Things to do in Cape TownIH Cape Town
Things to do in Cape Town
The cable car will take you to the very top of Table Mountain in about 5 minutes. On the way up you already get a taste of what’s ahead. The rotating base allows you to see in all directions from the minute you leave the foot of the mountain.
Once at the top visitors can enjoy the awe-inspiring feeling of being 1,067 m above the world and take in the amazing views of the city below.
Plants and Animals:
Table Mountain is part of the Table Mountain National Park. With over 1,460 different types of plants, it contains the single most diverse flora in the world and is a World Heritage Site. Some of the local flora includes Cape Fynbos vegetation found nowhere else on the planet.
Animal life is abundant as well. You can easily spot the Rock Hyrax (Procavia Capensis) better known as the dassie, porcupines, mongooses, girdled lizards, agamas and various snakes as well as butterflies. Birdlife includes redwinged starlings, Cape Verreaux’s eagles, rock kestrels and sunbirds.
There are two guided walks offered daily on Table Mountain, free of charge. The meeting point is at the Upper Cable Station at 10h00 and 12h00 respectively. These guided walks will take you 2km along the top of the mountain where you will find many lookout points for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Cape Peninsula, Devils Peak, Table Bay, Sea Point and Clifton. You are also able to see some of Cape Town’s tourist attractions such as the V&A Waterfront, Lions Head and Robben Island. And since the Soccer World Cup 2010, you can now have an eagles’ eye view of the Cape Town Soccer Stadium.
On the top of the mountain you will find a self-service restaurant and deli where you can sit, enjoy a glass of wine some good food and take in the views from above the city. To compliment the restaurant, there is a wonderful ice-cream parlour which serves the most delicious ice-cream. It tastes even better on the top of the mountain! There are three walks you can do on the top of Table Mountain. All three are well signed-posted and are varying distances. The popular thirty-minute Agama Walk gives visitors spectacular 360° views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula. The longer Klipspringer Walk takes you along the edge of the plateau and ends above Platteklip Gorge. There is also a wheelchair route.
For more information about this attraction have a look at Table Mountain’s official website: www.tablemountain.net
Robben Island – Situated only 12km from Cape Town, Robben Island offers visitors spectacular views of Table Mountain, the city and its coastline as you make your way to Robben Island and back to the V&A Waterfront by ferry. The island has been declared as a World Heritage Site and promises a once in a life time experience. The 45 minute bus tour is presented by knowledgeable ex-prisoners who will provide information about the island as well as the prison museum including the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela. Robben Island reflects Nelson Mandela’s great legacy and simultaneously serves as a reminder of South Africa’s past struggles and bright future.
For more information you can visit Robben Island’s website.
The V&A Waterfront is more than just an average mall. It is an experience that ranges from shopping, dining, sunset cruises, museums and theatre. With over 400 retail outlets, 200 restaurants, museums and cafes there is more to do than you can fit into one day. Enjoy live music and entertainment in the open-air amphitheater, sip on champagne while on a sunset cruise, choose from gourmet food from all over the world or just sit and relax at one of the bars dotted along the harbour. In the summertime there is the Future Park for the kids to have fun while mom and dad go shopping.
There is something to do for everyone!
For more information about this attraction have a look at V&A Waterfront’s official website.
Groot Constantia Wine Estate – Situated a short only 20 minute drive from the mother city, Groot Constantia is nestled in the heart of Cape Town’s Winelands. The 300-year old wine farm offers picturesque views of the valley and includes museums, wine tasting, restaurants and beautiful picnic spots.
For more information you can visit Groot Constantia’s website.
This botanical garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) has collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country.
You can pack a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking nature that surrounds you. From the top gardens you have a view of the city below and from anywhere in the gardens, you can marvel at the majestic giant that is known as Cape Town’s icon, Table Mountain.
In summer Kistenbosch hosts a number of live music shows. Once a week, on a Sunday, you can enjoy South African and international musical talent picnicking on the sloping lawns of Kirstenbosch. The Summer Concerts are well known for their beautiful location and the amazing atmosphere.
For more information about this attraction have a look at Kirstenbosch’s official website.
Cape Point & the Cape of Good Hope – Cape Point is situated 60km south-west of Cape Town and is a nature reserve that forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is also a Natural World Heritage Site. The nature reserve consists of 7 750 hectares of land that includes a wide variety of fauna and flora; buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebras as well as over 250 bird species. Table Mountain National Park forms part of the Cape Floral Region, which has also been declared a World Heritage Site. The declared land includes Table Mountain and ranges from Signal Hill all the way to Cape Point and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula.
For more information, you can visit Cape Point’s website.