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Cape Town, well worth the journey.

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A very personal guide to a city that covers everything. Here you will find beautiful beaches, lots of history, terrific sightseeing, lovely Cape Dutch architecture, excellent eating and sun, sun, sun!. 20 years of travels to Cape Town have given me the experience to say that the Mother City is truly well worth the journey.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

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22 Places

Cape of Good Hope

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

Casinos

St James Beach

Beaches

Seal Island

Islands

Rhodes Memorial

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope

Art Museums

Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House

Speciality Museums

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Iziko Maritime Centre

Military Museums

Groote Schuur Estate

Historic Sites

Great Synagogue

Speciality Museums

Table Mountain

Mountains

Babylonstoren Garden

Gardens

Boulders Penguin Colony

Other Outdoor Activities

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

District Six Museum

Speciality Museums

Greenmarket Square

Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Long Street

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chapman's Peak Drive

Scenic Drives

Robben Island

Historic Sites, Islands

West Coast National Park

National Parks

dabby44's City Tips

  • I always rent a car. Taxis are fairly reasonable but it's not so convenient to be 'free & easy'. Parking is fairly painless and a few rand will ensure your car is safe. Always be vigilant. Don't flash your fancy camera or wear all those gaudy jewels. This is a relatively poor country.
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    Cape of Good Hope
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts
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    dabby44 Says:

    A dramatic spot. Breathtaking views of the oceans. Huge waves and giant boulders.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Holiday 17/01/2018
    • Very interesting terrain and landscape 15/01/2018
    • 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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    dabby44 Says:

    With the latest 'money-spinner' The Watershed, Cape Town's Waterfront area has so much offer for everybody. Fab shopping, great grub, fun for the kids and views of Table Mountain to die for.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make a day of it.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place in Cape Town for Tourists 17/01/2018
    • A city within a city 17/01/2018
    • 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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    GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
    Casinos
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    dabby44 Says:

    Very American style architecture where the serious gambler can easily lose his shirt and much more besides. Nice little kids area.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Goodwood
    • Great atmosphere 12/01/2018
    • Tenpin Bowling Disappointment 03/01/2018
    • GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
    Address:
    1 Jakes Gerwel Drive
    Goodwood 7459
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 505 7777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    St James Beach
    Beaches
    dabby44 Says:

    Some interesting history around these parts. Plenty of good eateries too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Muizenberg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quaint little Beach 14/11/2017
    • where the world famous colorful bath houses reside 30/09/2017
    • St James Beach
    Address:
    55 Main Road
    Muizenberg 7945
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 788 3793
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    Seal Island
    Islands
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    dabby44 Says:

    The seals make a fair bit of noise but the whole experience is fun.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 401 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
    dabby44 Says:

    Quite spectacular views from here of the city and bay. You can combine it with Groote Schuur Estate and Kirstenbosch.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    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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    Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope
    Art Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    Lovely Gallery with interesting pieces. You can combine this with the Castle visit.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Wow!! Beautiful day spent on Heritage day 27/09/2017
    • Castle of Good Hope AMAZING 11/11/2016
    • Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope
    Address:
    Buitenkant Street
    opposite the Grand Parade
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 481 7223
    Other:
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    Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House
    Speciality Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    Lovely house with a beautiful collection in the middle of town.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #160 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • A glimpse of the past preserved. 08/11/2015
    • Fascinating piece of Art History 16/06/2015
    • Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House
    Address:
    Old Town House 6 Greenmarket Square
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 481 3933
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Cape Town Holocaust Centre
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
    dabby44 Says:

    Very well laid out museum. Some poignant moments. Staff always willing to help with info and guiding. Nice little restaurant for lunch and some interesting things in the shop.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 231 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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    Iziko Maritime Centre
    Military Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    A great visit for the family. The kids will love it, adults too!

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #257 of 401 things to do in Cape Town
    • Well we loved it. 21/12/2017
    • Too easily missed but a hidden gem of a museum. 21/12/2017
    • Iziko Maritime Centre
    Address:
    Fl 1st Castle Street
    Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
    8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 405 2880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Groote Schuur Estate
    Historic Sites
    dabby44 Says:

    A very personal favourite. Only a handful of visitors at a time and such lovely guiding. The house is immaculate and in fine condition.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #157 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Beautiful house 19/03/2015
    • The boss' house 21/06/2012
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    Great Synagogue
    Speciality Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    The synagogue has in the recent years benefitted from new stained glass windows. Beautiful. The guides are very personable and really draw you in to the history. Combine this with the Jewish Museum next door.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Modest dress, it is a house of worship
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Beautiful building 13/05/2017
    • Mossad - like security inquisition for Jewish woman and family wishing to attend Erev Shabbat service 26/12/2016
    • Great Synagogue
    Address:
    88 Hatfield St.
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 465 1405
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    Table Mountain
    Mountains
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    dabby44 Says:

    A glorious way to view the entire city from all sides. Where else would you be able to walk amongst the dassies?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear a hat and carry water. You can get burnt here.
    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
    • Must do early morning 17/01/2018
    • Stunning views, breat cable car ride but production of e-tickets on our mobile phone bad! 17/01/2018
    • 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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    Babylonstoren Garden
    Gardens
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    dabby44 Says:

    A very interesting eco friendly 'garden' about an hour plus from the city. When you dine you know they have grown what you are eating.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have time visit Franschhoek, it's quite near.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 1 087 things to do in Western Cape
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful gardens with a charming cafe 16/01/2018
    • Phenomenal, wonderful, stunning - just amazing 14/01/2018
    • Babylonstoren Garden
    Address:
    R45 Road, between Paarl and Franscchoek
    between Paarl and Franschhoek
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 863 3852
    Other:
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    Boulders Penguin Colony
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    dabby44 Says:

    Fun, fun, fun. See those little penguins walking through the sand to the sea. The children love it, adults too!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Respect the penguins, it's their home.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 26 Outdoor Activities in Simon's Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Penguins 16/01/2018
    • Everyone loves penguins ... 14/01/2018
    • Boulders Penguin Colony
    Phone:
    +27 21 786 2329
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    dabby44 Says:

    This is a beautiful spot just outside the city. The weather can be totally different from the City Bowl as it's the other side of the mountain. The indigenous flora is a feast for the eyes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 17/01/2018
    • good place to spend the afternoon 17/01/2018
    • 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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    District Six Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    Heart-rending and so emotional. A whirlwind guide to honour all those who were ousted from their homes to pastures new. District 6 still stands as a monument. It has never been re-developed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • In district 6 17/01/2018
    • Worth a visit 17/01/2018
    • District Six Museum
    Address:
    15 25a Buitenkant Street
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 466 7200
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Greenmarket Square
    Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    dabby44 Says:

    You can always pick a nice little ethnic 'whatever' here. Terrific atmosphere. They all want to sell you something. Watch your personal possessions.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Worth a visit 16/01/2018
    • cheap gifts 14/01/2018
    • Greenmarket Square
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    Long Street
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    dabby44 Says:

    Long Street's architecture is glorious, as is the shopping, the people who work there and its general ambience. Very interesting items for sale, mostly ethnic with other odd bits too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • terrible unless drunk 14/01/2018
    • Night life 14/01/2018
    • Long Street
    Other:
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    Chapman's Peak Drive
    Scenic Drives
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    dabby44 Says:

    Awesome drive. Sometimes closed due to adverse weather conditions. The views at the top will bring tears to your eyes. Spectacular

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 1 087 things to do in Western Cape
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning 16/01/2018
    • A Beautiful Drive 15/01/2018
    • Chapman's Peak Drive
    Address:
    Hout Bay Road
    Between Noordhoek and Hout Bay
    7872
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 791 8220
    Other:
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    Robben Island
    Historic Sites, Islands
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    dabby44 Says:

    Not as depressing as you might think. Much more of an enlightening experience. A real monument to a great human being and politcian.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It can get very hot with the sun's reflection from the white stone. Drink plenty and wear a hat.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • must visit for modern history 17/01/2018
    • A must do, but I wouldn't do it again 17/01/2018
    • Robben Island
    Address:
    Private Bag, Robben Island
    Cape Town Central 7400
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 409 5100
    Other:
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    West Coast National Park
    National Parks
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    dabby44 Says:

    About an hour on the R27 from Cape Town. Mind the tortoises as they meander along the roadways. If you go late August early September the Spring Flowers in the Postberg section are bursting with colour. Try and get to the lagoon. Its turquoise waters are stunning. Lots of bird hides.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take your own food
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in West Coast National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Bird watching from the four hides as always was GREAT! 15/01/2018
    • Diverse 13/01/2018
    • West Coast National Park
    Phone:
    +27 22 772 2144
    Other:
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