Top 10 sights
10 things to do in Cape Town
While exploring the "Mother City," you'll uncover the layers of its history that span from the colonial period to the emergence of the Rainbow Nation. With a vibrant scene in a cityscape of sea and mountains, it's easy to fall for South Africa's oldest city.
Planning Your Visit
A visit to Table Mountain
You can buy a ticket online for either a morning or afternoon trip to the top by cable car. However, an excursion to the 3,500-foot summit always depends on the weather, so check it before you go. It's wise to bring a sweater or jacket with you, and wear sunblock and proper footware. If you plan to hike to the peak or along one of the three trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and a friend.
How safe is it?
As in any other city you visit, it's always best to keep your wits about you. It is recommended to take a taxi in Cape Town at night, rather than walking, and be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If you're curious about visiting a township, then go with a group led by an experienced guide.
When to go
Cape Town has a temperate climate. October to April offer warm and dry weather, but the notorious south-easter winds occur from December through January. February to mid-April has great beach weather, and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy crisp, clear days from late April to early June.
How many days should you spend in Cape Town?
Four to five full days allow you to experience the sites and sounds of the Mother City at a leisurely pace. Stay longer if you'd like and use the city as a base to explore the beautiful, surrounding areas in the Western Cape, such as the wine region of Stellenbosch.
Good to know
- Afrikaans and English
- South African Rand (ZAR)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+02:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- For a great sightseeing trip with some beach time, plan to come between January and April, when the temperatures are warm, the winds are dying down and the tourist rush is ending.
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What people are saying about Cape Town
Beautiful experience. Would recommend this team to anyone looking for a good time and friendly service on the water. Max the barman turned photographer made sure to keep our glasses full and feet steady. Appreciate the awesome ride.
We had a great time with Edward on this tasting tour. We visited two excellent wineries and samples 10 different wines. Pick up was on time and Edward provided great information and insights. Highly recommended.
Excellent adventure! The bar is fully stocked, the hosts are attentive, and the music was a nice touch. It also wasn’t overly crowded. I would definitely recommend.
Fantastic experience. Earl was a brilliant pilot and easy to chat to. Will definitely be doing it again and recommending!
Great service and friendly, safe atmosphere! Would have wished for some more information on seal life and behaviour.