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December 20, 2012

21/12/2012 – 21 things to do in Cape Town before the world ends

Table Mountain. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner

There are just a few hours left before the clock strikes midnight and we will know whether or not the ancient Mayan "prediction", that the world will end in cataclysmic fashion, comes true – but while you wait in anticipation, here are 21 things to do in Cape Town.

One of the biggest attractions in the city is Table Mountain, one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Take a cable car to the top to enjoy one of the most beautiful vistas in the world, and sip on some bubbly while contemplating your state of being.

Camps Bay is the perfect spot to while away the hours under the hot African sun, and there are plenty of restaurants, cocktail bars and cool shops to keep you occupied.

If you are after a swim and sunbathing, then Clifton is the place to be.

Or take a drive along the M3, and head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden for some peace and solitude.

The City Sightseeing Bus is the ideal way to see many of the City's attractions. The red double-decker buses go along two different routes, and visitors can hop on and hop off to spend time at any of the attractions along the route.

Long Street. Photo courtesy Smee Bruce

The V&A Waterfront  is one of the city's premier destinations, with a host of shops, a historic tour, restaurants and amazing harbour views.

Venture out of the CBD and take the Khayelitsha Township Tour. The township is one of the biggest in the city and it is where you will find Lookout Hill, which gives you panaromic views of the False Bay coastline.

Long Street is by far one of the most popular party strips in Cape Town. Revellers are up until the early hours of the morning, music pumps out from scores of clubs and pubs, and there is a range of food options to choose from.

Always wanted to surf but never had the guts to brave the waves on your own? Well, you're in luck: Muizenberg has just been voted one of the top 20 surf towns by National Geographic and boasts a number of surf schools.

If, however, you want to spend the last day of the Mayan calendar in fine style, there's no better way to do that than to enjoy high tea at the Mount Nelson, one of the city's most luxurious and iconic hotels.

The Cape is known for producing excellent wines and the Constantia wine route is the oldest wine-producing area in the region. It is located in the centre of the Cape Peninsula, just minutes away from the CBD.

We are very proud of our colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. It is one of the only places in the world where you can get close to a breeding colony of penguins. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, and is a good swimming beach.

Go fly a kite at Blouberg beach. This long, beautiful beach is perfect for a range of activities, including windsurfing and kite-flying.

Boulders Beach. Photo courtesy Andrew M Howe

Play a round of golf at one of our many superb, scenic golf courses in the city.

Cape Town dips into the Atlantic at Cape Point, a narrow stretch of land which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Cape Point is also home to South Africa's most powerful lighthouse.

For the best fish and chips in the world we suggest a trip to Hout Bay, a pretty harbour town that offers beautiful beaches, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing charters and jet-skiing.

To get to Hout Bay take a drive along Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most scenic coastal routes. Stop along the way at a viewpoint to marvel at the view. 

The Atlantic and Indian Oceans are both represented at the Two Oceans Aquarium, where unique marine life is showed off in beautiful surroundings. The Aquarium is at Portswood Square in the V&A Waterfront.

Why not celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar by being pampered? Cape Town has a host of wonderful spas where your every pampered wellness wish can be catered for.

Rent a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and explore Cape Town at your leisure – and in fine style.

Ratanga Junction, in Century City, 15 minutes outside the CBD along the N1, will transport you to the world of Indiana Jones. The jungle-like themed adventure park has rides that are sure to raise your adrenalin levels.

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