Things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

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Robben Island

Robben Island

Robben Island is a world-class heritage site which symbolizes the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Your trip starts with a short ferry ride and a bus tour of the island, followed by a guided walking tour of the prison buildings where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Tours last approximately 4 hours including the ferry transfer. Visit their website for details: http://www.robben-island.org.za/

Two Oceans Aquarium

Open daily between 9h30 and 18h00, Two Oceans has fun for all the family. Meet the penguins, watch a shark feed or touch a starfish, there’s lots to discover! http://www.aquarium.co.za/

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Whether you want to take a tour, shop or relax, the V&A Waterfront has a multitude of activities to keep you entertained. With over 80 eateries to tickle your taste buds, 450 retail outlets and markets and scenery to discover you will be spoiled for choice. http://www.waterfront.co.za/

City Hall

Built in 1905 in Italian Renaissance style as one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures, Cape Town’s iconic City Hall boasts vintage stained glass, mosaic floors, a 3165 pipe organ and a replica of London’s Big Ben. In 1990, after spending 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela addressed the world from this balcony and 250,000 people gathered on the Grand Parade to celebrate his release. http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/cape-town-city-hall.htm

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Sporting some of the trendiest places to see and be seen, Camps Bay offers funky restaurants and trendy pubs on one side, and palm tree lined white sands on the other. Under the looming Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head and views across the turquoise sea, it’s a place to relax, play beach sports or just watch the sunset. http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Camps_Bay

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Home to an endangered colony of land based penguins, Boulders Beach consists of three pristine beaches, a penguin viewing area and three boardwalks. Boulders is a safe, patrolled beach that is sheltered from currents, wind and large waves and is the perfect spot for a swim or a picnic. http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Boulders_penguin_colony

Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope

Once a fort, today the Castle of Good Hope serves as a showcase of Cape Town’s early days. Completed in 1679 the castle is South Africa’s oldest building. Open daily, you can take a guided tour, view the William Fehr Collection or take a romantic horse and carriage ride. http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/The_Castle_of_Good_Hope

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

As one of the most iconic landmarks of South Africa and a New7Wonder of Nature, Table Mountain is much more than a scenic photograph. Take the Cable way or even hike up if you are feeling brave, and take in the breathtaking views of Cape Town and beyond. There are thousands of plants and floral species, many of which are endemic to the mountain.

Cable Way

http://www.tablemountain.net/

National Park

http://www.tablemountainnationalpark.org/

Stellenbosch

Less than an hours drive from Cape Town, enjoy the picturesque views of the Helderberg mountains whilst exploring their award-winning wines through a selection of tastings and complementing food pairings. Sit back and relax, glass in hand, by the fire, or outside soaking up the sun. http://www.stellenboschvineyards.co.za/

Durbanville Hills Wine Estate

Offering cellar tours, wine pairings and beautiful scenery, Durbanville Hills is only a 20 minute drive from Cape Town. Established in 1990, but dating back to the 17th century, they are famous for their Sauvignon Blanc but offer many a tipple. https://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

With a reputation for being one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch is a 36 hectare garden situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Take a guided tour or wander freely to enjoy the Sculpture Garden and Tree Canopy Walkway. http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch