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10 Best Cape Town Tours, Excursions & Activities


Remarkable from sky to sea, there are countless reasons this port city is growing in popularity. From nature to nightlife and foodie culture to beaches, it’s hard to beat the allure of Cape Town. Maximize your time here by taking advantage of some of the best Cape Town tours.

Note: All tours listed here are bookable through GetYourGuide – our no. 1 choice when it comes to booking guided tours and excursions. They have an excellent reputation, great customer service, competitive prices, and free 24-hour cancellation. You seriously can’t go wrong by booking your tours with them.

Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour

Don’t leave the city without taking advantage of one of the absolute best things to do in Cape Town. From Cape Point to spectacular beaches, this tour highlights the entire Cape Peninsula. Clifton and Camps Bay are only the beginning of this amazing day. A fishing village, fresh seafood, bustling markets, penguins, and botanical gardens are a few of the other exciting things guests are treated to throughout the day. Make sure you have your camera ready, because the views on the Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour are absolutely stunning.

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Hop on hop off tour bus tour in Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The four bus routes on this tour enable visitors to see the best of the city before they decide which sites to visit. Three routes explore the city and downtown area, and the fourth is a wine tour. The tour includes multilingual commentary as the bus passes renowned places like the V&A Waterfront and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Tickets are available for one or two days and can even include a harbor or canal cruise, a sunset bus tour, and walking tours. For those who want a solid overview of the city, this is one of the best Cape Town tours.

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Rows of grapes in picturesque Stellenbosch wine region in South Africa with Thelema Mountain as a backdrop
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South African Winelands Half Day Tour and Tasting

For one of the best wine tours in Cape Town, go with the South African Winelands Half Day Tour and Tasting. The lovely town of Stellenbosch is on display thought the tour. Along with two wine tastings and a wine and cheese tasting, a cellar tour and a tour of the town (focusing on the historical Dorp Street and DeBraak) are also included. Feel free to purchase the wines you fall in love with. This tour is always a fan favorite for wine enthusiasts all over the world.

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Cape Fur seals swim in the cold waters surrounding Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa
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Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

For the history buffs and those looking to learn more about apartheid, this is the perfect tour. It’s ideal to help understand the effects of apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s struggle against it. Start by going through some of Cape Town’s most important townships before a ferry ride to Robben Island. Mandela was imprisoned here for 18 out of his 27 years of incarceration. A guided tour includes the maximum security prison as well as Mandela’s cell. This eye opening tour is appreciated by everyone who takes advantage of it.

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Shark Cage Diving
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Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

It’s hard to say no to this exciting experience! Whether or not this is your first shark encounter, it’s sure to get your heart racing. Sail across Shark Alley before coming face to face with a great white shark. During the two to three hours in the water, whales, seals, and birds may be a few of the other animals seen in and around the water. Breakfast and lunch are included, and a DVD of the adventure is even played during lunch. No diving experience is necessary for this amazing adventure.

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Rhino at Inverdoorn in South Africa
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Full-Day Inverdoorn Reserve Safari

While most people may think about countries like Tanzania, Kenya, or Botswana when they think of great African Safaris, right outside of Cape Town is one you won’t want to miss. After traveling through the wine region and Klein Karoo, arrive at the incredible Inverdoorn Nature Reserve to see wildlife like you’ve never seen it before. An open-air 4×4 travels around the reserve as animals like buffalo, cheetahs, giraffes, lions, rhino, and zebra are seen on the two-hour expedition. Lunch is included at a Boma-style restaurant before heading back to Cape Town so you can share your adventure with your family and friends back home.

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Paragliding in Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town Tandem Paragliding

Whether feeding your adrenaline or conquering a fear of heights, this is one of the best tours in Cape Town. Soar over gorgeous Cape Town and marvel at views of everything from Lion’s Head and Table Mountain to Camps Bay and the Atlantic coastline. Children as young as ten and adults as old as 87 have enjoyed this experience, and each pilot is fully qualified. The pilot has complete control over the speed and direction as you view the city from an unmatched vantage point. The perfect bucket list experience, you’ll never forget going tandem paragliding in Cape Town.

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Cape Town's Table Mountain & Twelve Apostles seen from Lions Head hiking peak & Twelve Apostles with camps bay suburb and ocean below
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3-Hour Lion’s Head Sunset Hike

As Cape Town’s most popular hike, it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the city’s most popular tours. Tours start around 5:00pm to make sure hikers can marvel at the sunset views from the peak. Throughout the hike the guide will point out iconic landmarks and share information about culture, geology, nature, history, flora, and fauna. The summit offers 360-degree views of the city, Atlantic seacoast, and Table Bay. A hike down the mountain yields gorgeous city lights and maybe even a moon sighting. Get some exercise and see a new side of the city with the Lion’s Head Sunset Hike.

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aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa
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Scenic Helicopter Tour over Cape Town

Experience one of the most beautiful cities in the world from an aerial view. The views are absolutely breathtaking and the pilot will give an interesting and informative commentary throughout the ride. You’ll see some of the expected sites that include everything from Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range to the Cape Peninsula and Hout Bay, but you’ll also see some unique surprises like where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet and the Cape Town Stadium, a 2010 World Cup venue. For a truly special view of Cape Town, check out this scenic helicopter tour.

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Female friends enjoying cycling on a summer day. Two young female friends riding their bicycles on the seaside promenade.
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3-Hour Bike Tour of Cape Town

Learn about past history and current happenings on this exciting bicycle tour. Cycle passed popular sites like the historic Castle of Good Hope and Company’s Garden, and even get a glimpse of interesting landmarks like South Africa’s oldest working lighthouse. Tours are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, so don’t be hesitant if you haven’t been on a bike in a while. The expert guides are happy to share info on everything from the Green Point eco park and its biodiversity garden to the former township of Bo-Kaap, and feel free to ask any questions when you think of them. Bikes and helmets are provided on this fascinating tour of Cape Town.

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Create memories that will last a lifetime when you choose any of these marvelous Cape Town tours.



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