Activities,  South Africa

24 best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

After visiting the essentials of Cape Town (see our two articles on the most beautiful areas of Cape Town et the essentials of Cape Town), you can relax. After all, you are on vacation! The city offers excursions for all tastes and all ages. We have listed below the best Cape Town activities in South Africa.

PS: Before starting the day, we recommend that you have brunch at Neil's at Village Cafe located on the heights of Waterkant between all the colorful houses. If you are staying at La Rose Bed & Breakfast, it's very close. The place is calm and very beautiful, and the menu is made only with fresh and organic products. It's perfect to get started!

Cape Town's best cultural activities: District 6 Museum and Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the best activities to do in Cape Town, South Africa

If you want to know more about the apartheid period then go to the museum of District 6. It traces the life of this multicultural Cape Town neighborhood which was completely razed to make it an area reserved for whites. Guided tours are recommended because the employees are all former residents of the neighborhood! In short, it is a short but essential visit for us to understand the history of the city.

If you have children then the best cultural activity in Cape Town is the Two Oceans aquarium. This is the opportunity to meet many marine species that will amaze the little ones.

Finally, Cape Town Hospital is known to have been the first hospital to successfully complete a heart transplant. A museum very well done on this feat is to visit downtown.

The best relaxation activities in Cape Town: Clifton beach or massage & spa?

Clifton Beach is one of the best things to do in Cape Town in South Africa

Nothing better to feel on vacation than spending the day at the magnificent Clifton Beach. Protected from the wind unlike Camps Bay, it offers an ideal haven of peace. Llandudno is another magnificent alternative, often less touristy but more distant.

The best of Cape Town's relaxation activities? We advise you the spa & massage center by The Twelve Apostles. Before leaving, have a drink at sunset on their terrace. The view is fantastic! If you want to stay in town, the Mount Nelson Hotel also offers exceptional massages and your whole family can enjoy their beautiful swimming pool for the day.

Cape Town's Best Sports Activities: Seal Diving and Hiking

Diving with seals is one of the best activities to do in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a sportsman's paradise with a comprehensive list of the best sporting activities. You can do golf near the stadium at Green Point, from kite surfing and surfing in the bay, from paraglider from Lions Head, from snowboarding in sand dunes, big game fishing close to the Cape of Good Hope, assault rifle shooting on a shooting range and even skydiving with a view of the whole peninsula! But what we preferred by far remains the diving with seals in kelp forests. You can do the excursion with bottles or with just a snorkel! No need to dive level! Finally, for those who do not want to take the cable car, you can climb on the half day Table Mountain

Top Things to Do in Cape Town: Short Market and Bay Cruises

Bay cruises are some of the best things to do in Cape Town in South Africa

For those who want to go shopping, there is the African art market of Short Market. Also, if your budget allows, a helicopter tour definitely worth it for the magnificent view. The departure is at the Waterfront, as for the cruises in the bay on catamarans or if you have children on a pirate ship (it's one of the best family activities in Cape Town)! Finally, you can add a touch of glamor to your stay by strolling around the city while driving a superb Cobra (daily rental).

The must-see Cape Town walk: Lions Head and Signal Hill at sunset!

Lions Head ride is one of the best things to do in Cape Town in South Africa

At the end of the afternoon, for those who still have energy, the stroll lions head is very popular with locals. Meet at the start of the hike an hour before sunset (the climb is accessible to everyone and takes 1 hour) and get to the top just in time for a great view. We confirm that it's worth the detour! Provide a windbreaker, water and a torch for the descent. For others, you can admire the sunset from a little lower from Signal Hill (accessible by car).

Safari from Cape Town: Aquila Private Reserve in South Africa

Aquila private reserve is one of the best activities to do in Cape Town in South Africa

The large animal parks are all in the North of the country as the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park. The only national park hosting BIG 5 in Cape Province is Addo Elephant Park at the end of the Garden Route. If you don't have time explore the garden route ou North of South Africa and you really want to go on a safari excursion then we advise you to look at the offers of the Aquila private reserve. Located 2 hours by car from Cape Town, this safari park offers daytime activities but also stays over several days. This is the only place where you can see the BIG 5 near Cape Town. It is not worth the grandeur of the national parks mentioned above but it is a pleasant experience if you stay in Cape Town all your vacation.

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Sleep in Cape Town in a cheap but quality B&B

Sleep at La Rose B&B to discover the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

To stay in Cape Town, La Rose Bed & Breakfast is an excellent central guesthouse and the owner is French. He gives great advice on the best things to do in Cape Town to all of his clients. In addition, you are located in Bo Kaap, the most colorful district of the city close to busy arteries.

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