5 Fun Activities to Enjoy in Cape Town
For a wealth of things to see and do, Cape Town tours offer the best way to enjoy the worldâ€™s favourite travel destination. The city of Cape Town is situated in South Africa, lying at the tip of the continent, with not one but two oceans on each side â€“ the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean. Cape Town boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild to cold, wet winters with plenty of sunny days thrown in between, making it an ideal place to visit all year round.
With a vibrant and diverse culture, plenty of attractions, and a variety of things to do, Cape Town offers fun for the whole family. Some of the top things to do in Cape Town include the following:
Conquer Table Mountain â€“ the looming presence of Table Mountain is one of the cityâ€™s most treasured attractions, and has graced many a postcard and guidebook. There are two ways to enjoy the beauty of this majestic mountain: by Cable Car or hiking. The Cable Car runs every day while weather permits and hiking is possible on any clear day. There are a number of hiking trails, but be warned â€“ only partake in a hike up the mountain in a group, and with an experienced guided who knows the mountain well. It is all too easy to get lost, especially when the mist descends.
Visit Robben Island â€“ the infamous Robben Island is situated a few kilometres offshore, and is accessible via boat from the Waterfront. It is here that former president Nelson Mandela spent so many years, and a tour of the island will give you the chance to see the cell in which he spent his days, while also learning more about the island and its history during the Apartheid years.
Spend a day at the V&A Waterfront â€“ as far as shopping centres go, the V&A Waterfront ranks right up alongside international centres. With a range of designer outlets, plus curio shops, department stores, banks, restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy, you can also go for boat cruises, helicopter trips, live African music and even a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium during a day spent at the Waterfront.
Go shark cage diving â€“ for those feeling brave, many Cape Town tours offer a chance to see Great White sharks in their natural ocean environment. You can choose to venture into the cage, or watch from the surface. If youâ€™re lucky, you may even get to see the incredible sight of Great Whites breaching as they hunt for seals!
Visit a local township â€“ township tours offer a unique chance to visit one or more of the local townships that can be found in the city. While the poverty is evident in these areas, the culture, warmth and local traditions are overwhelming â€“ offering a different perspective of life on the other side of the fence. A highlight on any township tour is a trip to a local shabeen (pub), where you may even get to try local beer or see some dancing.
Alice Johnson writes for African Eagle Day Tours, which provide a wealth of information for visitors planning Cape Town safari tours, City sightseeing or even experiencing the Mother Cityâ€™s townships and a range of additional tours in the Cape.