Top Tours & Activities in Cape Town
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- LanguageAfrikaans and English
- CurrencySouth African Rand (ZAR)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+27
- Best time to visitFor 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.
Things to Do in Cape Town
Top Attractions in Cape Town
- 1District Six
- 2Cape Point
- 3Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- 4False Bay
- 5Hout Bay
- 6Cape of Good Hope
- 7Lion's Head
- 8Table Mountain
- 9Robben Island
- 10Aquila Private Game Reserve
- 11Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
- 12Seal Island
- 13The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range
- 14Boulders Beach
- 15Groot Constantia Wine Estate
- 17Castle of Good Hope
- 18Bo-Kaap Museum
- 19Two Oceans Aquarium
- 20Long Street, Cape Town
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What People Are Saying About Cape Town
Moritz Wrubel was a wonderful guide. He surprised us with an olive oil tasting before three wine tastings. We let him chose our vineyards and each was slightly different but each had a beautiful vista. I would recommend this tour and our guide. Ps - not from albania, from Canada
Percy was pleasant and flexible, but in his flexibility he did not understand time slots and as a result we were too late for the final wine tasting. Maybe he should have chased us a bit harder!!
It was a wonderful experience. We saw many different animals - elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and more. Our tour guide was great and we a had a lot of fun during our safari tour. Lunch was nice as well, and we enjoyed a relaxing hour by the pool before driving back to Cape Town. The driver from Cape Town to Inverdoorn too was gentle, caring and an excellent driver. This safari was for sure one of the best experiences of our two week long stay in South Africa!
We enjoy seeing the animals on their habitat and getting the information from our guide Connor, I would definitely recomend for other people.
For those who have kids below 18 and are not allowed to drink - the half day is perfect. This was great fun. Informative. The guide Chris - fluent in English and knows his history / geography and kept us all engaged. A quick trip through Stellenbosch the university town and then of to Marianne for wine tasting along with Billabongs. Then off to Anura for wine with cheese. For those who like to be online all the time - wifi in the van. Good way to spend half a day.