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The best attractions & experiences in Cape Town

As far as most visitors are concerned, Table Mountain and Cape Town are one and the same thing – so what better place to start with? A natural landmark that has long graced the cover of postcards, its famed flat peak marks the most iconic point of the craggy mountain range that brings all the drama to this picturesque peninsula. Whether you’re feeling athletic enough to make the 3km hike, or would rather relax and enjoy the views from the Aerial Cableway, journeying to the top of this bucket-list wonder will reward with more than just the holiday bragging-rights – just don’t forget your camera. 

Hungry from all that hiking/shopping/beach lounging? Why not satisfy your senses with some traditional Cape Malay cooking in Bo Kaap. Although one of the most photographed areas of the city, Bo Kaap offers more than its surface beauty of cobbled streets and colourful houses. Its rich history is a story best told through the unique palate of traditional Cape Malay cuisine – with influences from Holland, Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia, the Instagram likes aren’t all that you will get out of a visit to this part of the city, your taste buds will thank you too. 

Just outside of the new-generation hub of Cape Town’s wealthier centre, the reality of life for those still living in Townships is never far away. For an insight into the everyday lives of Township residents, make use of your free time and book onto a Cape Township Cape Care Walk Route and embark on the humbling experience of learning more about life as a local in the more deprived areas of this vast and varied city. 

With at least four days to take in the city, you will have plenty of time to explore the rest of the peninsula that it sits on. Hopping along to the rugged outcrop that is Cape Point is of course on every travellers to-do list (quick, jot that down!). It’s here that the frosty Atlantic meets the warm embrace of the Indian Ocean, making for quite the collision. Don’t forget to get a picture at the Cape of Good Hope sign before you leave – and hold onto your hats, it gets windy out here.

Is your visit to Cape Town all about the views? If Table Mountain is a bit too generic for you, why not try hiking its neighbouring Lion’s Head? A guided hike is included in the ‘active’ pack. Flick through the experience packs using the itinerary builder.

Experiences and attractions in Cape Town

Camps Bay

Backdropped by the impressive 12 Apostles mountain formation and hugged by the surging Atlantic Ocean, its sands are a favourite amongst Cape Town’s locals – as well as being regularly voted as one of the world’s best. Oh yes, this is a city that knows how to please its sun-worshipers.

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Cape of Good Hope

A jagged outcrop cuts into the foaming Atlantic. With its sheer cliff faces, surging sea, and incredible array of flora and fauna, journeying along the Cape Peninsula, towards the famed Cape of Good Hope, is – quite undeniably – a drive of a lifetime.

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Clifton

For anyone who’s anyone, Clifton is the place to be. South Africa’s most expensive suburb, this stretch of coastline is home to four of Cape Town’s most popular white-sand beaches named First, Second, Third and Fourth – and each have their own distinct fan group.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Perfectly manicured gardens meet dense forests and unruly stretches of the peninsula’s renowned fynbos, all at the foot of Cape Town’s show-stealing landmark, Table Mountain.

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Lion's Head

Protected by Table Mountain National Park, Lion’s Head is the hottest spot in town when it comes to catching that soft light of the rising sun. Stifling yawns, make the 669 m climb at dawn for the most rewarding views – ask any travel blogger and they’ll talk for hours about the magic of witnessing “golden hour”.

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Robben Island

The island has over 500 years worth of stories to tell – get comfy because Robben Island is a journey into South Africa’s history.

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St Georges Cathedral

Compared to grand designs of Cathedrals that can be found across Europe, St George’s may seem fairly modest, but it is hugely symbolic of the country’s turbulent past.

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Table Mountain

Much like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or Mount Corcovado in Brazil, the giant horizontal crest of this UNESCO World Heritage Site dominates the city’s skyline. But it’s not just the views of the city bowl that make Table Mountain worth the conquest – this is a natural wonder worth beholding in itself. Literally.

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Forget the practicalities, this hub is where the people of Cape Town congregate to eat, drink and be merry – by which we mean shop, obviously. If ever there was a place to release your inner hedonist, this is it.

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District Six Museum

When caught up in the holiday gaiety of Cape Town’s incredible natural beauty and cosmopolitan urban delights, the city’s dark history is easily forgotten.

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Boulders Beach

Dreamy sands and calm waters flanked by ocean-smoothed boulders. “How could the scene be any more idyllic?”, we hear you ask.

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