Cape Town has so much to offer – a vibrant city life, sun-kissed beaches as well as friendly locals. If you’re planning on spending time in Africa’s southernmost city, here are 10 things to do in Cape Town this summer.
Visit Table Mountain
Where: Table Mountain Nature Reserve, Cape Town, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1phEpo8
Contact number: +27 (0)21 424 0015
Opening times: Different per month
Price: Return R240 for adults, R100 for pensioners, R130 for students and R115 for children.
One way R125 for adults, R53 for pensioners, R70 for students and R60 for children.
Overlooking the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain is a great starting point for travellers wanting to make the most of their Western Cape holiday. Table Mountain is 260 million years old, older than the Andes, the Alps, the Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas and one of the world’s ‘New7Wonders of Nature’.
Explore Robben Island
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1YAb189
Contact number: +27 (0)21 413 4200
Opening times: Ferries depart at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting.
Price: R300 for adults and R160 for children under 18.
Situated approximately seven kilometres away from Cape Town’s beaches, Robben Island is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist sites. Inaugurated as a World Heritage Site in 1999, as well as a South African National Heritage Site, Robben Island is now a ‘living museum’. In fact, many of the guides are former political prisoners.
Hike Lion’s Head
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/24SddMA
Contact number: +27 (0)21 487 6800
Lion’s Head has become one of the most popular short hikes in South Africa. This hike is in high interest for people doing fitness. The hike up and down can be done within an hour, but you can also take your time and enjoy the amazing scenery.
Visit the District Six Museum
Where: 25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/224TA1I
Contact number: +27 (0)11 248 6800
Opening times: Monday till Saturday from 09.00-16.00
Price: R30 for adults (self-guided), R45 for adults (with an ex-resident/guide), R5 per scholar (SA), R15 per scholar (international) and free entrance for ex-residents of District Six and other areas or forced removals; SA pensioners.
District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants. The museum serves as a remembrance to the events of the apartheid as well as the culture and history of the area before the removals.
Shop at the V&A Waterfront
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/224XQhx
Contact number: +27 (0)21 408 7500
Opening times: Monday till sunday 09.00-21.00
The V&A Waterfront is one of South Africa’s most popular shopping destinations. There are over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment. So if you are looking for a good shopping location, the V&A Waterfront is a must see location.
Eat at The Old Biscuit Mill
Where: 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps:http://bit.ly/24Sigg1
Contact number: +27 (0)21 447 8194
Opening times: monday till friday 10.00-16.00, saturday 09.00-14.00. For further information on the different restaurant operation hours, visit the website.
The Old Biscuit Mill is home to day and night markets, a range of workshops, delicious farm stalls, decadent restaurants and an inspiring lineup of festivals and productions. The Mill houses some of the city’s most charming architecture and is loved by all of its patrons and visitors, it is definitely a must see!
Visit The Heart of Cape Town Museum
Where: Groote Schuur Hospital, Groote Schuur Dr, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1M8p2Tk
Contact number: +27 (0)21 404 1967
Opening times: Monday till Sunday 09.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00 and there are specially pre-arranged tours available for 17.00
Price: Special prices are given for groups with more than 25 people
On 3 December 1967, Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human heart transplant in Groote Schuur Hospital’s Charles Saint Theatre. To honour all those involved in this historical feat, you can now visit The Heart of Cape Town Museum, which takes you through the journey of this momentous surgery.
Go underwater at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Where: Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1RSrH8b
Contact number: +27 (0)21 418 3823
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9.30-18.00
Price: R124 for adults, R96 child (14-17), R60 child (4-13), R96 for SA pensioner and student and children under the age of 4 are free.
The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic ocean. This aquarium shows the diversity of marine life found in these two oceans.
Get a Springbok Experience
Where: Portswood Rd, Cape Town, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1QO9XbL
Contact number: +27 (0)21 418 4741
Opening times: 10.00 to 18.00 (every day except Christmas Day) with last entry to Museum gallery at 17h30.
Price: R65 for adults, R40 for scholars (6-18), R40 for pensioners, R180 for families + R30 for every extra child, children under the age of 5 are free and groups of 20 or more only possible by prior arrangement.
The Springbok Experience is a modern and interactive museum telling the South African story through the eyes of its most powerful sport, rugby. The museum offers both information and entertainment for the whole family and is a must-do attraction in the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Visit the Bo-Kaap Museum
Where: 71 Wale St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1nyJBSC
Contact Number: +27 (0)21 481 3938
Opening times: Monday till Saturday 10.00-17.00
Price: R20 for adults, R10 for 6-18 years, R10 for SA students and pensioners, R50 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) and children under the age of 5 are free.
The Bo-Kaap Museum situated in Cape Town’s Wale Street provides insight into the resident Islamic community, its history and culture. The house itself was built between 1763 and 1768 – making it the oldest in the area.
Article written by Jarred Manasse – Freelance copywriter Cape Town