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What to do in Cape Town
With blue oceans, mighty mountains, and bustling streets, Cape Town is one of most scenic cities in the world. This South African “Mother City” has it all – museums, fascinating city life, and gorgeous land and seascapes. If you’re traveling to South Africa, Cape Town should be at the top of your list.
Take your camera to the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap. Wander the grounds of the Castle of Good Hope. Enjoy strolling through the shops and restaurants at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Don’t forget to see the iconic prison of Nelson Mandela at Robben Island.
Walk a mile in the shoes of the locals at the District Six Museum and Slave Lodge. Check out the South African National Gallery, South African Jewish Museum, and the Galleria Gibello too.
Hop on a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, where you can go climbing, enjoy a picnic, and visit the Rhodes Memorial, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Table Mountain National Park. Hike Chapman’s Peak and go wild when you visit the Big Five safaris.
Have a swim on the beaches of False Bay. Cape Town is also one of the best places to surf, so bring your board to Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, and Milnerton. Experience whale and dolphin chasing at False Bay and more.
For the best time in Cape Town, join the city’s best events! Be part of the Kirstenbosch Sundowner Concerts, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Hermanus Whale Festival, and the Cape Town International Kite Festival.
Check out this Cape Town travel guide and start planning your trip!
When to visit Cape Town
The best time to visit Cape Town is from late January to April, when the beach crowds are gone and rates are cheaper. July to September is also a great time to visit, because the weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and it’s the whale-watching season. If you want cheaper airfare, book your flights for August, October, or November for the cheapest times to fly to Cape Town.
You and other Australian passport holders can fly to South Africa and travel to Cape Town visa-free for up to 90 days. But your passport should be valid for no less than 30 days after the end your intended stay and has at least two completely blank pages. Make sure you visit Smartraveller for more info.
Travelling to and around Cape Town
You’ll be flying in to Cape Town International Airport, where you can reach the city by taxi, bus, or hired car. Travel around Cape Town by bus, minibus taxis, metered taxis, rikkis (fixed prices taxis), and train.
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