10 Top Tourist Attractions in Cape Town

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Muizenberg Beach

This beach is located within a rocky Cape Peninsula coastline, and it is well known for it’s surfing location. There are events and events held there as well, and a wetsuit can be obtained for your use at the Lifeguard Tower.

This is a long walk that will take you to the Table Mountain Lookout. The road to Muizenberg is a scenic one and you’ll get some epic city views on the way.

Take note that this is a highly tourist spot that can be a bit overcrowded depending on the day you choose to visit it. Amongst the many attractions worth seeing in Cape Town is this one, there are others you can choose to see as well.

Get some amazing photos on Muizenberg beach and you’ll be sure to have a great time. You’re sure to feel refreshed after you enjoy all that Cape Town has to offer.

Castle of Good Hope

This castle was named after the Dutch governor, whose name was Willem van de Vode. The Castle of Good Hope is a magnificent Dutch castle which is best enjoyed from the city center.

Kirstenbosch

Popularly known as the “Botanical Gardens,” this garden is located in the suburb of Woodstock, Cape Town, in the western part of the city. It has at least a zoo, botanical gardens and many other attractions, so prepare yourself for a lot of sights.

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are truly mesmerising. The themed gardens are a delight to see. They transform into an open-air concert hall during the summer nights, making it one of Cape Town’s most popular attractions.

The botanical gardens have a wildlife nursery and a children’s beach. Visitors are sure to become romantically obsessed with the botanical gardens if they visit during the months of September and October. Usually, the garden opens its doors to the public in April. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are a really great place to spend a Sunday.

However, as some say, the best time to visit is during the summer months. Visitors will see an interesting display of flowers, fruits and trees.

So, in case you’re going to South Africa soon, you should make sure to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Cape Point

Cape Point home to the largest lighthouse in the Western Cape. Cape Point is one of Cape Town’s biggest attractions. However when you get a closer look into it, it’s not that amazing..

There are some great views from the lighthouse but everything you really need to know about Cape Point is that they let people in for free, so you don’t need to pay anything. This attraction is a perfect place to watch the sunset like the locals do.

Clifton Beach

Clifton is a beautiful beach that few visitors know about, let alone visit. Lined with rocks and flanked on both sides by long, clean, sandy strands, Clifton has an unobstructed view of a curved shoreline.

It’s unique in that at low tide, sections of the beach are quite narrow and connect to smaller beaches surrounded by cliffs and boulders. When the tide goes out to its highest point, Clifton is breathtakingly open with access to the full beach width.

An arm of the ocean forms a barrier at both ends and causes the water to be quite calm and enjoyable for swimming.

Clifton is a nice place for a picnic or to spend the afternoon. You can spend your entire day at the beach, as it’s only about a 15-minute walk from Clifton’s main boardwalk.

This is a popular spot for surfing as well, but there is a rockier section for the more skilled surfers.

As one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town, Clifton Beach is a beautiful place that really should be on your list of things to do in Cape Town.

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap, a vibrant community of close to 600 houses, is partly situated on the slopes of Lion's Head. This beautiful area provides African heritage and multiracial living close to the city centre which is a great attraction for tourists.

While in Bo-Kaap you will find fresh local food, like chicken curry, pap, chutney, and spiced beef sandwiches. They are great places to eat and hire a bike.

Bo-Kaap is approximately 20 minutes from the city centre.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the very popular place to shop, eat and spend time. This entails a giant 1.2 hectare entertainment and shopping mall that welcomes 1.2 million guests every month.

This is very popular street, as it is this attraction that is home to some of the most successful restaurants in the city. You will also come across some various retail stores.

You will find a mixture of international shops along with local firms. You may also find the best entertainers that Cape Town has ever witnessed performing at the different plays, musicals, comedy shows and concerts.

This venue has a large portfolio of events dependent on both film and theater presentations. This variety extends to other special activities such as the lively communities or the more religious interest.

The venue has undergone improvements over the years. The most recent development includes the expanded retail space and a fifth bowling alley. This was because of the continuous demand for more space to spend your time and your money.

This is one of the most popular shopping centers in the city, as it gets a lot of attention from the visitors. The amount of projects it has gone through has not stopped it from still gaining popularity.

This is a unique feature in the city, as it houses a wide range of under water activities such as viewing sharks, rays and other species. It also runs museum tours that go through the different fossils on display.

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Robben Island

Built to hold violent and political opponents of apartheid South Africa, the prison shaped the nation’s history and philosophy on incarceration. The prison was a key reason for the establishment of a city, developed to accommodate both the prisoners and their families. The former prison closed in 1990, but the island’s history continues to intrigue visitors.

Table Mountain