From the time of the first recorded discovery of the Cape of Good Hope, seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain from as far as 200 km away - today one of the world's most famous landmarks
Cape Town is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with a diverse and vibrant character. Here you will find a mix of cultures, landscapes, fauna & flora, architecture, lifestyles, customs and scenery.
Things to Do
Cape Town offers a myriad of Things to Do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.
Where to Stay
Options for Accommodation in Cape Town & Peninsula are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the Peninsula.
Table Mountain National Park
Magnificent views, cable car rides, hiking, serious rock climbing, cross country running, fascinating botany, birding and for the more adventurous, abseiling and paragliding. Or just enjoy some of the many Hikes on Table Mountain
A stop at Cape Point gives the visitor the opportunity to boast of having been at the most southern point of the Cape Peninsula.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The most visited attraction in Cape Town with its assortment of shopping, eating, entertainment and sightseeing facilities, all set within a working harbour.
Cape Town also has many markets and impressive shopping centres and malls - such as the impressive 400-outlet Canal Walk Century City. For adrenaline-pumping entertainment, theres Ratanga Junction, a 30-attraction theme park with and the glitzy Grand West Casino & Entertainment World. Dontforget to explore the fleamarkets too.
Whilst in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to experience the undersea world as only the divers normally do.
Take an emotional journey to the former prison of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and many other anti-apartheid activists spent many of their adult years. An absolute must on any journey to the Cape.
Theres a beach to suit every mood in Cape Town: Clifton for those who want to see and be seen, Sandy Bay for the nudists, Muizenberg with its colourful bathing boxes for a good swim in warmer waters, Kommektjie for watersports, Fishhoek a quaint seaside village, Houtbay a colourful fishing harbour and craft market, Kalk Bay for antique hunters and Boulders Beach at Simons Town is home to a colony of Jackass penguins.
And to top it, Cape Town offers excellent surfing spots.
The Cape Fortress
The oldest surviving building in South Africa is the Castle of Good Hope - the pentagonal fortress built by personnel of the Dutch East India Company back in the 1660s-70s.
Or visit the South African Museum - the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa - as well as various other museums in and around Cape Town.
Guided township tours are extremely popular with international tourists whowant to get to know the real Cape Town. In Guguletu and Langa expect to be overwhelmed by hospitality, informal roadside traders, rowdy taverns servinglocal beer and toe-tapping jazz.
A day in Cape Town might end with a classical concert at sundown in one of the worlds great botanical gardens Kirstenbosch, a repositoryfor many rare fynbos species and a wealth of indigenous plants, trees and flowers.
The narrow finger of land of the Cape Peninsula with its many beautiful valleys, mountain peaks, bays and beaches offers the visitor a number of parks and nature reserves with many destinations.
Cape Town city centre is known to many as the party capital of Africa, down just a few streets in the Mother City there are hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs just waiting to be explored through to the wee hours of the morning. Cape Town is also known as a pink city, offering a warm welcome to the gay and lesbian community.