You have just arrived in the exquisite city of Cape Town, found your accommodation, unpacked your bags and you’re ready to hit the town, but where should you go and what should you see? Below is the imperative must visit and must definitely do things in and around the Mother City.
Firstly, as you enter the city the first thing you will lay eyes on is the majestic Table Mountain, the entire city surrounds the grandeur of its imposing presence. The most exhilarating hike you can take is up Table Mountain, passing through the giant boulders that make up echo valley before reaching the peak, which holds the most incredulous views of all that the Mother City is. Then if you don’t wish to hike back down, you can take the famous Table Mountain Aerial Cable Car. This cable car has a revolving floor which provides 360 degree panoramic views whilst transporting you up the mountain or down.
If hiking is your thing, the peaks surrounding Table Mountain, namely Lions Head, Devils Peak and The Twelve Apostles are just as epic to hike up and experience the wonder of the fynbos and all embracing views of the entire Cape Town. For the not so experienced hiker who simply wants to experience the rare and beautiful flora that Cape Town has to offer in a splendid nature loving setting, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is definitely the place to visit. 5 amazing trails, a whole array of wonders to lay eyes on, whilst offering 3 superb restaurants to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite. Moyo Restaurant is situated both in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as well as on Blouberg Beach, one of the many pristine beaches of Cape Town with a rare and phenomenal view of Table Mountain over the Atlantic sea.
The sites to visit that rest on the slopes of Table Mountain, which is part of the UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site are the Rhodes Memorial, not the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes but according to legend, his favourite place in the entire world to gather his thoughts, the wooden bench he sat on is still there to this day. Then of course if you spend any day of the week in Cape Town except of course Sunday and public Holidays, you will hear the distinctive boom at 12 noon sharp. The Noonday Gun that is fired from the slopes of Signal Hill creates this boom, you may go and watch the ceremony and this is an exciting endeavor to experience.
If you’re hungry and local cuisine sounds appetizing then the colourful Bo-Kaap is a fantastic place to enjoy flavorfully rich authentic Cape Malay Cuisine, there are an array of restaurants to choose from and the colourful personalities and houses to match will interest your travel journal whilst leaving you with a smile on your face.
Animals are always a must encounter when entering a country or city for the first time, Cape Town is well known for the fearsome Great White Shark and cage diving is perhaps one of the safest most thrilling adventures that you can take part in to meet these apparent beast of nature face to face without getting eaten alive. However if the Great White Shark is a little on the daring side, why not visit the once named Jackass Penguins at the Boulders Penguin Colony, it is said that you are allowed a metre from the penguins before they nip. More birds are to be found at Hout Bays incredible World of Birds, although all the species are not only exclusive to South Africa, the World of Birds is a wonderful day out to make acquaintance with our feathery friends.
Cape Town is scattered with incredible things to do. Much of what is to do lies in the iconic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a shopping, entertainment hub of epic proportions. If you want to visit the place of former President Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment, Robben Island, then the V&A Waterfront is where the ferry leaves from. The City Sightseeing red double decker tour bus has a stop in front of the Two Oceans Aquarium which is the largest Aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere, showcasing the sea life from both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which meet at Cape Point.
Lastly but not least, the only unparalleled awe-inspiring way to take all of Cape Town in and breathe the epic proportions of its magnitude and magnificence is to take a helicopter trip around and over the city and Table Mountain, there are many tour options from Cape Town Helicopters and all of them will leave you bewildered and amazed at the journey.