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South Africa: Cape Town – 10 great things to do

Cape Town is a modern, cosmopolitan city surrounded by nature. Centred around Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, the Mother City is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning biodiversity, award-winning food and wine, and sheer variety of experiences on offer.

We spent four days in Cape Town exploring this beautiful city. There is a lot to do and see here and we could easily have spent another four days to see the many things we missed. South Africa has a bad reputation when it comes to violence and safety but we did not have any issues when we were there or felt threatened in any way. Of course, there are areas of the city that are best avoided. We walked to many places, and most of the tourist sites are within easy reach either by walking or public transport.

The sights listed below are either in Cape Town or a short distance away. The ones outside of Cape Town can be reached by taking an organised tour, or like we did renting a car. The roads in South Africa are excellent and driving is much easier than in most. countries in Africa and perfectly safe.



  1. Table Mountain
  2. Robben Island
  3. Bo Kapp
  4. Kirstenbosch
  5. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  6. Township visit
  7. Chapman’s Peak Drive
  8. Boulders Beach
  9. Cape Point / Cape of Good Hope
  10. Muizenberg beach huts

Best time to visit Cape Town

Where to stay


Lion's Head from Table Mountain - Table Mountain, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top.

2. Robben Island

The entrance to the Robben Island - Capetown, South Africa

Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression and racism.

3. Bo Kapp

The streets of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, South Africa

The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former racially segregated area, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is a historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town.


More heliconia - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.


The figurehead at the V&A Waterfront is a contemporary art not a historical relic - Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is an iconic 123-hectare neighbourhood and is one of Cape Town’s oldest historic attractions with millions of people visiting from all over the continent and world. There a many shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities, making it a must-visit place when in Cape Town.


A legacy of apartheid, the townships of Cape Town were built to house migrant labourers. Though much poverty still exists in the townships, they are also strongholds of local community ties. So much so, that even some who can afford to move out choose not to.


View towards Houts Bay from Chapman's Peak Drive - Western Cape South Africa

Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road, affectionately known as #Chappies., winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.


Viewing of the penguins is done from boardwalks and decks for their safety - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa

Just around the corner from Simon’s Town lies Boulders Beach, a sheltered cove of soft white sand, massive granite boulders. Boulders Beach and neighbouring Foxy Beach are home to a colony of thousands of African penguins and it’s great fun to watch them go about their daily business.


The stunning views across the bay at Cape Point - Western Cape, South Africa

So named by Portugal’s King John II this area has captured the imagination of European sailors such as Dias who first named it the Cape of Storms in 1488 and later in 1580 Sir Francis Drake who called it the “The Fairest Cape in all the World”.


Muizenberg beach huts - Cape Town South Africa

The Muizenberg beach huts are iconic. Their vivid colours lure you right in. This small seaside town is located about 30 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and is known as the South African surfing birthplace. These beach huts offer some shelter from the wind in the height of the summer season.

Best time to visit Cape Town

The best times to visit Cape Town are from March to May and from September to November. These shoulder seasons boast enviable weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices. When planning your trip, it’s important to note that the seasons here are reversed: South Africa’s summer corresponds with America’s winter, and vice versa. That said, Cape Town’s summer is the most popular (and most expensive) time to visit. Hotels and attractions are usually overflowing with travellers. Meanwhile, the Mother City clears out between June and August when chilly weather and frequent rainfall put a damper on tourist activities.

Where to stay Cape Town


Atlanticview Cape Town is a privately owned intimate 5-Star Boutique Hotel. It’s perfectly located close to all the main tourist attractions, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain in Fashionable Camps Bay, “The South African Corniche”, packed with world-class restaurants, bars and beaches. The hotel is accessible to the Beaches (2 min), Table Mountain (5 min) Down Town or V+A Waterfront shopping Centre (10 min) and Cape Town International Airport (20 min). The Cape of Good Hope, Penguin Colony and Cape Winelands are less than an hour away.

The hotel has commanding 180-degree magnificent views sweeping from the top of Table Mountain and The Twelve Apostles range that disappears into the sea. It is truly the perfect place to holiday, honeymoon or simply take a break for a romantic weekend. This beautiful property is situated alongside a greenbelt/nature reserve in very quiet surroundings. It is far enough from the noisy crowds of the promenade but close enough to enjoy the beaches, bars and restaurants with spectacular views in all directions.


Anchor Bay Guest House is nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain within walking distance from the famous restaurants and nightlife of Sea Point. Less than 3.5 km away is the CBD of Cape Town, Cape Town Stadium, and of course, the extraordinary V&A Waterfront – a world-famous working harbour with many speciality restaurants, shops, boutiques, boat cruises, ferries to Robben Island, an aquarium and much more. 


The Mother City’s most original, convenient and fun place to stay! The luxurious Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel on Long Street bustles with energy.

As well as standard rooms the Grand Daddy has an airstream trailer park on its rooftop. The seven original Airstream trailers each have their own decor theme and collectively reflect a typical South African road trip. Authentic Airstream trailers are incredible works of craftsmanship and their classic shape is unforgettably iconic.

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