Looking for the most unmissable things to do in Cape Town? We’ve got you covered. This exciting South African city is the perfect combination of wild, rugged scenery with a cool urban vibe.
Cape Town’s variety of quirky neighbourhoods offer an exotic mix of cultures, so there’s always something new to see. It’s also a place of breath-taking natural scenery, such as Cape Point situated at the most southwestern tip of Africa.
1. See the penguins at Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach is one of the few sites in the world where the endangered African penguins can be seen up close, wandering freely in a protected natural environment.
The beach is also surrounded by large 540 million year-old granite boulders, small rock pools and little bays. Why go here? Because penguins. That’s why.
2. Stroll around the colourful area of Bo-Kaap
You’ve gotta go see the famous bright rainbow-coloured houses and cobblestone streets of Bo Kaap. The beautiful neighbourhood of Bo Kaap is also the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community, with a history dating back more than 360 years
3. Chow down on some great Braai
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at – other than socialising, of course – it’s braaing. Braai is sort of like BBQ, but way more delicious and fun.
We’ve rounded up the very best places to eat Braai in Cape Town here.
4. Climb Lion’s Head
Hiking Lion’s Head is something of a Cape Town tradition, and the views of the city below are incredible. You’ve to climb chain ladders to reach the very top, but it’s worth it. The route up the mountain is always bustling on a full moon, so try plan your hike for then.
Check out our ultimate guide to Lion’s Head here.
5. Go swimming in Muizenberg
The colourful beach huts on Muizenberg beach are ideal for an Instagram shot in Cape Town. Muizenberg, or “Muizies” as it’s called by locals, is a bohemian seaside town that has great swimming and surfing spots.
6. Visit Robben Island
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most significant historical sites in South Africa, if not Africa. A former political prisoner serves as your guide telling interesting stories about the island and famous ex-inmates, like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki.
7. Check out Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Cape Town’s 102 year old garden is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, and is home to about 7000 species of flora. Make sure you check out the Tree Canopy Walkway – a timber bridge that winds through and above the trees, offering magnificent views of the peninsula.