Cape Town Experience

Duration: 5 Days
Tour Type: Self Drive
Departs: Cape Town
Returns: Cape Town

Enjoy this Self Drive tour of Cape Town, exploring the sights of this beautiful city. Your accommodation is spectacularly situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with sweeping views overlooking the famous V&A Waterfront, Robben Island and Table Mountain and the Cable Car. Make your way to the Table Mountain Cable Car Station where you board a revolving cablecar to the top of this iconic mountain.

Enjoy exciting shopping opportunities and entertainment venues at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town, where you can view over 3000 living sea animals. Travel along the Atlantic Coastline as you view the world famous Beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno continuing on to the picturesque town of Hout Bay for a Boat trip to Seal Island. Drive along the world renowned Chapman's Peak Drive on your way to Cape Point, situated within the Table Mountain National Park. Travel back via the False Bay Coastline visiting Boulders Beach and Fish Hoek as you make your way to the Wine Estates of Constantia.

Travel onto Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Enjoy a day visiting the many museums that Cape Town has to offer. Then time for some adrenalin inducing activity as you make your way to Simons Town to engage in Great White Shark Cage Diving. Finally, enjoy a tour to Robben Island, the notorious prison on the Island that was used to exile political prisoners of the apartheid era.

Daily Planner
Day One

Welcome to Cape Town, voted one of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world. On your arrival at Cape Town International airport you will be met and transferred to the Radisson SAS Hotel Waterfront, where you can relax after a lengthy flight.

Spectacularly situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Radisson SAS Hotel Waterfront, has sweeping views overlooking the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island and Table Mountain.

Relax on the pool terrace with a refreshing drink or take a dip in the sparkling rim-flow swimming pool. Should you wish to be more active after sitting on the plane, a host of outdoor activities are available in the surrounding area, including numerous water sports, hiking, mountain-biking and paragliding.

To avoid stiff muscles, indulge in a Spa Treatment at the ONE wellness Spa or work out at the state-of-the-art Fitness centre.

Your hired vehicle will be delivered to the Hotel, where you can embark on your discovery of Cape Town.

Make your way to the Table Mountain Cable Car Station, where you board a revolving cablecar to the top of this iconic mountain. You will enjoy spectacular views in all directions of the city and surrounding areas. The upper cable car station is situated at 1067 metres above sea level. Once on top you can follow paths to various look-outs, make use of the telescopes and enjoy a light refreshment in the restaurant.

Upon your descent of the Mountain, travel along the magnificent Atlantic coastline to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers exciting shopping opportunities and entertainment venues and is set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views. Take a stroll between the different centres or a boat ride around the harbour. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium, is ideally positioned to display the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and where you can view over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.

Return to your hotel to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable as you sip cocktails on the deck, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Tobago's Bar and Terrace has a wonderfully relaxed and informal ambience where suits and ties mix comfortably with beach gear and sandy feet.

Enjoy dinner at Tobago's Restaurant , with a choice of menus and South African wines to suite all tastes. On a hot summer's evening you can enjoy alfresco dining right at the edge of the ocean.

Day Two

After a leisurely breakfast set off on an exploratory day of Cape Town. Travel along the Atlantic coastline as you view the world famous beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno. Continue on to the picturesque town of Hout Bay. Hout Bay's beauty is impressive, surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains that seem to protectively guard over its calm cobalt bay. Take a trip to Seal Island aboard the m.v. Calypso. This is the only passenger boat in South Africa with the added advantage of 2 x metre square underwater viewing ports, whereby you not only have the closest view of the Cape Fur Seal in their natural environment on the island, but also have the opportunity of viewing the seals and marine life underwater. This promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Drive along the world renowned Chapmans Peak on your way to Cape Point. This drive winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek and is undeniably one of the most spectacular marine drives worldwide. The nine kilometer route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of the Constantia Berg. The drive offers awesome 180 degree views with many areas along the route where you can stop and enjoy the scenery.

Arrive at Cape Point which is situated within the Table Mountain National Park, where legend has it that the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Take an energetic walk to the top of the Peaks or alternatively ride on the funicular to the viewing site.

Inside the reserve you will find a variety of animals including buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds and indigenous flora.

Travel back via the False Bay coastline, visiting Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. There are walkways that take you close to the penguins in their natural environment.

Travel through Fish Hoek, one of the most swimming friendly beaches in Cape Town and Muizenberg; a surfers paradise, to the suburbs of Cape town.

Make your way to Buitenverwachting Wine Farm in Constantia. This beautiful wine farm on the east-facing slopes of the magnificent Constantiaberg and barely 12km from False Bay, originally formed part of the Constantia Estate, which was founded by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the new Dutch colony at the tip of Africa. Imbued with a sense of history, the Mueller family has retraced the roots of Buitenverwachting. The farm was lovingly restored to its former glory while extensive planting of the most selected of cultivars was initiated. The result was a maiden grape harvest of 100 tonnes - the first harvest the farm had seen in 30 years. An historic achievement that lived up to its name: Buitenverwachting - "Beyond Expectation".

Enjoy wine tasting in the winery which, together with the Historic Cape Dutch farmstead frame the beautiful gardens. Then settle down to a delectable picnic, served in baskets under the oak trees.

Travel through the suburbs onto Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Take a walk through the cultivated gardens which display abundant collections of South African plants. You may want to enjoy a scrumptious high tea before returning to your hotel.

Day Three

After enjoying breakfast on the water's edge you can either set off on your own tour of Cape Town, or take advantage of the City Sightseeing Cape Town Tour Company, who offer guided Hop-On, Hop-Off tours in and around Cape Town, on their distinct open-top double-decker buses. Buses depart daily from 09h10 outside the Two Oceans Aquarium in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. Their multilingual system offers you 9 channels to choose from, including a specially developed Kids Club channel. City Sightseeing is the world's No.1 open top bus operator and can be found in over 70 cities around the world.

The stops include places of interest like;

St Georges Cathedral, fondly referred to as The Peoples Cathedral. The South African Museum, a window on the world of natural history, showcasing the bounty of nature, both present and past. The South African Jewish Museum situated in the "Museum Mile" in central Cape Town, offers you a truly unique experience with its bold architectural design, interactive multi-media displays and informative accounts of South African Jewish history. This environment is rich in historical, cultural and religious associations and the stately white-washed buildings, walkways, stairs, fountains, ponds, statues and knotted oak trees all exude an old fashioned colonial charm. The main body of the museum faces onto a paved landscaped court linking the Old Synagogue (1863) - the first synagogue built on South African soil, the Great Synagogue (1905), and the Albow Centre, which incorporates the South African Jewish Museum Shop, the Gitlin Library, the Caf

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Highlights
  • Great White Shark Cage Diving
  • Spectacular views
  • Tour of Robben Island
  • Visiting Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Visiting Boulders Beach and the Penguins
  • Visiting Cape Point
  • Visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Travelling along Chapman's Peak Drive
  • Shopping at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Visiting the Wine Estates of Constantia
  • Table Mountain Cable Car Ride
Inclusions
Includes Car Hire, Accommodation

Excludes Entrance Fees, Meals, Excursions, Safaris