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Discover Cape Town, City Tour

Duration: Half Day

Discover Cape Town, City tour

A city tour of Cape Town is a must during your holiday in South Africa because it has so much to offer. This bustling capital boasts a wealth of historic landmarks, gardens and markets, which are a delight to explore, as well as numerous alfresco restaurants and cafés to relax in and watch the world go by. Table Mountain, Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square flea market and the Castle of Good Hope are just some of the highlights of this unforgettable day in one of the world’s ‘must-visit’ destinations.

Your tour of Cape Town begins by taking a scenic cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain, which boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city, ocean and peaks of the Cape Peninsula. This flat-topped mountain is a definitive symbol of the city and is well worth exploring if you have time. Renowned for it outstanding natural beauty and diverse wildlife, nature lovers and hikers can enjoy a myriad of walking trails and climbing opportunities at the top.

On your descent, you can enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Company Gardens. This large public park and botanical garden is a peaceful oasis in the heart of a vibrant metropolis and offers a welcome retreat from the city heat. As well as lush flora, you will see a number of historic landmarks as you walk through, including the lodge house for the slaves who built much of the city, as well as the National Library of South Africa, St George's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, among others.

Moving onwards, we then take a stroll through the bustling Greenmarket Square flea market, where you can hunt for bargains and pick up some great gifts and souvenirs to take home. As well as finding a wide range of goods here, including glassware, hand-painted fabrics, footwear, music and handcrafted items from all over Africa, visitors can also enjoy entertainment from local buskers, mime artists and jugglers whilst they shop. This is a great place for people watching whilst immersing yourself in the colourful local culture.

Later in the day you will also get time to explore the historic Cape Malay Quarter (or "Bo Kaap"), the spiritual home of Cape Town’s Muslim community and one of the most colourful suburbs in the city, as well as the 17th century Castle of Good Hope, a National Monument and the oldest surviving building in South Africa, before making a brief stop at a diamond workshop to learn about one of South Africa’s most precious exports.

You can then choose to return to your hotel or continue onwards to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront where the tour concludes. Set against the backdrop of mountains and sea, this beautiful spot lies in the heart of Cape Town’s historic working harbour and is the perfect place to shop, dine or relax after all that sightseeing.

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