Cape Town is a city with a lot going on, whether it’s exploring the national parks surrounding the city and going on a wildlife adventure in Cape Town, or just walking the streets and enjoying free things to do in Cape Town, there’s something for everyone in this gorgeous South African city! Why delay? Book your trip to South Africa today!
Table Mountain National Park
Table Mountain National Park is absolutely full of things to see, ranging from mountain peaks to penguin colonies! The titular Table Mountain is one of Africa’s best known mountains and for good reason – the unique flat-topped landmark overlooks Cape Town, towering over the other summits like Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. Table Mountain National Park is also home to attractions such as Boulders Beach, a small beach south of Cape Town home to a large colony of African Penguins, and Cape Point, a mountainous peninsula often incorrectly cited as Africa’s southern most point. Table Mountain itself has a cableway that allows anyone to visit the top and enjoy the view, without undertaking the hike to get there. Find more information here.
Popular with the locals as well as tourists, Clifton Beaches are a must visit attraction in Cape Town. Known for their perfect white sand, the beaches are used for a multitude of watersports. First Beach has the strongest surf, and so attracts mostly surfers, whereas Fourth Beach has much more relaxed waters, making it perfect for families to spend the day at, and has even won the Blue Flag award for its safety and environmental standards. The beaches are situated so that simply looking east grants views of the majestic Lions Head , part of Table Mountain National Park.
Robben Island is a small island in Table Bay, off the west coast of Cape Town. In previous years, the island served as a prison for political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Nowadays the island is managed by the Robben Island Museum, with the site operating as a living museum. Thousands of tourists visit this World Heritage Site every year, and it’s well worth taking the tour of the old prison for yourself. Lots of the guides are former prisoners at the island, and can offer information about the prison that other sources couldn’t grant. Find out more about Robben Island here.
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The most visited attractions in Cape Town, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of the best things to see in the city! Home to over 450 shops, as well as being the oldest working harbour in South Africa, the Waterfront is hugely popular with tourists and locals. The Two Oceans Aquarium is also found here, housing seven exhibition galleries, with marine life such as jellyfish, crabs, hundreds of fish and even Cape Fur seals! The waterfront is also the departure point of ferries, which pass through the Nelson Mandela Gateway on their way to Robben Island.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is an amazing collection of plantlife native to South Africa, ranging from savannah in the large conservatory to the proteas gathering in the outdoor section. Nestled in the foothills of Table Mountain, the garden covers five of South Africa’s six biomes, and is a fantastic addition to any Cape Town visit. It’s definitely worth a visit in the summer, where a series of outdoor concerts are held on Sunday evenings. Find more information here.