First-time visitors to Cape Town usually complain when leaving: Why didn’t ‘they’ tell us it was so beautiful … there was so much to do … there was so much variety … that we needed more time. Summer and winter in Cape Town can be harsh, so spring (right now) and autumn/fall are the best times to visit.

Racontours offers tours that are tailor-made for each group, promising to show off our Mother City and the surrounding region as no other local tour company does. (Our secret weapon? Our specialist guides).

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Our tour prices might seem to be on the rich side, and they are, for two reasons:

First is that we use only the best guides.
The second is because our tours are inclusive of all entry fees, wine tastings and lunch at superior restaurants where no other tour buses are likely to be seen.

What’s not included are specialist tours with higher than usual costs. These four options below are very special and will make a visit to Cape Town an ethereal experience.

Robben Island: We prefer to offer private tours so our guests are not loaded onto the island’s school-type buses and bused around en masse. It costs a little extra, but we go our own way in the company of a former political prisoner who brings the experience alive in a most visceral way. Extra tissues recommended.

Table Mountain: Because of the Mother City’s variable weather, trips using the aerial cableway cannot be guaranteed. However, we always try to fit it in if and when we can. The mountain is so much more than an elevated view site: it is part of a World Heritage site and we will explain what and why.

Whales: False Bay is a huge semi-enclosed body of water that is a marine protected area and so offers refuge for three species of whales, dolphins, orcas and much other marine life. The stars of this show are the southern right whales that frolic here from July to November each year.

Sharks: False Bay accommodates the world’s largest concentration of great white sharks and, like the whales, they are honorary citizens (having been a protected species since the 1970s). You can see them from a submerged cage or more safety from the deck of the boat. False Bay is home to the famous, amazing ‘aerial’ sharks. The best shark time in False Bay is June to December.

Shark trips to Gansbaai can be arranged when False Bay is not “working”. This is an all-day outing with departure around 05h00. Scuba diving and snorkeling trips can also be booked, for the truly adventurous.