Arts and Culture Private Day Tour of Cape Town including Kalk Bay – experience picturesque coastal villages along the way

Explore the art, architecture, and scenery of the Cape region on this full-day, private, guided tour from Cape Town. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the Company Gardens, the Cape Gallery, Casa Labia, and the Kalk Bay Gallery, while experiencing magnificent beaches and picturesque coastal villages along the way. A moderate amount of walking is required.

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Highlights
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour by minibus
The full-day tour departs from your centrally located downtown Cape Town, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or Atlantic Seaboard (Mouille Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay) hotel accommodation around 9am.

You’ll first be driven in an air-conditioned minivan to the Company Gardens downtown. There, you’ll embark on a walk toward the city center, strolling past the National Library, Cape Town Parliament, and St. George’s Cathedral. You’ll continue through the heart of the old city where you will find some of Cape Town’s oldest and most prestigious galleries, antique shops, and auction houses, and visit The Cape Gallery flanked by colorful Georgian and Dutch facades. You’ll then return to the Company Gardens for a visit to the South African National Gallery. It houses outstanding collections of South African, British, French, Dutch, and Flemish art with regular exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles, and architecture.

Back in the minivan, you’ll travel to the village of Muizenberg, home to Casa Labia. Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Today it is a contemporary South African art gallery, an uber-stylish Africa nova boutique, as well as a celebrated Italian café where you can enjoy a light and delicious lunch (at your own expense).

You’ll then continue on to the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay where the pace of life is a little slower, and explore its quirky shops, antiques, crafts, and art. Traditional fishing vessels still return with the ‘catch of the day’ to the little port, while surfers enjoy surfing one of the best reefs in Cape Town. Established in 1995, The Kalk Bay Gallery, housed in the distinct Orange Building overlooking False Bay, is reputed to have one of the most comprehensive selections of original contemporary South African art. You’ll have time to explore its unique selection of over 3000 art works from international and South African artists for sale.

Finally, you’ll return to your Cape Town accommodation in the late afternoon. This tour is not wheelchair accessible, and a moderate amount of walking is required. Note that two people per booking is required.

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Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay – Stay in Our Guests’ Favorite Part of Cape Town

Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay is situated in Cape Town, 100 m from Iziko Museums. Cathedral is 100 m from the property.

All units have a TV. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. A microwave and toaster are also provided, as well as a coffee machine. Some units also have a kitchenette, fitted with an oven. Towels are offered.

Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay also includes a year-round outdoor pool. The property also offers grocery delivery.

Company Gardens (Adderly Str Entrance) is 100 m from Bijoux Aparthotel by Totalstay, while St Georges Mall is 100 m away. The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport, 17 km from the property.

City Bowl is a great choice for travelers interested in sightseeing, shopping and food.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8 for a two-person trip.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Free Parking
– Airport Shuttle
– Non-Smoking Rooms

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Cape Town City and Table Mountain Private Tour: including a visit to the Castle of Good Hope

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendor and an assurance of activity of excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

* The Cape Town City & Table Mountain tour will not include Table Mountain during the period 24 July – 6 August, due to the closure of Table Mountain for annual maintenance.

Highlights

Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour by minibus
The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. Take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.

Table Mountain (Cable Car fee not included in cost): By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on the 4th of October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

The Company Gardens have been described as “an oasis of calm in the city rush”, and with the trees, the squirrels and lunch-hour love birds it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of Africa’s most important cities. Spots of interest include a sundial dating from 1787, a Saffren Pear Tree (believed to be South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree), a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a rose garden and pools with brightly colored fish.

The South African Museum was founded in 1825, then moved to its present building, in the historic Company Gardens, in 1897. Since then, millions of visitors have wandered its halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They have left the Museum with a better understanding of the Earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.

Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle was, however, not the first fort to be built at the Cape. A quadrangular fort was built after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, where the Grand Parade and the main Post Office are situated today. In 1936 the Castle was declared a National Monument.

At picturesque Bo-Kaap, or “Malay Quarter”, you’ll discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape’s Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development.

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