The Tourist’s Guide to Cape Town

When visiting a new city, it is important to know where you’re going and what you’re going to do, to maximize your stay. This is guide will help you in getting around Cape Town and experiencing the Mother City to its fullest.  The Tokai Forest Market is an awesome experience for families and couples who want to explore a friendly market with a twist.

Visit the beach. Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world so visiting them is a must. There is a beach for every mood and occasion. Camps Bay is an excellent beach for sundowners and supper. Clifton beach is a fantastic place to spend the day frolicking in the sand. If you truly want to let it all go, literally and figuratively, Sandy Bay beach, Cape Town’s premier nudist beach, is the place for you.

Go Paragliding. If you are pressed for time, paragliding is an excellent way to see all the major sights in under an hour. Tandem paragliding provides a safe and efficient tour of the city with experienced, qualified instructors and pilots. Launching from Lions Head and Signal Hill, flights arc across the city and end along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. To truly optimise your trip, one could plan the flight to end in time for a sunset at the beach with scenic views offered by landing spots in Sea Point, Camps Bay and Clifton beach. With Skywings, Paragliding Cape Town is accessible to all, young and old, with the only requirement being a good attitude! Why not scratch paragliding off of your bucket list while you’re in the Mother City? You can even buy a gift voucher for a friend or loved one !

Pay Robben Island a visit. This historical island, once home to the late, great Nelson Mandela is open to the public and is a short boat trip away from the V&A Waterfront. Guided tours are available on the island which takes you to all the monuments and significant buildings. Robben Island is home to a host of wildlife, flora and fauna indigenous to the island and is well worth a look at. If you enjoy your time on the island, why not spend the night? Robben Island features a guest house filled with as much history as the rest of the island.

Hike Table Mountain. Starting at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a hike up the iconic Table Mountain is a must. The entire hike will take around 4 hours, depending on fitness levels and is a great way to start your morning. Entries to the Gardens is a third of the price of a cable car and offers the unique opportunity to see rare, indigenous plant and animal species. Hiking on holiday is also a great way to keep fit while on holiday.

Go to a museum. What better way to immerse yourself in a place’s culture and history than to go to a museum. Cape Town has fantastic well-managed museums which represent the soul of the city well. The District 6 Museum provides an in-depth look at the Cape Malay culture and their experiences during Apartheid. The Iziko South African Museum of natural history and science provides an interesting look at the early history of mankind. Here you can find various fossils of both animal and humankind, an experience unmatched.

When travelling around Cape Town, the safest and most reliable transport methods are the MyCiti buses and Uber. The MyCiti bus travels to all the major tourist attractions in the city and is by far the cheapest way to get to the airport. Meanwhile, Uber is the best on demand transport in the city, allowing you to get from A to B with minimal delay.

Cape Town is a city full of attractions and this is merely a guide to the city’s main attractions. Feel free to explore and discover the hidden gems the Mother City has waiting for you.