There are few world cities that can match the versatility of Cape Town. There are too many fun things to do in Cape Town that you have to take at least five days to be able to absorb all the beauty that this city wants to give you. It is the ultimate city for Bon Vivants and sports enthusiasts. Just be careful not to lose your heart to this city, you will not be the first …
Check out these 10 best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa:
1. Visit The Market On Saturday
On Saturday it is a market in Cape Town. The best market is the Oranjezicht Farmers Market (Granger Bay – Waterfront) where you can enjoy delicious local specialties at dozens of traditional stalls. You can also buy all sorts of hip things and chill out on the terrace in the sun, and all with beautiful sea views. Or head to the Old Biscuit Mill, in trendy Woodstock, surrounded by creative boutiques and interior design stores.
2. Sight Running Tour
Cape Town is quite extensive and you are not here that long, but you still want to – actively explore the city – take your running shoes and set your alarm early in the morning. Cape Town has a phenomenal boulevard for running: from Waterfront via Seapoint to Greenpoint. Waking up with this view is very nice.
3. Visit Table Mountain
In 2011, Table Mountain was named one of the seven new world wonders of nature. You should not miss a visit to this special mountain when you are in Cape Town. The mountain is the icon of the city because of the characteristic flat top. Because the mountain is about three kilometers wide, it is easy to see from almost the entire city.
You can climb Table Mountain on foot, but there is also a cable car going up. I advise you to order tickets for this cable car in advance via the official website, to avoid long queues. Once at the top, you have a great view of the city and in the distance, you can even see Robben Island. Several walks are mapped out on the mountain.
It is very special to see that so many special flowers and plants grow on top of the mountain and the view is beautiful on each side.
4. Take A Road Trip Around The Cape Peninsula
The Cape Peninsula, also known as the Cape Peninsula, is a beautiful and varied nature reserve under Cape Town. you can visit, among many things, Muizenberg; a beach full of brightly colored beach huts, walk among penguins on Boulders beach, climb Cape Point, visit Cape of Good Hope and rode on the impressive Chapman’s Peak Drive. Although you can easily enjoy yourself for several days on the Cape Peninsula, you can also see the highlights in one day.
5. Picnicking In Kirstenbosch
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is located on the outskirts of the city. A beautiful green place with hundreds of species of flowers and plants, a real pleasure to walk through. Be sure to also walk through the fragrance garden, where you can feel the plants to sniff their scents.
But Kirstenbosch is also a fantastic place to have a picnic. You can enter for 60 rands (4 euros). Walkthrough the gardens and bring a rug, food, and drink for the perfect picnic! The open-air concerts are also hosted there.
6. Tour Of A Township
South Africa has a fierce past, especially at the time of Apartheid. This created townships, neighborhoods where the black people were allowed to live on the outskirts of the city. In many cases, the houses that are there are no more than a few corrugated iron plates and most people live in poverty. There is a lot of violence and for many, carefree existence is unfortunately not included.
For a tourist, such a township is not entirely harmless, but there is still a reason to go there for a tour. It is impressive to see how people live in townships. The differences between rich and poor are incredibly large there. By doing a city tour through a township you see how big these differences are, but at the same time, you do something good for the population. The profit from these tours is invested in the development of the townships and people can use it well there.
7. Climb Lion’s Head
You must have done this climb in Cape Town. You can see this mountain from just about every corner of the city – with a little imagination you can see a lion’s head in here – and the view, once you get to the top, is phenomenal. It is a climb of about an hour, which is pretty tough. Certainly, when you are almost there you still have to climb fifteen minutes really rock by rock, but it is worth it. Climbing yourself is also the only way to get there.
This climb is the most beautiful at sunrise and sunset. When you choose the sunset, keep in mind that you have to go back in the dark, and that is not entirely harmless. So take lights with you (or go down just before sunset).
8. Victoria & Albert Waterfront
The Victoria & Albert Waterfront is a modern center in the port of Cape Town, located between Robben Island and Table Mountain. It is mainly built for tourists, so don’t expect an authentic Africa here. Still, I personally found the V&A Waterfront very pleasant. There are many nice restaurants, there is always a band of happy music playing somewhere and you can shop well. Moreover, this is one of the few places where you can walk around in the dark in the evening. On the V&A Waterfront, you will also find the Nelson Mandela Gateway, from where the boat to Robben Island departs.
9. Chilling Out On Clifton Beach
Cape Town has beautiful beaches but at the same time a strong wind. Camps Bay is the largest beach in the city with a pleasant boulevard behind it, but the four beaches of Clifton Beach are where you want to be. These four beaches are all in a small bay and all attract a unique audience: beach number four, for example, is perfect for families, beach number two for young people.
Due to the unique location here on the beach, you are hardly bothered by the wind. If you want to cool off, a dip in the sea is obvious, but the water here is ice and ice cold all year round.
10. Eating Out
If there is something you can do well in Cape Town then it is nice to eat out. You will find several top restaurants and all world cuisines are represented here. On the V&A Waterfront, for example, you will find the V&A Food Market. This is definitely recommended if you love good food from all over the world.