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Places to see for tourists in Cape Town

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Places to see for tourists in Cape Town

When people think of tourist destinations in South Africa, Cape Town is often the first place that comes to mind. It is the most cosmopolitan province in the country and has a diverse array of attractions that will entertain and delight tourists (and locals) of all ages. But it can be difficult to know where to start if you are new to the area.

Many tourists enjoy going shopping in Cape Town due to the sheer amount of shopping malls in Cape Town. This can be a fun activity for the whole family because many malls in South Africa offer fun and exciting children’s activities at certain times for the year. So, if you are planning on visiting the Mother City soon, below are just some of the activities that tourists can take part in.

 

Take a peek at Table Mountain

A trip to Cape Town is not complete without a visit to see Table Mountain. Standing at 1087 metres, it’s the most popular landmark in Cape Town, and for good reason. It is a stunning, flat-topped mountain that reminds us all of how majestic nature truly is.

Table Mountain forms the northern end of Table Mountain National Park, which protects and conserves the stunning 1000-strong different flower species that can be found in the province. You will also find snub-nosed dassies or rock hyraxes, baboons and caracals in the park, making for a fun and exciting day out for a nature-loving family.

 

Turkish coffee tasting at Byblos Cafe

If you are a coffee connoisseur, then you will enjoy spending the day tasting Turkish coffee at the unique Byblos Cafe. It is a Lebanese-inspired cafe in Woodstock owned by an enthusiastic barista who is passionate about his heritage and his coffee.  

Transport yourself to a Turkish paradise with a piping hot mug of rich, thick coffee and experience a taste sensation like no other. All coffees are served with a freshly made baklava, a deliciously sticky-sweet Middle Eastern pastry made from thin phyllo pastry and slathered in syrup and pistachio nuts. It is an ideal way to spend an afternoon in inner Cape Town when you need a pick-me-up.

 

Immerse yourself in nature at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Cape Town is a highly naturally diverse province. And there is no better place to see this natural splendour than in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It is set on the slopes of Table Mountain and is part of the Cape Floristic Region UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are over 20 000 indigenous species of plants grown here such as proteas, cycads and succulents. The Tree Canopy Walkway is truly the highlight of the gardens, so be sure to find this exciting walk. In the summer weather, the display of bright blooms is truly stunning. There are also a number of concerts held in the warmer weather.

 

See the sea at the Two Oceans Aquarium

If you have children with you on your trip to Cape Town, you will need an activity to keep them busy. The Two Oceans Aquarium is the ideal attraction that the whole family can enjoy and includes thrilling displays of sea water creatures, including sharks and dolphins.

The aquarium is at the V&A Waterfront and is home to more than 3 000 sea creatures. Visitors can take in tiny marine creatures such as the rare Knysna Seahorse and large predators like the ragged-tooth shark. The aquarium is a huge structure so be prepared to spend at least two hours wandering around and taking in the briny beauty of the ocean.

 

Spend the day at a beach

There are numerous beaches in Cape Town, such as Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg and Simons Town. All of them boast stunning natural scenery and warm sand to sit on, with some being chosen as Blue Flag status areas for having clean water and good environmental management.

Pack plenty of bottled water, sunscreen and snacks for your trip to the beach, because you will need to keep hydrated and safe from the sun. There are a number of activities on the beaches, such as volleyball games, surfing lessons, sandcastle-building competitions and plenty of quirky sea-side stores to explore. A day out at the beach is ideal for children of all ages, but be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

 

Make the most of the Mother City

For those who prefer a more refined experience, you can go shopping in Cape Town at malls such as Canal Walk, one of the largest shopping centres in the Cape. They offer a unique collection of stores to browse as well as plenty of restaurants. Combine this shopping spree with a day spent at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to please everyone, or simply spend your day soaking up the sun, sea and sand. You could even spend a day walking around Long Street, finding out what it has to offer. Whatever you choose to do, Cape Town is full of surprises and fun experiences.

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