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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.

Table Mountain

The ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is one you'll never forget. You'll relish the views of the cobalt blue ocean and urban landscape from this lofty perch.

Lion's Head

Reap the rewards of an encompassing panorama after an hour's hike to the Lion's Head. A night with a full moon makes it a popular place to view the sparkling city lights below.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the swathes of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The flora, locally known as fynbos, is at its best between August and November.

Cape of Good Hope

Dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, the lighthouse, which illuminates the Cape of Good Hope, is the strongest on the continent.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

For shopping, entertainment and a slew of restaurants, you won't go wrong at the V&A. It's convenient to reach the aquarium and stadium nearby, and it's the place for a bay cruise.

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and it features the marine life in these waters. Don't miss the shark feeding on Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Cape Town Stadium

Learn about this venue from the 2010 FIFA World Cup by taking a tour that includes facts about its architectural design, a walk on the Cape Town Stadium field, and a look inside the locker rooms.

Robben Island

Located in Table Bay, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned here in Robben Island during apartheid. It's a humbling moment when you step into his former cell and reflect on his life.

Photo: Diriye Amey @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

District Six

The District Six museum recounts the history of the forced expulsion and relocation of black residents during apartheid, and the ultimate demise of this former, mulit-cultural district.

Boulders Beach

A raised boardwalk lets you take a walk on the wild side among the rowdy 2000 African Penguins that live here at Boulders Beach. It's also a great place to spend the day on the beaches of False Bay.

Planning Your Cape Town 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

  • Language
    Afrikaans and English
  • Currency
    South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +27
  • 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

Fantastic way to see all of the non-downtown Cape Town sites!!!

Fantastic way to see all of the non-downtown Cape Town sites!!!! I highly recommend this!

Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town Reviewed by Carolyn, 01/09/2017

Great way to get around and see Cape Town and the surrounding area!

The "hop on, hop off" concept was ideal for getting to tourist spots if you prefer to have someone else do the driving. The commentary along the way was both relevant and interesting, and provided in several languages. Beware of waiting times for key attractions during the busy season, and plan your day accordingly (in our case, the cable up Table Mountain).

Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1 or 2 Day Ticket Reviewed by Cynthia, 01/06/2017

Awesome overview of all the tourist "must see" places

Our guide, Otay (not sure if that's how you spell it), was amazing. He had fun facts, highlights, history and kept everyone on track. It was a FULL DAY, so be prepared for that, but the group was small, so it didn't feel like we were lost in a crowd. And, I appreciated having hit all the highlights with someone who knew their way around because it would have taken us all day to find one spot, and we would have missed out on the details Otay knew. Plus none of them would have been worth a full day investment on their own. So, great tour and we recommend it.

Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour Reviewed by Briah, 12/30/2016

Really lovely afternoon getting drunk on good wine

Drive, panorama, wine, guide...all stunning. Our guide Cornelius was amazing. We recommend this tour!

Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour from Cape Town Reviewed by Patrick, 12/29/2016

Excellent chance to see endangered beautiful white sharks.

Very nice tour and a chance to learn about these magnificent endangered creatures. Travel time by car from Cape town takes about 2 hours, so it's a long drive, but worth it.

Shark Cage Diving Experience Reviewed by Juhana, 12/27/2016

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