We love Cape Town! One of the most stunning cities in the world that has something for everyone! You can spend a whole week without being bored as there are so many things to do. Actually, there is never enough time to do everything. From hiking trails at Table Mountain National Park to relax at one of the great beaches. There are so many things to do and to see, but if you must choose, here are our 12 favorites things to do in Cape Town:
Hiking in Table Mountain National Park
360° views of Cape Town, who doesn’t want to see this? Whether you choose to take the Table Mountain cableway or one of the hiking trails up to the top, the views remain impressive. We hiked the Platteklip Gorge trail, a beautiful trail that goes directly to the top of the iconic Table Mountain. It is one of the most popular ones – and also one of the toughest! The hike is about 3 kilometers, takes you about 1,5 hours to reach the top and is only up, up, up! Park your car close to the lower cable station, your legs will be grateful after you’ve finished the hike. Then walk along the road for about 1 kilometer, where you will see to your right a clearly marked sign. Try to hike early in the morning and bring some food and water! After the hike, we bought our tickets at the top (R135 pp) and took the cable car down. Book your Table Mountain hike adventure here.
Climb Lion’s Head
Next to Table Mountain, climbing Lion’s Head is also a very popular hiking trail which takes you about 2 hours to go up and back down, which is much easier and accessible for everyone. You will have views in all directions: the city bowl, the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay, the scenic Atlantic Ocean and after all a spectacular view of Table Mountain. If you want to capture one of the best views in the world, do not hesitate any longer. We’re promising you postcard-perfect pictures! If you by car, head towards Table Mountain, take the turn-off for Lion’s Head and park your car in the parking lot. The trail starts right there, very easy to find. Same as for the Table Mountain hike, don’t forget to bring some water. We recommend booking a sunset hike tour to avoid all the other tourists.
Make a colorful stop at Muizenberg
Muizenberg is a small beach town, 30 minutes from Cape Town, and a paradise for surfers. It’s even considered as the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. But it’s also home to the iconic colorful beach huts. An Instagrammer’s dream spot! The view from the beach is a postcard-perfect photo backdrop of Table Mountain. We bet you’ll love it!
This little treasure, hidden in Cape Town, should be on everyone’s list. Translated from Afrikaans, Bo-Kaap means ‘above the Cape’. Located in the shadow of Signal Hill, this colorfully painted neighborhood is overlooking the city. Stroll around the streets and the picturesque houses and get charmed by this place. It’s a true photographers heaven!
Meet Mr. Great White
One of the greatest experiences you will ever experience and the number one place in the world to do it! Diving with the great white sharks takes place in Gansbaai, near Hermanus and a 2.5-hour ride from Cape Town. We made a stop in Hermanus during our road trip in South Africa, but it is also great to do it as a full-day tour of Cape Town. A personal, face-to-face encounter with this awesome animal, is guaranteed to get your adrenaline going! Be sure you book it in advance, as the tour starts early in the morning (the sharks are more active in the morning) We booked our tour with White Shark Projects, which we can highly recommend! You don’t need your own diving equipment, everything is included. The ultimate adventure!
Have a break at V&V Waterfront
Located in the heart of Cape Town, V&A Waterfront is a popular area for shopping, dining and doing activities like boat cruises and helicopter flights. The majority of the restaurants here have excellent views of the harbor and Table Mountain, which is lovely during sunset. The food market, sipping some gin tonics at Harbour House Restaurant facing the giant observation wheel and having dinner in the Belgian Restaurant Den Anker, a great way to spend your afternoon.
Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight
Exploring the beauty of the Cape from the sky, unforgettable! You will have the chance to see hotspots like Cape Town stadium, the 4 Beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles and of course the magnificent Table Mountain. We booked our tour with Cape Town Helicopters and loved it!
Meet the penguins at Boulder Beach
The only place in the world, where you can get so close to African penguins. Boulder Beach is located just outside Simon’s Town on the way to Cape Point. From Cape Town, it’s about a 45-minute car ride, along with some scenic routes. To enter the beach, you need to pay a small entry fee of R65 pp. Enjoy sitting on the idyllic white beach, watching the penguins on the rocks nearby or even swimming with them. Unforgettable! Before you leave, check underneath your car for our little friends because they are everywhere! We drove to Boulder beach with our rental car but you can join a guided tour to spot the penguins.
Stand on the edge of Cape Town
A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive to Cape Point. When you enter Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a scenic drive leads you to the parking lot. From here you do the short walk up to the two lighthouses where you will be rewarded by endless ocean views in any direction. So cool! It’s very windy here, so make sure you dress a little bit warmer. From the parking area, you can do also a lot of different hiking trails to the many lookout points. But watch out for the monkeys! The unique cape baboons are waiting to steal your food and can be a little aggressive too.
‘You gotta do Chappies’
Ask a local their favorite spots in Cape Town and you will probably hear more than one time ‘you gotta do Chappies’! Chappies is the nickname for Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Anyone who’s in for some awesome sceneries, this is the place to be! Start your drive just before sunset from Noordhoek towards Hout Bay for a spectacular return to Cape Town. As it is a toll road, you need to pay a small fee of R42.
Spend a Day at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Exploring the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the perfect day out for everyone. You’ll be able to explore hundreds of different varieties of plant life while enjoying wonderful views. This tropical jungle on the slope of Table Mountain is even claimed to be one of the best botanical gardens in the world. A lovely relaxing experience!
Visit Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town
Walk with a guide through the oldest township of Cape Town and meet the locals. Visit some schools, playgrounds, and gardens of the township community during this vibrant tour.