Top attractions in Cape Town
While exploring the "Mother City," you'll uncover the layers of its history that span from the colonial period to the emergence of the Rainbow Nation. With a vibrant scene in a cityscape of sea and mountains, it's easy to fall for South Africa's oldest city.
The ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is one you'll never forget. You'll relish the views of the cobalt blue ocean and urban landscape from this lofty perch.
Reap the rewards of an encompassing panorama after an hour's hike to the Lion's Head. A night with a full moon makes it a popular place to view the sparkling city lights below.
The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the swathes of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The flora, locally known as fynbos, is at its best between August and November.
Dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, the lighthouse, which illuminates the Cape of Good Hope, is the strongest on the continent.
For shopping, entertainment and a slew of restaurants, you won't go wrong at the V&A. It's convenient to reach the aquarium and stadium nearby, and it's the place for a bay cruise.
The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and it features the marine life in these waters. Don't miss the shark feeding on Sundays at 3:00 pm.
Learn about this venue from the 2010 FIFA World Cup by taking a tour that includes facts about its architectural design, a walk on the Cape Town Stadium field, and a look inside the locker rooms.
Located in Table Bay, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned here in Robben Island during apartheid. It's a humbling moment when you step into his former cell and reflect on his life.
The District Six museum recounts the history of the forced expulsion and relocation of black residents during apartheid, and the ultimate demise of this former, mulit-cultural district.
A raised boardwalk lets you take a walk on the wild side among the rowdy 2000 African Penguins that live here at Boulders Beach. It's also a great place to spend the day on the beaches of False Bay.
You can buy a ticket online for either a morning or afternoon trip to the top by cable car. However, an excursion to the 3,500-foot summit always depends on the weather, so check it before you go. It's wise to bring a sweater or jacket with you, and wear sunblock and proper footware. If you plan to hike to the peak or along one of the three trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and a friend.
As in any other city you visit, it's always best to keep your wits about you. It is recommended to take a taxi in Cape Town at night, rather than walking, and be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If you're curious about visiting a township, then go with a group led by an experienced guide.
Cape Town has a temperate climate. October to April offer warm and dry weather, but the notorious south-easter winds occur from December through January. February to mid-April has great beach weather, and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy crisp, clear days from late April to early June.
Four to five full days allow you to experience the sites and sounds of the Mother City at a leisurely pace. Stay longer if you'd like and use the city as a base to explore the beautiful, surrounding areas in the Western Cape, such as the wine region of Stellenbosch.
- LanguageAfrikaans and English
- CurrencySouth African Rand (ZAR)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+27
- Best time to visitFor a great sightseeing trip with some beach time, plan to come between January and April, when the temperatures are warm, the winds are dying down and the tourist rush is ending.
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What people are saying about Cape Town
We had a great time on this tour and although Robben Island took up the majority of the day, our guide Danson made sure we had enough time at each location after that despite traffic on the way down to Boulder’s and Cape Point. Danson was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. He was also an amazing photographer! We also did not bring enough money with us for the shuttle up to the top of Cape Point and back, but he was more than happy to lend us the fee until we got dropped off. Overall a great experience and a fantastic way to see the beautiful points of Cape Town
This has to be one of the best things I have done in all of my adventures and travelling around the world. I will recommend this to everybody that I know and hope that they get the same thrill that I did.
This was great value for money. The weather was poor so the boat was changed, we went on the upper deck and enjoyed the view especially the pod of whales we saw totally out of season followed by a fantastic sunset. Following our return to V&A we had a nice 3 course dinner at the City Grill to end a superb holiday taking in the Winelands, Garden Route, a Safari on Amakhala Game Reserve east of Port Elizabeth, then on to a couple of beach resorts ending up in Cape Town for 3 days.
What an amazing trip. The atmosphere was super. Friendly guests and crew paired with great music and a breathtaking setting made for one, very, charming experience you can't forget. Johnny, Liam and Caleb are clearly passionate in what they do. They set everyone at ease with their quirky humor and hospitable natures. The view is humbling in it's exquisite glory. Definitely cannot fault the experience.
Our guide Rico was fantastic. He provided so much background information, was very open for questions and made funny jokes during the trip. Perfect English by the way. He took care of us - 5 of 5 stars!!! Also Lee Ann (the Assistant) was doing a fantastic job and made us smile a lot during the trip - thank you very much. Also a big thanks to Hansi who was our driver and did a very save job.