1. Catch a cable car up Table Mountain: The iconic Table Mountain is one of Africa’s most well-known landmarks. Overlooking Cape Town, it provides stunning views of the surrounding land and sea, and of the amazing mountains of the Winelands. The cable car provides both an excellent viewing point as you ascend and descend the mountain but also a fun and enjoyable ride. The mountain top is roughly 2 miles across meaning you it won’t get crowded and they’ll be plenty of time to spend taking in the views around you.
2. Shark Cage-Diving: Undeniably a unique and once in a lifetime experience, that’s if you’re not local at least! Known as the Great White Shark capital of the world, Gansbaai is one of the best places you can go cage-diving for sharks. Most hotels will advertise these excursions from reputable companies, many of whom are very passionate about the sharks and impart endless knowledge of these amazing creatures. Whilst cage-diving might be too close an encounter for the faint hearted, it’s still worth going along for the ride, viewing the sharks from the comfort of the boat is an equally breath-taking experience. It’s important to remember that although very common, a sighting can’t always be guaranteed and weather conditions can affect the visibility within the water.
3. Embark on a foodie journey: Cape Town is fast becoming one of the ultimate culinary destinations, and with good reason. From fine dining at The Mount Nelson's Planet Restaurant, to laid back Michelin star-quality dishes at The Test Kitchen, there is something for every palate. Be sure to swing by Camps Bay for a plethora of upscale and luxury restaurants and experience some of the best fine dining in Cape Town.
4. Explore the history: With the significant amount of history in South Africa, it can be hard to fit it all into one trip. Robben Island is not to be missed a critical part of history, the tours round this historic prison are not to be missed, and many tour guides past and present have been former inmates on the island, providing a unique perspective of the history. The Cape Town City Hall is another popular attraction, marking the first speech Nelson Mandela made just hours after his release from prison in 1990.
5. Boulder Beach: You might be surprised to find this penguin colony away from the snow and chilling on the beach but here they are! Boulder Beach is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters and of course its penguins, this extraordinary sight is well worth the fee to view them as they waddle around, minding their own business and enjoying the beach. Although sometimes a little crowded, sunbathing with penguins is not an experience to be missed.
6. Head to the winelands for some vinotherapy: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl are just a short drive from the city centre, and are home to the country's best vineyards. To make the most of the experience go with a local guide and driver - you will want to fully appreciate the wine on offer!
7. Take in the bustling art scene: Cape Town is an inherently young and vibrant city, which lends itself to a very active art scene. Trendy Woodstock is home to some of the best contemporary art galleries as well as The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club - two of the shining stars of the culinary scene.
8. Indulge in afternoon tea at Cape Town's grande dame: The Mount Nelson isn't just a hotel, it's an institution. For the ultimate blast from the colonial past, treat yourself to a sumptuous afternoon tea (often supplemented by champagne).
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If you are interested in booking a holiday in Cape Town get in touch with our Africa Travel experts on 020 7843 3500 and they can start planning your holiday to South Africa today.
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