10 top things not to miss in Cape Town

Posted by Laura Murray | October 16, 2017

1.) Table Mountain

Appearing on most photos you see of Cape Town, this cannot be missed! If you are feeling energetic, take a walk / climb to the top, alternatively, for a more leisurely experience the cable car takes you right up to the top. The views are spectacular; there are short walks once at the top and a decent cafe to grab a coffee or food.

For those thrill seekers, why not abseil down the size of the mountain?!

2.) Penguins at Boulders Beach

The only place in the world you can get this close to African penguins in their natural habitat thanks to the wooden walkways constructed over the beach.

These hilarious and cute birds are unfortunately exceptionally vulnerable nowadays due to a combination of factors threatening their habitat. The funds received from tourists assist in their protection.

For a different experience, try kayaking with the penguins!

3.) Winelands

South Africa is renowned for its wines, produced in some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Each region boasts a unique climate, topography and exceptionally fertile soils – the results are wines of excellent quality.

While the well-known vineyards are fantastic and often offer food and wine pairing or chocolate and wine pairing, we would recommend also taking the time to visit some of the lesser known ones slightly off the beaten track as you can often have the chance of tasting some exceptional wines and have a more unique experience!

4.) Sunset cruise

There are many options to choose from,  catering to different tastes, all leaving from the V&A Waterfront. From the romantic champagne cruise, to the more child oriented pirate ship! Alternatively, there are options to rent your own catamaran equipped with snacks, drinks and waiter service.

Whichever you choose, you are on the water, watching the sun setting over table mountain generally with a drink in your hand – the perfect way to end your day!

Warning – it can get quick choppy depending on the conditions so bear this in mind.

5.) Culinary experience

Cape Town offers a true culinary experience with seafood being the star; however excellent meats are also available and fresh produce is always at the core of each dish.

Whether you want to try the local Cape Malay cuisine or have a full experience dining at a Michelin Star restaurant, Cape Town offers it all often with a fantastic view!

6.) Heli Flip

There are a few companies who offer the helicopter tours, our recommendation would be NAC or Cape Town Helicopters.

South Africa is one of the cheapest places to experience a helicopter ride and it is undoubtedly the best way to truly appreciate the beauty of the Mothercity. Whether you opt for a short tour of the city or a longer tour down the Atlantic seaboard or the full Peninsular, we know you will not be disappointed!

7.) Harleys

Ever wanted to ride on a Harley? Cape Town offers you the experience whether or not you have a license to ride! With the incredible views that the Peninsular has to offer, we would recommend taking the Peninsular ride. Sitting either behind the driver or in the side car this is yet another way to experience the breathtaking scenery the Western Cape has to offer while also potentially ticking off an item from the bucket list! An adrenaline filled activity not to be missed.

8.) Sunset at Camps Bay

Located about short drive from Cape Town city center, beneath Table Mountain, 12 Apostles & Lion’s Head lies the sandy beach of Camps Bay which offers an amazing sunset! With so many options of bars and restaurants to enjoy your sundowner, you are spoilt for choice.

It is the ‘place to be seen’ however, and, in the summer months gets exceptionally crowed therefore parking can be hard and reservations or arriving early are recommended.

9.) Farmers market

There are now numerous farmers’ and food markets in and around Cape Town. In our option, this is not only one of the best ways to experience the local produce on offer but also to integrate with the locals as opposed to just visiting tourist hot-spots!

10.) Art galleries

Cape Town offers so much artistic energy throughout the city. However, there are also numerous art galleries stocking pieces from ‘up and coming’ to more renowned artists. African art in general can still be affordable with pieces appreciating in value – with an array of styles on offer we recommend taking the time to visit some of these galleries.

Contact Ibis Tours & Travel to arrange your trip to Cape Town: info@ibistourskenya.com

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