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Top ten things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

1. Take a food tour

Discovering a city via your taste buds is just as enjoyable as it is educational. Food tours of Cape Town incorporate traditional dishes cooked by locals wishing to share their family recipes with visitors to their city.

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2. Whale watching 

September is the perfect time to witness the Southern Right Whales frolicking along the South African coastline. Migrating annually to give birth to their young, the whales are easily visible from the coast, most especially from these five observation points.

3. Eat cake at Charly’s Bakery

Cape Town’s most famous bakery, Charly’s even had it’s own two season behind-the-scenes reality show that cemented it’s status as the most iconic cake shop in the city.

4. Shop along Long Street

If you love to shop then Long Street is the spot for you. Often placed in comparison with London’s Soho quarter, Long Street offers a bohemian vibe with its wide range offerings of cafés, bookshops and restaurants 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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5. Visit the Beerhouse

We’ve already mentioned the famous Winelands of Cape Town, but 2013 saw the opening of the Beerhouse, a contemporary beer hall that offers a wide selection of local, international and micro-brewed beers.

6. Cape Town’s secret tunnels

Cape Town has an underground network of tunnels and rivers that date back as far as the 1650s. As the city expanded, the canals were used as sewers until they were bricked over by arches and all but forgotten.

7. SUP Cape Town

Make the most of WYSTC’s location on the warm African coast and spend time on a stand-up paddleboard with SUP Cape Town. Boards are available for rental, and you could even spending a day relaxing after the conference with an introductory lesson on the water.

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8. Stroll along the Museum Mile

With twelve museums on the topics of natural history, social history and the arts, the Museum Mile offers a wealth of insight in to Cape Town’s rich cultural history. Otherwise known as the The Iziko Museums of Cape Town, this stretch of museums cover the heritage of South Africa in one short mile.

9. Ratanga Junction

Feel like a theme park adventure in the heart of Cape Town? Ratanga Junction offers 30 attractions, including 23 rides to cater for small children and adventurous adults looking for a light-hearted day out.

10. Take a wildlife safari

Want to complete your trip to Cape Town with a wildlife safari? Private tours are available on private games reserves close to cape Town, such as with Aquila or African Budget Safaris, and will allow you to the unique opportunity to see lions, rhino, buffalo, elephants leopards, and baboons up close and personal.

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All images: Cape Town Tourism