We’re all looking forward to the day when we can welcome you to our shores. Until then, we want you to get to know Cape Town better. Take a closer look at our natural beauty, delve into our history, culture and attractions, and start creating your bucket list for your next visit, after all – we are worth waiting for!
Lion’s Head Mountain
Standing at 669 metres (2195 ft.) above sea level, Lion’s Head Mountain is located between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion’s Head got its name during the 17th century when the Dutch settlers referred to the mountain as “Leeuwen Kop” as the shape resembles that of a crouching lion. With its peak offering stunning panoramic views of the city and surrounding oceans, Lions Head is a popular hiking destination for both locals and tourists alike.
The Old Biscuit Mill
Formerly the Pyott’s biscuit company’s mill – today the Mill as it’s commonly known, houses award-winning restaurants, is a trove of artisanal goods and is home to one of the city’s most trendy weekend markets, the Neighbourgoods Market. Known for its great vibes and even better food, drinks and art ,The Old Biscuit Mill is a great way to experience the growing ‘market’ culture in the city.
Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Stadium is situated in Green Point – within walking distance from the ocean and V&A Waterfront, and is nestled in the shadows of Signal Hill. Needless to say it makes the stadium setting rather spectacular. The Cape Town Stadium was constructed on the site of the original Green Point Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Cape Town stadium holds the capacity for 55 000 people. Today the stadium is used to host various sporting and entertainment events and is open to visitors for guided tours.
Robben Island is a small landmass seven kilometres off the coast of Cape Town, in Table Bay. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has served as a whaling station, a leper colony and most notably a political prison, where former president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 year incarceration. The word ‘robben’ is derived from Dutch and means ‘seal’. The island got its name from the large number of seals that once populated its shores. After the end of Apartheid, the prison shut down and the island opened to visitors. Today Robben Island is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. A trip to Robben Island is only accessible aboard a ferry from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront.
The Company’s Garden
The Company’s Garden in central Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest garden. It is also home to the Iziko South Africa Museum and National Gallery. It was built in the 1650s to serve as a refreshment station for the trade route between Europe and the east. Ships sent by the Dutch East India Company would stop by after months at sea and stock up on fresh produce grown in the garden—hence, “The Company’s Garden. Today the ‘Gardens’ as it’s locally known, is popular among locals and tourists alike, especially during the warm summer months where people can be seen enjoying a picnic, yoga or a leisurely stroll up Government avenue where you can view the Houses of Parliament.
The King Protea is the national flower of South Africa and can be found in the southwestern and southern parts of the country in the fynbos region. The Protea does not disappoint when it comes to its impressive size, vibrant colour and unique appeal. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it is a hardy plant that can survive harsh conditions; including bush fires, droughts and heavy rains. The Protea also lends its name to the national cricket team, whose nickname is ‘the Proteas’.