Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Cape Town
Beyond the popular tourist attractions in Cape Town and the seemingly endless list of things to do in Cape Town, there are few places on earth that can match the scenic diversity of South Africa’s Western Cape. This is where mountains meet the sea in scenes of dramatic contrast, and rows of vineyards stretch across valleys and hills. From the Garden Route to the summit of Table Mountain, from the fishing villages along the West Coast to the welcoming towns of the Karoo, the Western Cape is home to a staggering amount of must-see attractions.
What you'll discover
Explore the Western Cape to discover world-class wines, unspoiled beaches, whale watching, contrasting landscapes (that change as dramatically as the weather), adventure activities, and the diverse ecosystems of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which meet at the southern tip of Africa. Despite the beautiful natural surrounds, you will soon discover that the list of tourist attractions in Cape Town and the Western Cape extend far beyond the usual sun, sea and surf.
With three incredible Sun International casinos and hotels conveniently positioned to provide you with a wealth of things to do in Cape Town, we’ll make sure you experience the best that this remarkable corner of South Africa has to offer.
Explore Cape Town's tourist attractions
There are many reasons why Cape Town is Africa’s darling. With bragging rights to Table Mountain, its close proximity to Robben Island and some of the best beaches in the world, Cape Town promises an unbeatable variety of activities. The list of things to do in Cape Town is only limited by the duration of your stay and your imagination.
Situated on the V&A Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel enjoys the best address in Cape Town, and is perfectly positioned within easy reach of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town. Not only does the central location allow for easy access to the best Western Cape activities, but the hotel provides you with a luxury transfer and tour service as well as ideas and itineraries for things to do in Cape Town.
Whether it’s culinary delights at the finest restaurants and local eateries, luxury shopping or exploring Cape Town’s unique craft markets. Whether it’s a visit to historical South African museums, a taste of the nightlife in trendy Camps Bay or the views from the Table Mountain cableway, The Table Bay hotel offers both half-day and full-day luxury tours to give you the best experiences that Cape Town, and the Western Cape, has to offer.
Explore South Africa’s oldest city and experience its unique diverse cultures, spectacular architecture, historical sights and awe-inspiring scenery.
Top Things To Do in Cape Town
- Spend a day exploring the V&A Waterfront. One of the most popular shopping destinations in Africa, the V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cape Town. The Table Bay is the only hotel with direct access to this world-class shopping and leisure destination. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium at the waterfront to explore our unique underwater ecosystems.
- Take a ferry across the bay to explore Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned. The guided tour through the prison will give you unique insight into a remarkable chapter of South Africa's history. Whether you have planned a short trip or a leisurely vacation - this is one of the most historically significant locations in South Africa - and, therefore, one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town.
- For history buffs who want more, there's a whole menu of options to explore in Cape Town, from The Castle of Good Hope to the museums around the historic Company's Gardens. Take a tour through the colourful neighbourhoods of Bo-Kaap and historic District 6.
- Catch the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to the summit of Table Mountain for some of South Africa's most famous views. Or follow one of the many hiking trails that lead from the hustle and bustle of the city through the Table Mountain National Park.
- Have a picnic at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This has to be on your list of things to do in Cape Town in summer.
- Discover Cape Town's culinary delights and eat at some of South Africa's best restaurants, including our very own Camissa, which serves up delectable fare by Executive Chef at The Table Bay, Jocelyn Myers-Adams. From hidden gems along the Constantia Wine Route like La Colombe, to inner-city gastronomical destinations like The Test Kitchen, Cape Town is a food-lover's paradise.
- Why not take part in the ultimate foodie experience and go on a Table Bay Food Foraging tour? This unique guided adventure through the city will give you an insight into the abundance of food growing on our doorsteps. Plus, Executive Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams will turn your foraged bounty into a gourmet feast, in your honour.
- Spend the day at one of Cape Town's incredible beaches. There's a reason the beaches of the Mother City remain popular tourist attractions in Cape Town, year after year for guests from around the world.
- If entertainment is what you're after, why not head to GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World? Home to the only ice rink in Cape Town, as well as the biggest casino in the Western Cape, you're spoiled for choice at GrandWest. It's one of the most fun things to do in Cape Town when it rains.
- For the best Cape Town live entertainment acts that range from cabaret to international performers, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World is where you want to be.
Cape Town may be the jewel of the Western Cape, but there are many places to explore within easy reach of the city centre. And with luxury tour services available as a guest of The Table Bay, what are you waiting for?
Top attractions and activities near Cape Town
Top attractions and activities for day trips near Cape Town.
- Discover the South Peninsula that stretches from world-famous Chapman's Peak through Noordhoek and Simonstown to South Africa's most dramatic stretch of coastline: Cape Point. The "warmer" bays of the South Peninsula form a picturesque backdrop to quaint seaside towns like Kalk Bay and Muizenberg, which make for a delightful day of vintiquing. Our half-day South Peninsula luxury tour also includes an optional boat trip to Seal Island and a visit to Boulders Beach, home of a unique penguin colony.
- Just an hour's drive from The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town, the estates of the Cape Winelands are famous for producing award-winning wines as well as serving incredible haute cuisine. Set against imposing mountains, the lush valleys of the winelands are yours to discover on a Table Bay hotel Winelands Tour, which includes cellar tours and tastings at some of the best wineries in the region.
- Did you know? The Western Cape attracts a bevy of filmmakers from abroad for the diversity of locations on offer. It's a world of destinations in one easily accessible province, which makes sense then that the West Coast feels like somewhere out of the Mediterranean. Whitewashed fishing cottages and grey landscapes make up this stretch of shoreline, but come spring, the veld explodes in a burst of colourful wildflowers.
- If you're in Cape Town during September, make a day of it and head out to Hermanus for some satisfying whale watching.
The gateway to the Boland
The Golden Valley Casino and Lodge offers loads of things to do in Worcester, from playing slots and tables at the most intimate casino in the Western Cape to enjoying regular live entertainment at Winners Sports Bar. Spend the day poolside at the Golden Valley Lodge while the kids are entertained at Harry’s Corner, or make a meal of it at family-friendly Kuipers restaurant.
The Golden Valley Casino and Lodge also provides the perfect launchpad from which to explore the Boland and the many activities and attractions that this famously hospitable area of the Western Cape has to offer. From olive tasting to river rafting, there’s an adventure with your name on it.
Top things to do near Golden Valley
- With Franschhoek and Paarl just around the corner, you have access to some of the best wine estates in the region, including Babylonstoren. For a unique winelands experience, opt for the hop-on hop-off winelands tram, which chugs past several notable estates. Alternatively, explore the Worcester wine route that forms part of Cape Route 62, the longest wine route in the world.
- Wildlife lovers can go on safari at nearby Big 5 Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve, while botany enthusiasts will love exploring the Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens, famous for being the only true succulent gardens in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Play a round of golf at the Gary Player-designed Worcester Golf Club, or get your thrills rafting down the Breede River.
The most sought-after tourist attractions in Cape Town are yours to enjoy when staying with Sun International. Whatever it is you’re looking for in terms of things to do in Cape Town, Sun International has you covered with a wide range of activities and experiences.