Cape Town, South Africa

160 years after its discovery by Portugal's Bartholomew Diaz in 1488, the Cape of Good Hope was still a part of primeval Africa. Sailors on passing ships impatient to reach the East or return home to Europe would leave messages under inscribed "post office" stones for other ships to carry forward. In 1580, Sir Francis Drake sailed around the Cape. The ruggedness and breathtaking beauty of the peninsula caused him to write, "This Cape is a most stately thing, and the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth." The Dutch East India Company, yielding to repeated petitions and recommendations from their ships' officers, decided to establish a post at Table Bay in 1652. A stronghold was established and subsequently was replaced by the existing Castle of Good Hope - Cape Town's first building.

Cape Town continued to grow quickly under Simon van der Stel, who arrived as Governor in 1679. He turned vast regions into rich farmland, planted some 8,000 trees and designed and built the stateliest of the Cape's historic mansions, Groot Constantia (named after his wife, Constance). The British seized the Cape from Holland in 1806 and the subsequent discovery of diamonds and gold in the country spurred growth and immigration. Cape Town became a municipality in 1840 and a liberal constitution was granted to the Cape Colony in 1853. Today, the "Mother City" and the Western Cape are home to South Africa's parliament for half of the year (Parliament sits in Pretoria for the other half of the year) and much of its major industry.

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Points of Interest

  • Table Mountain/Aerial Cableway
  • Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Stellenbosch
  • Robben Island
  • Boulders Beach
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  • Table Mountain/Aerial Cableway

    Ascend to the top of this majestic, flat-top sandstone mountain in a cable car. Even the locals are awed by the 360º view of Cape Town from the cable car.

  • Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point

    The Cape of Good Hope is the southwestern most tip of Africa, located at Cape Point, part of Table Mountain National Park. The region is renowned for its extraordinarily rich flora and fauna.

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

    South Africa's world-famous national botanical garden boasts over 8500 indigenous plants over 1,300 acres, several trails and Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibits.

  • Stellenbosch

    The university town of Stellenbosch is one of the oldest settlements in South Africa, renowned for its wines produced here since the early 18th century.

  • Robben Island

    During the apartheid years, Robben Island was used to imprison political opponents such as Nelson Mandela. Today, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a museum and tours led by ex-political prisoners.

  • Boulders Beach

    This sheltered beach is made up of inlets between granite boulders, and is one of the few sites where penguins can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment.

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Table Mountain

3.5 hours | Cape Town | CPT-200
  • Table Mountain/Aerial Cableway

See one of the world's most beautiful cities from its most sensational vantage point - the top of Table Mountain: Just a scenic drive and a spectacular cable car ride away.

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$109.95

Cape Town, Apartheid Remembrance & Robben Island

9 hours | Cape Town | CPT-105
  • Robben Island

Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and immerse yourself in the struggle for freedom in this inspiring, life-changing experience. Visit the sites where history was made as you trace the movement that brought down apartheid.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$179.95

Winelands Adventure

7.5 hours | Cape Town | CPT-320
  • Stellenbosch

Embark on a daylong wine lovers' tour of this magnificent region to sample its extraordinary varieties and experience its history, charm and natural beauty.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$179.95

Cape of Good Hope

8.5 hours | Cape Town | CPT-110
  • Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Boulders Beach

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Cape Peninsula - from towering cliffs to stunning gardens to a delightful penguin sanctuary to spectacular ocean views.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$219.95

Amazing Aquila Game Reserve

9 hours | Cape Town | CPT-460

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Take a trek on the wild side with this incredible safari drive that takes you through a sprawling preserve that's home to lions, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles and many more!

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$329.95

Private Touring - Half Day Car

4 hours | Cape Town | CPT-900

Private car-class vehicles with an English speaking driver guide are available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for guests who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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$499.95

Private Touring - Half Day Minivan

4 hours | Cape Town | CPT-902

Private vehicles with an English speaking driver guide are available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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$699.95

Private Touring - Full Day Car

8 hours | Cape Town | CPT-901

Private car-class vehicles with an English speaking driver guide are available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for guests who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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$799.95

Private Touring - Full Day Minivan

8 hours | Cape Town | CPT-903

Private vehicles with an English speaking driver guide are available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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$999.95

Kichaka Game Reserve Overland Adventure (Double)

56 hours | Cape Town | CPT-824

Embark on an unforgettable three-day/two-night Overland Adventure to the Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa's temperate Eastern Cape. Acclaimed for its breathtaking landscapes and spectacular African wildlife, each day brings safaris, surprises and plenty of pampering at the Kichaka Lodge, appointed with hotel-like luxury and amenities.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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AUD$4199.95

Kariega Private Game Reserve Overland Adventure (Double)

56 hours | Cape Town | CPT-822

View the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), as well as other South African wildlife in their natural environment on a three-day/two-night Overland Adventure at Settlers Drift in Kariega Private Game Reserve. Prepare to be captivated by close-up viewing in 4x4 open vehicles then relax in your tented suite.

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AUD$4799.95

Shamwari Long Lee Manor Overland (Double)

72 hours | Cape Town | CPT-810

A family-owned, private game reserve, Shamwari is situated in the Eastern Cape, along the Bushman's River, offering a malaria-free, safari experience. This 18,000-hectare reserve offers Big Five viewing and the opportunity to learn more about its ongoing conservation efforts, with luxury accommodations in Shamwari Long Lee Manor tucked away in the valley.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal; Includes snack

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AUD$4799.95

Kichaka Game Reserve Overland Adventure (Single)

56 hours | Cape Town | CPT-825

Embark on an unforgettable three-day/two-night Overland Adventure to the Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa's temperate Eastern Cape. Acclaimed for its breathtaking landscapes and spectacular African wildlife, each day brings safaris, surprises and plenty of pampering at the Kichaka Lodge, appointed with hotel-like luxury and amenities.

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AUD$4799.95

Pumba Water Lodge (Double)

72 hours | Cape Town | CPT-800

The ultimate three-day, two-night safari adventure transports you to Pumba Game Reserve and Water Lodge, a five-star property heralded for its scenic beauty and abundance of wild animals. Venture off-road and explore 6,500 hectares of privately owned wilderness in search of Big 5 game. (Double occupancy room)

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AUD$4799.95

Shamwari Long Lee Manor Overland (Single)

72 hours | Cape Town | CPT-811

A family-owned, private game reserve, Shamwari is situated in the Eastern Cape, along the Bushman's River, offering a malaria-free, safari experience. This 18,000-hectare reserve offers Big Five viewing and the opportunity to learn more about its ongoing conservation efforts, with luxury accommodations in Shamwari Long Lee Manor tucked away in the valley.

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AUD$5199.95

Kariega Private Game Reserve Overland Adventure (Single)

56 hours | Cape Town | CPT-823

View the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), as well as other South African wildlife in their natural environment on a three-day/two-night Overland Adventure at Settlers Drift in Kariega Private Game Reserve. Prepare to be captivated by close-up viewing in 4x4 open vehicles then relax in your tented suite.

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AUD$5199.95

Pumba Water Lodge (Single)

72 hours | Cape Town | CPT-801

The ultimate three-day, two-night safari adventure transports you to Pumba Game Reserve and Water Lodge, a five-star property heralded for its scenic beauty and abundance of wild animals. Venture off-road and explore 6,500 hectares of privately owned wilderness in search of Big 5 game. (single occupancy room)

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AUD$5199.95

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Double)

96 hours | Cape Town | CPT-814

Thrill to an unsurpassed four-day, three-night adventure at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, where you'll experience first-hand the incredible landscapes of surrounding mountains and the magnificent sand dunes of the Namib Desert along with a host of activities. Serene accommodations include an outdoor shower and a skylight over the bed for star gazing.

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$6499.95

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Single)

96 hours | Cape Town | CPT-815

Thrill to an unsurpassed four-day, three-night adventure at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, where you'll experience first-hand the incredible landscapes of surrounding mountains and the magnificent sand dunes of the Namib Desert along with a host of activities. Serene accommodations include an outdoor shower and a skylight over the bed for star gazing.

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$6999.95