The largest city and most southerly city in Africa, Cape Town is surrounded by natural beauty – the powerful silhouette of Table Mountain, the rushing waves of the sea. It’s a meeting place of cultures and it is rich with creativity.
From the chic restaurants and bars to the brightly painted houses of Bo-Kaap to the dramatic cliffs from which whales can be spotted - Cape Town will delight and amaze you. Cape Town has had a tumultuous past but these days it is a diverse melting pot where Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and traditional African religions coexist in harmony.
So, if you only have three days to explore the exciting city of Cape Town, what are the absolute must-sees that you should cover?
Start your first morning with a trip up Table Mountain. The skies are clearer in the early hours so the views of the city will be at their best. Also, you’ll get a lay of the land as you savour the stunning vistas. The trail can be a challenging hike, so take the suspended cable car instead.
From Table Mountain, head to Clifton Beach or Boulders to soak up the sunshine on the beautiful beach. You can stroll along the sand and then eat a seaside lunch at one of the restaurants along the water. At Boulders you might even get a chance to spot a penguin.
At the Galileo Open Air Cinema you can watch a movie under the stars while relaxing in a beautiful botanical garden or wine estate. This open air cinema event happens throughout the summer in Cape Town at several different locations. Beer, wine and fresh popcorn is on sale at every movie showing and some of the films that will be showcased include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Wizard of Oz, The Shawshank Redemption and Grease.
If you had a few beers at the Open Air Cinema last night, soothe your head and get ready for the day with a big helping of brunch. Check out The Bistro at Cascades on the Promenade, where you can feast on a hearty Farm Style breakfast that includes bacon and cheese and double eggs.
Then, go shopping on Long Street. This hip and trendy street is home to a number of fantastic local designers and clothing stores, as well as handmade African crafts from all across the continent. You’re sure to find something unique to bring home with you as a souvenir.
You can jump on a 40 minute ferry from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island, where you can see the UNESCO World Heritage Site prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed for more than 18 years.
After you return from your prison tour, take a late afternoon or evening stroll around the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. In the summer the sun doesn’t set until late, so it’s a lovely place to end a day of sightseeing. Walk along the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway and admire the indigenous flora.
Go out for dinner along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This vibrant harbour bustles with activity and has stunning views of Table Mountain. You can check out the Two Oceans Aquarium, do some shopping, listen to live music from the roaming street performers and dine in one of the superb restaurants.