Cape Town Private Tours
Cultural Tours • Historical & Heritage Tours • Private Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Wine Tours & Tastings
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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We are a husband and wife team offering personalised private tours which are highly flexible according to the preferences of our guests. Our prices are competitive but does not translate into a lower standard of service. We are both university graduates and we have been in the business for over twenty years. You will travel in style in our Mercedes Benz E class sedan. Further details are available from Charl and Erna van Tonder Cape Town Private Tours co za
Cape Town Central, South Africa

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Marialena R.
Simon's Town, South Africa6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were lucky to have been referred to Charl for the two day-tours we have taken here in the Western Cape area. Having chosen to stay in Simon’s Town to avoid the more metropolitan area of Cape Town, it was vital for us to make our way around in a hired car. We couldn’t have been more fortunate. Charl’s professionalism was evident from the start, with the disinfectant, tissues and water in the cooler for us guests.
The car was spotless and spacious and he didn’t even mind when my husband came back from smoking outside and had the smell of tobacco about him.
In terms of knowledge, there was nothing Charl did not know, including the best viewpoints to visit, lovely refueling stations (coffee is a fuel and I won’t have any opposition), and of course, the history and details of everything, even any animal our eye caught and we wanted explained.
Extremely polite, a wonderful conversationalist, with a very lovely sense of humor. He took us to the city of Cape Town, Signal Hill, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point etc, he insisted on our tasting wonderful wine varieties in Constantia and he made the best suggestions.

We would love to return to Cape Town to see more, perhaps be so lucky as to meet the sweetheart of a wife he speaks so much about, and we highly, HIGLY recommend their business.
Written August 20, 2021
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Dear Mary We are extremely grateful for your kind words of appreciation. We were honoured to have hosted your group during your Cape Town visit and Charl enjoyed your excellent company and wonderful enthusiasm tremendously. We wish you many happy travels and much happiness. Kindest regards from Charl and Erna van Tonder, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Written August 27, 2021
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Fathi E
Cairo, Egypt7 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We were visiting cape town in the end of December and we were lucky to had a tour planed and guided by charl to the cape of good hope and the cape point.
The guy is really professional and well informed about the history of the places in our way to the cape point and he delivers the info Easley like if he is telling a story.
We really enjoyed the tour with him either in the cape point or in the stops we did along the way there.
He even has a book published about cape town and it's surrounding and it's a very nice simple though full of details book for those who want to explore cape twon.
I highly recommend him if you want to do a tour in cape town we really enjoyed the tour with him.
Written February 19, 2021
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Tim S
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Mar 2021 • Family
My wife and I spent a day with Charl on a tour of Cape Town's iconic city attractions which ended in a wine tasting at Groot Comstantia Wine Farm

What a lovely experience it was, Charl is an extremely broad knowledge on the history of Cape Town and provided some very interesting and insightful facts surrounding its heritage. We found Charl to be a jovial fellow which made the tour all the more enjoyable, so if you are wanting some of the lesser known facts that shaped what you see in the mother city today, then Charl is undoubtedly your best bet. With the personalised approach, you get his undivided attention, which is often not the case in bigger tour groups.

Charl also provided us with his own published guide to touring Cape Town and surrounds, a concise yet comprehensive, easy to read book that details all the main highlights of the Western Cape from St. Helena Bay through to Cape Agulhas and everything in between.

We will definitely be back for another tour with Charl to visit some of the other attractions. Cape Town Private Tours ,Charl & Erna van Tonder come highly recommended!

Thank you for a very memorable experience.
Written March 12, 2021
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Ropaah
Huddersfield, UK2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Joshua Mutami has offered us exceptional services on our visit to Cape Town. We visited the Waterfront, table mount, lions head, cape point, boulders beach penguins , shark diving hermanus. He helped us to pick the best places to visit.
Friendly, time keeping, affordable, knowledgeable, pleasant and flexible services. We would definitely use again on our visit to Cape Town.
Written April 19, 2020
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Charlene
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
Awesome day with Charl in Cape Point. Charl showed us the gems of the area and shared exceptional history knowledge! What an enjoyable experience for our family! Professional service throughout. Definitely reccomended!
Written December 31, 2020
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Grumpy_Old_Couple
West Sussex, UK41 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
We chose Charl & Erna who run Cape Town Private Tours from a list of 11 companies that we asked to quote on two day tours. They have all the accreditations you want. The first day we went to the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Bay (penguins) and Table Mountain and secondly to Hermanus (whales) and Stoney Bay (also penguins but cheaper and better). All the quotes we got back were professional but Charl & Erna's stood out as a very personal and helpful response and they were significanty cheaper than the competition.

We had two wonderful days with Charl who could not have been more helpful or accommodating. We saw all one would see with the other companies and more at our pace in our own 7 seater (better views) and we could spend as long or short a time as we liked everywhere. On the first day our video camera broke and that night Charl found out where the cheapest good camera shop was in Cape Town and first thing took us there to buy a new one.

We can not praise them highly enough they offer an extremely polite, friendly service doing what you want but offering their great experience of the sites and what is possible and what you personally might like.

This is their first review, although they have been going for a long time no-one has initiated a site for them. We felt so strongly about the superb quality of what we received we have taken the trouble to get them registered here.

...and they play fair on payment - no advance payments by fund transfer and no credit card details. Pay them when you go and please play fair back with them they are a wonderful helpful couple.

Re-reading this they seem to be too good to be true - wrong they are that good!

Go with them you won't regret it.
Written November 29, 2013
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Micheljane
Columbus, OH241 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Oh my:-) this is the way to go when you visit Cape Town. Forget those 20+ people in a vehicle and do book with Charl and Erma. Prior to leaving the US, I found their website and immediately booked 2 tours with Cape Town Private Tours, THE CAPE PENINSULA AND CAPE POINT CIRCULAR ROUTE and A DAY TRIP TO CAPE AGULHAS: THE SOUTHERN MOST TIP OF AFRICA .

Charl was the perfect driver/guide/friend for two entire fun filled, fact filled days. He picked the three of us up at our hotel and off we went in search of the Cape of Good Hope, Seal Island,
the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, Cape Agulhas, the whales at Hermanus and so much more.

We laughed, joked, discovered, ate, and just had the best time. If you divide the three of us by the prices Charl charges, it is the same as being on one of those crowded vans and oh, will you ever discover so much more. Want to linger a bit longer at one of the small restaurants that Charl chooses? Yes you can do that. Each tour is personal and packed with so much to see and do.

At the Southern most tip of South Africa, CAPE AGULHAS, Charl had a surprise for us:-) He had packed up glasses and champagne to celebrate being at the Cape. Never see or experience that on one of those other tours:-) So many people we met wanted to know just how we were able to have a private guide while they were with up to 20 people.

So if you want a personal touch please contact Charl and Erma at http://www.capetownprivatetours.co.za. I am SO glad that I did:-)

Charl and Erma, this is for you, thank you again for a fabulous two days while in Cape Town. You two are very special.
Written October 10, 2014
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It was such a pleasure to accompany these well informed, well travelled guests, who were delightfully enthusiastic. Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write them. May we meet again
Written October 14, 2014
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faranghusband
Weinfelden, Switzerland140 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
We took a day trip from Cape Town to Invedoorn Game Reserve with Cape Town Private Tours. Everything was very smooth and professional, from planning to the actual tour. Erna did most of the back office work while Charl was our driver. He is a perfect gentleman with an enormous knowledge about South Africa – politics, history, geography. The C-Class Mercedes had ample space for our family of four. By now, they should have received their second car, an E-Class Mercedes.
Charl and Erna offer tours at competitive rates while their product is so much better than the typical “car and driver” services.
Written April 15, 2014
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David A
Huntingdon, UK39 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We only had two days in Cape Town, so to try to see as much as possible, we booked these days with Charl. Without Charl, we would have missed so much, both the geography and history of the Cape Town area. Everything we wanted to see, we did, plus a tremendous amount more. Charl is incredibly knowledgeable, especially with the little things that a visitor would never know, (e.g. the shark spotters). Not only that, nothing was too much trouble, when the Table Mountain cable car was closed, even though we went to signal Hill, Charl was still concerned that we hadn't had our trip to the top of Table Mountain.
There are really too many other good things to list, but if I knew of anyone going to Cape Town, I would unhesitatingly recommend Cape Town private tours.
Written June 13, 2015
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Thank you you two - it was just as much my pleasure. This couple was an absolute delight to take on tour for two days. Keen and considerate and very thoughtful.
Written June 23, 2015
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Lise_1356
Oslo, Norway1 contribution
Dec 2014 • Friends
Due to the excellent service of Cape Town Private Tours, we were able to make the most of our short visit to Cape Town. I warmly appreciate Charl and Erna Tonders friendly and flexible attitude during the long distance coordination prior to our visit, and the full day tour tour itself (to include Cape Point and the penguin colony at Boulders) was truly interesting and very comfortable. Highly recommended!
Written January 4, 2015
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our time together and we wish you many happy travel experiences for years to come.
Written October 1, 2015
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