South Africa’s large city of Cape Town is one of the country’s three capital cities. Cape Town serves as the legislative capital and is one of the most visited cities in the country. It is home to a variety of attractions, and is surrounded by breath taking scenic areas. It is certainly very difficult for one to feel bored in this fabulous, vibrant, and interesting city!
The best times to visit Cape Town are between the months of October and April. It has an international airport, is serves well by road, rail, and sea, and enjoys a good internal public transport system.
Here are some ideas of things to do in Cape Town:
Visit the Iconic Table Mountain
One of the city’s most famous sights, no visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Table Mountain. Active adventurers can hike to the flat summit; the Platteklip Gorge is the most popular route and the climb will take around two hours. Alternatively, ride to the top with ease by cable car. You can see the rock rabbits dashing about at the top, admire the sweeping views, and have a drink or snack at the summit cafe. Make sure you take warm clothes with you when going up Table Mountain.
Check out Cape Town’s Beaches
The gorgeous beaches around Cape Town are perfect for a wide selection of different activities. The beaches near to False Bay have the warmest waters, and so are the best beaches for swimming. The area is known, however, for sharks, so bathers must be alert at all times. Sandy Bay is a beautiful beach – it is also a nudist beach. Fish Hoek, Clovelly, and St James beaches are also very pretty. Muizenberg is great for those learning to surf, whilst Kalk Bay, Milnerton, and Dungeons are popular with experienced surfers. Known for being one of the world’s best kite surfing destinations, enthusiasts should check out Big Bay, Dolphin Beach, and Langebaan Lagoon.
Visitors can go deep sea fishing, enjoy a seal snorkeling trip, and dive to beautiful depths to admire the stunning array of aquatic life. Cape Town is one of the best places in the world for seeing the fearsome and notorious great white sharks; for a real adrenalin hit try some cage diving, surrounded by these ferocious sea dwellers.
The pretty neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap is a must visit when in Cape Town. It is filled with charming, colourful homes, mosques, and inviting streets. It is a mainly Muslim area, and one can enjoy a tempting selection of tantalising street foods. It is a perfect place to simply stroll around soaking up the sights.
Sample South African Wine in Cape Town
Guests can enjoy a tour of the picturesque wineland areas, as well as visiting local wineries and vineyards. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl wine regions are all within an hours’ drive of the city. They offer spectacular views and world class wine tasting. There are numerous places within the city that offer wine tasting sessions if you do not want to actually visit the wineland areas.
Explore Cape Town’s Varied Museums and Galleries
The city is home to a rich selection of museums and galleries, covering different themes and with something to arouse all interests. The Bo-Kaap Museum provides insight into the Muslim community, and the South African Jewish Museum tells all about this small but mighty community. District Six Museum is about the eviction and bulldozing of a formerly mixed area. Slave Lodge offers a moving and insightful education into the days of slavery. Art aficionados will enjoy both the Galleria Gibello and the South African National Gallery.
There are numerous other terrific things to do in Cape Town. These include a Township Tour, a visit to Robben Island where many political prisoners were held during the apartheid era, the old Castle of Good Hope, the pretty V&A Waterfront, and South African Parliament. A city of immense culture and history and surrounded by gorgeous nature, enjoy the many varied things to do in Cape Town and have a fantastic trip to remember.