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Cape Town- Sun, sea, sand- and a mountain!

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Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities, with attractions for everyone, ranging from the more adventurous (shark-diving and rock-climbing) to those who just want to laze on the beach or enjoy the many fine restaurants.

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  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer

11 Places

5 City Tips

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11 Places

Cape of Good Hope

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas

Seal Island

Islands

Rhodes Memorial

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

Table Mountain

Mountains

Clifton Beaches

Beaches

Lion's Head

Mountains

Signal Hill

Mountains

Boulders Penguin Colony

Other Outdoor Activities

Ronnie G's City Tips

  • During the busy summer period, save time by avoiding the ticket queue for the cable car up Table Mountain by booking online.
  • Best time to visit Cape Town is from November to April. (But bear in mind that December and January are school holidays in South Africa and the city is very full at that time.) Mid February temperatures can be very high. July to September are the rainy months
  • Even when days are hot in summer, night time can be quite cool and it is best to have a light sweater with you in the evenings.
  • While Cape Town is generally a safe destination, don't tempt fate- it is best not to walk around with expensive jewellery, or expensive cameras on display, except in areas which are obviously safe.
  • Public transport is not yet world-class but has improved radically with the introduction of the My Citi bus system. Purchase a card at the major My Citi stations or tourist offices.
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    Cape of Good Hope
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts
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    Ronnie G Says:

    Cape of Good Hope, otherwise known as Cape Point, is a lovely reserve which occupies the southern part of the Cape Peninsula. The reserve boasts wonderful walks, including a rather steep uphill walk to the summit (or for the lazy or unfit, use the funicular). From the lighthouse on top, look out at the point where traditionally (though dubiously) the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) are said to meet. Cape Point would usually be included as the end point of a day trip across the peninsula, stopping off at other sites such as Boulders Beach, to view the penguin colony.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Can get very windy- take a windbreaker
    • Excellent sea food restaurant, but not for those on a budget
    • Don't feed the baboons- they become accustomed to people and then become dangerous. If in a car, and you stop to see the baboons, keep windows closed and doors locked. The baboons have it all figured out!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow, what a place ! 19/01/2018
    • Perfect coastline 18/01/2018
    • Cape of Good Hope
    Address:
    Cape Point Rd
    Table Mountain National Park 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 (0)21 780 9526
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas
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    Ronnie G Says:

    The V and A waterfront is a reclaimed docklands area, which has become the heart of Cape Town. The main shopping centre (mall) has a large variety of shops and restaurants to choose from, as do the outside areas. Outside areas include an amphitheatre where there is often free entertainment, a giant wheel offering views over the city, the Nelson Mandela gateway to Robben Island, a selection of boat trips and short cruises, and much more. Don't forget to look at the statues of South Africa's peace prize Nobel recipients. Local crafts can be bought in the watershed, adjacent to the water. There are also many hotels in the waterfront area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • The waterfront is one of the safest and most secure areas in Cape Town and is full of life until fairly late at night, especially in the summer season. Shops close at 9 p.m. and most restaurants around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 232 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 20/01/2018
    • Lively 20/01/2018
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Address:
    19 Dock Road
    Merchant House
    Cape Town Central 8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 408 7600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Seal Island
    Islands
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    Ronnie G Says:

    From the Hout Bay harbour, you can take a short trip on one of the boats that take you from the harbour to Seal Island, just off the coast. The name speaks for itself- hundreds of seals huddled together on a rocky outcrop island.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best when the sea is calm and there is not too much wind!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 403 things to do in Cape Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • To seal or not to seal, that is your question. 17/01/2018
    • Fun ,smelly outing 06/01/2018
    • Seal Island
    Address:
    False Bay
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 791 4441
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    Rhodes Memorial
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Ronnie G Says:

    Rhodes Memorial is a rather pretentious Greek style temple built in honour of the erstwhile imperialist Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, later part of the Union of South Africa. From the memorial you have a great view over the southern suburbs of Cape Town. A good place for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea and scones.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Rondebosch
    • Amazing views 13/01/2018
    • Lazy Sunday tea 17/11/2017
    • Rhodes Memorial
    Address:
    Rhodes Avenue
    Rondebosch
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 687 0000
    Other:
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    Cape Town Holocaust Centre
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
    Ronnie G Says:

    The first Holocaust Centre in Africa, the CTHC is a small but powerful museum, which commemorates the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis. The museum has a special focus on communities and survivors especially close to the lives of the South African Jewish community. The CTHC is part of the Albow Centre, which also incorporates the South African Jewish Museum and the Gardens synagogue, the oldest synagogue in South Africa. (The original synagogue is part of the museum).

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • For security reasons, you will need to go through a security check and identification will be requested.
    • Have lunch at Cafe Riteve (kosher restaurant) on the same campus
    • Visit the adjacent SA Jewish museum
    • When you emerge from the campus, take a walk around the Company Gardens, originally established to provide fresh vegetables for the ships of the Dutch East India Company. The gardens are beautifully laid out and include in their precincts the National Museum, the National Art gallery and a recently upgraded outdoor restaurant, where you can relax under the trees and feed the occasional squirrel.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 232 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Powerful reminder to young and old of history 05/01/2018
    • Eye Opener with neighboring synagogues 25/12/2017
    • Cape Town Holocaust Centre
    Address:
    88 Hatfield Street Gardens
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 462 5553
    Other:
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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Ronnie G Says:

    The world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are a showcase inter alia for the Fynbos indigenous vegetation. Fynbos (which includes for example, the protea family and the Ericas) is a unique indigenous vegetation, which makes the area around Cape Town one of the world's six botanical kingdoms. Best during the flowering season but wonderful at all times, thanks to the incredible mountain setting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are two restaurants to feed the hungry- one nearer to the main entrance at the bottom gate, and another at the second entrance, higher up. Also the lawns provide a lovely setting for your own picnic.
    • Don't forget to visit the newly opened canopy walk, as well as the Bird bath, nestled amongst the trees. (The Bird bath, named after Colonel Bird, has nothing to do with birds, except in its shape, which bears homage to the man after whom it is named.
    • At certain times of the year, mostly in summer, Kirstenbosch hosts a series of outdoor summer concerts
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Day Out 20/01/2018
    • Beautiful! A must see! 19/01/2018
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Address:
    Rhodes Drive
    Newlands 7700
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 799 8899
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
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    Table Mountain
    Mountains
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    Ronnie G Says:

    No visit to Cape Town is complete without going up the iconic flat-topped mountain. The easiest way up is via the cable car but there are also many routes for the more intrepid and fit. The most popular route up is Platteklip Gorge, which is the crack in the front face of the mountain. The views from the top are spectacular and look out in all directions across the peninsula.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The weather at the top of the mountain can change quickly. Take a windbreaker and if you are planning to walk around on top, a jersey. Water is an essential if you are going to go much beyond the restaurant and viewing area.
    • If you walk around on top of the mountain, stick to the marked routes
    • There is a restaurant on top of the mountain.
    • In summer and on certain public holidays, the queues can be quite daunting. You can cut out some of the waiting time by booking online. Weekends and public holidays are obviously the busiest times. In summer, the cable car runs until 8 p.m. so sometimes a later afternoon trip up the mountain also avoids the queues.
    • The walk up Platteklip Gorge ( the most popular walking route up the mountain) is strenuous and recommended only for the fit. Don't forget to take sufficient water as well as a hat to protect you from the sun.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to visit on a clear day 19/01/2018
    • Must do if in Cape Town 19/01/2018
    • Table Mountain
    Address:
    Table Mountain National Park, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens,
    Table Mountain National Park 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 81 762 5551
    Other:
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    Clifton Beaches
    Beaches
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    Ronnie G Says:

    The 4 Clifton beaches are Cape Town's most popular beaches- the place to see and be seen. The setting is magnificent and the beaches are protected from Cape Town's strong south easterly winds. However, the Atlantic water is "refreshing" i.e. very cold!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Clifton water is very cold. If you want to swim in warmer water, try Muizenberg on the other side of the peninsula, especially in the mornings before the wind comes up, which it often does in the afternoon.
    • As is the case for any beach, don't forget hats, sun glasses and sun screen!
    • Access to 1st, 2nd and 3rd beach is via fairly steep staircases. The easiest access to Clifton is via 4th Beach.
    • For the gay tourist, 3rd Beach is the one to enjoy.
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 232 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take your pick! 17/01/2018
    • Must Go 15/01/2018
    • Clifton Beaches
    Address:
    Victoria Road
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
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    Lion's Head
    Mountains
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    Ronnie G Says:

    For the reasonably fit, a walk up Lion's Head (about 1-2 hours) offers spectacular views over the city.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Once you reach a certain point, you have two options- either to ascend via the chains, or to take a somewhat longer route around, which avoids the chains.
    • The weather in Cape Town can change quickly. Don't forget to take a jersey or windbreaker for protection, as well as a hat, sunscreen, water, and good walking shoes or boots.
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 232 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hike 17/01/2018
    • Absolutely worth the climb! 17/01/2018
    • Lion's Head
    Address:
    Signal Hill Road
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 81 762 5551
    Other:
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    Signal Hill
    Mountains
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    Ronnie G Says:

    A drive up Signal Hill offers beautiful views over the city bowl towards Table Mountain in one direction and over Sea Point in the other direction.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 232 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too Crowded 20/01/2018
    • Great Views 18/01/2018
    • Signal Hill
    Phone:
    +27 80 000 4424
    Other:
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    Boulders Penguin Colony
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Ronnie G Says:

    The two best places to view these entertaining creatures are Boulders Penguin colony, near Simonstown, and in Betty's Bay, a bit further afield, en route to Hermanus.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • There is an entrance charge to the protected area
    • There is a lovely sheltered beach where you can swim with the penguins in calm waters adjacent to the penguin colony area.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 26 Outdoor Activities in Simon's Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating but spoilt by very high winds. 19/01/2018
    • Penguins 16/01/2018
    • Boulders Penguin Colony
    Phone:
    +27 21 786 2329
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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