Days
5
Price from
$1,095USD

Famous for its gourmet cuisine and picture-perfect scenery, Cape Town is one of the most sought-after destinations of today. Taken independently, this short trip offers the ideal snapshot of the sights in and around the city – Table Mountain, the Winelands, Robben Island and beyond. Along the way, you’ll gain insight into South Africa’s history and Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.


Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Country
South Africa
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFCTX
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
4 reviews
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Witness some of the most breath-taking scenery on the continent, from imposing Table Mountain to the rugged world’s end of the Cape Peninsula.

  • Retrace 350 years of Cape Town’s dramatic history on a three-hour walking tour with a specialist local guide.

  • Discover why Cape Town is one of South Africa's culinary hot-spots, sampling its fine restaurants, wines and cheeses.

  • Enjoy a full-day trip down the spectacular coastline of Cape Point National Park and a tranquil escape to the Winelands.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

On arrival in Cape Town, you’ll be met by a Peregrine representative at the airport and transferred to you hotel (approximately 1 hour). Your hotel is perfectly located between Signal Hill and the majestic Table Mountain in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof. After you settle in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore your surroundings. Walk the laid-back streets of Tamboerskloof, with its Victorian style homes and great access to the nightlife found on the nearby Long and Kloof streets.
Accommodation
  • Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll retrace 350 years of Cape Town’s dramatic history on a three-hour morning walking tour. Specially trained local guides will bring the challenges facing the early Dutch settlers to life, as well as the dark times of slavery, colonial life in The Cape, the tragedy of apartheid, and then the joy and triumph of the new ''Rainbow Nation''. Your tour will take in historical sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, Grand Parade, and significant historic slavery sites such as the Slave Lodge and Slave Tree. At the Parliament Buildings and District Six Museum, you’ll learn about apartheid and get a valuable insight into the effects of racism and discrimination on the lives of ordinary South Africans. In Government Avenue near St. George’s Cathedral, Footsteps to Freedom tour guides will tell you about Cape Town’s three Nobel Peace Prize-winners; Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk. You’ll visit the building where the apartheid laws were passed and where they were later repealed after De Klerk’s dramatic speech at the opening of Parliament in February 1990. In Greenmarket Square and St. George’s Mall, you can’t help but feel the energy and pulse of the new South Africa. Enjoy free time for the rest of today – perhaps explore the Table Mountain-backed Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden or the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Accommodation
  • Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Town Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will take a full-day trip down the spectacular coastline to Cape Point and enjoy a tranquil escape to the Winelands. Lunch isn’t included today as we think you’ll enjoy getting out and sampling the local cuisine for yourself. Some of the highlights include the pure white sand beaches of the affluent suburb of Clifton Beach, the fantastic views from the entertainment playground of Camps Bay, and the astonishing natural scenery of False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains from Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope. Look south, where there is nothing until Antarctica, and west with nothing until South America. You will then journey into the heart of South Africa’s food capital with a relaxing drive to the Winelands. You’ll pass through Paarl and the Groot Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in February 1990. In the afternoon you’ll head to Stellenbosch for a city tour through its leafy cobbled lanes and elegant mix of 18th century architecture. You’ll then have some free time to explore the town on your own. There’ll be more wine and cheese tastings in the afternoon before heading back towards Cape Town. This evening perhaps sample South Africa’s thriving arts and culture scene by taking in a concert or theatre performance.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours.
Accommodation
  • Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Best of Cape Day Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free for you to discover more of the many things that Cape Town has to offer. The city is a nature lover’s playground with beaches to surf, picnic and sunbathe at, and the peninsula-dominating Table Mountain to explore. You can hike up various routes or take the cable car to the top for fantastic views, while there’s also mountain biking on this iconic peak for those looking to get really active. For the history buffs, take a trip out to Robben Island, stand in Nelson Mandela’s old cell and learn about the political and social injustices of apartheid. From somewhere with a long and sad history, the island has now become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit. Cape Town is also home to some of the best markets in the country – the food markets at the V&A Waterfront, The Old Biscuit Mill, and Oranjezicht City Farm Market are a feast for the eyes, and range from trendy designer food to laid-back, organic community veggies. Perhaps end your final night with a celebratory dinner in one of Cape Town’s many fantastic resturants.
Accommodation
  • Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today your Cape Town experience comes to an end, and you’ll be collected from your hotel by our local operator and transferred to Cape Town Airport (approximately 1 hours) for your onward flight. Additional accommodation can be booked if you’d like to extend your time here.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

On foot, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel

Included Activities

  • Cape Town Walking Tour
  • Best of Cape Day Tour

Reviews

Our Cape Town Experience - Independent trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Cape Town Experience - Independent, February 2016

Christine Baker

Cape Town Experience - Independent, May 2015

Rodney Mercer

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Important notes

Additional nights can be booked.

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