What to do and see in Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the most unusual cities in the world. Majestic, overflowing with colour and surrounded by cliffs and exuberant natural landscape full of geographical contrasts, this is the perfect city for people seeking an adventure. If you don’t know what there is to see in Cape Town, then here are a few things that you can definitely not miss out on.
Table Mountain – This flat top mountain is the city’s icon. Reaching the top and enjoying the spectacular view from the height of the mountain is a must if you find yourself in Cape Town. From the top, with the city and the Bay at your feet, you can admire Devil’s Peak and the Lion’s Head, the two mountains flanking Table Mountain. An extremely impressive view that will stay with you forever. To get to the summit you can either walk taking the various routes or roads ranging in difficulty or use the cable car from Tafelberg Road.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – This garden, considered one of the most beautiful in the world, is another one of the most popular tourist sites in the city. Located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 as the first botanic garden in the world to be entirely devoted to the cultivation of indigenous species. There is a large variety of native plants and flowers there creating a blend of colour on the mountain side.
Robben Island – This small island, also known as Freedom Island, is located only 2km away from the coast of Cape Town and you can get there by ferry. Since the end of the 17th century it was used to isolate criminals and lepers, and for a large part of the 20th century they used it as a prison for political prisoners of the apartheid regime in South Africa. The fortress has been converted into a museum and the island, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a great place to enjoy a nice walk.
Boulders beach – This beach, located in the south of Cape Town and nearby to Simon’s Town, is part of a protected area and is home to an important colony of African penguins, which you can observe in their natural habitat. The beach is small and is made up of numerous caves and enormous round shaped rocks. From the promenades crossing the beach, you can approach the thousands of penguins and come in contact with these charming creatures. Between August and December, with a little luck, you can also spot some whales.
These are some of the great things that Cape Town has to offer and which we recommend. Make sure you don’t miss out on its beautiful beaches as well, Cape of Good Hope and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or the opportunity to go diving with sharks or go on an animal safari. Cape Town is all adventure and nature!
Laura – Marketing Team