WHY VISIT CAPE TOWN

Iconic Southern right whale migration during our winter months

Snorkelling with playful Cape fur seals in magnificent kelp forests

Outrageous spring wildflower displays

Idyllic white-sand beaches with penguins

The breath-taking natural beauty of Table Mountain

Award-winning wines and gastronomy

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OUR FEATURED CAPE TOWN ACTIVITIES

Cape Town by Jonathan Caramanus - Bellingham Safaris

TABLE MOUNTAIN  Enquire Now

Table Mountain National Park where the majestic Table Mountain rises high above the city of Cape Town is certainly one of the city highlights! The revolving cable-car will ferry you to the summit (or you can hike up), from where you are able to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean with Robben Island.

African Penguin by James Kydd - Bellingham Safaris

BOULDERS BEACH Enquire Now

Boulders Beach is the largest breeding population of African Penguin on the African mainland and as many as five hundred penguins grace the beach, often in and around nearby nest burrows. A visit to Boulders Beach offers  superb opportunities to view and photograph these undeniably adorable birds.


Malachite Sunbird by James Kydd - Bellingham Safaris

KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS Enquire Now

These vast gardens, draping the lower slopes of Table Mountain, offer breathtaking views of the mountain. The floral displays are spectacular, particularly those of the Proteas, Ericas, Restios and bulbous plants. Kirstenbosch is also an excellent place to picnic and enjoy Cape Town along with the locals. For art connoisseurs there is a notable collection of stone carvings within the gardens.

Great White Shark by James Kydd - Bellingham Safaris

GREAT WHITE SHARKS Enquire Now

A highlight in Cape Town during the winter months is a trip out into False Bay famed for its breaching Great White Sharks. It is a great privilege to observe these sharks doing what they do naturally – hunting seals. You will hopefully enjoy sightings of these sharks breaching from the water as they hunt – this phenomenon is seen nowhere else in the world!


photo by Delaire Graaf - Bellingham Safaris

THE WINELANDS  Enquire Now

Besides their architectural beauty, these two towns (Stellenbosch and Franschoek) surrounded by pristine natural beauty have become much-loved destinations for those with discerning tastes. Carefully selected wines estates allow one the opportunity to learn about the industry and sample many great South African wines.

Photo by Cape Point - Bellingham Safaris

CAPE POINT Enquire Now

Cape Point is contained within the Cape of Good Hope National Park and although it is often confused as the most southerly tip of Africa it is in fact Cape Agulhas, further east, that is worthy of this title. Cape Point is the most southwesterly point of the African continent and the scenery is wild and rugged.


Photo by Juan Venter - Bellingham Safaris

DIVE WITH SEVEN GILL COWSHARKS  Enquire Now

The magical kelp forests of Pyramid Rock in False Bay are one of the few places worldwide where divers can reliably encounter the (normally) rarely seen Spotted or Seven Gill Cowshark (Notorynchus cepedianus). The prehistoric Seven Gill Cowshark can reach lengths of up to 3m, is a social feeder and can consistently be seen in groups of more than 10 – all making for an impressive (although chilly) dive.

Photo by Steve Benjamin - Bellingham Safaris

SNORKEL WITH SEALS  Enquire Now

These seals are completely wild, they behave naturally and are not fed. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you face-to-face with playful and inquisitive wild animals in their natural habitat. No Great White Sharks have ever been seen on this snorkel trip! Cape Fur Seals occur naturally on islands around the southern African coast and are found nowhere else in the world.


Photo by Chris Fallows - Bellingham Safaris

PELAGIC OCEAN TRIP  Enquire Now

Travel into the pelagic deep waters off Cape Point – these waters have always had an allure for us as they are home to a number of spectacular marine species not normally found close to shore. This trip is not to be missed for keen naturalists. Enjoy thrilling sightings of sleek Blue Sharks and possibly Mako Sharks as well as a plethora of magical sea birds.

photo by Jonathan Caramanu - Bellingham Safaris

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL  Enquire Now

Cultural and Historical tours could include a poignant ferry trip across Table Bay to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was once incarcerated, an inspirational township tour, or an exploration of Cape Town City. Cape Town is a richly culturally diverse city, a reflection of  South Africa’s “rainbow nation”. The city was once home to our beloved “Madiba”, Nelson Mandela.


Photo by James Kydd - Bellingham Safaris

WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK  Enquire Now

Mammals species occurring here include Eland as well as Red Hartebeest, Rock Hyrax and the endemic Cape Grysbok. If you are very fortunate you may come across Caracal, a feline predator with  characteristic tufted black ears. If we have had a good wet year then you can expect a remarkable wildflower display during the months of August and September.

Photo by Dave Hurwitz - Bellingham Safaris

WHALE WATCHING  Enquire Now

Taking advantage of the annual migration of Southern Right Whales, you have the option to take to the ocean to appreciate the beauty, bulk and astonishing behavior of these whales. During the winter and spring months, Southern Right Whales populate the protected Cape bays, escaping the harsh Antarctic climate in order to mate, calve and nurture their young.

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When to visit Cape Town

Summer:

Cape Town comes alive in summer, with tourists pouring in to enjoy the beaches, restaurants, exhibitions and wine lands.
The city is festive, bubbling with energy, and visitors.

Autumn:

Cape Town grows cooler and begins to quiet down in preparation for winter. The weather is at its best, calm and warm.

Winter:

Cape Town lies within a winter rainfall region with temperatures dropping. This is the best season to see the breaching great white sharks.
It is also when the Southern right whales begin to arrive.

Spring:

The season for wild flowers and southern right whales calving.

 

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