Cape Town’s got it all, which is probably why it’s been nicknamed the “Mother City.” From breathtaking wildlife and stunning vistas to exquisite beaches and extraordinary nightlife, there’s something for everyone at this fabulous destination.
So, when you book a luxurious stay at a hotel like the Marriott Cape Town, here’s our top pick of things to do while you’re there:
- Visit Table Mountain
No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a trip to Table Mountain. As the most recognizable landmark in the city, it towers over the area with its uniquely shaped look. You can explore this area in a number of different ways, from hiking to the summit to taking a cable car to the top. It doesn’t matter how you get there, though, because once you’re at the top you’ll be presented with jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the ocean and city below.
- Explore Constantia Valley
If you weren’t already aware (where have you been all this time), South Africa boasts an ever-expanding wine industry with bold reds and crisp whites in abundance. Constantia Valley is where this phenomenon began during the 17th century and is located just over ten miles from Cape Town.
The region is renowned for its sensational historical mansions and oak-lined streets, as well as its wineries. For example, Groot Constantia, the oldest vineyard, is hailed for its sweet dessert wines and has welcomed many famous faces, including Napoleon Bonapart.
- Relax at Camps Bay
Camps Bay is located to the west of Table Mountain and is an area of soft sand with bustling bars and cute cafés running adjacent to it. Even though it’s a little cool for a dip in the sea, the warm, friendly atmosphere makes Camps Bay the perfect place to relax and unwind, enjoying the great outdoors while soaking up the sun. You might also want to indulge yourself in a bit of people-watching or cocktail drinking at the beach-side restaurants.
- Experience the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront
It doesn’t matter what hour of the day you visit the V&A Waterfront because it’ll always be buzzing. Built by Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, in the 19th century, this location has been a primary stopover point for many ships over the years. Today, however, residents and tourists soak up its vibrant atmosphere, shopping, eating, and drinking at the vast array of local amenities. It’s also the perfect place to take in the majestic views of Table Mountain.
From here you can also find excursions to Robben Island or whale-watching tours. But it’s when the sun sets that it really comes into life. Live music flows down the streets from the nearby ships while exquisite cocktails are poured into visitors’ glasses in the neighboring bars.
- Boulders Beach
Finally, for an extra-special touch, visit Boulders Beach where you’ll find an increasingly large colony of African Penguins. Teetering along the beaches, these penguins love being the star of the show but try your best not to disturb them too much. Swimming’s also more pleasurable from this beach, and don’t forget to take some photos of the iconic boulders that the area’s named after.