What to do in Cape Town South Africa

If you are lucky enough to make it to South Africa, be sure to venture down to its most southern city. Cape Town is known to be one of the most picturesque cities on the earth. A beautiful town with filled with modern, colourful buildings draped by the magnificent table mountain. Standing proudly overhead, this giant rock reaches 1000 meters into the sky. It is hard for any city to compete with this seaside urban centre with pristine beaches on its shoreline.

One of the most popular areas is the V&A waterfront. Filled with restaurants and boutiques it is a pleasant place to walk around and window shop. A beautiful setting with yachts in the harbour, an historic lighthouse and cobblestone streets, you can spend the day enjoying fine wine and delicious food. It is also the place where you can book your tour and catch a ferry to Robben Island. The former maximum security prison located off of the coast where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

The ferry ride is beautiful and tragic at the same time. You will see the stunning view of Cape Town with Table Mountain the massive table mountain in back, but you will also get a sense of what it must have been like for the prisoners as they were transported to their prison. It is an inescapable place and it would be terrifying to know that you could be living out the rest of your days on the island with home within your sights.

A bus takes you around the island showing you different sights such as where the prison guards lived. An entire community was built on the island. Children were born and men died. See the quarry where men were put to work in brutal conditions, yet found the strength to plan and form a government that would eventually take over the country. And finally witness the cell of Nelson Mandela. So tiny, it is impossible to think how someone could survive so many years in that place.

After spending some time in Cape Town, it is a good idea to rent a car and drive along the coast. Winding along one of the most scenic drives on the planet, Chapman’s Peak is a treat. Featured in many a film and commercial, its enormous cliffs tower overhead as the road carves its way through blasted rock. Be prepared however, in South Africa, they drive on the left side of the road.

Head to Simon’s Town to see the penguin colony that reside on its beaches. Simon’s Town is a beautiful coastal village where a seafood lunch is a must. The famous penguins bask in the sun and splash in the water posing perfectly on smooth large rocks as dozens of tourist snap their camera’s.

One of the most famous Capes on earth is just a little farther south. A place of myth and legend, The Cape of Good Hope is not to be missed. There is a train that will transport you to the top which is a blessing since you are going up to the top of one of the highest sea cliffs on the planet. There are boardwalks and paths to explore giving you different views of the sea and even the old lighthouse keepers quarters are in tact.

If there is one destination that you must visit in Africa, it has to be Cape Town. As well as the few ideas listed above, there are many other great activities that you can do. Go on Safari and witness the big five game animals, go shark diving or take it easy and enjoy tasting world class wines in Stellenbosch. There is something for everyone in Africa’s southern region.