Overview Table Mountain & City Orientation Full Day Tour
Few places in the world can boast a more spectacular setting than the views of Table Mountain. Visible from as far as 200 km out to sea, it has lifted the spirits of weary sailors who sailed into the “Tavern of the Seas” for centuries.
It is nearly impossible to picture Cape Town without the iconic shape of Table Mountain in the background. A flat plateau gives this mountain its distinctive shape and when the conditions are right a mass of cloud streams over the edge, giving the mountain its table cloth. Legend has it that the “table cloth” is the result of a smoking contest and a local pirate known as Van Hunks.
The mountain lies at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that extends throughout the Cape Peninsula like a spine all the way to Cape Point. The upper part of the mountain consists of hard wearing sandstone, which is how it’s characteristic cliffs are formed.
Table Mountain is privileged to have the smallest and richest floral kingdom in the entire world. You can find over 1470 species throughout the Table Mountain National Park.
Visitors and locals alike flock to the mountain for hiking, sight-seeing and other activities.
Explore the Top
You will now have some time to explore the top of the mountain. You can wander across well marked paths to see views from all sides of the plateau. Look out for the unique cape vegetation or enjoy the antics of the rock dassies as they stretch out in the sun. These little creatures are actually the elephants’ closest living relative.
You can also sit back and just enjoy the view, considered one of the best in the whole of Africa.
When it’s time to come down you can enjoy another ride in the rotating cable car.
Please note that the visit of Top of Table Mountain is weather permitting.
Cape Town City Orientation Tour
The fine old buildings of the Cape Town represent a journey through the centuries. You can see influences from the many people that have made Cape Town their home over the years. The Castle of Good Hope was built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company to protect the replenishment station and is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. For many years it was centre for official life in Cape Town and is still the main headquarters for the South African military in the city.
A short distance from the Castle, across from the Grand Parade, you can see the City Hall, a mock baroque building constructed in 1905. Much of the building’s fixtures and fittings were imported from Europe. As we follow the city’s main road, Adderley Street, we will see St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Also keep your eyes out for the Company Gardens, which were established in 1652 by the Dutch Settlers to re-provision passing ships. Today the garden is a welcome green oasis in the middle of the city.
We will go through the Malay Quarter (also known as the Bo-Kaap which means “Above Cape” due to it being up against the slopes of Table Mountain. In the early 18th century, a multitude of slaves from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions were brought to Cape Town. After slavery was eliminated, their descendants, known as the Cape Malay’s, settled here.
The first mosque in the Cape was built here and is still in use today; albeit much altered. The Bo-Kaap became an exclusive residential area for Cape Muslims during the Apartheid years. And it remained one of a handful of few working class neighbourhoods that were still close to city centres in the country.
- Visit to Table Mountain
- Company Gardens
- Bo-Kaap / Malay Quarter
- Signal Hill
- Caste of Good Hope
Hotel pickup – your tour guide will reach out to you to arrange
- 15 days prior to tour – 100% refund
- Less than 15 days prior to tour – 50% refund