Cheap Day Trips from Cape Town

Cheap Day Trips from Cape Town
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa's southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain's flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. The flat-topped mountain is the headline act, but there are many other equally gorgeous natural landscapes within the park's extensive boundaries. Cultivated areas, such as the historic Company's Gardens, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park, also make exploring the city a pleasure. Follow the lead of locals by taking full advantage of the abundant outdoor space: learn to surf; go hiking or mountain biking; tandem-paraglide off Lion's Head; abseil off the top of Table Mountain - just a few of the many activities on offer. Within an hour's drive from the city, you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Wineland destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, and also a base from which to organize shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes. With so much to see, do, and taste, Cape Town is a great place to experience and it also makes a great base for exploring all the great destinations nearby and there are several options for day trips and tours to help you make the most of your time here.
Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town Your Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town kicks off with hotel pick-up and air-conditioned minibus transportation towards picture-perfect Hout Bay. This destination, which sits halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point is a quiet fishing village that's home to dozens of seals, small shops, and lots of local charm. Enjoy leisure time to wander the streets and markets, or take an optional boat ride to Duiker Island before making your way to Chapmans Peak. You'll enjoy a scenic ride through the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula as you make your way to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy 90 minutes of free time here to tuck into a local lunch or wander the path to Cape Point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Make a stop at Simon's Town on the False Bay Coast as you make your way back to Cape Town and opt to visit Boulder's Beach where you'll find a friendly colony of African penguins wandering the sandy shores. Afterwards, drive through Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, where you'll stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Take some time to explore this diverse ecosystem at the foot of Table Mountain and enjoy the beauty of the Cape Floral Region that's proudly displayed at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Cape Town hotel.

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Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town About an hour and a half from Cape Town, coastal Hermanus is famous for its whale-watching. There are several points in town where you can get great views of whales from the shore. Southern Right Whales spend the months of July-November in the water off the coast of Hermanus to breed, giving visitors plenty of chances to see whales up close. Seals and dolphins are also abundant in the area. Enjoy free time to explore Hermanus, browsing in local art galleries and independent shops or grabbing a bite of lunch. You can also opt for a more in-depth sea-going adventure by booking a boat ride for another whale-watching angle. After leaving Hermanus, stop at a nearby winery for a wine tasting session before climbing back into the vehicle for the return trip to Cape Town. Travel along the dramatic coastal road past False Bay, and - time permitting - stop at Stoney Point to see some of the resident African penguins.

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Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip Get picked up at your central Cape Town hotel and begin your day trip into Western Cape wine country. The first stop is a visit to the town of Paarl in the Paarl Valley, where you'll visit a wine estate for a cellar tour and wine tasting session. Next, stop in pretty Franschhoek before heading to Stellenbosch. It's second only to Cape Town as the oldest European settlement in the province, and where the region's winemaking got its start. The last wine tasting of the tour will be at one of the prominent wine estates in Stellenbosch. The Pinotage grape is unique to South Africa, having been hybridized in the country, but it's not the only wine you'll taste. Other varietals are grown in South Africa, too, including Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay. During your stops in Paarl and Stellenbosch, enjoy some free time to explore the towns on foot at your leisure. After the last tasting of this relaxing day, head back to Cape Town aboard the vehicle.

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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town Begin your day with a pickup at your central Cape Town hotel in an air-conditioned coach, and travel in comfort to the private Aquila Game Reserve about 2 hours away in the midst of the southern Karoo semi-desert region. Meet your guide and game ranger when you reach the reserve, and from there climb into an open-air safari vehicle to begin your game drive. Learn about how the so-called 'Big Five' - African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos - got their nickname as you keep your eyes peeled for any sign of them as well as giraffes, hippos and other animals. The Aquila Game Reserve is particularly known for its abundant bird species, thanks in part to a large wetland area. There are over 170 species of birds that make their home in the park, including the endangered 'Aquila' Black Eagle from which the reserve takes its name. At the end of a 2.5-hour safari drive, return for an included lunch and then meet up with your host once again for the drive back to Cape Town.

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Hout Bay, Cape Peninsula, and Optional Boulders Beach Penguins Day Trip from Cape Town Start your day with a pickup from your central Cape Town hotel, and then set off by air-conditioned minivan to Hout Bay, a vibrant coastal town around an hour away. With time here spent at your leisure, you can choose to do as much as you like. Wander around the craft markets and cafes, or simply relax on the small, sandy beach. Alternatively, opt to cruise to nearby Duiker Island to see the Cape fur seals that live there. Next, continue to the Cape of Good Hope, passing along the famous Chapman's Peak Drive that wraps around the Cape Peninsula. On the way, stop at Cape Point, a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, to wander amid its enchanting flora and fauna. At the Cape of Good Hope, enjoy free time to walk along the rocky headland to a charming lighthouse, where you can admire the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against Africa's southwestern tip. When the time comes, hop back inside your minivan and return to Cape Town by way of the Muizenberg coastal route. If your group has requested to do so, stop at Boulders Beach. Enjoy free time to enter the reserve and see the penguins from the wooden walkways leading down to Foxy Beach. Alternatively, continue along Willis Walk to see the penguins in their nests. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel.

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