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Cape Town is truly a city that has it all. It’s located on the water and is surrounded by towering green peaks, but still has the vibe of a bustling, yet laid-back city.

No matter where you turn, you’re surrounded by the city’s rich history and breathtaking nature, which results in an overwhelming amount of activities to offer its tourists.

If you’re only visiting Cape Town for a short while or just trying to determine what should be at the top of your CT bucket list, follow this guide!

1. Take the Ferry and Tour Robben Island

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This island is where Nelson Mendella, the most influential leader in South African history, was incarcerated for 18 years due to his fight against the apartheid.

Being one of the most famous revolutionaries not just in South Africa, but in the world, this prison tour is a huge attraction to tourists from all over.

Even if you don’t know much about this incredible leader, I guarantee you will leave the island with a deeper appreciation and knowledge for what he did for South Africa and our world as a whole.

2. Hike (or Cable Car) to Table Mountain

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Table Mountain, which was recently named one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature,” was one of the most gorgeous hikes I’ve ever done and the view at the end is out of this world!

On one side your faced with the rugged, lush mountain and on the other is an indescribably vast view of the city and ocean. It was definitely tough- 2 hours up steep steps and a bit frightening when the wind started blowing (I’m already clumsy as is lol)- but it made the whole experience and making it to the top that much more rewarding!

If hiking isn’t your thing though, take the cable car up and down, which runs from sunrise to sundown!

3. Explore the V&A Waterfront/Wharf

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This place has tons of great food, shopping, and activities to offer and the whole layout of the harbor and the architecture is super charming with its European, colonial feel.

Some highlights to hit up are the Cape Wheel, the food stands in the V&A Market on the Wharf, and seal-watching in the bay.

4. Spend a Beach Day at Camps Bay

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Camps Bay is probably the most beautiful beach in all of Cape Town with it’s turquoise waters, rocky cliffs, and white sand coast that’s lined with numerous beach cafes, bars and shops. Plus, the view of the 12 Apostles, A.K.A that beautiful mountain range surrounding the beach, is unbeatable.

To locals, this beach is known as the “Miami Beach” of Cape Town and the view above shows you why!

5. Watch Penguins in their Natural Habitat on Boulders Beach

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If you’re a huge animal/nature lover like I am, you will LOVE this spot!!

Boulders Beach is an hour drive outside of the city of Cape Town, but it’s so worth it to witness the penguins swimming, sunbathing, and frolicking in their natural habitat.

African Penguins are one of the few penguin species that live and thrive in warm, beachy climates, so don’t miss this place when you come to Cape Town!

Thanks for reading! Please share below any other favorite Cape Town activities to add to the list! 🙂 

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