Ever since World Cup 2010, Cape Town is no longer a nebulous insider’s tip and appears now in the middle of the holiday map. Rightly so, because this awesome metropolis on the Cape of Good Hope has a lot to offer. From climbing the majestic Table Mountain, the traditional Braai, the world’s best surfing spots, to historic sites such as Robben Island and the glamor of its vibrant nightlife, this destination has something for everyone. Welcome to South Africa!
There is so much to see in Cape Town that the best thing to do first is to get an overview of the city of the two oceans. This is best done with a tour to the over-1,000-meters-high Table Mountain, which rises as a landmark above Cape Town. However, you shouldn’t go on a tour that lasts several hours without a good hiking map. Why? Because South Africans tend to answer your questions about the route with inaccurate hand gestures that describe the beeline rather than the actual route to your destination.
You can also take a bus tour and go by cable car to the peak, where you can enjoy the breath-taking panorama. To go down, you can either take the cable car again, go on foot or take a popular shared taxi. But beware, because it will be cosy, given that no South African taxi driver will ever drive off before the last seat is occupied - real pragmatists these South Africans. Fun fact: In order to help sweeten the waiting time, you can find numerous traders who distribute coke and popcorn at the taxi stands.
Are taxis or cable cars too boring for you? How about taking the 112 meters long climbing route and dare to descend with nothing but air under your feet? This is possible at the so-called "Abseiling" near the mountain station of the Table Mountain Railway, where especially adventurous visitors abseil down steep cliffs towards the valley on one of the longest and highest routes in the world. Tours here include "Abseil Africa". Bicycle lovers can ride their mountain bikes up the off-road track from Devil´s Peak.
After a bird's-eye view of the city and sea, head into action and explore Cape Town on a kayak trip through the numerous canals that run through the city and give you a beautiful view of the famous waterfront. Alternatively, aboard a catamaran, you will soon be out on the waves of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.
Speaking of waves. If you've ever wanted to test your skills at the best surfing spots in the world, the Cape of Good Hope is the place for you, because the clashing currents of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans provide optimal waves. But if you're traveling with your wife or girlfriend, you should be careful, because in no other place is the density of cool surfer boys higher than in Cape Town - well, with the exception of California perhaps.
Fans of the classic movie "The White Shark" can also look forward to close encounters with the King of the Seas. It is entirely up to you whether you go cage diving in front of the Gansbaai or venture into the shark tank of the Two Oceans Aquarium accompanied by a guide.
After all these experiences both under and above sea level, it's time for an extended sightseeing tour. Even on this topic, Cape Town has plenty to offer, with buildings such as St. George's Cathedral, the Parliament and the Old Town House. Museum enthusiasts can look forward to exciting hours at the National Gallery, the District Six Museum and the Bo-Kaap Museum.
With all this variety, a boat trip to the Robben Island is part of every holiday in Cape Town, just like rooibos tea is for breakfast. Take a guided tour and follow the footsteps of the freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, visit his cell and let former prisoners tell you at first-hand about the time of apartheid.
Gastronomic delights such as wine, seafood and barbecue
Cape Towners love to socialize and eat good food. Being true to the motto "Motho ke motho ka batho", which freely translated means "What's mine is yours", visitors will quickly find themselves in the garden of a South African for barbecue (braai). And such an invitation means one thing above all: meat in huge quantities. Whether it’s juicy beef steaks, ostrich medallions, antelope ribs or crocodile fillet. Every good food will find its place on your plate.
If you like it a little calmer, visit the numerous restaurants on the Waterfront or in Green Point. An insider’s tip for steak fans is the Steakhouse "Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge" in Hout Bay, where you can enjoy a butter-soft meat with a view over the Atlantic Ocean. If you prefer seafood, you can get your money's worth with aromatic shrimp at "Oceans Basket".
Take a sip
The holiday in Cape Town is culinary-speaking completed in proper style with a fine drop from the local growing areas Franschhoek, Constantia, Stellenbosch and Durbanville. And if you want, you can enjoy the fruity red and white wines right where they thrive under the South African sun. Especially recommended is an evening wine tasting in the mountains of Durbanville, where you can enjoy not only the wine but also the sunset with a panoramic view over the Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Cape Town Bay. What could be a better place to wrap up your trip to Cape Town?