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Touristy things to do in Cape Town

Things to do in Cape TownCape Town, AKA the ‘Mother City’ to us locals, is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I might be a touch biased, but I believe it to be worthy of that rating, Cape Town is frikkin awesome!

One of the main things to do in Cape Town is visit Table Mountain which is the main tourist attraction in Cape Town. Every person who visits wants to get to the top, so expect lots of other travelers, but this is still a ‘Must do’.

Between Table Mountain and Signal hill, is the small Lion’s head mountain, and together they surround the city, making ‘the city bowl’.

At Cape Town harbour is the V&A Waterfront, another popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.

The general area in and around Cape Town is full of interesting and fun attractions and activities. Besides the many restaurants and shopping malls, there are lots of touristy things for visitors to do or see in Cape Town if you have your own transport.

All of the listed attractions below are safe and pretty easy to find. You do NOT need to hire a guide, and you can do most everything on your own if have your own transport. I highly recommend hiring a car or using Uber to get to the different places because the public transport in South Africa is not great. If you have not used Uber before, click here to get your first ride free, up to the value of R150 by using the code ‘uber2travelbugs‘ when you book.

If you DO have the budget, and would prefer to have a Cape Town tour guide fetch and take you to attractions, I can highly recommend Mile by Mile tours in Cape Town. Visit their Cape Town day tours page for a list of tours, anything not on their list, just ask, and they can probably make one up just for you. They also do private tours, so you can hire one of their guides with a car to take you to almost any attraction, even if its not one of their tours.

Touristy and fun things to see and do in Cape Town

Below are some touristy things to do in Cape Town that we have done and enjoyed.

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V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is one of the most popular attractions in ...
The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is one of the most popular attractions in all of Cape Town. Shopping, tours, ...

Robben Island museum

Robben island, where Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was ...
Robben island, where Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 ...

Two Oceans aquarium

The Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town is a great place to spend a ...
The Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town is a great place to spend a few hours. From beautiful to frightening ...

Table Mountain cableway

Table Mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Table Mountain ...
Table Mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Table Mountain is the crown jewel of Cape ...

Cape Point nature reserve

The Cape Point nature reserve is one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions ...
The Cape Point nature reserve is one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions due to its beauty, variety of ...

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch botanical gardens is a famous Cape Town botanical garden in Newlands, at ...
The Kirstenbosch botanical gardens is a famous Cape Town botanical garden in Newlands, at the foot of Table Mountain. This ...

Boulders beach penguin colony

One of the favourite places for tourists to visit when in Cape Town is ...
One of the favourite places for tourists to visit when in Cape Town is the boulders beach penguin colony in ...

Giraffe House

The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness centre near Stellenbosch, provides easy access to some of ...
The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness centre near Stellenbosch, provides easy access to some of Africa's wildlife and bird species, incl ...

Intaka Island bird sanctuary

Intaka Island bird sanctuary is a 16ha wetland situated 7km from Cape Town's CBD, ...
Intaka Island bird sanctuary is a 16ha wetland situated 7km from Cape Town's CBD, stroll around 2km of footpaths available ...

Iziko South African Museum

The Iziko South African Museum in the Company's gardens was founded in 1825. It's ...
The Iziko South African Museum in the Company's gardens was founded in 1825. It's mission is to educate visitors on ...
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The Company’s Gardens

The Company’s Garden in Cape Town is situated in Queen Victoria Street, at the ...
The Company’s Garden in Cape Town is situated in Queen Victoria Street, at the top of Adderley Street, and adjacent ...

West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park in Langebaan is 120km from Cape Town, it is ...
The West Coast National Park in Langebaan is 120km from Cape Town, it is renowned for carpets of wild flowers ...

Butterfly World

Butterfly world near Klapmuts in the Cape Winelands is home to thousands of free ...
Butterfly world near Klapmuts in the Cape Winelands is home to thousands of free flying exotic butterflies in a tropical ...
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Rhodes Memorial

Rhodes memorial lies at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National ...
Rhodes memorial lies at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, and offers visitors spectacular views ...

World of birds

The World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park is a zoo in Hout ...
The World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park is a zoo in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town ...

Huguenot memorial museum

The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek, South Africa, is dedicated to the cultural influences that ...
The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek, South Africa, is dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots have brought to the Cape ...
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Stellenbosch University botanical garden

The Stellenbosch University botanical garden where exotic species of foreign plants share the garden ...
The Stellenbosch University botanical garden where exotic species of foreign plants share the garden with indigenous varieties in a tranquil ...

Spier wine farm

Spier wine farm in Stellenbosch was established in 1692. Award winning wines, wine tasteing, ...
Spier wine farm in Stellenbosch was established in 1692. Award winning wines, wine tasteing, art gallery, restaurants, animal encounters, picnic ...
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Lions Head

Lion's Head is a mountain in Cape Town, lies between Table Mountain and Signal ...
Lion's Head is a mountain in Cape Town, lies between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Hike up lions head for ...