Capetown, Africa

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The ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is one you’ll never forget. You’ll relish the views of the cobalt blue ocean and urban landscape from this lofty perch.

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Reap the rewards of an encompassing panorama after an hour’s hike to the Lion’s Head. A night with a full moon makes it a popular place to view the sparkling city lights below.

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The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the swathes of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The flora, locally known as fynbos, is at its best between August and November.

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Dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, the lighthouse, which illuminates the Cape of Good Hope, is the strongest on the continent.

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For shopping, entertainment and a slew of restaurants, you won’t go wrong at the V&A. It’s convenient to reach the aquarium and stadium nearby, and it’s the place for a bay cruise.

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The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and it features the marine life in these waters. Don’t miss the shark feeding on Sundays at 3:00 pm.

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You can buy a ticket online for either a morning or afternoon trip to the top by cable car. However, an excursion to the 3,500-foot summit always depends on the weather, so check it before you go. It’s wise to bring a sweater with you, and wear sunblock and proper footware. If you plan hiking to the peak or along one of the trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and a friend.

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As in any other city you visit, it’s always best to keep your wits about you. It is recommended to take a taxi in Cape Town at night, rather than walking, and be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If you’re curious about visiting a township, then go with a group led by an experienced guide.

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Cape Town has a temperate climate. October to April offer warm and dry weather, but the notorious south-easter winds occur from December through January. February to mid-April has great beach weather, and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy crisp, clear days from late April to early June.

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Four to five full days allow you to experience the sites and sounds of the Mother City at a leisurely pace. Stay longer if you’d like and use the city as a base to explore the beautiful, surrounding areas in the Western Cape, such as the wine region of Stellenbosch.

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(3) Comments

  1. Brad Jackson

    I had the pleasure of having Pieter guide me and a group of 9 others on a Garden Route tour this February. Can’t say enough good things about the experience – Pieter runs a highly professional tour while maintaining a fun and positive attitude. He went out of his way to accommodate all our various activities and make sure everyone on the tour got the most out of their experiences. I would highly recommend Cape Town Experience for anyone visiting the Cape and I know that if I ever go back I’ll be booking with him again.

  2. Emma Churchill

    I booked a 5 day Garden Route trip for myself and my 70 year old mother. Peter was enormously helpful and flexible with regard to altering the schedule to fit in our requests. Our guide was Sarel who was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient. The choice of accommodation along the way was varied and of a high standard which enhanced our trip. The itinerary was varied and interesting. It was an excellent experience and I wouldn`t hesitate to use Cape Town Experience Tours (and the sister company Cape Team Tours) again. Highly recommended.

    1. Erik Chan

      Nobody warns you about the frequency of high wind in Cape Town preventing trips to Table Mountain or Robben Island . We paid a lot of money for a very poor trip anyway, and the two main attractions were both cancelled but no refunds are offered .

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