Languages: Afrikaans, Xhosa, English, Sotho, Zulu and Tswana
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year (except for February and early March)
Time Zone: SAST (UTC+2)
Driving Side: Left Side
Main Attractions: Table Mountain, Rhodes Memorial, Castle of Good Hope, Atlantic Seaboard, Clifton Beach, V & A Waterfront, Cape Point, Spas, etc
The second-most populous city of South Africa, Cape Town is also one of its most-visited tourist destinations. Apart from being a part of the metropolitan municipality of the City of Cape Town, it is the provincial capital of the Western Cape and the legislative capital of South Africa. The geography of Cape Town has resulted in making it one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The natural splendor of the city can be seen in the form of its pristine beaches, towering peaks, mesmerizing locales, unruffled islands and luxuriant gardens. Those who love to commune with nature, in its full glory, would love to be visitors to the city. There are so many places to see and things to do in Cape Town that, probably, you will find a single visit not long enough.
Cape Town Tourist Attractions
Want Some Adventure?
If you an adventure freak, who loves to live life on the edge, Cape Town is just the place for you. The city will offer you a host of options to choose from, right from hiking, climbing and abseiling to water sports, diving and golf. Imagine yourself hiking to the highest peaks, under the azure sky, accompanied by verdant greens, native fynbos and rocky terrain. If waters sport is what you love, what can be better than the islands and beaches of Cape Town? In short, be it air activities, water games or games like golf, the city will provide you everything.
The rich flora and fauna of Cape Town makes it the perfect place to witness the glories of nature. The reserves and parks of the city, comprising of Table Mountain National Park, Rondevlei Nature Reserve and Rietvlei Nature Reserve, take you as close to the wildlife as possible. The Garden Route of the city serves a varied platter of adventure sports, lakeside camping, whale watching, sun-soaking and wildlife-viewing, before you. It includes the towns of Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay & Nature's Valley.
A trip to any city, without indulging in sightseeing, makes it looks as good as incomplete. As you go towards the outskirts of the city, you come across such bewitching scenery that you will be forced to stop the car and just stand there, taking in the view. From oceans to mountains and vineyards, the variety in panorama is amazing. Make sure to take the cableway and see the view from the top of Table Mountain. Rhodes Memorial and Castle of Good Hope definitely merit a visitation from you.
Want to soak in the sun, head for the nearest beach in Cape Town. The city boasts of being home to some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Atlantic Seaboard beaches woo you with their white, sandy stretch and spectacular sunsets. Clifton Beach, made up of 4 coves, is one of the busiest beaches of the city, along with Camps Bay and Llandudno beach, especially in summers. Being so often visited, these beaches have numerous shacks offering sumptuous cuisines. Boulders Beach is a part of a conservation area and serves as the home of African Penguins.
You don’t want to go back from your holiday, without buying some souvenirs for yourself as well as your family members and friends, right? So, it’s the time to go shopping and splurge as much as you want. As mementos and reminders, hand-crafted jewelry, intricate beadwork and traditional African art will be the best. In case you want to do regular shopping, just visit any of the malls in the city. For reasonable shopping binges, the local flea markets and street-side stalls of Cape Town will be the best.
For those who love performing arts, Cape Town offers various options, right from traditional African dance and jazz to stand-up comedy, ballet and theatre. The numerous bars, clubs and restaurants here help you enjoy the rocking nightlife of the city. For the purpose, make sure to visit to Camps Bay, Long Street, Kloof Street and V&A Waterfront. Last, but not the least, the city centre is the main hub of all the night activities and offers a range of venues, suiting everyone from the ultra-trendy to the ultra-laid back.
If you have become tired of roaming around the city, exploring its varied tourist attractions, and also had your fill of the adventure sports, it is the time to let your body as well as mind, relax. After all, we come on a holiday to take a break from the grinds of daily life, isn’t it? Let the spas of Cape Town take away all your stress and tensions. The treatments, ranging from massage and aromatherapy to wraps, scrubs and hydro-therapy, will not only leave you feeling relaxed, but also much more healthy and gorgeous than before.