A easy and convenient way to take in all the sights and sounds of the city and surrounds is to jump on a Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour. Conducted aboard a fire engine-red, double-decker bus, the open-air guided tours traverse the city centre and beyond, both orienting newbies and re-introducing even seasoned tourists and locals to Cape Town’s most-loved highlights. The two main scenic routes – there’s a heritage-rich city centre route (red route) and a breathtakingly beautiful mini-peninsula route (blue route) – include 17 stops, and riders are free to hop off the open-top bus at each stopping point to explore attractions at their own pace. Depending on the circuit, buses arrive at each stop every 20 to 35 minutes, so once you’ve taken in the view from Table Mountain, had your fill of beautiful people on Camps Bay beach or traipsed through all of the flora-rich paths and trails of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, you can simply board the bus again and carry on to your next destination.
Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593m), which is the southerly extension of Constantiaberg and is a great hike for the energetically inclined. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic Cape Town scenery, with sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above you. The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographers dream. It is a paradise for motorists, sightseers, picnickers, runners, hikers and bikers.
Our Cape Wheel is a giant observation wheel that offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Your viewing experience across the Mother City includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium. The Cape Wheel offers 30 fully enclosed air conditioned cabins that will take you 40 metres above the ground in safety and comfort on the 12 – 15 minute, 4 revolution ride. The wheel also offers two wheelchair friendly and accessible cabins.
The Goatshed is an informal Mediterranean-style restaurant offering light meals and lunches. To accompany a mouthwatering array of cheese platters, fresh breads, salads and seasonal fare, visitors are able to choose from the full range of Fairview, La Capra and Goats do Roam wines. All this is enjoyed in the wonderfully relaxed, hospitable ambiance of what was originally one of the old wine cellars on the farm. The rustic atmosphere, created by the wooden tables, chairs and benches, is enhanced by the eclectic collection of old Cape furniture for which Fairview’s owner/vintner Charles Back and wife, Diane, have a passion. The interior extends onto a terrace for alfresco dining on those rare warm, still, sunny days during the usually rainy, cold Cape winter, or the long, hot, hazy days of summer in the winelands.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is a cableway to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of Cape Town’s most popular tourist attractions with approximately 800,000 people a year using the cableway. The lower cable station is at an elevation of 302 metres (991 ft) on Tafelberg Road near Kloof Nek. The upper cable station in on the westernmost end of the Table Mountain plateau, at an elevation of 1,067 metres (3,501 ft). The upper cable station offers views over Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.
There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins, swim close to them in the sea and enjoy their private sandy beach. Boulders Beach is situated near Simon’s Town in False Bay between Fish Hoek and Cape Point. It’s about 2km from the Simon’s Town train station, which is the last stop on the scenic Southern Line railway route. The sea here is good for swimming and the big, round boulders on the sandy beach provide some shade and shelter. Since it forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, there is an entrance fee, which goes towards paying for conservation of the endangered African penguins that live here.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is an aquarium located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. The aquarium was opened on the 13 November 1995 and comprises seven exhibition galleries with large viewing windows: The enchantment of this particular zoo is due to its location, where the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet.
- Atlantic Ocean Gallery – This gallery allows you to discover the life of the Atlantic Ocean. Such marine life as translucent jellyfish, tiny and rare Knysna seahorse and giant spider crabs.
- Holcim Activity Centre
- Cape Fur Seal Exhibit
- I&J Predator Exhibit – In this gallery you will see ragged-tooth sharks and stingrays. If you have diving qualifications you can dive in the predators’ tank.
- Indian Ocean Gallery – Showcases six exhibits of marine life found in the Indian ocean. The anemonefish (a.k.a.clownfish) seen in the movie Finding Nemo and his friends and a wealth of other colorful fish can be found in this Ocean’s coral reefs.
- Kelp Forest Exhibit – One of the aquarium’s biggest attractions, this underwater forest is home to shoals of silver fishes sparkling through the sunlight.
- Sappi River Meander Exhibit
Noordhoek is situated below the Southern Slopes of Chapman’s Peak Drive and is Cape Town’s rural treasure with a farm atmosphere. It is famed for its long white sandy beach, ideal for horse riding for a close up natural experience
Beach Horse Ride (2 Hours)
Experience horse back beach rides, with breathtaking views of Chapman’s Peak and Noordhoek Beach. You will walk down onto the beach where you will visit the Kakapo Shipwreck. Riders are allowed to trot and canter and our horses are superbly schooled and very rider friendly. Novice and experienced riders are equally welcome.
Our beach horse trails are two hours long and are accompanied by a trail guide. We take up to six riders per trail. Over weekends on the morning & late afternoon trails we can accommodate more riders with two trail guides.
Riding experience is not essential as we allocate horses according to skill, however you need to bear in mind that horse riding is considered an extreme sport. In accordance with Parks Board Rules no galloping is allowed on the beach and the ride will be kept at a walk. Exception to this rule is that riders may trot and canter if the conditions at the beach are conducive. The capability of the riders will also be taken into consideration before the trail guide allows the group to trot and/or canter.
South Africa is a total holiday destination, full of exciting and interesting things to do…
Shark Adventures offer you a wide selection of tours and safari experiences in South Africa.
Shark Adventures offer the total Great White Shark experience including natural predation, breaching “Flying” white sharks, cage diving and surface viewing. We provide the best opportunity for white shark encounters, taking you either to Seal Island in False Bay or Dyer Island at Gansbaai depending where shark numbers, conditions and type of activity required are best.
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- Full compliance with all permit and safety requirements
- Member of White Shark protection foundation
- Smaller / Exclusive groups for more personal attention
- DVD footage of each trip also available.