Tourist Attractions in Cape Town
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a lovely place to spend a day looking through the shops and relaxing at the many coffee shops and restaurants. This large dock area is bustling and is one of Africa 's major harbours with many ships docking and leaving here each day. In the area around the harbour there is the South African Maritime Museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Historic Clock Tower, Boat tours, street markets, street bands and performers and many more attractions. There is a large Tourist Information in The Waterfront which will hold all of the information you need.
Green Market Square
Green Market Square, in the centre of Cape Town, houses a small traditional African market, where anything from paintings to jewelry, African masks to carved elephants, fabrics and many curios can be purchased here, and don't be afraid to haggle with the stall holders.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain extends across an area of 528 hectares, and is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora within its gardens. Kirstenbosch grows only native South African plants. The cultivated garden which covers 36 hectares, displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the Cape area. Kirstenbosch is set out in an informative manner and has collections of plants e.g. Proteas, all in one area. There are also gardens devoted to examples of medicinal plants. Kirstenbosch also has a wonderful selection of cycads.
A visit to one of the many townships surrounding Cape Town is an experience that will let you see the way the large portion of the population are living. Despite difficult conditions and poor living environment, you will experience the liveliness and spirit of the South African people. Take a township tour of Langa, or Khayelitsha, the oldest township in South Africa and the second largest respectively. Usually your tour will be taken by one of the areas residents who can show you all the essential areas of interest. More about these tours can be found at most tourist offices.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is home to an increasing colony of the African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and then find out more about the penguins in the information centre.
Chapman's Peak Drive
Cut into the cliffs around more than 500 meters of Chapman's Peak is a must while in the Western Cape, it is one of the most jaw dropping scenic drives in the world. Chapman's Peak Drive is cut out in between the layers of softer sand stone and solid granite. The road had been in the spotlight for some time over safety, mainly falling rocks, but after being closed for a while, significant changes were made and the road is now as safe as any other. There are many lay bys and picnic areas along the course of the 9 kilometer road which runs from Noordhoek to Hout Bay and boasts some 114 bends and curves! So you can take in the breath-taking views at your leisure. Whales can be seen during the cooler winter months. A toll is payable for using the road.
Cape Town is brimming with outdoor markets and exciting shopping centers. One of the most talked about shopping venues is the impressive Canal Walk Century City. This shopping centre has more than 400 stores and a 20 screen cinema. The Victoria and Aldfred Waterfront also has a very pleasant shopping centre.
If the kids need entertained there is no better place than Ratanga Junction, a theme park which houses rollercoaster, thrill rides, water rides and less stressful rides for smaller children.
Cape Town is known to many as the party capital of Africa, down just a few streets in the Mother City there are hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs just waiting to be explored through the night and into the morning. Cape Town is also known as a pink city, offering a warm welcome to the gay and lesbian community.
Informative Books of the Western Cape of South Africa