Table Mountain is proud to be one of the official New7Wonders of Nature, and the only one to be located in an urban area. No trip to the Mother City is complete without taking the cableway or hiking to the top and taking in the incredible views. For the adrenalin junkies, how about abseiling down Table Mountain? At 112m It’s renowned for being the highest abseil in the world and is bound to earn you some pretty serious bragging rights. Other recommended nature and adventure experiences include hiking up Lion’s Head, a favourite pastime with the locals especially on full moon nights, and paragliding off Signal Hill.
Robben Island is one of Cape Town’s most notable landmarks, famous for being the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid. Today, the island is a South African National Heritage Site and a must-see for anyone interested in delving deeper into local history and culture.
The Mother City brims with amazing art, culture and history-filled experiences. Explore the Company’s Garden, enjoy café fare, drinks and snacks in The Company's Garden Restaurant and get your culture fix visiting the many museums within easy walking distance. Don’t miss the Iziko South African Museum, the South African Jewish Museum, the South African National Gallery and the Planetarium, all located near or within the Company’s Garden.
“The Castle” as is it affectionately referred to by Capetonians, was completed in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company. This 5-bastion fort is the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Join a self-guided or guided tour and visit the museum’s, ramparts and shadowy dungeons as you dive into the hidden histories of South Africa’s oldest building.
Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s. To this day, the houses are a mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, in distinctive multi-coloured rows on steeply cobbled roads. You won’t want to miss a visit to this vibrant area where you can learn how to cook unique Cape Malay specialities in a cooking class, explore the Bo-Kaap Museum or snap selfies on the colourful streets.
Located in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, the V&A Waterfront boasts over 450 retailers and 80 restaurants and is also where you’ll find an array of popular landmarks, including the Clock Tower, Chavonne’s Battery, and Dock House. Young and old alike will delight in exploring the popular Two Oceans Aquarium, home to over 8000 creatures (be sure to visit at shark feeding time!). Take your pick from any number of the harbour boat tours on offer – there’s something for everyone.
A stop-off at the Blue Train Park in Mouille Point is simply non-negotiable if you have little ones in tow. The best-loved feature of the park is undoubtedly the famous “Old Lady” Mini Blue Train, which has been chugging along for well over 60 years. Kids can enjoy hours spent riding dirt bikes on a specialty track, getting rowdy on the jungle gyms and obstacle course, and kicking a ball around on the AstroTurf soccer field.
Take a scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula and explore the inspiring attractions include the intoxicating beauty of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the waddling penguins of Boulders Beach and Cape Point where you’ll find plenty of wildlife, it’s infamous lighthouse and some of the most dramatic ocean views in the country. Venture along Chapmans Peak Drive to Hout Bay where you can visit Seal Island after which you can feast on some delicious fish and chips. There is no better way to end your journey than sipping on sundowners at one of the trendy beachside cafes and restaurants of Camps Bay while watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.
The iconic Kloof Street House – treat yourself and book in advance! This city institution is hidden just off Kloof Street in an eclectically decorated Victorian house and tranquil leafy garden. The dishes and drinks on offer on the brasserie-style menu are just as aesthetically pleasing and sumptuous as the décor.
Visit Mazza and Local Market at Heritage Square in the CBD – This trendy market space boasts a little grocery store, a florist, restaurant upstairs, Italian tapas, a bar, burger joint, cafe, ice cream, bakery and chocolate shop!
There’s nothing Capetonians love more than a good farmers market. The Oranjezicht City Farm Market near the V&A Waterfront and The Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock and are just two of the largest. Mojo Market in buzzing Sea Point is a relatively new entrant and the perfect spot to grab dinner and enjoy some live music on selected nights.