Ah, Cape Town, so many wonderful things to see and do, so little time! So skip the laborious online researching and instead consult our Top 10 list below – we’ve got you covered for the ultimate holiday in South Africa’s dazzling coastal city.
Cape of Good Hope
The southwestern-most point of the African continent, this rocky promontory is full of humbling scenery. For the best view of the entire cape, climb to the top of the iconic lighthouse. For those not keen on walking up the whole way, The Flying Dutchman Funicular will shuttle you up to the top in style, and in less than three minutes. Watch out for pesky baboons roaming the cape!
Just outside the city on the False Bay coastline, this is a chance to get up close to African Penguins. Think real-life Happy Feet. Enormous granite boulders protect the coastline from wind and large waves which makes it the perfect swimming conditions for children. Visit in January for the chance to see baby penguins shed their feathers.
A striking neighbourhood characterised by its heritage homes decked in bold colours, vividly reminiscent of Liquorice Allsorts. These iconic homes were once the rented accommodations of slaves in Cape Town and it was mandated legally that all homes had to be painted white. Once slavery was abolished and this law was lifted, the houses were painted their array of rainbow colours in celebration. bokaap.co.za
Not only a South African National Heritage Site, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island is about 7 kilometres west of the coast of Cape Town. Daily tours take in the island’s many historical sites, including the prison and cell Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail. robben-island.org.za
Chapman’s Peak Drive
The nine-kilometre ocean road is a must. Time your drive for an unforgettable sunset over Hout Bay. If driving isn’t your preferred method of transportation, bicycle tours and hikes are also offered as ways to experience the breathtaking views. chapmanspeakdrive.co.za
A vibrant neighbourhood with a range of markets, designer stores and eateries. Woodstock is one of the oldest established towns of the Cape Town region yet boasts a new, contemporary feel as it has recently undergone a massive urban renewal. The Old Biscuit Mill is a standout attraction. theoldbiscuitmill.co.za
White sands and azure waters, plus views of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles. These hidden beaches, aptly named One through Four, are just a ten-minute drive from central Cape Town. In addition to the beaches, enjoy both hiking trails and dozens of beachfront restaurants.
While Table Mountain gets much of the credit, plenty of locals will vouch for Lion’s Head as the premium hike. Take a picnic or time your ascent with sunset. The dramatic backdrop which looms over the city of Cape Town provides hikers with views of both the city and the Atlantic Seaboard.
The Blue Train
All aboard! This luxury locomotive departs Cape Town for Pretoria and offers passengers a five-star journey through spectacular scenery. The Blue Train is famous for its butler service, two lounge cars, an observation car and elegant en-suite rooms (most of which feature a full bathtub!). bluetrain.co.za
A major artery of Cape Town’s CBD, Long Street is a colourful union of shopping, restaurants, nightlife and landmarks. A bohemian vibe and diversified culture entices tourists of all types. Venture into one of the famous theatres or stop to appreciate the Victorian architecture.