Located at the southern tip of South Africa, Cape Town is a beautiful coastal city sandwiched between towering Table Mountain National Park and the Atlantic Ocean. Scenic hikes, shark dives and sunny sandy beaches are just a few things to do in this city. Check out our list for more ideas!
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The heart of Cape Town’s waterfront, V & A is a wonderful place to explore for shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment. Being right on the water, Cape Town offers excellent seafood options with restaurant overlooking the waterfront. Take a ride on the ferris wheel for beautiful city views. Shop the many artisan shops for unique souvenirs.
The towering image outlining the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain would be my first stop when visiting this city. You can hike or take the cable car to the top for sweeping views of the city. Cloud coverage on the mountain can and will block the views at some point during your visit. Take advantage of a clear day to travel to the top.
Located in the Cape Peninsula, Boulders Beach is a popular tourist spot due to its resident penguin colony. This bay is one of the few places you can see these African penguins in their natural habitat. On the verge of extinction, the birds were placed under protection and since have grown to a population of over 3000 birds!
Cape of Good Hope
Take a tour of the national park and the most southwestern point of the African continent. Walk out to the lighthouse for panoramic views of the surrounding bay, False Bay (shark week, anyone?). Be wary of the baboons in the area. They do know how to open car doors and will steal food or other items from your car!
Great White Shark Cage Diving
We booked our day excursion with White Shark Diving Company due to their commitment to conservation and protection of the Great White Shark. They also have a 100% safety record! Considering we were getting in the water with one of nature’s fiercest predators, safety seemed very important.
This will be a full day excursion. The tour left before sunrise for the 2 ½ hour drive to Gansbaai and arrived back in Cape Town around 4 in the afternoon. Shark sightings cannot be guaranteed but we were fortunate to be surrounded during our time in the water.
The Cape Winelands are home to some of South Africa’s oldest vineyards and the countryside isn’t such a bad backdrop to enjoy a glass a wine! Book a day tour that will take you to Franschhoek, Paarl and/or Stellenbosch wine regions.
Visit the island turned prison for political prisoners during apartheid and where Nelson Mandela spent almost 20 years of his sentence. A ferry to Robben Island is offered three times a day from the V & A Waterfront. Be warned, the ride can be bumpy depending on the weather and sea swell.
Relax on the beach at Camps Bay
It was winter during our visit to Cape Town so our beach trip only consisted of a short walk along the picturesque beach. During the summer months, this is a great place to enjoy a day in the sand.
Drinks at the Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel
One of the first rooftop bars to open in Cape Town, the Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel offers a unique view of the city while you are surrounded by vintage Airstream trailers hotel rooms. Luck for us, the bar was not crowded during our visit and the bartender gave us tours of a few of the trailers.
Peppered with colorful homes and cobblestone streets, this unique neighborhood in Cape Town is what Instagram dreams are made of! Take a local walking tour to learn more about the area’s history. Unfortunately, visiting here did not fit into our tight schedule, but I will definitely make room for a visit on our next trip.
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