Cape Town Attractions
Cape Town is an amazing destination with many activities that will surely make for a great vacation. There is always something to do, whether you're an outdoors type of person or you’d rather spend your time visiting great places of culture and interest.
At the top of the list of Cape Town attractions is Table Top, a magical place, and a world landmark. This majestic mountain is not only visible from almost every point in the city; it’s also used as a point of reference by which to find your direction. Visitors can ascend via cable car or by taking one of the 350 paths that lead to the summit. Some, of course, may be more challenging than others.
Within the City
Within the city, an important attraction is the Cape of Good Hope, which was built for defense purposes against the continuous threat of war between Britain and Holland. West of the castle, you’ll find the Grand Parade, the scene of many important military and government gatherings. Overlooking the Parade is City Hall, designed in magnificent Renaissance style.
The Company Gardens, another important icon of Cape Town attractions, contains the Cultural History Museum, an important part history as it once served to house slaves who worked in the gardens. After the slaves were sold, the building was used for governmental offices, then a Courthouse and finally it was restored again to a museum.
Cape Town attractions include amazing and important museums such as the South African Museum, the oldest one in Africa. It houses amazing displays including the fossilized human footprint dating perhaps 117,000 years. The museum also houses displays of natural history (marine life and birds), geology, ethnology, archaeology and printing.
Cape Town’s Planetarium, an extension of the South African Museum, offers spectacular audio visual shows.
Another important Cape Town attraction is the Bertram House Museum, built in the 19th century and one of the most important examples of Georgian architecture. Displays showcase Georgian furnishings, Chinese and English porcelain as well as English silver.
Bo-Kaap is yet another important cultural icon relating to various aspects of Muslim heritage. Its architecture is a rare example of early urban Dutch design from the mid 18th century.
The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is a testimony to the Holocaust’s six million victims as well as other victims of Nazism. Its aim is to combat all forms of prejudice and discrimination.
One of the oldest estates in South Africa is the Groot Constantia Manor House, a fantastic show of Dutch architecture. It’s a stately mansion with about 8,000 trees, a must see for visitors.
Tip: Visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Shopping Mall from where you can take a helicopter ride –it’s a superb way in which to see what’s going on around town.
Cape Town attractions also include outdoor excitement such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, cage diving amidst great white sharks and deep sea fishing.
Whatever you enjoy doing, you’ll find it in Cape Town.