Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its rugged coastline, beautiful mountains and proximity to stunning grasslands, this South African city is truly a sight to behold.
If you haven’t considered Cape Town on your list of must-see places, here’s our top 7 destinations in Cape Town that are sure to change your mind:
The incredible backdrop to Cape Town is Table Mountain. Perched high above the city, this stunning flat topped monolith draws millions of tourists each year to its peak. Offering miles of easy hiking trails on top, and even a challenging hike up for those who are feeling adventurous, Table Mountain rewards you will amazing views across the entire city and toward the coast. There is a cable car to assist you in getting to the top if you’d rather save your energy.
The V&A Waterfront is a veritable hive of activity and one of South Africa’s most visited destinations. Offering a wide variety of shopping districts, entertainment, bars and restaurants, the Waterfront has something to offer people from any walk of life. If shopping doesn’t interest you, there is the Cape Wheel, which will allow you to soar high above Cape Town and offers amazing views of the nearby coast. The Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town is popular, and you’ll find loads to do no matter which part you visit. Most of the bigger hotels have a free shuttle that will take you safely to your hotel and the Waterfront, so all you have to worry about is where to go!
A short drive from Cape Town brings you to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where you can visit the most south-western point of the entire African continent. The views are to die for, with beautiful aquamarine water crashing into the rugged coast, white sandy beaches, not to mention the sprawling mountainous coast in each direction. Of special note is the Cape Point Lighthouse standing tall over the cliffs, where you can climb right up and experience the breathtaking sights. No visit to the Cape is complete without a photo with the Cape of Good Hope positional sign!
Wine is one of the traditional products of Cape Town, and wineries and wine farms can be found all across the southern part of the country. From the famous Stellenbosch region in the Western Cape to the South Cape Coast, if you’re a wine lover then Cape Town is the perfect destination to learn about new blends. The Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in South Africa and is steeped in local history. If you’re a non-drinker then you can take advantage of the delicious food the Groot Constantia has to offer.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Situated across the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a 528-hectare collection of thousands of species of native South African plants. Consisting of the gardens as well as sprawling lawns, there are many activities and sights to see within the botanical gardens. You can even walk through the towering canopy which hangs over 100 meters in the sky. The botanical gardens are also a perfect place to start your hike to the top of Table Mountain if you’re feeling game.
Robben Island is the nations symbol of the apartheid era. This former prison used to house Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners during this divisive part of South Africa’s history. Now, the island is a UNESCO heritage site and is open to the public. You can get there by ferry, leaving from the Q&A Waterfront daily.
The City Walk
For those that want to experience all that Cape Town has to offer, the City Walk starts in the Company’s Gardens and heads down St. Georges Mall, ending in St. Andrews Square, and presents the opportunity to experience the entire downtown Cape Town area. Along the way you’ll come across market stalls selling authentic African souvenirs, street performers with their loud percussive instruments, chanting and dancing as well as street food and other attractions. It truly is the best way to experience Cape Town and is suitable for all budgets.
There are so many things to see and do in Cape Town. Whether you want fun entertainment or to try some different foods, pick up some authentic African trinkets or hike in beautiful surroundings, Cape Town has something for all walks of life. From the beautiful views of the city and the coast from the Cape or Table Mountain, to the rich history that is imbibed in the buildings and islands nearby, one thing is for sure – if visiting Cape Town hasn’t been on your bucket list so far, it’s time to write a new list!