Mountain splendour, history & cosmopolitan city life - A brief introduction
Our most famous attraction, the cable car up Table Mountain, is weather dependent, so we'll start with it if it's open! If not, we'll drive to Signal Hill instead.
Drive through the city to view historic sites like the Castle of Good Hope and City Hall.
Some areas are best explored on foot, like the Company's Garden where the Dutch East India Company planted fruit & vegetables to supply its ships sailing to the east on the spice route. The city started growing from here in 1652.
The South African Museum & Planetarium, Synagogue & Jewish Museum, National Gallery, Parliament, and St. Georges Anglican Cathedral are all on the edge of the garden.
Greenmarket Square's fleamarket and vibey Long Street can also be visited on foot. And perhaps stroll through the Bo Kaap, famous for its colourful houses.
There are many quality shops and galleries.
Visit Camp's Bay & Clifton beaches and the Sea Point promenade and perhaps the V&A Waterfront.
The District Six Museum tells the story of apartheid displacement.
The Table Mountain cable car should be done first, if it's open, because it's weather-dependent and can close any time due to wind. Take the 5 minute ride up and spend 45 minutes on top, or as long as you like, walking around, enjoying the sensational views in every direction. Long lines form in the summer season so it's best to start early. Buying an online ticket helps! If we can't go up, we'll visit Signal Hill which is accessible by car, for the next best views over the city.
We usually fill 4 hours easily with Table Mountain and some driving and walking (Company's Garden & Bo Kaap), without time for museum visits, but we can fit them in if you are interested. Options include the South African Museum, District Six Museum, Jewish Museum and Castle of Good Hope.
There are also shopping opportunities: Jewellery, African artefacts, ostrich and other exotic leather goods, besides the informal fleamarket on Greenmarket Square.
There's lots to see, but exactly what we do is up to you.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up from your hotel in Cape Town, or at the dock if you are coming off a cruise ship.
End location: I will drop you off at your hotel, or at the dock if you are coming off a cruise ship.
If you prefer, I can drop you at the V&A Waterfront, or elsewhere in central Cape Town.
Duration: 5 hours
Am Tour: Normally pick up at 08:30, but recommend 08:00 in Oct, 07:30 from Nov to Feb, and 08:00 in Mar, to avoid long queues at the Table Mountain cable car. It is weather dependent, so best to discuss timing & arrangements a few days before, once we can see the weather forecast.
Normally drop off at about 13:00.
PM TOUR IS POSSIBLE, PLEASE ASK.
Weather and traffic can affect our progress. From mid December to mid January, heavy traffic can be expected in and around major tourist sites and beaches.
2012 Mercedes Vito touring van seating 7 passengers. Fitted with headset microphone & p.a. system. With air conditioning, carpets, individually adjustable reclining seats.
Service of professionally qualified tour guide.
Vehicle and fuel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
400 South African Rand - R290 per adult for Table Mountain cable car return tickets.
Approximately R100 pp for museum entrance fees if applicable.
Table Mountain cable car tickets (recommend you purchase online, valid for 7 days),
Entrance fees for any museums or other attractions visited.
I am licensed to guide in 5 of South Africa's 9 provinces: The Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng and North West.
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Craig was great. Highly knowledgeable and articulate. Was very flexible in catering to our desires. Spoke in an unbiased manner about the issues South Africa has faced and is still facing. I give him my highest recommendation.