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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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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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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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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront)

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront)

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Originally a jetty built in 1654 to provide fresh water and produce to the sailors of the Dutch East India Company, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is now one of the most-visited attractions in South Africa. The area is a development consisting of two harbors, retail shops and museums, seascapes and mountain views, and plenty of places to bed down, drink up, and eat away.More
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Hout Bay

Hout Bay

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A quaint fishing village on the Cape Peninsula’s Atlantic Seaboard, Hout Bay is an idyllic vacation spot with a historic downtown, a bustling harbor front, wineries, and marine life. While only about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Cape Town, the community has a remote feel, giving visitors a chance to slow down and savor the seaside vibes.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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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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Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium

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Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium celebrates the unique collection of marine life that lives off South Africa's coasts, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Travelers can get a glimpse of life below the surface of the ocean surrounding southern Africa, including microscopic creatures, magnificent fish, penguins, turtles, sharks, stingrays, rare seahorses, and colorful clownfish.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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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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Camps Bay

Camps Bay

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The Camps Bay suburb of Cape Town is all about beaches and nightlife, whether you're a Cape Town resident in search of a weekend getaway or you're a visitor.The wide, white sand beaches of Camps Bay sit beneath the imposing Twelve Apostles peaks and Talbe Mountain itself. Vacationers play beach volleyball, go surfing, and simply relax in the sand. By night, Victoria Road hums with activity – it's the place to see and be seen, lined with trendy nightclubs and restaurants.Camps Bay Beach has been listed as a Blue Flag Beach since 2008, meeting strict environmental standards.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

Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point & Penguins Private Tour from Cape Town

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Half day Robben Island Tour.

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Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
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Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town

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Coastal Motor Cruise

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Table Mountain, Boulder's Penguins & Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Nice experience
khethukuthula_M, Jan 2022
Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
It enabled us to see and know more about the city.
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I had the most wonderful...
Kirsten_D, Dec 2021
Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Small Group Tour from Cape Town
I had the most wonderful time 🤩 Our tour guide Barnabas was amazing I really got to see the most beautiful parts of Cape Town 🌊 My favorite parts were definitely Boulders beach and Cape Point especially the light house
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What's up fish :)
Elzane_H, Dec 2021
Skip the Line: Two Oceans Aquarium Admission Ticket
As usual the place to go with kids when in Cape Town.
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Great tour with a knowledgeable guide
Tara_J, Dec 2021
Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point & Penguins Private Tour from Cape Town
David was a great tour guide for our trip to Cape Point and to see the penguins.
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Mixed bag day tour
Carrie_B, Nov 2021
Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Small Group Tour from Cape Town
I would recommend this tour if you have a brief amount of time to see the Cape Town and surrounding area.
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Great experience!
Greg_M, Oct 2021
Penguins At Boulders Beach, Simonstown from Cape Town
Mike Brown was an excellent tour guide and went over and above to tell us about Cape Town and to make sure we had excellent recommendations for other things to do during our visit.
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Nice way to spend a 1/2 day.
Erwin_S, Oct 2021
Half day African Penguin Tour
The drive to see the penguins offered many opportunities to stop and see amazing vistas on the cape peninsula.
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A safari where you drive less and see more.
Kevin_P, Dec 2021
Full Day Safari Aquila Game Reserve - Cape Town
But this tour not only has a great buffet lunch to start with, comfortable land rovers but also you are pretty much guaranteed to see animals, quite a few of them.
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Winery Heaven
Sihle_J, Dec 2021
Half-Day Stellenbosch Winelands Tour from Cape Town
We got to visit two vineyards and a little tour of Stellenbosch town, getting to know about the town's historical buildings.
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The BEST way to see Cape Town! Amazing!
Melanie_W, Oct 2021
Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town
This tour is the best way to see the most amazing views of Cape Town!
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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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Penguins everywhere. Excellent tour.
John_T, Feb 2020
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
City Sightseeing is an excellent way to see Cape Town.
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Amazing Kayak Tour Experience
Atusa_A, 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!
William_M, 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!
Jessica_L, 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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