Perhaps the best way to start getting to know Cape Town is from the top of Table Mountain. It’s best to ride the cable car here when the sky is clear, or else your view will be of clouds! Head to the V&A waterfront, with its swish collection of boutiques, restaurants and popular aquarium, and pick up the hop-on hop-off bus to get from A to B.
See the surfers catch mighty waves at Camps Bay, behind Table Mountain, or learn the basics with a surfing lesson at Big Bay. Other good beaches for swimming and surfing include the yachties’ favorite Clifton and family-friendly Hout Bay.
You have to see Africa’s wildlife while you’re in Cape Town, and the Aquila Game Reserve is the place to do it. Horseback, Jeep and quad-bike safari tours highlight the famous elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and mountain leopard sightings, but you’ll also see wildebeest, zebras and giraffes.