Pressed for time and long for an unforgettable experience look no further than the opportunity to discover the breathtaking views of the Mother City, explore its fascinating Best of the Cape Tour. This tour encapsulates the best the Cape has to offer which includes the Cape Wine lands and the Cape Point tour giving you a truly authentic Cape Town experience. Let us offer you the best of Cape Town. Arise and let us drive you along the angelic views on the edges of the Atlantic Ocean for a satisfying experience before we drift inland for a taste of wine.
The definitive Cape Town tour, the Best of the Cape Tour encompasses all of the city’s top attractions and destinations. You will be travelling along the Atlantic seaboard with its gorgeous white beaches and rugged mountains to Hout Bay. Following with a drive on Chapman’s Peak, renowned as one of the most stunning roadways in the world. You will be visiting the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula that has captivated travelers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history. The Best of the Cape Tour will continue with a visit to Simon’s Town for the African penguins at the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach before setting off to the historic wine region of Stellenbosch. Just less than an hour outside Cape Town, set against the back drop of South Africa’s premier wines. You will have the opportunity for a tour through the historic town where much of the original Cape Dutch architecture has been beautifully reserved. The Best of the Cape Tour also affords you the opportunity of visiting award-winning wine estates that offers some of the best wine in the world for wine and cheese tasting.
Places of Interest
‘You gotta do Chappies’ is a common refrain to hear in Cape Town. ‘Chappies’ is local speak for Chapman’s Peak Drive, and it’s one of Cape Town‘s most famous landmarks. It’s nine kilometres and 114 curves of breathtaking scenery that takes you from Noordhoek to Hout Bay or the other way around. Some say it is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.
Along with Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope is one of the world’s most famous navigational landmarks. Located at the meeting point between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, this geographical ‘accident’ is famous for its wild seas and the violent winds which beat up against it. It is also the great gate into the “Roaring Forties”. The Cape of Good Hope marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus, the first modern rounding of the cape in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was a milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East (although Herodotus mentioned a claim that the Phoenicians had done so far earlier). Dias called the cape Cabo das Tormentas (“Cape of Storms”; Dutch: Stormkaap), which was the original name of the “Cape of Good Hope”.
The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometres, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds. But, through history, mariners had taken a rather dimmer view of warning beacons around the Point.
A lighthouse was built In 1857, on Cape Point Peak, 238 metres above sea level. The equipment for the lighthouse had been shipped from England. However, because of its high position, clouds and fog often obscured the lighthouse. In fact, for an alarming 900 hours per year on average, its light was invisible to ships at sea at a certain angle.
This picturesque area, with enormous boulders dividing small, sandy coves, is home to a colony of some 3000 delightful African penguins. A boardwalk runs from the Boulders Visitor Centre at the Foxy Beach end of the protected area – part of Table Mountain National Park – to Boulders Beach, where you can get down on the sand and mingle with the waddling penguins. Don’t, however, be tempted to pet them: they have sharp beaks that can cause serious injuries.
The bulk of the colony, which has grown from just two breeding pairs in 1982, seems to prefer hanging out at Foxy Beach, where, like nonchalant, stunted supermodels, they blithely ignore the armies of camera-touting tourists snapping away on the viewing platforms. (The beach itself is off-limits to visitors.)
The aquatic birds, which are an endangered species, were formerly called jackass penguins on account of their donkey-like braying – you’ll have a chance to hear it if you turn up during the main breeding season, which peaks from March to May.
Visit one of South Africa’s oldest vineyards with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, we’ve got a vibrant and conscious energy, and are home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art.
Enjoy up-close-and-personal interactions with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, kites, buzzards, snakes and lizards. Take part in heart-stopping falconry displays, where we fly birds to you. Kids will also enjoy our piglets, rabbits, tortoises, chickens and unique playground.
The beautiful little town of Stellenbosch, roughly an hour from Cape Town, lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains in the Jonkershoek River Valley in one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape.
The second oldest town in South Africa has fondly been called ‘Eikestad’ or city of oaks and its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape.
Dorp Street is a national monument and taking the time to walk around this cosy old part of Stellenbosch, with its secluded lanes, water furrows, cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee bistros, with superb views of mountain, vineyards and orchards, is an idyllic morning venture.
A French and family owned vineyard from Bordeaux where their family owns 3 wine estates. An experience awaits with some bold red wines.
You may also like our other day tours;
Cape Point Tour Full Day, Winelands Tour Full Day, Cape Point Half Day Tour, Cape Town City Tour Half Day, Half Day Wine Tour in Stellenbosch, Cape Agulhas Tour Full Day, Whale Watching Tour Full Day, Cape Town Langa Township Tour, Cape Town Township Tour