Cape Town stands out as the second most populous city in South Arica and the Provincial Capital of Western Cape. It is famous for its coast and harbor which offer popular attractions like Table Mountain and Cape Point. The city is the most visited tourist destination in South Africa. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with a population of 3.5 million.
The unique floral diversity of the Cape is embedded in the Cape Floral Kingdom, which has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world due to the climatic conditions. Some of the floral wonders are completely endemic to the city and can’t be found in any other part of the world.
1. Table Mountain
Table Mountain offers some of the most striking views from its top. The brilliant vistas of the City of Cape Town, Devils Peak and Loins Head provide a feast for your eyes as you reach the mountaintop either through hiking routes or with the world famous cable car. The Hoerikwaggo trails, the Kasteel Sport Ascent and the Pipe Track are three routes trailing to the height with different levels of difficulty you may want to challenge yourself. Enjoy a scenic picnic on top of the world or catch some refreshing drinks from the bar. If you are interested in climbing, you can also hike nearby Lions Head for even more spectacular views.
2. Shark Diving
Travel to Gansbaai, east of Cape Town to meet the white sharks in person for an adrenaline rushing experience. Gansbaai is known as the Great White shark diving capital of the world. For a challenging experience, grab your scuba gear to enter the underwater world.
3. Cape Point Nature Reserve
This exciting place offers a breathtaking vista at the conjunction of two oceans. The beautiful place has lots of activities to keep all kinds of visitors entertained. You can enjoy the stunning beauty all around, indulge with fine dining, sizzle in extreme sports activities, shop in luxury facilities and capture the diversity of flora and fauna around the oceans. Take a ride on Flying Dutchman Funicular Train and try to grab some shots with your camera of Cape Mountain Zebras wandering through the green forest.
4. Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is at the bottom of Buitenkant Street and is the oldest colonial building in South Africa still maintained in good condition. It houses a Military Museum, the William Fehr Collection and Castle Forge. The art collection of William Fehr is worth paying a visit to, as it showcases the Dutch colonial presence and British Invasion throughout the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Also enjoy the guard change ceremony in a traditional manner and catch a glimpse of the second cannon in Cape Town.
5. Penguins at Boulder Beach
You cannot possibly miss this place if you are in Cape Town. More than 1000 cute fluffy little penguins are waiting to welcome you. You can enjoy a picnic in the neighboring beach while admiring the cute creatures or visit the scratch patch with your kids and family. Enjoy a restful day on the sunny beach where you get a chance to have great time with the penguins and warm waters on white beaches.
6. Scenic Morning Cruise
The best place to be for early risers is to step abroad the cruise ship that leaves from the V&A Waterfront and witness the splendor of Cape Town far from shore. Even if you are not an early riser, interrupting your sleeping pattern is very worthwhile for this memorable cruise. Enjoy the peaceful glide over the Atlantic Ocean waters and admire the magical pattern of the sea.
7. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are world famous for their beautiful collection of diverse flora and for the magnificent location against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. You will find only South African plants in this location, which spread over 528 hectares. The grand space is dedicated to diverse flora and natural forest providing your eyes a true feast of colors. You can take photographs in the cultivated gardens, lie in the grassy lawns, enjoy picnic in wonderland, walk around to explore the imagery and have breakfast in the Kirstenbosch Tea Room, which serves a full English menu for your taste buds.
8. V&A Waterfront
V & A Waterfront is the most popular location in Cape Town and is always brimming with tourists. The place is full of designer shops in the grand centre with craft markets, lots of cafes and restaurants, a metro cinema, an aquarium and beautiful panorama of the harbor as well as the Table Mountain. You can get almost anything from the grand centre. From jewelry to designer outlets, everything is present within your reach. Cruises are also offered from the Waterfront for a detailed view of city from the clear blue waters.
9. ST YVES
ST Yves is the hottest nightclub in the city offering striking views of the Camps Bay Beach from its magnificent designer interiors. It’s a great place to show your moves, catch the party mood and also for a quiet drink while watching the sunsets. It’s a beautiful place to hang out at nights and enjoy the nightlife of Cape Town in the romantic vista offered by the ocean.
10. Café Caprice
Café Caprice is a relaxing place with casual white leather sofas, stunning views and delicious cocktail choices. It is definitely a hip and happening place destination for ultimate cool people. It is open for lunch, breakfast, dinner and sundowners with simple ranges of food dishes. It is quite an excellent location to enjoy drinks and beautiful views of the ocean.
Cape Town is the finest tourist destination in South Africa, abundant with natural beauty and hundreds of activities to give you a complete vacation experience. There are many extreme activities like deep sea diving and flirting with sharks to spice up the tour, or lots of serene beaches for some much needed relaxation. With natural splendors all around and a lovely nightlife to enjoy, Cape Town offers a mix of everything you want in a vacation spot, all in one place.