Cape Town is a top destination in South Africa. Every year thousands of tourists flock here to see the sweeping view of the city through a slowly rotating cable car, watch the busy harbour, and visit museums.
However, there is more to Cape Town than how it looks from above. The only way to see the real beauty of this city is get to through its iconic places. So here are the top tourist destinations that you may consider when touring Cape Town.
Table Mountain is whooping 1, 087 flat-topped mountain and is considered South Africa’s most popular landmark. A day tour usually includes viewing the Table Mountain where you can capture its beauty. You can reach its peak by riding the cableways with two revolving cable cars. When you reach the summit, you can venture a series of hiking trails that show off Table Mountain’s geographic features.
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Seated on the eastern slope of the Table Mountain is the wonderful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 20, 000 different species of flora and fauna. There are also trees and shrubs in the area planted by popular figures such as the wild almond-trees by Jan van Riebeeck and the fig trees by Cecil Rhodes.
SIGNAL HILL AND THE NOON GUN
Your Cape Town day tour is not complete without catching a view of the historic noon gun pointing at the flittering Atlantic Ocean. This particular tourist attraction is located west of the city center in Signal Hill.
CHAPMAN’S PEAK DRIVE
Locals usually call this place “Chappies”, an affectionately toll road with stunning view of the South African sea. They say it is one of the most jaw-dropping routes with 114 curves and clearly not for individuals with motion-sickness. Nevertheless, the sunset in Chapman’s Peak Drive is absolutely the most amazing thing you can ever witness in Cape Town. You can just drive and stop by a corner in Chapman’s Peak and watch the sun sets.
Robben Island used to be a brutal prison. Throughout the times, the government has developed it into a living museum so people can develop an appreciation of the past. In fact, it was hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the site and see for yourself Mandela’s former cell. Robben Island is accessible via boat trip from the main city which usually takes around 30 minutes to one hour.
Bo-Kaap, also known as Cape Malay is a vibrant neighborhood of colorful houses. Simply walking through its main thoroughfares can be truly delightful. You can even take pictures of the houses and remind yourself how colorful your Cape Town tour was. Bo-Kaap is also the seat of Cape Town’s Muslim museum where you trace back history of the times when this city was occupied by Indonesian and Malaysian settlers.