Experience The Best of Cape Town in 5 Days - 5 Days

This tour consists of all the top attractions in Cape Town:

Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain

Robben Island Experience

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

Full Day Wine Tour in Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari Full Day

Places of Interest

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.

Bo-Kaap is known for its brightly coloured homes and cobble stoned streets. The area is traditionally a multicultural neighbourhood, and 56.9% of its population identify as Muslim. According to the

The Company Gardens

The Company’s Garden, in the heart of the city, dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch used springwater running down from the mountain to establish a garden to grow fruit and vegetables for ships en route to the East.

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. In 1936 the Castle was declared a historical monument (now a provincial heritage site) and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, and part of the lands formerly ranged by Khoe-speaking clans. It is home to a large array of mostly endemic fauna and flora.

Robben Island

Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa. It takes its name from the Dutch word for seals (robben), hence the Dutch/Afrikaans name Robbeneiland, which translates to Seal(s) Island.

Robben Island is roughly oval in shape, 3.3 km (2.1 mi) long north–south, and 1.9 km (1.2 mi) wide, with an area of 5.08 km2 (1.96 sq mi). It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. It was fortified and used as a prison from the late-seventeenth century until 1996, after the end of apartheid.

Robben Island is a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Maidens Cove

Maiden’s Cove is a beautiful scenic lookout point nestled between Clifton’s beaches and Glen Beach in the prestigious suburb of Camps Bay in Cape Town, Western Cape. It is well renowned for its exquisite vistas of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, as well as its view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The parking and grassy area at Maiden’s Cove is a popular spot to watch the sunset, and there are braai areas for those who wish to make an evening or day of it. Dolphins can often be spotted frolicking in the water and during the months of June to November, it’s fantastic for whale watching.

Hout Bay

The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay features a cosy atmosphere, with a fireplace and live music, which is ideal for friends and families to gather. When paired with the sizzling hot food, the Bay Harbour Market promises a market experience you’ll come back to again and again.

Patrons can expect a wide variety of food offerings, live entertainment, craft beer on tap, cultural curios, organic products, proudly South African clothing items, unique artwork, and an abundance of sweet treats at the Bay Harbour Market – all set in a shabby-chic, reinvented old factory.

Chapmans Peak

‘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.

Cape of Good Hope

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”.

Cape Point

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.

Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

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.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

A beautiful, serene expanse on the slopes of Table Mountain, with more than 7,000 plant species, most of which are unique to this part of the world (keep an eye out for all kinds of proteas, birds of paradise, wild gardenia, and much more). Scattered throughout the 1,300 acres are various artwork and sculptures, and in summer the park hosts concerts and events against the stunning mountain backdrop.

Paarl

Paarl wines are now world renowned, primarily for the quality of their Shiraz while Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon are also increasingly well regarded, and the region is home to some of the Western Cape’s most influential wineries.

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the region north of Stellenbosch has earned international acclaim not only for its Paarl wines but also the breathtaking beauty of its natural surroundings. The name Paarl means ‘pearl’ and reflects the way the ancient granite mountains, which early Dutch settlers called ‘den Diamont ende Peerlbergh’ (‘the diamond and pearl mountain’), glisten in the distance.

First Vineyard

First and foremost, Fairview is a working farm, housing a collection of micro-businesses all sharing in a common goal – to create artisanal and sustainable produce, with a focus on fine wine and cheese. We’ve been caring custodians of our land since 1693, and invite you to come and visit us and see for yourself how our farm operates, supports the environment and contributes to a more holistic lifestyle. Everything we do is driven by our philosophy of being honest, honouring our heritage and ensuring that ingenuity perpetually flows from our soils and cellars and straight into the heart of your relationship with us. After all, at Fairview, we do things differently.

Franschoek

As you make your way into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names, some complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and rolling vineyards. You will find an array of cellars, ranging from quaint boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to the large cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings.

The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area also produces some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.

Second Vineyard

Franschhoek Cellar, a beautiful asset to the Franschhoek wine route, combines the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of a world-class venue. Enjoy wine tastings paired with Belgian chocolate or handmade cheese. Dine on alfresco style lunches in our fabulous garden, or sip on an artisanal beer in our bistro & beer garden. Franschhoek Cellar has a special selection of unique event venues within the space to ensure we host your most memorable occasion.

Third Vineyard

Originally from Bordeaux where our family owns 3 wine estates, we fell in love with South Africa during our many travels to the country. Our dream was to combine both, the Old & the New World, to make wines close to our vision of perfection. Therefore, we decided to purchase this boutique wine estate of 32 hectares (including 24 on vines) located in Simonsberg valley in 2004.

Stellenbosch

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.

Museum

During your stay in the historic town of Stellenbosch you will have many activities and attractions that will suit all tastes.

A must do activity is to spend a day visiting the many historical buildings and museums in Stellenbosch. There truly is something for everyone in this town! From the V.O.C. Kruithuis, an old gunpowder house where war memorabilia is on display, to the Toy and Miniature Museum, where you can take a trip back to the good old days before computer games and mobile phones. The Village Museum is another must during your stay in Stellenbosch with its four lovely restored historic homes which you can view at your leisure, Schreuderhuis, Blettermanhuis, OM Berghhuis and the beautiful Grosvenor House.

A visit to any of these wonderful historical buildings is sure to be a memorable one, and is a must for anyone visiting Stellenbosch!

Big 5 Safari

Acclaimed for service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility efforts and conservation programs, Aquila Private Game reserve is more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience, it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary delights, service excellence and the restoration of pride to the indigenous people and the land.

Cape Town boasts one of the best safari experiences. Feel the vibrations of the lions roars as they call upon you to witness their beauty and appreciate the secrets behind their dominant reign in the jungle, hear the echoes of the elephants as they welcome you to the discovery of what you have been missing out on and hear the silent cries of the Rhino as it runs out of places to hide, see it while still can as Aquila Private Game reserve focuses strongly on their anti-poaching programs. Let the leopard show its true spots and the buffalo display what “no man left behind” truly means. Admire the agility of the leopard as it strikes and the cruelty of a buffalo as it fights back.

Itinerary

Day 1
Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain

Bo-Kaap Museum
Visit District Six Museum
Cape Malay Quarter
Company Gardens
Castle of Good Hope
Diamond factory tour
Visit Table Mountain

Day 2
Robben Island Experience

The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry trip to and from the Island.
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. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s.
You will meet your Tour Guide when you have boarded the busses. 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.

Day 3
Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

View Clifton beach, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles mountain range
Visit Hout Bay (take an optional boat ride to Seal Island)
Drive along Chapman’s Peak
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point Lighthouse
Cape of Good Hope
Visit Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
Drive through Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg
Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Day 4
Full Day Wine Tour in Stellenbosch, Franschoek

Stellenbosch city orientation
Walk through the town of Stellenbosch to view some of the beautiful European architectural styles of various buildings.
We visit the Village Museum for a journey back in time to the development of Stellenbosch. We visit four historic houses of historical interests with each house representing a different time period. The houses with interiors and their gardens have been restored to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time.
The next stop is at a well-known vineyard in Franschoek. In a relaxed atmosphere you will enjoy an amazing chocolate and wine pairing.
Enjoy a walk within the town of Franschoek and stop for a photo at the Huguenot Monument
View statue outside Nelson Mandela former prison
Our next visit is to one of the most popular vineyards in the Cape Winelands region with a reputation that stretches back to 1693
Enjoy a selection of wines in their world-renowned tasting room expertly paired with cow and goats milk cheeses.
Our last stop will be within Stellenbosch at one of the French owned vineyard that strives to make French style wines with a touch of South African vibes. Enjoy a wine and biltong pairing overlooking the lush vineyards of the estate.

Day 5
Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari Full Day

06h45: Depart Cape Town to Aquila (optional 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

The Tour Package Includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Qualified tourist guide
  • Entrance fee to Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Entrance fee to Visit District Six Museum
  • Entrance fee to Castle of Good Hope
  • Table Mountain return ticket
  • Robben Island boat ticket
  • Entrance fee to Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Entrance fee to Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
  • Entrance fee to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Wine expertly paired with cow and goats milk cheeses (Vineyard within Paarl)
  • Wine paired with chocolate (Vineyard within Franschoek)
  • Wine paired with biltong/meat (Vineyard within Stellenbosch
  • Entrance fee to Museum in Stellenbosch
  • All meals as per safari itinerary and transportation

The Tour Package Includes

  • Any additional purchases to the itinerary
  • Boat trip fee to Seal Island

Questions about the Tour

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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

How big is Cape Point Nature Reserve?

Cape Point Nature Reserve is approximately 17 750 hectares of nature reserve and home to a variety of wildlife with over 250 species of birds

What is the approximate travelling time from Cape Town City Bowl to Cape Point Nature Reserve?

Cape Point is about 70km from the CBD. Getting there by car will take about 1h20 depending on traffic.

What is the cost of the Flying Dutchman Furnicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve?

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. The costs are – Adult: R70 (return) / R55 (single) & Children (age 6-16) and pensioners: R30* (return) | R22* (single) *Wednesdays only

Are the any shops at Cape Point Nature Reserve?

There are three superb stores located near the Flying Dutchman Funicular upper and lower stations at which to purchase a range of Cape Point, and traditionally South African, memorabilia, curios and souvenirs.

Do I need any wine experience to enjoy the Cape Winelands tour?

Not at all. Our Cape Winelands tour caters for all guests, on the Cape Winelands tour you will learn and experience new things and definitely gain some knowledge about our wines on this tour

Which wine farms will be visited on the Cape Winelands tour?

We mix it up now and then depending on the season and time of the year. Your tourist guide will ask you what type of wine you like and from there the tourist guide will know which wine farms offer the type of wines that you are interested in. An emphasis is put on spending time at the wine farms and not in the vehicle

What if the weather is bad?

The Cape Winelands tour is not weather permitting as most of the tasting rooms and wineries visited and lunch stops has suitable undercover options. Therefore, whether it’s raining or sunny the weather does not prevent us from enjoying some excellent wine

What do I bring with when coming to Aquila Private Game Reserve?

• Please remember to add your booking reference number when making payment via EFT/Bank Transfer
• Please remember to bring with proof of identification when visiting for an overnight stay

Can I use my drone when visiting?

Please note that under no circumstances will drones be allowed at the game reserve

What must I wear?

Wear what you would usually wear when you pack for a holiday, including a very warm jacket for our winter and springtime, beanies and gloves for game drives. Pack a lighter jacket with your normal clothing for your summer stays, plus swimwear for visits all year round as we have pools and a spa which guests can access at a small fee

Apart from the game drives, what other activities are there for children?

• Game Drives
• Jungle Games
• Play Stations and Mini Golf
• Horseback Rides

Can children go on game drives?

Yes, children of all ages can go on game drives as long as they are supervised by an adult

How long is the drive from Cape Town to Aquila Private Game Reserve?

The drive would be approximately 2 hours from Cape Town

What are the chances of seeing the Big 5?

Our safari guides are very experienced and have been with Aquila for quite a while. They try spotting as many of the Big 5, as well as other animals and indigenous to the land, as possible. We do know that for many of our guests, to see the Big 5 is a once in a lifetime experience, hence we go the extra mile

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Experience The Best of Cape Town in 5 Days