Top Ten Things To Do in Cape Town

Cape Town appeals on many fronts, offering adventure, history, culture, beaches and outstanding cuisine and wine all in one scenic package. From all the possibilities here are our top ten things to do in Cape Town:

Go whale watching in Hermanus: Hermanus is a seaside town about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town. It is considered one of the best places in the world for whale watching. From May to December the southern right whale frequents the ocean around Hermanus. One unique feature of this area is that whales can even be spotted from land but many boat tours are available to view them close up.

Whale Watching | Photo Credit Thompsons Africa

Whale Watching | Photo Credit Thompsons Africa

Climb Table Mountain: Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town and for those who climb it, it delivers a stunning radial view of the area. Hiking trials carved into the mountain cater to all levels of expertise, enabling the whole family to enjoy the beauty of this majestic mountain.  If you prefer riding to walking, take a ride up the mountain in its famous cable car.

Table Mountain | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Table Mountain | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Visit the Victoria & Alfred (V & A) Waterfront: The V&A Waterfront is an historic portion of Cape Town’s working harbor. It contains a vast array of shops (over 450) and restaurants (over 80) plus museums. It is South Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Take a Township Tour: Visit Cape Town’s surrounding townships to truly understand the area. (60% of Cape Town’s residents live in townships). Get a better understanding of the history of South Africa, life under Apartheid and the country’s past, and present, racial issues. Tours conducted by township residents will give you some real insight into the social fabric of the City.

Bo-Kaap | Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Bo-Kaap | Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Watch the Penguins at Boulders Beach: Boulders Beach is home to approximately three thousand African penguins. The Boulders Beach penguin colony is one of only a few mainland penguin colonies in the world.

Penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Visit Robben Island: Take a tour of the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. Tours are lead by former inmates so you will get a firsthand account of life as a political prisoner.

Robben Island | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Robben Island | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Explore the Castle of Good Hope: Explore the oldest colonial building surviving in South Africa. The castle is home to a military museum and an art collection chronicling the social history of the city.

Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Enjoy wine tasting throughout the Cape Winelands: The Cape Winelands district is the number one wine-growing region in South Africa. Vineyards have existed in this district for over 300 years. The area produces a variety of world-class wines, including Constantia and Stellenbosch.

Wine Tasting | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Wine Tasting | Photo Credit: South African Tourism

Drive Chapman’s Peak: Nestled between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak is anything but a Sunday drive. It sports about 115 curves and can provide some real fun for the racecar driver in you. Let the wind blow through you hair as you explore the panoramic views of the rocky coastline.

Chapman's Peak Drive Descent to Hout Bay | Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Chapman’s Peak Drive Descent to Hout Bay | Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Go South at Cape Point Nature Reserve: A real adventure awaits you and your family at Cape Point Nature Reserve. View the incredible flowers and vegetation of the lovely reserve, and then take a ride on the unique Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to the lighthouse for spectacular views of Cape Point and the surrounding Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Cape Point is (approximately) where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. It is the second southernmost point in Africa. (Cape Point was long thought to be the southernmost point in Africa but that is actually Point Agulhas, 90 miles east-southeast of Cape Point.)

View of Cape of Good Hope, from Cape Point | Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

View of Cape of Good Hope, from Cape Point | Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

One Response to Top Ten Things To Do in Cape Town

  1. Francoise Armour says:

    Lovely photos of our fabulous city!

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