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Cape Town Jazz Safari
"Visit the home of a local jazz musician for dinner drinks and an exclusive live performance. Hosts include famous jazz cat names such as Mac McKenzie Hilton Schilder and Blackie Tempi who are sure to keep you entertained with anecdotes about Cape Town's thriving Jazz scene spirit and culture.Hit the town after dinner to enjoy more contemporary Cape Town sounds at a live jazz nightspot. Alternatively the Jazz Safari will take you to the home of a second musician to wind down with a nightcap before returning to a cen""
From ZAR1,350.00
 
Cape Town City and Constantia Wine Route Private Day Tour
"You will be collected at the agreed time and begin the full day private walking and riding Cape Town City tour. Explore Adderley Street in the heart of the city. See some exciting historical buildings which are stalwarts of the city’s culture and history including Batholomew Dias Monument Jan Van Riebeek Monument the Zacharias Waganaer Water Reservoir which can be found in South Africa’s oldest shopping centre the Cape Castle the City Hall where the former president and the Father of the nation Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech on 11-02-1990
From ZAR3,500.00
 
Half-Day Cape Town City and Table Mountain Tour
"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 with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain
From ZAR580.00

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Seals at Duiker Island "Seals Island"

Hey guys , while you at Hout Bay you can take a boat ride to Duiker Island and go and checkout the Seals.

For the Adventurers , Seal dives take place around Duiker Island near Hout Bay. Duiker Island is the home to around 7000 Cape Fur Seals. The island is surrounded by a large kelp forest which makes snorkelling and diving safe and fun.

The dives are generally done on the west side of the island as depths of up to 10m can be reached here. The seals are quite playful and tend to mimic your behaviour. For the non diver, organised snorkelling trips can also be arranged which prove to be a lot of fun with the children.

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cokes
Nov 05, 2004

See the seals at Duiker Island

Take a boat trip and visit the seals in their natural environment on Duiker Island. You see dozens off them resting on the rocks or playing in the ocean.

For more information and photos see my travelogue: A daytrip in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

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Alain_Smeets
Aug 31, 2003

Seals - Duiker island

We took the trip to Duiker Island with Drumbeat charters. They leave from the wharf at Hout Bay. Ample parking is available , walk around the back of mariners wharf and you will see many ticket offices for various boats. They leave fairly regularly and cost R50 per person

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paradisedreamer
Feb 07, 2006

Seals

It takes about 20 minutes to reach the island and the boat stops fairly close so you get a really good view of all the thousands of Cape Fur seals. There are so many of the you can hardly see the rock they are lying on. Many come close to the boat and swim along the sides. The island is most densely populated between January and March - moulting season.

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Feb 07, 2006
 
 
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Duiker Island (seals)

Duiker Island is a small island with seals on it. The island is the main spot of interest in a 30 minute boat tour which is offered from Hout Bay. There’s no possibility to get off the boat to get close the seals – and also no space as the small island is so packed with the seals that you can’t even see the bare stone. You get a lot of chances to take pictures of the seals, but be careful when everybody shifts to one side of the boat – you’ll see how it inclines. With some luck, you’ll see some other animals like dolphis or whales. You see, it’s a touristy thing and perhaps not a must-do. But it’s OK.

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Airpunk
May 27, 2008

Duiker Island

Well, we walked all the way from Hout Bay to the Duiker Island. You can see the seals quite close even without being on a boat. It takes about 1 hour to walk from Hout Bay. The path is quite adventerous and only recommended at low tide. But I felt quite uneasy a few times because some strange people hang out there.
For tourists I recommend to catch a boat. They leave in Hout Bay harbour. Like this you also get very close to the seals! But it's quite smelly...

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chikidee
Oct 23, 2004

Cape Fur Seals

On a small island off Hout bay is a colony of Cape Fur Seals. The cape fur seals also known as brown fur seals live in large colonies mostly on small offshore islands which offer protection from predators.

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Jim_Eliason
Jul 09, 2016

Take a scenic drive up to ...

Take a scenic drive up to Camps Bay. From here, you can catch a magnificent view of the rocky peaks of the Twelve Apostle mountains. I have only one word to describe my feeling from up here - 'WOW!'

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Aug 24, 2002

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Duiker Island

Many many seals down here. Worth a visit ! You have to take a boat, because you cannot land on the island. But it is truly fun, to see the seals taking sunbaths and playing in the water.

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LarsLous
Mar 28, 2003

From Hout Bay (a 20-minute...

From Hout Bay (a 20-minute drive from bustling Cape Town), embark on a boat ride/ excursion to Seal Island to see some interesting seals...

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Krystynn
Aug 24, 2002

Duiker Island.

Is the best place to watch the cape seal colony. Most all the seals are males, growing, the island is not good for reproduction due to the high waves.

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Nov 09, 2006

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