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From the beach to the top of the iconic Table Mountain, outdoor adventure awaits all over Cape Town. Whether you're an animal lover, an adrenaline junkie, a surfer, or a cyclist, you'll find outdoor fun during your stay. Here are your options.

On Land
You don't have to leave Cape Town proper to get in on the outdoor action. Take a running, cycling, or walking tour of the city to see its most significant sites, including 3,558-foot (1,084-meter) Table Mountain. This towering landmark is a popular spot for hiking and mountain biking—to get to the top, either make the strenuous hike or ride the rotating cable car for more time to explore the plateau's winding paths. Other adventures lie just outside of town. Wildlife enthusiasts have a host of game and nature reserves to choose from in their quest to see Africa's Big Five, while the Big Cat Sanctuary offers insight into the country's feline inhabitants, with a chance to observe lions, Bengal tigers, caracal, and leopards. Meanwhile, the Atlantis Dunes, 30 minutes outside of Cape Town, set the scene for two more land-based adventures: quad biking and sandboarding.

In the Water
While Africa is famous for the Big Five, South Africa is home to another animal icon: the great white shark. You can test your nerves with the ultimate adrenaline rush and go cave diving with these fierce predators, but if the thought of facing Jaws is a bit too intense, Cape Town has plenty of other aquatic adventures on the menu, including sea kayaking and surfing. The beach breaks here are perfect for beginners and intermediates.

From Above
To get the best views of Cape Town—and the best thrills—you'll have to take your feet off the ground. You can step off the top of Table Mountain and experience a 367-foot (112-meter) controlled descent to the bottom from the world’s highest commercial abseiling point, or fly above the city by parasailing from nearby Lion’s Head for spectacular, unobstructed views. It's also possible to zipline at Silvermist Estate in Cape Town or at the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve outside the city.
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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

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Spend a full day at the Aquila Game Reserve, the closest one to Cape Town, on this safari tour. Get excited to see the ‘Big Five’ game animals and endangered species such as the ‘Aquila’ Black Eagle on this worry-free trip, which includes pickup at your Cape Town city center hotel. This is one of the easiest safari tours near Cape Town, on a private game reserve in a malaria-free area.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$161.90
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US$161.90
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Atlantic Outlook Kayak Tour Cape Town

Atlantic Outlook Kayak Tour Cape Town

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This Atlantic Outlook kayak tour is perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Enjoy a carefree day gliding across the Atlantic Ocean with a guide to lead the way so you don’t get lost. You won’t have to worry about bringing kit with you, as kayaking equipment and safety gear hire is included. Access incredible views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline. You’ll also be able to look out for native marine life such as dolphins, seals, penguins, and sometimes whales too.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$27.08
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US$27.08

African Shark Eco-Charters Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

African Shark Eco-Charters Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

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Dive with sharks off the coast of Cape Town during this small-group excursion. With an experienced captain and crew in the lead, you'll be perfectly safe and listen to guided commentary on the biology and behavior of the sharks before you get in the water. A small group makes for lots of personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$117.36
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US$117.36

Hike Cape Town Like a Local

Hike Cape Town Like a Local

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Hike through areas around Cape Town that most tourists never visit with a guide on a trek. You don't have to worry about getting lost or consulting a map as you go; your guide will lead the way and point out everything worth seeing. Since it's a private tour, you'll be able to set the pace and ask as many questions as you like while traveling.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$21.07
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US$21.07
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Kayak Trip to the Boulders Penguin Colony from Simon's Town in Cape Town

Kayak Trip to the Boulders Penguin Colony from Simon's Town in Cape Town

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See the penguins of Boulders Beach from a different vantage point—a kayak in False Bay—on this tour from Simon's Town. With a guide in the lead to provide paddling instruction and navigation, you'll enjoy the scenery on the way to the best possible views of the waddling penguins. Learn about the birds' biology and behavior, as well as the surrounding marine environment, through your guide's engaging commentary as you paddle.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$21.61
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US$21.61
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Kayak Adventure in Cape Town

Kayak Adventure in Cape Town

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The view of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles is unforgettable. Uninterrupted views of our spectacular mountain range and the sea breeze will leave you feeling rejuvenated and hungry to taste more of what the Mother City has to offer. The trip to Granger Bay takes us past the Green Point Lighthouse, the wrecks of the Seafarer and RMS Athens and to one of the favourite hangouts for our endemic Haviside’s dolphins. They are common companions to our trips – particularly on summer mornings.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$27.78
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US$27.78

Zip-lining in Cape Town - Based at the Foot of the Table Mountain Reserve

Zip-lining in Cape Town - Based at the Foot of the Table Mountain Reserve

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experience one of Cape Town`s Top rated adventure Activity. only 15 minutes away from the V&A waterfront and located close to Hout Bay harbor. This activity takes maximum 2 hours and is a must when visiting Cape Town.
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  • 2 hours
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US$40.93
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US$40.93

Cape Town City Cycling Tour

Cape Town City Cycling Tour

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Explore South Africa's 'Mother City' on two wheels. Embark on a half-day cycling tour of Cape Town, taking in some of its most notable sights and attractions. Visit places like the colorful Bo-Kaap community, the Company's Garden, the Castle of Good Hope, and Adderley Street, one of the city's main thoroughfares. A local guide joins you, sharing stories of Cape Town's vast history and heritage as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.30
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US$46.30

Ocean Wildlife Encounter in Cape Town

Ocean Wildlife Encounter in Cape Town

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Ocean Wonder is an owner run service that offers boat based Ocean Wildlife Encounters. These intimate trips don't follow any set route. Instead, I'm guided by my understanding and ongoing observation of this environment, the creatures in it, and the ever changing water and weather conditions. These trips are all about finding and, where possible and legal, interacting with some of the amazing creatures that frequent the rich waters around Cape Town.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.82
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US$64.82
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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

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One of the Mother City’s most popular hikes, the Lion’s Head trail resembles a screwtop, winding around the mountain in sometimes steep sections. Your reward for the 90-minute effort: panoramic views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles mountain range, and the ocean. Learn about points of historic, cultural and environmental interest from your guide along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$63.20
Price varies by group size
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US$63.20
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Adventurous Table Mountain Hike: Group or Private

Adventurous Table Mountain Hike: Group or Private

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Hiking lovers—this one’s for you. Spend a day hiking up the jewel of Cape Town—Table Mountain. Exploring the mountain alone can be daunting as it's easy to get lost on unfamiliar hiking routes, but you won’t have to worry, as you’ll have a guide to navigate and lead the way. By going on a guided tour, you’ll save time researching, as your guide will take you on a tried-and-tested exciting and adventurous hiking route that boasts the best views.
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  • 3 hours
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US$64.82
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US$64.82

Two Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cape Town

Two Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cape Town

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Take an exciting private helicopter tour from Cape Town to see two oceans in one 25-minute flight. Fly around iconic Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and then continue until you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Watch the terrain far below change as you fly, from beaches and rolling hills to rugged cliffs.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$192.60
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US$192.60
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Shark Cage Diving Tour from Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving Tour from Cape Town

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Choose to get down in the water with the sharks in a cage or enjoy the show from the decks of the boat on this dive tour from Cape Town. Ride from Gansbaai Harbour to the famous Shark Alley, where you can get up close with the animals or stay on deck. Return to Gansbaai Harbour for lunch and a DVD viewing of your adventure.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$159.50
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US$159.50

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

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Spend time watching one of the world’s most feared fish on this 4-to-6-hour cage diving experience in Cape Town. Travel to the ocean off the coast of Gansbaai for a full-day tour. Learn about great white sharks from your marine-biologist guide, and then dive into the water in a cage to observe sharks in their natural habitat. Breakfast, snacks and hotel-pick up and drop off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$187.04
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US$187.04

Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town

Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town

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Spotting the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo—is a priority for many visitors to South Africa and this tour is ideal for those with limited time. Travel from Cape Town by private vehicle, enjoying views of the Breede River, Hex River Wine Valley, and Table Mountain along the way, then join a group safari drive at a private game reserve and enjoy some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$119.77
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US$119.77
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Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Scenic Helicopter Flight

Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Enjoy an exhilarating 45-minute private helicopter tour over Cape Town and the highlights of the Cape Peninsula. See the beautiful scenery of both Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope from the sky. Take in views of Table Mountain and False Bay from above for a unique perspective. Peer down on Boulders Beach to see if you can spot any of the resident penguins, or any of the surfers at Muizenberg. Admire the rows upon rows of vineyards in Constantia before flying back to Cape Town.
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  • 48 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$379.18
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US$379.18
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Table Mountain Hike with Local Guide

Table Mountain Hike with Local Guide

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Hike up Table Mountain, one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World, with a highly experienced local guide, who can tell you everything about the abundant flora and fauna of the area! The beauty of this spectacular rock formation can be admired from multiple angles in Cape Town but hiking Table Mountain is the best way to get the ultimate mountain experience and admire the breathtaking views once you stand on top. Platteklip Gorge is the most straight forward direct ascent and the first route used by early explorers to reach the summit. This trail is the easiest but still gains around 700 meters over a distance of 3 km, so its quite steep. The path goes through a deep ravine on the iconic front face of the mountain and features stunning surroundings all the way to the top. The routes takes between 1H30 to 3H to complete depending on one's fitness level. Hikers are advised to stop regularly along the way to marvel at the spectacular views.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$17.76
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US$17.76

Zipline and Wine from Cape Town

Zipline and Wine from Cape Town

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Combine a zipline adventure with an educational session on cheetahs and wine tasting during this 8-hour tour from Cape Town. National park entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Cape Town hotels included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$114.36
Price varies by group size
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US$114.36
Price varies by group size

Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town

Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town

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We will be hiking up Lions Head, Cape Town's most Instragram'able hike. We plan to either catch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean or sunrise from the Hottentots Holland mountains. We enjoy some amazing photo opportunities before our descent. During a sunset hike, we descend in the dark using our flashlights (provided). During a sunrise hike, we may hike the first part in the dark using our flashlights (provided). While the hike is regarded as easier than Table Mountain, it still involves steep rocky and narrow terrain at certain points from about half up way and a section where the use of steel handles and chains need to be used to get up 2 pitches of about 3 meters each (only up and not down). Quite adventurous indeed. This hike has been an age old tradition for locals especially during the full moon and on clear/windless nights/mornings where the lights of the city below dazzle and the moon and stars show off its beauty in the night sky.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
Price varies by group size
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US$45.00
Price varies by group size

Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

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Climb aboard a private helicopter for an unforgettable flight over Cape Town! During this 18-minute helicopter tour, see the majestic Table Mountain from all sides and the natural amphitheater of Cape Town’s City Bowl. Soar over the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of area attractions like the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, and maybe even Robben Island. It’s a thrilling tour of Cape Town.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$144.45
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US$144.45
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5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape Town

5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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See the best of South Africa’s scenic Garden Route—with visits to Addo Elephant National Park, Wilderness, Jeffreys Bay, and Oudtshoorn—during this 5-day trip from Cape Town. Join your expert guide on hikes through lush forests and canoe rides through picture-perfect water. Visit nature reserves to see some of Africa’s endangered species. Kick back and soak in the sun on soft, sandy beaches. This tour offers the perfect mix of guided and self-directed activities.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$427.33
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2-Day Wildlife and Safari Small-Group Tour from Cape Town

2-Day Wildlife and Safari Small-Group Tour from Cape Town

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Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town!  Travel off the beaten track to interact with wildlife and immerse yourself in the African bush. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo offer the perfect backdrop for a wildlife encounter. You’ll also visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies, giving you a taste of authentic South African culture. This trip offers guided safaris in two prestigious private game reserves, a guided bush walk safari as well as a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants. Visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies for a taste of authentic South African culture. 
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$207.65
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US$207.65
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Quad Bike Tour in Cape Town

Quad Bike Tour in Cape Town

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Put the pedal to the metal during this thrilling ride aboard a 4-wheeled quad bike through South Africa’s Atlantis Sand Dunes. Motor through this outdoor playground of white sand dunes covering more than 10 square miles (27 square kilometers), with dunes reaching up to six stories in height.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.79
Price varies by group size
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US$56.79
Price varies by group size

Stellenbosch Winelands Guided Luxury Cycle Tour

Stellenbosch Winelands Guided Luxury Cycle Tour

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Explore the bounty of the Cape Winelands on this full-day small-group guided cycling tour around Stellenbosch from Cape Town, including food and wine tastings. Pedal your way on a 9-mile (15-km) route through one of South Africa's most prominent wine-growing regions. Stop along the way for wine tastings with food, including lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.60
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US$92.60

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