What To Do In Cape Town

Table Mountain Cable Car

Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful and diverse destinations in the world and it comes as no surprise when it is continually voted as one of the top destinations in the world to visit and 2015 is no exception to the rule.

It will be hard to match the scenery and history around the Cape Peninsula, and there won’t be enough time to explore everything below during an average three night stay in the city, but the suggestions below will help with your decision making (read more)

A visit to Cape Town is much more than a City Break! Cape Point offers rugged cliffs, scenic coastline, baboons and wild ostriches. The wooden walkways of Boulders beach allow you to observe the African penguins in their natural habitat without disturbing them.

Visit Simons Town, a haven for visitors interested in maritime history. Visit the statue of Able Seaman Just Nuisance and hear the story of this legendary Great Dane (and friend); Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens is a must for every visitor to Cape Town and is a haven for lovers of nature, flora and fauna.

What To Do In Cape Town

  1. Table Mountain tour (including cable-car ride)

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a cable-car trip up Table Mountain. The cable-car rotates 360º during the ascent, affording you fantastic views of the city. Once at the top, you may catch a glimpse of the resident dassies, an animal that resembles a large and fluffy hamster, although it is in fact related to the elephant!

  1. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Built in 1860 and still a working harbour, the Victoria and Alfred had been developed into one of South Africa’s biggest tourist attractions. Original buildings have been renovated and new ones built, all in Victorian style. There are museums, boat trips, helicopter flips, restaurants, pubs, a brewery, two shopping centres, hotels, theatres, cinemas, The Two Oceans Aquarium (with more than 4,000 creatures representing some 300 species), an outdoor amphitheatre, craft markets, live music and a rich variety of outdoor entertainment.

  1. Cape Point Nature Reserve

At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point (also referred to as the Cape of Good Hope), a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7,750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; an abundance of buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a must for any visitor to these beautiful shores. Enjoy either a walk or take the funicular towards the lighthouse and enjoy the jaw dropping views of Cape Point

  1. Boulders Penguin Colony

Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination.

The Boulders consists of 3 pristine beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks. The boardwalks were built as a measure to allow for viewing of these wonderful birds, whilst keeping them safe from poking fingers

The beach is ideal for children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves – but please always take care. Don’t touch or feed the penguins – they may look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.

  1. Robben Island Excursion (pre-booking is essential)

From Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, guests will board a catamaran for the half-hour crossing to Robben Island. During this time a video will be shown on-board explaining some of the history of Robben Island. The tour of the prison is conducted by a former inmate, and includes seeing the cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his incarceration, which has been left exactly as it was.

  1. Simons Town & Kalk Bay

Created out of the need for a winter anchorage port and today Simons Town is South Africa’s navy base.   Explore the how the Dutch and British occupations influenced the architecture and hear the story of Just Nuisance, the legendary Great Dane who assisted the sailors in World War II

Kalk Bay is a picturesque fishing village with quirky boutique shops, antiques and art galleries.   Ideal spot for those wanting a special seafood lunch or simply to observe the fisherman unloading their catch and bartering with the locals

  1. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, a world heritage site and a must-see for any garden lover.

For the real enthusiasts book a one-hour tour of Kirstenbosch gardens by golf cart or even a private tour with a Kirstenbosch guide

  1. Cape Town Experiences

Cape Malay Cultural Experience – enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community, descendants of the original Malay slaves. The highlight of this experience is enjoying an authentic home-cooked dinner at the gracious home of your host family

Vintage Sidecar Winelands Experience – relax in the sidecar of a classic 750cc motorcycle and take in the splendour of the magnificent mountains and vineyards as you range through the Cape’s premier wine regions

Township Life Experience – Visit Bo-Kaap, District Six, Langa (oldest formal township) and Khayelitsha, the highest populated township in South Africa. Opportunity to interact with a pre-school centre and in a school classroom. Visit the Women’s Empowerment Centre and interact with the weavers and painters.

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