12 best places to visit in Cape Town and what to do- Tourist guide
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!
Cape Town Food, Wine & Nightlife
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
4.1 (635) · Casino
24-hour gaming & entertainment complex
Nu Metro Canal Walk
3.6 (116) · Movie Theater
Chain cinema showing mainstream releases
Opens at 09:00
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!
World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary
4.4 (146) · Park
Landscaped aviaries housing 400 species
Cape Town · 021 790 2730
Opens at 09:00
Welgelegen Bird and Animal Clinic
3.7 (3) · Veterinarian
Cape Town · 021 558 1625
5.0 (1) · Bird Watching Area
021 786 1414
Pigeon & Bird Pet Shop
5.0 (3) · Pet Store
021 591 7591
Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary
5.0 (1) · Bird Watching Area
021 700 1843
Opens at 09:00
Bird repel Services
1.0 (1) · Bird Control Service
073 921 7512
Places to go…Camping!
Apostle Battery Campsite
4.5 (4) · Campground
Cape Town. Hardekraaltjie Caravan Park
3.6 (10) · Holiday Park
4.9 (15) · Campground
Gilray Scout Camp
4.5 (2) · Campground
Hoerikwaggo Tented Camp – Silvermine
5.0 (1) · Campground
Appleton Scout Campsite
3.8 (5) · Campground
4.5 (8) · Campground
Contemporary rooms in a stylish hotel with ocean views, a saltwater pool & free breakfast.
Adventure Boot Camp South Africa
5.0 (1) · Physical Fitness Program
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
Set at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain, 7km from Citrusdal, Bosrivier is the ideal camping escape destination. It … [cont.]
Self Catering in Oudtshoorn
AfriCamps tents provide an attractive accommodation option to those who like the freedom of the great outdoors but don’t … [cont.]
Self Catering in Greyton
Greyton Ecolodge is a renovated School Hostel. Colourful and spacious, we guarantee no chocolates on the pillows. However … [cont.]
Camping in Citrusdal
These totally private free form (Bedouin) tented villages are pitched up for you at a swim area at the Olifants River or … [cont.]
B&B / Self Catering in Biedouw Valley
Next to the river under the trees you will find our campsite. You will also find a small stone house with thatch roof … [cont.]
Self Catering in Yzerfontein
Situated in Yzerfontein on the Cape West Coast, The Captain’s Cabin is the perfect getaway destination. Bring a bunch of … [cont.]
Self Catering in Robertson
AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve offers spacious luxury tented accommodation in Robertson. AfriCamps tents sleep … [cont.]
Places to go….Surfing!
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
Learn 2 Surf
5.0 (2) · Surf Shop
Cape Town · 083 414 0567
Opens at 09:00
The Board Box Surf Factory
5.0 (9) · Manufacturer
Cape Town · 021 510 1584
Opens at 09:30
Places to find… Awesome beaches!
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,
- 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
Casual · Locals
Opens at 09:00
Peacock Tea and Coffee – Pinelands Howard Centre
5.0 (1) · Coffee Store
Peacock Tea & Coffee – Head Office
No reviews · Coffee Wholesaler
Peacock Tea and Coffee – N1 City
No reviews · Coffee Store
4.3 (29) · Coffee Shop
Cafe in garden with an historic feel serving breakfast, lunch and an array of home-made cakes.
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!
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.
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
4.5 (171) · Hotel
Posh riverside retreat with a spa
Colinton Rd · 021 657 4500
Quiet · Cosy · Casual
Vineyard Car Hire
5.0 (14) · Car Leasing Service
298 Main Rd · 021 761 0671
Open until 17:00
Places to go…Buy arts!
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!
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!
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.
Polkadraai Strawberry Farm (Closed Until September 2017)
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.
Delight in the delicious fruits of your own labour in scenic winelands settings
Places to find…Nature fun & experience
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
View our list of recommended boat charter operators in Cape Town – Dirty Boots
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,…
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…
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,…
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…
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….
Table Mountain next to the city center
Spend an unforgettable day at one of South Africa’s most beautiful reserves
Welcome to paradise: penguins and beautiful beaches in a seaside village
Take in the breathtaking view of Cape Town from atop Lions Head, day or night.
Places to go… Shopping!
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
4.5 (637) · Shopping Mall
Cape Town · 021 408 7600
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
The Old Biscuit Mill
4.3 (362) · Shopping Mall
Cool shopping venue with eateries
Cape Town · 021 447 8194