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Cape City Highlights Selection

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Duration of tour
1 day

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Departure dates on request
Everyday

Overview

This vibrant city on Africa’s southern tip could strut its stuff in the middle of mainland Europe and be completely at home. Historical buildings loom large on the city outskirts and in the inner CBD many have been given a modern overhaul to fit the Mother City’s growing reputation as a hub of art, culture, events and food. There’s no denying it, Cape Town has come of age as one of the must-do cities on the travel bucket list. This full-day private guided tour gives you the flexibility to see the best highlights of Cape Town with a knowledgeable local guide, the way you want to.

After enjoying panoramic city views from Table Mountain, head into town to see the sights up-close on a walking tour. Pass colonial-era hotspots such as Company’s Gardens on a city walking tour and then travel to Bo-Kaap neighbourhood for photos. Subject to availability, opt to book the optional Robben Island tour in advance to learn more about South Africa's path to freedom or enjoy free time at the V&A Waterfront, before finishing the day with a drive along the dramatic Atlantic coastline. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the highlights that interest you the most, or you can even visit some sights that are not listed in the itinerary, its all up to you.

This is an ideal way to see a large part of Cape Town in a short amount of time, while helping you get a brilliant orientation of all that the Mother City has to offer.

 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 

Why You'll Love It

  • Glide up the aerial cableway to see Cape Town from atop the iconic Table Mountain.

  • Indulge in Bo-Kaap's rainbow colours and Cape Malay flavours.

  • Hear the firing of the Noon Gun on Signal Hill.

  • Explore the Cape's iconic V&A Waterfront surrounded by a cacophony of local sights, sounds and tastes.

  • Let a local guide you through Cape Town's inner city for an insider view of the Mother City.

  • Learn about Mandela's past with an additional add-on tour of Robben Island.

Itinerary guideline

This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities or attractions visited may join a small group already booked.
Day 1
Cape Town Region
±100km

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town. Embark upon a journey of the senses, as you explore your way through the diverse Mother City, learning about her history and marvelling at her abundant sights.

Your private guided day tour begins with an optional summit of Table Mountain. Weather dependant, you can choose if you would like to hop on one of the sturdy cable cars to ascend this world icon. On top of the world, Cape Town’s sprawling mass is laid bare in grid-like formation and the panoramic views make you feel as though you are the only one up there.  From here, you’ll head to the heart of Cape Town CBD to get a glimpse of the inner workings of the bustling streets. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the city, offering insights into all the different landmarks that you pass along the way.

Beginning in the historically rich Company’s Garden, you’ll pass top sites such as St George’s Cathedral; the Slave Lodge, which was built in 1679 to house slaves who used to tend to the Gardens; and Groote Kerk, originally built in 1678. You’ll have some time to explore Greenmarket Square, sifting through the many curio shops, browsing local crafts and meeting some eccentric and friendly local vendors in the cobblestone square. Instagram won’t know what hit it with your next location, the bright and eclectic Cape Malay capital of Bo-Kaap. It's a treasure trove of Instagram-worthy walls, quaint homes, charming doors and colourful streets. Try a local samoosa and experience authentic Cape Malay culture in this little photo haven.

If time permits, your guide will whip you up the winding road to the Noon Guns of Signal Hill to witness the traditional shooting of the cannon at midday. If you can't get there in time you'll hear the cannon loud bang a mile away.

Subject to availability, and if you opt in to book the Robben Island tour in advance, your guide may need to shuffle the day's order to fit to the weather and timeslots available for the Robben Island ferry and cable car up Table Mountain.

A cacophony of sights, sounds and tastes, the Waterfront is undoubtedly Cape Town’s shopping capital, offering world-class brands alongside authentic South African talent. Grab lunch at one of the many restaurants on offer and choose your activities to follow, whether it be a ride on the Cape Town Eye, a relaxing harbour cruise, exploring the craft shed, or just perusing the elaborate collection of top-class brands.

Finally, round off your day with the wind in your hair as you drive along Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Watch the waves crashing against the jagged shores, and pass through swanky neighbourhoods such as Clifton and Camps Bay. You can choose to finish at the beach or your tour finishes with a drop-off at your Cape Town hotel.   

 
 

End with an evening drop-off at the beach or your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

Included

Private

This trip will run exclusively for you. This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities or attractions visited may join a small group already booked.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Private transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Cape City + Company Garden Walk
  • Wander through Colourful Bo-Kaap
  • Victoria + Albert Waterfront Visit

Excluded

✕ Optionals

These optional activities are subject to weather conditions. They need be paid and booked well before the journey to ensure availability.

  • Table Mountain cable car ride
  • Any extra activities arranged and pre-booked in advance - eg. Robben Island Tour, Harbour Cruise, etc
✕ Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

✕ Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own travel insurance.

✕ Meals + Drinks

You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.

FAQ

How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.

Terms & Conditions

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Payment Policy: 20% deposit allowed
Full payment due at least 8 days before

20% deposit or part payment is allowed up to 30days before the departure date. Full payment is required to confirm the booking.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:
7 day notice 100% voucher or 90% refund
3 - 6 day notice 50% refund
< 2 days no refund
 

Full payment is due at least 8 days before the tour departure.

If there’s no other option than to cancel or change your booking, fees may be involved depending on how far ahead of the departure date you cancel.

  • Up to 7 days before departure = 100% voucher or 10% cancellation fee / 90% refund
  • Up to 7 days before departure = 50% voucher or 50% cancellation fee / 50% refund
  • Up to 2 days and no-shows = full cancellation fee / no refund

     

Read the full terms online at https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#terms  

Travel insurance is not included in tour fees, invest in good travel insurance to cover you if you need to cancel or change a tour date due to any reason.  

Cancellation fees are calculated on the total value of the booking. Booking changes; including date changes within 7 days of the booking date is seen as a cancellation and standard cancellation terms will apply. 

Transfer fees and forex conversion costs charged by the banks will be billed to the customer.

Child Policy: Child Friendly

Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age. 

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
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