Cape Town in detail


From many points on the Peninsula you'll be able to see and climb up to Table Mountain, Cape Town's top sight. However, most visitors ride the cableway which starts in Oranjezicht on the mountain's north side.

In terms of visitor numbers, it's the V&A Waterfront, a dynamic mix of shopping, eating and entertainment based around a working harbour, that is Cape Town's most popular attraction. The new Zeitz MOCAA Museum makes spending time here a greater pleasure for art lovers, and the Waterfront is also where you'll need to go to board ferries to the World Heritage site of Robben Island.

In and around the City Bowl the key sights are the colourful houses of the Bo-Kaap, the lush Company's Garden, the historic fortifications of the Castle of Good Hope and the District Six Museum, an important place to gain an understanding of the impact of apartheid on the city.

Moving south around the east side of Table Mountain you'll find the beautifully manicured Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the heritage vineyards of Constantia. Continuing to the Peninsula's deep south don't miss the charming fishing village and arty enclave of Kalk Bay, the naval base at Simon's Town and the majestic wild spaces of the Cape of Good Hope.

Heading back up the western side of the peninsula you'll pass the sweeping expanse of Noordhoek beach at the foot of the stunning Chapman's Peak Drive. There are several more lovely beaches to discover here too including those at Sandy Bay, Camps Bay and Clifton.