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Cape Town

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Mountains · Beaches · Piers & Boardwalks

Popular things to do in Cape Town

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Lookout
Cape Point Table Mountain National Park
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Duration: 3 hours
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Pier / Boardwalk
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town Central
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Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony Simon's Town
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Duration: 1h 30 min
From windy beaches providing excellent surfing conditions, to imposing mountains offering winding hiking trails and sweeping views of the city, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Cape Town. You can stroll along the coastline at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a charming promenade featuring a variety of shops and restaurants. Nature lovers flock to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, where they can admire local and exotic plants. A visit to Cape of Good Hope, the discovery of which marked a turning point in Europe's sea-traveling endeavors, will satisfy not only history and maritime enthusiasts, but also bird-watchers and nature buffs.

Hidden gems in Cape Town

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Abseil Africa Table Mountain National Park
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Duration: 3h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Platteklip Gorge Table Mountain National Park
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Duration: 4 hours
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Scenic Drive
Chapman's Peak Drive
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Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Walking Area
Maclear's Beacon Table Mountain National Park
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Wineries in Cape Town

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Earthstompers Adventures Cape Town Central
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours Cape Town Central
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Escapes Somerset West
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
African Story Wine Tours Cape Town Central
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Cape Town

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Stellenbosch
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Duration: 8 hours
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Shark Diving
Shark Diving Gansbaai
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Duration: 4 hours
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National Park
West Coast National Park West Coast National Park
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Duration: 5 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Waterford Estate Stellenbosch
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Cape Town

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Cape Capers Tours Mowbray
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Fishing Charter / Tour
Hooked On Africa Fishing Charters Cape Town Central
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Duration: 8 hours
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Shark Diving
Pisces Divers Simon's Town
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Dive Inn Diving & Touring Plumstead
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Duration: 8 hours
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Off-Road Tour
Africa4us Cape Town Central
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Duration: 4 hours
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Gourmet Wine Tours Cape Town Central
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Duration: 8 hours
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Hiking / Camping Tour
Cape and Table Mountain Tours Cape Town Central
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Duration: 6 hours
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Bike Tour
Scootours Table Mountain National Park
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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Where to stay in Cape Town

This sprawling city boasts a staggering range of lodging options, from lavish to budget friendly. Opt for a cozy guesthouse or bed and breakfast in a verdant garden setting, pick from one of the numerous backpacker hostels, or establish yourself in an oceanside top-end hotel. If you're visiting Cape Town in December or January, remember to book ahead as popular accommodations fill up easily during these months.
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