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 is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where two oceans converge - Indian and Atlantic. 

Cape Town offers the visitor immense natural beauty which melds effortlessly with the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre. Cape Town offers a myriad things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.

Sight Seeing

Go with the Fun Bus (Cape Town Explorer)! Experience Cape Town by Topless Bus. Operates daily. Hop on, Hop off service.
The bus departs from the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront.

There are three ways to buy your tickets:

  • on the bus, at any one of our scheduled stops along the way,
  • from our Tour Office, situated at Stop 1 at the V&A Waterfront,
  • online
This double-decker bus has an open top and is bright red. You cannot miss it.

Their state of the art buses offer visitors from around the world a 16-channel multi-language system with a dedicated channel for children. Languages featured include French, Italian, German, Portuguese, English, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch, Afrikaans, Kids, Zulu, Japanese, Swedish and Russian. The stories, rich culture and colourful history of each tour is captured by the informative stories told on our onboard multilingual commentary system.

You will have to option between the Red City Tour and the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour.

Red City Tour: this route provides a historical and factual overview of Cape Town, and includes a stop at Table Mountain.

Blue Mini Peninsula Tour: takes you on a scenic view of Cape Town with access to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Hout Bay. This tour includes a free Wine Bus into Constantia Valley.

For more information please visit their website.


  •  See and experience Table Mountain National Park - either hiking or take the cable cart.
  •  Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  •  Tour the Cape Winelands and visit towns like Paarl, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek
  •  See Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  •  Discover Robben Island
  •  Go with the Fun Bus
  •  Take a helicopter flip or any of the many organised Cape Town Day Tours
  •  Go shopping and visit Century City, Canal Walk, Ratanga Junction and more
  •  Explore the Nature Reserves & Parks
  •  Wine and Dine at any of the variety of restaurants
  •  Buy something "African" at any of the many crafts markets
  •  Tan and enjoy Cape Town's Beaches
  •  Take a tour the Townships
  •  Travel the Whale Route and visit Hermanus
  •  Absorb some History and Culture by visiting the Cape Town Museums
  •  Enjoy some Outdoor Fun of parachuting and skydiving, canoeing & kayaking, sailing, abseiling, mountaineering, hiking and walks or do some birdwatching.
  •  Go surfing
  •  Play golf
  •  Discover the magic of gemstones at the Scratch Patch

Abseiling in Cape Town

Abseiling off extreme cliff-faces and waterfalls is a totally safe, mind-blowing outdoor adventure you can enjoy in Cape Town.
All the trips are day trips and walking shoes or boots are essential and you are required to sign an indemnity form.
No experience is required, just a little courage. Certain disabilities and medical conditions may preclude individuals from abseiling.

Chapmans Peak
On South Africa's most famous and dramatic coastal drives is "The Peak"- extreme abseil. You will "hang out" over crashing waves in "freefall abseiling", and attempt face first "Rap Jumping".

Table Mountain
The big one! A day of extreme abseiling on a range of awesome cliff-faces. Dope on a rope!

Kamikaze Canyon
It helps if you're crazy. Hike into this magnificent river gorge, attempt "kloofing" - cliff jumps into rock pools, and the exhilarating Thunderfalls 60 metre abseil.

Abseil Africa at Tel +27 (0) 21 424 4760 for details.

Cape Town gives you the opportunity to experience something different - every day!

Where to Stay

Options for Accommodation in Cape Town & Peninsula are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the Peninsula.

Main Attractions

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.

Robben Island
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.

Fabulous Beaches  in Cape Town
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.


The legendary city of Cape Town offers you a rich history of 350 years that can be traced in its museums and historical landmarks.

South African Museum
Founded in 1825, the South African Museum is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Exhibitions, designed to educate, stimulate and entertain, include the only preserved specimen in Africa of the extinct quagga, dioramas depicting the mammal-like reptiles of the Karoo and some of the finest examples of rock art in the world, including the Linton painting.

The essence of the museum is found in the great diversity of specimens exhibited. Housed in a magnificent old building to which modern facilities have been added, it showcases the natural history of South Africa, as well as the early human inhabitants of the sub-continent.

This is the only museum in South Africa with an adjoining planetarium, with regularly changing daily shows, and an experience not to be missed.

25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
Tel: 021 424 3330
Fax: 021 424 6716

Other places of interest that are definately worth visiting as well, includes Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Groote Schuur, the Castle of Good Hope, the Old Town House, the City Hall, Houses of Parlaiment, Greenmarket Square and the Grand Parade.

The following other museums are worth exploring while in Cape Town:

Bertram House - (Government Ave, Gardens.) patrician red-brick Georgian Townhouse, with a rich collection showing the English way of life in the mid-19th century Cape Town.

Bo-Kaap Museum - (71 Whale St, Cape Town.) one of the oldest houses in a vibrant "Malay Quarter", exhibiting the style of life of a Cape Muslim family of the late 19th century.

District 6 Museum - (25A Buitenkant St, Cape Town.) celebration of the vibrant way of life of a community removed in the infamous incident of Group Areas Act during south Africa's apartheid era.

Chavonnes Battery Cannon Museum in the V A Waterfront that takes you back into Cape Town of 280 years ago.

Jewish Museum - (Government Ave, Gardens.) Cape Town's first synagogue in Byzantine-revival style tells of the original jewish community.

Josephine Mill - (Boundary Rd, Newlands) 1840 fully operational mill with a massive waterwheel, an important exhibit of the industrial past; also Treshers Restaurant.

Koopmans De Wet House - (35 Strand St, Cape Town.) a superb collection contained in an eloquently patrician Cape Dutch Townhouse.

Michaelis Collection - (Old Town House, Greenmarket Square.) Cape Town's first City Hall, a superb baroque building with a outstanding collection of Dutch and Finnish old masters.

SA Airforce Museum - (Air Force Base, Ysterplaat.) a comprehensive collection of military and rescue aircraft and paraphernalia.

SA Cultural History Museum - (49 Adderley St, Cape Town.) a former slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company, now holding collections from other civilisations and superb exhibitions of diverse peoples making up the Cape foundation.

SA Fisheries Museum - (West Quay Rd, V&A Waterfront.) the South African commercial fishing industry explained in detail.

SA Maritime Museum - (Dock Rd, V&A.) - the exploration of maratime archeology, shipping, harbours and the romantic days of sail and mailships.

SA National Gallery - (Government Ave, Gardens.) the country's premier art museum has a constantly engaging exhibition of South African and international art.

SA Sendingstigting Museum - (40 Long St, Cape Town.) an immaculately restored building, housing the story of missions and missionary work in the Cape.

William Fehr Collection - (at the Castle and Rust-en-Vreugd, Cape Town.) Cape Town, well illustrated through this superb collection of furniture, ceramics, silver and artworks, as well as early pictorial records.

The Heart of Cape Town Museum (Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory) honours all those who played a major role in the worlds first heart transplant led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard - a surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life our human heart.

Township Vibes

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.

Great Gardens

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.

Cape Town Beaches

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, Kommetjie 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.

Most popular beaches in the Cape Peninsula:

Atlantic Seaboard Beaches

Sea Point - Cape Town
Sea Point Beach is accessible via from the road and close to Cape Town CBD. In summer, plan to get to the beach early as parking is very limited.

Camps Bay
- Cape Town
Hugely accessible and very fashionable, Camps Bay (a stone's throw from the Mother City) is a good place to flex those muscles. Great roadside cafes for coffees and cocktails and people-watching.

Camps Bay is generally more family friendly as it is bigger and there is more space for games and sandcastles for children, and the young at heart. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available for daily rental.

Hout Bay
Hout Bay offers beautiful views of the sea and mountains with a golden beach and offers a perfect base from which to explore the tourist attractions of the Cape Peninsula.

False Bay Beaches

Boulders Beach - Simon's Town
Enormous granite boulders separate the area into mini-beaches with excellent rock pools (great for kids). The beach forms part of a conservation area that is home to the African Penguin and wooden walkways have been constructed to view the penguins in their natural habitat.

The beach itself is small and made up of a number of small coves surrounded by large boulders

Muizenberg Beach
Famous for its multi-coloured beach huts Muizenberg is located in scenic False Bay. A recognised Blue Flag beach and a favourite spot for family-inspired beach activities.

The sandy beach is extremely long offering plenty of space for fun and games and facilities are good.

Bikini Beach - Gordons Bay
At the other end of False Bay (about 45 minutes from Cape Town), this intimate Blue Flag beach is located in Gordon's Bay and is known as one of the best beaches around - there's safe swimming and great lunch venues close by.

Bloubergstrand Beaches

The popular beaches of Bloubergstrand offer one of the most beautiful and most photographed views of Table Mountain across the sweeping bay. These beaches are popular with families and sports enthusiasts.

Bloubergstrand beach is a classic and visitors can walk for miles here. Windsurfers in particular favour Bloubergstrand when the Cape winds blow.

Cape Town - Nature Reserves & Parks

Boulders Beach situated in Simons Town and home to 570 pairs of the endangered African penguin.

Table Mountain National Park features amongst the top five most popular destinations in South Africa. Cape Point can be accessed by foot or by funicular.

Kirstenbosch (on Rhodes Drive) - on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain is a spectacular repository of indigenous plants.

Silvermine Nature Reserve (situated on the M64) - has a network of tracks and paths; walks include the Noordhoek Peak circuit of 7 km (3 hours) and Kalk Bay mountains and Echo Valley, 4 km (2 hours), one way.

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