Located on a peninsula below the imposing Table Mountain, Cape Town is a port city and South Africa’s capital. The fascinating city is home to one of the most diverse scenarios, ranging from mountains to beautiful beaches to harbour to small islands to historic towns. Rooftop bars, museums, galleries, wineries and great flea markets make it even better. Cape Town is a favourite city among many from party lovers to nature lovers to foodies to people who simply like to explore new places and cultures. So, if you’re also looking forward to visiting this city, here are the 10 Best Things To Do In Cape Town.
1. Table Mountain & Kirstenbosch:
The flat-topped mountain overlooking the Mother City has become the most popular landmark of the city. Table Mountain is a must, either you hike you way up or you can hop on a cable car. The views from the mountain are simply stunning.
Snuggled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is a botanical garden and part of a nature reserve. It is one of ten National Botanical Gardens in South Africa. Many travellers like to have a picnic in the scenic garden and even if you don’t want to have a picnic, visiting the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a must.
2. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront:
South Africa’s most-visited destination, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront attracts much more than just a few million visitors annually. Situated on the Atlantic shore, the bustling harbour was built in the late 19th century. Table Bay Harbour boasts beautiful views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean, shopping venues, restaurants, many bars and notable attractions, like the Two Oceans Aquarium.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art is also located at the V & A Waterfront. It is the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, so it’s a must if you take an interest in the innovative work by African artists. The Norval Foundation art museum and Monkeybiz are two other places we also recommend to visit.
3. Boulders Beach & Clifton Beaches:
Watching penguins at Boulders Beach is one of the best things to do in Cape Town. The sheltered beach is made up of inlets between granite boulders. Also known as Boulders Bay, the beach is close to Cape Point. Watching the African penguins while relaxing on the sandy beach can’t be compared to anything else. The Clifton Beaches are one of the must-visit places in Cape Town. Clifton is a series of four beaches separated by granite boulders. It’s a hotspot for party lovers, featuring white sand, clear waters, beach volleyball and cliffs with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Robben Island – District Six Museum:
Located in Table Bay, Robben Island is a must-visit especially if you take an interest in South Africa’s history. Robben Island is best known for housing political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela. The historical place now has become a museum. Mandela served most of his 27-year sentence in the prison here. You can take another peak in South Africa’s history by visiting the District Six Museum. The museum shows the events of the 1970s when forced clearance of 60,000 residents & demolition of homes happened under apartheid.
5. Woodstock street art & Neighbourgoods Market, Woodstock:
Hipster cafes, veggie eateries and galleries, dots the edgy town of Woodstock but what attracts visitors more than anything is the intriguing street art. Its factories covered with vivid murals has become an identity for this city. Woodstock is also home to a beach and the Neighbourgoods Market. The farmers’ market with artisan products & gourmet foods in an old mill is a foodies paradise. And if you like exploring this market then you should also visit the Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day and Greenmarket Square.
6. Kalk Bay, Greater Cape Town:
Driving around Greater Cape Town is one of the best activities to do in the city. The fishing village of Kalk Bay is now a suburb of greater Cape Town lying between the ocean and sharply rising mountainous. The place has a colourful selection of shops along its seafront and great cafes. An afternoon in Kalk Bay shopping and eating is a great thing to do.
7. Bo-Kaap & Stellenbosch:
Two of the best areas to explore in Cape Town are, Bo-Kaap & Stellenbosch. Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is known for being the historical centre of Cape Malay culture. It highlights the lifestyle & cultural contributions of 19th-century Muslims. The colourful houses and the exhibitions and attractions like the Nurul Islam Mosque makes Bo-Kaap a must-visit. Stellenbosch, on the other hand, is surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands, another great place to explore, and Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The mountainous nature reserves paint a perfect background for the city. An architectural witness to the Dutch colonial history, Stellenbosch is dotted with cafes, boutiques and art galleries, & museums.
8. Signal Hill & Lion’s Head:
Located next to each other, Signal Hill & Lion’s Head is a great place perfect for activities like hiking. Signal Hill, also known as “The Lula Lula Flank”, is the only home to the critically endangered Peninsula Shale Renosterveld vegetation. Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain National Park and one of the best hiking spot boasting 360-degree views of the Cape Peninsula. Together both of these mountains look like a lion sphinx. Also, if you want a bit more activities, you can follow the Sir Lowry’s Pass, crossing the Hottentots-Holland mountain range between Somerset West and the Elgin valley.
9. Seal Island & Camps Bay:
Named after the great number of Cape fur seals, Seal Island is home to 64,000 cape fur seals. The small town just off the coast of Cape Town is a great day trip idea from the city. Alike, Seal Island, Camps Bay is another place that attracts thousands of tourists annually. Camps Bay not only offers white sand beach but also natural rock swimming pools and amazing views of the Twelve Apostles mountains. Its elegant seafood restaurants, friendly cafes and cocktail bars only add to its popularity. Another beach we would recommend is Muizenberg Beach
10. Cape Point Nature Reserve – Cape of Good Hope – Castle of Good Hope:
Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean, Cape Point Nature Reserve is one of the best places to visit in Cape Town. The Cape Point is a mountainous and scenic landform home to the scenic area of Cape of Good Hope. The lighthouse on the edge of the mountains offers a good hike. The Castle of Good Hope was built in the 17th century originally on the coastline of Table Bay, now in inland. The colonial castle housing military & historical art museums is a must-visit.
Some other things you need to do in Cape town visit the wineries. You can’t leave without visiting at least one, the Winelands, Groot Constantia-Trust and the Vergelegen Estate are among the best. Exploring Long Street and visiting a Rooftop Bar are the other things you must-do in the city.