Stroll through the City Bowl
Probably the best way to get a first taste of Cape Town is to walk around in the historic City Bowl where loads of old houses, the castle and various museums can be found. And have a coffee at one of the great cafes in town. A perfect start for your Cape Town experience.
|The Cape Town hop-on hop-off tour introduces you to the sights and attractions of the city that effortlessly blends spectacular natural beauty with the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre. Enjoy this unique sightseeing experience in Cape Town on board a London-style open top double-decker bus. Experience the convenience of hopping on and off at any designated stop and exploring Cape Town at your own pace.
See the exotic World of Birds and marvel at the V & A Waterfront ambience. See the museums and gain an insight into the history of the peninsula and the apartheid era. Enjoy a boat trip to Seal Island and while away the hours at the Camps Bay Beach.
With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Cape Town.
|Abseiling off Table Mountain|
|An insane experience of adrenaline and achievement: a 112 metre controlled descent off Cape Town's magnificent Table Mountain.
Step off the top at 1000 metres above sea level and rappel into pure oblivion and indulge in the world's highest commercial abseil, surrounded with the privilege of awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet.
Walk or take the cableway to meet us at the top for this mind-blowing experience. No climbing experience is necessary to enjoy this humbling abseil.
Pickup info: Walk or take the cableway to meet us at the top of Table Mountain.
|Walk to Freedom Tour including Robben Island|
|The day begins with a visit to the cobbled streets, brightly coloured houses and mosques of the Bo Kaap (Malay Quarter) and then continue to the District Six Museum, which documents the tragic disintegration of this once-vibrant community by the Apartheid Government. Experience a slice of township life in Langa - the oldest Apartheid housing scheme in the Western Cape and Guguletu including the opportunity to visit a shebeen (pub!). Contemplate this land of contrasts over lunch in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront district before embarking on a three-hour cruise of the bay and visit to Robben Island to follow in the footsteps of Nelsen Mandela.|
|Cape Peninsula National Park|
|Officially part of the Table Mountain National Park, the Cape Peninsula is situated south of Cape Town. The most southern point of the Peninsula is the "Cape of Good Hope" which used to be called to most southern point of Africa. This is wrong - Cape Agulhas is the most southern point of Africa.|
|Tours: Cape Peninsula Tour | Cape Point Tour | Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve etc.|
|Table Mountain National Park|
|The Table Mountain is always overlooking the City of Cape Town. The Mountain got its special magic which you have to check out while you are there. You can either climb [link] the mountain or take the Cableway. You will enjoy it when you are up there – fantastic views on Cape Town!
SANParks, the South African National Parks Authority, just published some new Safety Information for all visitor of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP)
|Tours: Abseil Table Mountain | Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour | Table Mountain and Blouberg Beach Tour | Four Mountain Passes Tour etc.|
|The District Six Museum|
|The District Six Museum is a MUST while you are in Cape Town. It shows the diversity of the city at it's best. But it also shows how brutal and disgusting the Apartheid government of South Africa tried to reach their stupid aims.|
|Tours: Cape Town Cultural Tour | Cultural Tour & Robben Island|
|Full day Wine Tour|
|The Unpretentious Sommelier
So you want to learn about wine, but don't want to sit in a stuffy tasting room with Mr. Know-it-all sitting next to you who was clearly born on the vine itself, and knows far more about wine than you may ever aspire to? You'd like to learn and explore and have a good laugh with a great guide on a well-planned trip, and not HAVE to spit it out?! South Africa Backpackers has a trip that'll make a believer out of you!
This full day tour departs daily from Cape Town, and stops in three of South Africa's most affluent and world-renowned wine growing regions.
Paarl, the first stop proudly bears the title of the third-oldest town in South Africa. Standing tall on Paarl Mountain and celebrating the birth of Afrikaans is the Afrikaans Language Monument and just outside Paarl is Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and started his walk to freedom. This area is ideal and caters for diversity: while Shiraz is their signature cultivar a wide range of other styles also perform extremely well.
The next stop on the journey is Franschhoek which has one of the oldest vigneron traditions dating back to the 16th century. Some of South Africa's oldest and most famous wine estates are found here. These Grand Old Cape-Dutch farmhouses and wine stores have watched proudly over the land for centuries; and the vineyards & wine estates still produce some of South Africa's top wines today.
Stellenbosch, just 45 minutes from Cape Town, occupies the perfect terroir for grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the a truly South African clone of Pinot Noir and Hermitage: Pinotage. Beyerskloof Estate is our winery of choice in this region, whose owner won the Robert Mondavi award in 1991 for International Winemaker of the Year.
|more tours & activities in Cape Town - photography tours, Cape Peninsula tours, more sightseeing tours, Kirstenbosch Garden tours, sunset cruises, helicopter tours etc.|
Flea Markets and Markets in Cape Town
(click here for a streetmap)
Arts and crafts
summer: daily; Thursday - Saturday
Flea market stuff plus arts and crafts
every Sunday 10am-2pm
The Grande Parade
Wednesday - Saturday
Arts and crafts market
December - January daily
Antique Collectors Market
every Saturday and Sunday
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Whale watching in Cape Town
The best area for whale watching in Cape Town is the warmer False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. The most frequently seen whale is the Southern Right Whale, which are using the area as calving and nursery grounds and may be seen just metres from the shore. Peak season for whale watching are the months from mid-August to mid-October. Other whales that can be seen in the False Bay (although less frequently than Southern Right Whales) include Humpback Whales, Killer Whales and Bryde's Whales. Dolphin species in the region include Bottlenose Dolphins on the east side and Dusky Dolphins on the west side.
|Hermanus Whale Watching Tour|
|Close to the southernmost tip of Africa, Hermanus enjoys a richly deserved reputation for its fantastic shore-based whale watching, between July and November. From the excellent vantage points on the rocky cliff path that hugs the coastline from one end of Hermanus to the other, whale watchers can get within 20 meters of these magical creatures as they cruise along the coves. The area is a haven for the Southern Right Whale, but other species including Humpbacks, Killer whales plus Bottlenose and Common dolphins are occasionally sighted. The world’s only ‘Whale Crier’ alerts visitors to the location of the whales by blasting his kelp horn. Enjoy wondrous views of the Cape Peninsula as you return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s pass.|
|Great White Shark Cage Dive|
|Depart for Gansbaai and enjoy a continental breakfast at the White Shark Lodge before a short boat trip to Dyer Island. A haven for marine birds and home to 50,000 Cape Fur Seals, the area has become a magnet for Great White Sharks and offers fantastic opportunities to view this magnificent predator from both above and below the surface.
The skipper of the day gives a short lecture on shark anatomy and behaviour. He explains how White Sharks Projects works with the sharks in the area. You will spend around four to six hours at sea, depending on the frequency of shark visits to the boat. Once the skipper has decided upon the best site, you will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the water in a shark cage. The cage takes 2-3 people at a time and you will spend around 20 minutes in the water surrounded by these magnificent creatures. All equipment, including 7mm wetsuits, is provided - you don't need a scuba licence to cage dive. If you change your mind and do not want to enter the water, you can simply enjoy the surface viewing – sharks naturally feed at the surface so photo opportunities abound.
The shark cage dive takes place on Shark Team, an 11-meter, 4-ton catamaran with all the latest electronic and safety equipment. The boat was custom-built for shark diving, so there is plenty of space for everyone to view the sharks in comfort. It holds up to 18 passengers and the crew consists of experienced Skippers, a qualified Paramedic, a Dive Master and friendly, helpful staff. They operate with the benefit of 15 years’ experience in Great White Shark research, conservation and eco-tourism, behind them. Lunch boxes consisting of bread rolls with a variety of fillings, sweets, crisps and assorted juices and soft drinks are provided on board the boat and upon return to harbour you are invited to tea, coffee, biscuits or scones at the White Shark Lodge.
Cape Town, or “Mother City”, is the place where South Africa, as we know it today, was founded by the Dutchman Jan van Riebeek in 1652. First used as a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company, Cape Town grew quite quickly and became a small settlement of the first European settlers.
In the following years Cape Town got a fort (the Castle of Good Hope) as well as the Company Gardens which were established at the foot of Table Mountain.
Today's Cape Town is the major tourist attraction in South Africa. The magnificent Table Mountain, the two oceans (Indian Ocean & Atlantic), the diversity of people, the long history and the natural beauty of the area are attracking thousands and thousands of tourists year by year.
Fact File Cape Town
Function: legislative capital of South Africa
Population: around 3 million
founded in: 1652
Public Transport in Cape Town
You definitely don't need a car in Cape Town. You can do almost everything with public transport. Click here for some information about the public transport in Cape Town!
Beaches in Cape Town
Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The more chilly beaches along the Atlantic coastline and the warmer ones along the Indian Ocean coastline. Read more »»
World Heritage Sites in
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