The city of Cape Town – South Africa is unique. Cape Town, the Mother City, is the oldest city in our country and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. Cape Town is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant character being derived from Khoisan and other African tribes from the North, and Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers. In Cape Town one really gets to experience the entire spectrum of the Rainbow Nation. Whether it is beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking, the beauty of the endless beaches and Table Mountain or the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses.
Things to See & Do in Cape Town
While in Cape Town, you’ll want to spend some time in the country tasting wines, cheeses and other delectable treats in the beautiful Cape Winelands. That could be the local Constantia winelands or further afield like Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek. And rather than driving out along the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point and back into the city centre, take a couple days exploring all that the Cape Point Route has to offer and stay in one of the fabulous B&B’s guest houses, villas and hotels along the way.
Do you want to get active with adventure sports; dive with great white sharks, bungee jump the highest commercial jump in the world or experience the thrill of paragliding over stunning landscapes? Don’t forget to explore the outdoors, be it hiking, mountain biking, sailing, running, surfing or dolphin and whale watching. There are Cape Town tours and activities that allow you to do things you may never get the opportunity to do again, you won’t regret it.
The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa. To help you find your way around Cape Town, the area can be broken down into seven regions; the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Flats, Cape Town Central, Northern Suburb, Southern Suburb and Cape Point Route.
Places to stay in Cape Town
Blackheath Lodge (Sea Point)
Steenberg Hotel (Steenberg)
Frogs Leap (Hout Bay)
Travel packages including Cape Town city
Day tours in Cape Town
Cape Towns Top 5 Attractions:
Table Mountain Table Mountain is one of the most recognisable natural icons in the world and is a newly appointed Natural Wonder of the World. Rising over 1000m above sea level, the seemingly flat mountain makes a picturesque backdrop for the City of Cape Town. There are literally hundreds of hiking trails winding their way up to the top and for those preferring a more relaxed approach to sightseeing, there is a cable car that leaves every few minutes. At the top, you will find a restaurant and souvenir shop so be sure to take some money. Also, don’t forget a jersey- even if it’s warm in Cape Town the top of the mountain can be quite cold.
V&A Waterfront Based around a working harbour, the V&A waterfront has transformed from a dreary dock into vibrant tourist attraction. The vast shopping centre offers tourists all the souvenirs they could ever dream of, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars and boat tours. Keep an eye open for some of the amazing street performers, buskers and live music that you are likely to stumble upon at any time.
Robben Island Having incarcerated Nelson Mandela for 19 of his 27 years in jail under apartheid, Robben Island has become a symbol of South Africa’s remarkable transformation. Apart from housing political prisoners, the island was also used as a lunatic asylum, leper colony and general dumping place for chronically ill patients. Tours in and around the prison are guided by ex-inmates who are able to provide great insight into the day to day life of a Robben Island Prisoner. Tours leave from the V&A Waterfront and it is essential that you book in advance as only a limited amount of visitors can be accommodated per day. Tours generally run every hour.
Cape Point Often mistakenly regarded as the Southern most tip of Africa, Cape Point remains one of the Cape’s most popular tourist attractions. The dazzling scenery, breathtaking sea views and beautiful beaches provide a million perfect picnic spots and the ideal family day out. The Two Oceans Restaurant which lies at the foot of the lighthouse is renowned for its fabulously fresh and tasty seafood. View our Cape Point Tour
Cape Winelands As the historical home of the South African wine industry, the Cape Winelands has been producing fine wine since the 17th century. There are hundreds of top quality wine cellars hidden within the winelands, and as a guest to the Cape it is your duty to visit as many as you can in the quest to seek out your favourite. If you want to get to know the winelands, we can help! We have a wealth of general information, accommodation options and tours available for you to choose from.