This is our must-see-list of places to visit in Cape Town, for kids, locals, tourists, and adults.
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THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO IN CAPE TOWN BEFORE YOU DIE
- Take a helicopter ride with the city’s TripAdvisor-rated number-one operator, Cape Town Helicopters, and view Cape Town in angles you never thought possible. The Airbus craft is equipped with state-of-the-art, quieter, more eco-friendly and a wider 270-degree window view you easily. The view from this copter gets you the best Instagram pictures and videos in Cape Town on the Cape Point flight or sweep that special someone off their feet and into the air on the VIP Winelands flight.
The Hopper flight experience keeps you within budget with an amazing helicopter adventure for around the cost of two dinners at a city restaurant.
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- You should try wine tasting, of course. However there are more than 2000 wines and vine yards in the Western Cape, so where do I begin? You can start your adventure by booking a wine tour with Wine Flies, the boutique touring company invites people to navigate and experience the province through wine. Daily, you are allowed to visit up to five wine estates- and can even explore more on a weekend.
- Visit the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, which boasts of the largest collection of African contemporary art. You will be marvel at the architecture, forget yourself in the art or just be wildered in the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront where the museum building is located. This building is no doubt one-of-a-kind museum in Khayelitsha, which gives a fascinating insight into gang culture.
- Experience things to do in Cape Town in winter (Cape Malay culture and history) through the mouth-watering dishes learnt by taking a course. Or you can get out of town, for a change, and cook in one of the most interesting Karoo towns.
- Go to the beach. There lots of beautiful sea and sand at every turn in Cape Town. Another sure way to experience cheap thrills is by taking a dip in one of SA natural rock pools, dotted around the city and surrounds.
- Take a ride On Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus – this fun allows you to see more places to visit in Cape Town, and is no doubt a great city’s main attractions. Alternatively, you can take an urban tour with Kiff Kombie.
- Langebaan is a very famous weekend destination for unwinding and relaxing. Rather than the comfort of the usual holiday home accommodation, why not enjoy the weekend (or holiday) living on a house boat in the West Coast National Park.
- Join the best weekday past-time, First Thursdays when, on the first Thursday of every month, city sights, most especially art galleries, shops and restaurants, stay open late into the night for everyone to enjoy the urban vibe after dark.
Or Join in on this walking art tour of a bohemian suburb every second Thursday of the month.
- On Sundays, you can drive around our 9km stretch of paradise, namely Chapman’s Peak and experience firsthand some amazing views.
- While away the day at atshisanyama. It’s a popular spot where locals go to eat delicious good meat, listen to good music and chill with friends.
- Go with your friends to check out some of the very interesting caves that are spread around the city. To get started, here are some things to do this Summer in Cape Town and its Surrounds.
- Take in the urban creativity on a street art tour in Woodstock. This cool neighbourhood has a good number of walls decorated with art in varieties of designs and colours.
- Spend a day at Cape Point- which is one of the best nature reserves in South Africa.
Alternatively, you can discover a hidden waterfall, a lush indigenous forest at this lesser-known nature reserve near Cape Town and the colourful fynbos.
- There is a little walk that exists between Muizenberg and St. James, which is perfect for a gentle stroll with kids, friends and family. Interestingly, this coastal stretch used to be known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile.
- Give the Mystery Ghost Bus a shot. This ride takes you to the Mother City’s oldest, freakiest, spookiest venues, including the Castle of Good Hope and Kimberley Hotel.
This walking ghost tour takes place in the second oldest town in South Africa.
- Check out the Garden Route on the Blue Train. This classic form of travelling is the height of luxury and elegance.
Hop on board this steam train that travels through an idyllic valley near Cape Town.
- Try a Gatsby – Cape Town’s unique super loaf, which is usually filled with steak, slap chips and a bunch of other fillings like polony, atchar, and so much more. It’s delicious.
You will salivate at the sight of this traditional Cape fish snack.
- You have to check out the Table Mountain – it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
- Hike on the Lion’s Head.
- Spend a day exploring Simon’s Town (home to the South African Navy’s largest naval base). Ensure you travel there by train and check out the authentic wartime submarine.
- The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, named “International Garden of the Year” by the International Garden Tourism Awards Body in 2015 is a stunning place to visit. There’s also a great treetop canopy walkwaycalled the “Boomslang” that was declared the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at the 2015 Design Indaba.
- Check out V&A Waterfront which is hugely visited by locals, tourists etc. You’ll find that escape game specialists HintHunt have opened a new escape room experience inside the new kiddies indoor play area, Superpark. You will make some exciting new discoveries at the place too.
- Take advantage of the wonderful Signal Hill. You could paraglide off the famous mound with Parataxi, or feast on the views of the calm and cool Atlantic Ocean below, or just take a moment to watch the senset or sunrise.
- The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is one of our top places to visit in Cape Town. This hotspot is home to the Neighbourgoods Market, the weekly Saturday market with artisanal drink and food, as well as a number of great clothing stands.
- If you’re eager to try out “Cape Town’s most loved group activity”, challenge yourself and a few of your friends with Hint Hunt; the most exciting live escape game to hit the city.
- Take time to check out Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town. You will be amazed to discover a colony of penguins that settled there in 1982.
- Visit the historic Robben Island (home to the prison that held political prisoner like Nelson Mandela under the apartheid).
- It is very vital to your overall experience that you check out Cape Town’s famous Long Street. The CBD roadway is known for its unending offering of bars, restaurants, clubs, pubs and more.
- Try out the quaint seaside town of Kalk Bay and you’d fall in love with the beautiful views of the False Bay coastline, its charming little shops and so much more. It is also a hot zone for getting tasty chips and fish at the popular fishery, Kalky’s.
- Write on your experience and share with friends and family. Who knows, someone might ask you to accompany them to serve as their guide in their next trip.
Besides these places to visit in Cape Town, there are other unique places you can explore free of charge. Each experience will be awesome, trust me.