5 Days Walking tour itinerary for Cape Town & Table Mountain National Park: Discover The Natural Wonders Of South African Capital
Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park
Explore Cape Point, swim with African Penguins, hike Table Mountain and spend the night in a stone cottage on the top, the breathtaking view of Cape Town below. Track animals on foot, bird sightings and some insights into natural navigation and star gazing in the Southern Hemisphere. Stroll in Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a boat trip out to Robben Island and wander the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town learning about life in the Cape of Good Hope.
cape point explore & swim with the penguins
Pick-up at 8 am. from Cape Town accommodation.
Drive along the most scenic route in the world - the beaches of glitzy Camps Bay, Llandudno into Hout Bay, and the famous Chapmans Peak, passing the Kommetjie lighthouse and arrive at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. This is a World Heritage Site and an area with the highest plant biodiversity in the world, called fynbos.
Away from the crowds, walk a small trail amidst the fynbos along the cliffs over the Indian Ocean. We might find some ostrich, baboons, antelope, tortoises and other animals in the reserve, see some plants that the indigenous hunter-gatherers would use 200 years ago.
Continue in our vehicle towards the point itself, walk down to the beach with its famous shipwrecks, and meander along the path to the old lighthouse on the sea cliff. Cape Point is also known as The Cape of Storms - its huge south Atlantic swells come up from near Antarctica, bringing massive waves and gale force winds.
We stop in Simonstown for lunch. Simonstown is a maritime naval town, and home to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Short stroll to Boulders penguin colony and for those who are brave, a swim in the sea with them.
Return via False Bay, passing the picturesque fishing suburbs of Kalk Bay and Muizenberg, in the late afternoon.
Walk up the spectacular Table Mountain - choice of routes from easy to challenging. The recommended walk is along the base of the mountain, called the Pipe Track, and up via a lesser known ravine that winds its way through some very old, and almost extinct, indigenous forest.
Starting time during summers is 7:30 am. while during winter it is 9 am.
The walk takes about 3 hours at a gentle pace.
Exploration of unknown parts of the back table, hot chocolate on a ledge overlooking the city and picnic lunch in a hidden cave with 300-year-old indigenous yellowwood trees around us.
We make our way to the old stone hut on the top of the mountain and head to a nearby lookout ledge to watch the sunset.
Enjoy the spectacular view and relax – you can see places from the southern suburbs to Stellenbosch and False Bay, and the city lights below twinkling.
We make a fire in the hut and have a simple dinner under the stars, falling asleep to the croaks of frogs in a nearby stream, far above the city below.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Breakfast on top of Table Mountain, while watching the sun rise over False Bay.
While returning, we make our way down the mountain and back into the city.
Return to accommodation for a change of clothes and another cup of tea.
Then we set off to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
We have a snack at a lovely little coffee shop while we explore the gardens and later head to the famous Groot Constantia (or another) wine estate for a late lunch and some wine tasting.
We return late afternoon / early evening and I drop you at your accommodation.
robben island boat trip
Explore the V & A Waterfront, with its vibrant Marimba bands (local South African wooden xylophones), traditional beaded jewellery from all over South Africa and the multicultural blend of people that explore the marine-lined shops with their resident seals.
Eat some fresh seafood for lunch at the marina and get ready for your Robben Island boat trip.
The ferry leaves at 1 pm. The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry trip to and from the Island (depending on the boat used as they have different travel times).
You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. The buildings were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners.
You will meet your island tour guide when you have boarded the bus. The prison tour will be conducted by a Robben Island tour guide. This is part of our integrated tour model. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Back to the city - an emotional return trip, as you see Table Mountain as it must have been seen by Mandela and his fellow prisoners all those years.
Return to accommodation. Recommendation and booking a restaurant for dinner.
Into the heart of Cape Town, we take a stroll through the Company Gardens.
Company Garden is a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town. The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region's first European settler and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
Features of The Gardens:
The oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa (circa 1652).
A rose garden designed and built in 1929.
A well-stocked fish pond.
Dellville Wood Memorial Garden, which commemorates the World War I Battle of Delville.
Woodin France, in which a predominantly South African force of more than 3,000 soldiers was reduced to 755 survivors by German forces.
Botanically and historically valuable trees.
Local arts and crafts along the avenue.
A herb and succulent garden.
Iziko South African Museum and Iziko National Gallery.
Lunch at the Company Gardens and walk on to Cape Towns famous Long Street with its cosmopolitan people. Great markets to find souvenirs, local coffee shops, African materials and music shops and the beautiful area of Bo-Kaap, home to Cape Towns traditional Muslim families.
Close the day with some traditional Cape Malay food tasters.
Back to accommodation for dinner. We say our goodbyes.
DAY 1 - CAPE POINT EXPLORE & SWIM WITH THE PENGUINS
Pick up and drop off
Chapmans Peak Drive Toll fee
Entrance fees for Cape Point Nature Reserve
Penguin colony entrance fee
Mask and snorkel to swim with penguins (these will be shared)
DAY 2 - TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKE & OVERNIGHT
Hiking table Mountain
Guided walk with a local who knows the history of Cape Town, giving explanations of local life, animal tracking, learning about bird language, medicinal plants, and natural navigation skills.(English and French spoken)
Visit the beautiful Table Mountain reservoirs
Hot chocolate in the shelter of old hidden yellow wood trees with unbelievable views of Robben island and Cape Town city below.
Maps to get an understanding of the area
Delicious picnic lunch on Table Mountain hike day
Permits to sleep on Table Mountain
Braai (South African speak for barbecue - i.e. dinner)
Hot showers in the cottage
All beds are fitted with fresh linen.
Towels are provided
Overnight accommodation on Table Mountain
Cable car (optional & only on special request as this is a walking based trip.
DAY 3 - KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS & GROOT CONSTANTIA WINE ESTATE
Breakfast on top of Table Mountain
Entrance fee to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Entrance fee to Groot Constantia Wine Estate
Transport to V&A Waterfront
Robben Island Ferry tickets
Entrance fee into Iziko National Museum
History of Cape Town and explanations of local life
Food tasters of traditional Cape Townian food (snacks)
Meals are not included in the tour, except Day 2 picnic lunch, dinner and Day 3 breakfast on Table Mountain
Cable car on Table Mountain not included in price. Please specify if you would like to do include this.
ALWAYS bring warm clothes when you leave your accommodation. It can go from 30 degrees to 10 degrees in half an hour.
Bring a towel if you plan to swim with the penguins and something warm to put on afterwards.
Walk lengths are variable depending on your ability, how much you'd like to explore, level of fitness etc.
For catering on the picnic, dinner and breakfast on Table Mountain please inform me of any dietary requirements at least 2 days in advance.
Backpacks can be rented for the Table Mountain hike day.Please request this, if necessary. This is only for the day hiking - as overnight bags are portered to the cottage at the top.
All dietary requirements catered for.
Cable car is not included in the price, but is an option.Available on request only, as this experience is focused on exploring places on foot.
Kirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens in the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of its setting, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain. It is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape floral kingdom that it displays. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The state covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest.The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country. There are many different sections that we can explore, from the scented garden, restio garden, water-wise and peninsula garden to the protea garden.
Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park
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