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Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

1. Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

Start your full-day tour at the Bo Kaap (Cape Malay Quarters) with its colorful houses, before heading to the Table Mountain cable car station. Take the cable car to the top for unforgettable views. Drive along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Maiden's Cove for photos with the backdrop of the 12 Apostles mountain range. Enjoy the views from Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most scenic routes. Visit Boulders Penguins Colony in Simon Town before reaching the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided tour at this very popular landmark. Travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse or take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top.

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

2. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). After exploring the harbor in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

3. Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

Let an experienced crew take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - come face-to-face with the ocean's friendliest animal, the cape fur seal. Meet at the local partner's office. Once all the preparations are complete and you are fully briefed in a short training session, your trip will begin. After a scenic boat ride to Duiker Island, a breeding colony for the cape fur seal, you'll have the opportunity to explore underwater life for yourself! Spend approximately one hour in the shallow and clear water, observing and interacting with these amazing animals on their own terms. On the way back, enjoy hot drinks and snacks on board while you share your awesome memories made while snorkeling with these fantastic animals!

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Helicopter Flight with Boat Tour Ticket

4. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Helicopter Flight with Boat Tour Ticket

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. 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.

Cape Peninsula Shared Half-Day Tour

5. 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.

From Cape Town: Glass-Bottom Boat Seal Watching Tour

6. From Cape Town: Glass-Bottom Boat Seal Watching Tour

After departing from Hout Bay Harbour, the cruise will take you past 300 year old fortifications used to protect Hout Bay beach from enemy troops. Next the cruise will sail under the vertical cliffs of the iconic Sentinal Mountain with Chapmans Peak across the bay before the tour arrives at our destination, Duiker Island; More commonly known as "seal island" which is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and the Spectacular Kelp forests which are seen beneath the boat through our glass bottom viewing ports. After spending around 10 minutes with the seals, the tour will return to the harbour, pointing out any wildlife they may be along the way. Dolphins, whales and sunfish are often sighted. The experienced and knowledgeable crew are always on deck to answer any questions you might have.

Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

7. Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

Choose from 40 a 60-minute cruise and sail off to Duiker Island to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Take in some of the most spectacular scenery the Cape Peninsula has to offer as you cruise along the rugged coastline from Hout Bay harbor.  As you cruise over the waters, get breathtaking views of the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain, in addition to the chance to see other marine life including dolphins and whales. 40-minute Seal Colony Cruise: child-friendly cruise from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island the Seal Colony where you can view thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals, close up in their beautiful natural habitat. 60-Minute Seal and Shipwreck Cruise: see the Cape Fur Seals at Duiker Island and then continue below the Kabonkelberg mountain range to Moari Bay notoriously known for its Shipwrecks which ran aground in 1994 during one of the famous Cape winter storms. 60-Minute Chapmans Peak Cruise: set off from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur Seals. From there the boat will cross the bay and travel back to the harbor along the cliffs and caves of Chapmans Peak.

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

8. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

Be collected from your accommodation in Cape Town at around 9:00 AM by a Mercedes Benz C-class, Hyundai H1, Toyota Quantum GL, or Mercedes Benz Sprinter for larger groups. Head out on your full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula with a qualified guide. If this is your first time in Cape Town, you will be taken on a 30-minute city orientation tour before heading out.  Travel along the Atlantic seaboard, driving between the mountains and the ocean, and pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and Chapman's Peak. Make a photograph stop at Maiden's Cove. Stop in Hout Bay, where you will have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island. For lunch, you can enjoy the fresh seafood at harbor eateries. Alternatively, a light meal will be available further on at Noordhoek village, along with the best coffee this side of the Cape at Roast Village.  Next, set off for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the Cape Point lighthouse, a popular stop for photographs. See the Dias and da Gama monuments and the local fauna and flora. You may also encounter some baboons and other wildlife. Enjoy an optional wine tasting of the region’s best Sauvignon Blanc at Cape Point Vineyard or a stop at the Cape Point ostrich farm. Continue to Simon’s Town to see the monument of the Great Dane dog who made his own history in the South African Navy. Visit Boulder's Beach and see the penguin colony. Return to Cape Town and pass through Fish Hoek and Muizenburg, via the Old Cape Road, with an optional stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, if time allows. You can be dropped off at your accommodation or a restaurant of your choice in Cape Town. 

Hout Bay: Guided Kayaking Adventure

9. Hout Bay: Guided Kayaking Adventure

Hout Bay is one of the best places to kayak in Cape Town. Paddling the ocean surrounding this seaside town offers our guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our tours are fully guided, so you can focus on enjoying the journey without worrying about anything. Whether you're seeking a unique and memorable paddling experience with friends, family, or your significant other, or you're interested in a solo excursion. We offer the best kayaking in Hout Bay. Although it’s not guaranteed, you may see marine life in the surrounding ocean. Sometimes dolphins, seals, and penguins grace the water, but this depends on the season. Our guides make it a point to avoid disturbing aquatic life. Our guests are often delighted with spectacular wildlife encounters by giving these creatures the space to frolic in the water.

Cape Town: Guided Kayaking in Hout Bay

10. Cape Town: Guided Kayaking in Hout Bay

This tour offers you the opportunity to explore the views of Hout Bay from the shore - making memories that you will never forget. You will learn about Hout Bay's heritage, experience one of Cape Town's most iconic shorelines, and view marine life - like the Cape Fur Seal. The tour is two hours in duration and offers you an advenaline rush like no other. These tours are suitable for both beginners as well as advanced kayakers. The minimum age to participate in this activity is 7 years old - and all children will need to be accompanied by an adult. All trips are weather dependent - if bad weather is forecast the supplier will not be able to go out as client safety is the highest priority. It is important that you provide your contact number and email address as the supplier will need to reach you on these details should they need to reschedule your booking. The dress code is normal beachwear - however please bring a warm jacket along. The supplier provides all necessary gear, as well as a life jacket. You are required to sign an indemnity form before departure.

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What people are saying about Hout Bay

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,885 reviews

I had an amazing time we saw many seals. The wet suits keep you afloat so you don't need to worry. And most of all the hot chocolate is terribly good.

A great little trip out of the harbour to see the seals & shipwreck. Very well organised, refreshments onboard, and plenty of seating.

Fun experience We missed 12 o’clock booking but they made sure we get the 1 o’clock one

We loved every moment of the experience. Thank you for helping us to make memories.

Very nice tour. With Alex as a guide, everything worked out great.