There’s a lot to see and do in Cape Town and the highlights and attractions are spread out over a large area so you’ll need some planning to get around. Cape Town is known for its wonderful beaches and spectacular Table Mountain, as well as its excellent restaurants, lively bars, and nearby wine estates. It has a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere throughout the year, although it can get very busy in summer.
Highlights of the destination
In three or four days, you can cover the essentials. Take the cableway (or hike) up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, taste some excellent wine, have a sunset picnic on Clifton or Camps Bay beach, and tour the Cape Peninsula – preferably with a visit to Simon’s Town penguin colony on the way. With more time, the options are practically endless. There are many wonderful hikes and walks, mountain reservoirs to swim in, beaches to discover, paragliding, rock climbing and water sports, great bars, food markets and restaurants, shopping at the V&A Waterfront, open-air concerts at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and hundreds of wine estates. The list goes on.
Practical + driving advice about the destination
Cape Town has very limited public transport, but Uber operates across the city and is the most convenient way to cover short distances. There’s also a hop-on-hop-off bus service that connects most of the city’s central attractions. To explore the more distant Winelands and Cape Peninsula you’ll need a car, and with your own transport, you can also look at staying in one of the pretty coastal towns that form part of the greater Cape Town area. Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town are particularly worth checking out, and there are some beautiful villages on the western side too: Kommetjie, Noordhoek, and Llandudno all have stunning beaches and our favorite surf spots. Don’t visit South Africa without spending at least a few days in Cape Town, ideally a week or more.
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