Things To Do in Cape Town - The Ultimate Guide 2017
Things To Do in Cape Town - The Ultimate Guide 2017
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Things To Do in Cape Town - The Ultimate Guide 2017
Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Cape Town. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
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Things To Do in Cape Town - The Ultimate Guide 2017

Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Cape Town. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
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Things To Do in Cape Town - The Ultimate Guide 2017
Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Cape Town. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.

If you’ve ever visited Cape Town, it will come as no surprise to find it has been awarded the honour of being the ‘Best City’ four years in a row. Whether it’s because of its magnificent views, world-class beaches, diverse culture or vibrant nightlife, Cape Town is the place to be.

Below, we summarise the best things to do in Cape Town, day or night. If you don’t already have a Cape Town bucket list, get your pen and paper ready because you're going to want to start one.

Cape Town is a bustling city and its people are always on the go, which is no surprise considering the range of cool activities it has on offer. Whether you’re an ultimate thrill seeker, or you prefer enjoying a casual picnic overlooking a gorgeous mountain range - Cape Town has it all!

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Quick Jump
Activities & Adventure
Hiking in Cape Town
Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions
Beaches
Wine Farms
Theatre & Live Shows
Movies & Cinemas
Nature & Game Reserves
Food & Craft Markets
Things to do with Kids
Shopping Malls
Relax & Unwind
Restaurants & Coffee
Things to Do at Night
Something Different
Transport & Weather

Activities & Adventure

Cape Town is a very active city, its people are always on the go and doing cool activities. There are also great mountain ranges perfect for slow walks, runs, or hikes.

Majestic in wonder, glorious in beauty
@deancothil

With its luscious coastline and white sand beaches, your Cape Town bucket list is sure to be overflowing. Some activities include:

  • Blue Rock
  • Seal Island
  • Waterfront Harbour

For a full list of activities and attractions, take a look at our comprehensive guide:

Hiking in Cape Town

Cape Town offers a plethora of beautiful hikes in and around the city. Choose from easy strolls to walks that will help you build up some brow sweat.

Read on for an idea of what's on offer.

Lion’s Head

Admire the clouds wrapped around Lions Head
@naudewashere

This is easily the most popular hiking spot in Cape Town. Lion’s Head is the extension of Table Mountain and offers great 360-degree views of Cape Town, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

It ranks as a relatively easy hike, but be sure to take proper walking shoes, extra water and some snacks to enjoy once you summit.

Tip: Go early in the morning.

The route gets overpopulated very quickly later in the day and it can be quite frustrating when you’re queuing at every stop.

Crystal Pools

The view is crystal clear up here
goatsbeflying

Crystal Pools is another favourite experience for nature lovers. It is a relatively easy hike to a series of beautiful mountain pools in the Steenbras Nature Reserve. It is open from 1 November to 30 April and closed in winter.

This hike has red pegs along the route to make sure you don’t get lost and once there, you can jump into the water pools from the rocks above. Remember to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Good walking shoes
  • Refreshments and water
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen and a hat
Tip: Don’t dive and be mindful of swimming during a drought; the water levels may be lower than usual.
  • Entrance Fee:
    • R60.00 pp
  • Operating Hours:
    • Sunrise until sunset
  • Contact Number: 076 018 2577
  • Address: Kogelberg Nature Reserve Trail, Cape Town

Newlands Forest

The sun rays peek through the canopy above
@deancothill

Located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest is a conservationist's dream. In the early 1800s a section of the forest was removed to make way for the pine tree plantation. Today there are still pine trees in Newlands and locals refer to that area of the forest as the Pine Forest.

Various hiking trails can be accessed from the forest, the ever changing biodome creates little pockets of vegetation that range from tropical to fynbos. There is a river that runs through Newlands Forest and small rock pools provide a cool escape from the heat. The forest is generally well shaded and is visited all year round.

The forest houses a reservoir and a fire department, on any given day visitors get to see helicopters coming and going from the helipad at the base of the forest walk. Higher up into the forest you can find wooden decks for picnicking. A short walk along the boardwalk takes you to the Old Fort at the foot of Table Mountain, with views of the Atlantic Ocean ahead.

  • Operating Hours:
    • 24 hours/ 7 days a week
  • Address: Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), accessible from the M3 heading towards town.
  • More Info: Newlands Forest

Silvermine

Silvermine covers a section of Table Mountain National park
@ hjschein

Located at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg, Silvermine Reserve offers visitors an intimate hiking experience. There are various trails to be found at Silvermine. The most popular trail is the Elephants Eye hike which is carefully marked out and leads you to an amazing spot that overlooks the suburbs of Cape Town.

If hiking is not really your thing then a day at the Silvermine Reservoir is right up your alley. The cold fresh black water provides relief from the South African sun. Braai facilities are available on non-windy days.

A Wild card gives you free access to the reserve but if you don't have one there is a gate charge for day visitors.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R50 Adult, R25 Kids U12
    • R60 per 2 dogs
    • R70 Bicycles
  • Contact Number: (021) 789 2457
  • More Info: Silvermine Nature Reserve

Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions

With so many places to visit in Cape Town it is very easy to fill your days with fabulous attractions.

Visit the Castle of Good Hope
@poushavida

So to help you get the best out of Cape Town, we've put together a guide to some of the most memorable places of interest and things to see in Cape Town. Some of these include:

  • The Castle of Good Hope
  • Robben Island
  • Table Mountain
  • Kalk Bay

For a full list of the most memorable places to visit and things to do in Cape Town, click on the link below:

Beaches

Cape Town is world renown for its beautiful beaches. Why not come and see what all the hype is about? Choose from beaches perfect for surfing, kiteboarding, SUPing and tanning.

While Cape Town is known for its many forms of entertainment, its beaches remain one of its biggest treasures. Some of these include:

  • Llundudno
  • Camps Bay
  • Fish Hoek
  • Dungeons

For the full list of the best beaches in Cape Town, see our guide below.

Wine Farms

The Western Cape is South Africa’s main wine-producing region and offers 26 districts of winelands.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see
@ thepassportpair

Some of these include:

  • Groot Constantia
  • Eagles Nest Wines
  • Beau Constantia
  • Cape Point Wines

For a full list of the most fabulous wine farms in and around Cape Town, take a look at our guide below:

Theatre & Live Shows

The cultural scene in Cape Town really comes to life when the sun goes down. Cape Town has some phenomenal actors and talent, showcased at various different theatres.

Ballerina in motion at the Artscape
@oneimagined

Some of these include:

  • The Fugard Theatre
  • Theatre on the Bay
  • The Rosebank Theatre
  • The Kalk Bay Theatre

...and so many more! For the full list, take a look at our guide to the best theatre and live shows Cape Town has to offer.

Museums & Art Galleries

Cape Town is proud to have a rich and culturally diverse heritage. South African westernised history and culture dates back to when Bartholomew Dias first explored the coastline in 1488.

Some of the museums and art galleries featured on our guide are:

  • District Six Museum
  • Bo Kaap Museum
  • Knext Art Gallery
  • Rust-en-Verde Art Gallery

For a more at our comprehensive look at the museums including prices, themes and location. Click on the link below.

Movies & Cinemas

Find the latest movies and showtimes in Cape Town. See Trailers, Reviews, Ratings, Release Dates & More - (2D, 3D, IMAX & IMAX 3D, Scene XTREME & VIP, PRESTIGE, 4DX)

You can also check out our guide to indoor and outdoor cinema experience's in Cape Town here.

Nature & Game Reserves

Looking to experience the Big Five or adventure on some of South Africa's most beautiful trails? Then this guide was made for you!

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE BIG FIVE
@pummaree_chev

Our guide includes the following and so much more:

  • Fairy Glen Game Lodge
  • Aquila Private Game Lodge
  • Sanbona Nature Reserve

For a full list of over 14 nature reserves and game farms near Cape Town. Click on the link below:

Food & Craft Markets

Cape Town has an awesome array of markets to keep you browsing for ages. Choose from stalls offering fresh produce, local arts and crafts, handmade items, second hand clothing and antiques.

Chitter Chatter as spices fill the market air
Old Biscuit Mill

Our guide includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Oranjezicht Farmers Market
  • Bo Kaap Food and Craft Market
  • The Love Local Market
  • Bay Harbour Market

... and so many more! Take a look at the full list here:

Things to do with Kids

If you’re looking for fun, family-friendly things to do in Cape Town, then look no further. Cape Town is quite literally a playground of activities, places to see and things to do, which is why we’ve put this list together.

EXPERIENCE MARINE LIFE LIKE NEVER BEFORE
@cape_to_byron

For the full guide to fun things to do with kids, click on link below:

Shopping Malls

The V&A Waterfront

Enjoy a beautiful sunset at the Waterfront
Greatrail

This is the hub of Cape Town. It is the working harbour and port for luxury yachts, it also hosts a world class shopping centre with a multitude of restaurants and both designer and affordable labels.

There are also a mass of other activities which can be found here.

Canal Walk

Shop till you drop at Canal walk
Cape Town Lately

Cape Town is home to the second largest shopping centre in South Africa, Canal Walk. Canal Walk is home to over 400 shops and was built around a canal, hence the name. It is just 15 minutes outside of the city centre.

This mall is great for shopping when you need a vast choice of options and have lots of time. It is open from 9am to 9pm daily, so it is perfect for those who prefer to avoid the crowds and shop in the evening.

Canal Walk offers an array of both designer and more typical retail stores. There are a variety of different restaurants to feed your appetite after all the shopping and walking around the 141 000 square feet centre. Speaking of feet, wear comfortable shoes and leave those heels at home.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 9pm
  • Contact Number: 021 529 9699
  • Address: Century City, Cape Town
  • More Info: Canal Walk

Cavendish Square

Cavendish is located in the heart of the Southern Suburbs, it houses over 200 stores, a cinema, various restaurants and coffee shops. They have a daily outdoor market with vendors selling all sorts of goods. Street level restaurants open their doors to the shaded stone walk way.

The mall is easily accessible via public transport but if you do choose to drive parking will cost a small fee. General meandering of the upper levels is always a pleasure with the elegant decor. A food court is situated on the second floor just below the escalators that lead up to its own cinema.

This mall is every shoppers dream from its secure shaded parking areas to the beautifully done flooring and modern decor.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat - 9am-7pm
    • Sundays, 10am-5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 657 5600
  • Address: 1 Dreyer St, Claremont
  • More Info: Cavendish Square

Relax & Unwind

After exploring all the vibrance and wonders Cape Town has on offer, you'll probably in need of some TLC. Have a look at some of our ideas to help you destress so you can get back to exploring!

If you're into yoga, we've put together just the thing for you!

Spas in Cape Town

Chelsea Aesthetic Centre

Soak your body under the steam of hot stones
Health Spas

At Chelsea Aesthetic Centre they aim to provide quality affordable services to all their patrons. Being one of the top anti-aging clinics in South Africa, Chelsea Centre is highly respected in the beauty industry.

They offer both beauty treatments and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. The centre boasts numerous highly trained professionals including a dietician, medical physicians and beauticians.

  • Costs:
    • Express Facial - R320
    • Back and Neck Massage (30 mins) - R360
    • Waxing - R70 to R200

Prices are subject to change so please check when you’re making a booking.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon 8am-5:30pm
    • Tues-Fri 7am-7pm
    • Sat and Public Holidays 8am-5:30pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 797 5001
  • Address: 51A Waterloo Road, Wynberg
  • More Info: Chelsea Aesthetic Centre

Angsana Spa

Treat your body and mind to some TLC
Africa Wellness

Found at the Vineyard Hotel, the Angsana Spa is an Asian beauty spa. They are the title holder of the Unique Spa Concept Category at the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards in 2006. Set on 6 acres of landscaped wonder you will never want to leave.

One of the more memorable treatment areas would be the luxury steam showers that overlook Table Mountain. They boast 6 treatments rooms, one of which is the first ever rain treatment mist room in South Africa. The treatment rooms are delicately decorated with Asian touches.

  • Prices:
    • Blink Rosey Facial - R550
    • Bamboo Massage - R720
    • Waxing R65 - R250

Prices are subject to change so please check when you’re making a booking.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun 8am - 9pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 674 5005
  • Address: Colinton Road, Newlands
  • More Info: Angsana Spa

The Spa At 12 Apostles Hotel

nestled at the foot of the 12 apostles mountain range
@behind_capetown

The Spa is housed in the world renowned 12 Apostles Hotel, situated on the cliff side between Camps Bay and Llandudno. It promises spectacular views all year round.

The Spa is divided into two distinct sections, the Sanctuary and the Upper Sanctuary. The Sanctuary invites guests in with the outside standing waterfall guarded by two buddhas. Boasting hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna, a lounging area as well as South Africa’s only Rasul Chamber.

The Upper Sanctuary hosts the private treatment rooms that carry through the theme of bringing all elements into relieving stress with sound and light therapy treatments.

  • Prices:
    • Micro Firm Lift facial - R1,350
    • Emelis Body Wraps from R600 - R1,450

Prices are subject to change so please check when you’re making a booking.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 8am - 8pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 437 9000
  • Address: Victoria Street, Camps Bay
  • More Info: The Spa

Heavenly Spa

The Heavenly Spa, found on the 18th floor of the Westin Cape Town, perfectly balances well-being and luxury. They offer tailor-made treatments to unwind from everyday stresses that are life.

Additional treatments on offer are physiotherapy and a new tanning experience called Caribbean Tan, that leaves you with a seamless no streaking tan.

Prices are subject to change so please check when you’re making a booking.

  • The Classic Facial - R650
  • Reflexology - R450
  • Body Polish - R350

Allow your body to return to perfect symmetry with their signature treatments unlike any other in the world.

  • Opening Times: Everyday 8am - 6pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 412 9999
  • Address: Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • More Info: Heavenly Spa

Golfing in Cape Town

Steenberg Golf Club

Rated as one of the top 3 courses to visit in SA
@cortedelvino

Steenberg Golf Course is found at the foot of Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass. It is only 30 minutes from the city centre and airport. The large estate houses a variety of buildings, these features are:

  • Two Restaurants
  • A Vineyard
  • Gold Academy
  • Hotel
  • Property Agency

The course itself is both visually spectacular and often holes can be quite challenging. It truly is a great day of golfing.

King David Mowbray Golf Club

Well manicured courses at King David Mowbray
@theofficialhillyne

Voted one of South Africa’s top 100 golf courses, the King David course recently joined with Mowbray Golf Club. The former host of the SA Opens, there are multiple holes that have become professional favourites.

Easily accessible it is only 10 minutes from the city, making it an ideal quick break away from work or everyday life chores.

Putt-Putt

Putt-Putt is a miniature golf course that is situated on the very popular Sea Point Promenade. It houses two courses of 18-holes each and is open everyday of the week weather permitting.

There is safe street parking free of cost. Come and enjoy some fun for the whole family.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm
  • Entrance Fee:
    • R22pp
  • Contact Number: (021) 434 6805
  • Address: Beach Road, Sea Point
  • More Info: Putt Putt

Restaurants & Coffee

Cape Town is well known for its market culture, with stalls selling a host of various delights including foods, crafts, clothing, handmade African jewellery and more. The V&A Food Market has already been mentioned, but there are plenty of other markets dotted around the city.

Coffee in Cape Town

Anyone who visits Cape Town will rave about its laid back lifestyle, vibrant coffee culture and creative energy. Capetonians have always shared a love of coffee, if you are one of them check out our list of top coffee spots in Cape Town here.

Restaurants in Cape Town

Test Kitchen

A taste of the food you can find at Test Kitchen
thetestkitchenct

You will have to book well in advance to get a seat at this gem of a spot. Luke Dale Roberts is the head chef at this contemporary fine dining restaurant at the Biscuit Mill.

They have nouvelle Latin cuisine with a South African touch. You can expect to be impressed by this world-class experience. Less is more, so we won’t reveal too much about the Test Kitchen. Be sure to find out for yourself and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue - Sat, 12:30pm-1:30pm
    • Tue - Sat, 7pm-9:30pm
  • Contact Number: 021 447 2337
  • Address: 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
  • More Info: The Test Kitchen

Moyo

Enjoy views while dining at moyo
@ukango_sa

This lifestyle centre is in Blouberg at Eden on the Bay and forms the hub of surfing in this area. Enjoy iconic views of Table Mountain over Table Bay while seated outside, at tables built out of surfboards, and let your feet hang in the water.

You can order authentic African foods in a setting full of African decor and dress or enjoy cocktails outside. There are also ladies who come around and paint your face with the trademark “Moyo” white dots (we promise it looks better than it sounds).

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Friday, 11am - 11pm
    • Sat-Sun, 8:30 - 11pm
  • Contact Number: 021 286 0662
  • Address: Otto du Plessis Dr, Big Bay
  • More Info: Moyo

Yours Truly

Cofee, drinks and food at Yours Truly
@yourstrulycafe

This gorgeous spot has a few branches, but Kloof Street is their flagship store. This misleadingly large restaurant is spread across both the upper and lower floors, with fairy lights and greenery to make you feel tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

It is popular for pre-drinks before going out on the town. It is also a great option for a first date, as it is tastefully quaint inside. The food is excellent, so you won’t be disappointed or leave hungry. Plus, there is lots to do in the surrounding areas when you’re done with your drink or meal.

A friendly word of advice: The parking garage opposite closes at 12pm. You don’t want to get your car stuck in there on a first date. It could get awkward, fast.
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 6am - 11pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 426 2587
  • Address: 73 Kloof St, Cape Town
  • More Info: Yours Truly

Bombay Bicycle Club

Grab some grub at Bombay Bicycle Club
@devographic

“Welcome to the oldest gentlemen’s club in the world.”

The Bombay Bicycle Club in Cape Town has a wonderfully wacky bohemian theme and is situated at the top of Kloof Street. Expect the unexpected here.

There are vine swing tables, dress up items, stuffed tigers and other delightful things. This restaurant is headed up by Madame Zingara and everything about it is eclectic from the decor to the food and staff.

You are encouraged to let your hair down and enjoy this extraordinary experience. Their menu combinations sound bizarre but be adventurous! Their chilli chocolate steak is to die for.

Tip: They make the most incredible Margaritas!
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat, 4pm - 12am
  • Contact Number: 021 423 6805
  • Address: 158 Kloof St, Gardens
  • More Info: Bombay Bicycle Club

Brass Bell in Kalk Bay

Day trip to brass bell
@storm_colley

If you are free on a Wednesday night and looking for something to do, try going to the Brass Bell for karaoke. You can find it in Kalk Bay; karaoke starts at 8pm sharp.

The Brass Bell was built in 1939, situated right on the water’s edge with a tidal pool on one side. There are two restaurants, one is more formal and the casual dining bar is on ground level. The latter is where you will find the karaoke.

Whether you can sing or not, no one really cares as long as you choose a “gees-filled” and well-known song. If you do decide to grace people with your singing presence, be sure to get there early to get your name on the list — it fills up really fast! The karaoke is definitely worth the experience and one for the bucket list.

P.S. We can recommend Drops of Jupiter by Train. It’s always a hit!
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 8:30am - 11pm
  • Contact Number: 021 788 5455
  • Address: Main Rd, Cape Town
  • More Info: Brass Bell

Blonde and Beard

Amazing sandwiches and coffee to top
Simsstory

Blonde and Beard is a full restaurant and cafe located on the beachfront in Muizenberg. They serve an array of gourmet hipster dishes. The cafe has a private upstairs seating area and is often frequented by locals.

They reward early bird diners with a discounted breakfast that suits every pocket. The awesome partnering duo make guests feel welcome and well taken care of.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Wed-Mon, 8am-5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 788 1569
  • Address: 25 Beach Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
  • More Info: Blonde and Beard

Things to Do at Night

Cape Town has an incredible nightlife — sundowners, bars, pubs and clubs. Capetonians are active people and enjoy a large bar culture where you can chat with music in the background and maybe hit the dance floor a few steps away.

Where African opulence meets European chic
@mai.model

We've put together a concise listing of Cape Town nightclubs, bars, parties and things to do at night, ranging from karaoke to colourful markets, stretching all the way from Muizenberg to Long Street. Cape Town invites you to attend the best nightclubs and the hottest beach bars. You can check this guide out here:

Something Different

First Thursdays

Now for something more unique to the South African scene: First Thursdays. First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in parts of town stay open late on the first Thursday of every month.

This night is focused on experiencing art and culture and exploring the city on foot. You can view the galleries with a glass of wine in hand (some provide this for free). First Thursday’s starts at about 5pm and goes on until around 9pm but the bars, clubs and streets are always bustling late into the night.

Visit the First Thursday’s website to discover all of the galleries and attractions on offer. They have it all laid out for you with a map showing which galleries are open and where. All of the above mentioned bars are open and pumping on these special Thursdays.

Sunset at Signal Hill

Sunset on Signal Hill in Cape Town
@fluffycousin

“You should watch a sunset at least once a day.”

Signal Hill offers beautiful views over the Atlantic Seaboard and ocean. Even better, you can get there with no pain or strain as there is parking right at the viewing spot, provided there is parking available at all.

When it’s a nice day, people flock to Signal Hill to watch the sun set over the ocean. Bring a picnic basket, some drinks and say goodbye to the day.

Lion's Head full Moon Hike

Scale the mountain as stars dance above you
@jerrysam13

Lion’s Head is great as a morning or day hike, but this is even better. You can do a sunset hike or a moonlight hike. This is super popular on clear evenings at full moon as hundreds head to the Table Mountain extension to hike up with their flashlights.

Be prepared for a bit of a crowd, but Cape Town flooded with moonlight is so worth the effort.

“You don’t need a holiday. You need Cape Town.”

Hopefully, once you have visited just a handful of Cape Town’s activities, you will agree that Cape Town is one of the best cities in the world. Don’t forget to check the latest events happening near you today.

Transport & Weather

Clifton beach blue water and white sand
@diaryofalex

Weather in Cape Town

Cape Town is a coastal city and has a moderate climate all year round. The weather can change fairly quickly, so be sure to check out Accuweather or Yr.no for an accurate Cape Town weather forecast.

Let’s check out Cape Town’s seasonal weather.

Summer

Summer is a popular time for visitors and tourists to explore Cape Town, lasting from November through to February. The average daytime temperature is around 28°C (82.4F) but it can also rise to 35°C (95F). A slight breeze helps to keep things cool.

There are also days where the breeze can turn into a relentless gale force wind strong enough to send cyclists and portaloos flying. Capetonians are known for the habit of always carrying a jacket or warm top, no matter the weather!

Winter

Winter in Cape Town is even more unpredictable. Cape Town’s winter months run from May to August, bringing wind, low temperatures, and a splash of rain here and there with beautiful clear days in between.

The average winter temperature is a moderate 18.5°C (65.3F), however it’s not uncommon for a beautiful 25°C (77F) winter’s day to make its appearance from time to time.

Transport around Cape Town

Cape Town’s major attractions are in relative proximity. You will still, however, need some form of transportation and Cape Town has a variety of options.

Minibus Taxi

“Claremont, Wynberg! Claremont, Cape Town!”

These are the words, with some variation, you will hear shouted out of a minibus taxi if you walk down any length of main road in Cape Town. If you’re wondering what a minibus taxi is, read on.

South Africa’s minibus taxis are more than just vans that transport people at affordable rates. There is an entire culture surrounding these vehicles in South Africa.

Minibus taxis are the most popular form of transport for students or those with a lower income as they’re extremely cheap and easily accessible. Payments are usually taken in cash only. Be ready to enjoy some African music when you get in!

There are many tourists who take a ride in these taxis for the real “African” experience. If you want to do this, go for it, but be aware of the dangers. Don’t flash your designer watch, expensive phone, hundred dollar bills or diamond earrings! It’s not worth the risk.

MyCiTi Bus

“MyCiTi is a high-quality bus-based public transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective urban mobility with segregated right-of-way infrastructure and frequent operations.” — About MyCiTi

In other words, the MyCiTi bus system is an affordable and safe mode of public transport with designated lanes all over the city. These orange lanes are identified in the center or on the side of many roadways. To make use of this service, you need to buy a MyCiTi bus card (for a nominal fee) and load money on it at a station.

There is a tap-in, tap-out system, so you need to swipe your card when you get on and off the bus. Be sure to follow this system closely to avoid being fined.

The route planner and time tables on their website makes for a user-friendly experience.

Metrorail Trains

If you’re looking for an alternative, cost-effective method of transport, Cape Town also offers the MetroRail. Routes that go through the Southern Suburbs, Cape Flats, Malmesbury, Worcester and other areas. Another benefit of going by train is that you can avoid traffic.

The same safety guideline applies here — be aware of your surroundings and remember that it is best not to travel alone by Metrorail. First-class tickets (not as exclusive or expensive as you may think) generally have nicer seats and may be a better and safer choice.

Car Hire

If you prefer to have your own reliable and private transport, you can hire a car from any number of reputable companies such as Avis and Budget. This gives you independence and flexibility. Take note, we drive on the left side of the road in South Africa.

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