Cape Town tourism top 20

aerial view of Cape TownThere are a lot of things a traveller can do in Cape Town, South Africa. Here are 20 tips, especially for first time visitors.

1. Climb to the top of the Table
The greatest way to appreciate the mountain that makes Cape Town the best city to live in is to climb it yourself. Platteklip Gorge is cruelly steep but with insane views there is no rush and it is oh so rewarding once you’ve made it to the top. Be in good shape.

2. Sunset on Clifton
Soak up the last rays of sunlight as it sets over the sparkling Atlantic. Relax with a drink in one hand and a tasty snack in the other and enjoy the ultimate end of day treat for Cape Town locals on one of the world’s most stunning beaches. A Frans Malan 2008 will do perfectly for a sunset.

3. Sip on Cocktails at Caprice
Joins Cape Town’s young and beautiful on the Atlantic shoreline as they come together after a long day in the office (or at a photo shoot). A place where a sneaky sunset cocktail always manages to turn into a whole lot more…

4. Scramble up Lion’s Head
At the top you have Robben Island and Table Bay to the North, Table Mountain to the south, the twinkling lights of Cape Town to the east and the sparkling Atlantic coastline to the west. This spot is all about picture perfect views and history.

5. Have a braai at Silvermine Nature reserve
South Africans love our meat and we love our outdoors; with a couple of cold beers on a hot summer’s day, the dam at Silvermine provides the perfect setting for a favourite local past-time.

6. Go organic at the Biscuit Mill
Nibbling on organic cheeses in between sips of organic wine; this is where Cape Town’s trendy, hungry and eco friendly hang out on a Saturday morning.

7. Swim amongst the penguins at Boulders Beach
Like a secret Caribbean beach hidden on the shores of Cape Town. Grab a spot of sand amongst the boulders on the edge of crystal clear water and jump in to catch a wave amongst the penguins.

8. Learn to surf at Muizenberg
Everyone who has lived in Cape Town has at some staged dreamed of being a tanned, golden haired, salty skinned surfer. And we all had our first attempt at Muizenberg beach amongst other dreamers. Filled with a perfect mixture of beginners and experts and plenty of board rental options, there’s no excuse not to get stuck in.

9. Have a pizza on the lawn at Blue Peter in Tableview
Watch the surf roll in with a picture perfect view of Table Mountain in the distance while downing a beer and munching on a delicious wood-fired pizza.

10. Spend a Sunday afternoon at Mzoli’s
There is truly no more enjoyable way to experience the unique and dynamic atmosphere of the Gugulethu township in Cape Town. Order your meat, grab some beers from a shebeen (private homes that sell alcohol) across the road, relax and allow the vibrant township beats to ooze into your body. This is a melting pot of culture, class and lifestyles and the best part is nobody cares…

11. Visit some wine farms
Enjoy an easy-going booze cruise and experience world class wine making in the amazing setting of the Cape Winelands.

12. Spend a day at Dias Beach, Cape Point
Stand at the edge of the continent on a perfectly unspoilt beach and take in the atmosphere of nature’s pure greatness.

13. Join the seagulls at Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay.
The simplicity and ease of this local fish shop is blown to extraordinary heights by its seaside positioning. Sitting out in the sun, watching seagulls hover and fishing boats sail past, enjoying delicious fish, calamari and chips wrapped up in old school paper bags, what more can be said.

14. Go to V&A Waterfront
A big crowd puller, visit the aquarium, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a sunset cruise, the waterfront has a lot to offer and is a great place to grab those last minute gifts from the craft markets or even just hang out on a rainy day. It is very touristy but definitely worth a look!

15. Have a G&T at the top of Chapmans Peak drive
No effort or activity is required, find yourself a picnic spot along this majestic, rocky coastline and just enjoy the scenery while sipping on those gin and tonics-a drink that seems to made for the perfect sunset. The more G&T the marier.

16. Watch a sports match at on a big screen at Rafiki’s
The big screens in every corner, the long sunny balcony providing views over the city, awesome staff and a happy mixture of colourful people make Rafiki’s an incredible festive place to cheer for your favourites.

17. Take a train to Kalk Bay
The station literally opens onto the entrance of Brass Bell where you can enjoy a pizza and beer right on the waters edge, followed by a stroll through the antique lined streets. While you soak up this vibrant seaside suburb, keep an eye on the ocean for a sneaky glimpse of whales and dolphins.

18. Play a round of mini-golf in Seapoint
So the paint is a bit faded, but there is no better setting than this little seaside gem, where the mountain provides shelter from the wind for the most amazing afternoon sunsets.

19. Enjoy Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
Heralding the Cape summer season, jam away to a superb line-up of local and international artists in this awesome setting under the shadow of the mountain

20. Take a dip in Crystal Pools
Cool off in one of the crystal clear mountain pools after a scenic walk up the Steenbras River gorge before chilling out for the afternoon in Gordon’s Bay. Some super high rock jumps for the more adventurous…

Travel tips shared by Peppertravel 

For more inspiration, go to the website of Cape Town Tourism

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