Cape Town Central Tours
Cape Town Guided City Day Tour
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Ages 0-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Pickup and drop off from Central Cape Town Hotels only. Please inquire about the surcharge for pickup if you are not centrally located.
  • Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Thompson's Touring & Safaris - Day Tours
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Table Mountain Cable Car Ticket
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Between 7:35 am and 8:30 am, depending on your hotel location.  Please be ready from 7:35 am at the main entrance of your hotel. We collect from all hotels within a 10km radius of Central Cape Town.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Cape Town International Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, 7490, South Africa
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Infants must sit on laps
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6173P31

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Minimum numbers apply. 2 people are needed for the tour to run. If you are a single traveller, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
        • Most travellers can participate
        • Does not include cost of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket
        • During peak season, waiting times may be longer than normal. Your guide will discuss possible amendments with you where required.
        • We recommend that you pre-buy your Table Mountain to avoid longer waiting times (during peak periods). See our 'Table Mountain Experience with Half-Day Private Chauffeur' which includes this ticket.
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6173P31

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        • Thompson's Touring & Safaris - Day Tours
          226
          South Africa
          Joined in July 2011
        • shopperdoc
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          31/2 Days Private Tour from Cape Town
          We had JJ as our guide - and he gave us the best that Cape Town and the surrounding areas had to offer. We know a guide can make such a difference - and we can honestly say we felt like we’d hit the jackpot. he was warm, open and friendly - but smart and witty with it. He communicated with us all and let us decide various decisions as a group - it’s hard to please everyone - but JJ went out of his way to ensure we all get the best experience possible. We were a small group, and had JJ as our guide for 31/2 days. We arrived by train and were met at the station along with our driver, Rodney. We transferred to our hotel, and then we got a transfer over to the V&A area to explore at our leisure, as we had planned. Some of us had pre booked Robben Island - and enjoyed the tour there. JJ gave us a honest and realistic safety brief - that we know not everyone got, and unfortunately succumbed to scammers in the area. JJ had our happiness and safety as his priority. !st full day tour - brought us to Table Mountain - We loved how our guide was both knowledgable and flexible and brought us when the clouds had cleared enough to get the best views. We also managed to visit Bo Kaap, and loved the buildings, and the local gallery’s displaying the art work - many of us chose to buy souvenirs here - I just wish I’d a Bigger suitcase!!! Some amazing pieces of work available. We then travelled onto the Castle of Good hope and were able to walk around and view at our own leisure. I like not to be rushed, and have some free time to explore and enjoy. JJ knew exactly the right spot to stop for a light lunch, at the VOC gardens - knowing we had the Gold experience booked for dinner in the evening. 2nd Full day, was an early start as we went to Houtbay to take the boat to seal Island - JJ had told us it was early in the season, but it is a place where migrating whales are spotted - and to our delight we managed to see a right whale !!! We were so excited, we almost forgot about the seals. Rodney drove us along the scenic route by Chapman’s Peak and then onto Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Several stops along the way to admire the coastal scenery, and see all the wild ostrich. We had another lunch stop and then onto Boulders Bay to see the Penguins - and an extra treat for a few of us brave souls was to actually get into the water and look to swim with them!!!! We found a few !!!!!! And the freezing cold water was forgotten about in our excitement!! 3rd full Day - Today was all about the wine. We visited two vineyards - stopping first in the beautiful village of Franschhoek - loved this place!!! A really different feel - I’d definitely stay a few nights around here on my next trip. We visited Haute Cabriere, and then went onto Stellenbosch for lunch and tasting at Middelvlei. We got a few extra surprises with a visit to the most peculiar store - Ooni Sami se Winkel - to be seen to be believed!!!! A final stop at the oldest pub for another free refreshments. Everyday, all along the route we were given lots of facts and locals information. JJ knows his stuff!!! We could see the various different townships from the roadside., all along our routes - and many of our questions were answered. Visiting a country its good to learn about lifestyle and cultures. We packed a lot into our short stay here - but it really was an enjoyable experience. Like any trip that is short, We know we missed many areas - but this was just part of our trip - we intend to return one day - and will definitely want JJ as our guide for the next adventure here.
          Written 24 March 2024
        • 284katrinet
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Guided tour for two
          We had a lovely day on tour with our guide Nabeel. He had a lot of knowledge, was easy to talk to and very accomodating. We had a lovely day with lots to see and we even saw some wild ostriches. Our guide was very polite and he even made sure we got a nice table at the restaurant we had lunch at. He suggested stopping by some nice places on the way so that we also could buy coffee and look around.
          Written 12 March 2024
        • susankR8955XH
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A fun experience- with drumming, dancing, face paint, and good food
          We were not quite sure what to expect when we entered the Gold Restaurant. We walked up the stairs and I bumped into a person in a life size puppet custom. It turns out she would be one of the evening performances. As soon as you get your seats, you find a drum that you are going to use during the first part of the show. You have an opportunity to have face paint applied and it really helps you get into the mood of the evening. Wonderful traditional dancing and drumming. Everyone makes you feel at home. The servers are in colorful dress and are lovely.Our tour guide contacted the restaurant about my gluten allergies and I was given two alternatives that were yummy. You have an opportunity to sample I believe 14 dishes. Not sure if you can post videos but will try and put up a short one. They also have a wonderful small store when you enter the restaurant that should not be mmissed.
          Written 2 March 2024
        • susankR8955XH
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Peaceful boat cruise
          The boat cruise was a little disappointing. The mic had a lot of static so it was difficult to understand what the guide was saying. There are two levels on the boat but we stayed on the bottom in terms of hoping to get some close up photographs and hopefully hear the descriptions better. I believe almost everyone in our group ended up on the ground level for the same reasons. The birdlife and their nests was a highlight of the ride. At the time of our visit, there was very little wildlife. We did see hippos! You are never promised to see any wildlife, it is a matter of luck when and where the animals are. I would still give them a try as you never know and it is always wonderful to be out on the water.
          Written 2 March 2024
        • 749arranh
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Gold restaurant
          The night was fantastic and the night was great filled with energy and laughter with the entertainment and food and company
          Written 29 February 2024
        • Mojoblue717
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Pleasant 2 hour river cruise with little action
          Visited these Wetlands as part of a day out from our Cruise Ship docked at Richards Bay. Basically a nearly 2 hour coach ride each way, and a 2 hour afternoon boat boat ride,along a wide river estuary, where we saw lots of Hippos heads, a glimpse of a small crocodile and some colourful birds. Would have been a pleasant afternoon if staying locally, but little reward for such a long trip. The boat itself was ok, they provided us with vouchers for 2 drinks, and gave a decent commentary, trying to make what was basically a bit boring, into something interesting
          Written 19 February 2024
        • Trip797179
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best cape town tour and safari worth every penny
          Did a four day tour and garden route trip, cape town table mountain, cape of good hope etc. Wonderful scenery views exceptional. Then the two day safari at garden route had lodge. We saw all the big five and chalet was amazing, small but beautifully formed. I mean comfy bed, airconn, fridge, WiFi, staff and views to die for. This was a private game reserve but was absolutely perfect, we spoke to people who have been to large game reserves and saw much less. Really impressed with our guide and driver DJ. Anthea Pieters was our fabulous guide, she was very knowledgeable, informative, funny and did an amazing job. This was an outstanding your and would highly recommend this company to anyone.
          Written 30 January 2024
        • 561lucyn
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Cruise on Lake St Lucia
          It's one of the must excursions when in St Lucia ... the cost of R380 per adult for a 2 hour trip on the Santa Lucia. There are 3 pods of hippos with approximately 20 per pod that we were able to view. Surprisingly, no crocodiles .. apparently with the changes in the eco system, the crocodiles are not as visible as previously
          Written 3 January 2024
        • lesliepP8702UL
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wrong time of day
          I have no complaints regarding the excursion itself. The boat was good, the commentary was interesting and educational and the weather was excellent. We just went at the wrong time of day. The hippos were all in the water and not very visable and we saw very little other wildlife - zero crocs. It was a pleasant ride on the estuary, just not much wildlife to see.
          Written 21 December 2023
        • Shuttered
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Our guide with outstanding passion and knowledge
          We were fortunate to have Deon Romijn assigned as our Thompsons’ guide for a two week tour of South Africa in October 2023. His pride in, and passion for, his country shone through brilliantly throughout our time with him. As a multi-generational South African and a respected national guide with over 30 years’ experience, Deon provided deep and valuable insight on so many topics – education, economy, industry, religion, social interactions, history, housing, politics, apartheid - during our bus rides and dinner conversations. Hearing ‘why’ was so much more powerful than just being told ‘what’. His respect for the animals, plants, birds and geography was just as evident, and pointing them out, always combined with a fun and/or useful anecdote, kept us engaged the whole trip. Deon didn’t shy away from any topic and he presented an incredibly balanced perspective of some of the more sensitive issues facing the country and its 60 million citizens. He took the time to relate items or costs to that of Canada, making it so much easier for us to grasp. Beyond the fascinating knowledge sharing of the country provided, Deon’s attention to detail throughout the trip itinerary was superb: Comfort stops at all the right times, accurate estimates of distances and arrival times, regular repetition of daily agendas and meeting times (to accommodate those who don’t listen), ensuring everyone drank enough water, appropriate calls ahead to service providers to ensure their readiness for our arrival, warnings for safety (from crooks, baboons or aloe plants), tips and tricks for how to enjoy a stop. You name it, he anticipated the issue and helped manage our expectations. And to top it off, he always delivered with a smile on his face and a sense of humour. Thank you, Thompsons, for letting us win the tour guide lottery!
          Written 3 November 2023
        • Kali N
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect!
          Zandi was a perfect guide. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and caring. He exceeded our expectations. I wish I would have booked every excursion during my stay with Zandi. Thank you Zandi!
          Written 18 September 2023
        • ENiChn
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lovely trip to District 6 and Langa. Learned about apartheid and the townships
          The township trip was interesting but harrowing and our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting
          Written 12 September 2023
        • Cosh2
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Disaster
          We had booked a tour from the U.K. with Premier Holidays who used Thomson’s Tours as their appointed agent in South Africa. We stayed in Cale Town / Rovos Rail / Ivory Manor in Pretoria / Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. Sad to say that Thomson’s failed miserably on 2 of our pre paid tours ! The first tour was a full day Winelands tasting tour. The driver arrived 75 minutes late for the pick up - a bad omen - and then whilst driving towards Stellenbosch, he was actually on the phone, driving one handed, trying to arrange vineyards for our visits. This should have been booked and confirmed many month previously when we actually booked the complete package. At times whilst driving, he was holding up a large paper map with both hands showing us the Cape area ! We did not feel safe whatsoever and when we actually arrived at Lanzerac estate it was clear to see they were not expecting us and merely sat us at a table and placed 2 bottles of red wine on the table with very little expalanation as to its origins etc. We never got to taste any other wines as the server did not return to our table ! Our driver then took us to Franscheok where he dropped us for lunch. As a group we decided that the tour was already a disaster and would return to Cape Town. The driver refused and told us he would be taking us to Paarl, we insisted he take us back to CT and finally he agreed. He was downright rude, drove very badly and the whole tour was basically a complete waste of a day. Thompson apologised and arranged for an upgrade on a Zambezi River cruise tour later that week, but surprise surprise when we arrived at the boat, they knew nothing of any upgrade, very embarrassing for our group to say the least. It appears that Thomson’s got the date wrong which is incredible as they had compiled our itinerary for the complete tour. A case of the right hand not knowing what the left was doing. We are waiting to hear further from Thompsons to resolve this matter !
          Written 5 April 2023
        • 219imania
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Capetown And Johannesburg City Tours
          We booked for a holiday to Cape Town and Johannesburg Douglas picked us up from the airport,he was very friendly,patient and offered great info that we thoroughly loved Nabil/Nabeel was the best for the three days or so we stayed in capetown,always punctual,polite and extremely informed with history and historical facts,not in a rush,i would really recommend him to every tourist around cape town! Kevin also was really cheerful and he dropped us off at the airport on our last day! Brenda Petersen in Johannesburg tour was pure bliss and gem,very bubbly and happy person,she took great length to teach and inform us about the history of south africa Thanks alot Thompson's Travel,am Kenyan and you have the best team in the world🙏🏾
          Written 29 March 2023
        • Keith70
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Heaps of Hippo's and one Crocodile
          We visited St Lucia on a private tour from our Cruise ship.We were looking forward to observing, hippo, crocodile and bird life during this cruise. Sadly only one crocodile appeared but we managed to get very close to it. There were plenty of Hippo's and we saw an African Fish Eagle, Yellow weavers and egrets.. There was ample room on the boat to move around to take photo's. It was a good way to spend a couple of hours on a boat, just a pity about the elusive crocodiles.
          Written 1 March 2023
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        Leslie S
        3 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2022
        Disappointed with half day Cape Town Guided tour- it was billed as including Table Mountain but knowing what we know now about this time of year ( late Dec. 2022), there was no way it could be done on a half day tour Table Mountain should not be part of a half day city tour (if you want to see anything else in the city as part of the tour; poor itinerary choice by Thompsons). We wasted over an hour driving up there in a long line, waiting in line and then told by guide that wait would be 90 minutes just to get up there and same coming down which would have been most if not all of the tour time. Also, the guide (Claudia) gave the group "the choice" to stay have all of us stay (some had done the tour and we had not). It would have made no sense for the group to stay since some would have wasted their time in line for something they had already seen and we would have missed the rest of the city sights. Luckily we did not stay and our family had extra days in CT to see Table Mt. Guide was also disorganized, mostly did drive by of sights and did not cover several areas (such as the District Six) that another guide took us to another day. Would not recommend her in particular as a guide.
        Written 3 January 2023
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        Many thanks for your constructive and valuable feedback and apologies for your less than satisfactory experience. We strive to provide memorable experiences and will look at your input in detail and make adjustments where possible. We hope to welcome you again in the future when we hope to exceed your expectations.
        Written 13 February 2023
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        DINA C
        BAINBRIDGE ISLAND63 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2018 • Couples
        Basically, the problem with Thompson tours is their vehicle. If you are getting in and out of the van, then it's fine. But the ceilings are too low and the windows too small. And the seat backs, meant to be comfortable, are too high to see out the small windows. So, this tour:
        The good: We went first to Table Mountain and had no lines.
        The bad: 1) The guide was super annoying, talking about herself mostly. 2) Because it was a half day tour and merely an intro to the city, the tour guide wouldn't stop anywhere, she just followed a route around Cape Town highlights. And basically, all I did was listen to her talk about places I couldn't see. I might as well have listened to a recording.
        Written 23 March 2018
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        Janet J
        Calgary, Canada177 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2019 • Couples
        Our guide Amory was very knowledgeable and very flexible. He asked about our priorities and created a wonderful tour. We it all the high lights we wanted and went the extra mile to find out what attractions were open to us.
        Thank you
        Written 12 March 2019
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        Dear Stephen, thank you for this review. We are very pleased that you had such a personalized experience. We hope you assist you the next time you are here.
        Written 16 October 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Jason S
        Stockton, CA12 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        I had one of the best if not the best tour guide on this tour. Sally was awesome. She was very knowledgeable of a lot of facts being from the city. She took me to about five different places. We weren't able to go to Table Mountain because of the long queues. We did try but I couldn't wait 2.5 to 3 hours to take the cable way up to the top. I am a lover of original art pieces and she helped me negotiate a much lower price for the works that I chose. Also, because i was traveling alone, I am use to taking a lot of selfies because I really don't like asking random people to take pics of me, she was my personal photographer. She was great because she took so many different pictures and at many different angles. Definitely two thumbs up 👍🏾👍🏾.
        Written 14 October 2019
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        Dear Jason, thank you very much for such a great review. We are happy to know that you had such a good experience and we look forward to assisting you the next time you are here.
        Written 16 October 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Rae S
        11 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2018 • Friends
        Our travel agent booked us in advance with Thompson's to pick us up in Johannesburg Airport, transfers to Commodore Hotel in Cape Town, Gold Restaurant, Guided City Tour, another private tour of attractions of our choosing, as well as transfers in Pilanesberg to the Ivory Tree Lodge. ALL the drivers were knowledgeable, courteous and willing to discuss everything and anything we questioned. I do not remember all the names, during all the transfers, but Nathi, our guide on the city tour, and Faizel on the private tour were exceptional. Also, our driver from the Ivory Tree Game Lodge to Johannesburg (I wish I could remember his name) managed to get us to the airport having to circumvent two major accidents on the road, finding back roads, driving safely and still getting us to the terminal on time. Wonderful company.
        Written 13 June 2018
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        Colleen W
        5 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2019 • Couples
        Disappointed. Not what we were expecting. Table Mountain Cable car tickets were not included when we thought they were. Not long enough stop at mountain was only given 30 min and every other stop was just a drive by. Should be advertised as just a three hour city drive. Felt ripped off.
        Written 8 November 2019
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        Jorge G
        11 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Tour was very good, the driver was very kind and at the very end he asked about the drop-off location. A bot down because we could not get at top of Table Mountain because the Cable car was under maintenance, but still a good experience.
        Written 17 July 2019
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        Dear Jorge, thank you for your review of this tour, we are glad you had a good experience with our guide. Sorry you couldn't go up to Table Mountain, hopefully next time. We look forward to assisting you the next time you come back.
        Written 16 October 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        CliffandSue2014
        Oro Valley, AZ17 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2018 • Couples
        Our tours were arranged by Goway Travel, and we were very happy with what was chosen. A representative of Thompson's met us at the airport with all of the information we needed for our stay in Cape Town. We did several tours, some of which were outside of Cape Town. The guides we had were excellent: Zayed Yaghya and Gaston Bonifazi.
        We were very pleased with how Thompson handled everything.
        Written 5 February 2018
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