Cape Town ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and has roughly the same population as the Durban Metropolitan Area. It is also the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape.
The V&A Waterfront, as it is commonly called, contains hundreds of shops, restaurants and entertainment offerings to keep you busy all day long. And with a favorable exchange rate with the U.S. Dollar, it’s easy to both spend and save. There’s a traditional shopping mall, arts & crafts market, aquarium and more. Tourists could eat here for an entire week and still not taste it all. Don’t miss the iconic clock tower near the Robben Island Ferry and be sure to comparison-shop before selecting one of the many harbor tours.
Tourists can’t miss this towering plateau that serves as Cape Town’s iconic backdrop; he/she’ll see it on virtually every postcard of the city. Plan your visit to Table Mountain on a cloudless day to maximize views of the city below. The cable car that takes a tourist to the top provides a rotating, 360-degree view. Once at the summit, he/she can explore on your own or take a free tour with park guides.
World statesman and former South African President Nelson Mandela spent the bulk of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island; it now ranks as one of Cape Town’s most popular attractions. The tourists can purchase tickets well in advance for this historical tour through South Africa’s Apartheid-era landmark. Former inmates serve as his/her guides and the ferry ride out to the island provides a panoramic view of the city with Table Mountain in the background.
The Cape Winelands are just a short drive from the city and make for a great getaway on a cloudy day when visibility on Table Mountain isn’t at its best. Choose from the many tour operators in town and take a tour to Stellenbosch, Groot Constantia, Paarl and the many other vineyard estates for samples of delicious wines. Save room in your suitcase to bring home the Pinotage, South Africa’s signature grape but pack carefully.
The tourist can rent a car and drive around the Cape of Good Hope, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. He/she can start day early in the town of Muizenberg and continue back towards Cape Town, stopping frequently to spot whales in Camps Bay, penguins along Boulders Beach and baboons on the side of the road. By mid-afternoon, hike to Cape Point for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding cliffs.