Cape Town Bucket List

Cape Town Bucket List

Planning a trip to Cape Town? Well, then you probably already know why it is known to be one of the top places to visit in the world. It is the city that has it all – pristine beaches, majestic mountains, lush green vineyards and unique suburbs all blended together to make the perfect travel destination!

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Besides the stunning ocean views and awesome mountain backdrops, the combination of vibrant restaurants, various festivals and dynamic culture leave travellers wanting to come back for more.

Like standing on the tip of Table Mountain, your high expectations will be exceeded in every way!

Activities To Do in Cape Town

On top of all the natural beauty, there is a helluva lot to do in Cape Town! Whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure, history or entertainment – you will definitely find it all in the Mother City.

So, if you’re looking for a Cape Town bucket list, better grab a pen and paper. This might just take a while…

Table Mountain

Named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is a no-brainer that Table Mountain should be at the top of your list. There are various steep hiking routes to get to the top, but the easiest and most popular way would be to hop on one of the Table Mountain Cable Cars.

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At the top of the mountain, you will find a handful of boutique restaurants and shops where you can buy some souvenirs, grab a delicious lunch or enjoy an ice cold beer and admire the breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and city.

Hike Lions Head

A popular activity among tourists and locals – hiking up Lion’s Head is a must-do. It is a relatively small mountain nestled between Table Mountain and Signal Hill and offers dramatic backdrops of the ocean and Table Mountain National Park. What makes it unique? It is literally in the shape of a lion.

Lions-Head

Whether you go for an early sunrise mission, pack a few sundowners for sunset or do a full moon hike – whatever you do, get on top of that lion’s head!

Tandem Paragliding Signal Hill

Another way to explore Cape Town is in the sky. Yes, that’s right! Tandem Paragliding offers you the amazing opportunity to fly above the Mother City (and get a glimpse of a day in the life of a seagull!).

Paragliding-Cape-Town

There are mainly two platforms, either from Lions Head or Signal Hill – so take the leap and enjoy an exhilarating experience!

Sunset Catamaran Boat Cruise

This is one for all the lovebirds out there – take your better half for a romantic boat cruise and enjoy a magical sunset as you sail away on the crystal blue waters.

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A complimentary glass of sparkling wine is also thrown into the mix – if you were thinking of going down on one knee and popping the question, what better way to do so?

Boat trip to Robben Island

Robben Island is not only a World Heritage Site, but also a man-made reminder of one of the most remarkable chapters in South Africa’s history. It is the notorious island prison that held former president Nelson Mandela for 18 years.

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Visitors can take guided tours through the prison and also view Nelson Mandela’s prison cell where he spent most of his time. His legacy still echoes on the island as a symbol of perseverance, hope and freedom.

Franschhoek Wine Tram

The hop-on-hop-off wine-tram is the best way to experience the culture and soul of the Franschhoek valley, Cape Town’s very own little ‘corner of France’.

A railway tram will take you to various farms where you can hop-off and explore while indulging in some wine-tasting, grabbing a French-inspired lunch or simply strolling through the lush green vineyards. A true Cape Town gem that will dazzle you with loads of character and charm!

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The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of this picturesque valley, its rolling vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine ...
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A catamaran tour is an exciting, fun way to explore the coast of Cape Town and watch the sunset light up Table Mountain and the water that stretches towards it.
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Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most iconic sights in the city as the shape of the mountain dominates the beautiful skyline. Considering the majesty of the mountain, it is no wonder ...
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Regardless of your budget, amount of energy or time available in Cape Town, a trip on the Table Mountain cable way is a must! The price you pay is a small amount considering that the experience is invaluable.
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  • Table Mountain can get very crowded
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Flanked by the great Atlantic Ocean to the East, and False Bay to the West, the Cape Peninsula is an outstandingly beautiful rocky outcrop. The coastline rises dramatically from the ocean, sheer cliffs pointing towards ...
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The Cape Peninsula tours offer a great way to see the best sights and landmarks of this incredible city without the hassle, and with the help of a knowledgeable tour guide to share interesting facts along the journey.
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Robben Island is at the core of South Africa's rich history and culture. The tiny island located just off of the coast of Cape Town is home to a large amount of history and tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s captivity ...
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A visit to Robben Island gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into South African history. This enriching experience may be affected by the weather, so be sure to check the forecast before booking.
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Gansbaai Shark Diving

Get up close and personal with the sea’s apex predators in this adrenaline pumping tour that is unforgettable. You are guaranteed to get face to face ...
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Soar above The Mother City like a Cape Black Eagle. For the best view of Cape Town, look no further than an exhilarating, but peaceful paragliding tour. Experience the best views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Robben ...
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If you've ever wanted to go abseiling, Table Mountain is one of the best places to try it! This adventure is definitely one you'll never forget. Table Mountain's unrivaled natural beauty combined with the excitement of ...
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You can tick adrenaline-inducing abseiling off your bucket list with this abseiling Table Mountain tour. Try out this extreme sport with the safety of a skilled instructor, and take the chance to enjoy the mesmerizing Table Mountain views while you're there.
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If you are looking for a private sunset cruise, why not reserve the yacht for your own private experience. You have the yacht all to yourselves. You choose the duration of the sunset cruise, from 2 hours to 4 hours.
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