Things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is home to a lively, diverse culture brimming with adventure. You can enjoy restaurants offering a multitude of cuisines as well as theatre, music and much, much more. Cape Town has something for everyone, so let go and lose yourself its rich cultural experience.

With stunning beaches on the Atlantic and Indian coasts to choose from and seemingly endless sun, sand and surf you can metaphorically, though hopefully not literally, melt away into Cape Towns charm.

There is breathtaking scenery everywhere around Cape Town. Whether you want to climb, kite, surf, bike or just sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand, you will enjoy an awe inspiring experience in its naturally beautiful and culturally important surroundings.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Table Mountain is probably the first thing most people think of when they think of Cape Town. It dominates the skyline of the city and is often attended by its own private cloud (the Tablecloth). It also has its own national park, Table Mountain National Park.

When you visit you can choose to hike to the top of Table Mountain, or take the cable car if you don’t fancy the trek up and just want to enjoy the absolutely stunning views from the top. There is no access by car.

The level plateau at the top of the mountain is the highest point in the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The plateau is approximately two miles from side to side with dramatic cliffs on all points and amazing view across the Cape Peninsula. It’s also home to plenty of rare and beautiful wildlife including South Africa’s national flower, the protea, and some entertainingly cheeky little lizards.

Table mountain is flanked by other mountains; to the west is Lion’s Head and to the east is Devil’s Peak. Together, these peaks create the stunning, world famous backdrop to Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s indigenous plants. It is the most famous of the nine National Botanical Gardens created to protect and preserve South Africa’s unique combinations of flora (biomes).

Nestled at the eastern base of Table Mountain, the garden it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. You can see beautiful gardens exhibiting plants from many different regions, including karoo, fynbos, and savanna, with the prime focus being on plants native to the Cape region.

There are several trails leading from Kirstenbosch up into the mountain which are very popular with mountaineers and hikers, you can truly get lost in the serenity of this splendid place. (That is lost in serenity hopefully not lost in the mountains). Skeleton Gorge is one of the routes hikers use to summit Table Mountain, and was the route we choose for our kite surfing adventure on top of Table Mountain.

Two Oceans Aqurium

Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town

Located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium was opened in 1995 and encompasses seven galleries with large viewing windows.

What makes this particular aquarium unique is its geographical location, being in close proximity to the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans merge. Famous local fauna include Great White sharks (known to the locals as Johnnies), Orcas (killer whales), Southern Wright Whales, the Cape Fur Seal and Cape Penguin.

There is a lot to see as the Aquarium showcases an AfriSam Activity Centre, Cape Fur Seal Exhibit, Atlantic Ocean Gallery, Predator Exhibit, Indian Ocean Gallery, I&J Ocean Exhibit, Sappi River Meander Exhibit and Kelp Forest Exhibit.

Local Attractions

Fugard Theatre

Fugard Theatre, Cape Town

Named after one of South Africa’s greatest playwrights, Athol Fugard, the Fugard Theatre is a superb 280-seat theatre located in the heart of the once infamous but now famous District Six. Both the building itself and the surrounding are rich in history and stories, making the theatre worth a visit even if you don’t have time to see a show.

If you do have time, the Fugard is Cape Town’s premier theatre offering world class shows and casts covering diverse genres, including the plays of Fugard himself. Here’s a list of what’s on at the Fugard Theatre.

If you’re thinking of visiting, seating can be reserved via Computicket or by calling the theatre’s box office on +27 21 461 4554

Marine 5 Big - Day Boat Trip

Marine Trip

An adventure like no other, spend a whole day on the water viewing whales, whale sharks, great white sharks, penguins, cape fur seals and more. You will leave from Gansbaai and head out towards Geyser Rock and Dyer Island. Have your camera at hand as at any moment southern Wright or humpback whales can make an extraordinary breach for that picture perfect moment.

While you enjoy the ride on a custom double decker boat an experienced biologist will offer insights into the behaviour and life cycles of the local wildlife. You’ll come back wiser and wowed, having learned a lot from the guide and seen the local sea life up close.

If you time your trip right you will be able to drink in the spectacle of the annual sardine run, the greatest oceanic feeding frenzy on the planet. Seabirds, sharks, whales and all kinds of fish depend on this marine banquet to thrive and all the big names turn up to claim their share. It’s quite a sight.

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