampled, ensuring that you are almost certain to find a wine that will appeal to your palette.
Table Mountain & Kirstenbosch Gardens
The day is spent exploring one the world’s most beautiful cities. Table Mountain, arguably the most famous natural landmark in Africa, is first on the agenda. At the top of Table Mountain, one can enjoy one of the most impressive vistas to be found anywhere in the world.
A visit is then made to the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. These gardens were established when the mining magnate and philanthropist Cecil Rhodes donated this piece of land to the people of South Africa. The garden is home to 4 000 of the 18 000 species of flora to be found in South Africa, creating a most remarkable natural display.
Robben Island Cape Town Day Tour
Guests will be taken to Table Bay harbor. The tour begins with a visit to the Robben Island Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The island is known as “a place where great men met”, and is a historical reminder of the triumph of the human spirit in adverse circumstances. This historical landmark is synonymous with the struggle against apartheid. You will visit the maximum security prison and relive the experience of what inmates went through on a daily basis while serving their sentences. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the cell of ex-President Nelson Mandela. In addition to the prison, the island is home to a number of different mammal species which range from deer to Cape fur seals. The ferry returns to the V&A waterfront where guests can enjoy lunch before embarking on a tour of Cape Town’s other attractions.
First on the afternoon agenda is the Cape Castle, historically significant in that it is South Africa’s oldest building. It served as both a prison and administrative headquarters to successive colonial rulers. After the Cape Castle, we visit the Company’s Gardens, which was established in early 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck as a vegetable garden. The original location was closer to the shoreline, and, in a bid to plant his crops in more fertile soil and on ground sheltered from the wind, he moved it to where it is today with its northern boundary on Wale Street. It is now a large public park and botanical garden and is home to a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and aviary.