5 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s best cities, also know by locals as the mother city Cape Town is home to some of the world’s top rated tourist attractions. From discovering South Africa’s heritage, drinking the best wine in the Cape Winelands, spending time on Blue Flag beaches to enjoying spectacular mountain views and dining in award winning restaurants, Cape Town has got it all.

1. Table Mountain

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Cape Town
Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s best known attraction and landmark is one of the seven world wonders. With the rocks of the mountain approximately 600-million years old Table Mountain is thought to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. The Cable way to the top of the mountain transports approximately 1 million local and international tourists every  year. The view from the top of Table Mountain is spectacular and there is a couple of hiking routes besides using the cable way to find yourself to the top of the mountain. Most visitors use the cable car which takes five minutes to reach to the top of Table Mountain while you enjoy a 360° view of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighboring views. Tickets for the cable car are available online and buying in advance during the high season is the best thing to do. When you get to the top of the mountain you can take out your camera and take some great scenic pictures, you will also have a free guided tour around and then sit down for some lunch at the Table Mountain Cafe.

Official Site : https://www.tablemountain.net/

 

2. Robben Island

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Cape Town
Robben Island

Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cape Town, it symbolizes the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom and of democracy over oppression. To get there you must buy tickets online or at the  Clocktower, Nelson Mandela Gateway V&A Waterfront. Visitors are taken by a boat to the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent many years as a political prisoner. The boat trip to the Island provides is a great opportunity to see seals and dolphins.  On this tour around the museum you will ;earn about the history of South Africa  through the words of a former ex political prisoner.

Official Site : http://www.robben-island.org.za/

 

3. V & A Waterfront

V & A Waterfront
V & A Waterfront

The V & A Waterfront is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions, offering a one stop destination for entertainment, shopping and 22 historical  landmarks.Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, inaugurated the V&A Waterfront’s construction  in 1860. He then returned in 1870 for the official opening.. There are over 450 stores, over 80 restaurants, ten hotels and 600 residential units. Attractions there include the Two Oceans Aquarium, Nobel Square, boat tours, Cape Town Diamond Museum and the Zeitz MOCAA Museum.

Official Site : https://www.waterfront.co.za/

4. Cape Point

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Cape Town
Cape Point

 

Cape Point is is a scenic day trip destination, its about 60 minutes from the Cape Town CBD. This is definately a must include for things to do in Cape Town. Its scenic beauty and surrounding nature attracts many Cape Town visitors.The original lighthouse was built in 1859,the new lighthouse at Cape Point is one of the most powerful on the South African coast. Its lights have a range of 60 kilometers and each flash has an intensity of 10 million candelas. The name Cape of Good Hope dates back to the 15th century, when Portuguese sailor Bartolomeu Dias became the first European to view Cape Point while in search of the southern tip of the African continent. According to historical records, Dias first named the region Cape of Storms, owing to the tumultuous weather and treacherous waters, but later, after a suggestion by King John II of Portugal, it changed to the more optimistic Cape of Good Hope.Below are the current entry fees to Cape Point.

 

Cape Point prices
Cape Point prices

Official Site : https://capepoint.co.za/

5.  Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch Gardens
Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch is among the most beautiful gardens in Africa, the botanical garden is a part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which is a unique and diverse plant life. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was established in 1913, the estate covers 528 hectares. Things you can look forward to doing there are walking on the centenary tree canopy walkway,watching an outdoor film on Wednesday nights from November to April,bring your packed picnic bag or try out some  African cuisine at Moyo Restaurant. The summer sunset concerts give you an opportunity to unwind while watching your favourite musician live. There is just lots to do at Kirstenbosch with the whole family.

Official Site : https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/

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