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Cape Town - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Cape Town, with its dramatic Table Mountain backdrop and location at the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, is one of Africa’s most beautiful cities and a key stop on any South Africa tour. Ride a cable car up Table Mountain and visit Robben Island, where liberation hero Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned. Cape Town is also near wineries and marine wildlife sanctuaries.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Cape Town Experiences and Attractions

Top Cape Town Experiences

  • Hiking, or taking a gondola, up Table Mountain for spectacular views
  • Strolling through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Taking a day trip out to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once held prisoner
  • Wine tasting at some of South Africa's premier wineries 
  • Seeing the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Spending a day out at picturesque Cape of Good Hope
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Cape Town Trip Reviews

417 Cape Town Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 319
Great 87
Average 8
Disappointing 2
Terrible 1
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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A thorough insight

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

This trip is the best of the best with everything you need to know, see, do and hear to have a splendid, very informed time while in South Africa.

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Operator Cape Insights

Experience of a lifetime

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Everything about this tour was flawless! Accommodations well located, safe and gorgeous; guide, Colleen Webster, informative, knowledgeable, helpful beyond expectations; and a general "good egg." Safaris were incredible with lots of animal sitings. What an adventure! Gate 1 is affordable, offers the BEST accommodations and guides. I've never been disappointed with Gate 1, but they REALLY OUTDID themselves with this lifetime experience! I would highly recommend this tour company and tour!

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Operator Gate 1

The trip was fantastic!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

Our trip was fantastic. Much more than we ever expected. The Capetown leg you recommended was unbelievable. It was made especially great by our guide Renee. She was always on-time, knowledgeable, exceedingly friendly, and had many great recommendations and suggestions. The guides were excellent and the game drives we went on were magical. We saw all of the big five and had some great adventures * Victoria Falls was mostly dry but that was because of the dry season. Here, again, the guide was always prompt and informed. We did some walking around in Livingstone and drank in the culture. All the transfers we on time, all of the guides were excellent, and there wasn't a single glitch. Kudos. Obviously this tour was not your "sit in a bus and take in the scenery" type tour. It was exactly what we wanted.

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Operator Indus Travels

Wonderful

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I arrived in South Africa expecting good things. I left with a whole new view of the country. It is more than wonderful places. It filled with amazing people, flora and fauna. Thanks for sharing it with me. The highlight (in addition to the great people) were the amazing animals in the wild.

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Operator REI Adventures

Jo'burg to Cape Town

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We travelled almost 4500k around Southern Africa; with wonderful scenery and experiences, knowledgable guide, fabulous cook. Highly recommend it as a great way to see loads and get a feel for the various regions and peoples. Lovely place to finish (Cape Town). Felt very safe throughout the trip.
Scary - being 3 metres away from 3 rhinos (on foot).
Thought provoking - visiting Lesotho and staying in the lodge which supported the local community.
Different prospective - guide at Rookes Drift with his insight and knowledge
Ahh moment -stroking a full grown cheetah, as a surprise visit!
OMG - so many fabulous elephants, and a massive herd of 3/400 buffalo!

Fabulous, very well organised, caring and knowledgeable. Always ready to answer questions, give advice etc......
Cook also needs mentioning as she was able to feed all of us with amazing meals three times a day! Her morning fruit salad was always different and fresh (better than many hotels).

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Don't take sleeping bags, not needed, but take. Swimming costume as you will swim in some amazing places.

Take advantage of clothes washing, so you won't need to pack so much. Use mozzie stuff. Be prepared for no internet or phone reception in some places, make the most of it!

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Operator Exodus Travels

Good communication and excellent service and choices of hotels and tours.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very good communication and service. By all means living up to expectations! The safari was magic!!

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Operator Ker & Downey Africa

Cape Town Tours and Travel Guide

Cape Town Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Cape Town, with its dramatic Table Mountain backdrop and location at the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, is one of Africa’s most beautiful cities and a key stop on any South Africa tour. Ride a cable car up Table Mountain and visit Robben Island, where liberation hero Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned. Cape Town is also near wineries and marine wildlife sanctuaries.

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