After a build-up of voting preparation in our country and the eventual climax this week, voting remains uppermost in our minds. As Cape Town is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, putting favourite sites, things to do and places to go, putting a favourite choice to the vote, would really be an arduous task.
From watching magnificent sunsets over the ocean from several vantage points, to visiting Table Mountain and viewing the city from its zenith, to so very much more, it’s well worth a visit to vote for your favourite site.
For anyone visiting the Cape, one should come prepared with a list of things to do and see. Scenically, Cape Town offers sites unparalleled with any other city in the world.
One needs time, comfortable accommodation, a car and Google Maps. Alternatively, one may contact a tour operator, sit back and relax and be driven to the most popular and magnificent choice destinations.
Deciding on what to do and where to go, naturally depends upon what one personally enjoys.
Not everyone enjoys the rush of adrenalin and chooses to go sky diving from Signal Hill or Devil’s Peak. Fortunately, there are other ways that one can enjoy the views.
When traveling to Cape Town, the list of MUST DO’S and MUST SEE’S are as follows (as a guideline).
1. Taking the cable-car up Table Mountain and enjoying a sunset picnic before descending.
2. Visiting Signal Hill and Devil’s Peak to get a bird’s eye view of the city. This is spectacular at nightfall too.
3. The V & A Waterfront offers a plethora of activities from sunset dinner cruises to dining on the water’s edge. The choice of restaurants and pubs is endless. The mall hosts a massive variety of shops. There are also cinemas.
The Aquarium is wonderful for those who enjoy ocean life and is another great highlight of The Waterfront.
An attraction that is really something quite sensational at The Waterfront, is the Cape Town Wheel. Experiencing it during the day and at night, offers different perspectives, and is something quite magnificent.
4. Taking the famous CAPE TOWN ENTERTAINMENT Topless Red Bus is a must and offers various routes from which to choose. A set of earphones accompanies purchased tickets and allows one to plug in and listen to the tour in one’s own language. Even for the local residents, there is so much of interest to learn, experience and enjoy.
5. The Cape Town Company Gardens adds a cultural flavour to those who wish to visit the Museum, Planetarium as well as the first Synagogue in the Cape. One may amble around the gardens feeding the tame and playful squirrels who are very familiar with foreign visitors.
6. The Castle of Good Hope offers tours that provide an insight into the history of the Cape and the arrival of Jan Van Riebeek
7. Cape Point is another magnificent place to visit. Its funicular allows one the ride up the steep hill to view the point at which the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.
8. A scenic drive hugging the magnificent Atlantic coastline showcases Cape Town’s renown beaches that many travel thousands of kilometres to view, experience and enjoy. Clifton and the trendy suburb of Camps Bay is lined with many restaurants, bars and boutiques and is one of the favourite places that both holiday makers and locals enjoy spending time, day and night, and especially during the summer season. The beaches are a mass of bathing beauties.
9. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are at their best during the height of Spring. However, it is a spectacular place to visit at any time.
10. Rhodes Memorial is another favourite where one can learn the history of Cecil John Rhodes. The restaurant offers one of Cape Town’s best teatime scones and traditional meals. The views from this vantage point are most breath – taking.
11. Bo Kaap ( District Six) is steeped in history and shows the colourful houses of Cape Town’s colourful and characteristic community.
12. Boulders Beach along the Indian Ocean is a firm favourite for nature lovers who enjoy interacting with the Penguin colony who have made their home on this vast expanse of rocky beach.
13. Cape Town is very well known for its Winelands. One may enjoy visiting several wine farms and vineyards which offer wine pairing, wine tasting and delicious meals and or picnics. These may be found in the in The Durbanville area, as well as further north inland in the magnificent historically rich towns of Stellenbosch Paarl Wellington Malmesbury and Franschhoek.
14. Many enjoy the nightlife at the various clubs in Long Street which is in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD.
15. The Apartheid Museum in Cape Town Central is a most informative and insightful experience that offers the facts of South Africa’s history. It too is well worth a visit.
16. Cape Town offers a host of eclectic cuisine and diverse restaurants. From authentic Indian, Chinese, Asian, French, Italian, Ethiopian, Greek and so many more, one is really spoilt for choice.
17. Township tours are also on offer. It is best to join organised tours and tour operators to experience this in a safe and authentic manner.
18. Robben Island and The Robben Island Museum are certainly a must for those who wish to learn about the iconic Nelson Mandela. One may catch a ferry from The V & A Waterfront and join tours to view the island, the limestone quarry, the prison and in particular, Mandela’s cell.
19. For those who enjoy markets, Cape Town offers a host of craft and food indoor and outdoor markets.
20. Hout Bay is another beautiful place to visit. One may view the fishing harbour and village and even take a boat ride to Seal Island. Hout Bay offers a mix of restaurants, markets and of course its beaches.
21. Cape Town is home to many theatres where one may enjoy various forms of drama, art, musicals and cultural performances. The Artscape, Theatre on The Bay, Maynard Open Air (hosts Shakespearian plays every Summer), The Fugard, The Rockwell as well as Kirstenbosch Gardens which also offers sunset concerts and the opportunity to picnic during the Summer season are some of Cape Town’s well-known theatres.
Cape Town is steeped in history and culture and along with its spectacular scenery, is a story that explains the unfolding of how it evolved, to where it is today. There is so much to see and do that a minimum of three weeks would be required to explore it, and that may still not be enough. What has been listed above are the main highlights, although there are many more. Hopefully this may just whet one’s appetite to visit this most loved city.
One may wish to explore further inland or even further east or west along the coast to Hermanus, Arniston, The Garden Route and Paternoster to name a few.
For those who love the ocean, there are many activities in which to partake to experience Cape Town’s coast. From Shark Cage Diving to Surfing and various water sports, there is much on offer.
Cape Town is undoubtedly a magical city to experience. There is something for everyone which means that everyone can find their own places of interest and their own pace at which to move.
For further information, contact Cape Town Tourism on 0861322223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org