Too much for a single visit.
You will have to come back.
It is said of the weather in Cape Town you can experience all of the seasons in a single day. The city’s offerings for visitors is equally varied.
For the first time visitor choosing what to do and see can be a daunting task. The best advice is to identify your interests and plan your activities accordingly.
The mother city is best known for its iconic flat-topped mountain which not only dominates but defines the skyline. If you are in a hurry the fastest way up Table Mountain is the cableway – although queues can be long on weekends and in high season. If you are fit and adventurous there are several hiking routes up the mountain.
The second item on most visitor’s bucket list is a visit to the island prison of the most famous South African. The Robben Island Museum operates ferries and tours of the island. The tour guides are ex-prisoners who are well versed in the history of the island, and the tours take in various points of interest on the island.
If you have limited time and want a quick tour of the city then Cape Town’s “hop on – hop off” sightseeing buses are for you. The buses cover a number of routes with over 30 stops and taking you to over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions. You can take a single tour or pay for one or more days. That way you can jump off at the attractions you want, and when you are done you get the next bus and continue exploring.
For the collector, a trip to Kalk Bay is a must. Dotted along the road that hugs the western shore of False Bay are a variety of shops that sell books, vintage clothing, vinyl and bric-a-brac. There are also several coffee bars, eateries and galleries.
If you are in the area you could also visit the Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony or get your camera out and photograph the colourful beach huts at Muizenberg.
Cape Town boasts a number of areas and suburbs of particular interest and local residents offer walking tours which give the visitor a unique experience of the area. In the Bo Kaap, one can learn more about the Malay influences on our South African culture. While a visit to Woodstock gives you a shot of urban culture.
So whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it in the Mother City.