What are the top 10 things to see and enjoy in Cape Town, South Africa
1 - Table Mountain
The first thing, that most tourists do and are attracted to, is visit the iconic Table Mountain which dominates the city. In fact it does more than this. It is the spine that links the city with the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and provides a playground for the locals.
Most tourists decide to visit the top of the mountain using the cable car. Details can be found at www.tablemountain.net where you can see current rates and opening times. The general rule of thumb in summer is to get up early and if it is clear, head straight to the cable station to avoid the long queues that can develop. Alternatively head to the Cable Station towards sunset for special rates and a magical evening.
Feel like a little exercise? Then walk to the top, on one of the well marked but often steep paths, just don't forget your water and good hiking shoes.
2 - Robben Island
This Island prison was made famous by the incarceration of Nelson Mandela. It sits in the middle of Table Bay and can be visited by boats leaving from the V&A Waterfront. Once on the island, there are numerous tours and sites to see. Be warned though that during summer, November to Easter, it can get fully booked quickly so its best to book a few days in advance if you can. For more details visit www.robben-island.org.za
3 - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Situated on the South Easterly slopes of Table Mountain, a short fifteen minute drive from the city centre, are the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which are rated as some of the finest botanical gardens anywhere in the world. While here you can sip tea and have pastries or lunch in a caf, walk through beautifully manicured gardens, enjoy a lazy day on one of the lawns or even take a path from the gardens up onto the back of Table Mountain itself. For more details visit www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
4 - Cape Point National Park
Billed as the place where Two Oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet Cape Point National Park is the most South Westerly point of Africa. It is a full day trip and will take around an hour to drive there from the city centre. Once there you can enjoy some of the magical walks amongst the indigenous Fynbos along the rugged coast, take a train to the lighthouse that marks the point itself, or have lunch overlooking False Bay.
5 - Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach can be done in conjunction with Cape Point and is situated just outside the Naval Village of Simons Town on the False Bay Coast. It is famous for is colony of African Penguins which nest on the beach and surrounding land. Whether you take a walk along one of the boardwalks or laze on the beach with the Penguins it is a fun way to spend some time for children and adults alike. For details visit www.sanparks.co.za/parks/table_mountain/tourism/attractions.php
6 - V&A Waterfront
The tourist heart of Cape Town is without a doubt the world famous V&A Waterfront. From here you can catch a helicopter flip around the peninsular, take a boat ride, enjoy a sunset cruise, catch a movie, eat fine food or just shop. The V&A Waterfront is a shoppers heaven with local and international brands on offer often at bargain prices, it is not to be missed and more details are available here www.waterfront.co.za
7 - Wine Farms
Cape Town is world famous for its world class wines. The town of Stellenbosch is a short forty five minute drive away and offers a range of Vineyards to meet all tastes. Alternatively there are a range of high end vineyards within the suburb of Constantia a short fifteen minute drive from the city centre. If wine is for you then you will not be disappointed and there are many tours available catering to all tastes and budgets. For more information click here www.winelands.co.za
8 - Shark Cage Diving
For the more adventurous and for those with a little more time available then Shark Cage Diving has to be on your list as a must do. The town of Gansbaai a two hour drive from Cape Town has a large population of Great White Sharks close to shore. There are several tour companies offering cage diving with these amazing creatures all leaving daily from Cape Town. For more details click here www.sharkcagediving.co.za
9 - Visit Hout Bay and Noordhoek
The fishing villages of Hout Bay and Noordhoek sit on the south side of Table Mountain and are a lovely way to spend the day. Hout Bay is a short twenty five minute drive along a weaving coastal road from Cape Town. Once here there are market stalls, boat trips to Seal Island, Cafes, a beach and more to do. From here take a drive over Chapmans Peak Drive, a toll road that is one of the most spectacular coastal roads that you would ever wish to drive, to Noordhoek. Noordhoek is a sleepy village sat up against the surrounding mountains. You can enjoy fine food and wine at the Noordhoek Farmstall or take a walk along the never ending long beach. For more information click here www.houtbay.org
10 - Camps Bay Beach
For beach lovers no trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to Camps Bay Beach. It is the city's most famous beach and European Blue Flag rated. It is where the beautiful people spend their summers hanging out and topping up their tans. Over the road from the beach are a wide range of cafes and bars catering to all tastes and ideal for a sundowner to end the day. Be warned though Sunday is the day to go to Camps Bay for sundowners so expect a party if you choose to go then. For more information click here www.campsbay.com
This is just a small selection of things to do in Cape Town, whatever you choose to do, you will not be disappointed.
Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )