WESTERN CAPE Day Tours

Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and can be seen as far as 200 kilometres out to sea. Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you’ll have had the pleasure to visit! From its achingly beautiful natural attributes to its colourful culture; from decadent wine farms to captivating history and architecture - it’s tourist heaven. There’s no finer way to savour its pleasures than a guided day tour with Thompsons Africa – from wonderful winelands and wine tastings, to riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, we’ll take you there in style, with great taste…

CAPE POINT TOUR


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs daily between
07h45 and 08h45
Returns at ±12h30
Journey along Millionaires Paradise, ogling the glamorous homes and beautiful people of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay, then wind your way towards the charming coastal town and working harbour of Hout Bay. Hug the cliffs as we snake along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its breathtaking views, towards the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Boulders Beach penguin colony, is a fascinating excursion. Finally, move on to the historical naval port of Simon’s Town.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hout Bay
  • Chapmans Peak Drive
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach (optional and for own account)
  • Simon’s Town

CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs daily between
07h35 and 08h30
Returns at ±12h30
Summit the legendary Table Mountain before visiting the country’s oldest building, The Castle followed by the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Sense the depth of history as you drive past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge before moving up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter to marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Finally, trace the moves of a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cable car to summit of Table Mountain (own account and weather permitting)
  • The Castle
  • The Company Gardens
  • Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge
  • Malay Quarter
  • Diamond cutter visit

WALK TO FREEDOM TOUR


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Daily
between 08h00 and 08h45
Returns at ±12h30
Visit the riveting District Six Museum for a sharp reminder of the past before a tour of Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, visiting a local market, Arts & Crafts centre, as well as a traditional healer.  Visit a local B&B as well as a crèche providing local children with a safe haven and fun.  We want you to enjoy a hands-on experience of life in a township, so we also include a visit to Khayelitsha and Gugulethu.  If you have time, extend to a full day tour and visit Robben Island in the afternoon, true home of our Nelson Mandela for so many years.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • District Six Museum (closed Sundays)
  • Langa Township local market, Arts & Crafts centre, B&B and crèche
  • Khayelitsha
  • Gugulethu
  • Robben Island (on full day tour)

STELLENBOSCH WINELANDS TOUR


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Mon to Sat
between 12h45 and 13h45
Returns at ±17h30
Explore the fine art galleries, the architecture, the history, and the curious and quaint shops of historical, glorious Stellenbosch. A leisurely drive will acquaint you with the beauty of this world-renowned region, before inducting you into the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour. And when the wine’s made, it needs to be tasted, so we’ll twist your arm to test and taste…

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Art galleries
  • Shopping
  • Cellar tour
  • Wine tasting

FEATHERS AND FINS TOUR


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Mon, Wed, Fri
between 12h45 and 13h45
Returns at ±17h30
This entertaining adventure trip with your children includes a visit to the Hout Bay World of Birds where children can get up close and personal with nature, over 400 different species to discover including birds, reptiles and mammals and don’t forget to visit the walk through monkey jungle! Enjoy some of the finest beach views on the coastal drive to the Two Oceans Aquarium in the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where the magical underwater awaits. Your children will learn about mysterious deep sea creatures, dangerous predators and see a real ‘happy feet’ family. Touch pools and tidal walks are part of the fun while puppet shows and play area’s are on the entertainment menu. Older children are not forgotten….

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hout Bay World of Birds
  • Two Oceans Aquarium

WHALES AND WINE TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Wed, Fri & Sun
between 07h45 & 08h30
from Jul - Nov
during Whale Season
Returns at ±17h00
Drive along the coast to the fishing village of Hermanus, lapping up the glorious ocean view, eyes peeled for the southern right whales at play. There may be an opportunity to join boat-based whale watching. These massive mammals breaching are an awe-inspiring sight, and the excitement will undoubtedly leave you with a large appetite for a good lunch. We continue to the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven & Earth) valley to visit a boutique winery to sample some wines of outstanding quality. Our return to Cape Town is via the pretty apple-growing region of Elgin, then wind our way through Sir Lowry’s Pass with spectacular views and back into the Mother City. Handy tip: Sun protection, protective clothing and preventative treatment against sea sickness are advisable when going on the optional boat trip.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hermanus
  • Boat-based whale watching (for own account and subject to availability and weather)
  • Lunch (own account)
  • Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven & Earth) valley wine tasting (On Sundays the wine estates are closed so a visit to the Cheetah Sanctuary in Somerset West is visited as an alternative)

PENINSULA TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Daily between
07h45 & 08h45
Returns at ±18h00
Cruise along Millionaire’s Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay and on to Llandudno before an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise. Wind along Chapman’s Peak Drive with lunch (own account) at Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park before meandering back along the coast, visiting Simon’s Town and the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Summer or in Winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Seal Island Cruise (optional and for own account)
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive
  • Cape Point
  • Simon’s Town
  • Penguin Colony at Boulder’s Beach (own account)
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Summer months)
  • Groot Constantia wine tasting and cellar tour (Winter months)

WINELANDS TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Mon to Sat
between 08h00 and 09h00
Returns at ±17h30
A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery! The area’s rich with history, and we can’t help but feel it as we move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. We visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could we choose to enjoy lunch. Wind our way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two! Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you’ll be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home!

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Lunch (for own account)
  • Helshoogte Mountain Pass
  • Stellenbosch University
  • 2 wine tastings

A DAY SAFARI


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs daily between
06h15 and 07h00
Returns at 18h00
The Big Five near Cape Town?  A mere two and a half hours from the City, and we’ll be tracking them at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a scenic drive to Inverdoorn travelling via the wine region & Klein Karoo. Refreshments on arrival will ensure we’re fully awake, before setting off on our adrenaline pumping game drive. Transferred into the ideal 4 x 4 safari vehicle and accompanied by an experienced game ranger, we’re off, camera’s and binoculars at the ready, searching for tell-tale signs of lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, rhino, ostrich, baboon, warthog, springbok and many other wild animals, birds and fauna.   We spend two to three hours scanning the countryside, relishing the sightings. Return to the lodge for a leisurely buffet lunch and time to relax around the pool (summer) or settle cosily around a fire (winter).

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve game drive
  • Buffet lunch

SUNSET BEACH & DINNER


EVENING TOUR
Departs Tue & Thu
between 17h30 & 18h00
(operates September
to May only)
Head out of the city before sunset savouring a chilled glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset turn the surrounds peach and gold. We’ll point out the Southern Cross in the night sky, before enjoying dinner at a sensational ‘out of town’ restaurant offering seafood and South African specialities. Special occasion? We can arrange a separate table on request. As we return to the hotel, we’ll make sure you enjoy the city lights by night. We’ll take care of everything – just enjoy!

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sunset glass of sparkling wine
  • Dinner

CAPE TOWN FOOD MARKET EXPERIENCE


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs every Saturday
between 08h30 & 09h00
Returns at ±12h30
Experience a typical Market Day at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, where small local farmers and artisanal food producers link urban farming with Cape Town’s history and heritage, using seasonal produce.  Mingle with locals whilst they do their weekly food shopping (vegetables, fruit, bread, honey) and try out some delicious cooked and raw foods (for own account). Continue to the Good Company Farmers’ Market at the Company’s Garden (South Africa’s oldest garden created in 1652 to grow vegetables). Enjoy delicious eats and treats (for own account) and the opportunity to browse through local arts and crafts.  Your expert guide will be on hand to assist with insider tips on the local farmers and the produce that they sell.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market
  • Good Company’s Farmers Market

SEAL SNORKELLING IN HOUT BAY


SHORT TOUR
Departs Daily at 09h30, 11h30 and 13h30 from outside the National Sea Rescue Institute, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay
Duration 3 Hours
Seal Snorkelling in Cape Town is the ultimate wildlife experience for the adventurous. Plunge into the cool Atlantic ocean and snorkel with hundreds of playful Cape Fur seals. Interact with them in their environment and on their terms. This half-day excursion is for ocean lovers and will be the best activity you do on your visit to Cape Town if the ocean conditions are suitable.

Children over 6 years of age permitted on boat
Children over 10 years of age permitted to snorkel
Both activities require that adult guardian must accompany children

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Seal snorkelling or boat viewing