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Cape Town : Activities and Adventures

Depending on what you want to do, your available time and budget, Cape Town offers an enormous amount of activities, places of interest, accommodation and dining options. We have hand-picked a selection of places to stay (see the drop down menu on the left for our Cape Town places to stay selection) and tested out a small range of family friendly activities which we think are 'must-see' places to go – but there are plenty more!

Table Mountain

View from the top of Table Mountain

Thousands of people across the world voted and on November 11, 2011, Table Mountain was named among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. You can get to the top of Cape Town's most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car, or spend the better part of your day hiking up. Table Mountain Cableway, established in 1929, takes visitors to the top in one of two cable cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure your views while travelling are almost as spectacular as those on the summit. Cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes. From the top of Table Mountain, there are magnificent views of the Cape Town city centre, surrounding suburbs and the Atlantic Ocean. Landmarks in view include the Cape Town Stadium, Robben Island and Camps Bay beach. There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Table Mountain is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 1 500 species of plants (more than the number found throughout the entire British Isles), most of them fynbos, which forms one of the world’s six plant kingdoms all on its own. At its highest point, Table Mountain reaches 1 085m (3 560ft) and affords views all the way to Robben Island and beyond.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, Table Mountain Café is a self-service restaurant where you can enjoy food and refreshments. The Café uses compostable plates and containers for food instead of regular, washable plates, helping conserve about 20 000 litres of water per month. Measures like these are part of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s mission to reduce their ecological footprint.

Getting there/ opening times/ tickets:

The lower cable station is located at the western end of Table Mountain. A City Sightseeing bus, taxi (at about R60 one way) or Rikki's cab (around R20 per person) from the CBD will take you to the departure point. If you’re using your own transport, take Buitengracht Street towards the mountain. After crossing Camp Street, Buitengracht becomes Kloof Nek Road. Follow Kloof Nek Road to a traffic circle, then turn left at Tafelberg Road and follow the signs to the Cableway.

The Cableway operates only when weather permits and does not take bookings. Tickets can be purchased on the day of your visit at the lower station ticket office or online (a better option, particularly on busy days, as the queue for those with online tickets is shorter). It is freely accessible to people with disabilities, and there are dedicated parking spots at the lower cable station for those with disabilities. Visit the Cableway’s website to check the weather conditions, ensure the cable cars are running, and purchase tickets online.  Weatherline: +27 (0)21 424 8181. 

Opening hours:

Opening hours vary from season to season. For full details, please check the website schedule. Generally the first car goes up at 08h00 and the last car comes down at 21h30 in summer. In winter, the first car goes up at around 08h30 and the last returns at 18h00.

If you would prefer to hike up the mountain, contact the Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre at the lower cable station to book a registered guide or tour operator. You can book any tour, accommodation and transport from this centre, and make reservations for any one of South Africa’s national parks.

There are also other ways to experience the mountain up close, including doing the Hoerikwaggo Trail, or walking up the mountain from Silvermine Nature Reserve or Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Depending on where you walk from, you may not have to pay a cent to enjoy the mountain (this includes walking up the front of the mountain via Platteklip Gorge).

Cape Point

Cape Point The Cape of Good HopeCape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa, is a spectacular sight, covered in endemicfynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside of Cape Town. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site, and is the most southerly point within the Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Apart from the spectacular view, you’ll be able to see the most powerful lighthouse on the South African coast, which helps guide ships safely through perilous waters that have seen to the end of many a vessel. 

Look out, too, for pelagic birds of which there are a large variety, zebra, eland, and the many species of reptiles and small mammals. Chacma baboons are common here, especially at the point itself. Don’t be tempted to feed the baboons and rather stay well away, as they can be aggressive.
 
Cape Point is open daily and is a must-see. Enter via the access gate to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The reserve is open from 06h00 to sunset in summer and 07h00 to 17h00 in winter.
 
Tickets cost R105 per adult and R50 per child.  It is not necessary to book beforehand.
Alternative contact: Buffelsfontein Information Centre: +27 (0)21 780 9207
For more info on Cape Point, visit their website atwww.capepoint.co.za
You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram and like them on Facebook for updates on weather conditions and more and beautiful pictures from this stunning site.
 

Cage diving with Great White Sharks

 As well as the very popular half-day trips, we can offer full days, and special tailored five and ten-day packages for the serious shark or nature enthusiast. See the Cape Town shark diving page for more information.

 

False Bay - February to September

Half day trips 

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Guests:
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Included:
  7:00 to 12:30 – Breaching, shark cage diving and natural predation.
13:00 to 17:00 – Shark cage diving and breaching on the decoy.
Simon's Town – 45 minutes from Cape Town – transfers arranged.
12 guests per trip – intimate and personal.
2 divers per 20 to 30 minutes dive time. No experience required.
Passionate crew, educational booklet, dive gear, light meal, snacks & refreshments.

 

 

 

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