12 best places to visit in Cape Town and what to do- Tourist guide

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It is a balmy summers evening on Table Mountain, the sun is just about to set and the lights of Cape Town begin to twinkle down below. A glass of bubbly in your hand, toast the setting sun and celebrate yet another beautiful day in the Cape. After sunset, take the trip down the rotating Table Mountain Cableway. Below, Cape Town’s many restaurants and bars await.

Cape Town has been named as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth and best second place to visit around the globe. With Table Mountain, its near vertical cliffs,…Below are 12 best places to visit in Cape Town and what to expect there:

Places for…City Entertainment!

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Cape Town Food, Wine & Nightlife

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

4.1  (635) · Casino

24-hour gaming & entertainment complex

Cape Town.

 

Nu Metro Canal Walk

3.6  (116) · Movie Theater

Chain cinema showing mainstream releases

Cape Town

Opens at 09:00

 

Labia Theatre

4.3  (134) · Movie Theater

Independent, 4-screen arthouse cinema Cape Town. Spend an evening enjoying some of the best jazz music in Cape Town during a Jazz Safari. Meet some of the city’s jazz musicians, have dinner in the home of a local jazz artist, and take in two live performances during an evening tour of the Mother City. Highlights Evening Jazz Safari Dinner at the home of a local jazz musician with an exclusive live performance Visit to a Cape Town nightspot or visit to home of 2nd musician

Read more about Cape Town Jazz Safari – Cape Town | Viator at: https://www.viator.com/tours/Cape-Town/Cape-Town-Jazz-Safari/d318-5074JAZZ?pub=vcps

 

 

Places to go find… Birds & other Animals!

 

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World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary

4.4  (146) · Park

Landscaped aviaries housing 400 species

Cape Town · 021 790 2730

Opens at 09:00

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Welgelegen Bird and Animal Clinic

3.7  (3) · Veterinarian

Cape Town · 021 558 1625

Avian Leisure

5.0  (1) · Bird Watching Area

Cape Town

021 786 1414

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Pigeon & Bird Pet Shop

5.0  (3) · Pet Store

Cape Town

021 591 7591

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Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary

5.0  (1) · Bird Watching Area

021 700 1843

Opens at 09:00

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Bird repel Services

1.0  (1) · Bird Control Service

Cape Town

073 921 7512

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Places to go…Camping!

 

Apostle Battery Campsite

4.5  (4) · Campground

Cape Town. Hardekraaltjie Caravan Park

3.6  (10) · Holiday Park

Cape Town.

 

Rocklands Centre

4.9  (15) · Campground

Cape Town

 

Gilray Scout Camp

4.5  (2) · Campground

Cape Town

 

Hoerikwaggo Tented Camp – Silvermine

5.0  (1) · Campground

Cape Town

 

Appleton Scout Campsite

3.8  (5) · Campground

Cape Town

 

Atlantic House

4.5  (8) · Campground

Contemporary rooms in a stylish hotel with ocean views, a saltwater pool & free breakfast.

Cape Town

 

Adventure Boot Camp South Africa

5.0  (1) · Physical Fitness Program

Cape Town

 

 

5 Camp Street Guesthouse & Self-catering

4.2  (5) · Catering

Elegant 2-bedroom apartments in a 3 Victorian-era houses offering kitchens, free WiFi and a pool in these South Africa, Western Cape Camping Sites & Caravan Parks

The Western Cape offers camping sites in popular holiday destinations – in or near nature reserves and wildlife parks, near famous landmarks, on the coast and on popular tourism routes.

In South Africa, campers are spoilt for choice. It’s up to you whether you prefer to “rough it” or “camp in style” with tents fully equipped with king-size beds, mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms, all in an “out-of-Africa” environment.

42 Camping Sites and/or Caravan Parks

Camping in Citrusdal

BOSRIVIER CAMPSITE

Set at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain, 7km from Citrusdal, Bosrivier is the ideal camping escape destination. It … [cont.]

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Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

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AfriCamps tents provide an attractive accommodation option to those who like the freedom of the great outdoors but don’t … [cont.]

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Self Catering in Greyton

GREYTON ECOLODGE

Greyton Ecolodge is a renovated School Hostel. Colourful and spacious, we guarantee no chocolates on the pillows. However … [cont.]

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Camping in Citrusdal

WOLFKOP CAMP ACCOMMODATION

These totally private free form (Bedouin) tented villages are pitched up for you at a swim area at the Olifants River or … [cont.]

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B&B / Self Catering in Biedouw Valley

ENJO NATURE FARM

Next to the river under the trees you will find our campsite. You will also find a small stone house with thatch roof … [cont.]

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Self Catering in Yzerfontein

CAPTAIN’S CABIN

Situated in Yzerfontein on the Cape West Coast, The Captain’s Cabin is the perfect getaway destination. Bring a bunch of … [cont.]

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Self Catering in Robertson

AFRICAMPS AT PAT BUSCH MOUNTAIN RESERVE

AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve offers spacious luxury tented accommodation in Robertson. AfriCamps tents sleep … [cont.]

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Places to go….Surfing!

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Cape Town is one of the coolest cities on this our planet, to make it even better, it has great surfing. Expect cold water, especially in summer when the antarctic currents bursh past. Swell has an uninterupted line all the way from Cape Horn – big powerful waves on offer! Alternatively swing round to the False Bay side to enjoy the tropical (!) waters of the indian ocean – OK, not exactly tropical but several degrees warmer. Winter months (June – August) are best with the most swell being pushed in by huge storms between Cape Town and the antarctic but generally South Africa is one of the worlds most surf spoiled countries, which means there is surf all year round, depending where you are. Happy surfing bru!

Stoked School of Surf

5.0  (4) · Surf School

Camps Bay · 082 412 8781

Open until 20:00

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Learn 2 Surf

5.0  (2) · Surf Shop

Cape Town · 083 414 0567

Opens at 09:00

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The Board Box Surf Factory

5.0  (9) · Manufacturer

Cape Town · 021 510 1584

Opens at 09:30

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Places to find… Awesome beaches!

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Both of Cape Town’s coastlines boast some impressive beaches, each with their own unique appeal. Here’s a guide to the best beaches for surfing, swimming, and penguin-spotting. The False Bay coastline stretches from Cape Point to Pringle Bay on the opposite side of the Cape Peninsula. Most of the beaches require driving out of the city, but the trip is well worth it once you step into the warm water. The most popular, but not the most beautiful, beach in this area is Muizenberg, a long stretch of beach that is easily accessible and has great waves for those wanting to learn how to surf—you can sign up for and take lessons here. These waters do tend to draw sharks, but there are shark spotters on duty throughout the day. If there is the slightest cause for concern, the beach has a rigorous protocol to get swimmers and surfers out of the water.

Cape Town is home to some of the most picture-perfect beaches in the world, each with its own unique advantages. The beaches along the False Bay coastline boast warm water and good swimming conditions; the Atlantic coast beaches have water that is much colder, but almost always a brilliant shade of turquoise. While many people might moan about the temperatures of the latter, they don’t seem to mind the fact that it helps to keep hordes of tourists away. Here’s a breakdown of the best beaches both coastlines have to offer:

 

  • Bloubergstrand-melkbostrand beach view. Muizinberg-Simon’s Town, Strand, Kyelitsha Camps Bay,  coasteering
  • 1 Clifton, Cape Town. …
  • 2 Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town. …
  • 3 Muizenberg Beach. …
  • 4 Camps Bay Beach. …
  • 5 Lappiesbaai Beach. …
  • 6 Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay. …
  • 7 Hawston Beach. …
  • 8 Grotto Beach, Hermanus

 

 

 

 

 

Places to go find… Coffee & Tea!

 

 

It isn’t difficult to hide little tea nooks in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town. Many of those listed here are tucked away, off the beaten track, some of them in resuscitated period homes, others not necessarily here for their menu but rather their venue.

But each of these is worth a visit for its particular offering, be it the location, the food, the décor, or simply because you need to know about it. Treat each with the respect it deserves, and only tell your very best friends about them…

 

 

Peacock Tea and Coffee

4.1  (8) · Coffee Shop

Cape Town

Casual · Locals

Opens at 09:00

 

Peacock Tea and Coffee – Pinelands Howard Centre

5.0  (1) · Coffee Store

Cape Town

 

Peacock Tea & Coffee – Head Office

No reviews · Coffee Wholesaler

Cape Town

 

Peacock Tea and Coffee – N1 City

No reviews · Coffee Store

Cape Town

 

High Tea

4.3  (29) · Coffee Shop

Cafe in garden with an historic feel serving breakfast, lunch and an array of home-made cakes.

Cape Town

Quiet · Cosy · Casual

Opens at 09:00

 

Peacock Tea & Coffee – Bayside Mall

3.5  (6) · Coffee Shops and Cape Town Casual · Locals.

Places to go… Wine-tasting!

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WINE TASTINGS IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN

The Spier Wine Farm 
With award-winning vino and delicious nosh on offer, a wine tasting at Spier is one of the most popular options in the Stellenbosch area. There are three options: The Spier tasting, which lets you sip three of its Signature range wines as well as one vino from each of its 21 Gables and Creative Block premium ranges; the chocolate and wine pairing, which, as the name suggests, sees the farm’s signature Méthode Cap Classique and Creative Block blends complemented by specially curated chocolates; and the Frans K Smit session, which comprises two premium ranges and the farm’s flagship offering, Frans K Smit. Planning a family outing? Well, there is also a kiddies’ grape juice tasting available.  Do note that food platters to accompany the sitting are available to order as well – think cured meats, olives and cheeses. Sounds delicious, right? P.S: check out this Segway tour offering from this forward-thinking farm, the two- hour option includes a complimentary wine tasting.
Price: 
Sessions will set you back between R35p/p and R90p/p.
Opening times and booking info: Spier’s tasting room, which sits on the banks of the Spier dam, is open daily from 10am – 4.30pm. A reservation is required for groups of eight or more.

Flagship Brew Taproom and Brewery in Riebeek …

Embark on a journey to taste, explore and discover flavourful craft beers at this new out-of-town brewery

 


*Cape Town Super Saver: Cape Point Highlights Tour plus Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

With this Cape Town Super Saver you’ll get two best-selling tours at one discounted price. …

*Private Tour: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Wine-Tasting Tour from Cape Town

Discover South Africa’s famous wine regions on this full-day private … read more

Vineyard Hotel

4.5  (171) · Hotel

Posh riverside retreat with a spa

Colinton Rd · 021 657 4500

Quiet · Cosy · Casual

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Vineyard Car Hire

5.0  (14) · Car Leasing Service

298 Main Rd · 021 761 0671

Open until 17:00

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Places to go…Buy arts!

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The contemporary art scene here is getting better by the day, and its hub is Gallery Momo, the 11-month-old CBD outpost from super-curator Monna Mokoena, who’s got his eye on these artists and showrooms.

With the exhibition space’s focus on promising young artists like painter Alexandra Kara­kashian and painter/sculptor Marlene Steyn, founders Greg and Leigh-­Anne Dale have created “an up-and-coming game-changer,” Mokoena says.

Jonathan Freemantle His signature style mixes earth, resin, and oil to create “powerful, engaging” landscape paintings. Freemantle often works in a small, by-appointment-only studio that’s worth a visit for the art—as well as the killer views of city and mountain.

Maurice Mbikayi A Congolese artist now working in Cape Town, Mbikayi creates “fascinating” sculptures and mixed media pieces from discarded and outmoded computer parts like keyboards, mouses, and USB cables.

 

 

 

Place to Go…Hiking!

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Other cities have skyscrapers; here, there’s Table Mountain. With easily accessible trailheads all around, you’re never far from a great  afternoon of adventure.

 

Places to go… Strawberry Picking!

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 Strawberry picking is available to the public every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday during our season.

There is no need to book for weekends,

If you have a large group of people coming through (20+ people), we ask that you give us a call first, just to ensure that we are able to accommodate you.

Special interest groups and schools, including culinary schools are accommodated midweek only, and strictly by prior arrangement as we make a tour of it, with a talk on organics, strawberries and picking, followed by strawberry picking and a fresh strawberry milkshake.

The fields open at 7:30am and close at 4pm.

Our entrance fee into the fields during the 2017 picking season will be advised:

Adults             per person

Children         per child under 10 

This fee is charged if you want to enter the fields, regardless of if you pick or just want to “have a quick look”. 

This entrance fee entitles you to pick and eat strawberries down in our fields, all day long. Head into our fields as many times during the day as you wish.

Polkadraai Strawberry Farm (Closed Until September 2017)

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This farm offers strawberry picking, tractor rides & mini-golf, plus light bites & a food/wine shop.

Address: M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road, Stellenbosch, 7603

Phone: 021 881 3303.

 

Strawberry Picking in Cape Town and Stellenbosch

Delight in the delicious fruits of your own labour in scenic winelands settings

 

 

Places to find…Nature fun & experience

Beach Horse Rides

Here’s an activity I can speak about with complete confidence, as I jog on this magnificent beach every morning and watch the sunrise over the Kakapo wreck.  If there is one place in the world you need to do this activity it is along Noordhoek beach also known as Longbeach.  Cape Town…

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Below the Surface

Urban sightseeing will never be the same again once you have explored Cape Town under the surface by following ancient river routes that are now covered over by urban development. It’s not only fun and challenging, it’s also a serious look at the history and social reality of the city of…

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Bicycle Tours

A twilight bike tour of Cape Town leaves from the vibey V&A Waterfront, taking in the city and the ocean, and culminating in sundowner cocktail and snacks overlooking the Atlantic. If’s a fun ride as well as an interesting tour that just happens to be by bicycle.

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Bike Tours

Forget apples, riding’s the way to keep the doctor at bay! Researchers have proven what cyclists have known all along: A day in the saddle improves your health and makes you happy! What better place to spend a day on a bicycle than in picture perfect Cape Town! The smell of Malay curry, the sound…

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Blokart Sailing

Cape Town has plenty of wind so harnessing it to a sail-powered cart or buggy makes plenty of sense. After a short intro you get to sail your three-wheeled sailing cart all by yourself. It’s fast, fun and safe and it puts a whole new face on sailing. Kind of like a windsurfer or a dinghy on wheels…

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Boat Charters

View our list of recommended boat charter operators in Cape Town – Dirty Boots

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Boat Trips

Cape Town owes its existence to its maritime tradition and the city is surrounded by ocean. So it makes sense to do at least one boat trip. Choose between a whole lot of trips leaving from the V&A Waterfront including some huge boats that can take more than 100 passengers, or opt for the less hectic,…

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Camel Rides

If you think that Cape Town is a bit too far from the desert for a camel to feel at home, then you haven’t met the wonderfully contented camels at Imhoff’s Farm, located near Noordhoek and Kommetjie on the southern Cape peninsula. Just ½ hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Cape…

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Canopy Tours

The Cape Floral Region offers a kaleidoscope of colours all year around. During winter, Cape Town’s spectacular national flower, the king protea opens up it giant flower head and in the summer, pincushions showcase their brilliant blooms. If you need a new perspective of the flora on the mountain,…

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Let your hunter-gatherer loose without actually causing bloodshed, and shoot a couple of clay pigeons in the safe and contained Glencairn Quarry shooting range near Simon’s Town. It may look easy, and the “pigeons” may be made of clay but they can fly surprisingly fast. If you hit…

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Coasteering

Pull on a wetsuit and a PFD (personal floatation device), leap into the ocean and explore the Cape Town coast. It’s a whole new adventure called coasteering, which is sort of similar to mountaineering except no mountain. Only sea, and rocks and birds and kelp and all kinds of fascinating sea creatures….

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Table Mountain next to the city center

The Cape Point experience

Spend an unforgettable day at one of South Africa’s most beautiful reserves

 

The Boulders Penguin Colony

Welcome to paradise: penguins and beautiful beaches in a seaside village

 

 

Walk Up Lions Head

Take in the breathtaking view of Cape Town from atop Lions Head, day or night.

 

Places to go… Shopping!

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If you are looking for a place to explore, enjoy life and shop the world in Cape Town… The following location and direction will stun your widest imaginations.

 

Milnerton Flea Market- A treasure trove of colourful collectables, rare bargain finds and eclectic odds and ends

V&A Waterfront

4.5  (637) · Shopping Mall

Cape Town · 021 408 7600

Closed now

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Shopping

Cape Quarter in Green Point

Enjoy a boutique shopping experience at this rejuvenated and refined premium lifestyle village

 

 

Canal Walk Shopping Centre

4.3  (1,494) · Shopping Mall

Expansive shopping mall with restaurants · Canal Walk Shopping Centre

Cape Town · 021 529 9699

Closed now

WEBSITE

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The Old Biscuit Mill

4.3  (362) · Shopping Mall

Cool shopping venue with eateries

Cape Town · 021 447 8194

Closed now

 

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