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Top ten places to visit in Cape Town, South Africa

1. Table Mountain

Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain is a must visit for hiking enthusiasts, but getting to the top is also easily achieved via the Table Mountain Cableway. Clearly visible from the city of Cape Town, once atop the mountain visitors are afforded the best views of the city’s rooftops and bays.

VA_Waterfront Cape Town

2. Cape Point

Take a trip to the most South-Western tip of Africa, home to Cape Point as well as a wealth of wildlife including pelagic birds, zebra, eland, and many species of reptiles and small mammals. Sixty kilometres from the centre of Cape Town, Cape Point is the spot to enjoy breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys

3. Lions Head

Lions Head makes for the perfect hike, and as it only takes from one to two hours in total (up and down) it’s the perfect hike to fit in around your time at WYSTC. With stunning 360 degree views from the top, this is a great activity for a sunny day, or a moonlit evening.

4. The Cape Winelands

In the Cape Winelands rows of grapevines have lined the region for hundreds of years, and whilst it is the perfect day trip for sampling the region’s best wine, the Cape Winelands also attract photographers, artists, weddings and food lovers.

5. V&A Waterfront

Formed from re-purposed redundant docklands neighbouring the Table Bay Harbour, the V&A Waterfront is a hive of activity for shoppers and diners. With over eighty restaurants and cafés to choose from and a beautiful view of the harbour, the V&A Waterfront also offers the Cape Wheel which allows visitors to view a 360 degree view of the city.

6. Boulders Beach penguin colony

I am sure the last thing you might expect from visiting Cape Town is to see a penguin on a beach. Boulders Beach in Cape Town, part of the Table Mountain National Park, is home to breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins.

7. The townships

The Township Tours in Cape Town highlight the history of apartheid in the region by demonstrating the living conditions of South Africans after they had been forcibly ejected from the city centre under the 1950 Group Areas Act. Not only do the tours offer a historical perspective to Cape Town, but some also put money back in to the township communities.

8. Robben Island

A former prison, Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his eighteen year imprisonment, and the many of the tours are still run by ex-political prisoners. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island is an important political symbol of the move from apartheid to democracy in South Africa.

9. Stroll along the streets of Bo-Kaap

Originally settled by freed slaves brought to South Africa by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries, the neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap is defined by its brightly-coloured traditional housing rows and small cobbled streets.

10. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Described by some as the most beautiful garden in Africa, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. Established in 1913 the garden recently gained the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, otherwise known as the snake, which allows you to stroll above the garden for a full panoramic view.


All images: Cape Town Tourism