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How to Spend 1 Day in Cape Town

How to Spend 1 Day in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s most striking cities, stunningly set between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Table Mountain on the other. It’s home to a sophisticated V&A Waterfront and colorful neighborhoods such as Bo-Kaap. Here’s how to make the most of a 24-hour visit.

Morning: Go Up Table Mountain

Beat the heat and get a great perspective on Cape Town by heading up Table Mountain first thing in the morning. The views from the top take in the entire city and its surroundings, but the skies tend to get cloudy later in the day. If you’re feeling active, climb to the top on a (fairly challenging) guided hike or cycle down on a guided bike tour. Otherwise, join a tour with skip-the-line tickets for the cable car so that you don’t waste time in the often long lines. Some tours include Table Mountain as part of a larger city tour.

Afternoon: See the City’s Sights

Get your bearings and absorb some history with a sightseeing tour. Hop-on hop-off bus tours allow you to experience the highlights with the added flexibility of being able to set your own itinerary—you can get off at any of the stops and spend as long there as you wish. Most tours offer a selection of different routes, and some go out of the city and into the surrounding Cape Winelands. Alternatively, a private guided tour also offers the flexibility of customizing your itinerary with the added benefit of more in-depth exploration.

Night: Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Get a taste of local culture on a themed evening experience. For an insider’s view of local culture, try a jazz tour that takes you into homes of local musicians and noted nightspots to listen to live performances—most also include dinner, often at the musician’s home. Another option is a dinner and traditional show experience—shows typically feature drum performances and dancers plus a hearty meal of pan-African dishes.

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Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
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Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour

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Explore Cape Town at your own pace with a full-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Journey around four different bus routes, stopping at attractions such as Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, and the Cape Winelands, and spend as long as you wish at each. Enjoy a city walking tour or upgrade to include a Signal Hill sunset tour and a boat cruise to Seal Island.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Table Mountain and Cape Town Half-Day Trip

Table Mountain and Cape Town Half-Day Trip

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See the best of Cape Town including a trip to Table Mountain and an air-conditioned vehicle tour of the city’s highlights during this half-day tour. Survey the city from Table Mountain and take a ride with the cable car (weather permitting & cable way ticket at guests own expense), and then visit some of Cape Town’s main sights from your air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 hours
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Table Mountain Skip-the-Line Ticket and Half-Day Private Chauffeur

Table Mountain Skip-the-Line Ticket and Half-Day Private Chauffeur

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Take your Cape Town visit to new heights with this exclusive 4-hour trip to Table Mountain with skip-the-line access and a private chauffeur. Skip to the front of the long line for cable car tickets, then explore this famous landmark at your leisure. When you finish your chauffeur will be waiting to transport you anywhere in the city, or to return you to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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$172.95
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Full-Day Cape Town Highlights Private Tour with Local Guide

Full-Day Cape Town Highlights Private Tour with Local Guide

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Nobody knows their away around South Africa's Mother City better than a local. Luckily, this full-day private tour pairs you with a Cape Town-based guide who can show you the best sights and attractions to suit your interests. Wander among the intensely colorful homes of the city's Bo-Kaap neighborhood, take a walking tour of Colonial-era sights and museums, or embark on a tram ride (own expense) up to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views. You can even enjoy a  drive along Cape Town's spectacularly rugged coast.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Hiking Tour of Table Mountain

Private Hiking Tour of Table Mountain

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Enjoy a private hiking tour of Cape Town's 3,558-foot-tall (1,084m) Table Mountain. Choose between two options: ride the rotating cable car atop the mountain for 360-degree views, then spend a couple of hours wandering the plateau's winding paths—passing among reed-like restios and flowering proteas along the way. Or opt for a more strenuous, 5-hour option: a climb up the mountainside, stopping for exquisite ocean views and a picnic lunch. A nature guide will accompany you on both routes, pointing out Table Mountain's flora and fauna—including adorable rock hyrax—en route.
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  • 6 hours
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Table Mountain Bike Tour from Cape Town

Table Mountain Bike Tour from Cape Town

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Get your adrenaline pumping during a 4-hour mountain bike tour of Table Mountain from Cape Town. Ride the off-road trails of the city’s most recognized landmark as you explore the mountain up close and enjoy fantastic views of Cape Town and Robben Island far below.
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  • 4 hours
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