Things to do in Cape Town

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A Cape Town itinerary can end up looking a touch schizophrenic, with activities that you’ll usually find in four lesser cities all making their way i... Read More

A Cape Town itinerary can end up looking a touch schizophrenic, with activities that you’ll usually find in four lesser cities all making their way into one afternoon here. Hike Table Mountain, browse a modern art gallery, take a walking tour through a historic neighborhood, then end your evening with a sundowner on the beach—it’s all here.

Whatever your plans for the day, get started with a champagne breakfast at Mount Nelson’s Oasis Restaurant, set amid sparkling pools and lush gardens, before heading into Cape Town to explore. Go to Bo-Kaap, the old Malay Quarter, for spices from Southeast Asia, or check out the independent bookshops along Kloof Street. With such an eclectic mix of cultures and experiences, it won’t be hard to find things to do in Cape Town—you may even plan a return visit to take it all in.

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  • Bo-Kaap Museum in Cape Town Alamy

    You can't miss this lively neighborhood on the slopes of Signal Hill: its vivid rainbow colors can be spotted from a mile away. Cape Town's historic... Read More

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    Boulders Beach

    Head down to Simon's Town, a popular stop on the Cape Peninsula drive, and you'll find unusual company sunbathing on the sand: Boulders Beach is home to... Read More

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    Camps Bay

    Picture South Beach glam, in the shadow of Table Mountain: that's Camps Bay beach. This trendy neighborhood is filled with posh clubs and restaurants,... Read More

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    Cape of Good Hope

    The Cape of Good Hope is best experienced as part of the half-day Cape Peninsula drive. Stop at Chapman's Peak, pose with the penguins on Boulders Beach... Read More

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    Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

    You'll come across this annual celebration by one of many names: Kaapse Klopse, the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, or Tweede Nuwe Jaar ("Second New Year")... Read More

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    Chapman's Peak

    Rent a convertible and head down Chapman's Peak Drive, perhaps the most scenic stretch of highway in Cape Town—and one of the most beautiful drives... Read More

  • Clifton Beach in Cape Town Alamy

    Clifton is actually made up of four beaches: the inventively named Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. These are Cape Town's most popular beaches, filled... Read More

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    Company's Garden

    As old as Cape Town itself, this historic park dates back to the earliest European settlers in the 1650s. Back then, it was a farm that supplied fresh... Read More

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    District Six Museum

    This former Methodist church was a shelter for antiapartheid protesters during the Sixth Municipal District’s 1960s fallout. Today the museum hosts a... Read More

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    First Thursdays

    If you're in Cape Town on the first Thursday of any given month, you're in luck. The city comes alive after dark as galleries and boutiques throw their... Read More

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    Greenpoint Park

    Kids will go crazy for this sprawling park near the dazzling Greenpoint Stadium, and it's easy to see why: the multiple playgrounds (each catering to... Read More

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town Alamy
    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

    Home to more than 7,000 species, Kirstenbosch is a prime place to see the flora and fauna of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It's also a great picnic spot, and... Read More

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    Lion's Head

    It's a fairly easy hike to the top of Lion's Head, a peak at one end of Signal Hill (take a look at it from afar and you'll understand where the name... Read More

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    Muizenberg Beach

    Once you spy the bold yellow, red, blue, and green beach shacks along the water, you'll know you've found your way to Muizenberg. This laid-back village... Read More

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    Robben Island Museum

    Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27-year sentence exiled to this island just off Cape Town, and the once-foreboding prison has been transformed into a... Read More

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    Table Mountain

    A 10-minute ride from downtown brings you to the base of Cape Town’s landmark Table Mountain, named for its distinctive flat top. An aerial cableway... Read More

  • The Slave Lodge in Cape Town Alamy
    The Slave Lodge

    South Africa has a brutal and tragic slave history, one that is all too often overlooked. The Slave Lodge, built in 1679, is where more than 9,000... Read More

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    Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion

    When the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opens in early 2017 in a historic grain silo, it promises to be a groundbreaking ode to African art.... Read More

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