If you can’t squeeze in an up-country safari during your trip to South Africa, never fear, Cape Town will console you with its own variety of big-ticket items to cross off your list.
These are Cape Town’s Big 6, not-to-be-missed pitstops during your Cape Town self-catering stay.
- Cape Point
It’s not every day you can say you’ve stood on the south-westernmost tip of Africa, but when you board the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the Old Cape Point Lighthouse, that’s exactly where you’ll be.
As you gaze out from here over the temperamental landscape, the next nearest landmass is Antarctica, looming out of the frozen waters about 4 000 km away. Needless to say, the panoramic ocean views will blow your mind, but that’s not all that’s on offer here.
You can amble among the fynbos of this national reserve, pick up some curios to commemorate your visit and dine on something fresh and fishy at the Two Oceans Restaurant with its stunning outlook over the waters.
- Groot Constantia
Take a stroll back in time to South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate, established by Simon van der Stel himself in 1685. Of course, there’s excellent food and wine a-plenty on offer at the two restaurants here, but that’s not all.
The Grand Manor house offers a glimpse of life in times gone by. You can set out on foot to explore the historic estate or find out what makes this ‘grand old lady’ tick on a guided wine tour of the cellars.
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
You should arrive prepared to lose yourself for the whole day in Africa’s most beautiful garden. Apart from all the wonderful specimens thriving here, you can also head up on to the Boomslang walkway for an aerial view of the arboretum and surrounding landscape, hike up Table Mountain or settle down for a picnic in these gorgeous surroundings.
There’s no shortage of restaurants and café’s if you didn’t pack a picnic basket and the Summer Sunset Concerts are a don’t miss attraction every week during the warm season.
- Robben Island Museum
Robben Island has done an amazing turnaround. Once, it was the last place anyone wanted to be, today it’s one of the city’s most visited attractions. Tours of Robben Island include an exhilarating ferry ride out to the island, guided tours from previous inmates and a bus tour of this desolate place.
It’s a sobering and eerie journey that brings to light fascinating aspects of a life we couldn’t begin to imagine.
- V&A Waterfront
Upon your return from Robben Island, this modern entertainment and shopping complex will bring you back down to earth with a bang. There’s so much on the go at the V&A 24/7/365.
There are shows and events, restaurants of every kind, food stalls and 450 retail outlets to keep you busy. Try to see as many of the museums on site as you can too. There’s the Zeitz MOCAA, the Jetty 1 Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Chavonnes Battery Museum and more, as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium showcasing species from both oceans surrounding the city.
Table Mountain Cableway
Let’s face it, you haven’t done Cape Town until you’ve travelled to the top of Table Mountain on the cableway. It’s possibly the best way to spend 5 minutes while you’re in town. The views are spectacular as you ascend these heights with the floor of the cable car rotating slowly beneath you.
The fun doesn’t stop at journey’s end either. There are several ways to make the most of your trip to the top too. Guided walks, tasty eats and abseiling are just a few. You can even walk to the top and take the cable down, or vice versa.
Go One Better
No matter how many Cape Town attractions you fit into your trip, there’s always something more to see and do. Place yourself at the heart of the action when you get in touch to book your self-catering stay.