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While exploring the "Mother City," you'll uncover the layers of its history that span from the colonial period to the emergence of the Rainbow Nation. With a vibrant scene in a cityscape of sea and mountains, it's easy to fall for South Africa's oldest city.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

The ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is one you'll never forget. You'll relish the views of the cobalt blue ocean and urban landscape from this lofty perch.

Lion's Head

Lion's Head

Reap the rewards of an encompassing panorama after an hour's hike to the Lion's Head. A night with a full moon makes it a popular place to view the sparkling city lights below.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the swathes of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The flora, locally known as fynbos, is at its best between August and November.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

Dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, the lighthouse, which illuminates the Cape of Good Hope, is the strongest on the continent.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

For shopping, entertainment and a slew of restaurants, you won't go wrong at the V&A. It's convenient to reach the aquarium and stadium nearby, and it's the place for a bay cruise.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and it features the marine life in these waters. Don't miss the shark feeding on Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium

Learn about this venue from the 2010 FIFA World Cup by taking a tour that includes facts about its architectural design, a walk on the Cape Town Stadium field, and a look inside the locker rooms.

Robben Island

Robben Island

Located in Table Bay, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned here in Robben Island during apartheid. It's a humbling moment when you step into his former cell and reflect on his life.

District Six
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District Six

The District Six museum recounts the history of the forced expulsion and relocation of black residents during apartheid, and the ultimate demise of this former, mulit-cultural district.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

A raised boardwalk lets you take a walk on the wild side among the rowdy 2000 African Penguins that live here at Boulders Beach. It's also a great place to spend the day on the beaches of False Bay.

Planning Your Cape Town Visit

A visit to Table Mountain

You can buy a ticket online for either a morning or afternoon trip to the top by cable car. However, an excursion to the 3,500-foot summit always depends on the weather, so check it before you go. It's wise to bring a sweater or jacket with you, and wear sunblock and proper footware. If you plan to hike to the peak or along one of the three trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and a friend.

How safe is it?

As in any other city you visit, it's always best to keep your wits about you. It is recommended to take a taxi in Cape Town at night, rather than walking, and be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If you're curious about visiting a township, then go with a group led by an experienced guide.

When to go

Cape Town has a temperate climate. October to April offer warm and dry weather, but the notorious south-easter winds occur from December through January. February to mid-April has great beach weather, and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy crisp, clear days from late April to early June.

How many days should you spend in Cape Town?

Four to five full days allow you to experience the sites and sounds of the Mother City at a leisurely pace. Stay longer if you'd like and use the city as a base to explore the beautiful, surrounding areas in the Western Cape, such as the wine region of Stellenbosch.

Good to know

  • Language
    Afrikaans and English
  • Currency
    South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +27
  • Best time to visit
    For a great sightseeing trip with some beach time, plan to come between January and April, when the temperatures are warm, the winds are dying down and the tourist rush is ending.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

Highly recommend this tour - one of the best things we have done here!

The “gospel” part of the tour was worthwhile, fun, and respectful. But the real highlight followed: an extended walking tour of the township led by a resident who facilitated access to residents and their homes to experience and better understand their lives, struggles, and hopes. We even got to sample some home-brew beer being made for a celebration. Do this tour, you will love it and learn from it!

Camissa Gospel Tour Reviewed by Carole, 10/15/2018

perfect trip with a verry good guide. we saw a lot of whales

perfect organisation, a verry charming and helpfull guide (neil fergusson) he was verry flexible from the route planing. we saw a lot of whales, direct in front of us. absolutly to recommended!!

Beautiful architecture and great art collection

The museum is splendid and the different exhibitions were incredible. I had a great time there and I highly recommend to had this place on your list.

Fast-Track Zeitz MOCAA: Museum of Contemporary African Art Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/26/2018

Enjoyed the ferry ride and the tour was very informative

I enjoyed the tour as if it was for the first time, I came 2018 December with my hubby and kids. Now I took my mom for a holiday, she can't stop talking about the Robben Island tour is a dream come true. This is one place all human beings or South Africans need to visit in their life time, after visiting this place you feel WHOLE.

Robben Island Ferry Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up Reviewed by Teressa, 09/10/2018

Great trip and pre-departure support from local contacts

This trip undersells itself! The guys onboard are so friendly and we spotted penguins and sharks before stopping to take in the beautiful sunset. This was a wonderfully chilled out end to the day! Bubbles and happy memories await you!

Sunset Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean Reviewed by Sarah, 08/11/2018