What to do in 1, 2 or 3 days

Unfortunately, you can’t always spend as much time as you’d like in our awesome city. Here are some tips on what we would do if we had only ...


The City Sightseeing bus. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

  • Catch the open-top double decker Cape Town CitySightseeing Bus and enjoy a guided Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour of the city. There are 17 stops to choose from.
  • Hop off for a quick cable car ride up world renowned Table Mountain and be inspired by the breath-taking views from the top.
  • Visit the District Six Museum and immerse yourself in the memories of what was one of Cape Town’s most colourful communities before its residents where subjected to forced removals during the Apartheid era.
  • Stop to shop, have a bite to eat or explore the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront
  • Begin your evening with sundowners on the Camps Bay strip, followed by dinner at one of the city’s award winning restaurants and end off by catching some live local music on Long Street in the City Centre.


Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

  • Head south along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive and then on to Cape Point, part of the Table Mountain National Park and home to an abundance of flora and fauna. A funicular ride to the point and a guided walk with the resident baboons is a must.
  • Make your next stop at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world.
  • Take a break at Kalk Bay harbour, enjoy fresh-off-the-boat seafood, followed by a stroll along the quaint cobbled streets and some antique hunting.
  • Not to be missed is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the first botanical garden in the world to be established in (1913) to protect local flora. Its lawns are ideal for picnics and there are several walking trails.


A craft stall in Khayelitsha. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

  • Begin the day with a boat trip to and guided tour of the World Heritage Site, Robben Island, where former South African president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today former political prisoners act as your guides to this remarkable experience.
  • Wondering about township life in Cape Town? Take a guided tour to our vibrant and colourful township communities; meet the people, taste the food, feast your eyes on the array of handcrafts and be inspired.
  • No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to our picturesque winelands. Choose one of the wine-producing areas and sample a mouth- watering selection of fine Cape wines, cheeses, chocolates and olives.
  • Spend the evening savouring your last moments in Cape Town over a traditional Cape Malay meal in the Bo Kaap, with the city lights laid out in front of you and the plans for your next trip spread around you!