Cape Town’s stunning setting, fascinating history and vibrant culture make it one of the world’s most popular cities.
This was our first time in South Africa. We loved Cape Town and did a half-day city tour and a whole day peninsula tour both of which were excellent.
From Table Mountain to the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island to popular beaches, museums to parks, Cape Town is packed with must-see sites and attractions for all the family.
- Views: There’s no better way to see Cape Town than taking the cable car up Table Mountain to gaze out over the city, Cape Peninsula and beaches; simply stunning. The hike to Lion’s Head is rewarded by a splendid city panorama and is particularly impressive at sunset. The 9km Chapman’s Peak Drive is a famously scenic route with plenty of photo stops for city and coastal vistas. Continue south to Cape Point, also known as the Cape of Good Hope, where you can see where two oceans, the Atlantic and Indian, meet.
- History & culture: There are plenty of museums and sites where you can gain an understanding of the city’s past. Iziko South African Museum is the oldest in the country with exhibits such as ancient stone tools, dinosaur fossils and vast whale skeletons. At Bo-Kaap you learn about the life of a typical local Muslim family in the 19th century, while the District Six Museum documents the history and legacy of apartheid, and a trip to Robben Island provides important insights into key areas of the county’s often turbulent past. You literally can’t miss Zeitz MOCAA, a 57m tall former grain silo now showcasing contemporary African art and international exhibitions in some 100 galleries.
- Nature: Just 13kms from Cape Town, city centre Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a wonderful way to experience the flora of the Cape Peninsula with over 2,500 plant species and a choice of walking trails. You can enjoy longer hikes, mountain biking and horse riding in Table Mountain National Park. And don’t miss the penguins at Boulders Beach.
- Leisure & beaches: The V&A Waterfront is a top-quality leisure venue in a working harbour which offers hundreds of shops, local and international cuisine, a cinema, aquarium, cruises and helicopter flights. Among the beaches, Camps Bay is popular for activities such as beach volleyball, resort and Fish Hoek attracts swimmers, surfers and sailors and is family-friendly. Boulders Beach is known for its penguin colony which you can view from the boardwalk the beach being a protected area.