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Welcome to Cape Town

Locals affectionately refer to Cape Town as the Mother City, a name it earns as a longstanding, welcoming, and stunning metropolis. One of the oldest cities in South Africa, Cape Town is the country’s second-most populated city behind Johannesburg. This stylish urban center is surrounded on all sides by natural beauty—from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing on beaches to the iconic wildflower-lined Table Mountain. Get your bearings on a sightseeing tour to absorb a little history, and browse the shops and restaurants in central Cape Town on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Ride a cable car up Table Mountain for the best views over the city. Visit points of interest beyond the city center easily with a day tour: Learn about South Africa’s tumultuous history at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Robben Island, where you’ll see Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell. Explore the wildlife and dramatic cliffs of Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, and Hout Bay. Visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach not far from Simon’s Town. Head inland to sip unique vintages produced in the Western Cape Winelands region in historic towns like Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Get your adrenaline pumping with a shark cage diving tour off the coast near Hermanus; or tame things down, and admire the flowers along the Garden Route. Finally, go on a private safari tour at a nearby game reserve to look for Africa’s “Big Five,” including the grand African lion.

Top attractions in Cape Town for Fall

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Robben Island

Robben Island

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Robben Island—where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years—was a place of isolation for nearly three centuries, housing many political prisoners and serving as both an asylum and leprosy colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy.More
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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

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With its huge sea cliffs, bays, and valleys, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve—situated at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula—is one of the most scenic spots in South Africa. A trip to Cape Point and the reserve, part of Table Mountain National Park, is an easy must-do when visiting Cape Town and highlights include animal sightings, scenic drives, and deserted beaches.More
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Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

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Lined with brightly colored houses and lively streets, Bo-Kaap is as vibrant as it is culturally rich. The historic neighborhood, set just outside central Cape Town on the flanks of Signal Hill, is a dynamic melting pot of Malaysian, India, Sri Lankan, and African culture. It was one of the first settlements of freed slaves and Muslim immigrants in South Africa.More
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Cape Point

Cape Point

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Panoramic ocean views, towering cliffs, and 100-year-old lighthouses define Cape Point, located at the tip of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. Set within the Cape Floral Region (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Table Mountain National Park, the reserve is a haven for hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography.More
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Table Mountain and Cableway

Table Mountain and Cableway

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Table Mountain is a must-see for all Cape Town visitors. The panoramic views from the top of its 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) peak are well worth the climb—though you won’t have to break a sweat thanks to the mountain’s two cableways, each with a revolving car ferrying passengers to the summit. Once at the top, a series of hiking trails show off Table Mountain National Park’s geographic features, while daredevils can test their mettle by rappelling from the upper cable station.More
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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

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With pristine white sands and calm turquoise waters hemmed in by gigantic granite boulders, Boulders Beach is one of the Cape Peninsula’s most magnificent beaches. Located just outside Simon’s Town, the beach is protected as part of the Table Mountain National Park and renowned for its African penguin colony.More
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Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Chapman's Peak is a mountain on the Cape Peninsula with a 5.5-mile (8.8 kilometers) road, said to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. The road winds from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, clinging to the side of the steep mountain almost the whole way. Traveling this road’s 114 turns is a must-do in Cape Town.More
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Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

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Table Mountain's distinctive plateau is the backdrop for iconic Cape Town views, but that's just the beginning of its namesake national park. Stretching the length of the Cape Peninsula, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hiking trails, diverse flora and fauna, and—of course—South Africa’s most famous coastal and mountain vistas.More
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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront)

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront)

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Originally a jetty built in 1654 to provide fresh water and produce to the sailors of the Dutch East India Company, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is now one of the most-visited attractions in South Africa. The area is a development consisting of two harbors, retail shops and museums, seascapes and mountain views, and plenty of places to bed down, drink up, and eat away.More
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Hout Bay

Hout Bay

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A quaint fishing village on the Cape Peninsula’s Atlantic Seaboard, Hout Bay is an idyllic vacation spot with a historic downtown, a bustling harbor front, wineries, and marine life. While only about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Cape Town, the community has a remote feel, giving visitors a chance to slow down and savor the seaside vibes.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Cape Town

How to Spend 2 Days in Cape Town

Wildlife Safari Tours from Cape Town

Wildlife Safari Tours from Cape Town

Cape Winelands Tours from Cape Town

Cape Winelands Tours from Cape Town

Top activities in Cape Town

Full-Day Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour from Cape Town
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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town
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Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
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Half day Robben Island Tour.

Half day Robben Island Tour.

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Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town

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Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Great intro to Cape Town!
Richard_C, May 2022
Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Small Group Tour from Cape Town
Got to see everything we wanted to see, mountains, beaches, and animals.
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My epic 1st time trip to Cape Town
Mzwandile_M, May 2022
Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
Getting to see important places of Cape Town with the ease of travelling on one bus.
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Exquisite experience
Avela_M, May 2022
Quad Bike and Bumper Ball Tour at the Atlantis Sand Dunes
Can’t not wait to visit Cape Town again so that will come for quad bikes.
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Lovely excursion around Cape Town
Shadi_A, May 2022
Cape of Good Hope and Sightseeing Tour - Cape Town
I really enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Cape Town attractions.
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The way to see all the sights in Cape Town
roschen_d, Apr 2022
Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
Comfortable , affordable and informative way to see the sights in Cape Town.
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See what the Cape has to offer in a single day!
Austin_C, Mar 2022
Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour From Cape Town
Great tour to see much of what the Cape has to offer in one day.
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An excellent tour and even excellent tour guide
Venkatesh_K, Mar 2022
Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point & Penguins Private Tour from Cape Town
If you are looking to visit Cape Town, this is the tour you must book and you must insist for Mr.
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Great experience, very friendly guide
Amy_F, Mar 2022
Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town
We got to see plenty of what Cape Town and South Africa have to offer - would highly recommend!
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Day Trip to Safari
Nushin_G, Feb 2022
African Big 5 Full Day Safari Aquila Game Reserve From Cape Town
We got to see a lot of animals close up, including the lions and rhinos!
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Day Tour of Cape Town
Nushin_G, Feb 2022
Cape Town City Tour Table Mountain Bo-Kaap Camps Bay Beach Half Day
We even wanted to see something extra and he went out of his way to make it happen!
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Good Reserve and worth the trip from Cape Town
Mark_B, Feb 2022
Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town
Guides were knowledgable and plenty of animals to see within the park.
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What's up fish :)
Elzane_H, Dec 2021
Skip the Line: Two Oceans Aquarium Admission Ticket
As usual the place to go with kids when in Cape Town.
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Kirsten_D, Dec 2021
Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Small Group Tour from Cape Town
I had the most wonderful time 🤩 Our tour guide Barnabas was amazing I really got to see the most beautiful parts of Cape Town 🌊 My favorite parts were definitely Boulders beach and Cape Point especially the light house
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Great tour with a knowledgeable guide
Tara_J, Dec 2021
Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point & Penguins Private Tour from Cape Town
David was a great tour guide for our trip to Cape Point and to see the penguins.
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Modi, our guide has made this tour beyond fantastic!!!
Jie_Y, Apr 2022
5 Day Best of Garden Route and Addo: South African Safari Small Group Tour
He’s always so caring and well organised in coordinating trips and different people’s preferences in optional activities.
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Comprehensive and fun tour of Cape Town
Jennifer_R, Apr 2022
Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour From Cape Town
We saw seals and penguins as expected but also wild ostriches, spring bok, Eland, baboons and horses.
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Definitely give this tour a look if you're in Cape Town!
Andrew_S, Mar 2022
Robben Island Tour Transfers from & to Hotel. Stop at surprising locations!
Robben Island isn't exactly a fun place to visit, but I think it's an important place to visit.
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A safari where you drive less and see more.
Kevin_P, Dec 2021
African Big 5 Full Day Safari Aquila Game Reserve From Cape Town
But this tour not only has a great buffet lunch to start with, comfortable land rovers but also you are pretty much guaranteed to see animals, quite a few of them.
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Winery Heaven
Sihle_J, Dec 2021
Half-Day Stellenbosch Winelands Tour from Cape Town
We got to visit two vineyards and a little tour of Stellenbosch town, getting to know about the town's historical buildings.
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Great experience!
Greg_M, Oct 2021
Penguins At Boulders Beach, Simonstown from Cape Town
Mike Brown was an excellent tour guide and went over and above to tell us about Cape Town and to make sure we had excellent recommendations for other things to do during our visit.
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