Cape Town Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

Best Things to do in Cape Town
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Cape Town Tourist Attractions: Best Things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is a city brimming with culture, adventures and culinary arts and it is the most fascinating city in all of South Africa. There are so many beautiful places that you can visit that is with iconic landmarks and notable history. Some of Cape Town’s tourist spots are Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Peninsula and so on. There are many things to do in Cape Town from the family-friendly attractions to nature and beach lovers attractions, you will surely love this South African city.

Best Things to do in Cape Town
Best Things to do in Cape Town

Top 15 things to do in Cape Town

Have a magnificent view of the city from the top of Table Mountain

View from Table Mountain Cape Town
View from Table Mountain Cape Town
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Table Mountain is an iconic site and tourist hotspot which has been featured in many travel blogs, magazine covers, and numerous visitors’ pictures. The mountain is one of the things you should do when you visit Cape Town and at the top of the mountain you will get a spectacular view of Cape Two and also two oceans which are the Atlantic and the Indian ocean. You can hike to the summit of the mountain or you can opt for a 5 minutes’ cable car ride to the top of the mountain.

Hike up the Lion’s Head

Lions Head in Cape Town
Lions Head in Cape Town

If you like to keep fit and have a nice time doing so, then hiking up Lion’s head should be among the things you should try out while in Cape Town. The lion’s head is located around the city center and it will take you up to 2 hours to conquer this hill and you will get a panoramic view of the city and the coastline as you are hiking. You should try to reach the summit for an amazing view of the sunrise or join the locals for a full moon hike. It is advisable to hike in a group and for the first time, in the morning.

Go sightseeing at Robben Island

Robben Island in South Africa
Robben Island in South Africa

The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is not just honored for the beaches and its beauty. It is among the most famous prisons in the world which have had many notable inmates. The island was first used by the Dutch to isolate their prisoners in the 17th century and it was then used by the South African government three centuries later. The prison was used to imprison famous figures like Nelson Mandela during the Apartheid era but it is now a museum. It is a popular tourist spot now as it is home to numerous birds and animals.

Go for wine tasting in Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands photo via Wikipedia CC
Cape Winelands photo via Wikipedia CC

Cape Town is one of the reasons why South Africa produces some excellent wine. You can visit the world-renowned region like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek which is just a short drive outside of the city which are filled with wineries that offer an assortment of delicious wines. Wine tasting is among the thing you should try out apart from the sightseeing and it is advisable to go by train or one of the local shuttles so that everybody can drink to their fill.

Explore the Cape Peninsula

Cape Peninsula
Cape Peninsula

This is a must see tourist spot as you will see the different level from the rich and famous to the poverty-stricken region. The large peninsula is just over the Atlantic Ocean and it represents every corner of South Africa. The highlight of the peninsula is the amazing scenery with sprawling bays, jagged cliffs, and dazzling vistas that you will see. The must-see stops at the peninsula are the Clifton and Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Cape Flats, and the False Bay.

Have fun at Boulders Beach with Penguins

Boulders Beach with Penguins
Boulders Beach with Penguins

This is a tourist spot within the Cape Peninsula in False Bay. This is home to a colony of African Penguins and it is one of the top things to do in Cape Town. The population of Penguin at the beach was as a result of a single pair of Penguins which settled on the beach. The African Penguin is on about to go into extinction and you should exercise care while you are there. The scent at the beach is also stunning as there are boulders which lay scattered around on the sand which divides the beach into small, secluded coves. The beach is a great spot for swimming and picnicking.

Go sightseeing in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

This is a most famous South Africa’s nine national botanical garden and it was founded over 100 years ago. The garden homes over 7,000 species, some which are rare or endangered. You will have a fun time at this large 89 acres’ conservatory with its paradise feel and it is recommended if you want to escape the city scenery and get a little dose of heaven. You can also go hiking here.

Go whale watching

Whale Watching in South Africa
Whale Watching in South Africa

If you are visiting Cape Town during June to November, then it is best for you to hit the road and drive to Hermanus. This is recognized by the World Wildlife Fund among the 12 best whale watching destination in the world. You will enjoy the scenic road trips and you will have a mind blowing experience while watching these enormous creatures as they come close to the shore.

Go on a road trip to Chapman’s Peak

Sunset at the Chapmans Peak
Sunset at the Chapmans Peak

If you are the type that likes road trips along stunning coastal roads, then you will enjoy this trip. Just grab your GPS and enter into Chapman’s peak as you have a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard past the Gordon’s Bay and if you continue on the road, you will get to a town called Noordhoek. AT Noordhoek, you will get to see a stunning 7km of white sandy beach, alpacas, horses and enjoy more wine.

Walk around the Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap in Cape Town
Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

This is found at the outskirts of the CBD and it is among the city’s most colorful spots. You can go sightseeing while you walk around the colorful houses of the Cape Malay people and when you feel hungry, you can go to the Bo-Kaap Kombi. You will have a nice time here eating traditional Cape Malay dishes while you enjoy the majestic views of the Table Mountain.

Explore Cape Point

Cape Point
Cape Point

Another fun thing you can do while in Cape town is to join a tour or you drive down to Cape Point which is the South Western most tip of Africa. You will have the maximum return of your entrance fee at this tourist spot. You can sign up for overnight hikes inside the park or you can just have fun on the numerous scenic day trails. You can also board the Flying Dutchman and visit the old lighthouse if you are not into hiking.

Go paragliding off Signal Hill

Signal Hill - Things to do in Cape Town
Signal Hill – Things to do in Cape Town

If you are the one that is adventurous and wants your blood bursting all over your veins while you enjoy amazing views, then this is the right thing for you to do. You can just sign up for a tandem paragliding tour as you will fly past the Table Mountain and the city below. The flight will last up to 30 minutes and you will get photos and videos for memory keeping just for R200.

Go diving in two Oceans Aquarium

Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium

The aquarium is found on the V&A Waterfront and it is home to more 3000 species of marine fauna like the turtles, sharks, sunfish. If you are a certified diver, you can take a tour of 6-meter deep scuba diving and you may go for a dip in the shark tank. The highlight of the aquarium is the live feedings, microscope exhibits, and a Touch Pool for a hands-on educational experience.

Have fun at Langebaan

Langebaan Sunset
Langebaan Sunset

This is a short drive up to 1.5 hours from Cape Town’s CBD. If you are a water lover, then the edge of the West Coast National Park which has a flat turquoise water and cross-shore winds is the right one for you. You can do different water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, kitesurfing and much more.

Go shopping in Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square by Maethordaer via Wikipedia CC
Greenmarket Square by Maethordaer via Wikipedia CC

This is one of South Africa’s oldest public square and it retains its originality with its cobblestone plaza and local street vendors. This was a site for slave trade market but is now a cheerful and relaxed place. You can get souvenirs to take home at this market square, you can browse the stalls of handmade trinkets and Africaans Canvas paintings.

Cape Town South Africa tourist spots
Cape Town South Africa tourist spots

As a tourist, you will be spoilt with choice when you are in Cape Town as there are numerous fun activities to see and do in this stunning city. You will surely want to come back for more activities.

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