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Sir Lowry's Pass Tours

Sir Lowry's Pass
This mountain pass in Helderberg was named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, who was governor of the Cape in 1828. Today's four-lane highway is a far cry from the original pass, when travelers would have had a far more challenging time negotiating this formidable mountain range. Now Sir Lowry’s Pass allows easy passage across this daunting natural barrier with the chance to enjoy some spectacular views along the way.

The striking beauty of the area, which is often mysteriously shrouded in mist and rain, more than makes up for the traffic that inevitably builds up through Somerset West and around Gordons Bay. The summit provides one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Western Cape, and on a clear day it’s even possible to see the range from the southern suburbs of Cape Town some 37 miles (60 km) away.

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Sir Lowry's Pass can be reached by following the N2 highway from Cape Town. The car park on the approach to the top of the pass on the western side is a good spot for stopping and exploring the area.
Address: Sir Lowry's Pass, Helderberg 7135, South Africa
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Cape Agulhas Private Tour

Cape Agulhas Private Tour

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See the rugged natural beauty of Cape Agulhas on this tour from Cape Town. Visit the southernmost point of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town via the whale-watching town of Hermanus.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$117.20
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US$117.20
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Shark Diving Full Day Guided Private Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town

Shark Diving Full Day Guided Private Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town

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If you’re a thrill seeker at heart, get your adrenaline pumping on this private, full-day tour of Gansbaai from Cape Town, including a 3-hour shark cage-diving experience. Board a boat, and sink to underwater depths in a protected cage to see sharks and even whales swimming in their natural habitat. Afterward, pick your next adventure before heading back to Cape Town. Choose to go to Hermanus, Overberg, or Stoney Point.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$126.07
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Full Day Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus

Full Day Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus

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Swap the hustle and bustle of Cape Town for a peaceful day of scenic views and a whale watching boat trip. No need to worry about booking your own transport as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. You won’t waste a moment, as your guide will point out attractions en route such as Pringle Bay and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. After a delicious lunch, you’ll go on a whale watching boat trip to spot these magnificent creatures in the wild.
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  • 8 hours
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US$253.41
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Whale Watching Tour from Cape Town

Whale Watching Tour from Cape Town

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Marvel at the magic of Mother Nature with a whale watching tour to Hermanus from Cape Town. Enjoy the majestic scenery in this part of South Africa, where land-based whale watching is easy. Watch for Southern Right Whales, which come here annually to breed and calve. Stop for photo opportunities at scenic points, and get a chance to upgrade to a boat-based whale-watching tour while in Hermanus (own expense).
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.03
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US$95.03
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Private Full Day Shore Whale Watching Penguins Wine Tasting Tour from Cape Town

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Private Full Day Shore Whale Watching Penguins Wine Tasting Tour from Cape Town

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Enjoy the best of stunning Cape Town on this private tour that includes whale watching, penguin viewing, and wine tasting. Journey to the rugged cliffside town of Hermanus, known as the whale capital of South Africa. Cross Sir Lowry's Pass where you may spot the national bird: the Blue Crane. After spending some time at Walker Bay, stop to see Cape Penguins in their natural habitat on the way back. Finally, enjoy a light lunch (own expense) and wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.78
US$136.21
US$20.43 savings
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Private Shore Whale Watching Penguin and Wine Tasting Tour from Cape Winelands

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Private Shore Whale Watching Penguin and Wine Tasting Tour from Cape Winelands

With so much to see around Cape Town, the only way to do it is to drive. But why drive when you can be driven! If staying in Paarl, Stellenbosch, or Franschhoek, this full-day private road trip is the perfect way to explore South Africa’s Cape Region. Mountain passes, sweeping views of vineyards and orchards, a coastline cruise along False Bay and wildlife spotting along the way, including whales, penguins and blue cranes. Sample local wines and produce before returning to your pick-up location in time for dinner.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$126.55
US$148.88
US$22.33 savings
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Wine-Tasting and Whale-Watching Tour from Cape Town

Wine-Tasting and Whale-Watching Tour from Cape Town

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Combine two of South Africa's top activities, whale-watching and wine-tasting, in a single 9-hour tour from Cape Town. Travel to Hermanus to see right whales off the coast or upgrade your tour with an optional whale-watching cruise. Taste local wines in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, then visit Sir Lowry's Pass and Elgin. Tastings and round-trip transportation from your accommodations in Cape Town are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$73.74
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Private Day Tour:Cape Agulhas Tip of Africa Winelands Penguins from Cape Town

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Private Day Tour:Cape Agulhas Tip of Africa Winelands Penguins from Cape Town

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This 10-hour Private Tour for Small Parties takes you to the "Tip of Africa", "Where the Two Oceans Meet" Atlantic and Indian Oceans. While putting your one foot on the Indian Ocean side and the other on the Atlantic Ocean side, the guide will take a picture of you.. Visit the the lighthouse (third oldest in South Africa) Although it is a long journey-4 hours, stops will be made en route, one in Hermanus, the Whale Capital of South Africa, as well as at "Stoney Point" to see the hundreds of African Penguins in its natural habitat. On the way back we stop at one of the award-winning vineyards to sample a few superior wines. The drive will take you along awesome mountain passes and will conclude with a picturesque Coastal Drive on the way back into the "Mother City" Keep your eyes peeled for the National Bird of South Africa, the Blue Crane, as the region known as "Overberg" is the natural habitat of this beautiful bird. Drop off around 17h00/18h00. STARTING TIME: 8h00.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$134.62
US$158.38
US$23.76 savings
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6 Day Cape to Addo Safari

6 Day Cape to Addo Safari

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This incredible South African ecotour offers the chance to swim with great white sharks, jump from the world’s highest bungee and zipline through a treetop obstacle course. Or you can opt for the chill version and simply enjoy cliff-top whale watching, canoeing, game tracking, hiking through national forests and relaxing on beautiful beaches. Whichever route you prefer, this adventure tour of the Cape Peninsula from Cape town will not disappoint.
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  • 6 days
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US$527.64
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Shore Whale Watching Day Tour to Hermanus the Whale Capital of SA from Cape Town

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Shore Whale Watching Day Tour to Hermanus the Whale Capital of SA from Cape Town

The Atlantic Ocean waters off South Africa are home to a diverse range of marine creatures, but finding the best viewing spots requires local knowledge. On this tour, take to the waves with your guide and cruise to the best whale- and penguin-watching locations around Walker Bay and Stoney Point. Admire native marine wildlife in its natural habitat, with pickup and drop-off at your Cape Town or Cape Winelands hotel included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$107.70
US$126.70
US$19.00 savings
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Whale and Vineyard Safari

Whale and Vineyard Safari

The tour has much variety giving the tourist much to see with wine farms & wine tasting, game drives and observing the wildlife of Cape Town.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$140.94
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US$140.94

Full Day Whale Watching Tour

Full Day Whale Watching Tour

The scenic coastal drive and experience of the majestic beauty of the Southern Right Whales basking in the warm waters of the Hermanus coastline.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$125.44
Price varies by group size
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Private Shore Whale Watching Tour to Walker Bay Hermanus from Cape Town

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Private Shore Whale Watching Tour to Walker Bay Hermanus from Cape Town

Spend a day exploring South Africa's scenic False Bay coast, with a visit to the coastal town of Strand and a stop to mingle with the penguins of Stony Point. This private tour includes a short waterfall hike and a drive through the local 'Apple Country,' but the real highlight is seasonal whale watching from the rocks in Hermanus―known as South Africa's 'Whale Watching Capital.'
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.78
US$136.21
US$20.43 savings
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US$136.21
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