Boulders Beach is a great beach and it gets its name from the fact that it is sheltered due to two boulders on its sides. The beach is beautiful but that is not the real reason this is such a popular tourist spot. The main reason that people flock to this beach are the penguins. A colony of penguins has made this beach their home since 1982 and it is a very fun experience to be able to go up to them and observe so closely. The beaches are very clean though you are not allowed to swim in the beach directly in front of the penguin colony. This rule is in effect to ensure the penguins do not have their routine messed up. There are plenty of areas to swim in except for the forbidden part so it is not really an issue. It is a delight to see the penguins at Boulder Beach. Penguins are fascinating creatures and most people have only seen them in zoos so it is a great opportunity to see them in the wild. We would highly recommend reaching this place as early in the day as possible before there are too many people because then it becomes hard to interact with the penguins.more
Robben Island was an island used as a political prison in the turbulent history of South Africa. It is now active as a living museum and in our opinion; it should be on the things to do list of every tourist who comes to Cape Town. For us, discovering a city and being a tourist is not just about seeing the sites but also about understanding the culture and history of a new place. We are thus always interested in going to places where history was made and this island is one of those places. It has housed many political prisoners, the most famous of whom is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years at Robben Island. The island has a history of being used as a political prison going as far back as the 17th century. The most problematic prisoners would be sent here; it included people rebelling against the slave trade, people trying to start a revolution against the oppressive and racist system, and many similar acts which made them politically dangerous. Many of the guides are in fact, people who were prisoners here themselves and hearing the story straight from their mouth about the atrocities that were performed here, is very illuminating.more
Let us make this as clear as possible; you have not explored Cape Town at all if you do not go to the Table Mountain National Park when you are in the city. This is absolutely the most fantastic place to visit in the region, and probably the best national park in the whole world. Calling this a national park and comparing it to other national parks is almost cheating because this national park also contains the Table Mountain. There aren’t many parks in the world which can boast an iconic site like this and this isn’t even the only iconic site within the park, as the Cape of Good Hope is also within the park boundaries. We would recommend taking out a whole day for the park at the very least. You will need a couple of hours for exploring Table Mountain, then a couple of hours for the Table Mountain National Park and even then, you will just have superficially explored the areas. The park is very popular with tourists but it never feels crowded because it is massive. Just make sure you go on a day when the weather is pleasant so you can enjoy yourself to the fullest.more
Table Mountain is the most iconic sight in Cape Town. You can even see it on the Cape Town flag and most government insignia around the city. It is very popular with tourists and if you’re touring the region, then you have to put it on your things to do list. The mountain gets its name because of its most distinguishing feature, which is the plateau top. There are two reasons to come to this mountain; visiting the most iconic site of the region and getting a great view of Cape Town. When you reach the top of Table Mountain and have a look around, you will see a breathtaking view of Cape Town and its surrounding areas. There is a restaurant at the top as well and eating there with the great views is a very fun experience. Do note that due to the popularity of the place, it gets very crowded in summers and other vacation periods, so you may have to stand in queues just to be able to see the mountain. There is also a national park containing the mountain itself. Moreover, there are cable car services as well if you do not want to climb up to the plateau.more
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of the most popular tourist spots in all of Cape Town and it is easy to see why. The harbor here was established by Prince Alfred and today, more than 22 million people visit the harbor annually. This is the best place for shopping and entertainment in the city and is also the best place to see some beautiful views. The thing we loved the most about visiting the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront was the fantastic vibe of the place. As we reached here, we could hear live music playing, people busy eating and having a good time, and enjoying the beautiful views. This is one of the most happening areas in Cape Town, and if at any time you find yourself bored in Cape Town, just head here. There are great shops here and you will be able to buy pretty much anything you want. The restaurants are fantastic as well and it is a great experience to eat seafood here. The fish is fresh and local and tastes great. This is also the place to go to, if you want to have a good time drinking at a bar.more
Kirstenbosch is a beautiful botanical garden present right on the eastern side of Table Mountain. The park is well known for its beautiful sights, its conservatories that feature plants from all over the world, and sculptures. During summer, the park comes to life with many concerts and other entertaining events. You shouldn’t put this out off your things to do list. Visiting the botanical gardens can be a magical experience provided that the park is well designed and maintained and visiting Kirstenbosch is an amazingly magical experience. The first thing you notice about Kirstenbosch is how peaceful it makes you feel to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. The garden has been here for a long time and its roots can be traced back to 1660 when a hedge of Wild Almond was planted here. The best part of the park is that it combines a true forest environment with great views. As you go on trails that take you around the forest, you can raise your head and see Table Mountain looming over you. It truly feels like you have left the urban world and are in an adventurous place now. We cannot recommend this enough; just make sure you go on a day when the weather is nice.more
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is the best way to enjoy the views. If you like walking and climbing, then you should definitely opt for a manual climb but the views afforded by the aerial cableway are something else entirely. As you hang in the air in a cabin and see the vast range of greenery, the huge mountains, and the ocean, you will realize you are witnessing something truly beautiful. They also make the mountain much easier to visit if you are traveling with your family. It can also be an exhilarating experience if you are on a romantic trip with your loved one. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will have long queues if you go during the vacation months. The queues are inescapable but they are completely worth it. You wouldn’t have to wait long but having taken the trip; we would have happily waited for hours if we had to. It is also among the best places in all of Cape Town for a photo opportunity. We would highly recommend going here during clear weather because that is when you will be able to see the farthest, though even if you go in cloudy weather, the clouds will just end up making the views more beautiful.more
The Cape of Good Hope is a famous headland near the Table Mountain. Many people think it is the southernmost tip of Africa but this is not true. Even though it is not the tip of Africa we would still highly recommend coming here. If you are at the Table Mountain National Park then your trip isn’t complete unless you have been to the Cape. The previous name of the place was the ‘Cave of Storms’ because sailors often encountered storms in this area. The Cape of Good Hope has beautiful views if you are willing to work for them. During vacation months, the cape is filled with tourists and we feel like that too many people around did not let us enjoy the beauty properly. It is easy to overcome this; all you have to do is reach the cape as early in the morning as possible. There is another thing you can do, when walking near the old lighthouse on the cape you will see a steep set of stairs. Most people avoid it because it is too steep but if you take them you will reach a part of the beach which is very clean and has few people on it.more
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a fun entertainment and educational venue. It is called two oceans because it is located at the point where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet. It is divided into 7 activity centers. You may keep this off your things to do list if you are short on time in Cape Town, but if you have the time for a trip here we would highly recommend it. The two main galleries are the Indian Ocean gallery and the Atlantic Ocean gallery. Both show interesting specimen from the respective oceans and there are some fascinating animals here such as translucent jellyfishes and giant spider crabs. The other galleries in the Two Oceans Aquarium are great as well. We love the sections which show the predators of the ocean. If you have kids this will probably also be their favorite section as it shows the truly powerful and dangerous animals in the ocean. The AfriSim exhibit provides many fun activities in a simulated wildlife environment. There is a penguin exhibit here as well with multiple types of penguins. The microscope section is also very fun, as it allows you to observe microscopic marine life which you never noticed before.more
Lion’s Head Cape Town is a legendary looking mountain. It is a high peak and the way it forms a background for Cape Town. It is a popular tourist destination for tourists due to the beautiful views from the top of the mountain. This is one of our favorite parts of Cape Town and we love the climb that is more than an hour long. There are people who would prefer some other method of climbing the mountain but we loved the climb. When you climb it for more than an hour and reach the top totally exhausted and see the view, you truly feel like you have earned this. That is why Lion’s Head Cape Town became our favorite spot. We were not sure if it would be worth it or not as we were climbing the mountain, and, later on, started hoping it would be worth it. When we did reach the top and looked around us, the feeling was indescribable. It made us feel like proper explorers and the climb was very fun. So if you are going in a group then this is one of the best things to do in the region.more
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