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10 Things You Need To Know About Cape Town

Cape Town’s diverse neighbourhoods, golden beaches, voluntourism opportunities and much more.

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1. Its top attraction is known simply as ‘The Mountain’
Overlooking Cape Town from all angles is Table Moutnain, the city’s top attraction which is simply known as ‘The Mountain’. Don’t leave Cape Town without making the trip to the top where you’ll find some great walking trails along with breathtaking views. For the perfect shot of Table Mountain, head to Blouberg Beach.
2. Make sure to drive out to Cape Point
One of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day in Cape Town is by going on a drive to Cape Point. Taking in the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive on the way, here you can visit the Cape of Good Hope and more. When you get to Cape Point, make sure to walk to the lighthouse for absolutely unforgettable views.
3. It’s home to South Africa’s most visited destination
The V&A Waterfront is located between Table Mountain and Robben Island and is South Africa’s most visited destination. Here you can enjoy free entertainment, dine in one of the many restaurants, or treat yourself to something new in the shopping mall found here.
4. Here you’ll find lots of golden beaches
Cape Town is home to lots of golden beaches. The best known is the beach at Camps Bay, while Muizenberg is popular with surfers. And if you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter, check out the beach at Hout Bay. Another of Cape Town’s well-know beaches is Clifton Beach, which is actually broken up into four different beaches.
  • 1st Beach: The first beach, which is known as 1st Beach, is the quietest of the four.
  • 2nd Beach: 2nd Beach is popular with a your bohemian crowd.
  • 3rd Beach: 3rd Beach is extremely popular with the city’s gay community.
  • 4th Beach: 4th Beach is where you’ll find families, along with Cape Town’s beautiful people.
  • 5. Try and get involved in ‘voluntourism’
    Cape Town is a great place to get involved in ‘voluntourism’. You can do this through community projects organised by Cape Town hostels like The Backpack and Ashanti Lodge. As part of these projects, you’ll spend the day with children from local townships, reading to them or playing sports.
    6. One of its top attractions is a prison
    Located just off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island, which is home to one of the world’s most famous prisons. A visit to the island takes approximately three hours and during this time you’ll see the quarry where the inmates worked, the yard where they spent their recreational time and the cells where they slept. Of these cells, the most famous is cell number 5, which was where former South African President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during his time on Robben Island.
    7. It’s home to the world’s first indigenous botanical garden
    Located just 20 minutes outside of the centre of Cape Town is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It was established in 1913 to promote the flora of South Africa and was the first indigenous botanical garden in the world. So if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple of house, this is the perfect place to go.
    8. It’s a wine lover’s dream come true
    Within one hour from Cape Town you’ll find hundreds of vineyards, most of them in either Stellenbosch or Paarl. A great vineyard to visit is Fairview in Paarl, which is as famous for its cheese as it is for its wine. On a visit you can taste lots of wine and see how the wine is stored.
    9. There’s lot of wildlife to be seen
    Cape Town is the only city in Africa where you’ll see penguins in the wild. The best place to see them is down on Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. Other wildlife to be seen include snakes, baboons and ostriches down at Cape Point, seals at the V&A Waterfront, and approximately two hou rs from Cape Town near Hermanus you can get up close and personal with Great White Sharks.
    10. Try to explore its neighbourhoods
    Cape Town is home to some fascinating neighbourhoods:
  • Kalk Bay: This charming fishing village is well worth checking out.
  • Camps Bay: This neighbourhood is perfect for relaxing in one of the area’s many different cafés.
  • Downtown Cape Town: In this part of Cape Town, you’ll find the bustling Green Market Square.
  • Green Point: This is the perfect part of Cape Town to check out if you’re in the mood for an evening stroll.
  • Bo-Kaap: One of the must-visit neighbourhoods in Cape Town, Bo-Kaap was established in the middle of the 18th century and is one of the most colourful parts of the city.
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