Places to visit near Cape Town

The lockdown may be back to level 3 but this summer holiday is not yet over. Whether you are a nature lover and eager to head into the great outdoors, or an arts and culture fundi wanting to soaking up some of South Africa’s rich and diverse culture, Cape Town has something for everyone.

From hiking to the top of Table Mountain, to sipping wine in the Cape Winelands, Cape Town and its surroundings have got you covered.

Table Mountain

Standing sentry over the city, the towering sandstone massif of Table Mountain is a world-renowned icon synonymous with Cape Town. Making your way to the top of Table Mountain is a must-do day trip in Cape Town and can be done in two ways. You can take the Table Mountain aerial cableway to the top or hike one of the many trails crisscrossing Table Mountain’s slopes. You can also combine the two – hike to the top and ride the cable car down.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch gardens are one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the world. Established in 1913 by botanist Harold Pearson, the garden of about 36ha is home to more than 7,000 species of plants from southern Africa and a Unesco World Heritage Site.  They offer a variety of things to see and do from magnificent displays of local flora to canopy walkways boasting magical views and grassy lawns that are perfect for picnicking.

The Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope, also known as the Cape Peninsula, is a narrow strip of land that juts into the ocean. An area of profound natural beauty extending south from Cape Town and ending in Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope is where the rocky, mountainous edge of the African continent collides with the wild and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean.

The Cape Winelands

Natural scenery, rugged mountains capes and fertile valleys filled with orchards and vineyards are the home of the Cape Winelands. Pink-hued mountains tower over patchwork valleys of undulating vineyards that produce some of the best wines in the world.

 

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