Things You Shouldn’t Miss When Visiting Cape Town

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the most popular venue in Cape Town. With a wide variety of shops, numerous restaurants and cafes, wine bars, sites of historical and cultural interest and local craft workshops, Cape Town boasts some of the most beautiful wine farms in the world. And it’s a well known fact that they produce some of the finest wines in the world too. A visit to Cape Town is incomplete without at least one day spent sampling fine wines and learning about the history and methodology of winemaking from the experts.

Table Mountain is arguably the most iconic image of Cape Town. It should be on top of everyone’s list of ‘things to do before you die’. Take the leisurely route in the slowly revolving cable car, or alternately hike to the top.

Furthermore, Robben Island has a very special atmosphere. Take a ferry from the Waterfront and learn from the guided tours about the other men who shared the Island with Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned there.

Cape Point is another attraction you shouldn’t miss. Sheer cliffs drop to the crashing waves far below while azure waters spread out as far as the eye can see. You can enjoy lunch at the excellent restaurant or drive to one of the sheltered beaches for a picnic.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is yet another attraction that deserves a visit. These gardens were established in 1913 and they only grow indigenous South African plants, and cover an area of 528 hectares.

If you have time, visit the Glen Cairn factory where you can view the stones being washed polished and crafted into curios or jewelry.

You can also check the Two Oceans Aquarium, which is South Africa’s largest aquarium. It has great exhibitions and a strong educational component. If you are fan of sharks, the shark feeding is a great attraction there.

We finish the list with the District Six Museum. In the 1960’s the apartheid government demolished the District Six neighborhoods, displacing the residents, making District Six is one of the most interesting and colourful places to see.


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