Optional Day Tours

Accompanying persons and their families have the opportunity to enjoy themselves on vacation whilst their partners engage in advancing  the standing of biosafety research around the world at the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO). Please see below a great selection of day tours encapsulating the best of what Cape Town has to offer.

ISBGMO 2014 delegates wanting to book tours and excursions pre or post the conference can contact Roshin at Ilios Travel for a quotation. All costs are for delegate's own account and must be booked and paid directly with the secretariat.

Roshin Ismail | Ilios Travel | Email: Roshin@ilios.co.za | Tel: +27 21 534 5994 | Fax +27 21 534 9850


Half Day Cape Point (morning or afternoon)

Departs +/- 08h15 or +/-13h45 daily
Duration +/- 4.5 hours
Rate: R 504.00 per person

Depart the hotel and enjoy the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now a popular residential area, the harbour still has a charm of days gone by. The tour continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive – if open, with a 200-meter drop on one side of the coach and a 200-meter rise on the other, as we make our way south, following the Atlantic Ocean until we reach Cape Point (Funicular for own account). Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake, the explorer, once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe ”. And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa. We pass the naval base of Simonstown as we continue along the Indian Ocean, en route to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders Beach (cost inclusive) before ending the tour back at your hotel.

 Cape Point - Aerial ViewBoulders - PenguinsHout Bay Beach

Full Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Depart the hotel +/- 08H15 daily
Rate: R 672.00 per person

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak (The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg will be used as an alternative route where necessary), one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (cost not included), we go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre.

We then make our way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain

The tour ends at approximately 17:30 hrs.

 Boulders - PenguinsHout Bay - Aerial ViewCompany Gardens - Cape Town

Half Day City Tour

Departs +/- 08h30 daily to +/- 13h30
Rate: R 400.00 per person

Including all the 'must-sees' of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling metropolitan city it has become.


  • Table Mountain (cable car fee not included; weather permitting)
  • A walk through the Company Gardens
  • The historic Castle of Good Hope
  • SA Museum

 Castle of Good Hope Company Gardens

Half Day Robben Island Tour 

Rate: R 416.00 per person

Formerly a political prison and leper colony before that, this historic landmark was recently established as a museum and national monument. Experience the conditions of incarceration – view Nelson Mandela’s maximum-security prison cell (Cell 5) and see the lime quarries. In the one, hard labour was served, in the
other prisoners discussed strategy, freedom and the future. Later, many would develop eye problems as a result of the sun’s reflection off the lime surfaces. This well-preserved landmark is a monument to the triumph of freedom, dignity and determination over humiliation and oppression.

On Robben Island, visitors’ movements are restricted by regulation to the bus and the group’s guide. Tours of the island are conducted in large buses.  On return to the V & A Waterfront you will be escorted back to your hotel.

 Robben Island

Full Day Winelands Tour

Departs +/- 08h30 daily to +/- 17h00
Rate: R 672.00 per person

At 08:15 hrs you will be met in the foyer of your hotel by an Ilios Travel host who will escort you on your private tour to the Winelands.

Highlights of this day tour include a scenic and historic drive through this beautiful wine region with wine tasting at local farms in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

We enjoy our final tasting of the day in the wine center before returning to the bustle of city life after, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 17:30 hrs.

Alternative eastates may be visited over weekends and on public holidays.

No wine tasting under 18 years.

Rhebokskloof Wine EstateStellenbosch SceneryZorgvliet

Half Day Township Tour

Departs +/- 08h30 and +/- 13h15 daily 
Duration +/- 4 hours
Rate: R 416.00 per person

Tour offers an insight into and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. Witness everyday life in a harsh environment that tells of the struggles, hopes and achievements. See why 27 April 1994, the date of first democratic elections, was such an important day in South Africa.

We start with a tour of District Six. See the oldest mosque in South Africa. District Six was once home to thousands of people of various cultures. We visit Langa, the oldest formal black township in Cape Town, and see the local market, an art and crafts centre, and we visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality of a local B&B. We visit a crèche offering fun, and a safe haven for the local children.

Some of the venues may be closed on public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

MzoliTownship TourBeaded Goods

Full Day Cultural Tour and Robben Island Cultural Tour and Robben Island

Departs +/- 08h30 and +/- 17h00 daily 
Rate: R680.00 per person

Complete your cultural experience by extending the morning Township Visit Tour to include a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon.

Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. Your return to your hotel is included.

Handy tip: Sun protection, protective clothing and preventative treatment against sea sickness are advisable.

Subject to weather, ferry schedule and seat availability.

Cape Malay
Robben IslandKhayelitshan Craft Market