Table Mountain & Cape Town City Half Day Private guided Tour | La Vacanza Travel

Table Mountain & Cape Town City Half Day Private guided Tour

Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Cape town is the oldest City in South Africa and as such, it is filled with history, culture and an interesting timeline captured in its architecture. The city also boasts of nature as seen in Table Mountain and together with its history, culture and architecture, creates one of the world's most sought-after City's. One would need a whole lifetime to discover all the sites and hidden gems that Cape town city has brewed over hundreds of years. However, by public demand, we have managed to compact all of Cape town city's hotspots into a half day tour. From the famous Adderly street to the Castle, the Company gardens and the bustling saint Georges mall, there is no stone that this tour leaves unturned. A visit to the brightly colorful Bo-kaap is also included before or after your ascent up the flat top Table Mountain. A stop at green market square will also afford you a chance to pick up some souvenirs at a reasonable price as you discover the mother-city on foot and by vehicle.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Table Mountain National Park 8001 South Africa

Table Mountain is a new addition to the 7 world wonders of nature and is a must visit when you are in Cape town. A cable car with a rotating floor runs horizontally from the lower cable station to the upper cable station where you will have vast areas to roam while enjoying the 360 degrees view of the entire Cape town area. Table Mountain also harnesses her own unique and rare flora which is called Table Mountain sandstone fynbos and is a part of the world's richest floral kingdom. Your guide will escort you on the circular Table Mountain trail pointing out and explaining all the important landmarks, fauna and flora to you.

DISCLAIMER: The Table Mountain aerial cableway is open subject to conducive weather conditions. In the event that the Cableway operations are suspended due to unfavorable weather, the tour will carry on to the next item on the itinerary and you have a choice to either, keep the tickets for another day or request a refund for the tickets.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bo-Kaap, Bo-Kaap, Western Cape

Bo-kaap is a residential area found in the heart of the Cape town city center, starting from Buitengracht street and creeping up the Signal hill, Southwest of the city. Stone cobbled streets runs steeply towards the mountains along rows of the famous colorful Cape Dutch style buildings while several mosques dominates the skyline in a fashion never seen anywhere else in the country. The majority of the residence here are direct descendants to the far easterners and Southwest Africans that were hurled from their native lands to slave at the Cape. Their unique culture, cuisine and religion creates one of the brightest elements to South Africa's famous rainbow nation and a walk into one of the traditional shops found here gives one a good introduction to the uniqueness of the Bo-kaap. Your guide will give you a short walking tour covering important landmarks, i.e Bokaap Museum, The first Mosque and the Tana Baru shrine.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Adderley Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

Adderly street has for many years, been and still is Cape town's most decorated street. A stroll into Adderly street will have one quickly noticing the amount of attention Adderly street has received more than any other street in Cape town city either through masonry, landscaping or work of sculptures. The dual carriage way slices through the city in a straight line and with a series of large traffic circles at 100-meter intervals. Life size bronze sculptures of some of Cape town's most historic figures stands tall within these rounds abouts and half-way the street, a fountain squirts into the air as the planted palm and fever trees dances to the tune of the Southeastern winds of the cape. A canal also runs parallel to the street and the footpath in between the dual carriageways.
Your guide will walk you on this path while he unpacks all the fascinating facts and stories about the beautiful Adderly street before proceeding to the Casle of good hope by car.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Castle of Good Hope, Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

The Castle of good hope is the oldest standing colonial building in South Africa and spans over 350 years of history. The castle was built in a 5-pointed star shape by the Dutch in 1666 and has over the years, simultaneously served as a place of residence during the earliest days of the Cape colony, a church, prison, the headquarters of the South African army in the Western cape and currently, a military museum. A tour of the Castle of good hope will give you a better understanding about the developpement of Cape town city as a halfway station between Europe and India. Your guide will walk with you answering all your questions and should you be interested in art; you might want to return at your own time to witness the William Fehr collection exhibited in the governor's quarters.

NOTICE: The guide will walk you around the castle. However, due to time constraints, we will not have time to go inside on this tour.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Church Square, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

From the castle of good hope, your tour will continue on foot across the grand parade and past the old City Hall to church square where historical buildings such as the oldest church in the country, the Sir Herbert Baker designed mutual heights of Australasia building, and the former Union chapel of London surrounds the square. The life size bronze sculpture of Jan Hofmeyer also adds flair to the square as it stands, sternly in middle of the square. Our Jan, as he is known among the Afrikaner culture, is revered as one of the activists who lobbied for the formalization of the Afrikaans language in South Africa. Also found at church square are 11 concrete blocks depicting names of Slaves brought to Cape town by the Ducth from the far east. Your guide will explain more in depth about all buildings and monuments found here including the site of the former slave tree where new slaves were auctioned to their future masters.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: District Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

District six museum is situated on “Buitenkant” street, the same street that determined the boundary between a white and nonwhite settlement during the earliest years of constitutionalized apartheid. The museum captures in great detail, all the historical artifacts pertaining to the forced removals in what was a vibrant multiracial community before the passing of the 1950 group areas act that allowed for a development of racially segregated living spaces in apartheid South Africa.

After your tour of District Six museum, your tour will continue by car driving by the parliament of South Africa before stopping at the Company's garden for another walking tour of a beautiful and historic garden in the middle of the city.


Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Company's Gardens, 19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

The historical company's garden is a leafy garden in the middle of the city center. The garden is a very nice place to walk around observing the reconstructed gardens to resemble a typical Dutch east India company garden at the cape over 200 years ago. Historical monuments are scattered all over the garden giving visitors a beautiful glance back into the past as well as great photo taking opportunities. Your guide will point out all important landmarks that can be seen from here while you enjoy your stroll through the garden.
After the tour of the garden, you will continue with your tour guide to the bustling and historic saint George's mall starting from the Saint Georges cathedral.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St Georges Mall, St Georges, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

Saint Georges mall is a popular paved pathway running North to South from Riebeek street to the historic Saint Georges Cathedral at the base of the old Cape town city precinct. Cafes, coffee shops, and Street vendors trading in handmade crafts and scented foods draws a lot of Cape town's foot traffic that sustains the pulse to one of Cape town city's favorite pathways. Attentively designed Art deco and Cape revival style buildings of the mid 1800s to the early 1900s gives this street a feel never seen anywhere in the inner city. Historical monuments such as the Bishop Robert Grey monument and a piece of the Bellin wall slows down foot traffic as tourist stops to observe and go through the short transcripts to quench their thirst for historical facts. Since you will not be walking alone like others, your tour guide will give you more information missing from some of the short summaries on the monuments including facts about religion, culture and architecture at this part of Cape town.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Noon Day Gun, Military Road Signal Hill, Cape Town Central South Africa

At the top of Bo-kaap and just below the summit of the Signal hill rest Lion battery, a fort constructed by pick and shovel in the late 1800s under a fear that the Russian expansion in Afghanistan might have led to a Russian domination of the Indian ocean and subsequently all the British interest along its coast. The fort was completed in 1890. Besides having been prepared to function as vantage and firing point through the years, the lion battery has also been used as a clock and communication signal by the firing of a gun. Today, every day at 12 noon, a loud bang from the Signal hill bellows across the entire city of Cape town in observance of one of Cape town's unique traditions. The lion Battery has also been open to the public since 1998, however, it remains closed today since Covid-19. Your guide will set a timer so that a few seconds before 12, you stop and listen to the old and famous Cape clock.

Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Greenmarket Square, Burg St Corner Longmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

The boisterous Green market square boasts of drummers, buskers, and vendors trading in a variety of handmade local crafts that have since replaced the fruits and vegetables once traded here during the days of the Cape colony. The stone cobbled square is surrounding by several fascinating Gothic and Baroque style buildings giving one a clear imagination of what the late 19th century Cape town city might have looked like before adopting its current commercial facade. On the 1st of December 1834, the abolishment of slavery at the Cape was announced from the balcony of the Old town house and hymns at the Gothic revival Methodist cathedral opposite to it turned into weeping as the congregation broke down and cried. Up to this day, The Methodist cathedral remains a mouthpiece to the systematically marginalized communities of Cape town. Your guide will also give you time to indulge in the local foods and souvenirs found here before your tour comes to an end.

Duration: 40 minutes

Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Table Mountain tickets
  • Castle of good hope entrance fees
  • District 6 museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Table Mountain
  • Entry/Admission - District Six Museum

Exclusions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all travellers

Airports

  • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa


Ports

  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

5 to 6 hours


User's Reviews

Kenneth_N

20 Mar, 2024

Our guide was Xavier and was very well informed on the history of Cape Town and very friendly and easy to talk to.

Sharon_C

16 Mar, 2024

We chose this tour because it was the shortest and we had limited time to explore Cape Town. We had a brilliant guide who gave us some great information and covered all of the major sites . We didn’t feel rushed, he took us at our own pace and we got so much from this tour. Thank you Xavier

Estrella_E

13 Mar, 2024

The cable car ride was ecstatic, despite the long line-it went pretty fast. The driver was most informative, pleasant and accommodating. It would be helpful if these were noted on the tour description: water bottle provided OR not (bring your own water bottle); will stop for lunch (pay for your lunch) OR not (bring snacks).

Carole_C

10 Mar, 2024

Table mountain was amazing Great tour guide as well and very knowledgeable Yaviour went out of his way to make our tour memorable

Carol_W

22 Feb, 2024

Picked up by Joseph in a lovely vehicle and had a great day exploring Cape Town. Joseph was easy to understand and made our tour very enjoyable. Unfortunately Table Mountain had cloud cover but we still went up in the cable car and walked around the top. Had a great afternoon and would definitely recommend Cape Archive Tours and Joseph.

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