Cape Town, South Africa’s beautiful Mother City, offers an endless variety of attractions to explore and experience. Some are well known, such as Table Mountain, Cape Point, Boulders Beach, etc. Others are lesser known, but always ready to be shared by the locals. The city and breathtaking surrounds have so much for everyone to enjoy. There are also different and interesting ways to experience main tourist attractions.
Eye See Africa would like to share with you our compilation of 50 special things to do and see in and around Cape Town, to enrich your visit to the Mother City.
- Hike up Table Mountain .. Take the cable car down at sunset
We recommend hiking up Platteklip Gorge (3 – 4 hour hike) which offers spectacular views all the way to the top. Devil’s Peak and Lions Head flank the main mountain on either side, with beautiful views of Table Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and the City of Cape Town.
For those who feel more energetic, we recommend the India Venster Hike route, which starts about 50m to the right of the lower cable car station on Table Mountain. It is a harder route but definitely worth the effort.
Don’t forget the usual hiking safety measures: always hike on Table Mountain, when the weather is good, visibility is clear and the wind is minimal. Turn back if the weather starts to change. In summer, avoid hiking at midday due to high temperatures. Do not hike alone. Always carry warm clothing (even if it is warm – the weather can change within 20 minutes), sufficient water, snacks, sunscreen and a mobile phone with emergency telephone numbers. Stick to the path.
- Lions Head Full Moon Hike
At the full moon once a month, locals and visitors alike meet at Lions Head for the night hike. The route up the mountain is always busy on the full moon evening, which gives the mountain a festive feel. Some go up earlier to watch the sunset and others ascend later in the evening. Bring a picnic basket with your favourite goodies and enjoy looking over the twinkling lights of the city. However, do pack light, take a jacket and remember that if you are taking snacks and food up with you, your litter must come down with you as well.
If you hike up Lion’s Head during the day, visit Wally’s cave. This little cave is off the beaten track so only attempt to find it if you’re comfortable negotiating rocky terrain.
There are two ways to get there, but we recommend the longer and easier route. This involves going right up until the steel ladder but going left instead of climbing up. Go past the old broken bench and keep close to the rock face as you negotiate the terrain. Turn the corner and you’ll see Wally’s cave up ahead.
- Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts
Summer isn’t summer in Cape Town without live music performances at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Sunday afternoons. Gather your picnic baskets and blankets, meet with friends and family, enjoy our floral heritage on the slopes of Table Mountain, and let the music end your weekend on a high note.
Please note that tickets for all Kirstenbosch concerts are available from Webtickets. Events manager at Kirstenbosch, Sarah Struys, states: “Only tickets purchased at Webtickets.co.za are legitimate tickets. Please do not purchase tickets from any other websites, as it may be a scam, and there is no guarantee of the validity of tickets bought from any other source.”
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- Visit Cape Point
Cape Point is a spectacular sight with towering stone cliffs, magnificent fynbos, breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside Cape Town.
Contact us to make a booking
- Visit Penguins at Boulders Beach
Cape Town definitely has no shortage of amazing beaches, but Boulders Beach in False Bay offers something extra special – a colony of African Penguins in their smart dress suits, waddling happily right under your nose. In fact, it’s the only place in the world where you can get close to African Penguins.
Apart from this unique animal treat, Boulders is a charming beach made up of large rocks breaking the coastline and providing sheltered inlets, reefs, and small secluded beaches, some of which can only be reached on foot. Ideal for lazy summer picnics, swimming and walking,
- Browse stores in Kalk Bay; have lunch at Kalk Bay Harbour
A gem on the False Bay coastline, Kalk Bay is known for its unspoiled beauty, stunning views, interesting shops and selection of excellent restaurants, bistros and cafes.
One can easily spend a full day in this little neighbourhood and still not be able to experience it all! We highly recommend the mussels at Olympia Café and Deli – but come early to secure a table! For a different experience you can travel the False Bay coastline by train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town. The train stops at several beautiful suburbs and coastal villages like Kalk Bay, and is an affordable option.
- Visit a market
Cape Town has an abundance of vibrant markets offering unique and spectacular foods and crafts. Some are only open on the weekends or evenings, so please check beforehand.
- Oranjezicht City Farm Market close to the V&A Waterfront (Saturdays 08h30 – 14h00)
- Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay (Friday 17h00 – 21h00, Saturdays and Sundays 09h30 – 16h00)
- Lourensford Market in Stellenbosch (Fridays 17h00 – 21h00, Sundays 10h00 – 15h00)
- Noordhoek Community Market (Thursdays 16h30 – 20h30)
- The Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill (Saturdays 09h00 - 15h00)
- Mojo Market in Sea Point (Monday – Sunday, 10am – 9pm)
- City Bowl Market on Hope (Thursday, 4:30pm – 8:30pm)
- V&A Food Market (Tuesdays – Sundays, times vary)
- Blue Bird Garage Market (Fridays 16h00 – 22h00)
- Greenmarket Square (Daily)
- Have lunch in Bo Kaap at Bo Kaapkombuis
Yusuf and Nazli welcome you to “The Kombuis”, a restaurant with a majestic view of Table Mountain and the beautiful Mother City, specializing in delicious traditional Cape Malay Cuisine.
They are open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and lunch only on a Sunday.
- V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront, one of Africa's most visited destinations, hosts 24 million visitors annually. The old world charm of the historical harbour meets the most modern shopping facilities, fine dining restaurants, back-to-earth food markets, museums, one of the top-rated aquariums in the world and more leisure activities than you can count on both hands.
It is situated in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere, with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop and extensive views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks.
- High Tea Mount Nelson
High Tea at the Mount Nelson is an institution. This historic hotel is an appropriately regal setting for an old world sumptuous afternoon tea.
Leisurely, luscious, and decidedly luxurious, High Tea at the “ Nellie” (otherwise known as the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel) can be taken in the lounge, on the spacious terrace, or in the lovely hotel gardens around the fountain.
- Visit Zeitz Museum
Zeitz MOCAA houses the largest collection of contemporary African art on the continent and is the only museum of its kind in Africa.
Much of the art, exhibited across some 6500 square metres of gallery space, belongs to German businessman and African art enthusiast, Jochen Zeitz, who is also the main funder of this iconic new institution which comprises some 100 different gallery spaces.
- Have lunch in Company Gardens
In the heart of the Mother City within the richly historical Company Gardens, lies a restaurant built for families, their young children and visitors alike. Inspired by nature and by tales rooted in the past, this gentle space offers a point of peace within a buzzing urban metropolis.
Part of the City of Cape Town’s revitalisation project, the metamorphosis this iconic landmark venue has undergone has been a journey of transformation involving the hands of many. A selection of light meals, all-time teatime favourites, as well as a variety of traditional South Africa fare, is served from early in the morning until late afternoon.
- Tour Newlands Brewery
Nestled in the leafy suburb of Newlands and neighbour to the historic Newlands rugby and cricket grounds, is the oldest operating brewery in South Africa, home of great South African beer - Newlands Brewery.
Lovers of delicious, natural refreshment are invited to join a fully guided tour of Newlands Brewery, experience a taste of brewing history, followed by a look into modern-day brewing methods. Today Newlands Brewery crafts international award-winning beers, using time-honoured brewing methods, Newlands spring water and only the finest golden grains and local ingredients. The tour follows the journey of beer from its beginning as a grain, to its end as a well crafted, ice-cold treasure, fittingly ending with two complimentary pints in the brewery's historic underground pub. Non-slip closed shoes such as sneakers must be worn for health and safety reasons. The tour runs from Monday – Friday from 10h00 – 14h00 and booking is essential.
- Visit Rhodes cottage
Located on Main Road in Muizenberg is Rhodes Cottage. Cecil John Rhodes purchased the cottage is 1899 and died there in 1902. After being in the care of various trustees, the cottage was taken over by the Cape Town City Council in 1937. It is now a museum run by the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society.
The cottage is well worth a visit for those interested in Cecil John Rhodes and Cape history in general. The property also boasts a beautiful mountainside garden and walk along the seafront.
- Movie at Labia Theatre
The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa, showing independent movies, foreign films, historical and other alternative and art circuit films.
At 68 Orange Street in the suburb of Gardens, The Labia Movie Theatre is Cape Town’s original Independent Art Movie house and consists of four screens:- a 176, a 95 and a 67 and an intimate 66 seater. In addition, the Orange Street Cinema has a cosy coffee bar which offers home-made delicacies, a chocolate bar serving sweets, chocolates and popcorn, an outside terrace and a fully licenced bar. The Labia is the only cinema where you can relax, sip a drink from the bar and watch a movie! Try a ‘Labia on Orange’ Cocktail Slush Puppy!
- Paraglide off Signal Hill or Lions Head
Not for the faint hearted! Paragliding off Signal Hill in Cape Town is an activity offering one of the most magnificent views of the city, mountains and ocean.
It is obviously best on sunny days with clear skies.
- Abseiling off Table Mountain
Abseiling in Cape Town offers a different way to see the view, and at 112 meters, Table Mountain is home to one of the highest abseiling experiences in the world.
- Cycle/Walk the Sea Point promenade and have an ice cream at the stalls close to swimming pool
Wandering along Sea Point’s wide, paved and grassy promenade next to the ocean is a pleasure shared by Capetonians from all walks of life – it’s a great place to observe the city's multiculturalism.
There are children’s playgrounds, a well-maintained outdoor gym, and several public art works that are worth taking the time to see.
- Have sunset picnic on Clifton Beach
On balmy summer evenings locals love to round off the day with a sunset picnic on a Clifton beach. Head down there in the late afternoon and you’ll find a festive atmosphere with blankets spread out on the sand, baskets stuffed with deli-bought goodies and candles ready to burn late into the night.
Just be warned: it’s illegal to drink alcohol on Cape Town beaches (and these popular beaches are effectively policed) and you’ll have to carry all your stuff down from the car park – and back up again – via a long series of steep steps. So pack light!
- Beach Volleyball in Camps Bay
On weekends locals flock to Camps Bay beach to enjoy social Beach Volleyball.
Visitors are always welcome and it is a great way to meet new friends.
- Secret Sunrise
Start your day the right way, with beauty, sunshine, music and dance at a secret hot spot. These early-morning sessions are designed to help you start your day on a positive note by embracing the beauty of the Mother City at sunrise, while dancing your worries away. They have been happening throughout the country, with the Cape Town sessions gaining popularity. Buy your ticket ahead of time. Twenty four hours before the event you will receive an email revealing the location.
When you arrive at the designated spot, you will be given a pair of wireless headphones which will play music for you to dance to, making it look like a silent dance party. You’ll also receive an energy-boosting cold-pressed juice. If dancing is not your thing, simply sit back and enjoy the sun rise and fresh air.
- Park Run
Whether you are keen to take up running, or just looking for company while you train, Parkrun is perfect for you. Every Saturday, people all over the province gather together and go on brisk 5 km run. It is a great way to exercise, meet people and enjoy time out in the sun.
Parkrun is a global initiative aimed to increase participation in running and other sports. It has taken the world by storm, with events happening in numerous countries including the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Park Run happens every Saturday at 8 am in various locations across the province. Some areas choose to start at 7 am if the weather is too hot. The runs normally happen in picturesque places offering a great backdrop for your session
- Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus
The popular Hop On Hop Off double-decker red bus is known for being one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of seeing many of Cape Town's top attractions.
- Robben Island
Catch a ferry to South Africa’s historic Robben Island. A trip to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-do on the itinerary of any visitor to Cape Town. Ferries depart for Robben Island from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront at 9am, 11am and 1pm daily, depending on the weather.
You can expect the tour (including the trips to and from the island) to last about three-and-a-half hours. Gates close 10 minutes prior to boarding, so it is best to arrive early. Booking is essential.
- Take a surf lesson on Muizenberg beach
Muizenberg is a beachside suburb of Cape Town, situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast.
It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and is currently home to a large surfing community, centered on the popular 'Surfer's Corner'. We recommend you pop over to Knead Café for a sumptuous breakfast.
- Shark Cage diving Gansbaai
Few things compare to the adrenalin rush and exhilaration one experiences from being face to face with 3metre Great White Sharks, especially when they cruise with curiosity right up to the cage and eye you within kissing range!
We recommend you support Marine Dynamics Shark Tours, who are importantly putting a huge focus on conservation as well as providing a tourist experience.
- Daytrip to Hermanus to see whales
Wedged between the mountains and the sea, the quaint hamlet of Hermanus has been rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, and is often regarded as the heart of the whale route.
This story-book fishing village along the southern coast is arguably one of the Western Cape’s most breathtaking destinations and is complemented by a range of fine restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and more. The best time to enjoy whale watching in Hermanus is between July and November either from land, by boat or from the air via a scenic flight.
- Winetasting in Winelands
Apart from Cape Town's idyllic beaches, majestic mountains and adventures around every corner, the Cape Winelands offer tasting of the region's world class wines, at the beautiful wine farms and cordon bleu restaurants along the wine routes. The scenic beauty is quite breathtaking and historic towns along the way are worth exploration. All this is within an hour or two's drive of Cape Town's city centre.
Find out more about our unique wine tours here
- Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront is rated as one of the top aquariums in the world. Over 3000 living sea creatures can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. The excellent aquarium features denizens of the deep from the cold and the warm oceans that border the Cape Peninsula.
There are ragged-tooth sharks, a variety of fishes, penguins, turtles, an astounding kelp forest open to the sky, and pools in which children can touch sea creatures. Qualified divers are allowed into the water for a closer look.
- Delight in the stars of our Milky Way galaxy at the Planetarium
The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, one of only 6 fully-fledged planetariums on the African continent, brings the most advanced digital visualisation technology to Cape Town.The displays and star shows at the Planetarium, which is attached to the South African Museum, unravel the mysteries of the southern hemisphere’s night sky.
Daily shows use images caught by the Southern African Large Telescope (in the Karoo region), which has the largest aperture of any telescope in the world. Call ahead or check the website for show times.
- Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life in the Cape since 1666.Today, the Castle stands not only as a reminder of Cape Town’s colonial past, but as a beacon of the city’s future. Popular with locals and visitors alike, art and photography exhibitions are often hosted within its five walls, as are some of the city’s premier commercial events.
Daily tours are conducted at 11h00, 12h00 and 14h00. The changing of the guard is held Monday to Friday at 12h00.
- Visit St George’s Cathedral
St George’s Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican diocese of Cape Town. Built by Sir Herbert Baker, with its distinctive Victorian-era design, colourful stained-glass windows and courtyard garden (complete with a labyrinth), the Cathedral was constructed from sandstone cut from Table Mountain.
St George’s Cathedral kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era, and it was Archbishop Desmond Tutu, after he led a mass demonstration of 30 000 people to Grand Parade in 1989, who coined the phrase ‘rainbow people’ to describe South Africa’s diverse population.
- Tuning the Vine
Tuning the Vine presents an epic midweek wine adventure not to be missed – the #InnerCityWineRoute. This event takes place in Cape Town’s Inner city on the second Wednesday of every month. This route includes the hippest venues and showcases a wide variety of delicious South African wines and talented winemakers.
Take to the streets and join the hundreds of happy wine tuners and helpful wine fairies. Be part of the wine-loving fun!
- Watch the Noon Gun fire at midday on Signal Hill
Head up Signal Hill to see the oldest guns in daily use in the world! Cape Town’s oldest tradition is the Noon Gun, fired every day at 12 pm sharp, except Sundays and public holidays. The 18-pounder, smoothbore muzzle-loaders are still in use today!
There are actually two on top of the Signal Hill overlooking Table Bay, one is a back-up should the other misfire.
The Noon Gun originated so that ships which had been at sea and lost track of the correct time could re-set their clocks. Even quite far out at sea they could hear the sound, and if not, they would still see the puff of smoke and could work it out from there.
Today the sound of this daily Cape Town tradition echoes through the City Bowl, and Capetonians check their watches with a smile. You can watch the daily ritual up on Signal Hill at Lion Battery, from 11:30. To get there; go up Military Street in the Bo-Kaap. Look for the sign-post to the Noon Gun on Buitengracht Street.
- Sundowners at Twelve Apostles Hotel, followed by dinner and a movie
The unique Dinner and a Movie package allows movie lovers to enjoy a three course specially created movie menu in the award-winning Azure Restaurant , followed by a screening of a film in the private 16-seater cinema. Sink into plush black leather seats and enjoy an assortment of goodies, including popcorn, ice cream, hot chocolate, milkshakes and candy… that’s if you have any space left after your dinner!
- First Thursdays
First Thursdays is fast becoming a must-attend event in Cape Town and it takes place on the first Thursday of every month.
Art Galleries and cultural events around the city remain open until 9pm or later on these days and locals along with tourists are invited to explore the city on foot and experience everything the city has to offer including food trucks, art exhibitions, local food, vintage markets and live entertainment. Exploring this beautiful city on foot has never been more rewarding.
- Pick fruit at Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren is a working farm. In season, you may walk through the orchards and pick fruit off the trees as well as harvesting veggies of your choice as you go.
Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. But Babylonstoren also links back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon, which were thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife, who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth. It is essential to book for the garden tour.
- Coffee at Truth
Named both The World’s Best and The World’s Coolest coffee shop, Truth Coffee Roasting is located right in the centre of Cape Town. “There are few cafés in the world as stunning as Truth, a ‘steampunk inspired’ artisan coffee shop that is filled from top to bottom with metal piping and quirky old machinery,” reads The Telegraph article.
“But people don’t just flock there for the decor – the coffee is all hand-roasted in a vintage cast-iron drum, and the company supplies many of South Africa’s top hotels.”
- SUP paddle boarding at V&A
Paddle around the V&A canals and private canals, and enjoy the best hidden secret waterways of Cape Town.
- Grand Daddy Hotel and Pink Flamingo Cinema
Celebrating the silver screen with an outdoor cinema under the African sky, the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is set among seven vintage Airstream trailers on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel. Snuggle up, and order a picnic basket and some bubbly. This open-air rooftop cinema is a perfect Cape Town experience, open all year round! With regular showings of films which have stayed in a happy corner of our memories, the Pink Flamingo is part drive-in, part social event and part adventure.
Set in the world’s only rooftop trailer park hotel, the Pink Flamingo celebrates the silver screen in a silver setting right beneath the night sky. There are three seating options for booking movie tickets: General Seating, the Love Seat and the Couch – all these tickets include a welcome drink, bag of sweets and popcorn. Then for an additional cost, add a delicious picnic basket to your ticket.
- District Six Museum
During apartheid, the vibrant community of District Six was forcibly relocated from the city when the area was sadly declared a “white group area” by the National Party government. All the houses and businesses were demolished, with only religious buildings saved from the destruction. Now, the District Six Museum serves as a reminder of the cultural heritage of this historic area.
Though the buildings were destroyed, the community has remained strong and many of the former residents and their descendents are rebuilding the area from their memories in an attempt to restore what once was.
The museum itself is housed in a historic building that was formerly a church, inside of which is the permanent multimedia exhibition, ‘Digging Deeper’, telling the life stories and history of District Six’s residents.
- Helicopter flight at V&A
Treat yourself to the unforgettable experience of seeing the wonders of the Mother City from the air. You may choose from an hour's circumnavigation of the peninsula, a hop over to the beautiful Stellenbosch vineyards or a short flight over Table Mountain itself. The excitement and exhilaration of a helicopter flight is difficult to beat.
For your convenience, all flights take off and land at the centrally located V&A Waterfront.
- Sunset Cruise V&A
Cape Town has one of the best locations to see the sunset from the sea. Enjoy fabulous Table Mountain and city views while the sun dips into the sea at sunset. Cruise slowly along the Atlantic seaboard towards Clifton beach and return.
This is a highly recommended on your visit to Cape Town agenda
- Swim with seals Hout Bay
In the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Duiker Island just off Hout Bay and close to Cape Town, you may snorkel with seals. You will find yourself in the hyperactive underwater playground of the playful, agile and very inquisitive Cape Fur Seal.
Duiker Island is the natural habitat of about 10 000 Cape Fur Seals and lies within the Karbonkelberg Marine Protected Area, part of the Table Mountain National Park. These Cape Fur Seals are not fed or trained. They behave naturally and interact peacefully in their own, natural environment.
This is a guided underwater wildlife adventure with a maximum of ten snorkelers, two dive guides and one skipper. You can experience seal snorkelling during the Cape Town summer months (September-April). During mid March and April the little seal pups, having just learned to swim, enter the water to play.
- Honest Chocolate
The Honest Artisan Chocolate shop is in the City Bowl of Cape Town. Here, you can indulge in healthy raw organic chocolate delicately hand-crafted by the small team of chocolatiers who are dedicated to bringing South Africans and International visitors a truly eco-friendly way of enjoying one of life’s pleasures.
Only the finest raw (unroasted) organic cacao sourced ethically from Ecuador is used. The chocolate contains no preservatives, artificial flavouring or emulsifiers and is also free of dairy and processed sugar, making it a healthier alternative. Choose from a selection of mouth-watering bonbon truffles, simple slabs and decadent chocolate spread, allowing you to enjoy pure chocolate with a delicious and distinctive taste.
- Chapman’s Peak Drive
There are few better views in the world than the view seen on a late afternoon cruise along Chapman’s Peak Drive. Rated as one of the world’s best coastal drives, the toll road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and with every turn along the cliff’s edge another picture-perfect panorama comes into sight.
Luckily, there are plenty of picnic stops along the way for those who really want to savour the view across the bay. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known by locals as ‘Chappies’ and is a popular route for runners, hikers, and bikers. The drive forms an iconic stretch of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, making it a popular route for both professional and amateur cyclists.
- Horseriding on Noordhoek beach
From horseback, experience breathtaking views of Chapman's Peak and Noordhoek Beach. Walk your horse down onto the beach where you can visit the Kakapo Shipwreck, or ride along the water’s edge towards Chapman’s Peak and back.
A variety of nature can often be seen on the beach rides e.g. birdlife, whales, otters and seals. Riders are allowed to trot and canter and the horses are superbly schooled and very rider-friendly. Both novice and experienced riders are welcome.
- Tour of Diamond Museum at V&A
The Cape Town Diamond Museum is a little hidden gem!
You will experience diamonds like never before. Learn about the diamond industry, the history of diamonds and diamonds in South Africa. You are taken on an intimate tour and provided with a valuable learning experience when visiting this diamond museum. Expect to see mining gear, famous diamond replicas, historical artefacts, specimens of natural kimberlite and much more. You will also have the chance to see how diamond jewellery is manufactured to the final product.
The museum is a non-profit organisation focused on creating a new appreciation for diamonds and the diamond industry. It is a gift from Shimansky to the public. Be sure to pop in for a tour when you are visiting the museums at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This is another “must” for your agenda. To avoid disappointment, book well in advance.
- Green Point Urban Park
One of the best things to come out of the re-development of Green Point Common for the 2010 World Cup, is this park and biodiversity garden. Streams fed by Table Mountain’s springs and rivers water the park, which has three imaginatively designed areas – People & Plants, Wetlands, and Discovering Biodiversity – that, along with educational information boards, act as the best kind of outdoor museum.
We highly recommend collecting a picnic lunch from Giovanni’s Deli, finding a nice spot and enjoying the brilliant views of the stadium, Signal Hill and Lions Head. There are also two children’s play parks (one for toddlers and one for older kids).
- Visit Mabu Vinyl, The Cape Town music store
Mabu Vinyl is the record, CD, DVD, cassette, book, comix and turntable store in Gardens, Cape Town, established in 2001 by Jacques Vosloo, who now co-owns it with Stephen Segerman.
Mabu buys, sells and trades vinyl LP records and CD’s of all genres, as well as DVD’s, cassettes, books and comix, and has a large selection of Dance music, Hip Hop, House, Techno, Trance, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Soul, Funk, D&B, R&B and much more.
Cape Town, the city with so much to offer, guarantees the creation of unforgettable memories.
Please feel free to comment and tell us about your unique experiences in the lovely Mother City. We look forward to hearing from you.