Have you explored most of Cape Town already and are looking for something new and unexpected?

Cape Town has many hidden gems which locals have yet to discover. Who better to help us unlock these special treasures than those who possess the most expertise and knowledge on all things Cape Town?  Our local tour operators and guides are the ones to turn to when looking for unique experiences.

Here are six tours that will allow locals to experience a different side of Cape Town:

Table Mountain Dams & Diving Board Tour | Take A Hike

Most of us have ventured to the top of Table Mountain and have experienced its beauty and majestic views, but did you know that the mountain is also home to five dams, a museum, and a diving board? This hiking tour is perfect for locals who are not aware of the mountain’s many other facets.

The five-hour hike ascends up Woody Ravine at the back of Table Mountain where you will get to spend hours exploring the other side of the mountain, including two of the dams which were once a vital source of water for the city; as well as the Waterworks Museum which houses the machinery that was used to construct these dams. There will also be an opportunity to witness the mountain’s picture-perfect diving board rock before descending down the mountain via the Kasteelspoort route. Take a Hike’s Table Mountain Tour costs R300 per person and is kid-friendly.

The Cape Town Coffee Experience | Cape Town Culinary Tours

Unlock your inner barista and love for coffee with The Cape Town Coffee Experience from Cape Town Culinary Tours. Enjoy an unforgettable walk to various coffee destinations, learn about the city’s coffee scene, enjoy a coffee tasting at each location and experience different coffee brewing methods. There will also be two food pairings on the tour. You will also have the opportunity to connect with local baristas, professional roasters, coffee enthusiasts and learn about the roasting process and the intense training baristas undertake. The tour costs R495 per person.

Township Cycling Experience | ABCD Travel

Take a bicycle ride through the vibrant community of Khayelitsha and immerse yourself with the history, heritage and lifestyle of one of Cape Town’s most popular townships. You will also have the opportunity to visit some entrepreneurial hot spots, engage with local entrepreneurs and check into the Spinach King – Africa’s first township health cafe which is home to its famous spinach bread, spinach muffins, sandwiches and smoothies. The Township Cycling Experience tour from ABCD Travel includes lunch and water, and costs R550 per person.

Guided Photo Walk | Street Art Tours’

Are you into urban art and photography? Discover Salt River and its culture by experiencing its iconic street art and magnificent murals, and learn how to take good photographs while doing it. The Guided Photo Walk tour costs R450 per person and runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Cape Flats Meander Tour | Aunty Nita’s Tours

Take a journey through the various communities in the Cape Flats areas, including Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain and Athlone. The Cape Flats Meander Tour will focus on history by showcasing the atrocities of the Apartheid regime, as well as success stories of those who are having a positive impact on the Cape Flats. The tour includes transport and a snack at one of the homes of a local aunty in the area. Half-day tours range from R900 per person, while a full-day tour starts at R1300 per person.  Email Aunty Nita’s Tours at anita@auntynitas.co.za for a quote.

Day For It Tour | Yang Steezy Travel

Start your day with a gorgeous champagne breakfast, explore the Woodstock Street Art scene and go gin, beer, tea and wine tasting before enjoying an authentic South African braai (barbeque). Yang Steezy Travel’s Day For It tour can be booked on their website, Facebook page or you could phone or WhatsApp them at +27 72 651 0781. The tour costs R1300 per person.