South Africa is a tourist destination that offers something for everyone, and the Western Cape area is home to some of the most popular options for tourists from all walks of life. With an abundant range of attractions and activities, touring options in and around Cape Town are as varied as they are exciting. The ‘Big 5’ tourist attractions in and around Cape Town include Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Cape Point, and the Cape Winelands. Prices can vary according to your needs – starting at as little as $35 for the popular Red Bus Tour of Cape Town. Medical Tourism SA specialises in creating customised touring packages for all our clients. Below are some of the different types of tours that we can facilitate for you. At any stage click the Enquire Now Button or leave us a Live Chat message (bottom right) for more information on these specific tours.
Half Day / Full Day Touring
Tours can be customised according to your time and budget. Depending on the time you have available, we can combine different tours of your choice to give you a full day in our city, or opt for a half day to give you a taste of what the greater Cape Town area has to offer.
Create your own Tour
For those with something specific in mind, tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. If you have any ideas, special requests, or tours you’d like to incorporate together, we can put together a costumised itinerary for you. Tours can take place anywhere from the West Coast to the East Coast, and can include adventure, sports, animals, the ocean, relaxation, history, culture or any other type of attraction.
3 – 5 day Garden Route Touring
This popular tour takes us up the East Coast along a beautiful route through natural scenery and historic towns alike. Along the way we will encounter winelands, lakes, forests, safari parks, and game reserves. Tours can extend to Knysna, Plettenberg Bay (500km) or as far as Port Elizabeth or the Addo Elephant Park, (800km). This makes for an exciting trip including game viewing, sea life, wine, restaurants, views, forest walks, and even more adventurous activities such as mountain biking and bungee jumping.
Whale Watching (Hermanus)
On this tour, we depart early, driving through Somerset West, over Sir Lowry’s Pass to the town of Hermanus passing a few farm stalls on the way for some traditional padkos (road food). Whale watching is extremely popular in Hermanus, and we will have the opportunity to experience these majestic creatures along with some wine tasting,a tour of the town itself, lunch, and then a return via the famous Clarence Drive, passing Betty’s Bay to Gordons Bay Naval Base, and finally onto Cape Town. Stunning views and classic country driving in the Kogelberg Biosphere arein store on our return route. Boat trips are also available.
On this tour you will be picked up at your hotel, before heading towards Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and the Paarl wine areas. We will do cellar tours, wine tasting, lunch and return to Cape Town. Our excursion takes us on a circular route to show you as much of the beautiful countryside as possible. Additional stops, if desired,can include Butterfly World, the motor museum, cheetah reserve, lion park, some historical sites, town orientation tours, brandy tasting, and curio shopping, all linked together by a fantastic drive in the country. Wine touring on horseback is also an option.
Cape Point & Peninsula
This tour begins with a morning pickup at your hotel, followed by a drive around the peninsula to Cape Point. We will go into the nature reserve, look for some animals, view the Atlantic and Pacificoceans where they meet, have lunch, and then return to Cape Town. On the way, we will drive along the beautiful Atlantic Seaboard, the Green Point Stadium, Clifton, Camps Bay, over Chapmans Peak Drive, past Simonstown Naval Base, along Boyes Drive, look for sharks at Shark Spotters, pass through the Constantia wine region, experience a brief tour or the Cape Town City, and thenfinally head back to your hotel. We might be lucky enough to see whales, dolphins, penguins, baboons, antelope, and ostriches, with fantastic views of the Table Mountain National Park as our backdrop.
On this tour we can combine many interesting attractions, including Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, historical churches and mosques, monuments, our Stadium, the Castle, the Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap, Long Street, Adderley Street, the V&A Waterfront, the District 6 Museum, Green Market Square and anything else you might like to visit, time permitting. This is mainly a driving tour witha few walks inbetween, with lots of opportunities along the way to purchase curios, souvenirs, and gifts.
Township and Shebeen Visit
This is a morning tour designed to give you a taste of township living. Meet the locals, buy from the craft markets, eat the local food and sample the local brew. We visit a real sangoma (traditional witchdoctor), see ‘smileys’ (a local delicacy), spaza shops, and much more. We take a ‘Step-on Guide’ and visit three townships, have lunch, and make our way back to the city. This tour offers a real experience of what life is like for a large number of South Africans.
Safaris can range from day drives, offering a glimpse of the natural beauty and wildlife, to spending a few nights in the park to get a real feel of the South African bushveld. Daily game drives, game walks, or mountain biking can be included. We choose mainly ‘Big 5’ game reserves that are a few hours away from Cape Town to maximise your chances of seeing these popular animals. We can also visit game lodges that do not host the Big 5, but are home to many other abundant species such as springbok. We can also visit the cheetah park and lion park as a day trip. Fortunately, these all fall within malaria free areas, which is a great bonus for us here in the Cape.
Hike up Table Mountain / Lion’s Head
This excursion is generally recommended for fitter visitors. We will walk up either Table Mountain or Lion’s Head, depending on your preference. Table Mountain is around a two-hour walk up to a height of around 1000m, following which we will have a well-deserved drink at the top catch the cablecar back down. Fantastic views of the Atlantic Seaboard can be seen from the top. Lion’s Head is one hour up (to around 850m) and another hour down, with 360-degree panoramic views of Cape Town from the top. On full moon evenings, we can hike up to watch the sunset and moonrise, enjoy some wine and then make our way down in the cool of the early night.
Ride around the peninsula on the back of a big Twin Fatboy Harley-Davidson and experience the sound and feel of a classic Harley at its best. Shorter tours are also available. Groups are also welcome – with sufficient warning we can accommodate groups of up to 100 people! We provide the bike, rider, jacket and helmet. All riders have PDPs (professional driver’s permits).
This half-day excursion include a sunset cruise with champagne, and/or a 2-3 hour boat cruise (weather and sea conditions permitting) with up to fortypeople per boat. You may choose between a mono hull and a catamaran. Cruises normally sail around Table Bay (unless by special arrangement), and all boats are sailing boats. Longer excursions to Clifton or Camps Bay may be arranged, as well as a traditional braai (BBQ) on the boat.
This morning excursion takes place on Table Mountain at a starting height of 1000m (the highest in the world). The setup is very safe and very exciting –a real adrenaline rush! This experience is for the adrenaline junkie, with no experience needed. A ten-minute briefing is all you need. Great for team-building exercises.
Shark Cage Diving
Gansbaai, South Africa is a world-renowned hotspot for great white sharks and the birthplace of shark cage diving. Marine Dynamics shark tours combines luxury with adrenaline filled thrills and professional staff. Marine Dynamics also supports critical research on this endangered species. Join our experienced guides, crew, and on-board marine biologists for a once in a lifetime encounter with the ocean’s apex predator, the great white shark, while also supporting their conservation.
This half-day excursion is not for the faint-hearted!You will experience the thrill of a tandem skydive from a height of 12000ft, offering the most beautiful views of the city, Robben Island and the whole peninsula. You can even purchase a video of your jump as a souvenir.
Mountain Biking / Road Biking Tours
The Cape peninisula is home to some some great biking trails, single track, hills, and just casual riding routes, for beginner or advanced cyclists, and whether it be dirt or road cycling. We can arrange bicycles, all you need is the gear. If you would like to do longer tours, such as ridingalong the Garden Route for example, these can also be arranged.
Robben Island, the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 19 of his 27 years of imprisonment during the apartheid era, has become a symbol of South Africa’s progress and transformation since the birth of the country’s democracy in 1994. Priorto housing political prisoners, the island located just off the coast of Cape Town was also used as a mental asylum, a leper colony and a repository for the chronically ill and ‘undesirables’ of many descritopns. Tours of the prison and surrounds are routinely guided by ex-inmates who are able to provide great insight and a real-life look into the daily life of a Robben Island Prisoner. Regular ferries leave on the hour from the V&A Waterfront (weather permitting), and booking in advance is essential as only a limited amount of visitors can be accommodated per day.
The Cape is known for its beautiful landscape and natural scenery, making it the ideal location for golf courses. Many local courses are world renowned, including The Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in Melkbosstrand,Clovelly Golf Club in the Silvermine Valley near Fish Hoek, The Erinvale Golf Estate in Somerset West, the Steenberg Golf Estate,the Royal Cape Golf Club, Westlake Golf Course in the Silvermine Mountains, and many others besides. Visits to any of these estates can be easily arranged, as well as longer trips between various courses along the beautiful Garden Route for the ultimate golfing holiday.
Red Bus tour
One of the most popular ways to see the best of Cape Town on a budget is to hop on one of the red double-decker buses that run regularly along one of two routes. The shorter Red City Tour route includes twelve stops around the city, including such attractions as the V&A Waterfront, the District Six Museum, and the Castle of Good Hope. The extended Blue Mini Peninsula Tour is a more scenic route include fourteen stops, including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the World of Birds, and Imizamo Yethu Township. Tickets allow you to hop on and off the bus at any point along the route, and guided commentary is given in a variety of international languages.