10 Must-visit Cape Town Attractions
1. Hike up Table Mountain
If you’re visiting Cape Town, a trip to Table Mountain is a non-negotiable but you don’t have to brave the cable car queues. Haul out your walking shoes and take one of the well-worn trails to the summit. Plattekloof Gorge is easy to find and you can access the start via public transport. Lion’s Head also offers superb views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town surrounds.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to try the new high tea which is served at the Cableway Wi-Fi Lounge every day between 13h00 and 17h30.
If you want to explore Table Mountain without having to break a sweat, you can opt to ride
the Table Mountain cable car. And, if you’ve ever wanted to know the answers to questions
like ‘how tall is Table Mountain?’ or the ubiquitous science behind the Table Mountain silhouette, Shop at The Top is a must-visit.
Click here for Table Mountain cable car times and Table Mountain cable car rates.
2. Wander the Waterfront
With world-class retail therapy and a glut of great restaurants, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront) has something to suit every palate and pocket. But it’s also known for its undiscovered corners, such as a self-guided walking trail that unpacks the history of the precinct and Chavonnes Battery Museum, which traces the old fortifications of the harbour. Alongside many popular tourist attractions, the V&A Waterfront is also home to the South African Maritime Museum and can be accessed via a private entrance from The Table Bay hotel.
3. Hey brew!
Love beer? Cape Town has embraced the craft beer movement and boasts dozens of craft beer breweries. Try the tap rooms at Devil’s Peak, Jack Black and Woodstock Brewery to sip, sniff
and learn more about brewing. The Table Bay even has its own in-house craft brew: a refreshing Krystal Weiss made in partnership with the acclaimed Swartland brewery, Darling Brew, and
can be sampled at the hotel’s Camissa Brasserie and Union Bar.
4. Promenade perfection
The Sea Point Promenade is one of the jewels of the Mother City. It meanders all the way from the edge of the V&A Waterfront to the chic suburb of Bantry Bay. Children in tow? Take a break at the putt-putt course and Blue Train Park.
5. Mandela’s island
Few sites evoke the inhumanity of Apartheid as clearly as Robben Island, one of the world’s most infamous jails and the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27
years behind bars. Tours depart daily from the V&A Waterfront’s Nelson Mandela Gateway.
Advance booking is essential.
6. Market madness
One of the city’s best fresh produce markets is just a few minutes’ walk from The Table Bay:
The Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) pops up on the edge of the V&A Waterfront on Saturday
and Sunday mornings, and is packed with stalls selling everything from designer clothing to vegetarian dim sum. Yum!
7. Sip and a swirl
Discover the Cape’s world-famous wines in the Constantia Valley, just a 20-minute drive from The Table Bay. Try Steenberg for bubbly and sauvignon blanc; Constantia Glen for Bordeaux blends; and Groot Constantia for a dose of Winelands history.
8. Time travels
Go back in time at the city’s myriad museums, including the South African Museum and the Slave Lodge. If you love art, don’t miss the striking Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District.
9. Big bang theory
The Noon Gun dates back to 1806 when ships in Table Bay used it to set their clocks for accurate navigation at sea. Visitors can watch the firing each day (except Sundays) from
Lion Battery on Signal Hill.
10. Land’s end
Craggy Cape Point forms the dramatic southern tip of the peninsula and is well worth the day-trip from the city. For unforgettable views, book a boat tour from Simon’s Town harbour
and enjoy a unique perspective on ‘the fairest Cape in all the world’. Afterwards, stop in at Boulders Beach to view the famous penguin colony.
Top Western Cape tourist attractions
- Explore the winelands.
- Visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
- Explore the South Peninsula from Hout Bay to Noordhoek and Muizenberg.
- Visit Cape Point, where two oceans meet.