Most Popular Things To Do in Cape Town

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Cape Town is a delightful city in South Africa, enclosed by beautiful mountains and beaches. Cape Town has it all, whether you want to learn about the local culture, eat delicious food, or enjoy some of the best shopping and nightlife on the planet. To learn more about the city’s vibrant culture, you can visit buzzing neighbourhoods such as Bo-Kaap, Woodstock, and Green Point.

Table Mountain

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – slowly rotating cable cars climb to the flat top of the mountain, from which there are spectacular, sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and the boats.
  • Table Mountain National Park – one of the world’s richest floral regions, with Table Mountain as its centerpiece. It is accessible by cableway, bicycle, vehicle, or on foot.
  • Table Mountain Hikes – most popular are the Lion’s Head Walk, the Pipe Track Walk, Platteklip Gorge, Woodstock Caves, Skeleton Gorge, Kasteelspoort.

Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

  • Beautiful wind-sheltered beaches that are also home to African Penguins.
  • The penguins’ nesting areas are in a sandy, compact cove with large boulders.
  • The penguins can be seen best from Foxy Beach, where boardwalks lead to the birds.

Robben Island

  • The Island is located in Table Bay, about 6km west of Bloubergstrand, with a rich 500-year-old multi-layered history.
  • The Dutch/Afrikaans name Robbeneiland translates to Seal Island.
  • The island is a must-see while in Cape Town, offering daily tours.
  • Robben Island used to be a notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, and is now a living museum and a World Heritage Site.

Cape Winelands Wine Tasting Tours

  • The Cape Winelands region, located just outside of Cape Town, is home to some of South Africa’s most beautiful wine farms, producing world-renowned wines.
  • It is a must-see destination for wine lovers and anyone looking for scenic beauty.
  • A variety of Guided Tours, Private Tours, Day Trips, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Wine Farm E-Bike Tours, 4×4 Wine Tasting Safaris.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

  • Located against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, one of the great botanic gardens of the world.
  • A paradise for any nature lover, with pristine fynbos, natural forest, and indigenous wildlife, in a stunning landscape.
  • Guided Tours – free guided tours ( lasting approximately 90 minutes ) of the garden take place from Mondays to Fridays (entry fees apply).
  • Trails & Walks – five trails, of differing levels of difficulty. Well-maintained, logged footpaths or gravel roads that are sign-posted.
  • Events – Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, open air cinemas, exhibitions.
  • For the Kids – the cycad amphitheatre with life-sized culptures of dinosaurs and a pterosaur, and a walk along the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, affectionately known as the Boomslang.
  • Restaurants, picnic spots, and much more!

Castle of Good Hope

  • A bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • A historical monument and best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.
  • Guided Tours – daily tours showcasing South Africa’s shared heritage and military history.
  • Key Ceremony & Canon Firing – the ceremonial unlocking of the signal canon, which is then fired to the delight of onlookers.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

  • A vibrant and exciting place, located in the historic harbor area, it provides visitors with a variety of activities and attractions.
  • There are shops, restaurants, boutiques, as well as several museums and galleries.
  • Visitors can stroll along the quayside, take a boat ride out to Robben Island, and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium.

City Sightseeing Tours

  • The Official Red Bus ( open top, double decker red bus ), is the best way to explore Cape Town.
  • Over 30 stops and visits to over 50 of the city’s top attractions.
  • Classic, Premium, Deluxe Hop On-Hop Off Tickets; Cable Car & Red Bus Combo; Bus & Lunch – Hout Bay; Bus & Boat Combo; Sunset Bus; Canal Cruise, and more.

The best time to visit Cape Town is between late January and April, when temperatures are mild but not excessively hot, and rainfall is minimal. Peak tourist season is from December to January, and it can be crowded and pricey.

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