Boulders Beach#5 in Best Things To Do in Cape Town
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On False Bay, this stunning beach earned its name from the massive boulders that lay scattered across the sands and separate the shoreline into peaceful, private coves. Swimming here is more inviting than it is at Clifton or Camps Bay: The waters of False Bay are enviably warmer than the Atlantic's waves. But as great as the scenery and swimming may be, the main reason to visit Boulders Beach is to get to know the locals: This beach is home to an ever-expanding colony of African Penguins. You'll see these tuxedoed sunbathers teetering around the sand. Although they have grown accustomed to human company, please do your best not to disturb them.
Recent visitors love getting up-close and personal with the penguins. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The penguins were everywhere! They didn't seem to mind if you got pretty close to them to take a picture."
Boulders Beach—which is a part of Table Mountain National Park—sits roughly 26 miles south of central Cape Town near the hamlet of Simon's Town. You can drive to the beach via the M3, M5, or M6 highways, or you can take the Metrorail to Simon's Town Station. Boulders welcomes guests every day starting at 7 or 8 p.m.; closing times vary depending on the season. The beach is one of the few areas of Table Mountain National Park that requires visitors to pay a conservation fee, which is 40 ZAR (about $5 USD) for adults and 15 ZAR ($2 USD for children). To learn more, visit the South African National Parks website.
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#1 Table Mountain
Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having earned its name from its unique, flat-topped shape, the mountain is the most popular attraction found within Table Mountain National Park (which encompasses other top attractions like Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope).
There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region's fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We had to queue for over an hour to get our tickets so recommend booking on-line. The cable car floor rotates so everyone get a chance to see the views."
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