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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.

Table Mountain

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.

Lion's Head

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.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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.

Cape of Good Hope

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.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

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.

Two Oceans Aquarium

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.

Cape Town Stadium

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.

Robben Island

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.

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District Six

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.

Boulders Beach

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.

Planning Your Cape Town Visit

A visit to Table Mountain

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.

How safe is it?

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.

When to go

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.

How many days should you spend in Cape Town?

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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Afrikaans and English
  • Currency
    South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +27
  • Best time to visit
    For 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

Stunning countryside, stops at lovely towns, what’s not to like…

This was a great day out, the guide was informative and we had a bit of time to look around Franschhoek town. We would like to have selected a nice restaurant (as suggested in the blurb) rather than the café we ate at. The 3 wine tastings were fun and gave you a good flavour for the different wines of the region; it would still suit a serious wine buff just to get your bearings for the areas of Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek and Paarl. Over all quite good value for the money, I would recommend this tour.

Fantastic hiking activity, well planned along with a great guide (OTC)

I had a wonderful time doing the hike. Cliff from OTC is an accomplished, fantastic guide with a main concern about safety of the hikers. He took good care of me, showed the tricky areas of the trail, and the day was a perfect hiking activity full of beautiful, wonderful views from the marvellous city of Cape Town. I plan to return to South Africa, and definitely I plan to do the hiking again along with some friends; but definitely I would book the hiking tour with GET YOUR GUIDE but I would request Cliff as our guide. He is synonym of safety and enjoyment during the activity. Thank you Get Your Guide and Cliff from OTC for such delightful day of hiking.

India Venster: 1/2 day Hike Reviewed by ANTONIO, 07/25/2017

Excellent Tour of Cape Town. A must tour for the tourist.

It was excellent. Well put together tour. James our tour guide was great. Interactive and informative.

Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town Reviewed by Alan, 07/04/2017

Excellent tour with a guide who has got some very good knowledge!

Time was very limited- clear since it was only half day. Excellent tour guide! Very good knowledge and easy to speak to!

Cape Peninsula Half Day Tour Reviewed by C, 07/02/2017

Fantastic ! Exciting ! well organized and saw so many animals !

It started with an on time pickup at our timeshare at 6:30 A.M. in a Mercedes. After a 2 hour drive we arrived at the lodge, which was magnificent, for a fabulous huge buffet. We boarded an open truck with a canopy cover and drove onto the reserve. Within several minutes we came upon several hippos sunning them selves near a body of water. Soon, the driver pulled up next to a pride of lions, 2 males and 3 females, We stopped on the average 5 to 10 feet from the animals as the driver explained their habitat and many interesting comments about them, The driver was terrific. During the 2 and 1/2 hour safari, as we observed the following close up, a rhino mother with a baby along side, zebras, wilderbeast. springbok, giraffes. elephants as we drove along. Ostrich as they were feeding. The driver stopped frequently so we could observe the animals. It was thrilling. ! A Great experience that we will never forget. Highly recommended.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Private Aquila Safari Tour Reviewed by Richard, 06/30/2017