Cape Town Things to Do

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  • 1. Table Mountain

    5 out of 5 stars

    You can of course walk up Table Mountain, but getting to the top of Cape Town’s mountain doesn’t have to involve any more exertion than stepping aboard the 85-year-old Table Mountain Cableway which...

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  • 2. Cape Point

    Cape point is enclosed inside Table Mountain National Park with considerable hectares of land before reaching the far end of South Africa and Last main land towards South Pole. I've spotted some...

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  • 3. Penguins - Boulders Beach

    Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area and an entrance fee is required to access these sandy shores that are home to the tuxedoed little bird. Strictly...

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  • 4. Robben Island

    4 out of 5 stars

    Making the pilgrimage to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for the majority of his 27 years in prison features close to the top of most tourist's South African To Do list, and with...

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  • 5. V & A Waterfront

    Make sure that you visit Nobel Square and see four of South Africa's Nobel Peace Price winners: Albert Luthuli (1960), Desmond Tutu (1984), FW de Klerk (1993) and Nelson Mandela (1993). The monument...

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  • 6. Bo-Kaap

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of the oldest residential areas of Cape Town, the Bo Kaap is a unique neighborhood with a strong cultural and social history. Home of a "Cape Malay" community, the neighborhood is a collection of...

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  • 7. Kirstenbosch Gardens

    Settled along the eastern slope of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens hosts over 22,000 indigenous plants. Just 15 minutes away from Cape Town city centre, the Botanical Gardens are...

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  • 8. Castle of Good Hope

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This castle protected Cape Town throughout the Colonial years. A waterfront land reclamation now has it a good 1/2 Km from the actual bay. This is a bit out of the way but it is definitely worth a...

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  • 9. Two Oceans Aquarium

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We had a rainy day on our trip in Cape Town. It's not fun to visit outdoor sights in the rain. So, we opted to see the aquarium. This was great! We spent quite a while inside and the photos I took...

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  • 10. Cape Town CBD

    The tour takes you inside one of the Historic and Iconic Buildings of South Africa. There are several separated Sections in the Parliament Building for some reason I cannot remember all of them but...

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  • 11. Chapman's Peak Drive

    Chapman's Peak Drive is a scenic route running along the coast of the Atlantic ocean on the western side of Cape peninsula. This road " hewn out of the face of sheer mountain" is 9 km long and has 114...

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  • 12. Camps Bay Beach

    I have now visited Boulders, Simon's Town, Camps Bay, Fish Hoek, and more and the beaches are beautiful and inviting. The sand is like fine talcum powder and a pleasure to walk through. I didn't try...

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  • 13. Hout Bay

    4 out of 5 stars

    The time we visited We had a great and sky-blue weather which rarely happens during winter. Hout's Bay boasts lovely Harbour and several Restaurants specializing in Sea food dishes with extensive Sea...

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  • 14. Stellenbosch

    This is a wonderful place to visit. From the history presented by the buildings themselves, the Muses and the nature trail you can spend an afternoon here and follow it up with dinner at Moyo next...

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  • 15. Seals at Duiker Island

    Duiker Island is a small island with seals on it. The island is the main spot of interest in a 30 minute boat tour which is offered from Hout Bay. There’s no possibility to get off the boat to get...

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  • 16. Shark Cage Diving

    Some of the people I met at Ashanti and me went for a shark cage diving trip to Gaansbaai. Adrenalin pure. We went through an operator that was trustworthy and they knew exactly what they were talking...

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  • 17. Bloubergstrand

    The beach in Blouberg is just stunning - white, sandy, turquoise water and of course Table Mountain in the background! On my holidays there it was quite windy so I've tried kitesurfing and I had such...

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  • 18. Simons Town

    A boat trip to Seal Island in False Bay is another great way to spend a few hours. Seal Island is some 16 kilometres off the coast of Simon’s Town and is a popular feeding ground for that ultimate of...

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  • 19. District Six Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Although small in size, this museum has claimed fame in and outside of South Africa. That comes mainly from the story behing the museum: District Six was a very cosmopolitan area with immigrants from...

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  • 20. Signal Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On a daily basis most Capetonians pass or see Signal Hill from wherever they are in the city. It always fascinates me to hear why Capetonians think the hill is called as such. Most say that it is...

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  • 21. Long Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    Long Street is a major street located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town. It is famous as a bohemian hang out and the street is lined with many book stores, various ethnic restaurants and bars....

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  • 22. Shopping

    I was there late November and there are many, many wonderful shops in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Mall. Give yourself at least a full day to explore and roam through the various sections. I...

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  • 23. Lion's Head

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lion’s Head is one of the most distinctive natural monuments in and around Cape Town. It is part of the Table Mountain National Park and visible from many parts of the city. Together with Signal Hill...

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  • 24. Groot Constantia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Constantia valley is only 15kms from Cape Town's CBD and can be reached via the hop on, hop off bus service which is a great idea so you can enjoy a few wines at the several wineries along the...

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  • 25. Sea Point

    Sea Point offers visitors a variety of pubs, music clubs, coffee shops, restaurants and a lovely promenade along which to walk. Characterised by high-rise, luxury apartments, Sea Point offers urban...

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  • DanieP's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Ummmmm, please review the dates of the insert re Bartolomeu Dias. From the date of him rounding the Cape of Good Hope (1488) to his appointment by King John II in 1847 is a lapse of 359 years...

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      Jan 6, 2014 at 4:04 AM

      Welcome to VT. All VT content is written by individual locals and visitors. If you think there is an error in one of the pages or tips then it would be a good idea to send a message to the member who wrote it. Just click on their username and then on 'send message' under the smaller photo to the right of their profile page.

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