A splendid way to get to know the Mother City intimately, starting with a hike on the geographical formation which guards her – Table Mountain. The walk begins at the upper cable station and traverses the entire front table to Maclears Beacon – the highest point at 1087m. The walk returns via a different route providing a variety of vistas. The entire walk takes about 2 hours. After lunch (own expense), explore the history, architecture and culture which makes Cape Town the colorful and vibrant city it is today. Visit the Malay Quarter, Company Gardens, The SA Museum and the Castle of Good Hope.
The tour commences with collection from your hotel and transfer to the lower cable car station at Table Mountain. Ascend by aerial cable car (included) for a very easy but spectacular walk with an accredited walking / hiking guide. The walk begins at the upper cable station and traverses the entire front table to Maclear's Beacon. The walk returns via a different route providing a variety of vistas. On a clear day the views throughout are exquisite (If the cable car is not operational on the day, depending on clients fitness levels, the walk would be adapted accordingly).
Once you descend the mountain, transfer to the colorful Bo-Kaap where you will enjoy a traditional lunch (own expense) while learning about the contribution of the Cape Malay people to South Africa’s, and Cape Town’s in particular, heritage. Drive through the cobbled streets of the Malay Quarter after lunch and proceed on the remainder of your tour of the Mother City.
Enjoy a stroll through the Company Gardens – a large public park and botanical garden set in the heart of Cape Town. It is the oldest garden in the country and has its origins in Jan van Riebeeck’s vegetable garden which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652.
The tree-lined avenue forms a pathway between the suburb of Gardens and the city center, and there are a number of other important buildings within the garden such as the South African Museum. Established in 1852, the museum has been adding to its collections for over 200 years and offers a diverse range of exhibitions. Visitors have not failed to leave the museum without a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity - both past and present.
From here you will continue to the Castle of Good Hope which is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle of Good Hope houses the military personnel of the SA army in the Western Cape, the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks, the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for traditional Cape Regiments. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.