Top attractions in Cape Town
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.
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What people are saying about Cape Town
we had a very nice day and were able to do everything that was on the tour. Our guide was very friendly and interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed my safari day out to Aquila private game reserve..stunning place & the drive there/back was breathtaking. As for the safari tour I saw all of the big 5, very close up & the ranger was very knowledgeable & really tried to get as close as possible to get best viewing/pics. I also met some amazing people who were my tour guides for the day, who went out of their way to welcome me...so friendly, knowledgeable & great fun they made my day! Thank you Alan & the girls from the office you gave me a great day out & experience. I will definitely be recommending your services & also Aquila to visit. Deborah
Had then the best Guide you can have- "simbi". Hast a Lot of knowledge, ist enspiring in tellingen it. Thanks a lot!!
The experience was great starting off with the gentleman picking us up and giving everyone detailed history of Cape Town to the cooks thsynprepared breakfast and lunch for us. Now to the best part. The crew were exceptional. The skipper named Andrew was amazing along with the dive master named Sean. I thought Sean was named Jason at first. I have an affinity for clean oceans and saving our apex predators, the great white sharks. You can feel the emotions of the skipper and the dive master as they explained how climate change is effecting the decline of great whites in the area we were. The water was skittles murky but Onstill have great footage of the great white that swam by our boat. The crew were professional and made me feel at home.
This was a terrific experience. I only booked the day before so was a bit dubious that it would work out so last minute. But the shuttle picked me up right on schedule. Our guide, Redaa, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We visited two wineries, tasting a broad selection of wines at each; at one the wines were paired with SA cheeses, and at the other several of the wines were paired with different kinds of biltong - fun! Breathtaking views - the Stellenbosch region is so beautiful. -- I was in Cape Town for work and only had a half day to tour. Taking this half-day wine excursion was the best decision. I will be back, and will choose other tours from the same operator.