34 Exciting things to do and see in Cape Town and the Western Cape

Published: 17th July 2008
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34 Exciting things to do and see in Cape Town

and the Western Cape

As a lover of Cape Town and of adventure, I have spent a fair bit of time exploring my city and surrounding area and I strongly believe that it is one of the best cities in the world! It offers an incredible variety of exciting things to do. Here are a few of the things I can suggest:


1. Go rock climbing and/or abseiling. We have some spectacular mountain faces to play on.

2. Go mountain biking. The Western Cape offers some of the best single-track rides through some stunning mountain scenery.

3. Go Shark cage diving out at Gansbaai 2 hours from Cape Town and get up close and personal with these amazing animals.

4. Take a ride in a hot air balloon and drift quietly over the Winelands area

5. Enjoy a flip in a helicopter as it takes you around the beautiful peninsula, circling over whales, hovering over dolphins playing in the clear blue ocean.

6. Go paragliding off Lions Head and watch the sunset from your glider

7. Jump out of a plane at 10 000ft strapped to your tandem buddy and a parachute

8. Live out your top gun fantasy! Enjoy an adrenalin filled flip in a jetfighter


1. Hop on a guided township tour and learn about our different cultures.

2. Visit the Bo Kaap or Malay quarters. The colourful houses lining the cobbled streets is a picturesque sight

3. Enjoy an evening out at Theatre in the District. Wosa is a play depicting the lives of some of the different cultures of South Africa.

4. Learn how to beat to the rhythm of Africa on an original djembe drum at the Drum Café


1. Hop a boat and head to Robben Island to enjoy a guided tour of the island and the maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela (Madiba) was imprisoned for approx 22 years of his life.

2. Pop in to the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company

3. Visit the District 6 museum - A look at the colourful (and sometimes painful) history of South Africa. The museum is dedicated to District Six, a settlement that was destroyed by the South African government during the 1960's

4. The Company Garden - this was laid out by Cape Town's founding father Jan van Riebeeck on order of the Dutch-East India Trading Company to secure the provisioning of the colonists with vegetables

5. Stop in at the planetarium in the Company Gardens, our celestial theatre, and enjoy a scheduled astronomy show.

6. South African museum alongside the planetarium - The museum displays include San rock art, a whale skeleton and life size dinosaurs. Good for a cold and rainy day

7. Koopmans De Wet house - The Koopmans-De Wet House is, as far as is known, the first private townhouse in South Africa to be opened to the public. The house was opened as a museum on 10 March 1914.

8. South African Jewish museum - The museum documents the history of the South African Jewish community over the last 150 years. Adjoining the museum is the Holocaust Centre, where the history of the persecution of Jews in Europe under Hitler's Nazi party is documented

9. Taal monument, several tall obelisks style columns erected on the granite of Paarl Rock and dedicated to the Afrikaans language

10. Afrikaans Museum, for those interested in the history of the Afrikaans language.

Out with Nature:

1. Hop on a boat and enjoy some boat-based whale watching. Hermanus, a little coastal town only 1 ½ hours away from Cape Town offers the best whale watching in the world. Whale season is from July to December.

2. Enjoy a hike. We have a great variety of fantastic day hikes that you can enjoy up Table Mountain, Lions Head and the surrounding mountains - The Constantia berg.

3. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium - it is one of the best aquariums in the world with a magnificent display of our marine world.

4. Take a boat trip out to seal island from Hout Bay

5. Enjoy a champagne sunset cruise out into Table Bay and try to picture what Jan van Riebeeck saw when he sailed into the bay for the first time back in 1652.

6. You have to see our Botanical Garden! Kirstenbosch is very special and is world renowned to be one of the most beautiful gardens. Enjoy one of the Sunday afternoon summer concerts on the expansive green lawn with champagne and snacks.

7. Wine tasting - the Cape Winelands area is world renowned for top class wines. There are over 200 wine estates where one can enjoy wine tasting. Some offer cellar tours, which give an insight as to how the wines are made.

African restaurants with live local entertainment:

1. Nyoni's Kraal

2. Mama Africa

3. Marco's Place

4. Marimba Restaurant

5. Africa Café

Africa Tamed is a successful tour operator, based in Cape Town, South Africa offering unique, value added vacation packages to Southern Africa. Contact them now to design your tours of South Africa.


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