Cape Town City Tour

Cape Town City Tour

1 Day

Cape Town’s fantastic scenery, Mediterranean climate and friendly people have made it one of the world’s most favorite holiday destinations. Join us on one of the most popular tours in Cape Town, the Cape Town City tour where you will encounter significant architecture and historic buildings.

Enjoy inspirational and refreshing walks on grid iron patterned streets of Cape Town’s Central Business District, South Africa’s oldest city which was built in 1652 and earning it the name “the Mother City”. Experience unique cultures, enjoy the food it cooks and trace the history it preserves with the landmarks that bound the city.

Places of Interest

Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally located on the coastline of Table Bay, following land reclamation the fort is now located inland.

The oldest colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope, is a pentagonal fortress built by Dutch colonialists in the 17th century. The well-known landmark is central to the history of Cape Town, having served as the seat of government and military operations for two centuries. A tour of the Castle’s two museums and expansive grounds offer fascinating insight into Cape Town’s military and cultural past.

Company Gardens

The Company’s Garden is Cape Town’s green lung. This oasis right in the centre of the city is a favourite for both locals and tourists. The site is important historically, and is a thriving urban space where buskers strum guitars while office workers sun themselves over lunch hour. There is plenty to do, but here are our top six things to do when you visit.

The Company’s Garden was first built as a refreshment station for the trade route that rounded the tip of Africa between Europe and the east. Ships sent by the Dutch East India Company would stop by after months at sea and stock up on fresh produce grown in the garden—hence, “The Company’s Garden”.

Greenmarket square

Greenmarket Square is a historical square in the centre of old Cape Town, South Africa. The square was built in 1696, when a burgher watch house was erected. Greenmarket Square is one of the liveliest hubs in Cape Town. It’s the second oldest public space in Cape Town, after the Grand Parade. There are many things to do at Greenmarket Square, from exploring the market and grabbing a bite to eat, to exploring the art and discovering the story of the historic cobbled square.

Every morning, traders lug carts loaded with wares to the square to set up, and by the the time the rest of the city awakes the cobbled square is a bustling market filled with curios, food, buskers, jewellery, clothing, and nick-nacks. This is one of the best places in Cape Town to buy curios and gifts for your loved ones back home, while supporting the entrepreneurial traders. There are stunning canvas artworks on sale, along with leather goods like sandals, hand-crafted jewellery, ornaments, and much more. You could spend hours weaving between the colourful stalls, meeting some eccentric local characters and finding treasures to take home with you. Remember that while bargaining is a big part of the informal economy, the traders make their living on these sales so always pay a fair price and don’t haggle just for the sake of it.

Greenmarket Square was first established in 1696, in the first century of Dutch occupation of the Cape colony. Since the days of its inception it has served many a purpose, some more admirable than others. It was first used as a market square where fresh vegetables grown at the nearby Company’s Garden were sold, along with slaves.  A well was also built here, where citizens could fetch water during the dry summer months when the streams off Table Mountain ran dry.

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, which connects Kloof Nek to Lion’s Head, in the distinctive shape of a lion’s rump, is one of the most famous spots in Cape Town for sundowners. Views from the 350m high summit are nothing short of spectacular, particularly at night, and picnic dinners with accompanying drinks is something of a capital pastime.

In the evenings Signal Hill is a little like ‘lovers lane’ – popular with couples who are up there to enjoy the lights and the romance of the Table Mountain backdrop, particularly during summer when Table Mountain is lit at night.

Signal Hill separates the City Bowl from the suburb of Sea Point, and its name is indicative of its function as the site for the noon gun, which is fired every day, a little lower than the viewpoint on Signal Hill, at Lion Battery.

Signal Hill, or Lion’s Rump, is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. The hill was also known as “The Lion’s Flank”, a term now obsolete. Together with Lion’s Head, Signal Hill looks like a lion sphinx.

Bo Kaap

The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former racially segregated area, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is a historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area.

Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, and formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves. These people were known as Cape Malays, and were brought from Malaysia, Indonesia and the rest of Africa to work in the Cape.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Visit Bo-Kaap Museum
Cape Malay Quarter
Company Gardens
Castle of Good Hope
Diamond factory tour
Visit Table Mountain
Morning Departure: 08h00 am to 09h00 am / Morning Return: 12h30 pm to 13h00 pm
Afternoon Departure: 13h00 pm to 14h00 pm / Afternoon Return: 17h30 pm to 18h00 pm
NB: After booking this tour please buy your Table Mountain cableway ticket on the Table Mountain website, [ http://www.tablemountain.net/ ]. It is important that you pre-purchase your Table Mountain cableway ticket to avoid long queues at the ticket office on the day of the tour.

The Tour Includes:

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Qualified tourist guide
  • All museum entrance fees as per itinerary

The Tour Excludes:

  • Meals
  • Any additional purchases to the itinerary
  • Table Mountain Cableway ticket

Questions about the Tour

Is Table Mountain always open?

Table Mountain is weather permitting and will be open or closed according to the weather. An update for Table Mountain can be found on their website at [ http://www.tablemountain.net/ ]

Will the Cape Town City tour be cancelled if Table Mountain is closed?

Not at all. You can still enjoy everything the city has to offer on this Cape Town City tour even if Table Mountain is closed

Do I need any passport information to buy the Table Mountain cableway ticket?

No passport information is required to buy the Table Mountain cableway tickets

What is an online Table Mountain cableway ticket?

An online Cableway ticket is one that can be purchased via our website. Buying an online ticket helps you skip the Ticket Office queue and allows you to join the fast moving ticketholders’ queue at the Cableway

What is the difference between a one-way up or down ticket and a return ticket?

A one-way fare is for a single cable-car ride up or down Table Mountain, while a return ticket is for a two-way trip. Please note that for this tour you would require a return Table Mountain cableway ticket if you wish to further continue with us on the tour to visit other places of interests

What happens if the Cableway is closed on the day of the Cape Town City Tour and I have already purchased my Table Mountain cableway ticket?

Your online ticket is valid for seven days from the day of your booked visit, so please use it on the next open day within that week. Tickets can also be refunded within the seven-day validity period

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Cape Town City Tour