Friendly Cape Town Tours

City Orientation

Half or Full Day Tour

Friendly Cape Town Tours

City Orientation

Half or Full Day Tour

Cape Town’s most famous attraction Table Mountain is also it’s most weather-dependent, so we always start with it, if we can!

Table Mountain & Signal Hill

Table Mountain is 1086m / 3500 ft high!

The 5 minute ride up by aerial cableway, and walk around the top, are rewarded with sensational views in every direction: over the city, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, beaches to the west, and the coastline and other mountains of the Cape Peninsula to the south. If the cableway isn’t running, Signal Hill is accessible by road and gives excellent views from a different perspective.

Long Street and Surrounds

Driving through the city, we’ll take in sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall and vibey Long Street. The District Six Museum tells the sad story of Apartheid displacement.

Company’s Garden to BoKaap

But nothing beats getting out of the car and onto the streets to experience the city, its people and buzz. A favourite place for this is the historic Company’s Garden, to get a snapshot of Cape Town’s people and history, because it was from the Dutch East India Company’s fruit & vegetable garden here that the settlement started to grow from 1652.

Walking through, you’ll pass the South African Museum & Planetarium, Synagogue & Jewish Museum, National Gallery, National Parliament, Slave Lodge and St. Georges Anglican Cathedral, most of which can be visited if time allows. Greenmarket Square and its bustling flea market can also be included just a few blocks away.

The BoKaap with its colourful houses and mosques on steep cobbled streets framed by the backdrop of Table Mountain, offers another delightful stroll.

If shopping or art is your thing, some unique local shops and galleries lie off the tourist trail.

Street Art

I was part of the International Public Art Festival in February 2021 and February 2022, leading walking tours of street art while artists were busy painting, so we got to see their works in progress and meet them as we went around. I have continued to offer street art walking tours of the two different neighbourhoods, and can include one of them in my City tour if that is something you would like!

Camps Bay to the V&A Waterfront

The exclusive beach suburbs of Camp’s Bay and Clifton, and the Sea Point Promenade, attracting a mix of locals from across the city to walk, jog, cycle or relax along the Atlantic shore, are easily included in a city tour. These areas link up with the V&A Waterfront, one of the world’s most successful harbour redevelopments and one of South Africa’s greatest shopping, entertainment and restaurant hubs.

Kirstenbosch to Blouberg

Instead of a brief orientation taking just half a day, you could extend your tour to a FULL DAY.

This enables you to enjoy lunch, and then either visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and / or Constantia Wine Valley south of the city, OR explore the northern side of Table Bay to see the iconic postcard view of Table Mountain from the beaches at Blouberg, famous for kite surfing in summer.

Kirstenbosch is rated as one of the world’s finest botanical gardens, while Constantia has been producing some of the world’s finest wines since the 1680’s.

Lunch

Lunch can be enjoyed in the heart of the bustling centre, in the colourful Bo Kaap known for its Cape Malay fare, at Camp’s Bay beach, or further out, either at a winery in Constantia (with a number of excellent options), at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, OR at Blouberg beach across Table Bay.

Options and Alternatives

Alternatively, you might prefer to stay longer in the centre, giving you more time to visit museums or art galleries, a quirky coffee shop, or do some shopping.

Options include jewellery, African artefacts, ostrich and other exotic leather goods, small design stores, the informal fleamarket on Greenmarket Square, and the Watershed craft market at the V&A Waterfront.

General Information

Suggested pick up time: 8:30 am or 1 pm for Half day, duration 4 hours. 8:30 am for Full day, usually dropping off at about 5pm.

Price: Half day: R2 950 (South African Rand) for up to 3 passengers, R3 200 for 4 to 7 passengers. Full day: R4 750 for up to 3 passengers, R5 150 for 4 to 7 passengers. To maximize flexibility, this does not include entrance fees, which you can pay as you go.

Handy tip: If you’re planning to do a Cape Peninsula tour, then visiting Kirstenbosch or Constantia (both accessible on a Peninsula tour) on this day will free up time to explore the southern peninsula at a more leisurely pace while you’re down there.

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