Top Ten Attractions in Cape Town – Part 2
We’ve shown you five of Cape Town’s top 10 attractions – now discover five more top travel activities to add to your holiday itinerary.
6. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Set against the slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcase some of the Cape’s most magnificent plant and flower life. The sprawling gardens offer many beautiful walking and hiking paths, as well an array of indigenous gardens featuring fynbos, proteas and cycads. Visitors may also opt to enjoy a picnic on the emerald lawns of the gardens. Bring your own snacks or purchase delicious treats from Kirstenbosch’s deli.
During the summer months, sunset concerts take place at Kirstenbosch, usually on Sunday evenings. The gardens also offer a restaurant, tourist information centre, nursery and curio shop. The gardens are open every day of the year, and entrance fee in nominal.
7. The District Six Museum
During the years of apartheid, 60,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes in District Six. Today, the District 6 Museum serves as a “living memorial” of this cruelty – but also as a celebration of the talents and contributions of District Six’s inhabitants.
The District Six museum features both permanent exhibitions and temporary displays, and offers a fascinating look at Cape Town’s past. A visit to the District Six Museum is highly recommended for any visitor to the Cape, and particularly for those wishing to learn more about South Africa’s chequered past and far brighter future.
8. The Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving structure in Cape Town, having been built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a refreshment station for the settlers. For many years, until the settlement grew, it served as the administrative, civilian and military centre of the Cape.
The Castle, today, remains the seat of the military in the Cape. It also houses the William Fehr Collection and the Castle Military Museum. It also features an impressive sword collection. Visitors to the Castle are invited to explore its well-preserved interiors and bell tower, as well as its majestic balconies and reconstructed forge. Regular tours take place from Monday to Saturday, and horse-and-carriage rides take place daily.
9. Table Mountain Cableway
Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most famous landmarks, and a visit to the Mother City wouldn’t be complete without a journey to its peak! Luckily, you don’t have to climb the mountain if you’re not so inclined! The Table Mountain Cableway transports visitors to the top of Table Mountain daily, providing unparalleled, 360° views of Cape Town.
Once at the top, visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments at the Table Mountain restaurants, explore various walking paths or take advantage of fantastic photographic opportunities. A truly unique experience, a trip up Table Mountain in the cable car is not to be missed!
10. Cape Town Beaches
Cape Town’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, featuring soft, pearly sand and clear blue water. Many of Cape Town’s beaches boast Blue Flag status, which means that they excel in safety, cleanliness, maintenance and amenities, offering a first-class bathing and relaxation experience to visitors.
High quality beaches are found in most parts of Cape Town – from Blouberg and Big Bay (ideal for water sports) to Camps Bay and Clifton (the trendiest strips in the Cape) and Noordhoek and Kommetjie – quieter shores that are perfect for families or romantic outings. Visiting one of these magnificent beaches is an integral part of any Cape Town holiday!
Making the most of your Cape Town vacation
Experience the best of the Cape by including some of these activities and attractions on your holiday itinerary. Also be sure to book good quality accommodation so that you can relax in style after your days spent exploring the Mother City.