Explore Cape Town: Must-Try Activities in the World's Second-Best City
There’s no limit to the adventure and sights you’ll uncover in Cape Town. Take a look at our top recommended experiences.
Voted the second-best city to live in by Time Out, Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences that cater to everyone’s taste. Whether you’re a local wanting to rediscover the magic of this ever-evolving city or an out-of-town ‘tourist’ curious to see all that Cape Town has to offer, our range of sightseeing experience packages is perfect for you.
Let’s take a look at everything you can see and do in the world’s second-best city to live in. Let’s travel to Cape Town.
Wine Tours Across Stellenbosch, Cape Point, and Winelands
Just a stone's throw away from Cape Town lies the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, situated in the heart of South Africa's wine country. Here, wine enthusiasts can explore award-winning vineyards and sample exquisite varietals. From the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch to the dramatic coastal vineyards near Cape Point, and the charming wineries scattered across the Cape Winelands, each wine tour promises a unique and unforgettable experience, showcasing the diverse terroir and winemaking expertise of the region.
Top Tip: Try to prioritise scheduling your wine tours during weekdays, especially mornings, to avoid crowds and enjoy a more intimate tasting experience at the vineyards.
Walk the Path to Freedom
This tour starts by walking past the Slave Lodge and City Hall to catch a glimpse of Mandela's Statue, the historic site where Nelson Mandela delivered his first public speech post his release from prison. You’ll then visit the District Six Museum and journey through the District Six Site for a stark reminder of the past. Next, see Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, where you'll visit the vibrant local market – Gugu Sthebe. Here, the community showcases their talents through various projects, including arts and crafts. The tour ends with seeing the contrast between informal housing and new developments underway.
Top Tip: To get a truly authentic experience, chat with locals to gain insight into their culture and support community initiatives by purchasing handmade crafts or participating in cultural activities offered on-site.
Explore the Elgin Valley with a Cape Canopy Tour
For adrenaline junkies wanting an exhilarating experience, the Cape Canopy Tour in the Elgin Valley is a winner! This bucket list adventure activity consists of an exhilarating 4x4 journey through Capenature’s Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, followed by a zipline on 11 thrilling slides, some over 300m long! Expect views of waterfalls, lush forests and rugged terrain. An incredible activity guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
Top Tip: Make sure to bring along a waterproof camera to capture stunning aerial footage.
Ride The Clouds with The Table Mountain Cableway
No trip to Cape Town is complete without ascending to the summit of Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Hop aboard the Table Mountain Cableway for a scenic ride to the top, where sweeping 360-degree views of the city and Atlantic seaboard coastline await. Whether you're a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply seeking adventure, this iconic attraction offers a birds-eye perspective of Cape Town's unparalleled beauty.
Top Tip: Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes with good grip to navigate the sometimes uneven terrain at the summit, to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
Sail into the Sunset with Waterfront Charters
Depart from the V&A Waterfront and set sail on a nautical adventure with Waterfront Charters, offering a range of experiences that showcase Cape Town's stunning coastline. From leisurely cruises in the bay to exhilarating sunset champagne cruises, there's no better way to unwind and soak in the beauty of the ocean than aboard one of these luxury vessels.
Top Tip: Bring along a light jacket or sweater, even on warmer days, to stay comfortable as temperatures can drop slightly during sunset cruises, ensuring you can fully enjoy the breathtaking views without feeling chilly.
Hop On-Hop Off to see Cape Town’s Highlights
Explore Cape Town's iconic monuments and famous landmarks through City Sightseeing's Hop On-Hop Off bus tours. These flexible tours give you the chance to discover the city's highlights at your leisure. With three distinct routes encompassing over 30 stops, you'll find plenty of opportunities to stop and immerse yourself in the attractions and landmarks that captivate you the most.
Top Tip: Take advantage of the onboard audio guides to truly understand the local stories and history of each stop, adding a rich layer of context to your journey of Cape Town. Some sunscreen and a hat that ties around your chin will come in handy if you choose a seat on the top deck.
See The City from Above with NAC Helicopters
Take to the skies with NAC Helicopters for a thrilling aerial tour of Cape Town and its surrounding attractions. Marvel at iconic landmarks from above, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, Green Point Stadium, the Twelve Apostles Mountain range, and the coastline, as you soar through the clouds in style. With experienced pilots and state-of-the-art helicopters, this is an adventure you won't ever forget. Choose from our Hopper or Atlantico Tour.
Top Tip: Opt for a morning helicopter tour for softer lighting conditions to enhance the clarity and vibrancy of your aerial photos.
Relax With a Spa Experience at Mangwanani
After a day of adventure and exploration, treat yourself to a pampering spa experience at Mangwanani, where ancient African healing traditions are combined with modern luxury. Choose from three packages – full day, half day, and a moonlight night spa. Welcome drinks, luxurious treatments and plenty of treats await as you unwind in the serene beauty of the South African countryside.
Top Tip: Extend your spa experience by arriving early to enjoy the spa's facilities such as steam rooms, Jacuzzis, or relaxation lounges before your scheduled treatment.
Zoom Down the Mountainside with Scootours
Hop on a Monster Mountain® Scooter on an exhilarating Scootour adventure down Table Mountain, offering a unique way to explore the iconic landmark. Zoom down the mountainside on a gravity-powered scooter, with panoramic city and coastline vistas as your backdrop.
During the 1.5-to-2-hour experience, freewheel down two distinct off-road tracks, from Signal Hill into Bo Kaap, then on Table Mountain's lower slopes. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or just keen for an unforgettable adventure, this adrenaline-fuelled ride is a winner.
Top Tip: Dress in layers and wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor activities, including closed-toe shoes, as the weather on Table Mountain can change quickly.
What Is the Best Place to Visit in Cape Town?
While it's hard to pinpoint just one best place in Cape Town, Table Mountain undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of visitors and locals alike. With its iconic silhouette dominating the skyline, Table Mountain offers not only stunning views but also a plethora of outdoor activities and adventures to enjoy.
What Is the Best Month to Visit Cape Town, South Africa?
The best time to visit Cape Town is during the shoulder seasons of spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May), when the weather is mild, and the crowds are fewer. However, Cape Town's Mediterranean climate means that it's a year-round destination, with something to offer visitors no matter the season. Whether you're seeking sunshine and outdoor adventures or cultural experiences and culinary delights, Cape Town promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you inspired.
Where Is the Best Place to Stay in Cape Town?
Whether you’re a local looking for a convenient staycation break or from outside the Western Cape looking for the best Cape Town holiday packages, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant South African city. Our Cape Town accommodation packages start from R1,642 per person sharing with views of the ocean, city, or country to look forward to.
Explore the Mother City
With its beaches, urban parks, beautiful vineyards, and endless views, it’s no wonder Cape Town was voted the second-best city to live in. Explore the Mother City's rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, whether you're a local seeking to uncover hidden gems or a tourist eager to immerse yourself in its captivating allure.
Browse our packages and sightseeing experiences and come discover why Cape Town truly deserves its reputation as a world-class destination that invites both locals and tourists alike to explore its wonders.