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Top things to do in Cape Town

Destination(s): Cape Town

Cape Town is full of things to do and experience. This top things to do in Cape Town list highlights those that you shouldn’t miss. It’s not without reason that many tour sites list Table Mountain, Cape Pont Nature Reserve, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Add to these basics a few of the local gems, enjoy the highlights of the Cape Tonian lifestyle, and remember to experience some of the finest restaurants in the world. This list will lead you on your way to making the most out of your time in Cape Town. read more about Top things to do in Cape Town

Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate

Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate

  • Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
  • Constantia
  • tel:+27 21 794 1810
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 7848
Penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguins at Boulders Beach

  • Boulders Beach Drive,
  • Simon's Town
  • Cape Town, 7975

Standing at just below a foot tall, the diminutive African penguins waddling onto shore, jumping into the sea or just sunbathing are quite a sight to see. Along the southern Cape Peninsula, just past Simonstown, there are several turnoffs for the Boulders Beach area. The second turnoff has the fewest tour buses and leads to a walkway above penguin nesting areas, to a beach where one can swim with penguins, or to another more secluded beach with fewer penguins but nice sheltered swimming areas and boulders. read more about Penguins at Boulders Beach

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Point Nature Reserve

The southern tip of the Cape Peninsula is allocated to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The most famous feature within the reserve is the actual point itself along with the lighthouses that mark its location for sailors. However, at 78 square kilometers and stretching along 40 kilometers of coastline, the rest of the Cape Point Nature Reserve definitely deserves more thorough exploration by visitors. In addition to unique flora, the Reserve is home to numerous species of antelope, ostriches, tortoises, and baboons. read more about Cape Point Nature Reserve

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

  • Rhodes Drive, Newlands
  • Kirstenbosch
  • tel:+27 21 799 8899
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 7700

Settled along the eastern slope of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens hosts over 22,000 indigenous plants. Just 15 minutes away from Cape Town city centre, the Botanical Gardens are extraordinarily natural in design and blend straight in to the mountain. There is a tea shop and picnic sites for those wanting to enjoy a leisurely visit and paths from the Garden leading straight onto Table Mountain for the more active. In summer, there are Sunday Summer concerts on the lawn; arrive early, enjoy the Garden, set up a picnic spot and enjoy the music. read more about Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

  • Table Mountain Rd
  • tel:+27 21 424 0015
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 8000

Standing guard over Cape Town, Table Mountain defines the city. For early seafarers, the Mountain signified arrival at this port of call. For the original inhabitants of the area, the Mountain was the source of myth and intrigue. For modern day Cape Tonians, Table Mountain is the heart of daily life. At 1086 meters and home to 1400 species of flora, Table Mountain is a spectacular nature reserve surrounded by a city. With hundreds of routes to ascend, the Mountain can keep an avid hiker and climber busy for years. read more about Table Mountain

Kalk Bay - St. James

Kalk Bay - St. James

  • Harbour Road
  • tel:+27 21 426 4260
  • Cape Town, 7975

Quaint little towns along the False Bay coast, Kalk Bay and St James surround an operating fishing harbour that lends the antique and coffee shops a tranquil view. In spring, Southern Right whales abound, often brushing against the harbour walls. Kalk Bay makes a great stop for lunch on a tour of the Cape Peninsula or a nice leisurely walking day. read more about Kalk Bay - St. James

Llandudno Beach

Llandudno Beach

  • Llandudno
  • Cape Town

A small, beautiful, boulder bordered beach along the Atlantic Seaboard, Llandudno beach is a local favorite among the surfers and nature lovers. Its secluded location tends to keep Cape Town's wind away and its lack of cafes and bars keeps the Camps Bay beach scene away. The boulders on the northern side of Llandudno beach offer a fun scenic walk. Llandudno is a great place to watch the sunset over the ocean with the mountain backdrop glowing red. read more about Llandudno Beach

Chapmans Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak Drive

  • Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek
  • tel:+27 21 791 8222
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 7806

One of the most beautiful drives in the world, Cape Town's Chapmans Peak Drive is a spectacular 10 km coastal drive linking Noordhoek to Hout Bay. In spring (Sept-November) Southern Right Whales can be spotted in Hout Bay. Year round there are stunning views from numerous viewpoints and picnic spots. A trail to Chapman's Peak itself starts just before the highest viewpoint on Chapman's Peak Drive. If the road is closed or if one only wants to access the portion of the road closer to Hout Bay, a complimentary day pass can be acquired from the toll booth. read more about Chapmans Peak Drive

Robben Island

Robben Island

  • Robben Island
  • (leave from the V and A Waterfront)
  • tel:+27 21 413 4200
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 8001

Temporary "home" to many of South Africa's most famous anti-apartheid activists including Nelson Mandela, Robben Island served as prison, place of learning, and international symbol of apartheid governance. Today, the island is an UN World Heritage Site and has taken on the role of museum with tours led by former prisoners. Access is available by ferry from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V and A Waterfront. Book ahead to ensure availability and allocate half a day to the full trip. read more about Robben Island