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7 Unmissable Things To Do In Cape Town

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.

Penguins in Boulders Beach

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

Bo Kaap in Cape Town

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.

Braai in Cape Town

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.

Lion's Head Cape Town

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.

Muizenberg in Cape Town

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.

Robben Island Museum

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.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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