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Cape Town, well worth the journey.

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A very personal guide to a city that covers everything. Here you will find beautiful beaches, lots of history, terrific sightseeing, lovely Cape Dutch architecture, excellent eating and sun, sun, sun!. 20 years of travels to Cape Town have given me the experience to say that the Mother City is truly well worth the journey.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

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22 Places

Cape of Good Hope

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Marinas, Piers & Boardwalks

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

Casinos

St James Beach

Beaches

Seal Island

Islands

Rhodes Memorial

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope

Art Museums

Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House

Specialty Museums

Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre

Specialty Museums, History Museums

Iziko Maritime Centre

Military Museums

Groote Schuur Estate

Historic Sites

Great Synagogue

Specialty Museums

Table Mountain

Mountains

Babylonstoren

Gardens, Wineries & Vineyards, Lessons & Workshops, Spas

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

District Six Museum

Specialty Museums

Greenmarket Square

Flea & Street Markets

Long Street Baths

Sports Complexes

Chapman's Peak Drive

Scenic Drives

Robben Island Museum

Historic Sites, Islands

West Coast National Park

National Parks

dabby44's City Tips

  • I always rent a car. Taxis are fairly reasonable but it's not so convenient to be 'free & easy'. Parking is fairly painless and a few rand will ensure your car is safe. Always be vigilant. Don't flash your fancy camera or wear all those gaudy jewels. This is a relatively poor country.
  • Cape of Good Hope
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts
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    dabby44 Says:

    A dramatic spot. Breathtaking views of the oceans. Huge waves and giant boulders.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 11 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful but price is a scam for tourists... 02/20/2020
    • Iconic point from UK history and geography lessons 02/19/2020
    • Cape of Good Hope
    Address:
    Cape Point Rd
    Table Mountain National Park 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 780 9526
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Marinas, Piers & Boardwalks
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    dabby44 Says:

    With the latest 'money-spinner' The Watershed, Cape Town's Waterfront area has so much offer for everybody. Fab shopping, great grub, fun for the kids and views of Table Mountain to die for.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make a day of it.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place. 02/21/2020
    • Stay here if you can 02/21/2020
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Address:
    19 Dock Road
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 408 7600
    Other:
  • GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
    Casinos
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    dabby44 Says:

    Very American style architecture where the serious gambler can easily lose his shirt and much more besides. Nice little kids area.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Goodwood
    • I have given up on Grand West Casino 02/12/2020
    • BIG place , not enough instructions how to play machines , nice time with friends 02/08/2020
    • GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
    Address:
    1 Jakes Gerwel Drive
    Goodwood 7459
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 505 7777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • St James Beach
    Beaches
    dabby44 Says:

    Some interesting history around these parts. Plenty of good eateries too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Muizenberg
    • Nice beach huts 01/26/2020
    • Beautiful beach 01/09/2020
    • St James Beach
    Address:
    Main Road
    Muizenberg 7945
    South Africa
  • Seal Island
    Islands
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    dabby44 Says:

    The seals make a fair bit of noise but the whole experience is fun.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 472 things to do in Cape Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A 45 minute boat ride to view hundreds of seals on Seal Island 02/02/2020
    • Over-rated 01/13/2020
    • Seal Island
    Address:
    False Bay
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 791 4441
  • Rhodes Memorial
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    dabby44 Says:

    Quite spectacular views from here of the city and bay. You can combine it with Groote Schuur Estate and Kirstenbosch.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Rondebosch
    • Great view looking down from slopes of Table Mountain 09/30/2019
    • Historical sightseeing item for your itinerary 01/12/2019
    • Rhodes Memorial
    Address:
    Rhodes Avenue
    Rondebosch
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 687 0000
    Other:
  • Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope
    Art Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    Lovely Gallery with interesting pieces. You can combine this with the Castle visit.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Wow!! Beautiful day spent on Heritage day 09/27/2017
    • Castle of Good Hope AMAZING 11/11/2016
    • Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope
    Address:
    Buitenkant Street
    opposite the Grand Parade
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 481 7223
    Other:
  • Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House
    Specialty Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    Lovely house with a beautiful collection in the middle of town.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #169 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • This museum closed more than three years ago 11/06/2019
    • A glimpse of the past preserved. 11/08/2015
    • Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House
    Address:
    Old Town House 6 Greenmarket Square
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 481 3933
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre
    Specialty Museums, History Museums
    dabby44 Says:

    Very well laid out museum. Some poignant moments. Staff always willing to help with info and guiding. Nice little restaurant for lunch and some interesting things in the shop.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very moving exhibition 12/31/2019
    • A new category - OUTSTANDING 11/20/2019
    • Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre
    Address:
    88 Hatfield Street Gardens
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 462 5553
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Iziko Maritime Centre
    Military Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    A great visit for the family. The kids will love it, adults too!

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #255 of 472 things to do in Cape Town
    • Slightly underwhelming 06/29/2019
    • About the only place left in the V&A Waterfront that pay any homage to the area's maritime past 04/13/2019
    • Iziko Maritime Centre
    Address:
    Fl 1st Castle Street
    Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
    8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 405 2880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Groote Schuur Estate
    Historic Sites
    dabby44 Says:

    A very personal favourite. Only a handful of visitors at a time and such lovely guiding. The house is immaculate and in fine condition.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Well Worth The Hassle 01/22/2020
    • How do I book this?? 03/23/2019
  • Great Synagogue
    Specialty Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    The synagogue has in the recent years benefitted from new stained glass windows. Beautiful. The guides are very personable and really draw you in to the history. Combine this with the Jewish Museum next door.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Modest dress, it is a house of worship
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Not very welcoming 01/26/2020
    • Wonderful stained glass! 01/22/2020
    • Great Synagogue
    Address:
    88 Hatfield St.
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 465 1405
  • Table Mountain
    Mountains
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    dabby44 Says:

    A glorious way to view the entire city from all sides. Where else would you be able to walk amongst the dassies?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear a hat and carry water. You can get burnt here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be brave and walk up 02/20/2020
    • Absolutely brilliant 02/19/2020
    • Table Mountain
    Phone:
    +27 (0)21 712 7471
    Other:
  • Babylonstoren
    Gardens, Wineries & Vineyards, Lessons & Workshops, Spas
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    dabby44 Says:

    A very interesting eco friendly 'garden' about an hour plus from the city. When you dine you know they have grown what you are eating.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have time visit Franschhoek, it's quite near.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 Nature & Parks in Paarl
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not what it used to be 02/20/2020
    • Organic heaven. 02/19/2020
    • Babylonstoren
    Address:
    R45 Road between Paarl and Franscchoek
    between Paarl and Franschhoek
    Paarl 7670
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 863 3852
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
    Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    dabby44 Says:

    Fun, fun, fun. See those little penguins walking through the sand to the sea. The children love it, adults too!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Respect the penguins, it's their home.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Simon's Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Boulders beach 02/21/2020
    • You have to see the Penguins 02/21/2020
    • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
    Phone:
    +27 21 786 2329
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    dabby44 Says:

    This is a beautiful spot just outside the city. The weather can be totally different from the City Bowl as it's the other side of the mountain. The indigenous flora is a feast for the eyes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunningly beautiful 02/20/2020
    • Beautiful Botanical Gardens 02/20/2020
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Address:
    Rhodes Drive
    Newlands 7735
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 799 8783
    Price range:
    $4 - $4
    Other:
  • District Six Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    dabby44 Says:

    Heart-rending and so emotional. A whirlwind guide to honour all those who were ousted from their homes to pastures new. District 6 still stands as a monument. It has never been re-developed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 02/21/2020
    • Informative museum 02/17/2020
    • District Six Museum
    Address:
    25A Buitenkant Street
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 466 7200
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Greenmarket Square
    Flea & Street Markets
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    dabby44 Says:

    You can always pick a nice little ethnic 'whatever' here. Terrific atmosphere. They all want to sell you something. Watch your personal possessions.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Get ripped off 01/31/2020
    • walking to the Greenmarket place from Long Street 12/26/2019
    • Greenmarket Square
    Address:
    Burg St
    Corner Longmarket Street
    Cape Town Central 8000
    South Africa
    Other:
  • Long Street Baths
    Sports Complexes
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    dabby44 Says:

    Long Street's architecture is glorious, as is the shopping, the people who work there and its general ambience. Very interesting items for sale, mostly ethnic with other odd bits too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Super street 01/19/2020
    • Beautiful Place 11/27/2019
    • Long Street Baths
    Address:
    Long Street
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 422 0100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Chapman's Peak Drive
    Scenic Drives
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    dabby44 Says:

    Awesome drive. Sometimes closed due to adverse weather conditions. The views at the top will bring tears to your eyes. Spectacular

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 472 things to do in Cape Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simon’s town to Hout Bay drive 02/11/2020
    • A MUST do 02/09/2020
    • Chapman's Peak Drive
    Address:
    Hout Bay Road
    Between Noordhoek and Hout Bay
    7872
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 791 8220
    Other:
  • Robben Island Museum
    Historic Sites, Islands
    See more photos
    dabby44 Says:

    Not as depressing as you might think. Much more of an enlightening experience. A real monument to a great human being and politcian.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It can get very hot with the sun's reflection from the white stone. Drink plenty and wear a hat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 189 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Could be so much more 02/21/2020
    • Day trip 02/20/2020
    • Robben Island Museum
    Phone:
    +27 21 409 5100
    Other:
  • West Coast National Park
    National Parks
    See more photos
    dabby44 Says:

    About an hour on the R27 from Cape Town. Mind the tortoises as they meander along the roadways. If you go late August early September the Spring Flowers in the Postberg section are bursting with colour. Try and get to the lagoon. Its turquoise waters are stunning. Lots of bird hides.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take your own food
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in West Coast National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic, Gorgeous Drive 02/15/2020
    • Didn't quite meet expectations 02/04/2020
    • West Coast National Park
    Phone:
    +27 22 772 2144
    Other:
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