Cape Town has it all – from the breathtaking Table Mountain to the Cape Peninsula and beaches. You’ll find it all in Cape Town, South Africa’s coolest little city, which is gaining in popularity and with good reason too, for their foodie scene and their nightlife. I spent six months in Africa travelling from Cairo to Cape Town, and I’m glad I saved the best African city for last, as it was a great way to end my trip. So, without further ado, here are the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa.
Table Mountain – Enjoy the View. One of the best things to do in Cape Town to get a feel for the city is to take a trip to the top of Table Mountain. You can take a two-hour hike or the more leisurely Table Mountain cable car to the top of the mountain. Fair warning – it is windy at the top! And even if you aren’t worried about your hair getting messed up, do note that if the winds pick up they close down the cable car. I was lucky and made it back down before they closed it for the day. One of the things I was not suspecting of Table Mountain was just how much of a feature it is in Cape Town. From everywhere in the city you can see it and also see when the clouds are rolling in. When you see it is a clear day do not delay, get set to go to the top for spectacular views.
The Cape Peninsula. A good day trip for one of the best things to do in Cape Town is to visit the Cape Peninsula. Stunning beaches, penguins, a beautiful drive and killer views are in the cards when you go. We visited Simon’s Town and had a morning tea there while checking out the waterfront. We stopped at Boulders Beach before driving the Chapman’s Peak to the Cape of Good Hope – the most southwestern point of Africa. We took an obligatory picture with the sign and then climbed to the top for spectacular views.
Robben Island – Learn More About South Africa’s History. A trip to Robben Island is not to be missed. The tours are done by former prisoners and you’ll hear their story as you walk through the island and the prison itself. You can visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell where he served 20 years. There was so much history here that I had not heard of before and I was surprised by how quickly the time went.
Boulder’s Beach – Visit the Penguins. Boulder’s Beach is home to the African penguin colony. They have built a series of boardwalks through the area which allow you to come within feet of the penguins and their nesting area. They are the only penguins on the African continent found just outside Simon’s Town.