Top 10 Things to See and Do in Cape Town

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Cape Town

One of the most exciting cities in South Africa, Cape Town boasts an exciting variety of great activities. Embedded in the surroundings of magnificent nature, the town also provides a vibrant urban life. But in this list we have pointed out amazing outdoor activities available to the adventurers.

10. Visit Bo-Kaap

The vibrant part of Cape Town is home for the ethnic community of Cape Malay – the Southeast Asian and Muslim immigrants. The vivid colors vary on each Dutch or British style house, situated on the Signal Hill. Some houses were built in 1750s and are enlisted as national monuments.

Why to go there?

Capetown blends the amazing South African nature, historic and cultural heritage. Bo-Kaap is definitely a lovely suburb of the city.

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9. Have a Nice Stroll in the Company’s Garden

Found in the heart of the town, the park was established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652! It is said that a peer tree, planted then, is still growing here. There is also a rose garden, numerous species of birds as well as monuments.

Why to go there?

The park is free to visit and even has wi-fi connection. Table Mountain creates a monumental backdrop, adding up to the overall scenic surroundings.

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8. SUP Cape Town

Apparently it is a great spot to stand up paddle! There is a canal that runs through the city and the SUP enthusiasts have of course exploited it for their own entertainment! The SUP Cape Town crew provides lessons and equipment for everyone to enjoy.

Why to do this?

It is a rare opportunity to enjoy the sport in the middle of the city! And also you get to discover the town from unique angles.

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7. Walk The Boomslang in Kirstenbosch

A 130 m (427 ft) long tree canopy walkway is your next most favorite hiking route! The scenic bridge rises above the trees and provides one of the most unique experiences ever. Found in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the walkway attracts visitors to admire the wonderful vista to the mountains and lush greenery.

Why to go there?

The canopy starts in the forest and then gradually ascents until it reaches the highest point of 12 m (49 ft). It really looks like a magic walkway from a fairy-tale and you should definitely go there once in the city.

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6. Lion’s Head

The mountain is embedded between the Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The peak soars above the city, reaching the height of 669 meters (2195 feet). A wonderful panoramic views overlooking the city and the ocean open from there. It takes about three hours to reach the summit and provides unforgettable views as well as great opportunities to take a selfie.

Why to go there?

On the way up hikers also get to admire numerous historic graves and shrines of the Cape Malay community. Besides hiking, Lion’s Head is a popular spot for paragliding and of course a photographers’ favorite site in the area.

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5. Go on a Wine Tasting Tour

South Africa produces great wines and also boasts numerous natural wonders. The wineries, found just a short drive from the town, offer wine tasting tours, while the impressive mountain range rests in the backdrop. Grapes have been cultivated in these vineyards already in the 17th century!

Why to go there?

The prices are very affordable – both per bottle and in the restaurants. Visitors can explore the vineyards, meet with the winemakers and have a nice dinner at the local restaurant.

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4. Hit the Beach

One of the most vivacious cities in the country is a blend of amazing nature and hip urban area. Posited just on the coast, Cape Town boasts a lot of soft sandy beaches with turquoise water, that are great for sun bathing, swimming and having a romantic picnic. There are also beaches that have bigger waves for surfing.

Why to go there?

The city itself is one of the best destinations in South Africa. Wonderful views to Table Mountain open from the coast. And on the contrary – once in the mountains, panorama to the city overlooking the ocean is mesmerizing.

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3. Horseback Riding on the Beach

In the neighborhood of Noordhoek there is a beach, where tourists are offered an exciting opportunity to go horseback riding. The tourists are offered to take a two hour guided ride. The group takes off from a farm, rides through the wetlands and the beach, heading to Chapman’s Peak. During the tour the riders get to see the amazing nature and many wild animals like whales, seals, otters and variety of birds.

Why to go there?

Noordhoek is definitely the place to visit once in Cape Town. And the horse-riding enthusiasts can plan their ride choosing from many different farms. And another attraction – Table Mountain National Park – is on the way to Noordhoek.

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2. Get a Cable Ride to Table Mountain

The most popular attraction in the city – the cable car lifts tourists to 1067 m height. From the top of the Table Mountain amazing panoramic views of Cape Town open. Moreover, the innovative cars’ floors rotate, thus giving an extra excitement and views.

Why to go there?

The mountain is an iconic symbol of the town. Of course one can use another way around and hike to the top. However, the cableway offers an easier and a scenic way to get there?

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1. Stargaze at SAAO

A place where famous Crux – also known as South Cross – constellation can be observed. Also an interesting fact: South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the oldest permanent building in Cape Town! Scientists and guides take visitors on tours, telling them about space, telescopes and lead through the museums.

Why to go there?

The observatory welcomes visitors and even has open nights throughout the year, when scientists tell interesting stories about the universe. SAAO is open to visit on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 8 PM.

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