Cape Town offers travellers a wide array of outdoor, cultural and historical attractions Here are the Top Ten Things to do in Cape Town, in no particular order:
Cape Town has number of world famous wine estates just 15 minutes from the city centre. Why not combine wine-tasting with a picnic lunch at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to flora from around the globe?
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is Africa’s most visited tourist destination, with luxury boutiques and restaurants plus the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art as well as the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Part of the Table mountain National Park, Cape Point is about 1,5 hours from Cape Town along a scenic drive that is as beautiful as the destination. Spend the afternoon amongst the fynbos and animals, while keeping an eye out for whales playing at sea.
Time for a bit of History. Pick up some traditional African souvenirs at Green Market Square, the central market of Cape Town for over 300 years, take a walk up to Bo-Kaap the colourful Malay Quarter and then spend some time at the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa. Finish the afternoon with a cable car trip up Table Mountain, recently voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Take the train through to the quaint seaside town of Kalk Bay, with its historical buildings and many restaurants and pubs. Continue on to share the beach with a penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and finish the day in Simon’s Town, where you can learn about South Africa’s impressive Naval History.
After a stroll through the magical Company Gardens, planted in the 1600s to supply fresh fruit and vegetable to visiting sailors, you can visit the South African National Gallery, showcasing South African Art, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, before finishing your afternoon with High Tea at the grand Mount Nelson Hotel, favoured by celebrities and royalty for over 100 years.
Voted the Most Beautiful Scenic Drive in the World, Chapman’s Peak is guaranteed to leave you breathless. Hire a classic car or be driven in a sidecar motorcycle… Stop off at the famous Chapman’s Peak Hotel afterwards for their legendary seafood platters.
The Atlantic Seaboard holds the most expensive real estate in Africa. Spend the day on the Clifton beaches and the night in vibey Camps Bay and you’ll see why the rich and famous make this part of Cape Town their home.
Cape Town comes to life after dark! Bar hopping along trendy Bree Street is a favourite pastime of Capetonians. Plenty of exciting restaurants are to be found in this part of town, with something to suit all tastes. On the first Thursday of every month, the City Centre explodes in a riot of art, culture and festivity.
If Kitesurfing or Windsurfing is your passion, Blouberg is the beach for you; people travel from around the world to experience the extreme thrills offered by this windy stretch of coast.
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