Cape Town Day Trips
The City of Cape Town has received many global travel awards including Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards ‘Best City in Africa and the Middle East’ and is a “bucket list” destination for many travellers. Table Mountain, the back drop to Cape Town has been voted Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2020 at the World Travel Awards. Cape Town offers a visitor stunning coastal scenery, diverse cultures and cuisine, penguins waddling on the beaches of Boulders Beach, award winning wines estates, and botanical gardens. Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city offers something for every visitor to the Mother City and can be explored via a variety of day tours and multi day tours.
Things To Do In Cape Town
Visit Robben Island, the world famous Unesco World Heritage Site. Learn more about the life and times of Nelson Mandela who was incarcerated for 18 years on Robben Island. Combine your Robben Island tour with a visit to the vibrant townships outside of Cape Town and visit District 6 to learn more about South Africa’s apartheid policies and how they affected peoples daily lives.
Explore Table Mountain, one of the new 7 wonders of nature. The best value for money in terms of a Cape Town day tour and a visit to Table Mountain is to book a Table Mountain and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus combo. This full day Cape Town tour includes a visit to Table Mountain and a city tour of Cape Town on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.
Another very popular stop on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus route is a visit to the Bo Kaap. Learn more about the history and must see places to visit in the Bo Kaap here.
Hiking in Cape Town is very popular for those that enjoy adventure and want to be physically active during their stay in the Mother City. Hiking Table Mountain or hiking Lion’s Head to watch the sunset is a great way to experience the stunning beauty that Cape Town has to offer while getting closer to nature.
The lower slopes of Table Mountain are home numerous mountain biking trails that can be easily explored from Cape Town. Mountain bike rentals are great way to explore Cape Town and the many biking trails on the Cape Peninsula. The mountain biking trails offer everything from easy scenic rides to technical rides for elite mountain biker. Learn more about an easy mountain bike ride on Table Mountain here.
Not visiting the Kruger National Park? Explore Aquila game reserve just two hours drive outside of Cape Town and get a chance to view the Big 5 in an open air game vehicle. Other wildlife you may encounter includes Giraffes, Zebra and various general game.
Experience Cape Point and the Penguins on this guided full day trip. The trip from Cape Town offers a full day of touring and some of the best coastal scenery that South Africa has to offer.
This tour will take you down the West coast of the Cape Peninsula past towns like Clifton and Camps Bay that hug the cold Atlantic Ocean on your way to Hout Bay to visit the Cape Fur seals. Drive the world famous Chapman’s Peak drive on your way to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and visit Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope, the most South Westerly point on the African continent. Return via the False Bay coastline and visit the Penguins at Boulders Beach before a final visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Shark Cage Diving Cape Town Gansbaai. Diving with the sharks remains a bucket list activity for many people visiting Cape Town. Join these full day trips and experience Eco-Friendly shark cage diving at Gansbaai. Get up close and personal with the oceans apex predator at Gansbaai. These trips offer a chance to see plenty of marine life in the area including Cape Fur seals and during the spring months you may be lucky and be able to do some whale watching too.
What does shark cage diving cost?
Prices start from ZAR1500 per person excluding transfers or ZAR2150 including transfers.
When is the best time to view sharks at Gansbaai?
June through to September are the best months to go shark cage diving at Gansbaai. Shark cage diving takes place throughout the year and is weather dependent.
The Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands region, a hours easy drive from Cape Town, offers spectacular mountain scenery with world class wine estates and award winning restaurants and is a must visit destination for any visitor. A unique way to explore the wine estates is via the local Wine Tram situated in Franschoek. The Hop-On Hop-Off Franschoek Wine Tram offers a number of routes depending on what wine estates you choose to visit. This is a very popular option and booking in advance is advised.
Guided full day tours of the Cape Wine Region are very popular. The tour guide will tell you more about the history and art of wine making in the Cape wine region and you can enjoy your wine tastings with out having to worry about driving home safely to your hotel.
These full day wine tours visit towns like Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town and home too many world class wine estates, cape dutch architecture and the University Of Stellenbosch. The town of Franschoek is visited with it French Huguenot history and today home to award winning restaurants, art galleries and great shopping. Finally, a visit to the Paarl wine region is made for more wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.
- Johannesburg grew up around the gold mining industry. Gold was discovered on the Witswatersrand in 1886 and has driven the growth of this city ever since. Today, Johannesburg is the financial powerhouse of South Africa and home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Johannesburg and South Africa’s capital, Pretoria are both located in the province of Gauteng. Gauteng “the place of gold” is the most populous and wealthy province in South Africa. Johannesburg has a rich and turbulent political history and a sometimes frightening reputation, deserved or undeserved. Sandton, a half hours drive from Johannesburg is today considered the wealthiest square mile in the whole of Africa. Home to upscale hotels, restaurants and shopping, Sandton is where most visitors to Johannesburg stay.
Things To Do In Johannesburg
- A guided day tour of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum is one of the most popular options when visiting Johannesburg. This day trip will give a visitor an insightful view into the rich history behind Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa’s largest township and once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu who both lived in Vilakazi Street. At the Apartheid Museum you will learn how the apartheid system was implemented in South Africa.
- Visit the Cradle Of Humankind, a UNESCO world heritage site, just an hours drive outside of Johannesburg. Africa is the birthplace of humankind and many significant fossil finds have been made in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, including the famous fossils “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”. This full day trip includes a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves and a visit to the Maropeng Visitors Centre and a visit to the Lion Park.
- Pretoria, also known as Jacaranda city, is the official capital of the Republic of South Africa. Explore Pretoria and the Cullinan Diamond, were the Cullinan Diamond was discovered. This was the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan.
Where Is The Cullinan Diamond Now? The Cullinan diamond is located in the Tower of London in the British Sovereign’s Royal Scepter. The Cullinan II, along with some of the other smaller cuts of the original Cullinan diamond, are also located in the Tower of London as part of the Crown Jewels.
- Kruger National Park No visit to South Africa can be complete without visiting the iconic Kruger National Park. How big is the Kruger National Park? The Kruger National Park is 19 485 km² and is famous for its wildlife and home to the Big 5. The Big 5 are the Lion, Leopard, Elephant,Rhino and Cape Buffalo.
- Hundreds of mammals and abundant birdlife call the Kruger National Park home and there is always something to be seen around each and every corner. For the visitor who wants to experience a truly untouched landscape, Kruger National Park offers everything from mountains to bush plains and tropical forrest.
- Kruger National Park accommodation varies from luxury tented lodges to more modest accommodation provided by SanParks inside the park. The luxury lodges inside the Kruger National Park normally include a number of game drives every day.
- There is a wide range of accommodation on offer to suite every budget just outside the Kruger National Park’s borders and many people stay outside the Kruger National Park’s borders as it’s generally more budget friendly. Day trips can be booked into the Kruger National Park.
- Kruger National Park is a photographer’s dream vacation. Read our Safari Photography Guide for handy tips on what to bring and what to expect when you book a wildlife safari photography tour in the Kruger National Park.
- How many days do you need in Kruger National Park? I would recommend a minimum of two full day trips into the Kruger National Park to get a feeling for what the park has to offer. If you really want to explore the park a bit more in depth aim for four or five full day trips into the Kruger National Park.
- Zimbabwe / Zambia
- Things To Do In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Victoria Falls The UNESCO world heritage site Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders) or Victoria Falls is home to the largest falling sheet of water in the world and is 1708m wide. The Victoria falls can be visited from either Livingstone in Zambia or from Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has the best views of Victoria Falls. During the dry months of October November the Zambian side of Victoria Falls is almost completely dry.
- Is it safe to visit Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe? I have lead tours to Victoria Falls since 1996. It has always been safe and my preference is to stay in Zimbabwe. Everything is aimed at tourism in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe hence it very safe.
- Is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia? Victoria Falls is shared by Zambia in the North and Zimbabwe in the South. Zimbabwe offers the best views of the Victoria Falls through out the year.
- Is Victoria Falls dry? No, the Zimbabwean side always has water, the Zambian side dries up to a trickle of water during October, November depending on the regional rainfall.
- Victoria Falls is home to many adventure sports such as white water rafting below the Victoria Falls in the Zambezi River, rated as the biggest and the best grade 5 white river rafting in the world. This white water rafting adventure takes place over takes place over 23km of the mighty Zambezi river.
- Livingstone Island and the Devil’s Pool. Swim in the Zambezi River right next to the edge of the Victoria Falls as you gaze down into 100m drop at the base of the falls. This day trip only operates from June to December when the Zambezi River is low and it’s safe to swim.
- Experience an African Sunset Cruise on the mighty Zambezi while enjoying an open bar. The saying goes “the more you drink the more you see”. During the cruise you may see hippo, elephants and crocodiles with abundant bird life.
- A day trip to the Chobe National park just 80km away is a must do experience. Enjoy a game and a boat cruise and lunch in the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
- Victoria Falls offers the traveller looking for adventure and tours with a difference some unique experiences. Imagine a half day trip walking with the lions in the open African bush, crocodile cage diving if you missed the shark cage diving in Cape Town and bungee jumping the 111m/364ft jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge. To book these trips with a discount please contact us directly via “whats app”.
- Experience the size and scale of Victoria Falls with “the flight of the angels”, a 12 minute helicopter flip over the majestic Victoria Falls. Looking for a better price for you helicopter flip? Contact us for the best prices and discounts in Victoria Falls.
- Things To Do In Chobe
- Chobe National Park The town of Kasane is where most people stay when they visit Chobe. It is possible to fly directly into Kasane from South Africa and base yourself in the town of Kasane and explore Chobe National Park. Kasane can be your base to explore Namibia, and visit Victoria falls from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side. Read more about the Airlink flight into Kasane from Johannesburg. Kasane offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from camping to my favourite hotel, Chobe Marina Lodge.
- The Chobe National Park is 11 700 km² in size and home to the Big 4. The Rhino have been removed from the park to due to the constant threat of poaching. Set aside at least three days to do day trips into the park or join an overnight two day camping safari inside the Chobe National Park.
- Chobe National Park offers both land and water based day trips. During the dry season from August through November the Chobe river attracts one of the largest elephant populations in the world to its banks. Elephants can be found swimming and playing all along the banks of the Chobe river for most of the day. Book a full day game drive that starts early in the morning and experience the beauty of an African sunrise in the Chobe National Park. Early mornings give you a better chance to catch the predators in the park like the solitary Leopards and Lions who are more active in the mornings as they have been out hunting the whole night.
- Chobe river is home to large number of Hippo and other aquatic animals and birdlife that can be best viewed from a boat. Boat trips offer a chance to get up close to these animals in an aquatic environment that is seldom experienced in any other national park in Africa.
- Animals that are seen on these boat day tours of the Chobe river may include Elephants, Buffalo and Lions who may come to the Chobe river to drink in the heat of the afternoon. Afternoons are the best times to do the boat cruises as its hot and the animals move towards the Chobe river and congregate along the banks of the river. Sunsets are always special on the Chobe river and another reason to book afternoon Chobe river sunset cruise.
- Chobe National Park is a photographers dream destination and on many photographers bucket list of destinations to visit in Africa. Day trips and multi day tours that focus specifically on photography can be booked for the photographer who wants to experience the best locations that Chobe has too offer. These photography tours also offer hands on photography tips and tuition for the photographer who wants to up his or her photographic abilities while away on vacation.
- Photographic day tours offer a photographer the option of small intimate groups of fellow photographers or private personal day trips with and experienced safari photographic guide. Many photographic safaris include both Chobe National Park and then visit the Okavango Delta, another paradise for animals and photographers alike.To plan and book a photographic safari in Southern Africa please contact me directly to discuss all your options.
- It is possible to do day trips across the Chobe river and visit the neighbouring country of Namibia. Namibia is in my opinion is best explored as a completely separate vacation as it home to one of the worlds oldest deserts that can produce spectacular photography opportunities. Namibia also has very little light pollution making it ideal destination for astrophotography. Etosha Pan, part of the Kalahari basin is home to a diverse group of animals. Namibia also offers incredible coastal scenery along the Skeleton coast.
- Day trips are available from Kasane to visit Victoria Falls which is about a 90 minute drive away. You can choose to visit either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls. My advice is choose the Zimbabwean side as you see more of the Victoria Falls and in the dry season, the Zambian side has almost no water in the falls.