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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

District Six
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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

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

Awesome evening with Yanga! This was my forth experience with Local Knowledge and I could not have chosen a better company to show me around Cape Town! These guys really care and make you feel like your exploring the city with a local friend (you DON'T feel like a tourist!) This experience was so much fun. We visited a bunch of awesome local bars/clubs. Each had a different theme/vibe (music, style and people.) The drinks were awesome and the value for money was 5/5. I will book this experience the next time I am in Town. Thanks again guys! P.s. Yanga (our host) is a legend!

Cape Town: Nightlife Experience Pub Crawl Reviewed by Anonymous, 11/16/2020

Super Tour. Jean Luc is fantastic. Knowledgeable and he is very very attentive. He knows the bay as good or even better than whats in his pockets. Would do it again. Anytime. Unfortunately we werent able to do the table mountain due to bad weather but we got the tickets and could do it the next day. I definitely recommend the tour and support it. Covid times are tough on everyone but especially on the guides that rely on tourism. Keep going Guides. The wind will change.

Tour guide was phenomal. He was very knowledgable about the city and areas keeping us entertained on route to the farms. The farms were immaculate and we were treated to pairings with cheese and the second farm was with Biltong. Much larger selection of wines were presented for tasting than we expected. Friendly staff, would do it again. A must for a visit to Cape Town. Great value for money

Capetown Winelands: Shared Half-Day Tour with Local Guide Reviewed by Christopher, 11/01/2020

Awesome experience! Nicole (our host) was so lovely. It felt like we were exploring the city with an old friend. The transport was a beautiful vintage van and the places were visited were incredible! We got a real feel for what the locals do on the weekend.

Cape Town Craft Crawl: Coffee, Markets, Gin and Beer Reviewed by Anonymous, 11/16/2020

The tour was very informative and our tour guides were very friendly and well informed they know robben island very well thanx a lot