Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It has been said by many, and it is according to me very true. When I go to Cape Town, I am always excited and there is infinitely more to do in Cape Town and maybe that’s why so many return again and again. Whether you want to be active, to be cultural, lounging, swimming, eating good food or drinking good wine, there is something there for you. The views are divine and the friendly people help the city to become so popular. There are many millions of tourist in Cape Town every year and the most popular tourist attractions are still Cape Point, V & A Waterfront, Robben Island, Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch National Gardens.
Cape Point is located in the southwestern corner of the Cape Peninsula. Many people are confused between Cape Point, which is the most southwest tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. You can go on guided tours but it’s also very easy to drive yourself. We usually recommend starting from Camps Bay and drive along the west side through Hout Bay and along the incredibly beautiful coastline Chapmans Peak. Here you can stop along the way on the signposted parking spaces and take endless beautiful pictures of the view. Once at Cape Point, which is actually a nature reserve, you walk up to the top of the mountain and you’ll have a magical view both towards Muizenberg and out towards the Cape of Good Hope. You can also take the cable car up to the top if you do not want or can walk it. Cape of Good Hope is of course a bit of a bucket list when you are here, but it is a quick stop at the coordinates and not much more to see. The way back is on the east side through Simons Town and Boulders Beach penguins, which have accumulated over the years and now reside. One can see the penguins in the area, but if you want a really good close-up you can go into the National Park and follow the designated route to the beach. The last leg home goes through Muizenberg and back to the hotel. An excursion that can be up to a full day depending on how much time you spend on the different sites. Lunch can advantageously be eaten at Cape Point or in Simon’s Town.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or as popularly called the V & A Waterfront is one of South Africa’s biggest tourist attraction and has been exploited to having numerous restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. Just along is Cape Town’s harbor and Table Mountain provides a majestic impression over the harbor. You can discover live music and festivals, shopping, local home and decor, and some of the best restaurants in Cape Town are presented here. If you would like to take the ferry to Robben Island or another excursion to the sea, this is where you’ll find it. The Waterfront is a delightful variety of local as well as tourists.
Robben Island is probably best known for where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his total of 27 years. But who knew that the island was also used as a leper colony and Animal Quarantine Station or that during The Second World War, the island was fortified as part of the defenses of Cape Town? It is a fascinating historical insight into how life on Robben Island has changed the people, both prisoners and guards. Well worth a visit according to me.
Table Mountain, this majestic mountain that stretches about 1085 meters above sea level and overall has had over 24 million visitors, is a must when visiting Cape Town. The views are magnificent and on a really clear day, you can see all the way to Cape Point. You can get to the top of the mountain in two ways. Either you take the most popular one, the Cable Car. Or, you can take one of the three hiking trails that is starting at the Upper Cable Station and explore the summit further. By Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site, the vegetation is phenomenal. With over 1450 different species of plants you can see the different varieties of fynbos and even the local animals dassies running around on your way up.
Kirstenbosch National Gardens is a botanical garden at the eastern foot of Table Mountain. There are a wide variety of local flowers, shrubs and trees, and whatever time of the year you decide to visit Kirstenbosch, there is always something blooming. However, if you want to see the fynbos at its best is the end of winter, spring or early summer in force (August-November). If you visit Cape Town on a Sunday during the summer months November-April, I highly recommend visiting Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. You pack along your picnic basket and a blanket and enjoy the atmosphere and the music and you have a different summer memory to take home with you.