Cape Town, or more commonly known as the Mother City, is a coastal city in South Africa and is also the provincial capital. The city is famous for its harbour and its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region; as well as for it's landmarks such as Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island (The notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela is now a living museum). It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East.
Top 6 Things to See in Cape Town!
1. Table Mountain
To buy tickets for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway go online to www.tablemountain.net. Buy your tickets online before you arrive and remember that you will still need to queue for the Cableway on busy days. Cableway tickets are only valid if purchased via Webtickets. Online tickets can be purchased and printed from any computer, or shown on-screen on a mobile device. Tickets are also available from the Ticket Office at the Lower Cableway Station.
Phone (weather): +27 (0)21 424 8181
Phone (general): +27 (0)21 424 0015
Address: Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town
2. Robben Island
Robben Island was the prison where former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela served 18 out of his 27 years behind bars. It is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 20 minutes North of Century City, Robben Island hosts museum tours that are about 3.5 hours long including the ferry trip to and from the island. The tour guides inside the prison are former political prisoners.
Passengers should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled times of departure, boarding gates close 10 minutes before departure time. For more info go to www.robben-island.org.za.
3. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The Hop On – Hop Off bus tour also stops at the gardens. Go to www.citysightseeing.co.za for prices, timetable and to book tickets.
Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735
Contact Details: 021 799 8783
4. Big 5 Safari: Aquila Private Game Reserve
Phone: 0861-73-73-78-3 (9am-9pm) / +27 (0)83 301 9222 (afterhours)
5. Cape Winelands
6. Boulders Beach
Address: 1 Kleintuin Rd, Cape Town, 7995
Coordinates: 34.1970° S, 18.4510° E
Tel: 021 786 2329
CitySightseeing Cape Town: Hop On - Hop Off
The best way to see Cape Town! Operating all day, everyday with over 30 exciting stops with easy access. Some stops include:
- City Tour to Table Mountain
- Free Guided Walking Tours of the city
- Wine Tour
- Township visit
- Cape Point
Phone: 021 511 6000
Dining & Shopping
Canal Walk, which boasts 400 shops, restaurants and services, is the 3rd largest shopping centre in Africa. The Canal Walk Shopping Centre is located at Century City. Canal Walk's international, national and local visitors are provided the highest level of service from its world-class Visitor Information Centre, offering everything from travel bookings to gift card sales. The convenience continues on every level with extended trading hours from 9am to 9pm every day and easy access directly from the N1 Highway. Canal Walk merges the world's most desirable brands with shopping convenience and entertainment with everyday leisure, all in an inspiring setting.
Address: Canal Walk, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441
Greenmarket Square is a historical square in the centre of old Cape Town, South Africa. The square was built in 1696. Over the years, it has served as a slave market, a vegetable market, a parking lot and more recently, an informal flea market trading mainly African souvenirs, crafts and curios. Mondays to Saturdays, between 09h00 and 16h00, it’s just the place to find clothing, glassware, hand-painted fabrics, footwear, music, sunglasses and curios from all over Cape Town and Africa. Multiple eateries flank the square.
Address: Corner Shortmarket/Longmarket Streets and Burg Street, Burg St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
At Out of Africa V&A Waterfront you can buy traditional and contemporary goods, that have been carefully crafted from stone, wood, bark, beads and clay. A large number of the products are produced and purchased from community programmes dedicated to social upliftment and job creation, sustaining over 30 000 people from marginalised, rural communities.