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While exploring the "Mother City," you'll uncover the layers of its history that span from the colonial period to the emergence of the Rainbow Nation. With a vibrant scene in a cityscape of sea and mountains, it's easy to fall for South Africa's oldest city.

Table Mountain

The ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is one you'll never forget. You'll relish the views of the cobalt blue ocean and urban landscape from this lofty perch.

Lion's Head

Reap the rewards of an encompassing panorama after an hour's hike to the Lion's Head. A night with a full moon makes it a popular place to view the sparkling city lights below.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the swathes of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The flora, locally known as fynbos, is at its best between August and November.

Cape of Good Hope

Dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, the lighthouse, which illuminates the Cape of Good Hope, is the strongest on the continent.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

For shopping, entertainment and a slew of restaurants, you won't go wrong at the V&A. It's convenient to reach the aquarium and stadium nearby, and it's the place for a bay cruise.

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and it features the marine life in these waters. Don't miss the shark feeding on Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Cape Town Stadium

Learn about this venue from the 2010 FIFA World Cup by taking a tour that includes facts about its architectural design, a walk on the Cape Town Stadium field, and a look inside the locker rooms.

Robben Island

Located in Table Bay, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned here in Robben Island during apartheid. It's a humbling moment when you step into his former cell and reflect on his life.

Photo: Diriye Amey @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

District Six

The District Six museum recounts the history of the forced expulsion and relocation of black residents during apartheid, and the ultimate demise of this former, mulit-cultural district.

Boulders Beach

A raised boardwalk lets you take a walk on the wild side among the rowdy 2000 African Penguins that live here at Boulders Beach. It's also a great place to spend the day on the beaches of False Bay.

Planning Your Cape Town Visit

A visit to Table Mountain

You can buy a ticket online for either a morning or afternoon trip to the top by cable car. However, an excursion to the 3,500-foot summit always depends on the weather, so check it before you go. It's wise to bring a sweater or jacket with you, and wear sunblock and proper footware. If you plan to hike to the peak or along one of the three trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and a friend.

How safe is it?

As in any other city you visit, it's always best to keep your wits about you. It is recommended to take a taxi in Cape Town at night, rather than walking, and be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If you're curious about visiting a township, then go with a group led by an experienced guide.

When to go

Cape Town has a temperate climate. October to April offer warm and dry weather, but the notorious south-easter winds occur from December through January. February to mid-April has great beach weather, and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy crisp, clear days from late April to early June.

How many days should you spend in Cape Town?

Four to five full days allow you to experience the sites and sounds of the Mother City at a leisurely pace. Stay longer if you'd like and use the city as a base to explore the beautiful, surrounding areas in the Western Cape, such as the wine region of Stellenbosch.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Afrikaans and English
  • Currency
    South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +27
  • Best time to visit
    For a great sightseeing trip with some beach time, plan to come between January and April, when the temperatures are warm, the winds are dying down and the tourist rush is ending.

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What People Are Saying About Cape Town

Grant was extremely helpful, happy & friendly. Trip was amazing

Helped fit us in as time was very restricted. Great service & value for money. Would definitely use them again.
Cape Peninsula Half Day Tour Reviewed by Kathryn, 09/05/2016

Nice and friendly guide and plenty Information about the City....

Friendly Guide, plenty Information about the City, good driving, oranisation could have been better concerning picking up delayed guests....
Cape Town: Table Mountain and Half-Day City Tour Reviewed by Gabriele, 08/18/2016

Fantastic Private Full-Day Tour for Good Hope Cape

Tour with Dean was fantastic and very interesting: many, many very interesting and comprehensive information, very good timing. I had a few private tours till now, but this was definitely number one till now. And this will be very hard to beat in the future.

everything to see on Cape Penninsula packed into one intense day

The guides are excellent and the tour is very comfortable. This is an excellent tour of the penninsula but you wish you could spend 1 day at each stop and you only get 10 minutes. It is rather rushed in order to keep the schedule.
Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour Reviewed by Akos, 07/26/2016

Wonderful insight into the townships. Great guides!

The tour was just great! It gave a good insight into the history of apartheid. The guides we had in the townships and on Robbin Island were absolutely motivated to tell us all about the history and the present situation.
Township and Robben Island Combination Tour Reviewed by Simone, 06/21/2016

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