A Guide to the Tourist Attractions in Cape Town

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Cape Town is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, famous not only for its breath-taking coastline, natural landscape and wildlife, but for its history and heritage. Cape Town offers a wide range of things to do and places to see, museums to visit, and top attractions, as well as tours and experiences – fun for every one of all ages.

One of the best-known landmarks is, of course, Table Mountain – a World Heritage Site and National Park. No visit would be complete without taking in the panoramic views, at the top of the Arial Cableway, looking out over the bay and coastline, and onto Robben Island, home of the notorious jail where Nelson Mandela was kept prisoner. For more panoramic views you’ll want to head up to the Flying Dutchman Funicular (Cape of Good Hope Funicular) to the old lighthouse which offers views like no other stretching out into the Atlantic and beyond.

Head down below to experience the best of Cape Town’s incredible wildlife and natural beauty in the Cape of Good Hope – named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. There’s no wondering why from the spectacular range of flora and fauna, such as Red Hartebeest, Zebra, and Oystercatchers. It’s a great place to spend the day, enjoying the number of hikes, as well as surfing, swimming, and picnicking on the beautiful beaches. One of the most notable is Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, home to a colony of endangered African penguins, and some of the most pristine sand in the area. If you’re into your horticulture then you won’t want to miss the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden for those with green fingers looking for some inspiration! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the most beautiful garden in all of Africa…

To discover the rich and, sometimes, turbulent history of South Africa’s Cape Town, there are many fascinating museums and landmarks to visit. The Castle of Good Hope is one of the finest examples and oldest surviving colonial buildings by the Dutch East India Company and will take you back in time on a guided tour. District Six showcases the history of the black community’s displacement throughout the 20th century and sheds light on the apartheid and how that affected thriving communities in South Africa The Bo-Kaap Museum is certainly one of the most fascinating and unique areas in Cape Town, once home to a thriving community of Muslims in the 19th century, now it’s a wonderful step back in time walking through the colourful buildings and cobbled streets to the sounds of the call to prayer.

If you’re visiting Cape Town with the kids, you'll want to see local marine life up close on a tour to Seal Island with Drumbeat Charters, and see the huge colony of Cape Fur seals off Hout Bay. Any sporting enthusiast, young or old, will appreciate a visit to the Springbok Experience, a look at the iconic rugby team that champions the nation. Learn about the history, victories, trials and tribulations of the iconic Springboks, and admire how far they’ve come today.

Experience South Africa’s incredible wine culture at Groot Constantia, the country’s oldest vineyard and founding farm of the nation’s wine industry. Tour the cellars and museum and enjoy a delicious wine tasting of its award-winning wines. It’s a good opportunity to get your hands on a bottle of the revered Grande Constance at the end of it. If beer is more your thing, then make a beeline for Newlands Brewery where you’ll be taken through the modern brewery process before sampling some of South Africa’s coolest and freshest pints at their historic pub on-site.

In a nutshell, there are 30 top Cape Town top attractions included in the Cape Town Pass to explore and experience its natural beauty, historic landmarks, museums and tours - and the pass includes an extra restaurants where you can benefit from additional exclusive offers.

Don’t forget to download the free Cape Town Guidebook to help you plan in advance!