Let’s face it, one week in Cape Town’s not enough to see everything this amazing city has to offer, especially when you’ve not visited for a while. Make the most of it with these top tips on the best things to do in Cape Town on a whirlwind tour.
Here’s your action-packed itinerary:
Day 1 – The V&A Waterfront
Assuming you’re staying in Cape Town self-catering accommodation to save on dining out every day, you’ll need to stock up on supplies when you arrive. You’ll find no shortage of regular supermarkets around the city, but why not get the party started by heading to the V&A Waterfront, where you’ll find everything you need, plus loads of extras.
Some of the don’t miss attractions at this top tourist spot include:
Robben Island tours
The V&A Food Market
Handcrafted goods at the Watershed
Museums and art galleries
The Two Oceans Aquarium
You could spend several days in this bastion of entertainment and information, but you’ll need to fine tune your explorations according to your time budget.
Day 2 – The Peninsula
Head out early to enjoy one of the city’s most scenic drives toward the most south-western point of Africa. It’s best to start on the Muizenberg side, so you should plan your accommodation accordingly.
Notable sights and stops along the way include.
St James Beach with its colourful change houses
Kalk Bay for shopping, dining on fish and chips, and seals
Simon’s Town – more shopping
Boulders Beach penguin colony
Cape Point’s lighthouse, nature walks, and scenic restaurant
Make your way back along Chapman’s Peak Drive for one of the prettiest sunsets you’ll ever see.
Day 3 – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
Assign a designated driver and prime yourself for a tastebud-busting day of wine and artisan eats.
Vergenoegd Wine Farm sets the ball rolling with its cute parade of ducks and outdoor wine tasting. Next, journey into the Franschhoek Valley where you can enjoy a picnic at Holden Manz Wine Estate.
After a lazy start to your afternoon wind your way to Solms Delta Wine Estate for a premium wine tasting. Don’t overdo it, day four promises an early start.
Day 4 – Shark Cage Diving
This is a full day activity where you’ll get to experience the awe, wonder, and adrenaline of meeting one of the world’s most ruthless predators up close.
This activity takes place at Gans Baai, 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town.
Day 5 – The Uthando Tour
Mingle and merge with the locals on this insightful township tour where you’ll pop in on worthy community projects, hear real-life accounts of daily happenings, and see how people are helping themselves rise above poverty.
Make your way back to the city via the Company’s Garden where green spaces provide a refreshing break from the bustle of the townships.
Try one of the restaurants in the area or enjoy one of the best milkshakes you’ll ever taste. From there you can make your way to the old Malay Quarter, with its brightly coloured houses and fascinating folk.
Day 6 – Get Active
Hit the waves in Muizenberg with a fun surf lesson in the morning followed by a sweet treat at the Hang Ten Café or the all new Xpression on the Beach.
For your afternoon enjoyment, take a trip up Table Mountain on the cable car. You can roam around the top on guided tours and if you’re feeling energetic, you can head back down and then take a hike up Lion’s Head or Signal Hill to see the sun set.
Day 7 – Heading Out
Now’s your chance to check out some of the city’s markets and boutiques for last minute gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the daily grind.
On your last day in Cape Town, depending on the flight you have out, spend the morning taking care of any business you can before heading to the airport.
Planning the Best Things to Do in Cape Town
A short trip to the Mother City involves precision-planning if you want to maximise it. You can start right here by viewing our selection of excellent Cape Town self-catering accommodation and making your booking now.
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