Best Things To Do In Cape Town

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Kalahari dunes and the lions; grains of golden sand plundered by the Ocean; astounding natural beauty; green, thick mountains – this country is known for its rich diversity of flora and fauna. South Africa, the land of the masses, is truly a delightful place to explore. Given below is a list of some of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town.
The reasons that make Cape Town the preferred destination are the availability of affordable options, Nice Weather round the clock, Top-Class service, Wildlife preservation and for the way they treat each and every tourist in the most hospitable and responsible manner.
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Best Places to Visit in Cape Town


Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

This is one of a kind botanical garden known for its exquisite natural beauty. This park was established in the year 1913 to conserve and exhibit the sheer beauty of this place.Spread over an area of 52,800 sq-km; the information center of the garden is located near the Newlands where you can gather information about this natural park. There is a Tree Walkway in this garden which was established to celebrate the park’s centenary celebrations in the year 2013.

How to get There:

1)Bus, Taxi Take the My Citi bus (A01) till Civic Centre and then hire a cab to reach this place.

2) Drive-  Hire a private vehicle (on demand) to reach this location

Best Time to Visit:

The suitable time to visit the park –Mon-Sun-0900-1700 hrs

Summer-September to March-0800 to 1900 hrs

Winter-April to August-0800 to 1800 hrs

Please be prepared to spend at least half a day to take in the beauty of this place.

Things to do see:

Marquee Lawn- One of the most beautifully maintained lawn in this garden, with ample car parking space for the visitors.

Art work-Finest art works are displayed in the garden by the famous artists namely David Huni., Dylan Lewis., Llewellyn Davies and shone art from Zimbabwe.

Trails –There are varieties of trails to explore this place including Stinkwood trail, Silvertree trail, Braille Trail, Boekenhout trail and the Yellowwood trail.

Concerts- Outdoor concerts are held between November and March.

Other Attractions Close by:

The Galileo Open Air Cinema(0.1 km ) is an open air theater to watch movies.

Table Mountain Walks (3.6 km )-This is a favorite destination for walkers; suitable for long trails.

Economical Restaurants:

Moyo Kirstenbosch
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens,
Rhodes Dr, Wynberg NU (2),
Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

The Kirstenbosch Tea Room
Gate 2, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands

Best Restaurants:

Vida e caffè at Kirstenbosch-For best quality pastries and muffins
Near Visitors Centre- Gate 1
Myoga Restaurant
60 Colinton Rd,
Newlands, Cape Town, 7700


Robben Island

This place was used as a prison till 1996 starting from the days of VOC. This site is declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Nelson Mandela, the late South African president was incarcerated here for many years.

How to get There:

Bus, Metro, Ferry- Take the My Citi bus(A01)  Till Civic Centre. Then take the metro via Wood stock and proceed towards Cape Town ferry service to reach Murray’s Bay to visit Robben’s  Island.

Best Time to Visit:

Ferry service- starts from 09.00 AM, 11.00 AM and 1 PM and it is always better to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Go to: Robben Island

It is advisable to contact the local tour operator to visit this place.

Boat services –The boat timings are as follows to visit the island;09h00, 11h00, 13h00 (subject to change) and be prepared to spend at least 4 hours.

Things to do see:

Tour –From Nelson Mandela Gateway near the Waterfront

Prison Tour-Visit Nelson Mandela cell and take a walk through the old prison

Bus ride- A 45 min bus ride to the lime quarry

Free Museum-Near Mandela Gateway

Waterfront’s Jetty 1- A small museum at the departure point

Other Attractions Close by:

Bloubergstrand Beach(7.2 Km)- Play, enjoy and take the sun baton this beach.

Best Restaurants:

1 Porterfield Road (Opposite Catch 22 & Dominos )
The Indian Chapter Restaurant with Prim Reddy
Shop 2, Carnaby Centre, Marine Circle Bloubergstrand

Cafe Orca
88 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand


District Six Museum

This area once hosted around 60,000 inhabitants who were forcibly evicted in the 1970’s and 1960’s when the apartheid government was in power. Home to one of the bloodiest massacre in the history of South Africa, it is not possible to avoid feeling emotional when you visit this place. This museum is a torch bearer in the sense, making sure that the memories of this place and its history are not so easily removed from the annals of Apartheid. This museum was established in the year 1994, and it was once a vibrant community with multi-racial people from all walks of life.

How to get There :

1)Bus- Take My Citi bus (A01) via Civic Centre and take a small walk.

2)Taxi or Drive – Hire a taxi or rent a car to reach this place.

Best Time to Visit:

Opening Timing- Mon to Sat -0900 AM to 4 PM, Sunday closed.

Go to: District Six Museum

The museum is open from Mon to Sat-9am-4pm.It is best to choose a package tour and enjoy this place to the fullest. Be prepared to spend a day or two to completely tour this museum.

Things to do see:

District Six Encounters is a series of planned interactions, and site walks inside the museums which are as follows-:

1)”No matter where we are we are here” tour and the Sunset walks-Take guided tours to know more about the museum’s rich history and its significance.

2)Stories of hope tour-This tour start at the museum and end in one of the houses of the families who have successfully claimed their restitution rights.

3) This museum is regarded as a Heritage Site in South Africa. A visit to this museum will enable each and every tourist to understand this area’s horrendous past.

Other Attractions Close by:

Take a Heritage tour of District Six- This is another brilliant way to explore this area other than the usual City Sightseeing Bus

The tour starts in Buitenkant Street and ends at Chapel Street, City Bowl.You can also book overnight accommodation if necessary and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cape Town.

Economical Restaurants:

75 Harrington Street
6 Spin Street Restaurant
Spin Street 6

Best Restaurants:

Truth Coffee HQ
36, Buitenkant St Cape Town 8005
New York Bagels
44, Harrington Street


Clifton Beaches

This is one of the best places to spend a hot afternoon in Cape Town. The pristine blue waters and powdery sands are the favored destination for countless travelers. This location is suitable for relaxing, sunbathing and even people-gazing. Having received the “Blue Flag” status, Clifton is rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

How to get There :

Bus/Taxi- Take the My Citi bus via Civic Centre and hire a cab or taxi. Since it is ideally placed in the center of the City, Camps Bay can be easily accessed by Taxi or cab.

Best Time to Visit:

Peak season- Nov to Mar; Best time –Oct to Apr.

Winter time- May to Aug ; Summer time-Sep to Apr.

The best time is after September,i.e November to April every year when the weather is nice and warm. The ideal time to spend without the hikes or trails is a day.

Things to do see:

There are around four beaches in total in Clifton, Cape Town.

Clifton one- It is the longest and located most northern in Cape Town. It is famous for attracting sunbath lovers from all over the world.

Clifton Two and Clifton Three- These two beaches are ideal to visit on any given day. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head Mountain peaks. The important point to note is Clifton three is a gray zone.

Clifton Four- This is the family beach where weekends are crowded with people from all age groups. Remember that the water is always cold as it comes straight from the Antarctic. With extended hours of sunlight in summer; tanning is possible until 6.30 PM in the evening before it gets really dark.

You can play games such as Beach volley ball, and surfing is also a nice way to unwind a busy day.

Other Attractions Close by:

Hiking Tour-There are four places suitable for hiking and they are as follows-:

1) Lion’s Head – This is known for its scenic views and it takes up to 2 hours to complete this tour. Robben Island, Table Mountain can be seen from the top.

2) India Venster – It is a pretty tough hike trail and worth giving it a try. Known for its rock formations and adventurous path.4-5 hours needed to complete this hike.

3) Kirstenbosch Gardens Hike – It is suitable for adventure lovers for its steep climb and waterfalls. It is one of toughest hiking trails in Cape Town.Be prepared to spend 4 hours.

4) Table Mountain – To catch the wonderful breathtaking views, take this hike which around 3 hours in duration.Platteklip is the preferred route.

Economic Restaurants:

Please try the drinks and refreshments offered by vendors on the beach to get a taste and feel for local food.

The Bungalow
Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Rd, Clifton,
Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

Codfather Seafood & Sushi
Kloof Road, The Glen Camps Bay

Best Restaurants:

The Hussar Grill Camps Bay
108 Camps Bay Dr, Camps Bay,
Cape Town, 8040,
South Africa

La Mouette 
78 Regent Rd, Sea Point,
Cape Town, 8005,
South Africa

Miller’s Thumb
10B Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof,
Cape Town, 8001,
South Africa


Table Mountain

This mountain also called as the “Mountain of the Sea” or “Hoerikwaggo”  in the local language.This mountain is more than 500 million years old.To appreciate the scenically beautiful fynbos, it is advisable to take a walk.

This one of the top most attractions for visitors visiting Cape Town. This mountain was opened to the public the year 1929 and since then the Mountain has seen some of the top shot visitors namely Queen Elizabeth(second), Tennis star Steffi Graf, Michael Schumacher to name a few. And also to note, the Mountain cable service is a landmark by itself.
How to get There:

Bus/Taxi- Take the MyCiti Bus till Civic Centre and then hire a taxi or cab to reach this place. You can also hire a taxi or cab from your place of stay to reach this place.

Best Time to Visit:

Cable Car Timings- 08.30 AM(first trip), 5 PM (last trip start time) and 6 PM (final trip down)

Kindly visit- Table Mountain

Advance booking- Webtickets

For Cablecar services, kindly check with the local tour operator or Table Mountain Authorities. It is possible to visit this place anytime but catch the weather report before you venture out.

Take suitable accommodation nearby to catch this everlasting beauty and for casual travelers, a day or two is enough.

Things to do see:

TMNP Marine Protected Area –This zone is suitable for Ocean watching and hiking. Pretty much exciting to tour this place.

Table Mountain Cableway- At 1085 mts; the highest point cableway can reach is an incredible sight to catch. This cableway celebrated its 83rd anniversary in the year 2012.

National Park- A Maximum distance of around 60 Km, starting from Signal Hill to Cape Point, this contains two of the monumental landmarks in the Africa; The Cape of Good Hope.

Skeleton Gorge Walk and Venster Hike are also famous for peace loving tourist.

Overall, The Table Mountain is an ideal tourist destination for all nature lovers and leisure travelers.

Other Attractions Close by:

There are lots of scenic drives such as Chapman’s Peak Drive, Drive from Kommetjie to Scarborough, Simon’s town to Smithswinkel etc which are recommended for casual tourists.

Boulders Beach is a must visit a site to watch African Penguins. Other top notch spots include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, The Glen, Newlands Forest, Soetwater, and Perdekloof.

Economic Restaurants:

There is a restaurant on top of the mountains known for its wide range of varieties.Taste the local wine in this restaurant. Self-service is available.

A Bar which offers Cocktail drinks and suitable for the evening party.

Best Restaurants:

The Table Bay hotel
6 W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Table Mountain Café (local Restaurant)

near Victoria Road & Geneva Drive

Places you Cannot Miss

Muizenberg beach – It is a sandy beach. Water will be warmer in here.

Castle of good hope – This old building is shaped like a pentagon

Kirstenbosch – This is one of the world’s great botanical garden

Cape point – It is a spectacular place which is a home for number of species

Cape peninsula – This is a rocky peninsula

Two oceans aquarium – This is a modern indoor aquarium

Best Time to visit Cape Town

Weather in Cape Town

The hottest month is February in Cape Town with an average temperature of 23°C (73°F) and the coldest is June at 13°C (55°F).Best time to visit cape town is during the summer months from late January to late has a temperate climate and enjoys dry conditions from October to April.

Best Months to Visit Cape Town

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Best Hotels in Cape Town

Though Cape Town is not as cheap as other African counterparts, there are good hotels to choose from including the Rouge on Rose or the villa in Tamboerskloof, a charming place for budget travelers to stay.

Flight Info for Cape Town

Some of the best deals are offered on Delta and the South African Airways and the long flight rides to the “Mother City” need not be cumbersome if planned well in advance.

Tours in Cape Town

A pot boiler of magnificent landscapes, mind boggling cuisines, and nature-friendly culture, no city can be compared with Cape Town, a place known for stellar wine regions, Hermanus Whale location, and ever magnificent Cape Peninsula.

Car Rentals in Cape Town

With plenty on your plates, it is advisable to book cars well in advance. There are some top car rental services in Cape Town ranging from Avis to Budget, so choose wisely depending on your travel and budget.

Travel Insurances when visting Cape Town

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