Cape Town attractions are varied and many. It is hard to cover them all, but I’ve picked out the five absolute must see attractions in Cape Town as a starting point for a visitor to the City.
Table Mountain Cable Car
Of all Cape Town tourist attractions the number one is a trip up Table Mountain via the Table Mountain cable car. This will give a visitor a fantastic overview of the city and is a lovely way to spend a morning or a day in Cape Town.
The cable car runs every day except if the weather is bad. Bad weather includes when the south easter wind is blowing strongly. Check before you go.
Full details here from their official website: Table Mountain Cable Car
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are world renowned. The gardens feature plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom which is known for the sheer diverse number of plants. The gardens are located in Newlands / Bishopscourt and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around there. There is a restaurant and a tea shop as well so you can make the visit into a really nice outing.
Full details here from their official website:Kirstenbosch Gardens
More information can be found
at the following sites:
Wine Route General Information
Wine Route Tour
Private Wine Route Tour
The Wine Route
The Wine Route is a day trip that is well worth while even if you aren’t that into wine tasting. Basically the idea is that you take a tour through the Cape Winelands, stopping at wine farms to sample their wines and buy any that you like.
Because the Cape Winelands is such an incredibly beautiful region in its own right, located in and around the Hottentots Holland Mountains near Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, it is worth seeing even if you don’t drink alcohol at all.
Many of the wine farms have restaurants with unimaginably beautiful views and you can take a break for a meal that you will never forget.
Just one thing to double check before you go – the opening hours of the farms. Some are closed on Sunday and close early on a Saturday. Ring ahead as there are no standard opening hours for the farms.
Robben Island Tour
For those who are interested in the history of apartheid in South Africa, there is a tour that is run daily to Robben Island, which is the famous prison island situated in Table Bay. This is where the political prisoners of the Apartheid era were incarcerated. This includes Nelson Mandela who spend a number of year here. The tour is an education in the history of apartheid and the reconciliation process that has been underway subsequently.
Full details here from their official website: Robben Island
V&A Waterfront Shopping
The V&A Waterfront is well worth a visit if you like shopping. As well as the shopping centre itself, you can wander around outside and spend a pleasant afternoon at one of the many pubs and restaurants that overlook the harbour. The views are fantastic.
Full details here from their official website: V&A Waterfront