Exquisite Cape Delights: Unveiling the Best of Cape Town in 5 Days
Explore Cape Town on our immersive 5-day tour, where you’ll be visiting the city’s very own “must-see” experiences that highlight the rich history, vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes. Soak in the panoramic view of Cape Town from the top of the iconic Table Mountain and embark on a scenic coastal drive along the picturesque Cape Peninsula. You will then visit the Cape Winelands where you will be graced with delicious wines and some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
YOUR ITINERARY DAY 1: Cape Peninsula – Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Beach DAY 2: Cape Town – Mother City Tour DAY 3: Karoo – Big 5 Safari DAY 4: Cape Town & Robben Island – Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Tour DAY 5: Cape Winelands – Wine Tasting Tour
All private tours are in English. Other languages on request. All our tours are offered on a private basis and can be customized. We are very flexible in accommodating your needs and we can tailor-make this itinerary for you, your friends, family or clients.
Day 1 – Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Beach
Explore the entire Cape Peninsula and its iconic gems including the penguin colony, Chapman’s Peaks’ world-famous scenic drive and Cape Point National Park.
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.
In Hout Bay – a small fishing village often jokingly referred to as “The Republic of Hout Bay” by the locals; you will find a pristine beach, fresh fish market and plenty of restaurants to choose from, you will also have the option to visit Seal Island – where you’ll see hundreds of seals, sunbathing on the huge island rock and cavorting in the water.
Chapman’s Peak Drive – A very dramatic and windy coastal drive which 9km along South Africa’s Atlantic Coast, some say “the most scenic drive of their lives”.
Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans a landscape that has rugged cliffs, lush fynbos, and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point.
Penguin Colony & Simon’s Town – where a parade of penguins waddles between rocks or on the white sandy beach. Watching these adorable flightless birds is diverting and very calming for both young and old.
The Cape Peninsula Tour will continue along the Main Road of the quaint hamlet Kalk Bay – nestled between False Bay on one side and the mountain on the other. Along Kalk Bay Main Road lies a host of veritable treasure troves, from antique shops to costume shops, bakeries, restaurants and plenty more.
Continuing further to Muizenberg – a world renowned surfing spot; where locals and visitors alike, come together in appreciation of the wonders of the sea. Shark-spotters keep a close lookout for any potential danger roaming the bay.
Day 2 – Mother City Tour
Spend some time exploring the ‘Mother City’, learning and experiencing the city center and its history. The 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!
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 3 – Big 5 Safari
Embark on a captivating full day expedition, immersing yourself in the wonders of a Big 5 Safari. Prepare to be enthralled as you encounter Africa’s most iconic wildlife, including the powerful lion, elusive leopard, gentle elephant, imposing rhino and mighty buffalo. With experienced guides to lead you through vast and diverse landscapes, you’ll have the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures, capturing awe-inspiring moments and creating lifelong memories. Get ready for a day filled with a thrilling game drive, fascinating insights and a profound connection with nature’s most extraordinary inhabitants.
Itinerary 06h45: Depart Cape Town to the Game Reserve 09h00: Arrival & Welcome Drink 09h15: Buffet Breakfast 10h15: 2 – 3 hour Big 5 Game Drive 12h45: Buffet Lunch Afternoon: Leisure time to enjoy and other optional extra activities 16h00: Depart for Cape Town
The duration of the game drive and the departure times are approximate and dependent on the interaction of the guests with the ranger and the sighting of animals.
Contact us for fly-in options to the Game Reserve.
Day 4 – Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Tour
Spend a day exploring one the members of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as South Africa’s very iconic landscape – Table Mountain.
Ferry Ride 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.
Cableway Ride 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 5 – Wine Tasting Tour
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.
Paarl 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.
Drakenstein Prison 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 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.
Stellenbosch 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.