Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa and is famous for its harbour and well-known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa with plenty to offer these visitors.
Top Places to Visit
Table Mountain – Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town and forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Many people visit each year, either hiking to the top or taking the aerial cableway. There’s plenty of scenic viewpoints of Table Bay, Robben Island and Cape Point, as well as a newly renovated cafe.
Tickets for the cableway are R255 for an adult return (R135 one way), R125 for a child return (R65 one way), and free for under 4’s. The cable car operating times changes depending on the season/month and can be found here. It’s also important to note that the cable car will not run in bad weather, the status of the cable car can be seen on the homepage of their website.
Robben Island – In 1999, Robben Island was declared a World Heritage Site, but before that it was a place of banishment where criminals, lepers and the mentally ill were sent. Famously, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in its maximum security prison and you can see his claustrophobic cell during the tour which includes the quarries where the prisoners laboured and the army and navy bunkers.
The boat sets off from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A waterfront three times a day in off-season (9am, 11am and 1pm) and an extra ferry at 3pm during peak season. The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry trip and costs R340 for an adult and R190 for under 18’s.
Cape Point – Located within the Table Mountain National Park and known for its iconic lighthouse, Cape Point and its nature reserve is a popular tourist attraction. The reserve is filled with rich flora and fauna such as: baboons, buck, Cape Mountain zebras and over 250 species of birds. The lighthouse is reachable by the (wheelchair accessible) Flying Dutchman funicular.
The reserve is open from 6am-6pm October to March and 7am-5pm April to September and is free for under 2’s, R70 for under 11’s and R135 for adults. The Funicular to get to the lighthouse runs from 9am-5:30pm October to March and 9am-5pm April to September. A return for under 16’s is R25 (R20 for a single), and for adults is R65 (R50 for a single). Children under 6 ride free.
A Place to Stay
Cape Grace – This five star hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town’s waterfront and offers rooms with views of the marina or harbour. Guests can also use the hotel’s luxury chauffeur transfer service, which is free within a 6 mile radius (excludes airport transfers). There is also a spa, with panoramic views of Table Mountain and the marina, which offers African-inspired treatments such as their Kalahari signature massages.
Their award-winning Signal Restaurant serves South African cuisine and draws on influences from the many nationalities that have shaped the region. They use fresh produce from the local farms and oceans to create their seasonal menu and regularly changing tasting menu. Afternoon tea is also on offer in the Library from 12pm until 6pm, with a Cream Tea for R75, Afternoon Tea for R185 or a slice of home-made cake for R50.
A Place to Eat
Pigalle – This elegant restaurant is renowned for their fresh seafood and subtle Portuguese flair. With a wide variety of set menus ranging from R250 – R570 and an a la carte menu to choose from, there is something for everyone (the menus are available to view on their website).
There’s also live music and a dance floor to complete your experience. Open Monday to Saturday, Pigalle serves lunch from noon and dinner from 7pm. It’s important to note that children under 14 are not allowed, making it unsuitable for a family meal. You can either reserve a table over the phone or online through their website.