For those who don’t know, the ‘Mother City’ is certainly one of the most fascinating cities in South Africa. Some of the most scenic landscapes are a part of this magnificent city, along with a few iconic landmarks and illustrious history.
No matter what you’re looking for, Cape Town prides itself in having it all – thrilling wildlife, exquisite beaches, lip-smacking gastronomy and breathtaking landscapes. If you are wondering what activities you can do here; take a look at some of our top picks.
1. Take in the view of Cape Town from Table Mountain
Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain, is an iconic site and undoubtedly Cape Town’s most visited site. It has been featured on magazine covers, travel blogs and in an uncountable number of pictures for its breathtaking view. If you think that the view of Table Mountain is breathtaking, wait till you’re literally standing on the mountain, looking over the widely spread Cape Town city and with two oceans (Indian and the Atlantic) on either side, it’s a view which you’ll have to see in real life to believe! If you plan to hike up to Table Mountain, you would have to pay a conservation fee of around USD 3.50 to 10 for adults and for children it would cost USD 2 to 5. But the easier way up is via the cableway. While here, in the vicinity you could also visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. This garden is known for its colourful plant life and stunning sculptures.
2. Visit Cape Winelands for Wine Tasting
South Africa has been known for producing some excellent wine, robust reds and crisp whites, and Cape Town has lived up to the legacy and contributes its fair share. The Cape Winelands is located at an hour’s drive from Cape Town in one of the most popular wine-producing region, Franschhoek. There are three popular vineyards namely, La Petite Ferme, Moreson and Haute Cabriere. Visitors can either opt for a private car if you need the liberty of hand-picking your spot or take the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which is an experience that takes you through various vineyards. If you’re in a mood for luxury, you could opt for a heli tour of the area, followed by a delectable lunch. A wine lover or not, this is something which will leave you breathless and wanting more!
3. Explore Cape of Good Hope
The popular peninsula that separates the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay, Cape of Good Hope has miles and miles of serene walking trails with breathtaking views. It’s your chance to enjoy the natural and wild beauty of this place. The landscape here, of the endless coastline meeting with the clouds in the distance with the sun playing hide and seek, is stunning. Don’t be shocked if you run into some of the Cape of Good Hope’s full-time residents, including baboons and ostriches. This tip gives you the feeling like you’re at the edge of the world and although this is the official endorsed ‘tip of Africa’, the real tip is Cape Agulhas, about 150km away.
4. Enjoy the white sands with a view of Penguins at Boulders Beach
Apart from being a beautiful beach with stunning scenery, the crowd puller is the colony of over 2000 endangered African penguins which call Boulders Beach their home. This beach is one of the rarest of few where you could get close to the penguins and swim with them. However, not disturbing them is suggested. The warm waters of the Atlantic are inviting but the playful creatures add to the experience. Unfortunately, these penguins are on the verge of extinction. You can combine your Boulders Beach visit with Camps Bay, another beach. The beach is flanked by bustling cafes and buzzing bars, although swimming is not recommended here, the fun and friendly environment and the balmy outdoors is definitely worth it.
5. Dine out and experience the world’s best Gastronomy
You may be surprised to know that Cape Town is home to some of the country’s best restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a simple lunch or the ultimate dine-out spot, the city is embraced with everything. You can head over to the vibrant Bree Street for a stroll or enjoy an enchanting meal at one of the many wine estates or a quick visit to The Tasting Room which has consistently been ranked as one of the finest restaurants in the world, it’s worth visiting!
With so many alluring activities in Cape Town, it’s impossible to cover the entire city at once – call us, Holxo and we’ll customise your holiday for you or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
How to get to/from South Africa?
All domestic and international flights have access to Cape Town and land at the international airport, a 20 minute drive from the city.