This landmark needs no introduction and is a must for anyone visiting or living in Cape Town. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is the fastest way to the top of Table Mountain. Hiking up Table Mountain is also a wonderful way to explore this magnificent beauty.
This world famous garden ranks as one of the best and most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. It is unique, as it only grows indigenous plant species; considering that the Cape is a plant kingdom al on its own, means thousands of plants to see that only grow here and now where else in the world. Explore the fantastic new tree top snake walk to give you an even better view of the gardens and surrounding mountains.
The harbour was built between 1860 and 1920 and the area is notable for its outstanding heritage buildings. The V&A is one of the most successful waterfronts in the world. More than 80 restaurants and an abundance of entertainment makes this Cape Town’s number one tourist attraction. Also situated within the waterfront is the Waterfront Aquarium which is well worth a visit.
The castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, built in 1666 (debates rage between this and De Post Huys). It was built for the protection of the refreshment station from European powers on the trade route to the east. A must do here is to visit the Military Museum and enquire about a Water or Tunnel Tour to have a look what lies in the belly of the Mother City.
The garden was established in 1652 by Dutch settlers for growing fresh produce for shipping on the way to the east. Today, it has been reduced in size and has become a beautiful green lung in the middle of the CBD. There are numerous attractions connected tot eh gardens which are worth a visit. This is a great place to relax and watch life go by, or buy a packet of peanuts and feed the squirrels and birds.
This is one of the oldest markets in Cape Town, set on a cobbled square. This is where people of Cape Town have been buying their clothing, jewellery, sandals, crafts, second hand books and nick-nacks for years. Today you can find more African curios directed at the tourists – there is still an exciting buzz as well as evidence of the city’s most colourful and eccentric characters.
This is the place where things happen, with numerous night clubs, back packers lodges, cafes and restaurants that sprawl out onto the road. There is a wonderful energy and vibe about this place. All this takes place in a street that has managed to retain its yesteryear feel.
This museum deals with the memory of the vibrant racially-mixed area named after the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town, in 1867. From 1901, through to apartheid, all nonwhites were forcibly removed. In 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act. District Six was flattened by bulldozers. This museum works with the memories, experiences and history of forced removals.
Who would have believed there are Turkish baths in Cape Town? They are housed in a building that was built in 1908. Enjoy a four hour or 1-hour session in true Turkish tradition; also enjoy the 100ft public pool.
This is a dedication to preserving the ancient art of African goldsmithing, while simultaneously inspiring contemporary design. Temporary exhibitions from India, Brazil, Mali and Egypt and other places around the world examine the common design elements of this art form.
The Cape Town Diamond Museum pays tribute to the world’s most precious gem, the diamond. Learn how a chance discovery led to the greatest diamond rush on the planet. Whether you are a diamond enthusiast or simply appreciate the perfect beauty of these stones, The Cape Town Diamond Museum is a must see.
Lion’s head is undoubtedly the most walked peak in South Africa. At 670m high, it flanks Table Mountain on its right and has a 360° view of Cape Town. The most walked route is the Spiral Path which has some interesting sections with a chain ladder which can be bypassed. If you do not enjoy hiking take the drive to signal hill where you experience amazing views of Cape Town and Sea Point.
Cape Town Stadium hosted eight matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This included the quarter-final between Germany and Argentina, as well as the semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay. The stadium seats 55 000. It now hosts a variety of soccer and rugby events, as well as international music concerts.
This lighthouse was first lit on 12 April 1824. It was also the first solid lighthouse built on the South African coastline and, seeing that it is still in operation, makes it the oldest working lighthouse in the country. It initially used a petroleum lantern which had a beam of 6 nautical miles but by 1922 it was electrified which gave it a range of 25 nautical miles.
This is a blue flag status beach for the rich, the famous and the beautiful. There are 4 distinct coves with pristine sand, surrounded by granite boulders and quaint multi-million Rand beach cottages. This is a favourite for sundowners and for people who want to be seen in the right places. Each beach is reached by flights of stairs from the main road.
Halfway between Camps Bay and Llandudno Beach you will find Oudekraal. Little coves and beaches, surrounded by high granite boulders make this a beautiful, uncrowded experience – everyone can find their little spot. Oudekraal is a nature area with lawned areas, facilities and braai areas.
This is a stunning beach of white sand and huge granite boulders surrounded by mountains. There are no shops or commercial activities, only expensive residential property. It is popular with surfers, rock climbers and sun worshippers. Swimming can be dangerous with rough seas and extremely cold water.
Sandy Bay is a beautiful secluded beach with no urban area that overlooks it. There is no road to the beach. From the parking lot a 20 minute walk is required. It is the only nudist beach in South Africa.
This picturesque harbour is a favourite with tourists as it typifies a true working Cape Harbour. This is the busiest fishing harbour on the Cape Peninsula; the main catches include crayfish and snoek. The Mariner’s Wharf is the place to relax and enjoy a good meal. Seals can also be seen in the harbour.
Take a boat cruise from Hout Bay Harbour around the spectacular Sentinel Peak to a small island packed with Cape Fur Seals. See them in their own backyard. The journey will take you 1 hour and Charter services will be recommended.
The Battle of Hout Bay took place in 1795 when the British sent in a frigate to test the fortification of the bay. Both East and West batteries fired on the ship. This was the last recorded time that the East Fort guns were fired in anger. The battery consists of eight 18 pounder guns placed there by the French.
This is one of the most breathtaking drives in the world with a 9km route and 114 curves, it skirts halfway up sheer cliffs of Chapman’s Peak. Construction of the road started in 1915 and took seven years to complete. The road was closed in 2000 due to rock falls and has been extensively modified to make it a safe toll road.
Cape charm under old oaks, things to see, restaurants, shops and a play area for the kids. With all this, you feel you are visiting classic old Cape farmstead. This has to be one of the stops when touring the Cape peninsula or a must for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Victor Peers excavated the Cave in 1926. He found nine 12000 year old human skeletons and their implements. Cape Town has many interesting Caves for exploring such as 70 odd Caves in Fishhoek, Woodstock Cave on Devils Peak, Old Tunnels from the Dutch and British era, Water tunnels in Table Mountain and even some interesting old Tin Mines and Quarries.
This beach is found in the quiet corner of Noordhoek; it can’t be missed due to its size. The beach is popular with walkers, horse rider, surfers, kite buggy activity and a nice lagoon. There is a well known ship wreck on the beach, called the Kakapo. The beach has soft white sands, beautiful Dunes for private sunbathing and the views of the bay are spectacular.
Imhoff’s Farm is a historical Cape farmstead that has been turned into a tranquil must stop and spend some time venue on the Peninsula tourist route. There is something for everybody: restaurants, shops, activities such as Camel rides horse rides, paintball, health and beauty and a snake park. Try some of their homemade Cheeses, Breads and Ginger Beer. Just delicious.
Slangkop (meaning Snakehead) Lighthouse in Kommetjie has been burning brightly since 1914; it became fully automated in 1979. The tower’s light shines 33 nautical miles out to sea from its 33m circular construction. It is also the tallest lighthouse in South Africa. Why not book yourself on a Shipwreck and Lighthouse Tour for something different to do.
This is a working farm and visitors are welcome. The only way to see the farm is by joining their tours. There is also a restaurant which specialises in, yes Ostrich, which has to be pre booked. Ostrich leather and egg art can be purchased at the in house shop. If you want to see more Ostriches you can also try the West Coast Ostrich Farm or take a long drive on the R62 to Ostrich Country in Oudtshoorn. An Ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 chicken eggs. Try that for a breakfast.
The official name is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. What more can be said that it is the most visited tourist hotspot on the Cape peninsula. It is the most south eastern point of Africa, the meeting place of the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. As well as visiting the Point, going up to the Lighthouse in the Flying Dutchman or visiting some of the secluded Beaches there is plenty to do.
One of the best places to see the African penguin up close and in its natural habitat. Well made viewing platforms and boardwalks enhance this experience and they are great for wheel chair bound people. Around the corner is also one of the most popular family beaches and has many little spots you can have to yourself. There is excellent swimming and diving and you might just say hello to a happy feet.
This is a small, beautiful family beach with large green lawns; like Boulders, it is out of the wind. Seaforth is great for swimming, diving, kids and picnics. Try the fantastic restaurant that overlooks the beach. It is also visited by penguins from Boulder’s Beach. One can see the famous Roman Rock Lighthouse from there especially if the Waves are big enough to make a splash.
In 1687, Simon’s Town was earmarked as a safe winter harbour and it was later proclaimed as such in 1741. With this long history, there is so much to see and it would take more than a day to explore. The town is old worldly and it has not been destroyed with the procession of time. Visit the Maritime Museum, the Waterfront or explore an old Submarine.
Gemstones for Africa, lie down in a carpet of gemstones, buy the ones you choose – this is a treasure trove for young and old and a lot of fun. The stones are tumble polished on location in the biggest gemstone factory in the world that processes some 150 varieties from all around the world. The other Gemstone scratch patch is located in the V&A Waterfront.
This little village, surrounding a working fisherman’s harbour, has managed to keep its old world feel. Once a popular holiday getaway for town folk a 100 years ago, it has now become a place to get away from it all for the afternoon. Visit art galleries, book shops, restaurants and second hand shops, or just walk down to the harbour watch the fishermen cast their rods or the fishing boats come in. Choose some fresh fish from the catch of the day or just take away Fish&Chips at the local Fish shop to eat on the harbour Wall.
Named after after a Mayor of Kalk Bay before the village was integrated with the greater municipality of Cape Town. Drive it, walk it or find a spot and sit and take in the most spectacular view of False Bay. Boyes Drive is the high road that starts at Lake Side and skirts around the mountain and drops down into Kalk Bay. This is a perfect platform for Whale watching, Shark spotting and watching the many Surfers below catching a Wave.
This national monument was built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice. Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natali Labia. Presently, it has been turned into a most exquisite multifunctional cultural centre and upmarket venue, complete with modern art gallery, Casbah Design boutique and an Italian Café.
One of the best places in Cape Town to enjoy the outdoors, weather you are picnicking around the historical dam, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching or mountain biking. For those who are wheelchair bound, there is a wooden mini trail walkway around the dam. A popular walk from the dam is to the Elephants Eye, a big cave overlooking Constantia.
In 1658, Simon van der Stel established the first working vineyard in South Africa and named it Constantia. Klein Constantia is part of the original estate. Klein Constantia became legendary for its iconic sweet wine, ‘Vin de Constance’ which was enjoyed by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte (wine of choice while imprisoned at St. Helena), Sorry there is no Restaurant but there is some world class wine to buy.
This is one of the first wine farms to be established in South Africa in 1685 by VOC Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van der Stel. This is the pinnacle of a Cape Dutch Wine Farm and must be a visit. Today it is still a working farm but is geared for Tourists and Wine lovers who can walk away with some of the finest wines.
This little jewel in Claremont has one of the most diverse and valuable collections of exotic trees in all of South Africa. It now officially includes one of the largest trees in Africa, the vast Moreton Bay Fig. This tree, along with five others, was proudly designated as a ‘Champion Tree’ in 2008. The garden is extremely popular for wedding photographs with a backdrop of big trees, lawns and ponds, it is hard to find a better location.
Nestled at the foot of Devil’s Peak and neighbour to the historic rugby and cricket grounds, is the oldest operating brewery in South Africa and home of great South African Beer. Castle, Amstel, Lion Lager to name a view. Lovers of superbly crafted beer are invited to experience a taste of brewing history followed by a look into modern day brewing methods, by joining a fully guided tour. There is even a small Underground Tunnel network to explore.
Built in 1840, this mill was in operation till 1863. By 1930, it had been allowed to fall apart. In1975, its then heir, Myra East, bequeathed the building to the Cape Town Historical Society which took 13 years to restore to its former glory. Today you may visit its museum, buy its flagship product of flour that has been ground here or buy fresh healthy product; also visit the Caveau restaurant. The Mills stood between the town and the mountain. In the 1830 census, it was recorded that there were six functional mills at the foot of Table Mountain. The Platteklip Mill was used to grind wheat, barley, and curry.
This Mill was built in 1796 on the farm changed hands a few times and, in 1891, Cecil Rhodes bought it to consolidate his estate. The Mill fell into disrepair over a number of years. It was refurbished in 1935 and again in 1986. If you are interested on a Tour of the Mills a must read is the book ‘The Villages of the Liesbeeck From the Sea to the Source by Helen Robinson’.
This Memorial was built by the citizens of Cape Town for a man who probably influenced the history of Southern Africa like no other. He was an empire builder, politician, farmer and owned the biggest diamond empire in his day. There was a stage where he owned two countries which were named after him. After visiting the memorial, pop up and enjoy a meal or tea and cake at the restaurant. It has an indoor Fireplace when cold and visiting dogs get treated with a biscuit.
Visit the actual rooms at the Groote Schuur Hospital where Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant in the world. The rooms and the operating theatre have been restored to the minutest detail back to 03 December 1967. This visit is by tour only.