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Highlights of Cape Town

This full-day excursion explores Cape Town's singular natural beauty, its apartheid past, and its vibrant present
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 12.2 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  From the iconic Table Mountain (recently selected as one of the official seven "New World Natural Wonders"), to the historic Victoria ... more »

Tips:  The biggest concern about Cape Town is safety, and while the dangers of the city have been largely overplayed in the media, it is... more »

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Points of Interest

If you don't have access to a car, the best way to get to the cable car station at the base of the mountain is via taxi. From the city center rides average anywhere from R100 to R150. Just be sure to confirm the price with your driver beforehand or arrange a drive via your hotel. Some hotels offer shuttles to popular destinations. Another way to... More

From Table Mountain, take a taxi, or the Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus, to 25 Buitenkant Street, located in the city's downtown.

After experiencing one of Cape Town's best points of pride, now we explore one of its darkest moments in history at the District Six Museum.

This museum documents the tragic expulsion of non-whites from the District... More

Head north-east (right) on Buitenkant Street for about 180 meters. Turn left onto Longmarket street. Walk for about 700 meters until you come to Long street.

Located in the City Bowl (another name for Cape Town's central district), this street is one of the city's most bustling and interesting, and is especially popular with backpackers and... More

Though you could spend hours strolling along Long street, once you've enjoyed lunch and a bit of shopping, head back east down Long street. Walk one street past Longmarket street to Shortmarket and turn right, walking for about two minutes to get to Greenmarket Square.

Greenmarket Square is one of the city's oldest open-air markets and is a... More

After all the walking, the best way to get to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (known more popularly as the V&A) is to catch a taxi cab, which will cost you about 50 to 90 Rand. Or take the City Sightseeing Bus, which has a couple of stops at the V&A.

After Table Mountain, this is Cape Town's most iconic image--and it's easy to see... More