Top Things To Do In Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the best destinations to travel to and for good reason - it is spectacular. It may even take the cake as my favorite travel destination of the year. I mean great food, gorgeous beaches, perfect climate - what more could you want.

Here are the top things you can't miss when you visit Cape Town.

Table Mountain

The views from Table Mountain make it one of the top places to go in Cape Town.

The views from Table Mountain are epic, that's why it tops the list as the VERY BEST thing you can't miss in Cape Town. You have two ways of getting up there: hiking or a cable car. 

Check out this article for a full breakdown of everything you need to know before heading to Table Mountain.

Lions Head

Hiking Lions head is one of the best things to do while in Cape Town

Another epic hike and view, Lion's head, does not disappoint. Consider climbing it really early in the morning so you can catch sunrise there.

This is actually a sunset at 21 Nettleton - read my full review by clicking the picture and stay there. You won't regret it.

This is actually a sunset at 21 Nettleton - read my full review by clicking the picture and stay there. You won't regret it.

Sunsets at Camps Bay

Honestly, sunset anywhere with a view in Cape Town will be beyond beautiful. But, if you want to make sure you don't miss a good one just head to Camps Bay. Perfect every time.

Wine Tours

If you are a wine lover (and who isn't) you can't miss touring the vineyards of South Africa. There are many tours that will take you around to the most famous ones. Of course, drivers are included so you can drink to your heart's desire.

Swim and hang with Penguins

One of the best, and most memorable, things to do in Cape Town South Africa is hang out with WILD penguins.

Cape Town (or close to it) is the only place in the world you can swim and hang out with wild penguins. Obviously, you don't want to miss this when you are in Cape Town. Check out this full article that details how to see and swim with the penguins in South Africa.

Wallys Cave

Along the hike up to Lions head, check out wallys cave. The official trail head to the cave is now closed but you can still get there as long as you are VERY careful. Here is a good breakdown of the secret trail so you don't miss it.


Robben Island

Another thing I wasn't able to see on my short trip, Robben Island is the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. To get there, take the ferry (30 mins). Once on the island, there is a tour bus that will take you around the island.

Walking the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap are one of the best things to do in Cape Town.

Colorful streets of Bo-Kaap

We only were able to do a quick drive through the streets of Bo-Kaap since we ran out of time but it was beautiful nonetheless. Try and walk around these beautiful streets and take in the culture.

Whale Watching, Dive with Seals, Cage Dive with Sharks

Cape Town has a plethora of adventure activities. Check out this article for a full list of some of the best excursions you can't miss in Cape Town.

Check out as many of Cape Town's awesome beaches as you can. They are all beautiful!


You don't have to do far to find an incredible beach in or near Cape Town. Try to spend time at a few! 

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

I didn't make it here on my short trip but have heard great things! A commercialized pier with tons of places to eat and shop, stroll along the boardwalk for a relaxing afternoon.

Peninsula Drive

Don't leave Cape Town without driving the peninsula and stopping at Chapmans Peak.

The scenic peninsula drive is just downright gorgeous and the first thing we did when we got to Cape Town. Along the way you can drive the famous Chapman's peak road, see penguins in Boulder Beach and check out where two oceans meet at Cape of Good Hope. 

Check out this article for a full breakdown of Cape Town's peninsula drive including how long it takes, where to stop, and what to bring with you. Seriously, don't drive it without reading this article.

Final Thoughts

Anyway you look at it, Cape Town is awesome! There is so much to do so don't be upset if you can't finish it all before you leave. Just start planning your next trip back....

Oh, one last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...

Also, a super common question I get is: what camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and this is the wide angle lens I use and love - I am seriously obsessed with it. 

My full guide that includes all the camera gear I take on every trip is here.


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