What a way to see Cape Town and beyond! Ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain to relish the sweeping views of South Africa’s southwest coast and the city’s urban landscape.
Lion’s Head in Table Mountain National Park stands a proud 669 metres above sea level. There’s a rewarding hike around the peak that guarantees an incredible panoramic view.
The eastern slopes of Table Mountain rise above the beautiful and extensive Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It’s renowned as one of the world’s great botanic gardens and is open every day, but considered to be at its best between August and November.
You can understand why the Cape of Good Hope was originally named the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. The promontory at the southern end of Cape Peninsula is ruggedly wild and its lighthouse has to be the strongest on the continent.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the oldest working harbours in the southern hemisphere and definitely has one of the most dramatic backdrops. For shopping, entertainment, great restaurants and other highlights nearby, you’ll want to spend time at the V&A.
The Two Oceans Aquarium name reflects the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It features amazing marine life, like rays, musselcrackers, green sea turtles, giant guitarfish and much more. Don’t miss the penguin exhibit and afternoon shark feedings.
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 jacket with you, and wear sunscreen and sturdy, non-slip shoes. If you plan hiking to the peak or along one of the trails at the summit, be safe and bring water, snacks and if you’re walking alone, let people know when you expect to be back.
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.
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. For the best times to visit Cape Town, generally from March to May and September to November. There’s a better chance of pleasant weather, fewer crowds and lower prices.
There’s plenty to see and do in Cape Town. Around four to five full days would give you enough time to experience the main sites at a leisurely pace. It’s also a great base for exploring nearby areas, so you might like to add a couple of days to explore the Western Cape and wine region of Stellenbosch.