If you visit only one place in South Africa it really should be Cape Town. The “Mother City” is home to many of the country’s top attractions, unique natural landscapes, restaurants, and more.
Discover 5 of our favourite things to do in Cape Town during a visit here:
1. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain
Table Mountain is Cape Town’s oldest, most instantly recognised landmark. In fact, it’s much older even than the Andes, the Himalayas, the Rockies, and the Alps. If you’re pressed for time, or less inclined, to tackle the mountainous slopes on foot, take the aerial cableway. Once at the top the views are breathtaking.
2. Visit the home of South Africa’s first vines
Groot Constantia dates back to 1685. One of its dessert wines was a favourite with the likes of Napoleon, Bismarck, and Jane Austen. In addition to wine tasting, you can also visit the manor museum, the original Cape Dutch house itself, and the wine museum, as well as see how the wine is made with a cellar tour.
3. Enjoy a unique African picnic
Enjoy a ride along Cape Town’s breathtaking coastline in a two-hour sidecar ride before stopping somewhere beautiful for an African Picnic. A chauffeured sidecar trip is a fun and unique way to take in the sites and sounds of Cape Town with your family, friends, or loved one. A delicious African picnic from GOLD will complete the experience with tasty bites like Cape Malay pea and potato samoosas, Zanzibar spiced drumsticks, Algerian lamb cigars and Namibian boerewors rolls.
4. See Mandela’s former prison cell
Robben Island was once a symbol of political oppression. Its most famous prisoner was of course Nelson Mandela. Visits are by organised ferry tours. Your trip will include a visit to the tony cell in which Mandela spent his nights for 18 of the 27 years of his imprisonment.
5. Treat yourself to a uniquely African dining experience
For an authentic taste of African cuisine dine at Gold Restaurant. Start with a facilitated pre-dinner djembe drumming session followed by a 14 course menu. It includes award winning African and Cape Malay cuisine. You’ll get to sample delicious African cuisine such as lamb and springbok samoosas, Tunisian prawn briouat, Tanzanian fish curry, Ghanaian peanut chicken, and more. Live entertainment includes tall Mali puppets, traditional Zulu dancing, and lively African singing.
The true heart of Cape Town
The true heart of the city lies in its vibrant multiculturism. There’s so much to see and do that it’s a shame to single out only 5 activities. Stay at least 10 days or longer. Only then will you begin to experience all that Cape Town has to offer.