Are you coming to Cape Town soon or are you already here and looking for cool activities to do? Well we made a list of things we think you should see or do. Activities to see the beautiful places in or near Cape Town, to chill or to learn more about the history of this beautiful land.
Let’s kick-start our journey with the famous Table Mountain and one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature. The mountain is estimated to be 260 million years old. Hiking is one way to get on top of Table Mountain but you can also take the cable car to view this magical beauty of a city. There are also more than hundred different hiking routes to the crown of Table Mountain.
The Stellenbosch Winelands, undisputed Gourmet Capital, offers something for all tastes. From the most discerning of diners to those who enjoy the beautiful wine fields accompany a luxurious taste from a various selection of wines. Stellenbosch is situated 30 km just outside Cape Town.
The great Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years on Robben Island. Take a walk in the same paths that great South African heroes and patriots once walked on.
Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town is a really cool place to visit. The ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids. Because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. Boulders beach is known because of the African Penguins. African Penguins – formerly known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying – are the only penguins found on the continent.
Bo-Kaap is the district with all the colored houses in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap is Afrikaans and it stands for ‘’above the cape’’. Bo-Kaap is known as the multicultural Muslim district of Cape Town. The people that live there are descendants of former slaves in the 18th century from Southeast Asia to Cape Town taken by the Dutch VOC’ers, including originating from Malaysia, India and Indonesia.
At the time of slavery was forbidden for slaves to wear colorful clothing. The abolition of slavery in 1838 was also celebrated double, and the color was doubly brought in the district: this is the time that the houses in the Bo Kaap their colorful paint dabs received.
Although they were known as Cape Malays, the term is not strictly correct, since only a small percentage came from Malaysia. There have also former slaves after the abolition of slavery in the Bo-Kaap located.
The hop on and hop off bus is recommendable when you’re visit Cape Town for the first time. It shows you the most attractive places of Cape Town. You can hop off at every stop and just walk around and after that you can easily hop on the bus and continue your tour. It is a nice way to discover the city in one day and to get an overview of the city. Eleven bus stops, commentary in 15 languages.
District six museum is a museum in the former city district, District Six in Cape Town. The foundation was established in 1989 and the museum was opened for the public in 1994. The museum was founded to commemorate the forced relocation of 60,000 residents of different races in District Six during the apartheid regime in the seventies. The floor of the museum is covered by a large map of the district with handwritten notes from former residents that indicate where their houses stood. Really interesting to see and to learn more about what happened at District Six during the apartheid era.
Clifton has 4 beaches and each beach has its own target audience; the 4th beach is the most popular beach among tourists and locals. Clifton was rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches by the cable and satellite television network Discovery Travel Channel in 2003 and 2004 and has received Blue Flag status. In 2005 and 2006 it was rated by Forbes.com at number 8 in the Top 10 Topless beaches in the World. There are no shops and bars at Clifton but there are walking guys around selling ice cream, drinks and snacks. There is also a possibility to hire a beach chair and umbrella for a small fee. Most of the times there is no wind at one of the beaches at Clifton due its location in the bay.
The Bloukrans Bungy is the world’s highest commercial bungy bridge. It is also the highest commercial natural bungy jump in the World. In 2003, Bloukrans bungy was recognized as the world’s highest commercial bungy jump. It takes a 5-hour drive to go to the Bloukrans Bridge from Cape Town but it is worth it when you’re an adrenaline junkie.
Having a braai at Mzoli’s is a real unique experience. A braai restaurant in the middle of a Township. Wow! You can take a seat and enjoy the food from the braai or when you’re in the mood to party, you can have some drinks at the open air party. How does the braai work over there? You buy your own meat at Mzoli’s, then you go put on our selection of herbs and then the braai-chef will take it over from you.
Long Street is the old entertainment district of Cape Town. Even though it’s still very attractive for tourists and locals to spend their nights in Long Street to go to a bar, restaurant or a club.