With so much to see and do, everyone should visit Cape Town at least once in a lifetime. This city has consistently been voted as a top destination for leisure. Boasting the perfect balance of scenery, activities, attractions, diverse accommodation and a bustling nightlife, Cape Town has something for everyone to enjoy.
Looking for a little inspiration on why you should visit Cape Town? While it’s hard to pick just ten reasons to discover the city, we have fine-tuned our favourite things about South Africa’s gorgeous Mother City to help you see what makes it so special.
Why Visit Cape Town?
Whichever time you decide to visit, every single season is amazing in this part of the world. The city caters to a diversity of tastes, preferences, people and budgets. By the time you finish reading this list, you will soon start to wonder how you could ever NOT visit Cape Town. Talk to friends and family who have been here before, and they will likely add their own favourite things as well.
But to get right down to business, we have put together some of our top highlights. In no particular order, here are our top reasons to visit Cape Town…
From the Cape Town Big 7 all the way to the many incredible landmarks to be found in every part of the city, there is an abundance of things to see in the Mother City and its surrounds. Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, lesser-known places such as the charming Simon’s Town Just Nuisance statue, or unusual landmarks such as the Taal Monument in Franschhoek, for example. The best way to take in the sights is to book a tour, or try the City Sightseeing bus that travels within the City Centre area and the peninsula area.
Cape Town is home to a diverse population, including many different races. These include the original inhabitants, the Khoi people, and their decedents, as well as Xhosa, Coloured, Cape Malay, Muslim, Afrikaans, English and various other cultures. What they all have in common is a laid-back attitude that has played no small part in the city’s nickname of Slaapstad (a cheeky variation of Kaapstad, which is the Afrikaans name for the city). As relaxed as the average local may be, you are sure to be welcomed.
What puts this city on the top 10 global lists on a regular basis is its spectacular scenery. The city of Cape Town is home to some of the most magical views on the planet. From its picturesque Winelands all the way to its rugged coastline at Cape Point, its flawless beaches, magnificent sunsets, lush nature reserves and natural forests, fynbos regions, wide open spaces, rivers, lakes, cityscapes, and of course, the iconic outline of its flat-topped mountain, you are sure to have your camera or phone camera at the ready all the time on a visit.
4. Museums & Galleries
Whether exploring the South African Museum and Company Gardens, the Robben Island Gateway Museum, the Chavonnes Battery at the V&A Clock Tower, South African National Art Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge, Gold of Africa Museum, Simon’s Town Toy Museum or the Simon’s Town Naval Museum and many others, you will never be short of museums and galleries to discover.
5. Wine Farms
Needless to say, when you consider the Cape’s history as a wine-growing region, wine tasting tours are par for the course here. There are a few wine routes to discover. The largest route lies in the Cape Winelands, which consists of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. There is also a smaller wine route in the southern suburbs – the Constantia Wine Route. Whichever route you decide to explore, wine tours offer an incredible way to taste local wines and take in the vineyards and beautiful architecture of the city’s leading wine estates.
During the hot summer months, you will have a huge selection of beaches to explore. On the cool Atlantic Ocean coastline, you will find popular beaches such as Camps Bay Beach, Clifton Beaches, Hout Bay Beach, Llandudno, and many others. On the warmer Indian Ocean coast lie the beaches of False Bay. These include Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, Boulders Beach, and Cape Point to name just a few. Both oceans offer some of the most amazing beaches imaginable.
In addition to larger shopping centres and malls such as the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Cape Quarter and Cavendish Square, there are a few smaller centres, such as Gardens Shopping Centre and Lifestyles on Kloof in the City Bowl, and The Promenade in Camps Bay. There are also markets, such as Greenmarket Square, the Watershed, Church Street Antique Market and Hout Bay’s Bay Harbour Market that runs on Friday evening. Plenty of other shopping opportunities can be found on Bree and Kloof Streets, as well as Long Street.
Whatever you’re in the mood for… seafood, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, dessert, ice cream, vegetarian food, sushi, braai (BBQ), Middle Eastern, African, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican… you are sure to find it in the city and its surrounds. This city caters to just about every single taste. Light meals, full meals, tapas, takeaways, food delivery, breakfast, lunch and dinner offer lots of choices. The CBD is especially good for dining, while the Cape Winelands also offers many 5-star dining options.
Yet another reason to visit Cape Town is its glorious natural beauty. Hiking, trail running and walking are all enjoyed here, with a diversity of forests, nature reserves, botanical gardens, and other outdoor walking and running paths to be found across the city. There are also wildlife reserves and sanctuaries that allow you to see a number of species in natural habitats. Getting out into the fresh air has never been as rewarding!
Last, but not least, another good reason to visit Cape Town is that it offers a huge variety of places to stay. Whether you are travelling for work or play; with friends, family or the love of your life, you will not have too much trouble finding the perfect place to stay. Here at ComeToCapeTown.com, we offer the lowest rates on a huge variety of accommodation. Apartments, villas, holiday homes and other self-catering options, guest houses, hotels, aparthotels and plenty more besides are all on offer.
Now that you know what the Mother City has in store for you, why not start planning the trip of a lifetime today? Contact us right now for more information on how to start planning your trip to Cape Town. We will help you make the most of your time here, so that you can visit Cape Town with full peace of mind in knowing that your plans are in good hands.