No vacation in South Africa is complete without a trip to Cape Town, the country’s oldest city, a slice of coastal heaven surrounded by grand mountains. Whether you enjoy immense coastlines, communing with nature or the bustle of a big city, you’ll never run out of places to visit in Cape Town. Activities like penguin watching and canal cruises have given the city a reputation for being a tourist destination like no other.
Brush up on your Afrikaans and check out some of the best places to go to in Cape town.
Cape Town falls in the Cape Floristic region, making it a known ecotourism hotspot. Of all the Cape Town tourist places, Table Mountain is easily the most iconic - it was recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. You could take a cable car to the summit or choose to hike to the top following a scenic trail. Either way, you’ll be treated to a breath-taking view of the city on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Alternatively, you could attempt the full-moon hike on Lion’s Head, a hill just minutes from the city centre. The more adventurous kind can even go paragliding off the hill. Wildlife lovers should make it a point to take the day safari at the Aquila Private Game Reserve, a park full of lounging lions and grazing zebras.
Those who prefer sparkling blue water, take a trip down to Boulder Beach, the home of the African Jackass Penguin. For a small fee, you can gain access to the private beach and go further into the reserve. Make sure you keep your camera handy!
To get a clearer idea of the city’s cultural significance, one of the must-visit places in Cape Town is Robben Island. Once a prison holding Nobel peace prize winner Nelson Mandela, the entire island is now maintained as a museum and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. For a small fee, you could take a 3-hour bus tour of the museum and get a closer look at the infamous prison, where three South African presidents were once held prisoners.
If you’re more interested in exploring the city’s nightlife, spend an evening at the iconic Long Street, where you can relax at one of the several bars and live music venues.
Fans of architecture could also consider taking a horse-drawn carriage tour through the Castle of Good Hope. It is the oldest building in the city, built on reclaimed land in the 17th century.
Clearly, there’s no lack of places to visit in Cape Town. In case you’d like a little bit of everything for your Cape Town Holidays, you could always take a bus or canal tour through the city’s landmarks. Simply choose one of the many South Africa tour packages from SOTC and get some great deals for a memorable vacation.