CNN Travel labelled Cape Town as ‘one of the worlds most beautiful cities’ and released a list of awesome things to do in and around the city.
Even though Cape Town has fickle weather (it’s easy to experience four seasons in a day) it just stands as a reminder of the variety of things to do. If it’s too cloudy to hike on the mountain, then there’s art galleries, wineries, and beaches. Swim with a penguin, burrow deep into the city’s history, or just walk along cobblestone streets and take it all in.
CNN Travel’s Top 10 things to do in Cape Town:
1. Table Mountain
Table Mountain is easily accessible by a cable car, with tickets available online in advance.
When the clouds roll across, park officials close the top until visibility improves. Hikers can also walk all the way up to enjoy the stunning views.
2. Simon’s Town/Boulders Beach penguin colony
The Simon’s Town penguin colony is officially part of Table Mountain National Park and can be found down the coast from the city center, on the way to Cape Point.
“Once, this was a regular neighborhood where a group of penguins had rather unexpectedly decided to take up residence on the beach, and in the gardens of the homes along the shore’s hillside.”
3. Kalk Bay
Klak Bay will razzle any tourist with its art galleries and boutiques in the main road and restaurants and bars overlooking the ocean.
4. District Six Museum
According to CNN Travel, District Six was a mixed-race neighborhood where freed slaves, migrants, workers and merchants lived together before apartheid.
“In the early 20th century, blacks were forcibly removed, and in 1966 it was declared a whites-only area. Bulldozers razed homes, and tens of thousands of people were forced into the scorching Cape Flats on the outskirts of the city.
“The District Six Museum recreates the vibrant life that existed before the removals, and the trauma caused by the displacement.”
5. Mzoli’s Place
Mzoli’s is in one of Cape Town’s biggest townships, Guguletu, where it attracts tourists, locals, and celebs.
It is part butchery, part restaurant, and part social hub. It’s all at the same place – a butcher’s shop that people dress up to visit, buy fresh meat and cook it one of the open flames on a home-style braai, or BBQ.
6. Robben Island
CNN Travel suggests visiting the Robben Island prison that held Nelson Mandela and other heroes of the liberation struggle. The museum offers unique tours that are given by former inmates.
7. Company’s Garden
Company’s Garden was created in the 1650’s by the first European settlers and is now a park and heritage site.
“The gardens were named after the Dutch East India Company. Now they’re a gorgeously landscaped space that runs from St. George’s Cathedral, past the Parliament and the National Library, and up to the posh Mount Nelson Hotel.”
8. Slave Lodge
Near St. George’s Cathedral and the entrance to the Company’s Garden, Slave Lodge is a museum to an often-overlooked chapter of South Africa’s past.
“The Dutch East India Company built the structure in 1679 to house its slaves. Up to 9,000 slaves were kept inside its walls. Now it houses displays that show the conditions slaves suffered through during their voyage to the Cape, examines the conditions of their lives, and traces the fates of their descendants.”
9. Cape Wheel at the Waterfront
The Cape Wheel, a 40-meter high Ferris wheel with enclosed cabins that offer dramatic views of the mountains, the city, and the sea is said to be a worth the ride.
10. The Old Biscuit Mill
The Old Biscuit Mill is said to be “the trendiest weekend market in the city, the sort of place that sells more than one variety of homemade kombucha, but also healthy portions of fancy French fries and gourmet burgers.”
CNN Travel mentions twenty more things to do in Cape Town which includes visiting The Promenade, Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point and more. Check it out for more!
See article by Erine Oberholzer here