Public Question Asked by David M. about Cape Town
I'll be in Cape Town for 3 days. What should I do there?
Can you suggest fun things to do and places to go to? I want to experience the place like a local. Any suggestions? Thanks!
The Best Answer
Answered by Russell Smith , Durban North, South Africa
Cape Town is full of great things to do, with excellent restaurants, nightlife, beaches (look for beaches called Clifton Beach, Llundudlo Beach and many more), of course you have to visit table mountain! I suggest that if you are going to go up in the cable car, you should get there early in the morning. Visit the Victoria and Alfred waterfront which is a great shopping experience, take a boat trip from Hout Bay to visit Seal Island (where Great White Sharks hunt), and if you still have time, choose a couple of wine estates and go and sample the World Class wines at the many Estates. Enjoy Cape Town and thanks for choosing this wonderful City in our Country.
Answered by Adrian Wilkins , Durban, South Africa
The Vicroria & Alfred Waterfront is a good place to start. It is a working harbour and captures the cosmotolitan feel of Cape Town, with lovely views of Table Mountain too. There are plenty of excellent shops and restaurants there, and you can catch a boat from there out to Robben Island and visit the prison and cell where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for so long. You might also like to visit the excellent Two Oceans Aquarium which is at the Waterfront too. A trip in the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain is a great thrill, with lovely views from the top. I would also suggest that you try and do a day tour of the Cape peninsular (there are lots of tour operators who do day trips.....You can book at the V & A Waterfront), travelling past Camps Bay and Hout Bay, and heading for Cape Point where you will enjoy the most magnificent and dramatic coastal scenery. Between the Waterfront, Robben Island, Table Mountain and a tour of the peninsular, you would have used your 3 days well and gained a decent feel for Cape Town and its surroundings. I hope that you have a fantastic time.
Answered by Mike Hutchinson , Cape Town, South Africa
So much to do, so little time!
For unique African eating experiences try The Gold Museum Resturant, which was has a dinner caberet show with puppets from Mali and traditional African dancing / gumboot dancing (booking essential), or try Mama Africa on Long Street. The following are really worth doing: Cable Car to the top of the mountain, a trip to Robben Island, the V & A Waterfront and aquarium, cocktails or sundowners in Camps Bay, a guided tour of the new World Cup Stadium, Art Galleries and National Museum in Company Gardens, a walking tour of the Bo-Kaap, one of the many bars on Long Street, browse the antique and bookshops on Long Street, a trip to the theatre (Arstscape, theatre on the bay, Baxter - see press for details) Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.
Further afield, there are loads of wonderful beaches near to Cape Town and day trips such as Cape Point and the penguin colony at Boulders or a tour of the winelands and Stellenbosch. Hope this helps, enjoy your visit, cheers Mike
Answered by Andy C Chen , Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of those amazing cities that the activity list is boundless, and everything is withn reachability. It truly depends what you are into. For tourist attractions, you can marvel and natural wonders that are truly unrivalled, ranging from the magestic Table Mountain (which you will see once you land) and go up via Cable Car, to skydiving on Lion's Head, a must: drive down Chapman's Peak to see the view that rivals the Riviera within cliff on your one side and sea on the other. Cape Point - where the two oceans divide of Indian and Atlantic, Simon's Town - the old english Naval HQ, to Kirstenbosch and the Rhode's Memorial. If you're a bit more up beat, Long Street in the City Centre serves as a grand variety of partying moods and fun alike - be aware local's desparate attempt to sell you some weed, but otherwise, it's an amazing feeling that puts Mardi Gras to competition (obviously varies throughout the week). If you're in for something slightly different, Mzholi's at Khayelitsha and other shebeens and Gugs has some excellent vibes, but do NOT go alone as a tourist - crime certainly is something we're still dealing with here in South Africa.
Cape Town also has some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, white sand, mountain backdrop, and crystal blue water. Hout Bay and V&A Waterfront are two ports that you should definitely visit - tourist or not. As for the cultural, the city's art and music offers just does not stop. Weekly open air concerts at the largest sensory Botanical Garden in the world: Kirstenbosch is a joy to be in. For more info on concerts and events: www.computicket.co.za. Finally, if you're a good fan of good wine: Cape Town and its surroundings create some of the most magnificent wine in the world and its wineries are more scenic than any I have seen elsewhere - try Buitenwerwachting in Constantia - I highly recommend it.
For more info, let me know if you need a contact. Enjoy!
Answered by Kevin Matheson , Cape Town, South Africa
Hi David, with only 3 days everybody is gong to suggest the usual Cape Town tourism icons such as the Waterfront, Cape Point , Table Mountain etc If you are an independent traveller I would guess that you would also like to experience the culture and history of an African city and meet the locals. Apart from the above tourism highlights I would suggest you spend some time walking about the city centre during the day time when you can come in contact with our multi cultural people. Watch them going about their business and experience the true Cape Town. Also try a private township tour with Nthuseng Tours. Nthuseng gives a great experience of the townships. Other options include the !Khwa ttu San Centre about 80 kms from Cape Town. You can learn the history and culture of the San (bushmen) people and go for a San guided bush experience.
One of the main icons you cant miss is Table Mountain, but if you are reasonably fit instead of going up and down on the Cable Car , try hiking up from the back of the mountain. Walk to the highest point , Maclears Beacon, then across to the upper cable station, then get the cable car down. That is far more fuller experience of our beloved mountain. Hope that helps. If you require more information just reply to this message. Whatever you decide, have a great time in our beautiful city.
Answered by Sabine Rahn , Cape Town, South Africa
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Answered by Johan , Cape Town, South Africa
Hi there is so much to see and do around Cape Town. The most important things to see and do around Cape Town would be the following:
Your ascent to the top of Table Mountain takes just under 10 minutes and offers you a 360 degree view of the
city. Once on top there are over 2km of pathways leading you to views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben
Island the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula. There are also short walks available or you can join one of free
guided tours daily at 10h00 and 12h00.
As the cableway is weather dependent they do not take bookings. Purchase of tickets can be made, on the day
of your visit, at our lower station ticket office.
Cost: R145 return ticket
From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and
imprisonment. The notorious prison on the Island was also used to exile political prisoners of the apartheid
era (including Nelson Mandela) between the 1960s and 1991.
Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of
the price some paid for freedom.
Ferries depart at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting, from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A
Waterfront in Cape Town. On the Island, visitors are transported by bus. Transportation costs are included in
the tour price. It is essential to pre-book your tour to Robben Island via their website as it can get fully
booked weeks in advance.
Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A
Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and
mountain views with exciting shopping, wonderful restaurants and entertainment venues.
Cost: Free entrance
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it
displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a
diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South
African plants and is beautiful to visit at any time during the year.
Transport in and around Cape Town
The easiest way to get to all the above mentioned sights in Cape Town is to make use of the City Sightseeing
bus or otherwise know as the Hop on Hop off tourist busses of Cape Town.
Cost: R120 or R200, depending on time and route.
There are also taxi services in Cape Town and it is best to book a taxi through your accommodation in Cape
If you want to see more of the country side, if you want to try wine, taste cheese, travel over beautiful mountain passes, walk on pristine beaches, dive with the great white sharks, do a township tour and get to Cape Point then go and have a look at www.hotspots2c.co.za for our 3 day tour of all the tourist hotspots. If you have any more questions, please let me know.
Answered by Rada Vlahov , Sandton, South Africa
if you have the time I would suggest that u go to Moyo ( African Restaurant ) the cusine is great and the restaurant is situated on a wine farm with a flea market, cosy corners for coctails, tree house diner and many more things ...
here is the link to the web site
of course the "compulsury " tourist attractions are also on
Enjoy your stay :)
Answered by Troy Herbst , Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Good day to you,
There is a large variety of activities that Cape Town has to offer. The question you have to ask yourself is "Are they what you like to do"?.
Please have a look at my website www.executiveadventuressa.com and i will be more than happy to help you choose the best activities that you enjoy at the cheapest rates
Have a great day and best regards
Answered by Morne Deale , Parys, South Africa
1st day go to table mountain
2nd day go to robben eiland
3rd day go cage dive with great white sharks
Answered by Steve , Cape Town, South Africa
Three days is short but if you have enough energy and want a action packed 3 days here goes.
One of the three days can be spent on the famous Argus drive as i call it. Its basically a drive around the Peninsula. Seeing that the world famous Chapman's Peak is closed you will be missing out on one of the better attractions. But in saying that Chapman's is still open from one side so it can still be enjoyed.
On this drive you will have lots to see and your camera will be working overtime. Just a few attractions are:
Mostert se Meul
Rhodes Memorial (just above the University of Cape Town)
Groot Constantia Wine Farm
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Have to start early though.Buy fish and chips from Snoekies in Hout Bay. Or have a barbecue on the beach. Once a month I drive the Argus route and never get sick of it.
Drive out of Cape Town to Stellenbosch and Paarl. Climb the Paarl Rock or walk the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve towards the waterfall. Hire a bicycle and do the Delvera mountain bike route or the Tokai forest.
Would you like me to send you an email of more things to do and the time it will take to do them?
Answered by Angelita Cilliers , Hermanus, South Africa
The first thing you can do is take a bus tour from the Waterfront bus stop. I have done it and this is the best way to see the city and it takes you up to where the cable car departs to go up Table Mountain. From there it goes via Campsbay which you can enjoy the scenes or the beach depending on the weather. The tour operator will also tell about the history as you drive through the city. If you want more information on this tour you can visit the tourism office at the V & A Waterfront. Make sure to take a snack, drinks and something warm to wear. Enjoy !!!
Answered by Pieter Pieterse , Ellisras, South Africa
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Answered by Energy Tours , Cape Town, South Africa
Three days is a very short time in Cape Town especially if it's your 1st time. Of course you would want to combine the usual with the unusual, but beware you'll get almost NO sleep! You should divide your day into pre-lunch (AM) and pre-dinner (PM). An itinerary that is possible would be (this does depend on your flights):
Day 1: AM: Table Mountain, walk the city and BoKaap to lunch in Cape Quarter (Tapas preferred) then PM: V&A Waterfront doing obligatory shopping (window or otherwise), a boat trip of the harbour or to the beaches and dinner any restaurant in V&A or surrounding area.
Day 2: AM: Township tour with Energy Tours where you will experience how the bulk of Cape Town's citizens live (culture and history)and have lunch/snack in the Cape Flats area then PM: Robben Island - maximum security prison where political prisoners (including Nelson Mandela) were imprisoned.
Day 3: AM: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and penguins at Boulders Beach PM: Stellenbosch winelands and dinner in the winelands.
Hope this helps. www.energytours.co.za
Answered by Cal Neary , Cape Town, South Africa
Hey! I live and work in Cape Town and trust me, there is so much to do!! :)
The city's central business district is its heartbeat, where Capetonians work and play - relaxing in the tranquil Company Gardens, at trendy sidewalk cafés, shopping at exclusive boutiques or browsing street stalls. A walk through Cape Town or a trip on the Cape Town Explorer Bus will give you a sense of the city. First-time visitors should definitely include a cable-car trip up Table Mountain.
The other political pilgrimage every South African ought to take, and many foreigners want to take is the trip to Robben island. This is a three-and-a-half hour tour that includes the ferry trip from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island and a guided tour of the island.
A day trip down the Peninsula to Cape Point is well worth the drive. En route you can check out the Naval base in Simonstown and the colony of Jackass Penguins at Boulders Beach. Cape Point is the most south-western tip of Africa and offers spectacular views of the Peninsula. The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is an integral part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom - the smallest but richest of the world's six floral kingdoms. In the 7,750ha of the reserve, there are as many plant species as there are in the whole of the British Isles. Return up the west side of the Peninsula and experience the stunning Chapman's Peak Drive which leads past Hout Bay and the beautiful beach of Llandudno back to Camps Bay.
With its equitable climate and outdoor lifestyle, the range of activities and adventure sports in Cape Town is broad. There is a huge choice of activities, from relaxing boat trips to abseiling down Table Mountain. Diving, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horse riding & Sailing are all on offer, as are Kite surfing, Kloofing, Mountain Biking, Paragliding & Skydiving for the more adventurous.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Cape Town likes to eat out, a fact which is reflected in its multitude of restaurants, and the extent to which they get packed out. Whether you are looking for classic Cape Cuisine, exotic and intimate boutique restaurants, or maybe a gourmet burger, one thing you can be certain of is that, here, there is a restaurant to satisfy your every craving.
When Cape Town dims her lights after dinner, it's time for the real fun to start. Take your pick of the numerous nightclubs, discotheques, wine-bars, music pubs and cocktail lounges. The Waterfront, Sea Point, Camps Bay, Observatory and lower Cape Town buzz until the early hours.
Shopping is one of Cape Town's favourite pastimes, enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike, mesmerised by the sheer variety of goods to be purchased. One of the best things about shopping here, however, is the enjoyment to be had from browsing itself - the city's intricate streets, enticing markets and cool, glamorous malls offer a splendid way to wile away entire days!
The cosmopolitan city centre is alive with informal markets and pavement traders, selling a vast array of bargain items, original curios and collectables, clothes and food. The sound of djembe drumming or children singing often fills the air, giving one the sense that this is, indeed, the heart and soul of Cape Town.
Art & Culture
City of poets and poetry, and home to artists and performers of every description, Cape Town is indeed the erudite heart of South Africa. It's also a city warmly receiving those who seek to be inspired by her artistic wealth, offering a diverse range of these genres to be experienced and savoured - in historic or exhilaratingly modern galleries, open-air amphitheatres, concert halls and cinemas.
If you want to explore and understand South Africa's past, you can take one of a number of organised tours. Typically, such a tour will take in the Bo-Kaap or Malay Quarter and its Museum, District Six and the District Six Museum, Langa, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha. South Africa's past and recent history make Cape Town a very interesting and informative cultural tourism destination. There are several general guided walking tours of historical Cape Town. The township tours in particular give a real understanding of Cape Town, are very interesting and are a highly recommended way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Answered by Pieter Pieterse , Ellisras, South Africa
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Answered by Graham Bear MacMillan , Phuket, Thailand
Go shopping, relax and be safe.
Have a " Lekker " time.
Answered by Chantal Joyce , Ban Kata, Thailand
If you are a wine enthusiast - definitely visit the winelands. Stunning scenery and great wines!