Highlights of Best of Cape Town in 5 Days Package:
Table Mountain (flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town)
Big 5 Safari (more than just an unforgettable Big 5 Safari experience, it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality)
Cape Winelands (the magnificent landscape is home to some of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wine farms dating back to the 1650s)
Cape Point (southernmost part of the Western Cape)
Chapman’s Peak Drive (one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world)
Robben Island (a World Heritage Site and home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years)
We are very flexible in accommodating your needs and we can tailor make this itineraries for you, your friends, family or clients. With this itinerary we can also offer you accommodation at an additional cost.
Day 1 – Cape Town Mother City Tour
Spend some time exploring the ‘Mother City’, learning and experiencing the city center and its history.
The half day Cape Town city tour will take you through some of the must-sees of the Mother City. Showcasing the history, architecture, it’s gardens, the seaside and mountains; there is something to enjoy for everyone!
South African Museum and The Company Gardens
City Hall and Castle of Good Hope
Green Market Square
Camps Bay and Clifton
It is difficult to imagine that about 350 years ago, a large part of the city centre belonged to the sea, and yet… since the first settlers from the late 17th Century, Cape Town has never stopped expanding, yet it still retains it’s connect with it’s past. The remarkable evidence of the Mother City’s illustrious past, is beautifully showcased by the Castle of Good Hope, as well as the statues of it’s emblematic characters – marking the history of the city. The tour will take you through the famous Bo-Kaap district, with it’s colorful houses; known as the Malay Quarter and one of the few areas bypassed in The Forced Removal Policies of the Apartheid era. It is a wonderful experience and can only make one smile with it’s originality.
The City Centre is also nicknamed the City Bowl, because of the mountains surrounding it like a protective cocoon. Table Mountain; the recently inaugurated 7th wonder of the modern world, is probably the most emblematic of them all. While taking a leisurely stroll through The Company Gardens, located in the heart of the city, you will have a beautiful view of the mountain and be enchanted by the inquisitive squirrels that live and play year round in the gardens – be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive Albino squirrel. Always remember, that whatever your location in the city, you will always be able to orientate your bearings, thanks to Table Mountain!
Finally, discover the splendid Blue Flag beaches of Clifton & Camps Bay; situated at the foot of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Slow down and relax, enjoy the Atlantic Ocean; ideal for sunbathing & most water sports, even though the waters are a bit chilly. Refresh yourself at one of the many bars and restaurants along the Camps Bay Promenade. The feeling of the fine beach sand between one’s toes is always enjoyable for all ages!
Day 2 – Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Tour
Spend a day exploring the iconic Table Mountain and the famous Robben Island prison famed for hosting Nelson Mandela.
Table Mountain Top
Robben Island (Mandela Prison Tour)
The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island.
Robben Island (Mandela Prison Tour)
You will meet your Tour Guide when you have boarded the busses. A Robben Island Tourist Guide will conduct the prison tour. This is part of our integrated tour model. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Take the five-minute cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, 1 089 meters above Cape Town, and explore the summit (The Cableway is wheelchair accessible, and yes, some parts at the top are too).
This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park, in which the Cableway is situated.
Table Mountain Top
Hit one of three hiking trails that start at the Upper Cable Station and explore the summit further. Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. There is a lot of fynbos vegetation on the mountain, with over 1 460 different species of plants. There are also plenty of dassies, lizards, insects and birdlife to be seen. You’ll find our self-service restaurant, Table Mountain Café, offering a range of food and drinks, snacks, desserts and wines. A selection of gifts and curios are on sale at the Shop at the Top. Pop in and find something special to remind you of your visit to the highest point in Cape Town.
Day 3 – Cape Peninsula Tour
Explore the entire Cape Peninsula and its iconic gems including the penguin colony, Chapman’s Peak world famous scenic drive and Cape Point National Park.
Clifton and Camps Bay
Twelve Apostles Mountains
Hout Bay (Optional Boat Trip To Seal Island)
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Ostrich-viewing drive by
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Penguin Colony (Optional)
The Cape Peninsula Tour will take you along the Atlantic Seaboard, passing the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay – which have been awarded Blue Flag status. These beaches offer pristine white sand and beautiful clear water (if slightly cold), that have made them very popular with locals and visitors alike. The tour continues, passes the Twelve Apostles Mountains on its way to Hout Bay, then continue along Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Day 4 – Cape Winelands Wine Tasting Tour (3 Regions)
Explore the Cape Winelands graced with amazing views and taste some of the best wines the region has to offer. Taste wine from each of the 3 best wine regions in South Africa.
Wine & Cheese Tasting
Nelson Mandela’s Former Prison – Quick Stop
Opportunity to purchase Wine
The valley of Paarl, the biggest city of the Winelands, is known to be the rival of Stellenbosch. It is a town with a hot climate, perfect to produce dessert red wine, with a taste more sumptuous and stronger. Red wine overrides the production of white wine in South Africa.
The Drakenstein Prison is situated between Franshhoek and Paarl. It is the prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his sentence, while he was fighting against the Apartheid. Even if the stop is short, it is haunting to think about his long walk for freedom.
Franschhoek is the old French Huguenots village also called the “French Corner”. It will show you the legacy, through the name of the streets and farms, left by those French people exiled from their country and came to South Africa to make a fresh start. French tourists will find pieces of their homeland, especially in excellent restaurants. Like at Stellenbosch, the climates are favorable for red wine and dry white wine.
Located inland, Stellenbosch is a charming historical town also well known for its University. Go exploring the streets, walking under centenarian trees and discovering the surprising Cape-Dutch architecture. It will offer you a great overview of the heart of the South African wine growing because it hosts the biggest vineyards. The climate is temperate, which allowed the production of red wine and dry white wine.
Day 5 – Big 5 Safari – Full Day Tour
This full day Big 5 safari experience is an ideal inclusion in your Cape Town holiday itinerary. Enjoy a great diversity of wildlife and natural Karoo beauty with the opportunity to capture stunning wildlife photos and make African memories to last a lifetime.
06h45: Depart Cape Town to Aquila (optional private/scheduled transfers available)
09h00: Welcome drinks served on arrival
09h15: Continental Breakfast
10h15: 2 – 3 hour traditional Big 5 game drive
12h45: South African style served buffet lunch
Afternoon leisure time to enjoy the Karoo surroundings and other optional extra activities
16h00: Depart Aquila and return to Cape Town – our schedule departure tours depart at 16h00 from the reserve. Should you wish to depart earlier or later than this, please book a private transfer.
Duration of game drive and departure times are approximate and dependent on the interaction of the guests with the ranger and the sighting of animals.