Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations on the African continent, and with so many things to do there, it was almost impossible to whittle down this list to just five items. But here we are… a list of 5 things to do in The Mother City! (But just remember this list is far more exhaustive than this simple one – I spent five weeks in CT and barely covered the entire city!)
Kitesurfing at Blouberg Beach
The Cape Doctor is a strong and powerful wind that regularly blows through Cape Town during the year. And in the summer season, when the clouds are gone and the wind is blowing something fierce, then all the kite surfers come out in their full gear to try out the ice-cold waves of Blouberg Beach.
The beach itself has an awesome view of the great Table Mountain and should not be missed. Even if you’re not into kite surfing, there are plenty of restaurants where you can relax, eat delicious food, and enjoy the view.
Picnicking in Kirstenbosch Gardens
This famous World Heritage Site is a green jewel on the side of Table Mountain where people can picnic and chillax under indigenous South African trees and enjoy open-air sunset concerts.
If you’re a fan of public art, sunset concerts, exploring the gardens, or relaxing with your friends and family, then Kirstenbosch should be on the top of your list of things to do.
Driving down the Coast
Cape Town is located on a peninsula on the southwestern part of Africa. Also referred to as The Cape of Good Hope, it was used as an indicator to sailors that they had finally rounded the bottom of the African continent.
But the great thing about this peninsula is the mountain range that runs along the coastline – and it’s a great idea for any visitor to drive along this coastline right down to the southern tip known as Cape Point. Not only will you get great views of different parts of The Mother City, but you will also get glimpses of the local flora and fauna – especially in the Table Mountain National Park that surrounds Cape Point.
Hiking the Mountains
Table Mountain, which is aptly named after its flat top, has become the world famous symbol of Cape Town. The mountain itself is one of the oldest in the world as it is about six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rockies. It is also covered with Cape Town’s local flora and fauna (namely fynbos and dassies). There are many different parts to the Table Mountain range, with the three most famous being Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, and (of course) Table Mountain itself.
Of course, I could go on and on about this mountain’s long and tumultuous history, but the crux of the matter is that this 1080-meter-tall mountain is perfect for hikers of all levels. With trails of varying difficulty running all over the mountain range, visitors should not miss the opportunity to climb to the top of any part of this famous symbol in South Africa. Or, if you’re not so keen on hiking, then you can always take the slightly over-priced cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy the spectacular view of The Mother City.
Exploring the V&A Waterfront
The Waterfront has become a bustling hub for Cape Townian locals and visitors alike. With plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as local entrepreneurial spirit, the V&A Waterfront is the perfect place to feel the spirit of Cape Town and enjoy some local arts, crafts, and music.
It’s also a great place to catch a boat and travel around the Cape Peninsula. From Robben Island to Seal Island, you can get a great tour of famous historical and natural spots directly from the wharf. So if you’re ever down in The Mother City, then you should definitely check out the V&A Waterfront.
So Much More…
Although I’ve only listed 5 things to do in Cape Town, there are still plenty of more things for visitors to explore. From the wonderful Company Gardens, the market at Old Biscuit Mill, to the colourful houses on Muizenberg Beach, to exploring the Kalk Bay Caves, to shopping at the Bay Harbor Market, to plays at the Fugard Theatre to just about anything you can imagine.
Therefore, this list is just the starting point – and if you’re really invested in exploring The Mother City, then you should find your own way around the mountain and discover nifty little adventures for you to have!