If you’re planning your first trip to Cape Town, your biggest problem may just be how to fit all of our unique attractions into your tight schedule.
But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered for your first trip (as we know you won’t be able to turn down a return visit). Check out our 6 recommended experiences below.
1. TABLE MOUNTAIN
Voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011, Table Mountain is an obvious choice for your visit to Cape Town – and rightly so. If you fancy a challenge, you can join one of our group hikes to the top and enjoy fabulous views as you climb 3,500ft up to the summit.
Once you’re there, the trails on the top are easy to explore, so it’s likely you’ll end up spending an hour or two gazing out over the city and Atlantic Ocean below. But make sure you spend some time relaxing, too – we recommend packing some snacks and maybe even a bottle of wine. Then grab a memento of your visit at the shop, where you can also connect to the Wi-Fi and send some of the pictures you have just taken to your friends and family (to rub it in, obviously).
Top tip: Plan to head up Table Mountain at the beginning of your trip. That way, if the weather isn’t working for you, then you’re able to postpone until it is.
2. ZEITZ MOCCA
After embracing Cape Town’s natural charm, it’s absolutely worth heading to Zeitz Mocca to admire more beauty – this time in the form of contemporary African art. This new addition to the city (completed in 2017) is the largest contemporary art museum on the continent and is housed in an old silo which, in itself, is pretty extraordinary.
Top tip: After admiring art from across the African diaspora, head to the Zeitz Mocca rooftop to gaze out over Table Mountain and reflect on your trip so far.
Found at the foot of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap was formerly known as the Malay Quarter and dates all the way back to the 1760s when the houses were built and leased to slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and across Africa. While leased, all houses had to be painted white, and so when given the chance to finally own their homes, the residents decided to add some colour as an expression of their freedom. The resulting neon-coloured houses are delightfully charming and will allow you to take the most amazing pictures that you won’t forget in a hurry. It’s also a great place to stop for lunch and sample some authentic Cape Malay cuisine in one of the local restaurants.
Top tip: Beginning at the Bo-Kaap Museum, be sure to join the 20-minute guided tour which is hosted by a lady called Shereen Habib. Shereen’s family has lived in Bo-Kaap for over a century and she has plenty of fascinating information about her unique kaleidoscope town.
Home to the iconic colourful beach huts that you might have spotted on the ‘gram, Muizenberg is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa, with waves attracting keen surfers from all over the world. If you’re a complete beginner, ask at our reception about surf lessons – travelling is the best time to try new things, right? As well as being the ultimate beach location, the bohemian seaside town offers laidback beachfront bars, some pretty unique bric-a-brac and vintage stores and tasty treats if you fancy a little stroll away from the sand. There’s also street art worth seeking out here – see if you can spot the lobster by Falko 1, one of South Africa’s most well-known graffiti artists (hint: this colourful mural has a seaview).
Top tip: Take a stroll down Palmer Road into the Village to visit ‘Made in Muizenberg’ – a co-op of local crafters and designers – and find yourself a unique souvenir of your trip.
5. CAPE POINT
Visiting Cape Point – where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean at the southernmost tip of Africa – is a must-do day trip. On our popular day trip, you’ll take the scenic route out of the city, stopping off at Camps Bay, Hout Bay and the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive before arriving at Cape Point. Here, surrounded by nature, you will have the chance to hike up to the lighthouse with amazing panoramic views of the surrounding cliffs and sea. On the way home, you’ll also get the chance to visit Boulders Beach where you can see the famous African penguins playing in the sand.
Top tip: Bring your camera! Every corner of the road trip takes in another picture-perfect view – you’re going to want to look back on these shots, we promise.
6. SEA POINT PROMENADE
Just a ten-minute walk from our front door, Sea Point’s promenade – or ‘The Prom’, as the locals call it – is a popular spot in the Mother City. With quirky art installations, an outdoor gym and Olympic-sized public swimming pool and a fun mini golf course – there really is something for all types of travellers here. Not to mention some great bars and sunsets which you just have to see for yourself. So really, it would be quicker to give you reasons not to visit (although we can’t actually think of any).
Top tip: Looking for a sundowner spot? Check out Rockpool – it’s a favourite amongst the locals and boasts some of the best seafront views in the city, along with great cocktails and tasty tapas.