Insider Tips

 

How Many days do you have ?

1 day – Cape Peninula Day Tour is a must!  

(maybe ask to get dropped off at Table Mountain to catch the sunset cable car if its running)

2 days – Cape Peninsula Day Tour + Private Wine Tour with some new friends

3 days or more… all of the above !! And have a look at the list below.

Alternatively contact us about a private tour. We love to make custom tours that suit you ! Animals? Yes please. Pizza and Wine pairing? Absolutely!

Our objective here is to provide, free information to travellers on how best to experience Cape Town. Often you do not need a guide to explore many areas but we do suggest making a new friend and doing it with someone, preferably a small group as this is safer and also will save you money on sharing transport.

Lions Head

We think everyone should do this hike as soon as they arrive in Cape Town, it’s a great way to get orientated in the city and you are rewarded with 360 degree views from the top! It’s our best view of Table Mountain and great for a photo op. It’s only a 45-90 minute hike to the top but requires some climbing so make sure to wear good shoes and no skirts or dresses if you don’t want people staring up at your panties!

For a special treat be at the top for sunrise or sunset! Don’t forget to take water and sunscreen with you and bring all your rubbish down with you 

Table Mountain

If you feel like hiking (you can always take the Cable Car down), Platteklip Gorge is the most accesible route up. But that doesnt mean it’s easy. It’s a constant incline with switchbacks for about 1 – 2.5 hours to get to the top. Best done in the early morning or mid afternoon once the trail is shaded again.

Don’t hike alone (just in case) and make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

If you would prefer to do the Cable Car we suggest going just after lunch in Summer when the queues have died down a bit. Don’t forget to buy tickets online to avoid a queue on arrival.

Hout Bay

The reason we leave out Hout Bay on our tour is simple. We believe it deserves more than just an hour and you can easily do it on your own steam. The Hout Bay Market happens every Fri (5-9pm) Sat & Sun (9:30am – 4pm) and is one of the best in Cape Town with great food and a good vibe. While you are there look into snorkeling with seals or do a quick 45 minute cruise by seal island if you prefer.

Also in Hout Bay is The World of Birds which is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for birds (and other animals) that unfortunately cannot be released back into the wild and this is now their sanctuary. We love poking our head in there once or twice a year, you may even be lucky to find a beautiful feather on the ground!

Markets

If you visit over the weekend you have a huge selection of markets to visit !

Some of our favourites:

Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay (Fri night, Sat + Sun Day)  

The NeighbourGoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Observatory (only on Saturday morning – get there early!),

The Oranjezicht Farmers Market outside the waterfront (Sat + Sun morning)

If you don’t make it to Cape Town over the weekend then we suggest visiting the Food Market in the Waterfront open everyday.. DELISH!

Our Favourite Places to Eat

Affordable High End – Kloof Street House (booking essential)

Burgers and shakes – Royale Eatery on Long St (beware of pickpockets)

Ambience and epic chow- The Dogs Bollocks (The YARD)

Ice Cream – Unframed or The Creamery

Mexican – El Burro & The Taqueria

Italian – Posticino in Sea Point

Woodstock/Salt River Art Tours

While a lot of tour companies will sell you this option we feel its only right to support people who actually live and contribute to the development and upliftment of the area. We are a huge fan of Juma’s art tours, he is the founder and pioneer of these art tours and has trained some amazing youths in the area to show you around. Please support local where you can!! Same goes for township tours

www.jumaarttours.co.za

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