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Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

1. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks! Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

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Garden Route 5-Day Tour and Addo Elephant Park Safari

2. Garden Route 5-Day Tour and Addo Elephant Park Safari

Get back to nature on a 5-day tour of the beautiful Garden Route and look for wildlife in nature reserves including Tsitsikamma National Park and Addo Elephant Park. Day 1: (D) Depart Cape Town and head towards Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert of Little Karoo with a stop at Ronnie’s sex shop for a refreshing drink! Explore the magnificent Cango Caves and visit an ostrich farm, where you can try to ride one! Spend the night in Oudtshoorn and enjoy a delicious ostrich braai dinner. Day 2: (D) Cross the mountain range to reach the coast and famous Garden Route. Get panoramic views from the Map of Africa lookout before visiting the charming town of Knysna. Continue through Plettenberg Bay to spend the night at Storms River village. Day 3: (B, D) Get back to nature in Tsitsikamma National Park. Walk the coastal route to the hanging bridge over Storms River Mouth. Continue to Addo Elephant National Park to spot huge elephant herds, antelope species and more. Alternatively, go straight to the surfing capital of South Africa at Jeffrey’s Bay, where you will spend the night. Day 4: (B, D) Head back towards the Garden Route to brave the world's highest bungee at Bloukrans. Your accommodation is in Mossel Bay. On arrival, enjoy the Bay of Diamonds, so called for the sea that shines night and day. If you upgraded to the Garden Route Game Lodge (guesthouse option), you will enjoy a night in luxury accommodation. Go for a late afternoon safari drive to look for rhinos, lions, buffalo, cheetahs and antelopes. Day 5: (B) Take an early morning safari drive to look for animals when they are most active. Depart for Hermanus, where Southern Right whales have returned after almost 50 years of being near extinct. Arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon via the stunning False Bay coastline.  

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Cape Peninsula Shared Half-Day Tour

3. Cape Peninsula Shared Half-Day Tour

The Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular routes you can experience, and on this half-day tour you will get to see all the unspoiled beauty surrounding this lush area. The Peninsula itself is a generally rocky peninsula that juts out for 47 mi (75 km) into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa. Our tour today will take you past the pristine beaches of the exclusive Clifton and Camps Bay, where you will get to see the extraordinary peaks of the Twelve Apostles. From here we will continue on to Hout Bay Harbor, where we will drive the stunning Chapmans Peak Drive. This spectacular road hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, the road was at the time regarded as a major feat of engineering. You will be awed both by its engineering wonders, as well as the natural views all around you! Finally we arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here we will have the chance to experience the rugged flora and fauna of this area, as we gaze out over the meetings of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Finally, we drive back to Cape Town via False Bay and Simons Town, where you will have the option to visit the unbelievable African Penguin Colony. We finish our day with a drive through the world-famous Constantia wine area before returning to Cape Town.

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Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

4. Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

When you have limited time to spend in Cape Town, or if you just want to be an efficient traveller, this is the ideal full-day Cape tour for you. This experience combines the best of a historical, wine tasting and landmark tour. On this tour you will really see the best of the Cape. The Peninsula portion of the tour will include visits to all of the important landmarks and historical sites including: Clifton and Camps Bay; Twelve Aspotles; Chapman’s Peak; Noordhoek; Cape Point; Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; Simons Town, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and False Bay. You will also be taken on a fascinating ostrich viewing and have the opportunity to take part in an optional Penguin Colony visit. On the wine route, you will visit the historical town of Stellenbosch and learn about how it is the centre of the South African wine industry. Here you will visit one of the many wineries in the Winelands and do a complimentary wine tasting and cellar tour. You will also have the chance to purchase the wines you just sampled. The Cape is a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. Don’t miss a thing and take part in this comprehensive and fun-filled full-day tour.

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4-Day Garden Route Experience

5. 4-Day Garden Route Experience

DAY 1 Your route takes you through Route 62, traveling inland over the Overberg Region of the Western Cape. You will also visit Ronnie’s Sex Shop! Afterwards, you will continue to Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s Ostrich Capital. This town hosts the well-known Cango Caves National Monument. You will stay overnight in Oudtshoorn. (Dinner) DAY 2 After an early morning breakfast, you will visit the local ostrich farm and you can even try your luck at riding one! You will head to Knysna for lunch and to explore the Knysna heads. Visiting Knysna Elephant Park is also an optional extra, where you have the opportunity to touch, feed and walk with earth’s largest land mammals! An ocean safari is yet another optional extra, where you can spot dolphins and whales from a boat in Plettenberg Bay! We will make a quick stop en route at Bloukrans Bungee, which is the highest bungee in the world at 216 meters! You will stay overnight in Storms River Village. (Breakfast; Dinner) DAY 3 Today, you head through to Tsitsikamma National Park for a hike to the famous Storms River mouth. Walk on the recently finished Hanging Bridge, where you can take a dip in the Indian Ocean! From here, you head to the Garden Route Game Lodge, where you can enjoy a Big 5 sunset game drive, fantastic buffet dinner and a hot spring under the stars. You will also stay overnight in their award-winning chalets. (Breakfast; Dinner) DAY 4 Today, you will go on an early morning game drive to see some animals you perhaps didn’t see in the evening. This will be followed by a scrumptious breakfast! After breakfast, you will make your way to Hermanus, which is famous for being the best land-based whale watching site (in season) in South Africa and is a beautiful little town with wonderful cliff-side walks. Making our way back towards Cape Town, your last stop is at Stony Point, where you will visit the local penguin colony before making your way back with spectacular views over False Bay. (Breakfast)

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Cape Town: Table Mountain Kirstenbosch to Cable Station Hike

6. Cape Town: Table Mountain Kirstenbosch to Cable Station Hike

Your full day hike will start at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. These renowned gardens are one of the best in the world and feature South Africa's flora as well as some exotics. Your passionate and knowledgeable guide will show you through the upper section of the Gardens and to the forested trail up to Skeleton Gorge. Here hike through what is called an African mountain forest (Afromontane). Huge trees are some of the oldest on the peninsula. The path up the gorge is steep and requires a number or ladder and scrambling up rocks in a stream of water that has a calming sound and refreshing to splash your face with. The forest opens at the top and you can see down to the green botanical gardens and lush southern suburbs below, before you are greeted with a pearly white beach and lake to swim in on a hot day. Here, take a well deserved and refreshing break. The next part of the hike is a more gentle incline and through some unique flora that makes up the rich diversity of the top of Table Mountain. This trail will take you to Maclear's Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. Here, stop for lunch and enjoy the views of Newlands forest a kilometer below to the south and Cape Town center to the north. The final leg of the hike is a flat trek of the entire width of the "table top", enjoying the breathtakingly powerful views of Table Bay and the city below. Enjoy the shop and cafe at the upper cable station and grab a coffee, beer or bite to eat before taking the cable car down to end a memorable journey.

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Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

7. Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

Get back to nature on a challenging hike through the Platteklip Gorge, and be rewarded by spectacular views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. Following pickup from your accommodation, you will be taken to the start of the hike. The Platteklip Gorge hike takes about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the group's level of fitness. Hike with an experienced guide who will point out landmarks such as Lion's Head and the flat-topped Signal Hill, known for the Noon Gun salute by the South African Navy. Take in panoramic views of Devil's Peak, and see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was kept in a maximum security prison for 18 years.  Be rewarded with spectacular views of False Bay and the mountains heading towards Cape Point. Travel back down on the Table Mountain Cableway to complete your amazing experience.

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Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

8. Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

Discover the south-western tip of the Cape Peninsula and marvel at some of the most spectacular views in the world. The drive from Cape Town passes steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping stretches of beach. Your full-day tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point and Camps Bay, where you’ll have spectacular views of the Table Mountain range. Continue to the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. Enjoy an optional short boat trip to Duiker Island, time permitting, to see the Cape fur seals that inhabit the island. Next is the Cape Point Nature Reserve, covering an area of more than 17,300 acres. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including baboons, rhebok, Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, and the elusive eland. It is alsonone of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. You’ll see the spot where, as per legend, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet and feel the brisk wind that is said to have curative powers. Following the coastline along False Bay, you'll return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town, with a stop to visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Before your return, stop for afternoon tea and cake and a visit to Rhodes Memorial, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, offering spectacular views across the city. Then, return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

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Half Day Cape Point Tour

9. Half Day Cape Point Tour

Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. From here we travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe. The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show." We'll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (as per legend), and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor" for its presumed curative powers. Following the coastline along False Bay, we'll return to Cape Town by way of the Simon's Town (optional, own account & time permitting visit to Penguin colony), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

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From Cape Town: Cape Point, Penguins And Wine Tasting Tour

10. From Cape Town: Cape Point, Penguins And Wine Tasting Tour

Get picked up at 8:00 AM from your centrally located Cape Town city hotel or lodging in order to start the Cape Peninsula Tour. Travel around the beautiful Atlantic coastline, past the world-famous Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches, Bakoven, Llandudno and through Hout Bay.  Continue along the world-renowned magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive towards Kommetjie, a great surf spot, the Slangkop Lighthouse, past Misty Cliffs and continuing through the quaint seaside village of Scarborough until heading to Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park. Be served complimentary tea/ coffee and biscuits at the much photographed Cape of Good Hope sign-board before driving further to eventually hop onto the Flying Dutchman Funicular (cost included) to go up to the incredibly beautiful viewing point around the base of the old Cape Point lighthouse. Your next exciting stop will be Boulders Beach, a popular tourist destination, to view a colony of African penguins that settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach is one of the few sites where the penguins can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. Boardwalks will take you to within a few yards of the birds.  Lunch will normally be at Seaforth near Boulders. Their fish and chips is always a winner, but so is the rest of the menu. Then it's through Glen Cairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and over Boyes Drive for a panoramic view of False Bay, where you may be lucky enough to spot sharks or whales on a quick stop to the Shark Spotters lookout. Not far from here you reach the Constantia Valley Wine Route, one of 9 routes in South Africa. You will be treated to a tasting of 5 fine wines at one of the finely selected estates on route. Then for a scenic drive back to your hotel past Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which you can visit at your own leisure by taking the city sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus or an Uber from the city. This is a full day tour and you won't get back to your hotel until around 5:00 PM but it will be the most memorable day of your visit to Cape Town.

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What people are saying about False Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 652 reviews

This tour was just amazing. The guide Ian, who is a local, was very friendly, respectful and told us a lot about south african history, tradition and culture. He fulfilled all our wished and stopped everywhere we wanted to. We definitely would book this tour again with him. Thanks a lot Ian!

I booke the half day tour to the Cape. I got picked up on time and Ryan was a great guide and a save driver. He gave me so much information about the spots we passed by or visited. Thank you so much for this great experience!

Fantastic trip, the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, really enjoyable experience.

Perfect Trip! Many thanks to the guides, especially Angelo - great German speaker

Tony the guide is a wonderful and knowledgeable man