Admire the surroundings from Table Mountain
Cape Town’s landmark and most famous Lookout Table Mountain, Table Mountain, offers the best views of the city. The nature of the Table Mountains is unique and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The scenery of Table Mountain can be admired by hikers. The mountain rises to just over a mile in height and the ascent takes an average of six hours, depending on condition and pace. If you want to conquer mountain hikers, it’s a good idea to consider hiring a guide. There are several cruising paths up and finding the best route can be challenging. In addition, the guide can tell you about local nature.
Table Mountain can also be reached by cable lift. The first cable lift to Pöytävuori was built 85 years ago. The journey up to the top takes about five minutes. A return ticket to the mountain costs about 15 euros. The ticket can be purchased in advance online. The cable car does not run in high winds and it is not worth getting up if there is a large cloud blocking the visibility on the mountain, known as a tablecloth.
Spend the day in the Cape of Good Hope
The Hyväntoivonniemi, about 75 kilometers long, is located south of Cape Town. A trip to the tip of the peninsula to the rugged beautiful scenery of Cape Point is an unmissable experience that is well worth a time while visiting Cape Town.
The area belongs to Pöytävuori National Park. It can be reached from Cape Town by bus or rental car. The entrance fee to the area is about ten euros. Opening hours vary according to the seasons, so it is a good idea to check with your local tourist information.
In the Cape Point area, you can go hiking, mountain biking or enjoy a picnic while admiring the scenery. The best include various walking routes along which you can see shipwrecks. You can also observe different bird species in the area. Fauna also includes reptiles as well as baboons that should not be fed.
Cape Point also has a historic lighthouse. The waters of the area are stormy and numerous ships have sunk there over time. The legend of the flying Dutchman originated in these waters. The lighthouse can be explored by hiking or driving up the cable car.
On the way to Cape Point, you should also visit Boulder´s Beach, where African penguins nest.
Explore Robben Island
Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island is a popular excursion destination, but has a gloomy history. The islands have had a leper settlement, a mental hospital, a military training ground, and a prison. Today, there is a museum on the prison island, which is worth a visit for anyone interested in history.
The best known of the island’s former prisoners is probably Nelson Mandela . Mandela sat in Robben Island Prison for 18 years. The Mandela cell can be explored on museum tours, often drawn by former political prisoners.
Robben prison island is located about half an hour boat away from the coast. In addition to boat trips and prison visits, the completed excursion includes a 45-minute bus ride around the island. Guided tours cost about twenty euros and last 3.5 hours with trips. It is also recommended to get acquainted with the history of the island in advance.
Have fun on the waterfront
Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the busiest tourist areas.
There are more than 80 different restaurants in the area, serving food from around the world. You can bite into something quick or enjoy a multi-course dinner with wines.
The waterfront area also hosts a wide variety of events. There will be music, exhibitions, comedy and running events.
Shopping on the Waterfront is great, with around 450 different shops in the area. They sell fashion, furniture and jewelry, among other things. There is something to buy for every budget, as there is a selection from local brands to international ones. The area is one of the most popular shopping malls in South Africa.
THE BEST OF CAPE TOWN
The best activities in Cape Town
- Hiking to Table Mountain
- Excursion to Cape of Good Hope
- Dinner at the Waterfront
- Pocket thefts are common
- The weather can be unpredictable
- Long flight from Finland