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Best Things To Do in Cape Town

The real question here is what can't you do in Cape Town. This is a city brimming with adventure, culture, and culinary arts. Start your day with a morning trip up Table Mountain; with clearer skies in the early hours, you'll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the city. From here, you can head to Boulders or Clifton Beach for some sun, sand, and surf, or you can experience the Mother City's rich history. Robben Island and The District Six Museum both do a fantastic job recounting the city's struggle to overcome apartheid. And Bo-Kaap and Greenmarket Square provide a fascinating glimpse into Cape Town's Afrikaan and Muslim traditions. Just make sure to dedicate some time to the city's wine culture: Touring the vineyards at Constantia or sipping a chilled white along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are musts.

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#1
Table Mountain
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having ... read more»

#2
Constantia Valley Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Today, South Africa boasts a flourishing wine industry, churning out crisp whites and robust reds. And Constantia Valley—located about ... read more»

#3
Camps Bay Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Skirting the western edge of Table Mountain is Camps Bay, a vast stretch of soft sand flanked by cute cafés ... read more»

#4
Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront buzzes with activity at all hours of the day. This bustling harbor—built in ... read more»

#5
Boulders Beach
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: On False Bay, this stunning beach earned its name from the massive boulders that lay scattered across the sands and ... read more»

#6
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Resting on the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens welcome thousands of visitors from around the ... read more»

#7
The District Six Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Established in 1994, the District Six Museum commemorates and educates visitors about the people of District Six. During the first ... read more»

#8
Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Extending south from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, the peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean and False ... read more»

#9
Clifton Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Separating the Atlantic Ocean from the decadent mansions of Cape Town's "Millionaire's Row" are the sugary-white sands of ... read more»

#10
Greenmarket Square Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located just a short walk from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Greenmarket Square is one of South Africa's oldest public ... read more»

#11
Bo-Kaap Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting near the heart of the city at the foot of Signal Hill (one of Cape Town's most easily ... read more»

#12
Robben Island
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting several miles off the coast of Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, Robben Island stands as a reminder of ... read more»

#13
Castle of Good Hope
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This star-shaped fortress at the heart of Cape Town is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Constructed in the ... read more»

#14
Two Oceans Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're visiting Cape Town with children, a trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium is a must. Located on ... read more»

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