Full Day – Scheduled or Private (approximately 10 hours)
Spend the day exploring the history and culture of Cape Town city with a stop at the infamous Robben Island.
English tour guide, entrance fees applicable to itinerary
Robben Island, Slave Lodge, Table Mountain cable car ticket
Lunch & Table Mountain Tickets
+/- 08:00 – Pick up from the hotel.
After collection, travel to the iconic V&A Waterfront where you will board the Robben Island Ferry (included) (weather permitting) for your voyage across the bay to the infamous maximum-security prison that once housed various political prisoners including the late Nelson Mandela. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The excursion includes a return ferry to the island, a bus tour on the island and an integrated tour of the prison. After the tour, board the ferry for your return to the mainland.
Upon return to the mainland, enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, this picturesque corner of Cape Town well-known for its vast collection of colourful houses and cobble stone streets, became home to the Cape Muslim community and many freed slaves after the abolition of slavery in 1834.
Proceed to the Company Gardens located in the heart of the central business district. The park and heritage site was originally established in the early 1650s by the European Settlers arriving in the area. The gardens provided fresh fruit and vegetables to the ships seeking replenishment when rounding the Cape on their journey to the East. The Gardens now offer a natural retreat from the bustle of the City. Finish your tour of the Company Gardens with a stop at the South African Museum which houses a variety of important African zoology, paleontology and archaeology collections.
The Castle of Good Hope
Continue your city tour with a stop at the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment store, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through the city will also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall; from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel.
Continue to Table Mountain where you shall reach the top by cable car (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also, get a bird’s eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel in the early evening.
Bring your swimsuit / bathing costume. We recommend some warm clothes – even in summer it can get chilly at sea. We highly recommend guests who are prone to any kind of motion sickness (or are unsure if they are) to use anti-nausea medication well in advance.