Activities & Day Tours in and around Cape Town

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We recommend if you have the time, to spend a few days in the Cape Town area. Aside from being one of the most scenic parts of the world, it is steeped in history, has the added attractions of the Cape Peninsula, Table Bay and False Bay, the famous winelands (not just “wine” but a look into a way of life unparalleled), whale watching, botanical gardens, beautifully restored 17th century buildings and parks, classic university campuses, the Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben island, Thunder City…..the list is endless. You should consider also a local aerial flight around the Cape Peninsula, not to be missed.

The Cape can be done prior to, or after your Self Fly safari. We have many guided and hosted local programmes in this area, or you can simply rent a car and do your own thing.

 
 
There are a host of places to stay in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. Our favorite is the “River Manor & Spa”, located in the historic town of Stellenbosch, less than 60km from Cape Town. Well positioned in a quiet street, minutes only walking to many restaurants, cafes, art galleries, theatres, shops, museums and the town centre. The ambiance of this town is legendary, with its active university, no major industries, oak lined streets (many planted just after the area’s first colonization in 1652) and beautifully restored buildings – Classic Cape Dutch Architecture.

Travel between the two centers of Cape Town and Johannesburg can vary. A highlight is a classic rail journey (either the Blue Train or Rovos Rail) if it fits in with your time and the Self Fly safari schedule. One of a kind, Rovos is the most luxurious train in the world (classic restored early 20th century steam train) and stops off en route to Cape Town at places of great historical and contemporary interest, where your train hosts conduct short trips.
 
Recommended Post-Tour Itinerary for Cape Town Area :

Duration: 3 - 6 days

Day 1 12h00 Arrival back from SELF-FLY safari at Wonderboom airport, Pretoria. If traveling to Cape Town by air, transfer (40 minutes) to the airport. Alternatively, transfer (20 minutes) to the station, VIP platform and pre-boarding lounge where you will be welcomed by the attentive Rovos Rail liveried staff. Board train and set off on journey.
Day 2 Rovos Luxury rail journey, including stops and excursions in Kimberley and Matjiesfontein
Day 3 18h00 arrival Rovos Rail platform in Cape Town. Meet by African Aero Safaris courier, transfer (40 minutes) to River Manor & Spa, Stellenbosch. Overnight BB.
Day 4 Full day guided activity: Water front, Cape of Good Hope reserve, penguin, seal and baboon colonies, Chapmans Peak drive, Simonstown Naval dockyard, Cape Point and lighthouse visit. Overnight River Manor BB
 
Day 5 ˝ or full day guided activity: Stellenbosch historic monuments tour, Winelands tour and lunch, botanical gardens tour. Should weather prevail, you would be well advised to do an hour flight over the Cape Peninsula – based from the Stellenbosch Flying Club. Overnight River Manor BB
Day 6 Morning activities at leisure. Transfer (30 minutes) to Cape Town airport for departure flight.
 


Additional scenic and cultural tours should you have more time:

- 4 passes tour (full day)
- Whale watching tour (full day)
- Thunder City (flights/rides in classic British Military jets)
- Bushmanskloof tour (2 nights needed)

   
NB: This itinerary can be “short-circuited” by 3 days, by flying the 2 hour-schedule direct from Johannesburg to Cape Town, if the classic rail schedule is not of interest.

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