Cape Town Tours
Cape by Design Tours is not the standard packaged item and you have lots of options with us.
We invite you to browse a variety of suggested touring itineraries below or ask us to custom design a tour to suit your specific needs and interests, be they Adventure, Politics, History, Art, Music, Culinary, or Family Tours with young children or teenagers.
Here is a list of our general interest tours subjects:
- FULL DAY CAPE PENINSULA TOUR:
The Cape Peninsula boasts some of the most spectacular and unique scenery in the world. Including the magical combinations of mountains, oceans, beaches, wildlife and flowers, this tour is sure to thrill every tourist to Cape Town.
It is an ideal way to see the highlights and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty of the Peninsula. You’ll travel along the Atlantic seaboard with its sparkling white beaches and impressive mountains, to Hout Bay. There is the option of taking a 45-Minute boat trip to a Cape Fur Seal colony . You’ll continue on Chapman’s Peak Drive, renowned as one of the most spectacular scenic routes in the world. You’ll visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula with its captivating scenery and fascinating history. This is the Cape of Good Hope.
The return journey to Cape Town takes you along False Bay coast with the option of visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. You’ll pass through the naval village of Simon’s Town and the coastal suburbs of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.
If time permits you’ll visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before arriving back at your hotel
- FULL DAY WINELANDS TOURS:
The world-renowned Cape Winelands are situated about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. This tour takes you through the premier wine-producing regions of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. As well as fantastic wines, you can expect scenery that will take your breath away. Each region is characterised by stunning rugged mountain ranges and picturesque valleys with vineyards and estates dotted along the charming wine routes. You will enjoy a cellar tour and wine-tastings at some top wine estates before embarking on a tour through the historic town of Stellenbosch where much of the original Cape-Dutch architecture has been beautifully preserved.
This region is just as well known for its food as for its wine. You can do food and wine pairings, visit a chocolate factory, a cheese factory and sample some of the many other interesting food and wine combinations.
Please look at our Food and Wine Tours for further options.
- HALF DAY TABLE MOUNTAIN & CITY TOUR :
Enjoy Panoramic views from Table Mountain. This tour usually starts with an exciting ride on the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain (weather permitting) After your descent, you’ll tour the cosmopolitan centre of the city, passing through the colourful Bo Kaap Malay quarter then visiting the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope, Houses of Parliament, Greenmarket Square, City Hall, St Georges Cathedral and more.
Since the passing of South Africa’s beloved former president Nelson Mandela and the huge interest in his life, we try to include as many places as possible in Cape Town which played a role his life.
- The Company Gardens- an extended walk to view the historic architecture and gardens
- Houses of Parliament
- City Hall & Castle Of Good Hope
- Cape Malay Quarter/ Bo-Kaap
- Green Market Square
- TOWNSHIP TOURS
Langa is the oldest township in South Africa and is also the closest to Cape Town. So if you are visiting Cape Town, a township tour around the community of Langa is a must-do.
Walk with our accredited tour guide through his home community and experience the vibrance and life to be found in a South African township. When you do a township tour in Cape Town, you will experience a whole different side of the City. The beauty of a township is in the people. We do a walking tour, which provides opportunity for you to interact with the people you meet.
- Meet the Local people
- Visit Guga Sithebe Cultural Centre and the Langa Museum
- See four different housing and socio economic areas including informal settlements and more well to do housing areas.
- Visit the shebeens in the 'informal settlement' at the back of Langa.
- FULL DAY HERMANUS TOUR: WHALE WATCHING FROM JULY TO NOVEMBER
This tour takes you along the scenic coastal road to visit Hermanus, one of South Africa’s most popular seaside towns, a very scenic drive from Cape Town. Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale-watching in the world between July and November when Southern Right Whales take sanctuary in Walker Bay during their annual migration.
There is also the opportunity to include an optional boat based whale viewing trip where specially licensed operators are permitted to come within 50m of these gentle mammals. If time permits, there is an optional visit to see rare African Penguins. You return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass with its stunning views. (All Weather Permitting).
SHOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN SPECIALISED TOURS, PLEASE BROWSE OUR LIST BELOW AND LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC INTERESTS
There are numerous sporting activities on your doorstep in Cape Town and they offer the chance to get close to our beautiful mountains, nature and oceans.
- COMMUNITY TOURS:
We offer the chance to enrich your experience here by coming into contact with real everyday South Africans and in so doing help uplift less advantaged people.
- CULTURE AND HISTORY:
We’ll show you our culture and history a little off the normal tourist route and give you new insights into our country.
- ECO TOURS AND SAFARIS:
Cape Town has abundant nature and wildlife of sea and land. Indulge any wish and take a Safari of your choice.
- ENTERTAINMENT AND WELLNESS:
Cape Town’s performing arts are vibrant and flourishing, often successfully showcasing a cross pollination of our indigenous roots and European heritage.
- FOOD AND WINE:
Cape Town’s colourful history has created a unique cuisine, an Eastern, European and African mix. Combined with a casual outdoor lifestyle this makes for many wonderful culinary experiences.
- FAMILY FRIENDLY TOURS:
Cape Town is a top place for a family holiday. It’s child friendly for kids of all ages.
- WINE-LESS WINELANDS:
The Winelands is about much more than wine as it also has gorgeous scenery, wildlife parks, adventure activities, culture, history and great food.
- PHOTO WORKSHOPS:
Imagine being able to take stunning photos of your holiday in Cape Town and wherever else you may travel. Here is a wonderful chance to learn the skill of how to take memorable photographs.
Tours should never be a matter of choosing off a list - they should be created to suit the desires of the tourist.