The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront can keep you entertained and busy for hours with all the activities available. The shopping mall alone can provide you with endless hours of browsing all the latest fashion and gadgets, not to mention the glorious assortment of food available at the food court. The Two Oceans Aquarium is also a fantastic way to spend a few hours marveling at the abundant and diverse South African sea life. There are other wonderful attractions and activities to explore in Cape Town, besides the market on the wharf in the V&A Waterfront though. Here are a few of our favorite Cape Town attractions :
- Tandem Paragliding Over Cape Town :
Skywings Paragliding offers the most amazing paragliding in Cape Town experience. There is no better way to get an aerial perspective of the Mother City than by soaring high up in the clouds looking down over the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Skywings is a Cape Town paragliding company managed by Kai Duran. The company has several experienced and qualified instructors and pilots that are able to fly you safely over the city for a thrilling experience you will never forget. The Skywings team launch from Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. For more information about pricing and bookings head over to the Skywings Paragliding website.
- Table Mountain Cableway :
Without a doubt, Table Mountain is the most recognizable landmark or feature of Cape Town. The majestic mountain named aptly for its flat table top like appearance stands proudly over the city and has been named a world heritage site. The Table Mountain Cable car system runs daily up and down from the cable station at the bottom to the station at the very top of the mountain. The journey upwards takes a few minutes and the recently upgraded rotating cable cars provide a fantastic opportunity to take some really amazing photographs of the city. Once at the top of the mountain you can enjoy yourself exploring the surrounds and the diverse flora and fauna that exist. There is also a viewing point and very reasonably priced restaurant where you can quench your thirst and fill your tummy after your exploring is done.
- Clifton Beach :
Clifton Beach is one of the most trendy and popular beaches in Cape Town. The beach is on the Atlantic coast so the water is a little chilly but extremely refreshing a hot Cape Town summer’s day. The pristine white sands and sparkling clear turquoise waters make Clifton extremely popular with locals and tourists. The beach is actually made up of four separate beaches named Clifton first, second, third and fourth beach. Each beach seems to have a slightly different “vibe” and attracts a slightly different crowd. Overlooking the beaches, built into the steep mountain slopes are some of Cape Towns most expensive and luxurious apartments and luxury homes, many of which are owned by international movie stars and socialites.
- Cape Point Nature Reserve :
The Cape Point Nature Reserve is a must see for any tourist who is in Cape Town. The nature reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and has some beautiful unspoiled beaches. Although the Atlantic and Indian oceans converge at the very tip of the Cape peninsula in the reserve, it is not the tip of Africa as it is often mistaken for. For those looking to buy authentic African souvenirs, there is a vibrant market teaming with vendors of an assortment of African handicrafts and sculptures at the entrance gates.
- The Cape Winelands :
The Cape Winelands are home to some of the worlds finest winefarms. For those of you who enjoy fine wines, this is an essential excursion for you ! Areas like Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek are steeped in history and some of the winefarms can be dated back several hundred years. Most of them offer wine tasting and have splendid grounds for picnics as well as upmarket restaurants to cater for those that appreciate fine dining.
These are only five activities that you could enjoy whilst staying in Cape Town, but the list is much much longer. I hope to cover more of these in upcoming articles.