Cape Town is South Africa’s second most populous city and is considered South Africa’s founding city, hence the nick name “Mother City”. Rich in History, it sits in the Cape Floral Region, an area straddled on one side by an extensive coastline, and on different sides by rugged mountain ranges, inland valleys that are home to numerous vineyards, and semi-desert fringes.
Climb up to the peak of Table Mountain, either through hiking, or by getting on the Table Mountain Cable Way. You cannot go to Cape Town without driving along Chapman’s Peak Drive, a narrow road linking Noordhoek with Hout Bay, for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. Before you embark on your journey, be sure to check that the mountain pass is open on the day due to the temperamental nature of the weather in this area.
Continue your drive through the fishing villages of Kommetje and Scarborough before arriving at Table Mountain National Park, Cape of Good Hope, then on to Cape Point where you can get to feed penguins. This entire route is absolutely stunning, and I can bet, will make you want to go back over and over. You can also drive up or hike to Signal Hill to catch views of the City Bowl below as well as of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.
There are many amazing vantage points offering picturesque views from all angles, that makes this city a must see.
V & A Waterfront
What a beauty. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, located at the foot of Signal Hill and washed by the deep blue waters of Table Bay, the Waterfront is Cape Town’s tourist showpiece—a place where crowds gather to eat, drink, shop, socialize and admire breathtaking views of Table Mountain. It is an icon of Cape Town’s tourist haven and a must see. You will take in great views over the harbor of the Table Mountains.
This affluent suburb located just south of the city center, is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and is located between the azure Atlantic and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Camps Bay is rated one of the top 25 beaches in the world. It’s an awesome spot to enjoy a Cape Town sun downer with magnificent views of Table Mountain, Camp’s Bay and the ocean.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Chapman’s Peak is regarded as one of the most scenic marine drives in the world. The top of Chapman’s Peak consists of flat, sedimentary rocks related to those that form Table Mountain.
The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographer’s dream offering a stunning 180° views from all around. It is said that Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most scenic drives in Africa.
Talk about a seat at the head of the table. Lions Head in Cape Town is the distinctive shaped mountain slope found alongside Table Mountain. The proud lion overlooks the city and Table Bay on one side, and the scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other. It is a wildly popular destination for hiking enthusiasts (and a top spot for Instagrammers).
Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is a popular excursion for visitors staying in Cape Town. The combination of steep rocky inclines, shimmering blue sea and expansive skies is an unforgettable experience and offers numerous rest spots to take in the panoramic vistas. Along with Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope is one of the world’s most famous navigational landmarks.
It provides a dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails and deserted beaches with spectacular ocean views. A definite must see while in Cape Town. The scenery is spectacular and the place itself is iconic.
Signal Hill Cape Town is a flat-topped hill that is situated next to Lion’s Head, forming part of Table Mountain. Views from the 350m high summit are nothing short of spectacular, particularly at night. Many people come here at sunset to watch the sun set over the city. It is a great spot to enjoy the views. Visible from every cocktail bar, chic restaurant and flashy nightclub at night, is a stunning stretch of white beach, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean.
This is the country’s most photographed attraction and is infact the single most welcoming icon to not only South Africans, but travelers from all over the world. It is the most iconic landmark of South Africa. Take in the unparalleled views of Cape Town from any of the vantage point of this mountain.
You will need more than 5 days in this Mother City, there are too many things to do while here. Cape town is truly a place you want to visit. You will never run out of what to do or see in Cape Town.