When planning your South African safari, consider the delightful rewards of time spent in the vibrant city of Capetown. Nestled on the southern most shores of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, Capetown’s rich multi-cultural neighborhoods, rugged mountains and scenic white sand beaches are a must-see. Here’s our choice of some of the incredible experiences to be had in beautiful Capetown.
Explore the V&A Waterfront
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The V&A Waterfront is the oldest working harbor in the Southern Hemisphere. But, today, its five different shopping districts with over 450 stores, charter boat tours and The Cape Wheel (Ferris wheel RIDE) are just some of the attractions that draws more than 24 million travelers every year, making it South Africa’s most-visited site.
But beyond the various clothing, leather goods, art work and jewelry shops, the V&A Waterfront is also a food lovers paradise. You’ll feast on local dishes, craft beers, and some of the best cheeses in the world. Have a sweet tooth? Make sure you swing by The Creamery for a scoop of the best ice-cream in the world!
Venture Up to Table Mountain
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Follow the winding road that leads to the Table Mountain National Park, a natural world heritage site, one of the Natural New 7 Wonders of the World and home to over 2,000 species of plants and 1,400 types of flowers. Hike, fish, ride horses or cable cars – Table Mountain offers an amazing variety of activities for the whole family. Make sure to go on a clear day to take advantage of the spectacular views of the Cape of Good Hope.
Visit Kirstenbosch Garden
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Renowned as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kirstenbosch is virtually unmatched for its size and rich diversity of plant life and its varied attractions. Walk along the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway and look out at the natural wonders.
Enjoy the art exhibits on display, take in one of the many concerts featured throughout the year or dine at Moyo Kirstenbosch where they serve some of Africa’s finest cuisines, with a variety of dining options. This restaurant is a favorite of local residents, known for providing traditional South African favorites with a special twist.
Walk Around Bo-Kaap
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Being one of Cape Town’s most distinct neighborhoods (and with good reason) it is well-known for its brightly colored houses and quaint cobblestone streets. The neighborhood was originally established as a Dutch slave quarters, dating back to the 1760’s with Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural influence still prominent throughout.
Today it is home to a number of wonderful cafes and restaurants, not to mention a perfect spot for people watching. Don’t be surprised if you see photographers lining the streets, it just so happens to be the most photographed location in Cape Town.
Browse Bay Harbor Market
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Describing itself as “Cape Town’s Most Vibrant Market”, the Bay Harbor Market (open only on Fridays and Saturdays) exudes a joyful and slightly crazy vibrancy that will lift your spirits the moment you arrive. The goal in creating Bay Harbor was to provide a place for local tradespeople, most from disadvantaged backgrounds, to display their work and earn a living.
You will be welcomed to listen to the diverse sounds of African street music, watch artisans create their crafts and enjoy a wide variety of tasty delicacies cooked especially for you. This is a “must” on any South Africa bucket list.
Dive Into Two Oceans Aquarium
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Ready to meet the inhabitants of the incredible oceans surrounding the southern African coast? At Two Oceans Aquarium, you can see more than 8,000 various marine creatures ranging from seahorses, to sea turtles, sharks to sting rays. Take the opportunity to get up close and personal with the adorable northern rockhopper penguins.
If you are lucky, one or two of them might decide to hop onto your lap! Certified scuba divers, have the chance to dive in an exhibit and swim with the amazing marine life on display. For the less adventurous there are any number of opportunities throughout the aquarium to interact the these beautiful creatures.
See the Boulder Beach Penguins
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The three Boulders Beaches are a lovely mixture of fine, white sand and clear bright blue ocean water. But here, you can take a walk along the boardwalk and view the endearing African penguins. Now an endangered species, these penguins are highly protected, but you will be within arms length of these beautiful birds. If you are a seasoned photographer, make sure to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the birds are most active.
Watch the Sun Rise from Lions Head
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Table Mountain’s smaller brother – Lion’s Head, is what many consider a “must” and it’s pretty easy to understand why. Not only can it be done in roughly two hours but you get full panoramic views of the city bowl, Twelve Apostles, and the ocean. But nothing beats climbing to the peak to witness the sunrise.
The hike is about three hours overall, with both easy and challenging parts. So if you are not an experienced hiker, best to go with a buddy or a guide. The good news is you’ll be circling the mountain getting to the top which means plenty of perfect photograph opportunities. Even with a good amount of hikers ascending in the early hours, the breathtaking views are certainly worth it.
Step Back In Time At Robben Island
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Used primarily as a prison over its 500 year history, Robben Island now stands as a monument to the human spirit that prevailed in the face of political oppression. Perhaps most famous as the place where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for most of his 27 year prison term its wall also held two other men who later became President of South Africa.
The tour usually takes around three and a half hours, including the half hour ferry boat trip to and from the island, and are often led by former political prisoners who can relate first hand the grueling history of Robben Island. No trip to Cape Town is complete without visiting this rich historic landmark.
Drive Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point
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No visit to Cape Town is complete without witnessing the collision of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape of Good Hope. Historically, it served as a stopping point for trading ships sailing between Europe and the European colonies in the east. Although there aren’t any ships sailing about, you can still enjoy long hikes, bird-watch, and just unwind as you take in the picturesque vistas.
The drive from Champan’s Peak alone is incredible as it winds alongside the vertical cliff fronts of Table Mountain. It’s even frequently cited as one of the world’s most scenic routes. With an continuous display of twists and bends, it’s simply no wonder why thousand embark on the route every year.
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