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Welcome to Cape Town

Locals affectionately refer to Cape Town as the Mother City, a name it earns as a longstanding, welcoming, and stunning metropolis. One of the oldest cities in South Africa, Cape Town is the country’s second-most populated city behind Johannesburg. This stylish urban center is surrounded on all sides by natural beauty—from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing on beaches to the iconic wildflower-lined Table Mountain. Get your bearings on a sightseeing tour to absorb a little history, and browse the shops and restaurants in central Cape Town on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Ride a cable car up Table Mountain for the best views over the city. Visit points of interest beyond the city center easily with a day tour: Learn about South Africa’s tumultuous history at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Robben Island, where you’ll see Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell. Explore the wildlife and dramatic cliffs of Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, and Hout Bay. Visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach not far from Simon’s Town. Head inland to sip unique vintages produced in the Western Cape Winelands region in historic towns like Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Get your adrenaline pumping with a shark cage diving tour off the coast near Hermanus; or tame things down, and admire the flowers along the Garden Route. Finally, go on a private safari tour at a nearby game reserve to look for Africa’s “Big Five,” including the grand African lion.

Top 10 attractions in Cape Town

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Robben Island

Robben Island

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Robben Island—where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years—was a place of isolation for nearly three centuries, housing many political prisoners and serving as both an asylum and leprosy colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy.More
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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

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With its huge sea cliffs, bays, and valleys, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve—situated at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula—is one of the most scenic spots in South Africa. A trip to Cape Point and the reserve, part of Table Mountain National Park, is an easy must-do when visiting Cape Town and highlights include animal sightings, scenic drives, and deserted beaches.More
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Franschhoek Motor Museum

Franschhoek Motor Museum

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On the grounds of the L'Ormarins farm in Franschhoek, home to Antonij Rupert Wines, is the Franschhoek Motor Museum. This collection of more than 200 cars is the personal collection of Johann Rupert, who runs the wine estate. The cars span more than 100 years of car-making history, and the models on display (a selection that rotates periodically) are in impeccable condition.In addition to the cars, the Franschhoek Motor Museum also showcases some historical motorcycles and bicycles, as well as motoring memorabilia. There are four buildings on the estate which hold cars, each grouped by its make.More
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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

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With pristine white sands and calm turquoise waters hemmed in by gigantic granite boulders, Boulders Beach is one of the Cape Peninsula’s most magnificent beaches. Located just outside Simon’s Town, the beach is protected as part of the Table Mountain National Park and renowned for its African penguin colony.More
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Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

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Lined with brightly colored houses and lively streets, Bo-Kaap is as vibrant as it is culturally rich. The historic neighborhood, set just outside central Cape Town on the flanks of Signal Hill, is a dynamic melting pot of Malaysian, India, Sri Lankan, and African culture. It was one of the first settlements of freed slaves and Muslim immigrants in South Africa.More
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Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Chapman's Peak is a mountain on the Cape Peninsula with a 5.5-mile (8.8 kilometers) road, said to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. The road winds from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, clinging to the side of the steep mountain almost the whole way. Traveling this road’s 114 turns is a must-do in Cape Town.More
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Cape Point

Cape Point

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Panoramic ocean views, towering cliffs, and 100-year-old lighthouses define Cape Point, located at the tip of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. Set within the Cape Floral Region (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Table Mountain National Park, the reserve is a haven for hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography.More
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Table Mountain and Cableway

Table Mountain and Cableway

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Table Mountain is a must-see for all Cape Town visitors. The panoramic views from the top of its 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) peak are well worth the climb—though you won’t have to break a sweat thanks to the mountain’s two cableways, each with a revolving car ferrying passengers to the summit. Once at the top, a series of hiking trails show off Table Mountain National Park’s geographic features, while daredevils can test their mettle by rappelling from the upper cable station.More
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Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

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Table Mountain's distinctive plateau is the backdrop for iconic Cape Town views, but that's just the beginning of its namesake national park. Stretching the length of the Cape Peninsula, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hiking trails, diverse flora and fauna, and—of course—South Africa’s most famous coastal and mountain vistas.More
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Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

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Twelve Apostles Mountain Range—with its rock buttresses and deep ravines—stretches majestically south from Cape Town along the rugged Atlantic Coast. You can explore the mountains up close on numerous hiking trails, or you can view the scenic formations from the coastal road that runs between the base of the bluffs and ocean.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Cape Town

How to Spend 2 Days in Cape Town

Wildlife Safari Tours from Cape Town

Wildlife Safari Tours from Cape Town

Cape Winelands Tours from Cape Town

Cape Winelands Tours from Cape Town

Top activities in Cape Town

African Story Wine Tours

African Story Wine Tours

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5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

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Private Big Red Wine Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Our first Wine Experience with Allen
PHATHUTSHEDZO_M, Mar 2021
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands Full Day Shared Tour
We learned a lot throughout this trip and he showed us a lot of historical attractions where we took beautiful pictures of statues and landscapes.
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Fascinating and deeply amazing!
Eduard_Gorkh, Feb 2021
Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town
All the sights we've visited were breathtaking and unbelievably miraculous, and it was a pleasure to see Alain as fascinated as we were.
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Great day tour!
Maryam_F, Mar 2020
Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town
Great full day tour to see the highlights of Cape Town!
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Best experience
Roshan, Mar 2020
Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
Hassle free way to see all of Cape Town...!
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Table Mountain
Loupsylvestre, Feb 2020
Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
Plan to visit Table Mountain early in your trip so that you have time in case of bad weather or high winds.
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Penguins everywhere. Excellent tour.
Tai_T, Feb 2020
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Tour: Including Park fee
City Sightseeing is an excellent way to see Cape Town.
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Amazing Kayak Tour Experience
Atusa, Feb 2020
Atlantic Outlook Kayak Tour Cape Town
Our guide was super friendly, funny and informative and gave us recommendations for other activities to do in Cape Town.
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Safe, fun, and convenient!
Shelby, Feb 2020
Cape Town Airport Transfers
He was so friendly and gave us a lot of useful information and tips about what to do and what not to do in Cape Town.
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Sharks ahoy
Andrew_S, Feb 2020
Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town
Also lucky enough to see sharks up close.
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sunset
edbrager, Feb 2020
Private Cape Town City Evening Tour
This was a great way to see Cape Town at night.
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Sail Away
sussiepalmer, Feb 2020
Sailing in The Bay (One Hour)
Great way to see Cape Town from the water!
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Private Tour the Way to GO!
cdn54, Jan 2020
Table Mountain, Boulder's Penguins & Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town
Our guide Peter went out of his way to make the day very special and to make sure we got to see and do all of the activities advertised.
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Gorgeous views of Cape Town. A must do!
jazz2jazzy168, Jan 2020
Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Scenic Helicopter Flight
Best way to see scenic Cape Town.
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Garden Route Tour January 2020
henno1352, Jan 2020
5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape Town
A comprehensive trip along the coast to Jeffrey’s Bay and back to Cape Town along Route 62 but attempting to squeeze too many activities in the allotted time.
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Day Safari from Cape Town
sjhoppy, Dec 2019
Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town
We managed to see Ostrich, Springboks, Hippos, Rhinos, Lion.
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Going in Safari to Aquila Reserve
josejuan68, Dec 2019
Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town
And it was a great to see the animals free...
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Great Deal to Tour Wine Country
752jerryd, Nov 2019
Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
A great way to see the wine country just outside Cape Town.
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Awesome Bike Ride
VOFIVE, Sep 2019
4-Hour PRIVATE Cape Town City Cycle Tour
A nice way to see the sites in the city of Cape Town.
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Nice Tour
Cphwilliams, Aug 2019
The 10 Tastings of Cape Town With Locals: Private Food Tour
We didn't quite get to all 10 tastings but it was a nice way to see Cape Town, nonetheless.
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Enlightened experience
Culture782755, Jun 2019
Cape Town Township Tour including Robben Island - Walk to Freedom Tour
Looking forward to visiting Cape Town again.
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