Cape Town is one of the world's great cities, welcoming millions of international visitors every year. Tourists come to explore the iconic sights, unique history, world-class food & drink, outdoor activities, culture, art... the list goes on. Whether you're visiting for just a few days or staying longer, the Mother City has something for everyone - and it's full of surprises! With that in mind, we've put together a list of some of the city's most unusual sightseeing experiences, including unique tours and excursions that take you off the beaten track. From an underground tour to a sunset trike ride, we've loads of great recommendations to make your stay a memorable one.
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Cape Town sunsets are a sight to behold, and Signal Hill is an ideal vantage point. This three-wheeled trike tour sets off two hours before sundown and includes sparkling wine and finger food - the perfect romantic evening for two! Rumble through Cape Town on an awesome chauffeur-driven trike before circling up to Signal Hill for a view you'll never forget. Gazing out across the bay as the African sun dips below the horizon, you'll wish the moment could last forever!
If you're looking for a unique day out in Cape Town, this underground tour of Fort Wynard is definitely worth checking out. Built in 1975, the fort was declared a national monument in 1976, and its a great place to learn about the city's military history. The tour explores hidden tunnels, bunkers, ammunition lifts and South Africa's only disappearing gun. Put all your questions to an expert guide before retiring to the Sergeant's Bar for a drink and more stories!
A one-and-a-half-hour drive south of Cape Town, Cape Point is famous for its ocean views and lighthouses, but it's also home to Africa's first commercial funicular - the Flying Dutchman. This has been carrying passengers to and from the car park for over 20 years, offering stunning views of the native fynbos and coastal scenery. Save yourself a climb, hop aboard and keep your camera at the ready!
This unique bike tour promises you the best sights and bites Cape Town has to offer! Get pedaling and discover the true tastes of South Africa, including Malay fish curry, traditional bobotie, locally made biltong, and sweet confectioneries like Hertzoggie and Koesister. The tour stops at three quality establishments, and each one is led by a professional guide and foodie. You'll learn where the locals like to eat - and leave with a smile on your face!
Kelp forests are some of the most fascinating ecosystems on Earth, and this one-of-a-kind diving experience is your chance to explore them off the Cape Peninsula. Join experienced instructors for a 30-60-minute dive and swim through underwater jungles home to gully sharks, shysharks, pajama sharks, seals and more. It's an experience that will stay with you long after returning to the surface - a must for adventurous wildlife enthusiasts!
Here we have another unusual sightseeing tour for you! This time, it's a full day ride around the Western Cape in a vintage motorcycle sidecar. These decommissioned military bikes - originally driven by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army - have been carefully refurbished and prepped for South African roads. Sidecar passengers receive leather jackets, helmets and goggles - plus a bandana to keep! - and you can choose from three scenic routes.
Whale watching is a must-do activity while you're in South Africa, and Hermanus is THE place to do it! This convenient sightseeing package includes air-conditioned transport from Cape Town and a two-hour boat trip. Expert guides will teach you all about the whales and their natural habitat while working hard to provide the best sighting opportunities. If you're lucky, you can spot southern right whales, dolphins, seals and more - the natural world at its most breathtaking!
Our final sightseeing tour is a chance to explore the off-road trails of Table Mountain on your very own adult-sized, fat-tried, non-motorized scooter! The clue's in the name though, right? Not only are these scooters great fun to ride, they're eco-friendly too, and the experience is perfect for families who love to get outdoors and keep active. Enjoy stunning views of Cape Town from Signal Hill and Dead Man's Tree - and get the adrenaline pumping on the exciting downhill sections!
Well, there you have it - eight unique Cape Town sightseeing tours to make your time here extra special. We hope you've been inspired to get off the beaten track and explore the Mother City from a whole new perspective!
Of course, these are just some of our favourites, but there are loads more of unusual experiences to be found in our sightseeing tours section. Alternatively, you can browse everything Cape Town has to offer, here.
If you've any questions about the experiences listed above - or Cape Town activities in general - please get in touch via the comments section below. Our team are on hand from 10am - 6pm, Mon - Fri, and we'd love to hear from you!