OUR TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN CAPE TOWN
Whether on honeymoon, holidaying with young children or visiting to enjoy the climate, beauty and variety of all Cape Town has to offer – we have put together a MUST DO list while you are here!
Lying within the Table Mountain National Park, Cape of Good Hope is world famous for the meeting of 2 oceans at the south western tip of Africa! The dramatic scenery of this rugged coastline and bright blue waters attracts people from far and wide. The drive to get there is an attraction in itself – you might be lucky to spot a Baboon or Ostrich and you will most certainly see some stunning flora and fauna, pristine white beaches and outstanding mountain scenery.
To get to the very point you will need to reach the lighthouse, 238 metres up a pathway of steps – but if you feel like you have done enough walking the Flying Dutchman Funicular can zip you up in no time.
Chapmans Peak Drive
Chapmans Peak drive, spanning 9km along the Atlantic Coast from Hout Bay to Nordhoek, is widely recognised as one of the most scenic marine drives in the world. Known locally as ‘Chappies’, the winding roadway of 114 curves, is a photographers dream with some view points lying 538 metres above sea level. Towering mountains above you and exceptional sea views below, you are bound to be blown away by what you see. It is not uncommon to see dolphins and whales, baboons amongst the intrepid hikers, bikers, picnickers and runners.
Chapmans Peak Drive was administered by Sir Frederic de Waal, the first administrator of the province, and was formally opened in 1922.
The world Famous Table Mountain is a must see and ‘do’. Although the Cable car is the most common way to reach the top, there are also numerous hiking trails for the more adventurous. Once at the top, you will be astounded by panoramic views of the entire Cape and the beauty of the uniquely flat mountain.
Boulders Beach is home to the world famous penguin colony – the Jackass Penguins! Known by this name due to their amusing braying call, they inhabit the beach in their droves and never cease to amuse and entertain. There is a stunning boardwalk to take in the scenery or take your swimmers to enjoy a dip with the penguins on the beach. A family friendly and rather tranquil environment despite the numbers of Penguins!
Kalk Bay Harbour
Kalk Bay fishing village brings together the melting pot of Cape Towns creativity, beauty and ‘hipster’ vibe. A perfect place to browse wonderful bohemian boutiques, pick up some second hand furniture and enjoy a coffee, or a drink on the rocks while surfers catch the waves and music plays from the various eateries. The hustle and bustle of the fishing village as the catch of the day comes in, coupled with delicious places to find a snack and plenty of Africa’s finest arts and crafts will make a morning stroll here a delightful pleasure.
Developed in the heart of Cape towns working harbour, at the foot of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront is an abundance of wonderful experiences for all ages. Stroll around the indoor shops, visit the aquarium, feast in one of the 80 restaurants, sip cocktails as you watch the sun go down or grab a blanket for a trip to the outdoor cinema. With ocean and mountains views, a fresh sea breeze and frequent African dancers and singers adding to the energy, the Waterfront is an excellent place to stroll, eat al fresco and pick up some souvenirs.
The Cape Winelands
Lush green vineyards surrounded by stunning mountain ranges – the Cape Winelands are without doubt a heavenly place to sit under the trees sipping excellent wine and sampling some of Africa’s finest gastronomy. Stellenbosch, Franshoek and Constantia are home to some of the more famous vineyards and also offer some excellent guest houses. Stay a night or two and make your way to as many vineyards as you can, taking in the informative wine tastings and enjoying wonderful architecture and tranquility in the countryside settings.
Dive, surf, fish, sail or swim with sharks!
In essence – go to the beach! With not one, but TWO wonderful oceans as your playground, Cape Town is a watersport lovers haven. The Indian Ocean brings warmer waters while the Atlantic side brings currents from the Antarctic and can be a little on the chilly side! Whether you are looking for an adrenalin rush of shark diving or kite surfing or simply wanting to laze on the beach – you can find it all on the Cape Town coastline.
Eat eat and eat some more!
Firstly we recommend a sundowner though. Cape Town has some of the most dramatic and romantic places in which is enjoy a drink as the sun goes down.
And for the eating…Cape Town is a gourmet destination that offers excellent value for money, coupled with some of the best wines in the world and restaurants that are either well placed to enjoy jaw dropping views or stunningly decorated – you will not be disappointed. Some of the very best restaurants are booked up well in advance so please get in touch if you would like advice and help securing a table.
Visit the Cape Malay Quarter
Bo-Kaap lies at the bottom of Signal Hill and on the slopes above central Cape Town. The area was originally inhabited by free slaves bought over the Dutch in the 17th and 18th century. Traditionally an Islamic area, you will find mosques dotted amongst the vibrantly coloured houses that make this area such a visual delight. Pop across to the Waterkant and you will find plenty of cafés and delightful bars on cobbled streets.
We have of course missed off some pretty important things. So for some further inspiration think about also adding the below to you itinerary;
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Lions Head morning or sunset hike (we do not recommend hiking in the middle of the day when temperatures are too warm)
- Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno beaches
- Wine tour
- Helicopter trip around the peninsular
- Cape Peninsular Tour
- Robben Island
- The Zeitz Mocaa museum
- Try out one of the many award winning golf courses
- Take an evening stroll down Bree Street for a drink or two (particularly on the 1st Thursday of every month where the galleries are open, the bars are alive and there is a huge buzz in town! From 6pm.
The possibilities really are endless! We wish a WONDERFUL time in Cape Town.