Make your way up Table Mountain
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Take in sweeping views of Cape Town atop the city’s most iconic landmark. The vigorous hike up Table Mountain will thrill adventure seekers, though the cableway to the flat summit is guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping...
Climb Lion’s Head
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Table Mountain might be better known, but locals prefer the jagged path up Lion’s Head. In fact, they’ll recommend you scale the ladders and chains up at sunset on the full moon for a truly grand experience. Otherwise visit at sunrise for vistas over Signal Hill, Table Mountain and the glittering Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Boulders Beach
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The natural landscape here is majestic: a rambling shoreline is separated into coves by clusters of 540 million-year-old granite boulders. And then, of course, there’s the colony of African penguins that have made this beach home.
Spend a morning at the Old Biscuit Mill
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You’d be forgiven for confusing this old converted factory – and its surrounds – for a scene in New York. But a stroll through its creative precinct will assure you this is South Africa. Splurge on something special at one of the boutiques teeming with local, designer and artisan wares. And once you’ve meandered through the market stalls, refuel at one of the marvellous cafes onsite. (Image via Flickr/Nick Gray)
Take a tour to Robben Island
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A choppy half-hour ferry ride will take you from Cape Town’s bustling waterfront to the former island prison where Nelson Mandela served 18 of his 27-year incarceration. Ex-prisoners guide visitors around the World Heritage site on tours that usually take three to four hours. A trip here will leave you humbled, emotional and with a deeper insight on this hopeful city’s heartbreakingly history.
Visit the Bo Kaap area
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Known for its cobble-stoned streets lined with bright coloured houses, Cape Town’s former Malay quarter is not just a pretty face. Home to South Africa’s first mosque (Auwal Mosque) and some of the best eateries in town, this area is packed with warm, local haunts. If time is on your side, sign up to a cooking class and get schooled on delectable Cape Malay flavours – make sure to try an authentic curry and deep-fried “koeksister” pastry for dessert. Otherwise a snap in front of the quirky-quaint scenery will have to do.
Pick up a gem at Greenmarket Square
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Strapped for time and looking for last-minute gifts? This vibrant flea market won’t disappoint. From Ndebele beaded dolls to handcrafted woodenwares, the exquisite goods available here will have you rethinking that whole ‘minimal’ style you’ve recently adopted.
Revel in Long Street’s nightlife
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You can’t leave the Mother City without meandering through this vibrant strip. Locals and travellers alike head here after dark for the bar and restaurant scene. But if you’re looking for a truly local experience, book tickets to Pink Flamingo Cinema, which is situated on the rooftop of the restored 1895 Grand Daddy Hotel. Planning a daytime visit? Long Street boasts some of best shops in Cape Town, from the crafty Pan African Market to the Merchants on Long concept store. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
Spend a Day Exploring the Cape Winelands
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Already booking your next Hunter Valley weekend? A trip to the provincial Cape Winelands will delight you. Lush, rambling vineyards meet rugged mountain scenes, while old-world Cape Dutch architecture line the open roads. Book a long lunch overlooking the valley at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch, and if you’re visiting in summer, keep in mind that this trip inland will be a hot one.
Stroll through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
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You’ll find spectacular views of Table Mountain and the most gorgeous plant life at this dense garden. A quiet stroll through the century-old attraction is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon, culminating in tea and scones at the grounds’ famous tearoom. Hoping to check out Cape Town’s cultural scene? On Sunday nights in summer Kirstenbosch host open-air concerts.
Take a dip at Clifton Beaches
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Locals and tourists flock to Clifton’s four world-famous beaches, which are renowned for their pristine sand, boulder-enclosed coves and, yes, freezing cold water. You’ll appreciate those ocean dips on scorching summer days though, we promise.