Visitors and locals alike agree on one thing: Cape Town is one of the single most beautiful places on the planet. The second-largest city in South Africa is known for its active harbor and magnificent seascapes, but it’s the people and sheer variety of activities that helps further its place in the country’s heart. Activities available to visitors include boating, swimming, whale watching, surfing, fishing, diving with sharks or just touring and sampling the world-class wines.
Activities and Sights In Cape Town
With mild winters and pleasant summers, it’s always a good time to visit Cape Town. Summer temperatures (December — February) range from 60 to 80 degrees fahrenheit while the winter months of June through August experience average temperatures between 45 — 70 degrees fahrenheit. Here are a few of the most popular destinations for visitors to Cape Town, but your travel agent will help you discover even more based on your interests.
Camps Bay:One of the most affluent areas of Cape Town, Camps Bay is an ideal place to relax and take in the city’s beauty, with numerous casual bars and outdoor restaurants.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden:With 35 hectares of protected natural forest, flora and fauna to admire, this is a favorite place for relaxation and leisurely picnics.
Table Mountain:This must-see attraction forms the backdrop to Cape Town. On a clear day, cable cars take visitors to the plateau of the mountain top, where they’ll see breathtaking views of the city and ocean. While you’re on your way to Table Mountain, make sure you stop at Lions Head, Signal Hill and Devils Peak. The more adventurous can try hiking up the mountain and taking the cable car down.
Cape of Good Hope:Another natural wonder that has become a destination for every visitor to Cape Town and Gauteng, this is the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is just a 150km drive from the city.
Hout Bay:This picturesque fishing village has a small harbor from which you can take a boat out to Seal Island, where the namesake creatures have formed a colony.
Beaches:You’ll be hard-pressed to find more beautiful beaches than those in Cape Town and Gauteng province.
The Wine Region: Cape Town has one of the most beautiful wine regions within the Western Cape area, with the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West and Robertson among others calling it home. We recommend setting aside a full day if you’re at all a fan of wine or beautiful vistas to take in what the wine region has to offer.
Robben Island:Formerly used to house prisoners during the second world war and later infamous for its role during the Apartheid era, Robben Island is an important part of South African history.
District Six Museum:Another part of South Africa’s apartheid past, District Six was multiracial well into the 1960s despite all attempts to segregate it.
Scenic Drives:No vacation to Cape Town is complete without at least a few memorable photos of the Atlantic Ocean available along the route from Cape Town Center to Hout Bay. Your concierge will have road maps.
Boulders: This sheltered cove is an iconic piece of South Africa’s landscape with warmer water, huge boulders, pristine white sand, rock pools and a penguin colony.
Shopping And Restaurants In Cape Town
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a popular shopping area with 400 different shops, offering everything from top-of-the-line fashion to curios and souvenirs to take back home. You’ll also have a selection of restaurants with outdoor seating, movie theaters, boat tours and much more.
Dining in Cape Town covers the gamut from local cuisine to world-class gourmet dining. Whether it’s the fusion menu of The Test Kitchen or the famous Gold Restaurant with its African menu and entertainment, you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.