Top Tours & Activities 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.
Things to Do in Cape Town
Top Attractions in Cape Town
- 1District Six
- 2Robben Island
- 3Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- 4Aquila Private Game Reserve
- 5Cape Point
- 6Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
- 7Table Mountain
- 8Hout Bay
- 9Cape of Good Hope
- 10Lion's Head
- 11False Bay
- 12Seal Island
- 13Groot Constantia Wine Estate
- 14The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range
- 15Boulders Beach
- 16Castle of Good Hope
- 17Two Oceans Aquarium
- 18Bo-Kaap Museum
- 19Signal Hill, Cape Town
- 20Long Street, Cape Town
Other Sightseeing Options in Cape Town
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What People Are Saying About Cape Town
We purchased a two day ticket prior to leaving the UK, as we wanted to ensure that our time in Cape Town was filled to the brim, with viewing this fantastic corner of South Africa. We used all 3 routes on offer, as well as the tour around The Victoria and Albert Waterfront, in the boat. The buses we used were in a clean and road worthy condition, and were to time. The commentary was excellent, and the equipment top rate. We found all tours interesting, but the Pacific coast, Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Sea Point, were just stunning. An excellent and cheap way to look around the beautiful area of Cape Town.
Our wine tasting experience was wonderful! We booked it with only a day in advance and everything was in order! Our driver/guide was prompt and had no issues getting us from our location that we provided! We wish we would have had time for the longer experience, but due to other excursions this worked out perfectly! We were able to taste many different wines paired with a few cheeses and meats! Also, the views were amazing!
We've seen a lot around Stellenbosch in just a view hours. For us two winerys we're enough. But we think would be also nice to see more from Stellenbosch and stay longer.
A really great tour. Even if it was Sunday and everybody apparently was out on the roads, our guide, Chris, managed to arrive at all the places right in front of everybody else and thus made it possible for us to see the attraction and take photos without a crowd in the background. The trip was very well organized with stops on all the right places and enough time to spend at each place. Chris was a great guide who gave us a good insight of everything we visited. Thank you, Chris !
The day was broken into two parts: Township tour and then Robben Island tour. Our guide for the Township was a local resident who also was politically involved in advocating for the township, so it was great to hear his perspective and we felt like we were getting a true idea of the challenges that were being faced by the residents. The Robben Island tour included a ferry back and forth, a bus tour around to major areas of the island, and then an ex-inmate talking about life in the prison. It was very well put together and well worth the trip out there to experience the setting.