With the Argus cycle tour set to take place on the Sunday, 9th of March and registration for the event opening a few days beforehand – there’s some time to kill before you pedal off.
If you’ve travelled to Cape Town from other parts of the globe (or even other parts of SA) you’ve got the perfect opportunity to be a tourist for a day or two. Here’s our guide on touristy things to do in the Cape – we’ve got something for everyone, even the kids!
For the adventurous:
Lion’s Head hikeathon: for incomparable panoramic views overlooking the harbour, 12 Apostles mountain range, Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Camps Bay – expect a 3hour long hike to get up Lion’s Head. Worth it? Check out the pictures and decide for yourself.
Shark cage diving: get your adrenaline going with some shark cage diving off the coast of Gansbaai. Share the water with these beautiful toothy creatures, without worrying about an attack – a steel cage separates you from the sharks’ jaws. Dive gear and breakfast is provided and booking in advance is essential.
For more information, you can call the White Shark Diving Company on: +27283841418 or visit their website here: http://www.sharkcagediving.co.za/
For the culturalist:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: Growing only indigenous South African plants, the KBG sprawls over 528 hectares on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. You’ll see an amazing array of fynbos flora and be able to explore the natural forest. It’s a great place to take a photo walk, have a picnic or sample the wares at the tearoom.
For more information, click here to visit their website, or you can call them on: 021 799-8783
Visit the Castle of Good Hope: built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. From 1678 it was the hub of civilian, administrative and military life. Today it’s the seat of the military in the Cape and home to the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museum, where you can view the biggest collection of swords in the country. Click here for more information.
A hop-on, hop-off tour of the city: There’s no better way to sight-see than from the open top of a double-decker red bus. This bus stops at a variety of attractions around the city, and once you’re done exploring, you can hop back on another bus and hit the next tourist spot. There are also night tours and trips around the Peninsula, as well.
For the kids:
Visit The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront: Here you’ll be able to glimpse over 3000 living animals, including fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, predators and sea-birds in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. Plan your visit around the daily 3:30pm feed in the I&J Predator Exhibit!
Muizenberg Toy Museum: a massive unique collection of toys dating from the 1890’s, you can see early steam trains, pedal cars, rocking horses, dolls, clockwork toys, dinky cars and much, much more. You can find them at no.8 Beach Road, Muizenberg, and their opening hours are from 10am – 4pm, but they are closed on Mondays. Alternatively, you can call them on: 021 788 1569.
Ratanga Junction: Take your pick of over 30 attractions. They’re classified from “super-thrill” to “family” and there’s something for everyone. Carousels and boat rides for the small children, while older children, teenagers and grownups can test their courage on the Cobra and other roller coasters. To get on the scary/thriller rides, you need to be at least 1.3m tall. Click here for more information on their website >>
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