Cape Town is a city famous for its harbor as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom. With its stunning location and iconic mountain.
Cape Town, also known as “The Tavern of the Seas”, is the second largest metropolitan area in South Africa. It is a great vacation destination for nature enthusiasts, extreme sports fans, and night owls. Its close proximity to some of the top tourist destinations in the country such as Table Mountain makes the city an ideal starting point for many Cape Town excursions.
One of the must see attractions in Cape Town is the Langa Township. As part of many Cape Town tours, the Langa Township is especially popular because of its historical significance. As a suburb of Cape Town, this shanty-like town was designated specifically for blacks before apartheid took effect. When taking this tour, make sure you have enlisted the services of a local guide and that you have a map with you at all times. Here are Cape Town, South Africa Top Tourist Attractions to keep you updated with the latest popular must-see places in the city.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
There aren’t too many places in the world where one can walk on the beach, sunbathe or swim with penguins as companions, but Boulders Beach is one of them. Two penguins settled on this beach, an hour’s drive from Cape Town, in 1982. Now more than 2,000 penguins call this beach home. These are African penguins, sometimes called “jackass” penguins because their chirps sound more like a donkey’s bray than a bird tweet. The path to the penguin area is wheel-chair accessible and allows visitors to get within a few feet of the penguins. While the penguins are used to humans, visitors should look, but not touch them, as they may bite if they get scared.
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa, dating back to the 1600′s. Before becoming the seat of the military and home to the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums, the Castle of Good Hope was a maritime replenishment station.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Popularly known as the ‘Chappies’, the Chapman’s Peak Drive is a long winding road between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast. It skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak and offers such as scenic view of the majestic Cape Town scenery and is considered to be a photographer’s dream.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are world renowned. The gardens feature plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom which is known for the sheer diverse number of plants. The gardens are located in Newlands / Bishopscourt and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around there. There is a restaurant and a tea shop as well so you can make the visit into a really nice outing.
Robben Island Tour
For those who are interested in the history of apartheid in South Africa, there is a tour that is run daily to Robben Island, which is the famous prison island situated in Table Bay. This is where the political prisoners of the Apartheid era were incarcerated. This includes Nelson Mandela who spend a number of year here. The tour is an education in the history of apartheid and the reconciliation process that has been underway subsequently.
Noordhoek Farm Village
Offering a tranquil farm atmosphere, the Noordhoek Farm Village is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions with its restaurants, funky shops, lifestyle hotel, children’s playground, spa and open space.
Vergelen Wine Estate
Although the name roughly translates to ‘situated far away’, the Vergelen Wine Estate is only 40 minute drive from the Cape Town Centre. Known for its beautiful and out of the world grape wine, Vergelen estate is something you should go simply to enjoy the magnificent landscape.