Take the scenic route along the False Bay coast, passing the quaint fishing village of Kalk Bay where you can buy fresh snoek straight from the boats. Stop at the naval harbour of Simonstown and visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach before continuing on to Cape Point. Don't feed the baboons!
V & A Waterfront
The shopping malls, restaurants and places of interest at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront are Cape Town's top tourist attraction.
A visit to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned is a must.
The Wine Route
Make sure you've got a designated driver who doesn't drink because after a day spent sampling fine wines near Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, their help will be very much needed.
Take the revolving cable car to the top and spend some time admiring the panoramic views. Better still, make a day of it and hike up one of the established routes, then watch the sunset before catching the cableway down.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Don't rush a visit to these beautiful gardens, famous around the world for its floral displays, proteas and rare species of plant that have been saved from extinction. Time your visit right and catch a summer sunset concert.Hout Bay
Aquila Private Game Reserve
See lions and wildlife on a 4 x 4 game drive scenic setting just 90 minutes drive from the city. You may even want to stay at the game lodge
Discover the multicultural side to Cape Town life by visiting Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Crossroads.
The West Coast
Drive to Saldanha Bay and the azure waters of Langebaan Lagoon before visiting the West Coast National Park.
Gordons Bay to Koeël Bay
Twist and turn along the scenic coastal road before taking a hike to the clear mountain waters of Crystal Pools.
Choose any of the four white sand beaches, famous for bronzed bodies and bikini-clad girls. This is where the beautiful people can be found.
The beachfront road is lined by stylish restaurants and cocktail bars, this is home to the ultra cool and super chic.
A good escape from the Clifton crowds, this beach is also very popular with surfers.
Throw away your costumes at Cape Town's famous nudist beach.
An endless expanse of white sand overlooked by Chapmans Peak Drive. If it's not windy, this is probably the best beach in Cape Town.
Relax in this sheltered cove and visit the African penguin colony.
Sail on a hobie cat along the scenic False Bay coast.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the warm water of this family beach. There's also plenty of entertainment for the kids.
A breezy paradise perfect for windsurfers and kiteboarders. Visit Eden on the Bay - the only shopping and restaurant complex right on the beach. Blouberg boasts the best views of Cape Town and Table Mountain.
For the ultimate in seclusion, try this small rocky strip. Or visit Bakoven's Beta Beach.
Castle of Good Hope
Built in 1666, the Castle is the oldest occupied building in South Africa and gives a glimpse into the Cape's colonial past. It houses the Military Museum and the William Fehr Collection of furniture and paintings. Phone: 787-1249.
Gold of Africa Museum
Learn about the history of gold in southern Africa. It also contains an exhibition of West African gold artefacts. Phone: 405-1540.
Situated in historic and colourful Bo-Kaap, this museum displays aspects of Muslim cultural heritage. Bo-Kaap became home to many Muslims after the abolition of slavery. Phone: 481-3939.
South African Museum
Don't miss the whale well or the fine collection of San rock paintings in southern Africa's oldest museum. Phone: 481-3800.
Groote Schuur Hospital Transplant Museum
As a tribute to the historic event that occurred on 3 December 1967, this museum has been created on the site of the theatre where Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first heart transplant. Phone: 404-5232.
District Six Museum
This is an essential stop for tourists as it poignantly tells the history of apartheid and the devastating effect it had on the 66 000 people who lived here. They were forcibly removed to outlying areas and their homes destroyed. Phone: 461-8745.
Footsteps to Freedom
A guided walk through the historical streets of Cape Town that includes visits to the Groote Kerk building, Greenmarket Square, Grand Parade and the Company Gardens. Phone: 426-4260.
Cape Town Holocaust Centre
The only Holocaust Centre in Africa, this must-see museum is a place of remembrance for the six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazi's. Phone: 462-5553.
South African Jewish Museum
With the aid of touch screens and interactive computers, the visitor explores the world of Jewish pioneers and learns about those who have made their mark on the modern world. Phone: 465-1546.
Visitors are introduced to astronomy and the wonders of the universe through a series of inspiring shows suitable for both children and adults. Phone: 481-3900.
Start your climb at the top of Camps Bay and hike through the Valley of Red Gods to the top of Table Mountain.
Park your vehicle at Silvermine Reserve and walk the circular route with spectacular views of the whole peninsula. Don't miss out on Elephants Eye Cave.
If the road is open, park at the top and hike to the upper peak for unbeatable views of Hout Bay and Noordhoek Beach.
Starting at Constantia Nek Restaurant, the path winds up the back of Constantiaberg and curls around the mountain to finish in Hout Bay.
Kalk Bay Caves
This trail starts in the fishing village of Kalk Bay and ascends through fields of fynbos, passing several caves well worth exploring.
Start your walk at Suikerbossie Restaurant above Hout Bay and climb up Myburgh's Waterfall (often dry) before the steep ascent to the top of the last Apostle. The route down through Llandudno Ravine is fairly tricky.
This beautiful hike winds through the valley between Devils Peak and Table Mountain before descending into an enchanted forest in Newlands ravine. The circular path takes you back to your car parked on the lower cableway road.
Park your car at Kirstenbosch and hike up Table Mountain to Maclears Beacon, the highest point of the city.
Climb Captains Peak and look down on the splendour of Hout Bay harbour. The route continues through a magical valley before reaching Suther Peak with views all the way along the Atlantic seaboard.
This is one of the easiest and most enjoyable hikes in Cape Town. It offers 360° views of the city as the route does a full circle around the mountain before a series of chain ladders to the top. Try it in the evening under a full moon.
Copyright © 2004 Jeremy Jowell.