With so much to see and do, most first-time visitors can’t help but feel blown away by this beautiful, cosmopolitan city. Three hundred years of cultural heritage and a dazzling array of natural beauty ensures that every visitor to The Mother City will have their own unique Cape Town experience.
One of the first items on any visitor’s list has to be a cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain. This natural wonder of the world offers extraordinary 360-degree views of the city and is the perfect way to get your bearings. From there, you might enjoy a visit to the nearby Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, home to some of the country’s finest stores and restaurants, a relaxing picnic in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or even a trip to majestic Cape Point, with a stop at Cape Town’s famous penguin colony along the way.
If you want to explore Cape Town’s cultural heritage, you can hop on a ferry and visit Robben Island, the infamous prison that once held former president Nelson Mandela. Alternatively, a variety of township tours are available to take you into the informal settlements of Khayelitsha, Langa and Gugulethu, for a different perspective on life in this vibrant city.
Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on pristine, white beaches, soaking up the diverse cultures or shopping up a storm, Cape Town has something for every taste. From the laidback beauty and gastronomic delights of the Cape Winelands to countless mountain trails offering vistas that will leave you breathless, your biggest problem will be deciding what to experience next.
With 72 beautiful beaches dotted along 300km of exquisite coastline, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to enjoying the hours of sunshine, white sands and azure sea. Cape Town offers so many ways to make the most of its beautiful beaches. You can take a private surfing lesson, soak up the rays on a Blue Flag beach, enjoy a romantic sunset cruise, horse ride along the waterline, share a family feast, or sip a sundowner. Let us know what you enjoy best and we will take you to the finest seaside spot to make it happen.
Like a local
Our born-and-bred Capetonian guides will take you around the city and reveal all its hidden gems. Whether you are interested in craft beer, natural wonders, mountain biking or antiques, you are in for a fun and fascinating ride. Our consultants will make sure you get all the insider insights and top tips on where to go and what to see: best shopping, top apps to use, who to give back to, best kids activities, sunset spots, picnic places, sights, restaurants, seasonal happenings, events… The options are endless and can be customised to suit your unique interests and hobbies.
Here’s to the wine country
The Cape Winelands is both a wine-lover’s paradise and a fun family destination. After a short drive or even a helicopter ride from the city, you can relax and enjoy the wine-tasting and vistas; while the kids take part in fun activities, like interacting with eagles and cheetahs. Then you can swap stories over a picnic lunch as you sample a selection of the Cape’s world-famous and award-winning wines, or take part in a wine-and-cheese or wine-and-chocolate pairing. All set amongst sprawling vineyards that give way to historic Cape Dutch architecture.
An immersion into Cape Town’s thriving art world is one of our most sought after experiences. A look into South Africa’s art world has been carefully designed to take you behind the scenes with visits to local artists’ studios, introductions to passionate curators, delectable dinners with private collectors, all amongst trips to the city’s finest art galleries. As you delve deeper into the lives of the artists and artisans of this vibrant city, it’s easy to see why Cape Town was awarded the World Design Capital in 2014. Another exciting development is the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, which opened in September 2017; a non-profit cultural institution that focuses on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.
Sunrises & Sundowners
Majestic Table Mountain is one of the world’s most iconic sights and its summit offers 360-degree views that are literally breathtaking. An early morning hike or cable car ride to the top is an amazing way to welcome the sun as it slowly lights up the city and harbour below. For those who fancy something more luxurious, there is the option of zipping through the city on a vintage World War II sidecar, and heading to the V&A Waterfront for a champagne cruise to Clifton Beach. Watch the sun paint the mountain gold before dropping below the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean, as the city lights twinkle to match the starry sky – a truly romantic and unforgettable experience.
Penguins on parade
On the boulder-strewn coastline alongside the charming seaside town of Simonstown, lies the idyllic Boulders Beach, home to a colony of endangered African penguins. It is one of the only places in the world that you can come close to these quirky and curious birds, even taking a dip together. For watersports enthusiasts, there’s kayaking and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding in the bay’s calm, turquoise waters. The trip via Kalk Bay – for a spot of antique, art and knickknack shopping – completes the magic of a perfect fairytale day.
Cape Town’s globally-celebrated and ever-evolving culinary scene is a vibrant mix of exquisite fine dining, trendy eateries and buzzing café culture. An astounding 8 of the country’s top 10 restaurants are in the city and surrounds. Our specialist guide will take you on a walking tour of the city’s most colourful gastronomical hotspots, where you’ll meet the passionate producers behind some of the Mother City’s most delicious artisanal food. Discover shops and cafes dedicated to cheese, bread, gin, meat, wine, coffee and even bacon, all in the heart of the city.