Goodhopeadventures Tunnel Tours Cape Town
Our tunnel tours are very popular and all visits must be pre-booked. There is no facility to ‘pay at the door’ and no casual visitors will be permitted. Please make your booking 2 weeks in advance.
The minimum age for visitors is 10. We do not recommend the elderly or infirm to join a tour because the tunnels are slippery and have a number of obstacles and ladders to climb.
The tunnels are deep, dark and slippery. Walking through them and climbing a 3 meter vertical exit ladder both require reasonable agility. Tunnels are confined spaces and the atmosphere can be unpleasant for some and cause breathing problems for those who suffer from asthma, bronchial illness or angina. The Tunnels could also induce claustrophobic distress for some visitors. If you have any doubts about your fitness to participate in a tour, please consult your GP.
Dress for comfort, such as trousers or jeans or shorts with a long-sleeved top. We do not recommend wearing skirts. Open shoes or high heels are not allowed. Please wear old comfortable closed shoes such as “gumboots/hiking boots” that you can walk in water with. You will be provided with safety helmets which must be worn at all times.
A tour will be cancelled by Goodhopeadventures if there is heavy rain. We will use the contact details you have provided to let you know in advance, where possible, if a tour has been cancelled, but the unpredictability of the weather means that notification may not always be possible until you arrive for the start of the tour. If a tour is cancelled, we will contact you to arrange to transfer your booking to another date.
Tunnel tour is restricted to a total of 20 people per group because of the confined space.
Goodhopeadventures accepts no liability for any loss, damage or personal injury howsoever caused. Please sign the Indemnity form to be handed in before the tour.
The tunnels are dark throughout their length, so please bring a Headlight or Torch with spare batteries. We do also sell powerful headlights with batteries for R80- each on site.
We meet at the Castle parking area which is of Darling street behind the Castle running parallel to Table Mountain. Go past the Guards Hut, then drive over the Moat and park next to the Tunnel Team. You will not see us from the street, and please do not park anywhere else.
Length of tour
- Short tour: It takes about 45 minutes inside the tunnel to slowly travel 850 metres for the history/adventure tour of the 20 km of tunnels beneath Cape Town. Below the Castle to Strand street and up Canterbury street. Maximum 20 persons.
- Long tour: It takes about 120 minutes inside the tunnel to slowly travel 3km for the adventure tour from Upper Buitenkant to the Castle. Maximum 16 persons.
You are welcome to take pictures in the tunnels and, of course, of our photogenic tour guides!
We charge a sliding-scale fee that depends on the number of people in a group.
Prices depend on your group size and the type and length of a tour usually between R175 and R350 per person.
It is very rare to see a rat. The noise of the tour scares them away.
Please bring your own water bottle. No glass is allowed in the tunnel.
Weather permitting, individual tours take place between September and May. Group bookings can be made throughout the year.
Occasionally you will not be able to reach us as we are below ground. If you are having problems with tour booking please contact us by email at