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About Cape Town

Few cities are blessed with a setting as spectacular as Cape Town, nestling as it does in the foothills of the 3,000ft flat-topped Table Mountain, just a few miles from the southern tip of Africa - the Cape of Good Hope.

On our cruises to Cape Town you will see straightaway why it is called the 'Garden City' of South Africa, as there is so much greenery in the many parks and botanical gardens mixed in among some well-preserved historical buildings. But you will be most impressed first of all by the Victoria and Alfred waterfront development right by Cape Town's cruise port.

Imaginatively landscaped and linked by a series of bridges, the V&A has a mouth-watering array of classy shops, quirky boutiques and handicraft stores, as well as tasty cafés and restaurants, most with superb ocean views. Do not linger too long here on our Cape Town cruises as there is much to explore while further afield in the vineyards there are nature reserves and beaches around the city.

 

Shore excursions in Cape Town

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aquila Game Reserve

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 8½ hours

This day tour to Aquila Game Reserve will take you to the semi scrub desert of the Karoo for a wild encounter with Africa’s game.

The Aquila Private Nature Reserve is a prestigious 4 star Reserve, situated over 7,500 acres of the Southern Karoo Highlands and encapsulating breathtaking majestic mountains, rivers and valleys.

Depart on a 2 hour safari in a 4x4 vehicle with a ranger guide. Having been proclaimed a Nature Reserve in 1985, Aquila has a natural wetland, magnificent mountains and valleys which make for varied and ideal game viewing. Aquila has free roaming elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and hippo. Large herds of game are also found on the Reserve such as Black Wildebeest, Burchell's Zebra and Black Backed Jackal.

Aquila is home to 172 species of birds with several breeding pairs of the rare and endangered Black Eagle, after which the Reserve has been named. Karoo Chat and Fairy Flycatcher can be found on short walks into the surrounding wilderness.

A buffet lunch is served in the Reserve’s restaurant.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, 4x4 vehicle and on foot. The drive to and from Aquila is approximately 2 hours. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. Comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended. Passengers are advised that the 4x4 vehicles do not have seat belts fitted, it is not permitted for participants to stand up whilst the vehicles are in motion and a disclaimer is required to be signed on arrival. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. This reserve cannot be compared to the Kruger Park, Sabi Sand or Phinda, but does offer first time visitors to South Africa the opportunity to view the game in the Western Cape if they are not travelling to any of the other regions.

Cape Point Peninsula

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8½ hours

Make the most of your day and experience the dramatic scenery of the Cape on this highly popular tour.

Your scenic extravaganza begins with a drive through the suburbs of Bantry Bay and Clifton to Camps Bay, behind which rise the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles. You’ll then continue along the Atlantic coast to the fishing village of Hout Bay.

Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, said to be the meeting point of 2 oceans. This area plays host to a wealth of indigenous flora and fauna with dramatic sea cliffs (among the highest in South Africa) and Cape Point as the main attraction. A funicular railway will whisk you to the viewing platform at the top of the Point. Take in the breathtaking views and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities. At the platforms, you may opt to climb the additional 120 steps to the top of the Point, where the lighthouse is located.

A delicious lunch will be served at a scenically situated restaurant.

Highlights include visiting the enchanting penguin colony at Boulders Beach as well as a visit to the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, foot and funicular. Long queues may be experienced at the funicular station, due to the popularity of this attraction. The tour involves 2 hours’ walking so flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Chapman’s Peak Drive is narrow and winding and is unsuitable for passengers with vertigo, it is run by the Government and be closed at any time without notice. The order of sights may vary. There is approximately over 4 hours of coach travel on this tour in order to take in the stunning sights. There is approximately a 10 minute walk over sandy and slightly rocky paths to reach Boulders Beach. In order to avoid congestion, the order of sites visited may be rotated.

Cape Town by Night

Activity low

Duration: 1½ hours

Experience the lights and sights of Cape Town by night including Sea Point and Maidens Cove.

Your scenic drive will pass the impressive Cape Town FIFA World Cup Stadium towards Sea Point. The promenade of Sea Point stretches to Mouille Point and is very popular with joggers and is a spot where locals meet for a walk and a talk.

Clifton Beach has something of a reputation with the trendy set in Cape Town and is a haven for international jetsetters, along with its immaculate white sands and glistening water which has earned it blue flag status.

A photograph stop will be made at the Maidens Cove area between Camps Bay and Clifton, near the Glen Country Club. As you look up at the cableway station you will see the narrowest view of Table Mountain that can be seen from anywhere in Cape Town.

Continue towards the mountain and over Kloof Nek towards the bustling city centre of Cape Town.

Essential information

There is minimal walking on this tour.

Chapman's Peak

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

A firm favourite with first time visitors, this leisurely and scenic tour unveils some spectacular views.

Take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing by Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay. Stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy the magnificent views of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, before continuing along the coastal road, past the up-market suburb of Llandudno and on towards the fishing village of Hout Bay.

From here, you’ll travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, which offers magnificent views over the ocean towards Hout Bay and The Sentinel.

Passing the pristine white sands of Noordhoek Beach, call in at Noordhoek Farm Village for a comfort stop. Join the scenic Ou Kaapse Weg (Old Cape Road) for views over the Southern Peninsula, Cape Flats and False Bay.

Heading back to the city via the M3 motorway, your route takes in the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert’s Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This scenic tour involves a small amount of walking during the comfort stops. The routes taken are along narrow, winding roads and the tour is therefore unsuitable for passengers with vertigo. Chapman’s Peak is government run and can be closed at any time.

Complete Cape Explorer

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 9½ hours

If you’d like to explore the Cape’s top highlights in 1 day – then look no further.

Sit back, relax and experience the beauty of Cape Town as you drive up Kloof Nek, the saddle between Table Mountain and Lion's Head, en route to the Lower Cableway Station. Then it’s up, up and away as you ascend to the top of Table Mountain. The 5 minute cable car ride offers spectacular 360° vistas of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighbouring peaks. Enjoy some free time at the summit to stroll along the paths and admire the single richest floristic area in the world.

Next, it’s time to embark on a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast. Marvel at the magnificent views of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, before continuing along the coastal road towards the fishing village of Hout Bay. From here, you’ll travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes, Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. It is here that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, along with their diverse ecosystems, are thought to converge. Cape Point and its dramatic sea cliffs, are among South Africa's highest, and are the main attractions of the reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll hop aboard the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top of Cape Point, where you’ll have breathtaking views and ample photo opportunities.

After a delicious 2-course lunch, round off your day with a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Make sure you have your camera to hand, as there are said to be nearly 3,000 of these flightless birds, with their funny waddle, roaming freely around the area.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, cable car, funicular and on foot. Passengers are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat. Throughout the day, there is approximately 3 hours of walking over generally, paved or wooden walkways. Table Mountain is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the tour will continue but omit the cable car ride. Long queues may be experienced at the funicular and cable car stations, due to the popularity of these attractions. Chapman’s Peak Drive is narrow and winding and is unsuitable for passengers with vertigo, it is run by the Government and can be closed at any time without notice. There is approximately over 4 hours of coach travel on this tour in order to take in the stunning sights. The main course with lunch is fish.

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