Cape Town is the perfect place to start or finish your South African holiday. In fact the city is a convenient gateway to other parts of the continent. Cape Town has a very European feel to it. I have been to Cape Town several times, and can not wait to visit again. Let’s take a look at things to do in Cape Town.
The V&A Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the most visited destination in South Africa! If you like shopping, food, or watching the world go by then this is the perfect place for you. You will be spoilt for choice with over 450 shops and restaurants. My favourite place is the V&A Food Market, whether you are looking for biltong or vegan treats, there is something for everyone here.
Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens
Set against the slopes of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Gardens are certainly worth a visit. There are various walks and trails you can use to explore the area. My favourite is the “Boomslang” which is a nickname for the Tree Canopy Walkway.
Also known as Seal Island, Robben Island is located 6.9 km from the coast of Cape Town. The island had been used as a prison since the 17th century. Former President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 years. Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The prison is now a museum, with many guides being ex-inmates. A ferry takes about 30 minutes. It is advisable to book in advance.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a visit to Table Mountain. At 3558 ft the flat-topped mountain forms part of Table Mountain National Park and provides some incredible views. The views include Cape Town city centre, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, Signal Hill, and more. You can either hike to the top or take the cableway. Try to go on a clear day, and take a jumper!
Located just 5km from Cape Town, Camps Bay is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. It is also a great alternative to staying in the city. Camps Bay’s picturesque beach is made up of fine white sand. You can enjoy great views of the Twelve Apostles mountains. If you like swimming there is a natural rock swimming pool. Or you can brave the Atlantic Ocean, always consider the current, sharks, and temperature when swimming in the ocean.
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