Around the Cape

Ready to explore the rest of Cape Town? Chat to our friendly staff at the front desk. They can recommend the best sightseeing spots, and arrange transfers and day trips. Here are some of the not-to-be-missed attractions and activities we recommend.


Drive away from the city towards Newlands, along Rhodes Drive, to the first botanic garden in the world to be included in a natural World Heritage Site. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden occupies the eastern slopes of Table Mountain – a pretty big garden at 36 hectares. Follow its many pathways to explore the Cape’s fascinating and endemic fynbos (fine bush) species, the fragrance garden, Peninsula garden, sculpture garden, rockery, cycad amphitheatre and many rare and threatened plants from across Southern Africa – 7 000 in all.

Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula extends some 50km from Mouille Point to Cape Point. It makes for a beautiful day-drive, and there are plenty of things to see along the way. Hit the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, stop off at the Noordhoek Farm Village or Slangkop Lighthouse in Kommetjie, hang out with the penguins at Boulder Beach, learn to surf in Muizenberg, eat fish and chips in Hout Bay, take a boat trip to Seal Island from Simon's Town, or go whale-watching all along False Bay before reaching Cape Point itself. Check out this Cape Peninsula map for more details.


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The Cape Winelands region is close enough for a day trip – the nearest estates are just half an hour away from the city. The region is also home to some of the country's top restaurants, so also have lunch along the way and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The lesser-known Durbanville and Helderberg routes offer a different experience to the more popular Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, but are just as worth visiting. Give us a shout and we will help you put together the perfect wine-tasting tour.

Township tours

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Townships were created as living areas for "non-whites" under the old political system of apartheid. They are still home to much of Cape Town's population, and a visit to these areas will reveal how most ordinary South Africans live. Activities vary, but are usually done on foot or on bicycles. You might visit a shebeen (pub), school, orphanage, community centre or traditional healer.

The easiest way to do a township tour from the Grand Daddy is to join City Sightseeing's LaGuGu Tour, which will take you to Langa and Gugulethu, two of Cape Town's main townships, in a 15-seater minibus with local guides. There are also tours done in Masiphumelele, Ocean View and elsewhere. Always ensure you go with a certified guide.

Shark cage-diving and whale-watching tours

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A shark cage-dive could be a life-changing experience! There are quite a few charters and venues to choose from, and depending on your preference you can just about customise your adventure experience (we can help you arrange a dive). Those who would prefer to stay on dry land while observing sharks and other marine marvels should visit the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront.

Whale-watching tours offer an exciting way to witness the majestic southern right whales that come to the Cape each season to breed and calve. Whale season typically runs between June and November in the Cape, and each season large numbers of whales can be seen along the coast. The best place to see these creatures is along the famous Whale Route, which spans along the coastline passing Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus.