Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa

Top 10 Cape Town tourist attractions

Here are the Top 10 Cape Town attractions you shouldn’t miss.

You will never be left ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go’ in Cape Town. This vibey city, also known as the Mother City, has so much to offer.

1. Explore Table Mountain

Table Mountain has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. This imposing mountain provides the backdrop to the history, legends and myths of the Mother City. Whether you choose to ascend with the Table Mountain Cableway or hike up, this experience will leave you in awe.

2. Spend time at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront offers tourists an all-in-one experience. Here you can shop for the best in local designers wear, jewellery, art and crafts and also a range of international fashion brands. Cinemas and entertainment, including The Cape Wheel, Two Oceans Aquarium and plenty of good restaurants and bars, complement the shopping experience.

3. Take a ferry to Robben Island

A ferry takes visitors to and from the Robben Island Museum, where they hop on a bus to see the island and visit the Maximum Security Prison where Nelson Mandela spent some of his 27 years in prison alongside other political prisoners.

4. Visit the District Six Museum

The District Six Museum documents the history and memories of more than 60 000 people who were forcibly removed from this area by 1982 as a result of Apartheid.

5. Drive to the tip of Africa at Cape Point

Enjoy a scenic drive to Cape Point, the most South-Westerly tip of the African continent. For the most breath-taking views, book lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant. A funicular railway takes visitors to the top of the point from where it is an easy walk to the lookout point.

6. Discover the oldest wine area in South Africa

Constantia is set in a picturesque valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain. This area’s history dates back to 1685 when Governor Simon van der Stel was granted a farm here. He planted orchards and vineyards, thus making Constantia the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere.

7. Enjoy the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay

Clifton’s beaches offer sheltered sunbathing. The most popular is Clifton Fourth Beach, which is also the place to meet for sunset picnics. Camps Bay has a beautiful long palm-lined beach strip and is great for family fun, sunbathing, beach volleyball and sunset cocktails

8. Experience penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach forms part of Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, where visitors can see a breeding colony of more than 2 000 endangered African Penguins in their natural habitat.

9. Go on a township tour

Get to know the heart and soul of Cape Town on an eye-opening guided tour of one of Cape Town’s black townships. Most township tours incorporate cultural entertainment and a township restaurant meal.

10. Party the night away

If partying is your thing, Cape Town will not disappoint. The main drag along Long Street provides plenty of entertainment for late night revellers while Sea Point and Waterkant Street are also known for their party hotspots.

To round off your busy days of sightseeing, new experiences and vacation fun, be sure to find accommodation in a luxury holiday apartment or villa.