The Mother City, as the locals call it, is consistently voted as one of the best destinations in Africa and the world and with good reason. You can stroll down a beach in the morning, have lunch in a vineyard and sip a sundowner on top of a mountain all in the same day in this magical and diverse city.
As well as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world it is also a photographic and gastronomic paradise. Vibrant colours, energetic people and a melting pot of nationalities and cultures makes this tip of Africa and “must see” destination either at the start or end of an extended itinerary.
We have teamed up with the best hotels and guesthouses in the region along with expert guides who will show you the best of the city…..which is a lot!
Cape Town is also home to the Pangolin Photo Safaris reservations office and we invite you to visit us when you are in town…especially in the late afternoon…or as we call it “Wine o’clock”!
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (known simply as the “Waterfront”) is a vast shopping and entertainment district built around South Africa’s oldest working harbour. This vast property houses everything from exclusive shops, cinemas, restaurants and bars and The Commodore is best value hotel within walking distance. The hotel is large with 260 rooms and we do our best to secure the rooms on the upper floors which have the best views across the city and Table Mountain.
Grand Daddy Hotel
Long Street is the bustling centre of Cape Town’s city centre and is crammed with restaurants, coffee shops, African art shops, galleries and bars. Sitting exactly half way up this street is the fantastic Grand Daddy Hotel owned and managed by Jaci and Jan van Heteren who also own Jaci’s Lodges – our partner property in Madikwe. Built in 1895 as the Hotel Metropole the hotel is spread over five floors which was quite an architectural feat in those day by all accounts.
A heartbeat away from the action of trendy Kloof Street, this classy studio style lodging is a calm, unfettered bolt hole. From here, you can experience local living at its best. Dip into the coffee culture, browse the many interesting shops (handy for last minute shopping) and wonderful eateries, all frequented by Capetonians. The area is known as The City Bowl and is a more down to earth area of the city away from the millionaire’s mansions on the other side of Lions Head along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Cape Grace Hotel
A deluxe hotel a short walk from the vibrant V&A wharf. For the well-heeled independent traveller with a penchant for antiques and personalised service, you can’t beat Cape Grace. We love its soulful, unaffected quality. Here, nothing is too much trouble. Underpinned by sustainability, each of the 120 rooms in this gracious quayside hotel is a unique creation. Relax in the well-stocked library, be pampered in the spa or take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pool.
The Last Word – Long Beach
Cape Town has some stunning beaches and the Last Word on Long Beach is positioned on one of the best of them. This family run boutique hotel works well in conjunction with a more central hotel as it is closer to Cape Point for an early start to see Cape Point and the penguins at Boulders in the best morning light. Also, nothing beats a sunset stroll on the beach after a day exploring the Peninsula!
Cape Town Touring
Below you will see a selection of private day tours that we include in our Cape Town Packages. All of these tours are in private vehicles with expert guides. You will have total flexibility during the day and can move at your own pace.
On a 5 nights stay we include all three tours. For three of four nights packages you would chose two.
“Chase the Sun” Peninsula Tour
One of the most popular routes to explore is down to Cape Point – the South Westerly tip of Africa (not the southernmost tip which is Cape Aghulas – around 3 hours from Cape Town). It is a beautiful drive which you will take in a private vehicle with an expert guide stopping at points of interest along the way.
These include the Muizenberg beach huts, Kalk Bay harbour, the penguins at Boulders beach, Cape Point Reserve and finally Chapmans Peak Drive. Lunch along the way is in the form of a delicious gourmet picnic enjoyed at a scenic spot.
This specific route is designed to visit the highlights in the best light and avoiding crowds as much as possible.
Foodie Walking Tour of Cape Town
There is no better way to get to know a city than to explore it on foot with an open mind and a healthy appetite. This full day walking tour explores the centre of cape Town with its rich history, stunning architecture and local eateries and markets. The company we use is once more owner managed like us and are experts in their field.
Each private tour starts with a collection from your hotel and then heading to the start of the relaxed walking tour through the city. You will visit a range of eateries, artisanal shops and informal cafes along the walk while learning about The Mother City’s rich history. Along the way there will be plenty of photo opportunities. The guides are very well known and therefore people we encounter along the way are more likely to happy with you snapping a few portrait shots. Cape Town also has some incredible architecture. From the colourful houses of the Bo Kaap (where the tour begins) through cobbled streets, art deco masterpieces and Victorian banks. Cape Town has it all in a very small area. The area where the walk covers is relatively flat and needs a moderate fitness level. Most dietary needs can be catered for.
Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch & Constantia Tour
Table Mountain is by far and away our most popular tourist attraction and we like to get up there first thing when its cooler and less crowded. This is also weather dependent though and the order of this tour may alter depending on the cloud on the mountain – known locally as the Table Cloth.
The next stop is The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which are a World Heritage Site and simply beautiful throughout the year. Stunning flowers, expansive vistas and birdlife abound. A walk through the gardens is a great way to build an appetite for food and wine at the following destination.
The Constantia Winelands are the oldest in the country and also conveniently a short drive from the city centre. There are several world class vineyards which offer great food too for your gourmet lunch.
With Cape Town and the rest of Southern Africa running different rate timetables it’s difficult to give you an exact price for this part of the safari. We recommend that Cape Town is a 5-night/6-day minimum. There is so much to see and do that an even longer stay would still keep you busy. The day tours that we recommend are included in 5 night the package allowing three days of touring and one day to perhaps visit other landmarks like Robben Island which have their own guides in attendance. We have selected these tours as they will give you a comprehensive experience in Cape Town with a varied photographic experience too.
Approximate US Dollar rates based on mid-season with two people. For a comprehensive quote for the time you wish to travel please mention this in your form below.
Example of a 6 day Cape Town Itinerary
Airport Transfers, 5 nights accommodation at selected hotel (bed and breakfast), 3 full day private tours of Cape Town, lunch and snacks included, all entrance fees, soft and alcoholic drinks during the tours.
From: $1,900 per person
Grand Daddy Hotel
From: $1,900 per person
From: $2,250 per person
From: $3,000 per person
If you are interested in any of the below add-ons, chat to your travel planner or mention it in the enquiry form below.
A marvellous way to start or end a Southern Africa photo safari itinerary. A visit to Mosi Oa Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders. We have a selection of hand-picked hotels that we use.
Where it all began for Pangolin Photo Safaris and (in our opinion) probably the best year-round photo destination in Southern Africa. The Chobe is a half day of air travel from Cape Town.
Just a two hour flight from Cape Town and a short charter hop has you arriving in this iconic destination just in time for a quick lunch and then out on an afternoon drive.
South Africa’s best kept safari secret. Madikwe is home to good populations of Rhino, big cats and wild dogs. There we have a fantastic partner property – Jacis. Option on the way to Cape Town.
We saw a great variety of sites between Cape Town and Cape Point and got good commentary on history as well. I can recommend to anyone regardless of your level of photography experience.
This day allowed us to have a wonderful day with a very well-informed guide in beautiful areas with fascinating experiences, and to improve our photography skills and to have a great photographic record of our day. What more could you ask for!
My friend and I just got back from Cape Photo Tour’s “Chase the Sun” peninsula tour. If you want to see the coolest stuff in South Africa (penguins) mix with the locals and have a unsurpassed tour of the Cape of Good Hope, TAKE THIS
All our safaris that include Cape Town