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Tourism

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

Table Mountain is about a 40-minute drive away from Century City and definitely the place for hiking, biking, or walking in Cape Town while at the Conference. Table Mountain has withstood over six million years of erosion and hosts the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species as well as numerous rare and endangered species.

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

Venue B (Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre) is located at the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Be sure to put some time aside to explore the 36-hectare garden that was the first garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora.

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
Website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

4. Big 5 Safari: Aquila Private Game Reserve

Even though Kruger National Park is well known for its safari expeditions, it is located 17 hours away from Cape Town and you might not be able to fit that into your busy schedule! However, Big 5 Private Game Reserve is located less than 2 hours away from Century City, and provides day trip safaris, as well as horseback safaris, quadbike (ATV) safaris and overnight safaris! See if you can spot all 5 of Africa’s wildlife legends: elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, and leopard.

Phone: 0861-73-73-78-3 (9am-9pm) / +27 (0)83 301 9222 (afterhours)
Website: www.aquilasafari.com

5. Cape Winelands

Wine tours, which include wine tastings, cheese tastings, cellar tours, and restaurant lunches depart Cape Town daily and provide information on the many different wines that Cape Town produces as well as stunning scenery. It is a great way to spend an afternoon, or a whole day if you prefer! Pick-up and drop-off locations include certain hotels in Cape Town, so be sure to go online and see if your hotel is on the list.

Website: www.winetourscapetown.com

6. Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is part of Table Mountain National Park and is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins. Located an hour South of Century City, the beach is seldom crowded and small rock pools and bays keep the ocean in the area warm and gentle.

Address: 1 Kleintuin Rd, Cape Town, 7995
Coordinates: 34.1970° S, 18.4510° E
Website: www.capetown.travel
Tel: 021 786 2329
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Guided Tours:

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
Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za


Dining & Shopping

Canal Walk

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 
Website: www.canalwalk.co.za/home.html

Greenmarket Square

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 
Website: www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/greenmarket-square.htm

V&A Waterfront 

A popular shopping and dining destination, adjacent to the Cape Town Harbour, the V&A has over 450 shops selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment. It also has over 80 eateries, including eateries with Table Mountain and sea views, indoor cafes, delis and casual dining eateries. For activity listings and information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: +27 21 408 7600 during office hours (09h00 - 21h00). 

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. 

Website: www.waterfront.co.za


For more tourism information, visit the Cape Town Travel website! 

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