Top 10 Attractions in Cape Town

– #1 Table Mountain –

Image & video by Table Mountain

Reasons to go: With panoramic 360-degree views of Cape Town and surroundings, the Table Mountain was voted of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2011 and date more than 25 million visitors. Its highest point, Maclear’s Beacon is 1,085m above the sea level.

Once in the top you can grab a bite at Table Mountain Café, find something special from the shop, go for a hike, join a guided walk, experience the audio tours and recharge your mobile device at the wi-fi lounge.

When: Everyday. Please note: the Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 24 July to 6 August, 2017.

From: First up: 08:30. Last up: 17:00. Last down: 18:00. (May to Aug)

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee: From 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 (excludes 15 December 2016 – 15 January 2017):

Adults: R135 (one way) or R255 (return). Child (4-17 years ): R65 (one way) or 125 (return).

SA senior citizen (Fridays only at Ticket Office): R53 (one way) or R100 (return).

Student (Fridays only at Ticket Office): R70 (one way) or R130 (return).

Contact Number: +27 (0)21 424 8181

Website: Website or Facebook Page 

– #2 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront –

Reasons to go: The V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. More than 80 restaurants bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisine. Come and spend the day with us – there is just so much to do, so much to discover.

You can also visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Cape Town Comedy Club, the Cape Town Wheel, go for a boat cruise, try a helicopter flight & much more!!

When: Everyday.

From: Shopping hours: 9:00 – 21:00. RED SHED CRAFT WORKSHOP – Stores are open from 10 am to 9 pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. V&A CRAFT MARKET & WELLNESS CENTRE – Stores are open from 9.30 am to 6 pm.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Contact Number: +27 21 408 7600

Website: Website or Facebook Page

– #3 Cape Point Natural Reserve –

Image by Cape Point. Video by Luke Maximo Bell

Reasons to go: At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise.

Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean, provide a spectacular background for the Parks’ rich bio-diversity. Cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure; it is also an international icon of great historical interest with many a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history.

Apart from offering visitors an exciting and novel method of travel, taking the Flying Dutchman funicular saves visitors a long uphill walk from the car park to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views.

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. It is believed to be the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa, and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.

The line runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park, up an incline through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse. The funicular leaves from the lower station every 3 minutes, comfortably accommodates 40 passengers per car, and can transport 450 persons to the upper lighthouse per hour, making it the ideal way to whisk closer to the lighthouse even during peak times.

When: Everyday.

From:

March – October: Cape of Good Hope: 06:00 – 18:00. The Flying Duchman Funicular: 9:00 – 17:30. The Two Oceans Restaurant:  09:00 – 17:00. Curio Stores: 09:00 – 17:00.

April – September:  Cape of Good Hope: 07:00 – 17:00. The Flying Duchman Funicular: 9:00 – 17:00. The Two Oceans Restaurant:  09:00 – 17:00. Curio Stores: 09:00 – 17:00.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee: Cape of Good Hope: Children: R70 and Adult: R135.

The Flying Duchman Funicular: Children (age 6-16) and pensioners: R25 (return) or R20 (single) Adult: R65 (return) or R50 (single).

Contact Number:  +27 21 780 9010

Website: Website or Facebook Page 

– #4 Boulders Penguin Colony –

Video by Paul Brown

Reasons to go: A colony of African penguins is the reason why you should visit the calm and crystal clear waters of Bolders Beach in Simons Town, a small port town that is located 45kms from the center of cape town.

It all started in 1983 when a couple of penguins settled in the area and since then more than 2100 penguins are accounted for in that colony in an area that is part of the table mountain national park in a government-protected environment.

Through Foxy Beach visitors pay for a gateway that gives access to most of this colony of African penguins and walking through wooden walkways can watch birds sunbathing and eventually walking back to their nests, that’s if these forgetful birds remember where they left their eggs. (Yes! With the strong sun and intense heat they will cool off in the icy waters of the beach and often forget where they left their own eggs !!)

You can also have picnics on the beach, swimm and try the restaurants and B&B’s around.

When: Everyday.

From:

  • Dec – Jan: 07h00 – 19h30
  • Feb – April: 08h00 -18h30
  • May – Sept: 08h00 – 17h00
  • Oct – Nov:  08h00 – 18h30

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R70 per adult per day and R35 per child, per day.

SADC Nationals (with passport): R70 per adult per day and R35 per child, per day.

Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R70 per adult per day and R35 per child, per day.

Note: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017.

Contact Number: +27(0) 21 786 2329.

Website: Website

– #5 Old Biscuit Mill Market –

Image by Old Biscuit Mill. Video by Be lekker

Reasons to go: The Neighbourgoods Market is commonly known as the Old Biscuit Mill Market. It is an independent initiative founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, whose aim is to revive and reinvent the Public Market as a civic institution. This award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises.

Cape Town has more than 60 markets in many other areas. We selected the Old biscuit Mill market because it’s the most touristic and close to the city center. But if you have more time in the city or don’t have the saturday available, you can always check our Cape Town Markets Guide and pick one of your choice!

When: Every Saturday rain or shine.

From: 9h00 – 15h00.

Where: 373 Albert Road – Woodstock

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee: Free.

Contact Number: 082 370 4075

Website: Website or Facebook Page.

– #6 Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens –

Image by Kirstenbosch. Video by Goldfishlive

Reasons to go: Situated on the Eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world, and one of Cape Town’s Big 7 tourism attractions.

The estate, covering 528 hectares, includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve. The developed garden (36 ha) displays collections of southern African plants including many rare and endangered species.
The Kirstenbosch Garden Centre is a retail nursery that stocks a wide variety of indigenous plants, as well as an exciting range of garden accessories.

The Kirstenbosch Gift Shop sells a wide range of gifts, curios, clothing, home ware, botanical cosmetics and Kirstenbosch memorabilia.

The smaller satellite store, the Kirstenbosch Logo Store, is located at the Centre for Home Gardening.The Botanical Society Bookshop sells a wide range of books on gardening, flora, fauna and natural history, as well as educational children’s books and stationery.

The African stone sculptures exhibited in the Sculpture Garden, and the range of smaller sculptures on display in the Visitors’ Centre can be purchased from the Mambo Exports sales office situated in the Visitors’ Centre.

On summer, there’s the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts and the place gets absolutely wonderful.

When: Monday – Sunday.

From: Sep – Mar (Summer): 08:00 – 19:00. Apr – Aug (Winter): 08:00-18:00. Conservatory: 09:00 -17:00.

Where: Rhodes Drive, Newlands.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee:

  • Adults:R60
  • SA Students (with card): R30
  • Children (6 – 17 years): R15
  • Under 6 years: Free
  • BOTSOC members: Free
  • SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays

Contact Number: +27 21 799 8783.

Website: Website or Facebook Page.

– #7 Robben Island –

Image by Robben Island.

Reasons to go: Robben Island is a complex, sensitive eco-system and as such is protected by South African Law as a nature conservation area. In addition to this, it is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has to balance additional stringent conservation requirements in line with Robben Island Museum’s mission of ensuring public access to the Island’s heritage. The Island’s complex and sensitive ecosystem includes Birdlife, Natural Vegetation, Marine and Wildlife, Geology and Cultural Conservation sites.

On the island, the tours are guided by former political prisioners of the Robben Island.Three former prisioners of Robben Island have gone to become President of South Africa: Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma.

When: Everyday.

From: Ferry leaves at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (during peak season)

Where: Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee: Adults:R300. Children (under 16):R160.

Contact Number: +27 (0)21 413 4200.

Website: Website or Facebook Page.

– #8 Groot Constantia –

Image and video by Groot Constantia

Reasons to go: Situated in the picturesque historical Constantia Valley, only 20 minutes drive from the Cape Town CBD, Groot Constantia is the South Africa’s Oldest Wine Producing Estate (founded in 1685). Explore this heritage site via the new Visitors Route Experience – where one ticket gives you entrance to the Manor House museum, original Cloete Cellar, a cellar tour, wine tasting and Spiegelau Crystal wine glass. They offer wine tastings, chocolate and wine pairings and has two restaurants on site: Jonkershuis Restaurant and Simon’s Restaurant. Buy your wine on the estate, request an order online and from top wine houses and purveyors internationally. Start the Visitors Route Experience from the Manor House, Cloete Cellar or Production Cellar. Wine Tasting and Chocolate & Wine Pairing – available at all 3 wine tasting areas until 16h30.

In case you have more time in Cape Town or already know Groot Constantia, we recommend to visit the folowing wineries in Constantia Valley:

When: 7 Days a week except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

From: 09:00 to 18:00.

WhereGroot Constantia Estate, Constantia.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Entrance Fee:

  • Daily tastings (5 wines): R75.00 per person.
  • Include a Cellar tour with your wine tasting experience at only R100 per person (Tours depart every hour, on the hour from 10am – 4pm).
  • Chocolate and wine pairing (includes 5 delectable chocolates paired with 5 of our award winning wines): R120.00 per person.
  • VIP Cellar Tours and Tastings: R200 per person.
  • Cellar tour, Chocolate and wine tasting (Booking essential): R150 per person.
  • VIP Cellar Tour Chocolate and wine tasting (Booking essential): R250 per person.
  • Cellar tour only (No Tasting): R50 per person.
  • Students (8-18yrs) Cellar Tour (Juice can be purchased on arrival): R25 per person.

Contact Number: +27 21 794 5128

Website: Website or Facebook Page.

– #9 First Thursday of Each Month –

Image by African Travel Desk. Video by Jarred Dyason

Reasons to go: If you are planning to travel to Cape Town, make sure you travel to the city at the beggining of the month so as not to miss the first thursday of the month.This is a special date to explore the art galleries and cultural events of Cape Town’s central city until late.

Start at any of the participating galleries and walk between attractions from there. It’s a great way to experience the cultural wealth of the area on foot after hours.

First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you.

All the bars, restaurants, pubs and danceclubs can get pretty packed from happy hour time until late.

When: Every first thursday of each month.

WhereCity Centre, but primarily along the axes of Bree and Church Streets.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

Website: Website or Facebook Page.

– #10  Mzoli’s Place –

Image by  Video by Al Postan

Reasons to go: Some Beers, a braai, a group of friends, house music, and a gorgeous crowd!

Mzoli’s Place is a popular hangout spot and tourist attraction in the heart of Gugulehtu, a township 15 km from Cape Town City Centre. All who have visited Mzoli’s will agree that their world-famous meat and the unparalleled township atmosphere makes it a must-see when visiting the beautiful city of Cape.

The meat is always barbecued to perfection and it’s often accompanied by music from the best groove and minimalist DJs of Cape Town. Embrace this unique south african experience!

When: Sundays.

From: 11:00 – late.

Where: Ny 115, Gugulethu.

How to get there: Getting Around Cape Town.

 

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