It should come as no surprise that our top recommendations for where to go in Cape Town focus on the beaches, mountains and incredible natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula. Take a leisurely drive to Cape Point, stopping on the way to watch the amusing antics of the penguins at Boulders Beach, before returning along the Cape Town coast via the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. You could easily spend a day wining and dining in the bottle-green valleys of the Cape Winelands but equally as appealing is a picnic on the fynbos-fringed lawns at the extraordinary Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. And of course no Cape Town holiday would be complete without a trip to the top of Table Mountain.
Below is a list of our must-visit places of interest in Cape Town, but spend any time in and around the city centre and you're sure to find a few more favourites of your own.
Lying 11kms from Cape Town in Table Bay and accessible from the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island is the site of the infamous prison that held many of South Africa's most remarkable political leaders including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Spend a morning or an afternoon on a Robben Island tour and be shown around the prison by an ex-political prisoner who will share his personal account of the harsh conditions of prison life during the Apartheid regime - it's a powerful history lesson which provides real insight into the high price that many people paid for South Africa's hard-won democracy.