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How to Spend 3 Days in Cape Town

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How to Spend 3 Days in Cape Town
With three days in Cape Town, you have plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, absorb its history, and head out of town into the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Cape Town in 72 memorable hours.

Day 1: Explore the City
Start your day by taking in sweeping city and ocean views from the top of flat-topped Table Mountain. Visiting in the morning helps you avoid the heat and clouds that tend to arrive later. Your options for getting up the mountain include hiking tours, biking tours, and skip-the-line access to the cable car, which is often included in full-day tours of the whole city.

Afterward, take a sightseeing tour to better get your bearings and see more top sights. Hop-on hop-off bus tours allow you the flexibility of being able to set your own itinerary as you explore the entire city—you can jump off anywhere you like along the route and spend as little or as much time as you wish at each stop. Alternatively, you can take tours of specific sites of interest, such as the townships, Robben Island, and Bo-Kaap.

Day 2: Head for the Cape
The Cape of Good Hope, a sprawling section of Table Mountain National Park, attracts day-trippers with its sweeping ocean views, quiet beaches, and dramatic promontory called Cape Point. Just over an hour by car from downtown Cape Town, it’s easy to reach on a day trip. 

Full-day group and private tours from the city to the cape usually take a scenic route filled with mountain and ocean views. You’ll likely make stops at Hout Bay Harbour and Boulders Beach, known for its colony of African penguins, and pass through the coastal towns of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg. Some tours also include time to explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom and optional boat trips to Duiker Island, known for its large number of fur seals.

Day 3: Go Wine Tasting
Spend your final day in Cape Town sampling some of the finest wines produced in the region. Full-day group and private tours take you into the scenic wine country of Stellenbosch and Paarl Valley, where you can enjoy the Cape Winelands’ wines and learn about the production processes from the winemakers. Most tours also offer the opportunity to explore the area’s historic towns, such as Franschhoek, noted for its Cape Dutch–style architecture, and the university town of Stellenbosch, the second-oldest town in South Africa. 

An alternative to taking a scenic drive there is to fly in on a helicopter—some tours whisk passengers from the city’s V&A Waterfront directly to wine estates where they enjoy meals and wine tastings. 
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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben IslandDay Trips

Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

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Take a fascinating trip through South Africa’s difficult past on a tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Visit the District Six Museum to get an in-depth look at the troubling history of apartheid in South Africa, and see how that system still impacts modern life in townships like Langa and Gugulethu. See how residents of these townships work to improve their lives and communities. Take a ferry to UNESCO-listed Robben Island for a tour of the former prison for political prisoners.
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Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape TownDay Trips

Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

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Experience the scenic beauty and natural landscapes of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula on this full-day tour from Cape Town. Enjoy the convenience of guided visits, as well as the independence of solo sightseeing and learn about this dynamic region from your friendly, knowledgeable guide. See seals in Hout Bay (with optional Duiker Island boat trip) and have time to wander the shops. You can explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve at your leisure, and check out playful families of African penguins in Simon’s Town. Your return trip to Cape Town even includes a stop at the colorful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
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Table Mountain and Cape Town Half-Day TripHalf-day Tours

Table Mountain and Cape Town Half-Day Trip

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See the best of Cape Town including a trip to the top of Table Mountain and a minibus tour of the city’s highlights during this half-day tour. Survey the city from Table Mountain, ride the cable car back down (own expense), and then see Cape Town’s main sights from your minibus. See places such as the Diamond Works and the Malay Quarter on Signal Hill.
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Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day TripDay Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

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Spend a day in the gorgeous wine country of Stellenbosch and Paarl Valley, enjoying some of the Cape Winelands’ famous wines along with historic towns and scenic drives. It’s an ideal day trip for wine lovers as well as anyone who can appreciate the area’s history and dramatic beauty.
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City Sightseeing Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Check out the city streets and popular sights of Cape Town on this open-top, double-decker bus tour. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off service and choose from multiple routes that make exploring this coastal city a breeze. Select a 1-day option for a time-crunched tour, or opt for a 2-day ticket that also includes a canal or harbor cruise as part of the experience.
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Table Mountain Hike in Cape TownHiking

Table Mountain Hike in Cape Town

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Climb to the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain during a 4-hour hiking tour. Enjoy a leisurely pace up the slopes of the mountain while you admire stunning views of Cape Town and the water below. Follow your local guide through Platteklip Gorge up to the flat table-top of the mountain, where you’ll have time to get photographs of the scenery toward the Cape of Good Hope and the Twelve Apostles mountains before hiking back down to Cape Town.
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Private Full Day Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Wine Tour from Cape Town.Day Trips

Private Full Day Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Wine Tour from Cape Town.

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Embark on a leisurely day-tour of the Cape Winelands from South Africa's Cape Town, with stops in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl. Enjoy a series of wine tastings at three different vineyards, including a master tasting pairing eight wines and cheeses. Along the way you'll experience spectacular scenery, including stunning mountain views and some incredible examples of Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture.
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Cape Point Penguins Kirstenbosch from Cape TownDay Trips

Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Cape Point Penguins Kirstenbosch from Cape Town

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Escape from Cape Town for the day to explore the peninsula's vast natural wonders, including Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, and Boulders Beach. Choose between two spectacular drives on your private tour, which stops first at Boulders Beach where you meet hundreds of resident African penguins. Then continue to the Cape of Good Hope, a stunning rocky outcrop that's a significant point for sailors. Lastly visit Cape Point, Africa's most south-westerly tip. Keep an eye out for playful baboons and enjoy incredible views from the Cape's two lighthouses.
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Table Mountain Skip-the-Line Ticket and Half-Day Private ChauffeurHalf-day Tours

Table Mountain Skip-the-Line Ticket and Half-Day Private Chauffeur

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Take your Cape Town visit to new heights with this exclusive 4-hour trip to Table Mountain with skip-the-line access and a private chauffeur. Skip to the front of the long line for cable car tickets, then explore this famous landmark at your leisure. When you finish your chauffeur will be waiting to transport you anywhere in the city, or to return you to your hotel.
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Cape Winelands Meal and Wine Private Helicopter Tour from Cape TownDining Experiences

Cape Winelands Meal and Wine Private Helicopter Tour from Cape Town

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Soar through the skies on helicopter tour to Cape Winelands, complete with a 3-course meal. Set out from Cape Town on a scenic journey to this stunning wine region, passing over Clifton's white sand beaches and flying above the Atlantic Coast before landing at Groot Constantia winery. Following a relaxed tasting of wine varietals (own expense) sit down to a gourmet dinner at the onsite Simon's. Savor dishes like wild-mushroom gnocchi and slow roasted lamb, sip complimentary vino and gear up for a breathtaking return trip.
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Small-Group Robben Island and Cape Town Full-Day TourDay Trips

Small-Group Robben Island and Cape Town Full-Day Tour

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This small-group full-day tour of Cape Town combines history and culture with epic scenery, ensuring that you make the most out of your stay. Travel by minivan from your hotel to catch the cable car up Table Mountain for sweeping views of the city. Head back down for lunch then continue on to Robben Island in the afternoon to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years.
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Cape Point Sightseeing TourNature and Wildlife

Cape Point Sightseeing Tour

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Enjoy a beautiful drive to Cape Point from Cape Town on a half-day tour. The scenic route of Chapman's Peak Road takes you along the water past Hout Bay Harbour and Boulders Beach, with its resident African penguins, to Cape Point. It’s part of Table Mountain National Park, and there are spectacular views from the Cape of Good Hope.
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Table Mountain Bike Tour from Cape TownMountain Bike Tours

Table Mountain Bike Tour from Cape Town

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Get your adrenaline pumping during a 4-hour mountain bike tour of Table Mountain from Cape Town. Ride the off-road trails of the city’s most recognized landmark as you explore the mountain up close and enjoy fantastic views of Cape Town and Robben Island far below.
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