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Tunnel and Dungeon Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Activities

    Adventure, Caving

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    1 to 2.5 hours

  • Avg Distance

    2 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Contact guide

  • Starting Location

    Castle of Good Hope

  • Price Includes

    Helmet, permit, medic, guide

  • Notes

    Do not go on this tour if you suffer from claustrophobia, respiratory disease (i.e. asthma), cardiac-related disease, muscular or skeletal problems or injuries, any stage of pregnancy; bring torch or headlight, gumboots or old non-slip shoes that can possibly get wet and some older clothes


  • Enjoy a tunnel exploration tour of the underground canals and rivers, dating back to 1652.
  • Follow the river of our culture and heritage that runs of Table Mountain to the Castle of Good Hope.
  • This educational and historic tour will inspire your imagination.


Trip Info

Cape Town is world famous for the majestic beauty of Table Mountain, which seems to embrace the city in rocky arms. Seeing tourists and residents alike walking around her streets looking up at the spectacular sight is a common occurrence. There is another, mostly overlooked, but fascinating realm to explore in Cape Town, under her centuries old streets.

On this caving tour, your guide will reveal the city to you in a whole new light and not just speaking about the headlamp you must bring along with you.

Enjoy a truly amazing historical look at Cape Town unlike any other tour. Your personal guide will share his passion, incredibly well researched and informed knowledge on the history of the city. Learn how the tunnels began as canals built in various stages as the city’s wastewater systems that use to flush into Table Bay. When the bourgeoning population overwhelmed the canals, there were epidemic outbreaks and the city’s leaders acted quite quickly and chose to cover up the canals. Over time, the wastewater system was updated and improved and now most of these old water canals lie unused beneath the city. Mountain and spring water does still flow through them into the sea.

Surprisingly, the tunnels are remarkably clean and you are unlikely to see a single sewer rat, although there is a faint musty smell in some places. You are more likely to see groups of cockroaches, which are unexpectedly inactive and just seem to collect in family groups. Not all the tunnels are old sewers however, and there is an old Post Office tunnel, some secret tunnels for military purposes and even some old bank vaults and old private tunnels.

Tunnels are not only of interest to history buffs and tourists though. They are a great place for business to hold corporate team-building and motivational events.

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