Top Destinations and Activities in Cape Town
January 1, 1970
by Tiaan Burger Fouché
Cape Town | South Africa
Known as the “Mother City” to the locals, Cape Town is situated in the bottom-south part of South Africa. This vibrant city is located in the Western Cape, as one of the nine provinces. Internationally known as travelers paradise the city is located below Table Mountain and the surrounding mountain peaks. A diverse culture of people lives and work in this lovely city.
The surrounding Cape area provides a bunch of outdoor activities for the nature enthusiast. Ranging from the iconic Table Mountain cable car that is fun for the whole family. A trip up the mountain and be done either by cable car or for the more in nature type, hiking trails that will fit any level of fitness. The surrounding mountains include Lion’s Head, as well as Signal Hill. These peaks provide a captivating view of the Cape Town surround of both the city and the ocean.
Table Mountain Cable Car
The trips provided up to the mountain range from R 170,00 to R290,00 depending on being an adult, student, pensioner or child. Another factor that influences the price is the given time that the trip is taken with the possibilities of the morning or afternoon. All rates can be found here. Other activities also include hiking trails for all levels of personal fitness. Information about these routes can be found here.
The iconic route amongst the locals is a must for any travelers of any fitness level. The route goes around the mountain peak and is +- 2km. The 360 degrees view from the top is a definite must when visiting the city and wanting to have a quick outdoor experience. At an elevation of 669m, it serves as a family/friend pack adventure. The route to the top consists of two parts for the beginner hiker of the more experienced. The beginner route offers a steady climb to the top with no climbing involved. The more experienced section allows for climbing enthusiasts by providing a small climbing section with chains and grips worked into the rock. This part provides a good challenge among a group and makes the route a little bit more technical.
Evening hikes are quite popular, especially with the full moon. Hikers take on this evening hiking experience, met with the light of the moon and city lights at the top. With the full moon, the route is fully lit and it allows for the evening ascent. It is always advisable to take a torch or headlamp to ensure you see where you are going. Hiking here is free.
This location is accessible by car and provides a wonderful view of the city and ocean surrounds. Many come here to enjoy a sundowner and reflect after a long week’s work. At 350m it provides a stunning view of the surroundings of Cape Town. It also provides short hiking trails to viewpoints, a must for all that want to explore a small bit of nature. This location is free to the public.
The Cape Town surround also provides many locations for those who want to explore the hidden treasures of the Cape. Lots of restaurants and beaches stretch around the Cape with endless possibilities of fun and exploration. The main places for food include Long Street, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and Camps Bay. A long line of beaches is also available for that walk on the beach or a quick swim. Surfers, skiers, and paddlers enjoy the flat waters of the Atlantic Ocean with views of the mainland.
A range of good restaurants will have any traveler wanting to come back for more. This street located in the CBD is a local favorite place to unwind, eat and drink. A variety of different restaurants and bars form down this iconic street and provides endless possibilities for a night out with friends or family. Restaurants like: The Waiting Room, The Dubliner, Zula Sound Bar and Café, Neighborhood and much more are great places to visit. For more places click here.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Situated at the base of the Cape Town harbor, this social hub, and tourist destination provides a good time for all. Attractions here range from The Two Oceans Aquarium, Clock Tower, The Wheel of Excellence, Noble Square and lots more. For a full list of attractions click here. A variety of restaurants and shops allow any person to get lost and captivated by the Cape Town beauty and structure. A must for anyone visiting Cape Town.
Revered to as “Paradise” by the locals this area provides endless fun and social experiences. These range from beaches to street markets and restaurants. A local will tell that the beaches are a must when you want to explore the beauty of Cape Town. These beaches include Clifton beaches (a total of four), Camps Bay, Bikini Beach and the iconic Bloubergstrand. All these beaches are accessible to the public and will ensure fun and tan lines. More beaches here.
Cape Town is known for its diverse culture in people, places, and experiences. These are shown through the integrity of our nation and what we provide to the outside world. A lot of different cultures can be found in the Cape Town area be it galleries, restaurants or local markets. Popular known places include Green Market Square and Good Company Sunday Market. These provide all sorts of shops with different aspects like food, clothes, jewelry, crafts and more. These markets create a social space for exploration and family fun. Other destinations include galleries located on the streets of Cape Town. These are South African National Gallery, Goodman Gallery, and Salon Ninty One. The locals gather on the first Thursday of each month and explore the city by foot and indulged in wine by embracing the art world.
One of the cities most well known and the appraised location is the Company Gardens. This area provides locals with a natural feel to have lunch or catch up over coffee. Restaurants located inside the gardens allow travelers to experience the cuisine of Cape Town with a mix of nature. The location allows for family walks and romantic dates. This is a must visit location for anyone looking for a relaxing time away from the city buzz. More information about other parks can be found here. This is open to the public.
This city provides a captivating an experience for all and will always amaze those familiar and not with its beauty and culture. Cape Town is a place you will remember and surely come back to after visiting. Praised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is no wonder why this magic place is so well known. Come and explore the African sun and have fun in Cape Town.