Cape Town is, by definition, a city of leisure, and we have compiled a list of activities that will truly make the most of your time in this special city, be it cultural, physical, or just plain relaxing.
Table Mountain and Lion’s Head
Long before Table Mountain was named one of the 7 wonders of the natural world it attracted thousands of visitors each year. On your way up in the cable car you will have 360° views of the city below. Look out over the city to the ocean or look down the 12 Apostles towering over Camps Bay. Besides great views Table Mountain also has great restaurants and a souvenir shop so bring your wallet and take a little bit of the mountain with you.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you could always take a hike up Table Mountain, but be sure to do your homework first. Read about our experience of hiking on Table Mountain here. An easier option is the 45 minute hike up Lion’s Head – well worth it for the spectacular views especially on full moon!
Cape Town has some of the best restaurants in the world and a real foodie culture to boot. Whether you choose to dine by the beach, in the city or out in the Winelands you are guaranteed great food in breathtaking locations.
One of the best things you can do while visiting Cape Town is to take a drive to the breathtakingly beautiful Winelands. Whether you like wine or not, it’s a trip worth taking. The winelands offer fascinating history, exceptional restaurants and the best wines South Africa has to offer.
There are so many beaches you can visit while in Cape Town but not all of them are home to thousands of African penguins and that is exactly what you can expect at Boulders beach. This protected beach is close to other great tourist attractions such as Simon’s Town.
Hermanus is known for being one of the best whale watching spots in world. The best time to visit Hermanus for whale watching is between July and November.
Robben Island is a very important part of South African history. It is where political prisoners were kept separated from the rest of the world for years and of course it’s the place where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 year sentence. On the island you will hear first-hand accounts of how life was like from ex-prisoners and you’ll also visit Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Kirstenbosch is known as one of the best botanic gardens in the world and is synonymous with the Chelsea flower show. Once you enter you’ll soon see why. Tucked away at the foot of Table Mountain the gardens have over 7,000 plant species to keep you fascinated. Part of the gardens is a nature reserve for protected plants and animals. Look out for summer concerts every Sunday evening, as well as the Galileo open-air cinema.
With over 450 stores and 6 hotels there isn’t much you won’t find at the V&A Waterfront. It is South Africa’s most visited destination. The V&A Waterfront is a getaway to many other tourist attractions which makes it a perfect place to visit. There are hundreds of restaurants, a food market, the aquarium and cinemas aplenty.