Cape Town holidays are such fun especially if you try a few of these tours that offer something that little bit different!
Life of a Capetonian
This fun tour commences with a transfer to the vibrant, warm hearted village in the heart of Woodstock, where Cape Town’s talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heart-felt passion. This is the Old Biscuit Mill, home to day and night markets, dynamic office space, a range of workshops and designer stores, delicious farm stalls and decadent cafes.
Then continue to Cape Town’s central business district. Here you will enjoy an orientation tour of the city, driving past the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grand Parade, past the Company Gardens and through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.
Browse the retail lifestyle outlets at the trendy Cape Quarter Village located in the suburb of Green Point, and then lunch (for your own account) before proceeding to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here you are treated to shopping and entertainment venues, as well as over 80 restaurants, set in a cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere.
From here, you embark on a champagne sunset boat cruise from Table Bay Harbour before returning to your hotel.
Cape of Good Hope Cycle Tour
Depart your hotel in the early morning and travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard, past Hout Bay Harbour and via the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Noordhoek Farm Village. Renowned for long white sandy beaches, vast wetlands and ancient milkwood forest, Noordhoek epitomizes a relaxed, unhurried lifestyle that is sought after by many environmentalists and artists, so don’t be surprised to find horses, pigs, cows, hens, ducks and rabbits roaming the gardens and open public spaces. Here you will enjoy some light refreshments to energise you for your visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
On arrival at the reserve, you will have the opportunity to cycle along the winding road to the historical landmark of Cape Point, the most South-Western point of Africa (weather permitting). The reserve is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. Continue to enjoy views from Cape Point Lighthouse before travelling to the naval hamlet of Simon’s Town.
Enjoy a delicious lunch (included) before proceeding to Boulders Beach for a visit to the penguin colony. Well-placed wooden walkways allow visitors to see these delightful little creatures in their natural habitat without invading their privacy too much. After visiting the penguins you stop (time & tide permitting) on a lovely semiprivate beach for swimming. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Arts & Culture Cape Town Tour
Depart at 9am from your hotel and travel to the Company Gardens in Cape Town. Embark on a walk through the Company Gardens towards the city centre. Stroll past the National Library, Cape Town Parliament and St George’s Cathedral on your way to The Cape Gallery set in the heart of the old city off the Church Street walking mall flanked by colourful Georgian and Dutch facades. Here you will find some of the oldest and prestigious galleries, antique shops and auction houses in Cape Town. Central to the tradition of South African painting is the abiding love of the land. Early Cape painters were ‘reporters’ who described the topography, flora and fauna of this fascinating land, a conservative approach which is still favoured by the gallery’s clients today. Recently the emergence of the vibrant street art has added an essentially African character to the work on display.
Return to the Company Gardens for a visit to the South African National Gallery. It houses outstanding collections of South African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Regular exhibitions enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture that provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield.
Travel to the village of Muizenberg and visit Casa Labia. Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia.
Following a complete two-year restoration by the family, this much-loved national monument was re-opened to the public on 5 May 2010 as South Africa’s most exquisite multi-functional cultural centre. Casa Labia is home to a contemporary South African art gallery, an uber-stylish Africa nova boutique as well as a celebrated Italian café, where you can enjoy a light delicious lunch (own account).
Continue to the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay where the pace is a little slower with its quirky shops, antiques, crafts and art. Traditional fishing vessels still return with the ‘catch of the day’ and line the little port, while surfers enjoy surfing one of the best reefs in Cape Town.
Visit the Kalk Bay Gallery which is reputed to be one of the most comprehensive selection of contemporary, original South African art. Established in 1995, it is housed in the distinct Orange Building overlooking False Bay and offers a unique selection of over 3000 art works from international and South African artists. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.