Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing in and around Cape Town
Cape Town’s backdrop is simply jaw-dropping awesome. Table Mountain reaches for the sky and jagged cliffs rise from pristine white beaches. Cape Town is amazing in its splendor and you will be inspired by her beauty and awesome attractions.
- Table Mountain – walk up, come down in cable car
- Hike up Lions Head
- Waterfront – Shops, restaurants, boat rides, 2 oceans aquarium
- Boat trip to seal island
- Wine Route – wine tastings, farms, private cellars etc
- Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
- Hout Bay Harbor – Restaurants, boat rides, African market- World of Birds
- Boat trip to Robin Island (where Mandela was incarcerated)
- Beaches – Clifton (all the sexy people go there)
- Kalk Bay – Simons Town – Boulders Beach – Saunders Rocks (penguin colony)
- Botanical Gardens + treetop canopy walk way
- Green Market Square (African Arts & Crafts, Restaurants etc)
- Observatory – a sort of arty student hang out area
- Camps Bay – Trendy hangout area
- Adventure helicopter ride Vietnam style – like a real scary ride
- Scenic helicopter rides
- Water sports (sailing, fishing, kite surfing, wind surfing, surfing, swimming, diving)
- Extreme sports (sky diving, hang gliding, mountaineering)
- Shark Cage Diving
- Bike rental / cycling
- Sea Point Promenade
- Long Street Baths (Turkish Baths)
For normal entertainment there are countless restaurants, clubs, cinemas, shopping malls and the likes. Your local host will be able to recommend good options. There are also a couple of good theatres if you like live shows. The Baxter Theatre, The Artscape and Theatre on the Bay are probably the best. Long Street is the place for partying: bars like Julep (one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets, with bare brick walls, comfy couches and a spectacular selection of cocktails) and the Waiting Room (a cosy, unpretentious bar with retro chairs and lighting of the kind that your granny might have had. There’s also a stunning roof deck for hanging out on those hot summer nights), while Neighbourhood has a laid-back feel and a vast balcony from which to watch the goings-on on the street below. As much as Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula has its own charm and appeal it is also the springboard to some amazing attractions such as the wine route, the whale route and the west coast.
Cape Wine Route
One of the pleasures of visiting Cape Town is its closeness to the winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschoek. You can easily experience these winelands during a comfortable day trip. The first wine estates are just 30 to 40 minutes from the city center. The wine estates are also home to some some of the country’s best restaurants where you can enjoy the finest cuisine in exquisite settings – a great way to complement your wine tasting experience.
Coastal Towns not far from Cape Town
If you have time on your hands you should take a trip along the South Coast or West Coast depending on your preference.
South Coast Whale Route
There are some beautiful coastal towns along the southern route including the Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus. A scenic drive along this route is inspirational and unforgettable. From Cape Town you will head out along the N2. You then have to option to drive along the coast through the Strand and on to Gordon’s Bay. From here you can can continue along the coastal route that hugs the mountain and will take you all the way to Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. From here you can continue on to Hermanus, the hub of the whale watching route. The whale season runs from July to November and peaks during October. However this is a spectacular route any time of the year.
Wilder West Coast route
Travelling along route 27 you will soon encounter the West Coast with its own unique attraction and appeal. Along the west coast you will discover numerous villages and quaint fishing towns such as Yzerfontein, Langebaan, Saldanha, Grotto Bay, Paternoster, Britannia Bay, Shelley Point, St Helena Bay, Velddrif, Port Owen, Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay. The area is a birding paradise and there numerous bird hides at Langebaan where flamingos abound. Thousands of winged migrants arrive in spring and summer from places as far away as Northern Russia. The west coast is also well known for its spectacular flower phenomena that transforms the rather barren landscape into fairyland of spring flowers.