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AndyDec 9, 2019
From the dazzling heights of Table Mountain to the sparkling blues around its impressive waterfront, Cape Town brims with attractions for nature lovers and culture buffs.
Wherever you are in Cape Town the majestic, iconic shape of Table Mountain adds one of the world’s most impressive backdrops to your view. No trip to this South African city is complete without a hike, or a more leisurely cable car ride, to the top, where the breathtaking vistas are known as some of the best in Africa.
The story of Cape Town’s past is written in its architecture. The colonizing Dutch left their mark with their unique “Cape Dutch” style. You’ll recognize this style in those houses with decorative front gables. Subsequent English and Muslim inhabitants made significant contributions too. See their architectural styles as you wander around the colorful houses and periodic minarets of the Bo-Kaap district.
Such a mix of nationalities makes for a rich cultural scene. Food is superb, whether you’re eating from one of the street carts in the Bo-Kaap district or enjoying freshly caught seafood in a fine-dining restaurant on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Learn about the city’s history at the Jewish Museum, Slave Lodge and the South Africa Maritime Museum. Perhaps the most poignant story is to be found on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held before the abolishment of apartheid.
More than anything though, Cape Town is destination for those who love the outdoors. A wild coastline surrounds the city. The expansive Table Mountain National Park covers 75 percent of the peninsula, meaning that encounters with wildlife are common. Get face-to-face with African penguins at Boulders Beach, or keep an eye out for baboons, antelopes or whales as you hike one of the trails on the Cape of Good Hope. You can also see more cultivated natural beauty at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Though fairly small, Cape Town does not lend itself to exploring on foot. It’s better to rent a car; the roads are generally easy to navigate and free flowing. Public buses run some of the major tourist routes as well.
Cape Town’s climate is generally good, with the low humidity making the summer heat bearable. Winters can be quite wet.
Stunning sunsets and perfect blue water, scuba diving, mountain scenery and beachfront restaurants all make this one of Cape Town’s most popular beach suburbs.
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Known for its majestic mountain landscape and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Cape Town City Centre. Check out top attractions like Castle of Good Hope and South African National Gallery, and jump on the metro at Woodstock Station or Esplanade Station to see more of the city.
Bring the kids to the playgrounds and cafés in this dynamic, rejuvenated coastal area in the shadow of a mossy mountain.
Travelers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Cape Town Stadium is a top attraction you might want to visit.
Browse stalls and enjoy live music in the harbor market, trek along the mountain trails and surf atop Atlantic swells.
Unique features of Constantia include the wineries and gardens. Make a stop by Groot Constantia Winery or Eagles Nest while you're exploring the area.
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One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.
Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.
Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.
Discover the diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary flora with a stroll around the country’s premier botanic gardens.
Experience the stunning scenery and a wealth of native wildlife at what is almost Africa’s most southerly point.
With sharks, rays, tropical fish and forests of kelp, this aquatic attraction provides deep insights into life under the ocean waves.
Ranking just under Johannesburg as South Africa's second-most populous city, Cape Town caters to nature lovers as much as culture enthusiasts. This hop-on hop-off tour grants you the flexibility to explore the city according to your own itinerary.
We offer a boat based Marine Eco Tour from the V&A Waterfront with Hydrofoil technology on a stable platform. Encapsulated in this prolific marine eco system in Table Bay, Cape Town has numerous different species which include penguins, seals, dolphins, sunfish, whales and pelagic bird life that call this eco system home.
A sightseeing drive to the Cape Point Nature reserve and around the Cape Peninsula is a “must do” day trip when visiting Cape Town. The magnificent Cape Point route is one of the great day tours from Cape Town.
In Stellenbosch, be swept away by breathtaking scenery and rows upon rows of wonderful, wine-producing vines. Travel inland to the lush, green countryside that forms the center of South Africa's wine-growing economy and visit 3 famous wine producers for tastings.
With a rugged coastline, species of African game, and endemic vegetation, discover the natural wonders of the Cape Peninsula on a half-day tour. Gaze out upon sweeping views of the coastline and enjoy the sight of roaming wild animals as you visit charming shoreline towns.
Aquila Game Reserve, the closest game reserve to Cape Town offers a unique opportunity to view the BIG 5 and other herding animals in a natural habitat. As a DAY VISITOR you are able to experience a unique Game Drive and viewing from an open Safari Vehicle.
Verified travelerNov 27, 2019
There are areas you need to be cautious of in the city but the city, overall, seemed safe.
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