Cape Town Free Walking Tours
---------- Meet us at 11am every day!
Outside St Georges Cathedral
on Wale Street

Cape Town Free Walking Tour Cape Town Free Walking Tour

Meet us for our two daily free tours at 11 am or at 2 pm or for our Lions Head sunset walk that starts at 4 pm (from 17th of September). All tours start on the corner of Wale Street and St Georges Mall (across from St Georges Cathedral). Look out for the umbrellas!

Our free tours run 365 days a year come rain or shine - and no booking needed. Just show up and we will be there...

NEWS: From 17th of September we do three different tours a day all starting on the corner of Wale Street and St Georges Mall:

11 am is a free one and a half hour historic tour of Cape Town City Centre

2 pm is a free one and a half hour tour of beautiful Bo-Kaap with the different coloured houses

4 pm is a paid tour up Lions Head to watch the sunset.

See tour details further down on the page

About Us

Our job is to give you the best, most informative and entertaining tour of Cape Town regardless of your budget. The concept is simple: We give you a great tour and at the end you decide how much it was worth to you. Our tour guides work on a tips alone basis meaning you can be sure they will deliver an excellent job every single day of the year. We will never pressure you to tip since we believe money should only be given if the tour was of high quality and you want to reward that within your budget. Our guides are local, certified, and they love Cape Town.  

Tour Highlights Tour Highlights

11 pm Historic Tour
Come join our tour of Cape Town – a tour of heroes and villains, political violence and peaceful revolutions, drama and harmony and a great deal of personal insight in living and being a real Capetonian .

The tour is around one and a half hours long. The highlights usually are:

  • St Georges Cathedral – hear about Desmond Tutu
  • The Parliament and presidents house – the land of many capitals
  • The Old Strand and Old Mutual Building – African style architecture and where the beach used to be
  • City Hall – where Mandela gave his world famous speech
  • Green Market Square – “Africa made in China”
  • The Parade and the Castle of Good Hope – an early pentagon
  • District Six
  • The flower Market – meet South Africa’s National flower “in person”
  • The Slave Lodge – where thousands of slaves were kept
  • Company Gardens with probably the world’s oldest pear tree and the begging squirrels

Keep in mind that all our guides have their own favorite stories, routes and experiences to share, so the exact route and sights may well vary slightly from day to day.

2 pm Bo-Kaap walking Tour
See the colourful houses, smell the spices of the East, hear the mosques calling for prayer, let the Cape Malay food tempt your taste buds and get a feel of what else to do in Cape Town. We might even show you a hidden place to get a local beer...

4 pm Lions Head Sunset Walk
(Runs from September 17th)
This tour goes up Lions Head which is one of the three main mountains that surrounds Cape Town City Centre. Lions Head is an ancient Volcano. The walk will take you to almost 700 meters above sea level to enjoy the beautiful 360 degree view from the top. We meet on the corner of Wale Street and St Georges Mall and end the tour down town too. We use public transport to where the walk start. The tour up Lions Head takes around an hour. Once we reach the summit we enjoy delicious sandwiches and a bottle of water that's included in the price. We leave the summit before the sun sets and catch the actual sunset on the western side of the mountain on our way down. The tour will end approximately 45 minutes after that. On the way the guide will tell you about the nature and the sights you see while walking the spiral shaped path to the top. The tour requires medium fitness level and only runs when weather permits.

The price is R290. You can buy the ticket on one of our free tours. You can also give us a call or a whatsapp message to say you are coming and then simply show up and pay as we start the tour.


Our Guides Our Guides

Jeremy

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Jeremy traveled many kilometres in the old tracks of his Dutch forefathers (well, the lazy way by flying instead of sailing). When he incidentally came to Cape Town on an internship as a physical therapist, it took one look at Table Mountain to know that this was his new home. Having travelled most continents, the Mother City was the place that stuck in Jeremy's heart wherever he went - so now he ended up in the place he loves the most! As Jeremy says "this place swings and sways like the smoothest jazz song" and when Jeremy is not in the City swinging along on the walking tour he can most probably be found hiking the surrounding mountains, or guiding people on mountain bikes up and down Signal Hill.

Sabelo

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After being born in the eastern outskirts of South Africa and raised in Port Elisabeth in the middle of the country, Sabelo inevitably made his way to the West and Cape Town where he settled. The way to guiding took many turns and before he became a guide four years ago he tried out both the car business as well as nursing guests in five starred hotels. Sabelo cares much about the rights and dignity of the individual and when he is not guiding and telling fairy tales of his belowed Cape Town and the Western Cape, he can either be seen discussing the principles of human capital development or running in preparation for half marathons. Running is probably extra relaxing to Sabelo given he has three little girls and a boy to read goodnight stories to when he gets home at night.

Stian

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Girls be aware! This guy will pull out his guitar and sing for you till your knees get soft and your heart starts pounding. But on a walking tour you'll get a fun introduction to the Cape City, as Stian will tell you everything he learned in guide school as well as half a dozen almost true stories from his life in and around Cape Town. Born and raised in Namibia Stian came to Cape Town almost a decade ago and he says it took him two weeks here before he started referring to himself as Capetonian. As he is a music journalist at night, there aren't many sneaky little bars and music venues that haven't enjoyed Stians visit. Therefore recommendations on where to go out come easily from Stian as he walks you through the streets of Cape Town.

Book A Private Tour Book A Private Tour

Upon request we can arrange private tours. These can be tailored to suit your specific interests and time requirements.

 

Contact us by e-mail: capetownfreetour@nielsentours.co.za

Work With Us Work With Us

We are always happy to work with local businesses, initiatives, hostels and eateries in Cape Town. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in a beneficial cooperation.

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Mail:        capetownfreetour@nielsentours.co.za
Phone:    +27(0)766369007

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