Top 5 Must Dos in Cape Town, South Africa

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Ever wonder why the top 5 Must Dos are Must Dos in Cape Town?

Hmmm… because they are spectacular!

Table Mountain

When in Cape Town do not miss taking in the view from atop Table Mountain. The easiest and fastest way to enjoy the scenery is by cable car. Hiking and biking trails of different skill level are available and enjoyed very much by locals and tourists. The day we arrived the cable car was not in service, but the view from the lower cable station was just as brilliant, and the hike over to Lion’s Head was wonderful. The views are intense and add a great perspective of the layout of the city. Check here for park informaton and here for cable car info.

Township tour

Hands down my most memorable experience while in Cape Town. I loved the township tour we took with Siviwe Tours in Langa. I was very hesitant when signing up for the tour. I thought it was going to be too invasive and uncomfortable, but instead it was welcoming and extremely enjoyable. It was about a 2 hour walking tour throughout the township. During the tour your guide teaches you about the history of the township, the different socio-economic levels within the area, the people and the food. The tour was informative and eye opening. Cost: R250pp (Youth 13 yrs and under R150pp). Check here for availability and to book.

Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa.

Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa.

Robben Island

Your experience starts at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. Arrive early, so you have time to look through the museum. The tour includes the ferry ride to/from the island, a bus ride around the island and a former political prisoner tour guide. The island is steeped in history, and the tour guides add to the authenticity by adding their own experiences. Cost: Adults R250 and Children under 18 R:120. Check here for tour times, availability and to book ahead.

Robben Island, main complex.

Robben Island, main complex.

Nelson Mandela's cell, Robben Island.

Nelson Mandela’s cell, Robben Island.

Cape Peninsula

Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point are outdoor havens for active nature lovers. Although Cape of Good Hope is not the most southern tip of Africa it is still well worth your time. If you have the time plan for at least 2 days to explore the cape. We had half a day, and we didn’t even scratch the surface of all that was available. The lighthouse on Cape Point provides a birds eye view of the oceans and the cliffs. Cape Point also has restaurants and the Flying Dutchmen to assist with moving up/down the cliff.

Check here for details, entry fees and permit requirements for Cape of Good Hope. Check here for more details regarding Cape Point entry fees, the Flying Dutchmen and restaurants in the area.

Cape of Good Hope.

Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Point Lighthouse.

Cape Point Lighthouse.

Boulders Penguin Colony

As you adventure out to Cape of Good Hope be sure to stop in Simons Town to view the Boulders Penguin Colony on Boulders Beach. The area is home to a colony of endangered African Penguins. The boulder and water views are gorgeous, and the boardwalks provide ample opportunities to view all penguin activities. Cost: R40 (12 and older), R15 (children 2-12). Check here for times entry and exit times.

Mr. Penguin, Boulders Penguin Colony, South Africa.

Mr. Penguin, Boulders Penguin Colony, South Africa.

Selfie at the Boulders Penguin Colony, South Africa.

Selfie at the Boulders Penguin Colony, South Africa.

Penguin tracks.

Penguin tracks.

What are your Cape Town must dos?

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