Day Trips

In addition to our bespoke tours and Cape Town highlight three-day package, PG TOPS also creates and delivers day trips including ‘Cape Point and Penguins’, ‘Private Cape Winelands Tour’, ‘Table Mountain & City’ and ‘Hermanus Whale Watching’. Please read below for further information on these trips which are all delivered to you as a private individual, couple, or small group by our friendly, experienced and qualified guides. Get in touch if you’d like to book a day trip or click here for our 3-day highlights package.

Cape Point & Penguins Tour
For your day trips to Cape Point, you’ll be with us from 08h30 – 17h00. This is probably the most popular full day excursion out of Cape Town – with good reason. Your customised trip includes entrance to Cape Point Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay Harbour and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The views are spectacular and it’s a mini-safari in itself – animals you might see en route include ostriches, chacma baboons, African penguins, Southern Right Whales (in season), Cape fur seals, antelope and a variety of bird species.

It’s a bit of a drive out to Cape Point, but the view off Chapman’s Peak Drive is our favourite and the hike to the Cape of Good Hope is also a highlight. There are so many cool things to do on this route that it really merits a two-day excursion, which we’d happily organise for you. You can still cram quite a bit into single day trips – we’ll have to make some choices though!

This full day tour can also include optional stops and activities. You might like to stop in picturesque Simons Town, or Hout Bay where you can enjoy a 50 minute seal island cruise. We recommend a stroll through the world famous and beautifully tranquil Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or for something a little more active horse riding on Noordhoek Beach, a surf lesson in Muizenberg, or kayaking with penguins! We can also arrange a wine tasting at Groot Constantia or Cape Point Vineyards to give you a taste of our exquisite South African wines.

There are a lot of cool spots for lunch, and we’re always adding new favourites to our list. Let us know what you’re keen for and we’re sure to book somewhere that will delight.

Interested? We know we are! Click here to book the Peninsula tour!

Cape Winelands Tour

We love the Cape winelands of beautiful Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and we’re so confident that you will too that we offer a private full day tour. If you are traveling with kids or you are not particularly interested in wine, this outing still has serious value for the scenery, historic towns and interesting monuments and museums. Not to mention the amazing restaurants!

On these day trips you’ll be with us from 9am – 5pm, and in that time we’ll generally visit 3 wine warms, some of which also offer champagne, olive oil, beer, chocolate or nougat tastings as well as interactive eco-activies, museums and monuments. We don’t normally choose the farms until the day of the tour, as we like to chat to our clients on the way out to find out what kind of program would suit them. Having said that, we work on a basic formula that is sure to please: visit somewhere old, somewhere new, and somewhere with a view. We customise the trip on a mix of what you want and what we think would be cool based on the weather, wine preferences, group dynamic and which one of our winemaker buddies are available to wow you. Over time, we have found firm favourites depending on who the client is – red wine lovers are different from champers-guzzling wedding parties, wine connoisseurs need to taste the really good stuff as opposed to wine snobs (read the French) who need to be handled with kid gloves. The Cape Winelands are so diverse that we’re confident there’s something for everyone – even if that doesn’t mean wine! We also have our favourites when it comes to restaurants in the winelands, and rest assured we will reserve a top spot for you.

A driving tour of historic Stellenbosch is included and here it is possible to do a stop for a walk and shop around, to visit Oom Samie se Winkel, the town centre or even the university campus. The Stellenbosch Museum is great for a look at the history of our country and context for the culture of this amazing town and a visit to Doc Craven’s statue is a must for rugby fans. There are also the wonderful gardens of Rustenburg or Babylonstoren, the historic splendour of Vergelegen, the slave museum of Solms Delta and the Cheetah Sanctuary in Somerset West, to name just a few! Sometimes we visit the Taal Monument in Paarl or the Hugenot Monument in Franschhoek, and we can also, on request, stop at the Eagle Encounter at Spier. We love getting out there and finding something to blow you away.

Farms: We choose from Muratie, Ernie Els, Tokara, Del Aire, Grand Provence, La Petite Ferme, Middelvlei, Rust en Vrede, Solms Delta, and many others. We’ve summarized why these ones consistently make the cut for us to whet your appetite, or should that be awaken your palate?

ERNIE ELS

Champion golfer. Champion wines. Champion views. This magnificent estate nestled in the Stellenbosch Mountains is a firm favourite for us. Check out Ernie’s trophies, taste the Big Easy, do a cellar tour and visit his private cellar. They do a mean cheese platter too…

GRAND PROVENCE

Grand Provence lives up to its name in every way. It’s Grand. It’s Provincial. In the heart of the Franschhoek valley, you’ll fall in love with the beauty and elegance of this proud estate, coupled with exquisite wines and friendly staff. Great for a winter visit, they have a roaring fireplace to keep away the chills.

THE SPICE ROUTE

When Fairview owner Charles Back bought the wonderful property of Seidelberg, we were dubious. However, he has succeeded in creating a wonderful new destination in the Cape Winelands, and offers something a little different. Grappa tasting, beer tasting, chocolate tasting, biltong tasting, picnics, wonderful cuisine, and oh yeah… great wines! An assault on the senses, in the best possible way.

FAIRVIEW

Iconic Fairview is a well known crowd pleaser, because man these guys are slick – cheese and wine tasting on beautiful estate with some goats prancing around and Khoi fish in the pond.  All of this and a well known cheeky brand known as the Goats do Roam (yep, the French hate them). Fairview also has some sweet BEE social initiatives through Fairvalley wines, so overall this is deservedly an estate that attracts a lot of visitors. It’s a busy favourite but a good one, and it represents big business in the winelands well.

TOKARA

GT Ferreira’s baby project is a magnificent modern building nestled on top of Helshoogte Pass complete with helicopter pad and breath-taking views from the tasting room. The huge fireplace, big comfy leather chairs and swanky interior makes this a great spot whatever the season. This is our “fancy” visit – they make really good whites with grapes taken from different regions, the folks are friendly and there’s always a buzz. It has made a splash in SA winemaking in a relatively short time, with good reason!

MURATIE

The legendary Melck family are pioneers in SA winemaking – Tannie Annetjie even helped create “Oom Samie se Winkel” and she still makes the jam preserves you can buy in the tasting room. This Stellenbosch Estate is an institution… it’s been around for over 330 years and we don’t think they’ve renovated since then! Cobwebs, ancient wagon wheels, historic paintings of owner mistresses in the 1800s with the accompanying saucy legends, encapsulated in the iconic Ansela van de Caab flagship red and well documented by the informed tasting staff. This is our “real” visit – an estate that celebrates its heritage. The port and chocolate tasting is great too!

MIDDELVLEI

This third generation estate in the heart of Stellenbosch has been a favourite for a while. Owner Ben Momberg, ably assisted by canine companions Pinotage and Tinta, takes us through his cellar for an informative lesson as winemaker and inappropriate amounts of wine tasting from different containers and wooden barrels. By the end of it, we are more than ready for lunch, which is a farm-style braai in summer and a great snack platter by the fireplace in winter. This is the business!

Interested? We know we are! Click here to book the wine tour!

Table Mountain & City Tour

We’ll spend four hours, either in the morning or afternoon, introducing you to the city and the biggest site in Cape Town – Table Mountain. Did you know that Table Mountain was voted one of the New Natural Wonders of Nature 2012?

Sights include: Green Market Square, Company´s Garden, Bo-Kaap (the colourful Muslim quarter), Signal Hill, and some of the wonderful museums and activities offered by the Cape Town Central Business District. We will advise based on your interests, but these include the District Six Museum, the Eastern Food Bazaar, Adderley Street and the flower market, the SA Museum, and the Castle of Good Hope. The Castle of Good Hope

According to your preference, we will then hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain. We will either pre-book your tickets to avoid the queues, or plan an epic hike up one of the three main routes if you’re ready for an adventure!

These sights can be covered within a 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm slot, and we will drop you back at the V&A Waterfront where you can enjoy the city buzz at the working harbour, surrounded by food and shopping options.

However, we would also recommend extending one of the day trips into a full day’s itinerary, especially if you wish to incorporate a hike up Table Mountain with one of our experienced guides, or if you would like to include a ferry trip to Robben Island. This 4-hour round trip includes a tour of the prison where Mr Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years led by an ex-prisoner of the island. It really is a highlight for visitors seeking a true insight into the country’s complicated and fascinating history.

A popular extension is a Cape Malay Cooking Class with our friends at Lekka Kombuis in the Bo-Kaap!

On Saturdays, also be sure to pop into the Biscuit Mill Neighbourhoods Food Market!

Want to explore the Mother City and one of the Natural World Wonders with us? Click here to book now. We also specialize in Private Tours in and around Cape Town. We could easily arrange a tour of the Winelands or Peninsula Tour as part of our service!

Langa Township Tour

This is a popular combination with an excursion to Robben Island. Richard or one of his colleagues from the Xhosa-speaking township of Langa will take you on tour that will move you to your core, as you explore the devestating urban effects of Apartheid, witness the resilience of the local residents and be inspired by the initiatives for community upliftment.

Hermanus Whale Watching Tour

Join us for a day of spotting giant Southern Right Whales mating, calving and rearing their young along with some of the Cape’s most beautiful seaside towns and ports. During the months of August to November, we enjoy taking couples and groups our to Hermanus via the scenic whale route off False Bay. We’ll take you for a day of sights, sea air and a spot of lunch – hopefully with some whales thrown in too…! The promenade in Hermanus is the best spot to watch these magnificent creatures and if you’re lucky you might even see some dolphins. We also work with whale watching cruises in both Hermanus and Gansbaai that can be incorporated into your trip.

On the way back, there is a myriad of options, including stopping off at the Penguin Colony at Stony Point, a stop off at the Cheetah sanctuary in Strand or a wine tasting at Hamilton Russel, Creation or Newton Johnson.

Many of our clients incorporate this private day tour as part of a first leg traveling up the Garden Route. We offer Custom Garden Route Private Tours which can also be combined with a Luxury Safari experience at Sanbona or Botlierskop.