#01 Table Mountain cableway

The cable car is the most spectacular way to ascend Cape Town’s famous peak.

Things to do: cable car, Cape Town, South Africa.© Quality Master/Shutterstock

#02 Ocean safaris

Take to the waves for incomparable encounters with South Africa’s whale and dolphin species.

Things to do: Common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, South Africa.© Martin Prochazkacz/Shutterstock 

#03 Sundowners

Relax with a tipple as the sun turns into a glowing orb and sinks into the ocean.

Things to do: St James beach with its colorful bathing boxes in Cape Town, South Africa.© Andrea Willmore/Shutterstock 

#04 Township tours

Touch the reality of daily life for most Capetonians in one of the city’s sprawling townships.

Things to do: Township or Cape Flats of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.© Moobatto/Shutterstock 

#05 Sandboarding

One of the newest and most exciting rides for adrenaline junkies – boarding at speed down the peninsula’s dunes.

#05 Sandboarding

#06 The Bo-Kaap

Meander through the city’s oldest and brightest quarter.

Things to do: Colorful Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town.© MG Africa/Shutterstock

#07 Penguins

Teeming with African penguins, Boulders Beach offers a surreal landscape of enormous sea-worn rocks and fine, safe swimming.

#07 Penguins

#08 Cape Point

Roam the treacherous rocky promontory south of Cape Town and experience one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the country.

#08 Cape Point

#09 Winelands

The Western Cape's wine estates combine stunning scenery, Cape Dutch architecture and some fine and affordable vintages.

Things to do: Buitenverwachting, vineyard, South Africa.© Eyeonlocation/Shutterstock

#10 Elephants

Addo Elephant National Park, the world-famous reserve at the end of the Garden Route, has some three hundred pachyderms to marvel at.

Things to do: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.© Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock 

#11 Mother City Queer Projects

The biggest and most outrageous ball of the year – Cape Town’s straight-friendly gay party.

Things to do: Gay party.© ClaudioDoenitz/Shutterstock 

#12 Cape minstrels

Every January 2, minstrel bands hold an unmissable carnival through the streets of Cape Town.

Things to do: Carnival parade.© Holmes awa/Shutterstock 

#13 Chapman’s Peak Drive

Take a spin along the precipitous cliff edge of the Atlantic seaboard for the most sublime views on the peninsula.

Things to do: Chapman's peak drive, South Africa.© Andrey_Fokin/Shutterstock 

#14 Canopy Tours

Swing through the treetops among the arboreal giants of South Africa's tallest indigenous forest.

#14 Canopy Tours

#15 V&A Waterfront

Find out why a huge harbourside shopping mall is Cape Town’s most popular tourist destination.

Things to do: V&A waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.© stephane lalevee/Shutterstock 

#16 Robben Island

Visit the notorious offshore jail where some of South Africa’s most famous figures, including Nelson Mandela, were incarcerated.

Things to do: Entrance to Robben Island Prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive, South Africa.© Darrenp/Shutterstock

#17 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Local musos come into their own at the most important jazz event of the year.

Things to do: A man playing a double bass musical instrument during a live performance.© MD_Photography/Shutterstock 

#18 De Hoop Nature Reserve

Monumental dunes, zebras, bontebok and whales by the dozen make this one of the most compelling reserves in the Western Cape.

 

Things to do: De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa.© Alessandro De Maddalena/Shutterstock 

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