As a world-class tourist destination, Cape Town’s city centre is filled with wonderful surprises and great discoveries waiting to be made – from the exquisite Company Gardens near the houses of parliament, to the curio stalls on Greenmarket Square, to the hodge-podge mix of restaurant, bars and clubs in Long Street, to the Grand Parade, Castle of Good Hope, the historic Bo-Kaap neughbourhood, to Sea Point Promenade – the City of Cape Town is a great place to explore. There are also a range of farmers and fresh good markets on various days of the week.


Established in 1913 and covering 528 hectares on the eastern foot of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is one of nine National Botanical Gardens in South Africa and covers five of South Africa’s six biomes over a massive 528 hectares. Hugely popular with both local and international tourists, Kirstenbosch is a must-see attraction with the latest addition, the Tree Canopy Walkway (or Boomslang – Tree Snake), giving visitors an unparalled experience of seeing not on the gardens from the tree tops, but also vistas of the city.


The Mother City has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, seven of which enjoy Blue Flag status – Bikini Beach, Mnandi Beach, Strandfontein Beach, Llandudno Beach, Camps Bay Beach, Clifton 4th Beach and Silwerstroomstrand. Depending on the season you might even see dolphins, whales and seals. Situated in tourist hotspots, most of these beaches are close to shopping centres and town centres – after basking in the sun and frolicking in the waves, you can enjoy sundowners before experiencing the rest of what Cape Town has to offer.


Another favourite among visitors to Cape Town, a trip to Cape Point is another unforgettable experience. As part of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, the Cape of Good Hope section is generally wild, unspoiled and undeveloped and a home to many wild animals – baboons, antelope, Eland (Africa’s largest antelope) and mountain Zebra as well as many endemic birds. Attractions worth visiting is the Two Oceans Restaurant, the three shops at Cape Point, the Flying Dutchman funicular and the many amazing beaches, swim spots and wrecks.


The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a major shopping and entertainment centre in Cape Town and features sweeping views of the Atlantics Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the city itself and Table Mountain. Some of the best restaurants can be found at the Waterfront, as well as world-class shops, a cinema, boat rides, helicopter tours and some of the best hotels in Cape Town. The ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, also leaves from the Waterfront. The V&A Waterfront is one of the Premium destinations in South Africa.