The wildlife reserves have the Big 5 – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo – but do you know the Cape Town Big 6 attractions are just as famous?
Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm and now a beautiful museum, still producing excellent wines! Spend some time strolling through the grounds and the old manor house which is the finest example of Cape Dutch architecture; have lunch at Jonkershoek, taste the wines, buy some wines, and don’t forget to drink in the view over Cape Town.
Table Mountain – take the cable car to the top of this 1000 metre high landmark, or hike up one of the many paths. If you hike, make sure you research your route, hire a qualified mountain guide if possible, tell someone where you’re going, and heed all advice. At the top you can see views of Cape Town in all directions. This is a must-see for all visitors. Click here for interesting facts on Table Mountain.
Robben Island – The island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Book in advance and be prepared to learn about the poignant history of South Africa’s shameful apartheid. This island has also been a leper colony and a military base – lots of evidence of this to be found throughout the island. The ferry ride gives you great views of Table Mountain.
Cape Point – visit the mythical Cape of Good Hope and learn what it meant to sailors of bygone years. We strongly suggest taking a full day to explore every corner of this reserve and using a guide to show you and tell you all there is to know. There are marvellous hikes in the reserve, some of which are not strenuous at all. View antelope, zebras and baboons, and even maybe whales frolicking in False Bay as you enjoy your lunch.
The V&A Waterfront – Cape Town’s playground in the working harbour. Restaurants, shops, boat rides, an Aquarium, fabulous craft market, rugby museum, top hotels, historic walks … not only for tourists because all locals love to come here and enjoy everything this area has to offer. Click here for our favourite activities.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – one of the world’s most beautiful gardens. Spend at least half a day exploring and learning about the rich diversity of South Africa’s floral kingdom. Walk the lovely new tree canopy walkway, visit the Conservatory to see the world’s most unusual desert plants, picnic on the lawns, summer sunset concerts and gorgeous views over Cape Town.