Cape Town Attractions & Destinations

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Cape Town Attractions & Destinations

Cape Town seen from the Harbour
Cape Town seen from the Harbour

Once you've booked your hotel or found accommodation in Cape Town to suit your needs, explore our destination pages below for info on attractions, events and what to do in the Cape.

With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A harmonious blend of architectural styles reflects the tastes of dictates of the past as well as today's more functional requirements.

Between the high-rise office blocks, Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved, and many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found. Narrow, cobble stone streets and the strongly Islamic ambiance of the Bo-Kaap enhance the cosmopolitan ambiance of the city.

Cape Town shopping options invite you to endlessly browse. Elegant malls such as the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront, antique shops, craft markets, flea markets and art galleries abound. Specialist boutiques offer an enticing array of unusual items not readily obtainable elsewhere. Gourmets and lovers of fine wines have a treat in store, with the Constantia Winelands producing some of the finest wines worldwide.

Cape Town Attractions and Destinations

Destinations / Regions of Cape Town

Atlantic Seaboard

Popular Suburbs: Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay, Sea Point

The Atlantic Seaboard, a beautiful stretch of coast also known as Cape Town's "Riviera", stretches from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain all the way down the west side of the cape peninsula ... atlantic seaboard information

Blaauwberg

Popular Suburbs: Bloubergstrand, Milnerton, Sunset Beach, Table View

Blaauwberg is the gateway to the Cape West Coast and is well know as the area with the postcard views of Table Mountain. Blaauwberg is close to the City of Cape Town, beautiful beaches, restaurants and entertainment ... blaauwberg information

Cape Flats

Popular Suburbs: Gugulethu, Khayalitsha, Langa

A visit through the townships of Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Cross Roads, Mitchell’s Plain and Manenberg is one of the most revealing and enriching things you can do whilst in Cape Town – for better or worse this area is considered ... cape flats information

Cape Helderberg

Popular Suburbs: Gordons Bay, Somerset West

The Cape Helderberg includes Somerset West, Strand and Gordon's Bay. The region is comfortably close to Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, and is the perfect stop-over for tourists visiting the Cape Overberg or Garden Route ... cape helderberg information

Cape Town City Bowl

Popular Suburbs: Cape Town Central, De Waterkant, Gardens, Oranjezicht

Fondly known as the ‘mother city’, Cape Town lies in the arms of Table Mountain, more often than not shrouded in cloud and one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks. The heart of Cape Town’s city is one of ... cape town city bowl information

Cape Town North

Popular Suburbs: Bellville, Durbanville, Plattekloof

There is a distinct difference between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, and, as with many a city divided by a river or other landmark, Cape Town has an imaginary line the locals call ‘the boerewors curtain’ ... cape town north information

Constantia Valley

Popular Suburbs: Bishopscourt, Constantia, Tokai

Rich in heritage and beauty, the Constantia Valley is the birthplace of the South African wine industry. Explore the historic farms on the Constantia Valley wine route and savour the wines that were the toast of European nobility in the ... constantia valley information

False Bay

Popular Suburbs: Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Simons Town

Less trendy than the Atlantic Seaboard, the False Bay coast enjoys warmer waters (Indian Ocean) making it a popular family destination. Muizenberg is long beach popular with local surfers and St James and Kalk Bay have ... false bay information

Southern Suburbs

Popular Suburbs: Claremont, Kenilworth, Newlands

South of the City of Cape Town on the slopes of Table Mountain which lies to the West, are the oldest and most sought after of the City's established residential areas known as the Southern Suburbs. The commercial heart of the ... southern suburbs information

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Popular Tourist Routes

Constantia Wine Route

Rich in heritage & beauty, the Constantia Wine Route comprises of Groot Constantia, Buitenverwachting and Klein Constantia. Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas of the Western Cape. Groot Constantia is one of the first and finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture. The homestead ... more information

The Penguin Route

The diminutive African Penguin with its peculiar gait, black feet, and obvious cute factor is found mainly on islands off our shoreline. It has also taken up residence amongst us in mainland colonies, like Boulders beach and Stony Point, both of which have become major tourist... more information

Cape Town Coffee Route

Compiled by an enthusiastic group of trendy Capetonians, the Cape Town Coffee Route is made up of well know and highly acclaimed Coffee Bars to off the beaten track discoveries. If you are looking for a great cuppa in Cape Town you'll find some of the best here. After all the sight seeing ... more information

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"Must See" Attractions in Cape Town

Cape Town Beaches

The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and something to offer everyone. It is no surprise that South Africa was one of the first countries outside of Europe to earn blue flag status for some of her beaches - there are three on offer in and around Cape Town. The blend of ... more information

Robben Island

For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here at Robben Island that rulers sent those regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island ... more information

Robben Island Penguin Colony

Few people know of this colony's existence. When the Dutch originally arrived in the Cape, penguins dominated the island. But by 1800 they were all gone - killed to add variety to the rabbits introduced in 1685 as a source of meat for passing ships. As with both Stony Island and Boulders ... more information

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

One of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions, the Waterfront evokes images of the early activities of the harbour. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbour is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies ... more information

Table Mountain

Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all who fall under its spell. The way to the top has never been easy, and for many centuries only a handful of bold and enterprising people could say ... more information

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The Kirstenbosch estate covers 528 hectares ... more information

Cape Point

Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape. This was in 1488. On his return voyage, which must have been particularly stormy, Dias stopped at the south-western tip of Africa, and named it Cabo Tormentoso, or Cape of Storms. King John of Portugal later gave it the name ... more information

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive climbs steadily from the harbour of Hout Bay, skirting 114 curves of Chapman’s Peak to follow the rocky coastline along some truly magnificent views of the sandy bays below. The combination of steep, almost thrilling rocky inclines, shimmering blue waters and expansive skies simply take the ... more information

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport is the base from which millions of international travellers begin their exploration of this uniquely beautiful country. It is the second largest airport in South Africa, second only to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng. It is also one of ... more information

Cape Town Attractions and Destinations

Featured Things To Do in Cape Town

Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach

Where: Simons Town
How much (per person): R1 to R100

Enjoy a day lazing at Boulders Beach and see the world famous penguin colony. Take a dip in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean and find y... more information

Open-top Bus Tour around Cape Town

Where: Cape Town
How much (per person): R101 to R200

The best way to see the City. Join us for a 2 hour guided, open-top bus trip around the Mother City. The tour includes the Waterfront and ci ... more information

Helicopter Flip over Cape Town

Where: V&A Waterfront
How much (per person): On Request

Explore the breathtaking wonders of the Cape Peninsula with Makana Aviation. Makana Aviation offer exhilarating helicopter flights in and ar ... more information

Cape Town Craft Markets

Where: Various locations in Cape Town
How much (per person): Free to browse

Craft markets have long been a part of Cape Town’s way of offering alternatives to mainstream shopping. Several markets exists, each completely ... more information

Cape Town Theatre

Where: Various locations in Cape Town
How much (per person): Please enquire

Home to a number of theatres and performing arts groups as well as the world-class University of Cape Town arts and drama schools, you’ll never be at a ... more information

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