November 29, 2022
South Africa Travel Guide

South Africa Travel Guide | Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has a picturesque harbour front location below Majestic Table Mountain.

Arriving

All flights land at Cape Town International Airport 20km (12 miles) east the city centre. Taxis can be hired to transport you to the city center, but there are also buses and shuttles that are cheaper.

Transport

Tourist-oriented, hop on-hop off, open-top City Sightseer Cape Town bus is a popular means of getting around. It connects the V&A Waterfront with most other places of interest. Taxis and normal buses are also readily available. It is also possible to organize day tours.

Day 1

Morning

You can only use the cableway to Table Mountain’s top in clear weather. If dawn breaks brightly, you should start exploring the city from there.

For the round trip, allow three to four hours. This will give you time to follow the marked trail system to the summit. The views are stunning across the City Bowl and Table Bay. You also have the chance to spot wildlife like Chacmababoon, rock hyrax and other fynbos bird species. You won’t be able to resist a light lunch or late morning snack at the cafe located next to the cableway.

Afternoon

It’s easy to spend an afternoon at the Company’s Garden. Jan van Riebeeck founded it in 1652 and it is the largest green space in the City Bowl.

The Iziko South African museum is located adjacent to the garden. It is known for its exceptional collection of prehistoric rock art, and a marine section that includes an amounted whaleskeleton. The Iziko South African National Gallery is another must-see landmark that flanks the garden. It has a renowned collection both of classic and contemporary artworks.

The Iziko Slave Lodge is a poignant museum located in Cape Town’s second oldest building.

Day 2

Morning

Cape Town Travel Guide
Photo by Jacob Makgato

The Castle of Good Hope is a museum and the oldest building still standing in South Africa. It takes at least 90 minutes for you to see. The District Six Museum, a museum that commemorates the District Six mixed-race suburb that was destroyed in the name apartheidin in the 1970s, is just a few blocks away.

Afternoon

After a lunch on the harbourfront at one of the many eateries along the V&A Waterfront you will be back at the V&A Waterfront in time for a four-hour guided tour to Robben Island. This high security prison, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where Nelson Mandela was was detained for 18 years under apartheid regime. Return to the V&A Waterfront just in time for a seafood dinner.