Explore the most beautiful sights of Cape Town!
Near the southern tip of Africa is Cape Town, a colorful, exciting and eclectic city. For many who have been there, there is hardly any other city that radiates so much flair, vibrancy and variety. We have selected the 10 best highlights for you that you should not miss in this metropolis.
1. Explore Table Mountain
What would Cape Town be without its Table Mountain? Even the first seafarers saw it as a landmark and it has remained so today. The mountain is 1086 m high and offers an incredible variety of nature. In fact, you can see plants that only grow in this spot on Earth – like the Protea, the South African national flower. If you do not want to hike up the mountain on foot, you can take the cable car and carry you to the top in just 7 minutes.
You can also check out our tour that includes a visit to Table Mountain.
2. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is maritime and bustling. It is framed by Cape Town’s two historic docks as well as the restored shipyard and harbor district. Look forward to traditional street musicians, entertaining amateur spectacles, a Ferris wheel and a variety of other entertainment options. You can take your eyes over the table mountain or the sea alternately and see you getting tired of the incoming and outgoing boats.
3. Bo-Kaap district
Between the city center and Signal Hill you will find the colorful district Bo-Kaap. It is also called the Muslim Quarter because over 90% of its residents are Muslims and is not much larger than one square kilometer. What particularly distinguishes the district are the small, sugar-sweet, narrow streets and the multicolored houses. It is one of the oldest parts of Cape Town.
Check out our full day tour that includes Table Mountain and a stroll through Bo-Kaap.
4. The suburb Camps Bay
One of Cape Town’s most affluent suburbs is Camps Bay. Here is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the City. In 2008, this beach was awarded the Blue Flag, which among other things stands for sustainable tourism. But even if you do not want to lie on the beach, it is worth visiting the district. In many small cafes along Beach Road you can relax and watch the sun go down.
5. Prison on Robben Island
The former prison island Robben Island is located about twelve kilometers from Cape Town in the Atlantic Ocean. This island became famous by Nelson Mandela, who lived there for 18 years in a cell – before he was elected as president. Today, the island is considered a natural and national monument and the former prison has been transformed into a museum. The special thing about this museum is that the guides who guide you through the former prison building were former political prisoners on Robben Island during apartheid.
6. Dive with the sharks
The Shark Cage Diving is a real highlight, because when you sharks are as close as under water itself? In the cage you can be sure that the sharks will not harm you. In addition, you have experienced guides with you who know the animals well and know how to behave. Also for this holiday highlight, it is important to secure a place in time.
7. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world is Kirstenbosch. In the 35 hectare area you can admire a huge amount of native plants and get an impression of the biodiversity of the Cape region. Incidentally, a path leads directly from the Botanical Garden to Table Mountain.
Check out our tour to Kirstenbosch here.
8. A visit to Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is one of South Africa’s most important wine regions, just a few miles from Cape Town. Take a walk through the wineries and the picturesque mountain landscape. The best thing is, if you participate in a wine tasting. For just a few euros / dollars, you will usually be offered up to five wines to try. So it is worthwhile not to drive by car yourself.
Check out our wine tasting tours here.
9. Boulders Beach and penguins
Penguins, as far as the eye can see. Also, if Boulders Beach is not right in the heart of Cape Town, but about 45 minutes away by car, it is definitely worth a visit. Where else in the world can you be so close to the sweet African penguins?
You can visit the penguins during our tour to Cape of Good Hope.
10. Cape of Good Hope
The southwesternmost point of Africa is the Cape of Good Hope. If you come to Cape Town, you should not miss this natural work of art with the wonderful name. In ancient times, the Cape was feared for its cliffs, which only partially jetted out of the water, and today it is loved by windsurfers. If you want to see the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, then climb the cliffs and enjoy the wonderful and wild view.
You can visit the Cape Peninsula during our tour to Cape of Good Hope.