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Sightseeing and landmarks in Cape Town

Art museums

Art Museum
“Multi-award winning African Art Gallery, created from a multi-story abandoned Silo. An architectural showpiece, that hosts many of best artists in Africa. It is located near the V&A Waterfront in the Silo District.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Not to be missed ! 10-15min walk Cultural experience bot to be missed ! ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An incredible German/ South African expressionist artist that left a great mark on the the art history of South Africa. Bring the kids along to see these exquisite paintings and installations in the late artists home and studio. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“Very interesting museum on the District 6, completely destroid during Apartheid times. Do the guided tour with a testimony (check the time online) - closes early.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa.”
  • 101 locals recommend
History Museum
“A walk along the colourful houses of the Bo Kaap is well worthwhile to experience an important part of the city's history. For more information visit the museum there too. Pop into Atlas Spices for Cape Malay spice and Rose Café for a traditional samoosa or koeksister (if they haven't sold out of them!)”
  • 68 locals recommend
History Museum
“Visiting this museum will give you essential history of Cape Town. You're advised that it will be rather sensitve for children, but hopefully you are raising your children to be aware of their need to be part and parcel of transformative justice, and responsible global citizens.”
  • 56 locals recommend
History Museum
“Madiba spent 18 years imprisoned on Robben Island, which is located just under 7km from off the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town. This is a three to 5-hour excursion. Website: www.robben-island.org.za ”
  • 23 locals recommend
History Museum
“A really well set out gem. Get a really detailed and fascinating perspective on how Apartheid tore apart the lives of locals in the little village of Simonstown - a microcosm of the devastation that marred the greater social and national matrix of our land and scarred our past heritage. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a wonderful museum with great exhibits and shows the history of the navy and seafarers in Simon's Town. It's a must visit for tourists.”
  • 16 locals recommend
History Museum
“Many museums, entertainment V&A Waterfront with almost everything one can think of”
  • 8 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Cable Car
“You daren't leave Cape Town without going up Table Mountain!!! Take the cable car to the mountain top with cabins holding up to 65 people & rotating floors for 360° views. One of the 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD ”
  • 337 locals recommend
Mountain
“Hike up Lions Head for some of the best views on offer. It is not a super tough hike but there are some areas where you need to climb up ladders. Be safe and no not rush!”
  • 335 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“65 km away from Stonehill, Cape Point is a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, which is a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent in the Republic of South Africa. Table ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“A place where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Braai facilities, a beautiful restaurant, flora and fauna and beaches as far as the eye can see...”
  • 81 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“If table mountain is closed due to bad weather conditions, visit signal hill for panoramic views over the city.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Signal Hill, or Lion's Rump, is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion's Head and Table Mountain. The hill was also known as "The Lion's Flank", a term now obsolete. Together with Lion's Head, Signal Hill looks like a lion sphinx. Great for sunset picnics or just a view point with the car or hiking. ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“It is situated at the most South Westerly point of Africa. 7000 hectares of nature reserve. It has almost 2000 species of "Fynbos" a unique floral kingdom.From the old lighthouse you will have spectacular views of the whole Cape Peninsula. Sea currents meet there namely the Agulhas - & the Benguela current. It also has a very good trstaurant overlooking False bay.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“After a short explanation, you and your pilot will take off from a mountain slope of Signal Hill under a canopy that resembles a parachute. Once inflated overhead, you will take just a few steps or a short run to take off from the gentle slope, the wind will catch the canopy and you will be airborne. In the air, complete control over direction and speed gives your pilot the freedom to soar ridges, rise on warm currents of air and cover distance. Great safety record so it's extremely safe and all pilots are highly trained. ”
  • 26 locals recommend

Historic sites

Historic Site
“The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Take a short drive to the top of Rhodes drive or walk if you are feeling up to it - beautiful views ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Plaza
“Their sushi is top-notch and there's oodles of character in this little place. If you're after a small healthy lunch-time bite to tie you over for your big dinner plans, have the 4 piece sushi at +/- R55. If you need a little bit more, there is ofcourse 8 piece offers as well as the trending poke bowls. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Historic Site
“The Clock Tower is a truly interesting section of the Waterfront, taking its name from the central clock tower found in this part of the harbour. You access the Clock Tower either by crossing a pedestrian bridge over the water, or by taking the road that leads to the Cape Grace instead of the main Waterfront turn-off. There is a small shopping centre, a scattering of restaurants and some postcard perfect views to enjoy here. Don't forget your camera - you will want to get a shot of the iconic red clock tower!”
  • 1 local recommends
Historic Site
Event Space
Historic Site
“A different side of the waterfront, you will find nice restaurants, museums and exhibits here as well. ”
  • 1 local recommends
City Hall
“This monumental location is best known as the spot where revolutionary icon and former president Nelson Mandela gave his first public speech after being released from a 27 –year- long prison sentence.”
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Library
“If good food and great wine is your think, look no further than Stellenbosch. I do recommend booking a guided winelands tours as there is plenty to see and even more wine to taste.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Library
“Are you looking for literature and books on South Africa history, culture, and tradition? The Sea Point Public Library is within 10 minutes walking distance from the Studio.”
  • 1 local recommends
College Library
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“Small, friendly local public library. A good spot to do some quiet reading, and a children's library is available downstairs if you have friends with children visiting.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“The rich cultural diversity and the origins of our land can be unearthed and fully understood by looking into the past. The best way to start is by visiting the SA Museum”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Three small theatres on this UCT arts campas: The little theatre, the intimate theatre and the arena theatre ”
  • 2 locals recommend