Cape Town

Cape Town, located in the Western Cape Province, is referred to by many as the “Gateway to South Africa”. No other city in the world can compare to Cape Town. 

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View of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

It is in Africa and of Africa, yet so different. Flanked between the ocean and mountain and a National Park in its heart, Cape Town is cosmopolitan, wild and wonderful. It is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural and fascinating heritage that spans over more than 300 years.

There are so many compelling reasons to visit the city of Cape Town. Have fun gleefully ticking off things to do in Cape Town one by one from our proposed bucket list, as you make your way through the sights, smells, flavours and cultures of this cultural melting pot.

Cape Town Central

Cape Town's City Centre has too many interesting features and sites to mention - it is best for visitors to walk from one place to the next,...more

Self Drive Routes From Cape Town

Self drive routes from Cape Town invite visitors to the Mother City to experience the natural splendour, fun activities and scenic attractio...more

Art in Cape Town

This is a South African holidays route of beautiful things – be it oil on a canvas, a swirl of beads on a designer dress, or the sparkle o...more

Fun Ideas For Kids Around Cape Town

There's no shortage of things to occupy the kids when the sun's shining, but what about when the weather won't play along? Before everyone s...more

A Township Tour in Cape Town

Township tourism certainly does uplift communities and individuals. Is a South African township tourism merely a way to be a voyeur of pover...more

Robben Island: A World Heritage Site

San Francisco has Alcatraz, and Cape Town has Robben Island. This rocky little lump in the ocean off Cape Town is much, much more than just ...more

Cape Town: Gateway to South Africa

Cape Town is every tourist's dream. It satisfies the needs of even the most discerning guest and you will never get bored. The imposing and ...more

Living Large in Cape Town

The Cape Peninsula lies within a monstrous claw of land. In contrast with the tour-bus potato, the new visitor wants a Cape Town itinerary t...more

The Many Facets of Cape Town

Adventure awaits you at the southern tip of the African continent in Cape Town. Here, along a narrow spit of land known as the Cape of Storm...more

Cape Town's Ecology

Much of South Africa’s natural heritage has been disturbed by human activities over the years and some ecosystems, such as the Fynbos Biom...more

Cape Town Hosts the South African Museum

Founded in 1825, the South African Museum is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. The planetarium is adjacent to the main museum buildin...more

Visit Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

For the visitor, there are quite a few things to see and do in the Bo-Kaap. A good first stop is the Bo-Kaap Museum. This is a small install...more

Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town

Despite the colonial overtones, Rhodes Memorial is a nice little detour along Cape Town, situated in the suburb of Rosebank. It offers the ...more

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

The headquarters of the National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch is one of 8 National Botanical Gardens around South Africa. The beautiful...more

The Early Cape Penguin Colony

Just to put this order into perspective, the penguin population on Robben Island probably totalled tens of thousands when the Dutch first la...more

Historical Influences of the Cape

The demise of Portuguese authority over the high seas in the Cape area facilitated the rise of the great chartered companies of the 17th cen...more

The Development of The Table Bay Shoreline

Before looking the retail wonderland that is the modern Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, one should go back a little and look at the original...more

District Six in Cape Town

Two of the best-known forced removals in South African history were from Sophiatown (in Joburg) and District Six in Cape Town. As case studi...more

The British Embark to the Cape

The Dutch East India Company (VOC) had been running the Cape as its own private fiefdom for close on 150 years. In that time the Company had...more

The Batavian Republic Take Over in the Cape

Despite their successful occupation of the Cape, the British considered themselves as nothing more than caretakers. English imperialism was ...more

The British Return to the Cape

Fearful that their route to the riches of India would be compromised by Napoleon’s imperialist impulse, the British took action and, for t...more

Greenmarket Square in Cape Town

Cape Town was young in 1696 when its first town hall, the Burgher Watch House, and the adjacent Greenmarket Square, where slaves and vegetab...more

The Cape as a Refreshment Station

After the Portuguese came to the Cape, the ships of many nations plied the rich but hazardous trade route to the East. To head the task forc...more

The Fabled Cape of Storms

In days of old many Europeans "weak of lung" were sent to the Cape to recuperate. The first Portuguese who spied Table Mountain and rounded ...more

Cape Eden: Paradise on Earth

When Portuguese ships first reached the Cape in the late 1400s, on sighting a flat-topped mountain rising as if out of the southern ocean th...more

Historical Walking Tours of the Cape

Cape Town has an endless number of walking tours and museums that ably encapsulate the city’s complex, vibrant and eclectic history. The p...more

Discover Cape Town Beaches

Clifton 4th Beach is quite family-orientated, so a fun family outing in summer is to be had at the beach. Muizenberg is a beach town just ou...more

Cape Town Nightlife

There isn't much of a better introduction to Cape Town than exploring the city's nightlife. As much as Cape Town is a busy city during the d...more

Cape Metropolitan Region

Air flips and trips are available, as well as many boat and yacht trips from Table Bay Harbour, including trips to Robben Island, which is f...more

Antique Shopping in Cape Town

Cape Town is home to some truly unique gems that can be discovered by following some classic Cape Town antique shopping routes. Cape Town is...more