Last Updated on May 17, 2021
Are you looking at holidays in Cape Town? Whether you’re into wine tasting, city life or whale watching, there’s something in Cape Town for everyone to enjoy. This port city on South Africa’s southwest coast is one of the most beautiful and diverse destinations in the world.
So, if you’re looking to spend time in Cape Town, be sure to check off these must-dos while you’re visiting.
Sample some delicious wine
Who doesn’t love to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine on a sunny afternoon? The many vineyards in Cape Town are a great attraction and you can sample fantastic local wine which is also very reasonably priced. With over 300 wine farms you’ll be spoilt for choice, but generally, the two most popular areas are Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Scooter, tuk-tuk and e-bike tours are available and can provide a fun afternoon out – just don’t go too crazy on the wine if you’re planning on getting back on a bike.
Go whale watching
Cape Town is home to a number of nature reserves including Cape Point and West Coast National Park. Whale watching is also a popular attraction, with a high chance of sightings in Hermanus. Ranked in the top 12 places in the world for whale watching, you can experience the breathtaking sight of beautiful southern right, humpback and bryde’s whales.
Offering land-based viewing spots, your best bet is to head to the viewing terraces at Old Harbour or Gearing’s Point. A week in October is home to an annual whale festival in Hermanus, if you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the experience.
Enjoy the city buzz
One of the unique and amazing aspects of Cape Town is the combination of beaches, nature, and city. Whether you’re looking to browse the trendy boutiques, enjoy the nightlife or one of the many highly rated restaurants, one thing is for sure and that’s you won’t get bored! If it’s your first visit to Cape Town and you’re feeling a little apprehensive, consider booking onto one of the many walking tours that are on offer.
Explore the Peninsula
Head further south of Cape Town and embark on a trip around the beautiful peninsula. Home to one of the world’s most wonderful passes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, a mountain on the western side offering a spectacular scenic drive. The peninsula is also home to a number of quaint seaside villages and superb stretches of white sandy beaches.
If visiting the area, be sure to head to Boulder Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. With so much to see and do, be sure to set aside at least a couple of days to explore this area.
Relax in the botanical gardens
Pack a delicious picnic to enjoy in the wonderful surroundings of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Offering a peaceful retreat to sit back and relax, you can enjoy a lazy afternoon meandering around the unique flora and stopping by the impressive tree canopy walkway; a timber bridge that rises through the trees and provides fantastic views.
Now you know what there is to see and do in Cape Town, you can start planning your own itinerary and make the most of your week here.