With its extensive list of attractions, choosing the best things to see or do in Cape Town can prove daunting. But here’s a list of some of the best spots you can visit with a local or tour guide in Cape Town.
Climb Table Mountain
Climbing the idyllic mountain ranges of the Cape Peninsular is a must for any traveler. Hikers will enjoy the range of trails with secluded spots and secret sights, while those who prefer not to walk can enjoy stunning skyline climbs that will take you up the iconic Table Mountain or to the tip of Lion’s Head.
Have a braai at Little Bay Beach
Experiencing the traditional South African braai or BBQ should top your list of things to do in Cape Town. Whether you do it at a restaurant with locals or at your hotel, a braai makes for a memorable taste of what South Africans do best. Cape Town has several areas with natural beauty that are open to the public to hold braai-centered social gatherings. For instance, Little Bay Beach is free and open for use to braais the whole year round. Silvermine is another picturesque setting of a nature reserve with the breathtaking backdrop of Table Mountain, as well as the quiet calm in which you can relax and enjoy a lovely evening.
Go Shopping at Colorful Markets
Cape Town offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Whether you are in need of souvenirs or gift items to take back to loved ones, fine foods or something different for your wardrobe, Long Street should be your first stop. On the other hand bargain-hunters will find their niche at Access Park, Cape Town’s factory shop central. For travelers who prefer the taste of luxury, the V&A Waterfront shopping center stocks all the famous designer labels. If your preference is something a little more individual and creative, there is a vast array of markets to satisfy your alternative needs.
Take a City Tour
If city tours excite you, you will be delighted to learn that Cape Town teems with a variety of tour companies, each offering a unique take on the city. For the best way to tour without having to walk long distances, simply sign up with a tour guide to customize a sightseeing itinerary especially for you! This enables you to experience all that is of interest to you in the Mother City at your own pace. If your interest lies in the intense cultural history of South Africa, you will find countless historical tours and museums to satisfy you, such as the Robben Island tour of the prison where Nelson Mandela was held. There are varied interesting urban tours, which offer a showcase of the city’s best culinary, historical, cultural and musical heritage.
Watch the Giants of the Sea
It’s not only Cape Town’s spectacular ocean views that will have you scanning the waters; whale spotting ranks among the most popular activities for travelers visiting the coast. With the plethora of boat-based whale watching tours, advertised watching spot guides and lookout points, you are certain to see something extraordinary in the Cape’s seas. A good place to view the Southern Right Whale is at Walker Bay where you can enjoy a special wildlife adventure.
Go Spot Some Wildlife
The Cape boasts spectacular wildlife located within game reserves and safari parks that offer exciting tours for nature lovers. For instance, at the Aquila Private Game Reserve, visitors can get up close with the animals during exciting night game drives. Most reserves also have in-park accommodation and offer guided tours to ensure that no traveler is left disappointed by the wild side of Cape Town.