A view of Table Mountain from the deck of the MSC Opera

Cape Town - things to do

Hot Air Ballooning

Start off by going hot air ballooning, to get a bird's eyeview of Cape Town.

Cape Town safari

Whilst other parts of South Africa are much better known for safaris, there are a few opportunities for days trips to Cape Town safari sites.


Exquisite white-sanded beaches, e.g. Camps Bay and Clifton

V&A Waterfront

A shipping-dock area with the shopping centre, restaurants and hotels surrounding it.

Chapmans Peak Drive

A scenic drive from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, along a road blasted into the cliffside.

Cape Point

A towering headland at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, forming Africa's most south-western point.

Table Mountain

The mountain which towers above Cape Town city. The easiest way to the top is with the Table Mountain Cableway.

Craft markets


Scenic views

Cape Town is known for its views.

Robben Island

Where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Township tours


Penguin colonies


Whale watching in the Spring


the unique fynbos (plant life)


Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens


West coast flowers in the Spring
Ministrel carnival

A tradition of the Cape Coloured community, taking place on the second day of the year (tweedenuwejaar). Brightly costumed bands exuberantly make their way through Cape Town's streets from the Grand Parade to Green Point.

Watching the sunset



Sport & activities
Bowling clubs


Cape epic Race

A mountain bike race through the Western Cape province. The 2006 race was ridden in April and finishes at Spier near Stellenbosch.

Golf courses in and around Cape Town


Two Oceans Marathon

Held annually over Easter.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour


Cricket at Newlands cricket stadium

(7km from the city centre)

Rugby at Newlands rugby stadium

(7km from the city centre)

Scenic walks & hikes

Don't go alone - many tourists are mugged every year.

Soccer at Athlone stadium

(...Fifa World Cup soccer in 2010 at Greenpoint)

abseiling off the side of Table Mountain


an evening walk up Lion's head, guided by the light of the full moon.


Tree canopy tour through the Tsitsikamma forest


paragliding off Signal Hill (tandem possible)


Bungy jumping off the Gourits river bridge


Ratanga Junction theme park


Sandboarding off the dunes at Betty's Bay





Historical interest
District Six museum

The District Six Museum was established in 1994, illustrating many of the experiences associated with living in the multi-cultural community before its destruction.  It includesh handwritten notes from residents, actual street signs from the area and before/after photos.

The Castle

In the City Centre, built by the Dutch to defend the Cape.


Gay activities
Gay Film festival

Usually takes place near the start of the year, in January/February.

Mother City Queer Project

MCQP is arguably the biggest gay party of the year. It takes place annually in December.

Masquerade Party

Usually takes place in December


Bird watching venues
shopping malls


Hot springs




Taste full-blooded wines
Art Galleries