Top-Rated Attractions in Cape Town
Sporty, stylish, stunning, and sociable. If Cape Town was a person, it would be that Hollywood starlet we all secretly envy. The Mother City is unlike any other destination in Africa. Separated from the rest of the continent by a ring of mountains, Cape Town stands as a glittering, metropolis juxtaposed with one of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes.
1. Climb Table Mountain
The table mountain is South Africa’s most photographed attraction and its famous cable car took millions of people to its top.
Table Mountain has become the single most welcoming icon to not to South Africans, but tourist from all over the world.
The Table Mountain is much more than a scenic photograph background or a place from where you can take a breathtaking photo of Cape Town.
There are about 2,200 species of plants found on Table Mountain and 1470 floral species. Many of these plants and flowers are endemic to this mountain.
Official site: http://www.tablemountain.net
2. Wander Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
This 36-hectare World Heritage site is filled with thousands of flora and fauna that highlight the unique Cape environment.
A favourite with hiking enthusiasts is the classic Skeleton Gorge hike, which will lead you up a series of steps, ladders, and a fun waterfall scramble through afrotemperate forest to the shores of the Hely-Hutchinson dam on the Table Mountain plateau.
Official site: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
3. Sunbathe at Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches
The 4 Clifton Beaches in Cape Town are regarded as being among the most beautiful in the world and are home to some of the most sought-after property in the southern hemisphere. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years.
During South Africa’s summer months, the 4 Clifton beaches in Cape Town attract sun lovers from all corners of the globe. It is the ideal location for sunbathing, beach sports, people-watching and relaxing.
From these beautiful beaches, patrons can gaze out across the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as up to the majestic mountain peaks such as Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles that tower above Camps Bay.
4. Shop The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is an iconic mixed-use destination located in the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. With Table Mountain as its backdrop, the 123-hectare neighbourhood sits within the beautiful city of Cape Town, welcoming millions of people from all over the continent and the rest of the world.
The V&A is a symbol of heritage and diversity, where people from all walks of life can play, live, shop, dine and work while immersed in the vibrant spirit and authentic local culture that exists in this bustling ecosystem.
Official site: http://www.waterfront.co.za
5. Ride the Cape Wheel
Walking around the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, it is impossible to miss the Cape Wheel in the Market Square area. The giant wheel features 30 fully enclosed cabins with air-conditioning that take you on about a 15-minute ride in four loops with 360-degree bird’s-eye views.
At the top of the wheel, you’ll be about 120 feet above the ground, and the panoramic views of Cape Town’s city center and harbor, Table Mountain, the Cape Town Stadium in nearby Green Point, and even the Paarl Mountains is stunning on a clear day. The Cape Wheel is also wheelchair accessible, with two specially adapted cabins. The wheel operates daily from 9am to 7pm.
Official site: www.capewheel.co.za
6. Pay Respect at Robben Island
Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history, is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the Island represents.
The Robben Island Museum Tour has a dedicated Education Department.
Among its many activities is the facilitation of subsidised school tours.
Robben Island Museum uses two of its own ferries which transport visitors and staff to the island, along with several private vessels if, and when, they are required.
7.Indulge at the Old Biscuit Mill
Imagine a little cultural village, with all things nice, like sugar and spice. All the delicious food you can think of, designer boutiques and jewellery, kitchenware and office furniture, you name it. I know there are plenty of things to be done in Cape Town, but I think the Old Biscuit Mill should be one of the first places you visit, if not the first, actually.
For those who do not know, the Old Biscuit Mill is like an intimate mall, with a whole lot of activities and entertainment to enjoy. Everything is right in front of you, so there is no need to worry about things like running around Cape Town trying to find the stores (no headless chickens allowed here). This is a place where talented people come together to participate in the collaboration of earnestly manifesting their passions in the village of the Old Biscuit Mill.
Official site: www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za