5 Cape Town Day Tours You Should Take

Cape Town offers tons of tours, but which ones are the best? And which ones are for YOU?

During my two months in Cape Town, I was invited on a few tours with different companies, which I will review honestly hereafter. Because I can sincerely recommend all of them, I tried to make more specialized recommendations, i.e. for wine lovers, for millennials, Cape Town newbies, etc., so you can book a tour according to your taste! I’ve listed them alphabetically to not give any preference and have YOU decide which Cape Town day tour you want to take 🙂

If you don’t want to take a tour and do your own things, find my very favorites spots I’ve discovered on these tours on the bottom of this article!

 

Cape Food and Wine Tours

I’d recommend this Cape Town day tour to:

Foodies, scheduled tours, great for small groups

Duration:

9 a.m. – 5 / 6 p.m.

Cost:

ZAR 1000

About:

“Join us for a culinary journey through Cape Town, showcasing some of the best of South Africa’s artisanal producers and creative spaces. From cheesemakers to chocolatiers, charcuterie to craft beer breweries, world renowned wines and traditional snacks – Let Cape Food and Wine Tours show you the reasons why Cape Town has become such an amazing culinary destination!”

Stops:

Company Gardens, chocolate factory at the Old Biscuit Mill, brewery, street food in Bo-Kaap, only certified grass-fed butcher in SA, coffee shop

My experience:

Charlene and her team are fun, knowledgeable guides, extremely passionate about what they do. Charlene’s taxi driving skills are on point – but that’s just besides the point. Met great guests on her tour and learned a lot about Cape Town, its different areas and the places we went to. This tour is a perfect mix of walking and driving and of delicious food and knowledge. My personal highlight was the Old Biscuit Mill where we joined a guided tour at a chocolatier, and if you know anything about me, then it’s that I love chocolate!

 

Food Tour with Cape Fusion

I’d recommend this Cape Town day tour to:

Foodies, people who want to get to know Cape Town’s businesses, private tour groups

Duration:

9 a.m. – 3 / 4 p.m.

Cost:

Depends on the number of people and where you’re staying

About:

“This tour explores Cape Town from all sides. It aims to climb under the skin of the city so that by the end of the day you understand the pulse of the city. We explore the city from all sides – the history, the people, their cultures, their cuisines, as well as contemporary Cape Town and its artisanal trends.   Cape Town is a city that has been metamorphosing at a rapid rate over the last ten years – it feels like a butterfly that is emerging – from a city that was once a rundown area that was purely a business district – into a city where we now live and play.”

Stops:

Ham shop, cheese shop, bakery, street food in Bo-Kaap, market on central station, coffee shop

My experience:

Pam is a walking Cape Town encyclopedia who knows not only every restaurant, but every store and its owner, street vendors, and other establishments. You search for it – Pam will give you an answer. On top of that, she’s respected, loved and greeted because she cares about the owners and can tell you some great stories. Pam will introduce you to a perfect blend of street and local food, the hippest cafes and best restaurants – pretty much what living in Cape Town is all about because – really – you can have it ALL! Because she’s so well-known, she only organizes private tours.

 

Kiff Kombi Urban Safari

I’d recommend this Cape Town day tour to:

Cape Town newbies, millennials, fun-loving people

Duration:

11.30 a.m. to 6/7 p.m.

Cost:

ZAR 690 (incl. lunch)

About:

“Hop inside our authentically African Kombi for a day of exploring with our Cape Town alternative tour – the Urban Safari. Organise a pick-up location with us and we’ll come get you and your group at your convenience – any accommodation in the city bowl area. Our licensed driver will make sure that your Cape Town alternative tour goes down without a hitch.”

Stops:

District 6, Woodstock, Bo-Kaap, winery by Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive

My experience:

I took their Urban Safari tour with guide Josh and four entertaining Brits who kept me laughing all day. The route we took was great – a mix of urban and landscape – and Josh would always stop when we wanted to take pictures. Driving along Chapman’s Peak will definitely make you day! The wine estate we visited already had an amazing view, but the best was clearly saved for last: The secret sundowner spot where we enjoyed one of the best views Cape Town has to offer.

Update: Unfortunately, their Kombi was not maintainable and they had to retire her due to old age, but they now have a nice, graffitied-out (I like making up words hehe) Toyota in which you’ll be chauffeured around.

 

Wine Tour with Luhambo Tours

I’d recommend this Cape Town day tour to:

Wine lovers & fanatics, people who want a customized, private tour

Duration:

9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., depending on the number of people

About:

“Experience the true Winelands classic: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek! Spend your day sampling fantastic wines and enjoying a delicious lunch on a beautiful wine estate. Learn about South African wine and take in the breathtaking landscape in the Winelands. This is a small, personalised group tour with only up to seven guests. “

Stops:

4 wineries, lunch

My experience:

Our guide Marlene started us off with my favorite wine estate Meerlust – (the Rubicon is a must-try because everyone on our tour was raving about it) and I thought, ok, hopefully the other estates are able to keep up with this one! But they sure were, and so was the beautiful lunch spot (plan 170-200 R for a meal). Our whole day was filled with great wine, Marlene’s knowledge and humor, beautiful views and even some bubbly. I’m a lightweight, so I couldn’t handle all the wine anymore starting on the third estate. When I threw my first one out, I felt my fellow attendees looking at me, so I decided to offer the rest of my wine to them, which they were much happier about 😉 Plan to get drunk on this tour!

A plus here: The tours can be customized and you can request wine estates!

 

Whale Watching in Hermanus with Wine Flies

I’d recommend this Cape Town day tour to:

People who want to get out of the city and love all kinds of alcohol

Duration:

7.30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (August through December, Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Cost:

ZAR 820 (incl. lunch)

About:

“The fun-loving company will whisk you off to discover the hidden gems of the Cape Winelands, and thanks to its musical swapping chairs policy you will make many friends along the way, experience different wines in different wine regions, taste local Wors (sausage) and delicacies and meet different local characters, all the way up to Hermanus’s majestic whales. A diverse and interesting day, showcasing the art of wine making, the history and culture of this area, and of course the star, our whales…all done in a Big, Fat Fun loving way.”

Stops:

Wine estate 1, cider place, lunch, Hermanus, brewery, wine estate #2 (Burton – my fav!)

My experience:

The highlight of this tour was definitely the lunch spot right on the ocean shore where it’s possible to see whales (unfortunately we didn’t see any that day) and which served great and filling food, followed by the beautiful city of Hermanus and a delicious wine chocolate pairing. On this tour you get to taste wine at two beautiful estates, unique, delicious cider, and beer. Our guide V was always helpful and very knowledgeable.

 

 

 

Township tour in Khayelitsha with Cojea from Vakasha tours

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My favorite spots I’ve discovered on these Cape Town tours were:

Burton wine estate

Meerlust wine estate

Old Biscuit Mill

Market on top of Cape Town’s main train/taxi/bus station

Bismillah in Bo Kaap

Jason’s Bakery on Bree Street

 

 

Thank you for all the above tours for supporting me on my stay in Cape Town! As usual, all opinions are my own!

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