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Things to do in Cape Town, South Africa


The Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, is frequently ranked as one of the greatest cities in the world.

It has an abundance of natural beauty, numerous options for adventure, top-notch shopping, delectable cuisine, and an interesting history.

Whether you are a first-time tourist, a local, or a frequent traveler, there are a ton of sites to see and activities to do in Cape Town.

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Things to do in Cape Town South Africa: The Top Activities & Tourist Destinations in Cape Town

1. Climb Mount Table

Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is Cape Town’s most well-known landmark. This mountain’s flat summit is a well-known sight that overlooks the city.

You may reach the summit of the mountain using the aerial cableway. A trek up is another option if you’re in shape.

When you reach the mountain, you may view local wildlife and plants and take a picnic high above the city.

From the summit, there are spectacular panoramas of Robben Island, the city, and the Cape Peninsula. Due to the crowds, reserve your tickets in advance.

2. Travel to Robben Island via boat.

18 of the 27 years that former president Nelson Mandela spent behind bars were spent in this jail. A must-see in Cape Town today, Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You may take a guided tour of the island and even view Nelson Mandela’s prison cell there after being transported there by ship.

Though this attraction is incredibly well-liked, make sure you reserve your tickets well in advance.

3. Travel to Bo-Kaap

One of the oldest and most vibrant urban residential neighbourhoods in Cape Town is this one.

The Bo-Kaap, which is perched on Signal Hill’s slopes, is rich in history. An Instagrammer’s paradise, the winding cobblestone lanes are dotted with colorfully painted homes.

Locals will take you on tours of the neighborhood so you can check out the museums and even take cooking classes.

4. Bring a picnic at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

One of the most beautiful gardens in Africa and among the best botanical gardens in the world is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

It is the ideal location for a leisurely family outing and is located at the base of Table Mountain. A full day might be spent here observing the many gardens and other delights.

To obtain fantastic views of Cape Town, be sure to stroll along the promenade under the tree canopy.

5. Experience a Bygone era at the Castle of Good Hope

The oldest colonial structure still standing in South Africa is this one. It was constructed as a defensive fort in the 1600s.

Currently, it is a national monument. The exhibitions and a real cannon shooting demonstration are both visible when strolling around the castle grounds. Purchase tickets here.

6. Visit the V&A Waterfront to shop and dine

In the port of Cape Town is where you’ll find the V&A Waterfront. There is more to it than just the vast retail center and the numerous restaurants.

Other attractions including an aquarium, a huge observation wheel, marketplaces, museums, and boat tours are all around it. From here, boats run to Robben Island.

7. Take a Cruise

There are several kind of boat tours available. They include sightseeing cruises, harbor cruises, adventure cruises, and sunset cruises.

On several of these voyages, seal sightings are expected. You may take a cruise from Simon’s Town to Seal Island, which is home to 75,000 Cape Fur Seals.

8. Relish the gorgeous beaches

There are several beautiful beaches around Cape Town. The beaches in Clifton are among of the greatest in the world, and Camps Bay Beach is the hot spot.

There is a beautiful promenade connecting Muizenberg Beach and St. James Beach, both of which have colorful beach huts.

If you have kids, you really must visit Boulders Beach. It is one of the few beaches in the world where African Penguins may be seen up close.

Visit Seaforth Beach, which is close to Boulders Beach and where some of the penguins go, for a cost-free alternative.

9. Travel via City Sightseeing Bus

sightseeing in the city An easy method to visit Cape Town and get to most of the city’s attractions is with the hop-on, hop-off bus.

There are several options for routes. Earphones provide a continuous commentary in 15 different languages. Purchase tickets here.

10. Go on long, beautiful drives

Some of the most breathtaking views in the world may be seen in Cape Town and the surrounding region. Renting a car and going for lengthy drives down the coast is the best way to see it.

To go to Hout Bay, use Chapman’s Peak Drive, where you can eat fresh seafood. Continue your drive to reach Cape Point Nature Reserve and Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost point and the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

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Additional Cape Town attractions 

Cape Town museums

  1. Visit the Zeitz MOCAAthe biggest museum of modern African art in the world, to see the works of art.
  2. The Cape Town Diamond Museum has information about diamonds.
  3. Visit the planetarium at the Iziko South African National Museum.
  4. By visiting the Simons Town Toy Museum, relive your youth.
  5. The Slave Museum offers information about Africa’s sordid past.
  6. Visit The Heart of Cape Town Museum to marvel at the first successful heart transplant in history.
  7. The District Six Museum will move you on deep level.
  8. The South African Naval Museum has exhibits on local naval history.

Unique Rides in Cape Town

    1. On the Jolly Roger, the only genuine pirate ship in South Africa, experience what it’s like to be pirate.
    2. Take trip on the steam train operated by the Elgin Railway (every Saturday/seasonal).
    3. On the seashore near Noordhoek, ride horse.
    4. On the first downhill tobogganing track in Africa, go tobogganing at Cool Runnings.
    5. Visit the Atlantis Dunes to do quad-biking or sandboarding.

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Mounting in Cape Town

  1. At Crystal Pools in the Steenbras River Gorge, plunge into cool mountain springs.
  2. Hike around Silvermine Reservoir and have swim in the icy black fresh water.
  3. In Cecilia Forest, close to Table Mountain, look for waterfalls.
  4. There are several areas to go hiking. 
  5. The 12 Apostles, Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak, or Lion’s Head are few options.
  6. With Abseil Africa, attempt the tallest abseil in the world at Table Mountain.

Additional outdoor activities in Cape Town

  1. With SA Forest Adventures, zipline over the treetops at Silvermist Estate.
  2. Visit Constantia Nek’s Acrobranch Adventure Park and take the kids ziplining.
  3. Fly across the mountains on paraglider. 
  4. Signal Hill and Lion’s Head both have launch pads.
  5. Parachutist above Cape Town
  6. Fly above the gorgeous Cape Winelands in hot air balloon.
  7. Take microlight ride.

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Water activities

  1. Surf the web.
  2. Some of the top locations include Llandudno, Off the Wall, Long Beach, Big Bay, and Scarborough Beach.
  3. Visit Big Bay to kiteboard or kitesurf.
  4. Visit Cape Town Water Bikes for tour on water bike.
  5. Get on kayak or go on an ocean-based guided kayak tour.
  6. Do shark cage dive at Dyers Island in Gansbaai if you’re feeling courageous.
  7. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean floor by snorkeling or scuba diving.
  8. Take stand-up paddleboarding lesson.

Eat and drink in Cape Town

  1. Polkadraai Farm strawberry picking is available (seasonal).
  2. Enjoy cup of coffee at Truth Coffee, one of the top coffee shops in the world.
  3. In five-star hotel, indulge in lavish high tea.
  4. In the Bo Kaap, pick up some Cape Malay cooking skills.
  5. Eat at Mariners Wharf in Hout Bay or Kalky’s Fish Chips in Kalk Bay for fresh fish and chips.
  6. On Saturdays, the Old Biscuit Mill market sells delectable goods.

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Animal shelters and zoos in Cape Town

  1. Visit The Company Gardens and feed the squirrels.
  2. Visit the Hout Bay Bird Park to see some pretty birds.
  3. Visit Rondevlei Nature Reserve to see the hippos.
  4. Visit farm with alpacas in Paarl.
  5. In Stellenbosch, visit Butterfly World to see colorful butterflies.
  6. From June to November, look for whales around the False Bay shoreline. 
  7. The most frequent whales are southern right whales, but humpback whales and Bryde’s whales can also be seen.

Having fun in Cape Town

  1. Galileo Open Air Cinema offers movies outside.
  2. Enjoy some therapeutic laughing at the Cape Town Comedy Club.
  3. Visit Artscape Theatre to see live performance.
  4. Attend Sunday afternoon outdoor music at De Waal Park.
  5. Visit the City Rock indoor rock climbing gym to go indoor rock climbing.

Explore Cape Town

  1. Take free walking tour of the city.
  2. Take Simonstown Ghost Walk to get frightened.
  3. At the Long Street Baths, take Turkish bath.
  4. Visit township, but always travel with trustworthy guide. 
    (Imizamo Yethu, Langa, Khayelitsha)
  5. A trailer bed in an Airstream (Grand Daddy Hotel).

Nearby Cape Town day outings

  1. Visit charming fishing community on the West Coastsuch as Paternoster (The Wolfgat Restaurant there was once voted the best in the world).
  2. Walk along 16 Mile Beach at Yzerfontein, the longest beach in South Africa. 
    You might even see few flamingos.
  3. The West Coast National Park is worth exploring.
  4. In the area of Citrusdahl, soak in naturally heated mineral pools.
  5. Observe the stars at the Cederberg Observatory or go trekking.
  6. Whale-watching in Hermanus (in season).
  7. Explore the beautiful Garden Route.
  8. Visit De Hoop Nature Reserve for weekend.
  9. Visit Cape Agulhas, the meeting point of the two oceans.

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Accommodations in Cape Town

Here are some hotels in Cape Town that I’ve personally been at and would heartily suggest if you’re seeking for lodging.

12 Apostles Hotel

Many international royalty and celebrities stay at the 12 Apostles Hotel when visiting Cape Town. 
If you are unable to remain there, take in one of Cape Town’s most breathtaking sunsets while enjoying high tea or sundowners. 
Explore our experience at the 12 Apostles Hotel.

The President Hotel

The President Hotel, located on Bantry Bay between Sea Point and Clifton, is the perfect choice if you’re seeking for family-friendly hotel with close proximity to the ocean. 

Hyatt Regency Cape Town

An opulent halaal hotel situated at the entrance of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, close enough to immerse oneself in the culture and color of the area but not too close to interfere with its atmosphere. 
Check out the details of our stay at the Hyatt Regency Cape Town.

Tintswalo at Boulders

The luxury boutique villa Tintswalo at Boulders offers the most breathtaking views and direct access to the Boulders Penguin Colony through winding boardwalk. 
Explore our experience at Tintswalo at Boulders.

Taj Cape Town

Stay at the Taj Cape Town to enjoy the city of Cape Town. 
It is located in two ancient structures across from the famed Company’s Gardens in the center of Cape Town. 
fascinating guided walking tour is available to guests at the hotel. 
Study up on our time at the Taj Cape Town.

Hotel Verde

The greenest hotel in Africa is Hotel Verde. 
It is ideally situated close to the airport. 
The hotel uses cutting-edge recycling techniques and other eco-friendly features, and it has received several honors internationally. 
Read about our experience at the Hotel Verde.



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