1. Robben Island
One of the places that global icon Nelson Mandela passed through during the "Long Walk to Freedom, " if you ever take the long flight to Cape Town then Robben Island should definitely be on the top of your list of tourist destinations. You are probably asking yourself why one would want to visit a former prison, considering that most of us already have plenty of relatives in prison. Well Robben Island is not your regular prison island. The island bears strong historical significance to not only South Africa but the world as well. Three of South Africa’s former presidents served time there namely, Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma.
2. Table Mountain
So named because of its' flat top, Table Mountain is a landmark you cannot miss once you’re in the city of Capetown. The most prominent feature of Table Mountain (which is also the reason for its' name) is the flat plateau which is approximately three kilometres. Table Mountain offers an array of activities for tourists including but not limited to hiking, mountain biking, caving and rock climbing. Rumour has it that if it’s your birthday you get into Table Mountain National Park for free. Oh and lastly, please don’t ask us where to find Chair Mountain because we are still looking for it.
3. Signal Hill
If you do make that trip to Table Mountain then the next place to go on this list would be Signal Hill which can be found right in between Table Mountain and Lion's Head. When both Lion's Head and Signal Hill are combined, the shape resembles a Lion sphinx. The Hill gets it’s name from the fact that when ships used to sail into the bay, the hill was used to signal and guide them. A time ball was set up on the hill to relay more precise Cape Mean Time. The one and only reason why you have to ascend Signal Hill is because it offers phenomenal views of the Cape Town landscape. There’s plenty of other places one can visit in this majestic and beautiful city but these are our top three picks here at Cape Town Experience.
V & A Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, shortened to V & A Waterfront, is a residential and commercial estate situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbor, the 123 hectares (300 acres) area has been developed for mixed-use, with both residential and commercial real estate. The Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year. The name is derived from the fact that Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria, visited the Cape Colony Harbour in 1860. The V & A was designed by Adrian van der Vyver and houses over 450 retail outlets.
Bo - Kapp which means above the Cape in Afrikaans is a tourist attraction that used to be a township. Walking into the area one would swear they are walking into a rainbow as they are houses painted in multiple colours as well as cobblestones. It is a multi cultural neighbourhood with mostly Muslim population. It is one of the oldest residential areas in Cape Town. The Bo-Kaap museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the area which dates back to 1760. It displays the cultural contributions made by early Muslim settlers.