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Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

1. Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

Start your full-day tour at the Bo Kaap (Cape Malay Quarters) with its colorful houses, before heading to the Table Mountain cable car station. Take the cable car to the top for unforgettable views. Drive along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Maiden's Cove for photos with the backdrop of the 12 Apostles mountain range. Enjoy the views from Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most scenic routes. Visit Boulders Penguins Colony in Simon Town before reaching the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided tour at this very popular landmark. Travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse or take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top.

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Helicopter Flight with Boat Tour Ticket

2. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Helicopter Flight with Boat Tour Ticket

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks. Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

3. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). After exploring the harbor in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

4. Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

Let an experienced crew take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - come face-to-face with the ocean's friendliest animal, the cape fur seal. Meet at the local partner's office. Once all the preparations are complete and you are fully briefed in a short training session, your trip will begin. After a scenic boat ride to Duiker Island, a breeding colony for the cape fur seal, you'll have the opportunity to explore underwater life for yourself! Spend approximately one hour in the shallow and clear water, observing and interacting with these amazing animals on their own terms. On the way back, enjoy hot drinks and snacks on board while you share your awesome memories made while snorkeling with these fantastic animals!

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

5. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

Be collected from your accommodation in Cape Town at around 9:00 AM by a Mercedes Benz C-class, Hyundai H1, Toyota Quantum GL, or Mercedes Benz Sprinter for larger groups. Head out on your full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula with a qualified guide. If this is your first time in Cape Town, you will be taken on a 30-minute city orientation tour before heading out.  Travel along the Atlantic seaboard, driving between the mountains and the ocean, and pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and Chapman's Peak. Make a photograph stop at Maiden's Cove. Stop in Hout Bay, where you will have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island. For lunch, you can enjoy the fresh seafood at harbor eateries. Alternatively, a light meal will be available further on at Noordhoek village, along with the best coffee this side of the Cape at Roast Village.  Next, set off for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the Cape Point lighthouse, a popular stop for photographs. See the Dias and da Gama monuments and the local fauna and flora. You may also encounter some baboons and other wildlife. Enjoy an optional wine tasting of the region’s best Sauvignon Blanc at Cape Point Vineyard or a stop at the Cape Point ostrich farm. Continue to Simon’s Town to see the monument of the Great Dane dog who made his own history in the South African Navy. Visit Boulder's Beach and see the penguin colony. Return to Cape Town and pass through Fish Hoek and Muizenburg, via the Old Cape Road, with an optional stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, if time allows. You can be dropped off at your accommodation or a restaurant of your choice in Cape Town. 

Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

6. Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

Choose from 40 a 60-minute cruise and sail off to Duiker Island to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Take in some of the most spectacular scenery the Cape Peninsula has to offer as you cruise along the rugged coastline from Hout Bay harbor.  As you cruise over the waters, get breathtaking views of the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain, in addition to the chance to see other marine life including dolphins and whales. 40-minute Seal Colony Cruise: child-friendly cruise from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island the Seal Colony where you can view thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals, close up in their beautiful natural habitat. 60-Minute Seal and Shipwreck Cruise: see the Cape Fur Seals at Duiker Island and then continue below the Kabonkelberg mountain range to Moari Bay notoriously known for its Shipwrecks which ran aground in 1994 during one of the famous Cape winter storms. 60-Minute Chapmans Peak Cruise: set off from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur Seals. From there the boat will cross the bay and travel back to the harbor along the cliffs and caves of Chapmans Peak.

From Cape Town: Glass-Bottom Boat Seal Watching Tour

7. From Cape Town: Glass-Bottom Boat Seal Watching Tour

After departing from Hout Bay Harbour, the cruise will take you past 300 year old fortifications used to protect Hout Bay beach from enemy troops. Next the cruise will sail under the vertical cliffs of the iconic Sentinal Mountain with Chapmans Peak across the bay before the tour arrives at our destination, Duiker Island; More commonly known as "seal island" which is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and the Spectacular Kelp forests which are seen beneath the boat through our glass bottom viewing ports. After spending around 10 minutes with the seals, the tour will return to the harbour, pointing out any wildlife they may be along the way. Dolphins, whales and sunfish are often sighted. The experienced and knowledgeable crew are always on deck to answer any questions you might have.

Cape Town: Seal Snorkeling at Duiker Island, Hout Bay

8. Cape Town: Seal Snorkeling at Duiker Island, Hout Bay

Join the longest operating Seal Snorkeling team in Cape Town at their comfortable Snorkel Centre for a unique marine wildlife adventure! Arrive at the Snorkel Centre to sign in, be sized for your equipment and enjoy refreshments and the souvenir shop before getting into your wetsuit and listening to an educational and safety briefing by one of the Marine Guides. You'll then hop into the Seal Mobile for a short 5-minute drive to the Hout Bay Harbour, where you will be greeted by the waiting boat and skipper. On board you will receive a boat safety briefing before starting the trip out of the harbour. You will stop to see your first seals sunning themselves within the harbour before the boat picks up speed and transports you quickly and safely to Duiker Island - a 10 to 15-minute boat ride away. Once at the island the trained crew on board will give you an area orientation briefing and help you kit up with your mask, snorkel, fins and gloves. You'll then slide into the Atlantic Ocean and become immersed in the world of the Cape fur seals! Spend 50-minutes snorkeling alongside these friendly creatures as they admire you, and watch as they swim and play alongside one another. Back on board you will be offered hot chocolate, drinking water and biscuits - as well as warm water to be poured into your wetsuit to take away the chill! Marvel at your experience and share photos whilst you get ready to head back. On arrival at the Snorkel Centre have a quick hot water shower and get changed before joining your guides to share your experience over a cup of hot tea or coffee, or plan the rest of your day online with the shared WiFi available.

Hout Bay: Guided Kayaking Adventure

9. Hout Bay: Guided Kayaking Adventure

Hout Bay is one of the best places to kayak in Cape Town. Paddling the ocean surrounding this seaside town offers our guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our tours are fully guided, so you can focus on enjoying the journey without worrying about anything. Whether you're seeking a unique and memorable paddling experience with friends, family, or your significant other, or you're interested in a solo excursion. We offer the best kayaking in Hout Bay. Although it’s not guaranteed, you may see marine life in the surrounding ocean. Sometimes dolphins, seals, and penguins grace the water, but this depends on the season. Our guides make it a point to avoid disturbing aquatic life. Our guests are often delighted with spectacular wildlife encounters by giving these creatures the space to frolic in the water.

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

10. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular). At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where you will take the 11:00 AM boat trip to Robben Island for a prison tour. On the island, an ex-prisoner will be your guide and take you through the prison. See the cell where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. Upon return from the island at approximately 3:00 PM, your guide will be waiting for you again at the clock tower to transfer you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Hout Bay

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,885 reviews

I had an amazing time we saw many seals. The wet suits keep you afloat so you don't need to worry. And most of all the hot chocolate is terribly good.

A great little trip out of the harbour to see the seals & shipwreck. Very well organised, refreshments onboard, and plenty of seating.

Fun experience We missed 12 o’clock booking but they made sure we get the 1 o’clock one

We loved every moment of the experience. Thank you for helping us to make memories.

Very nice tour. With Alex as a guide, everything worked out great.