One Day in Cape Town Itinerary – Top things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

one-day-in-cape-town-south-africa-itineraryCape Town is located on the southwest coast of South Africa, it is known for its iconic Table Mountain which sits over the city. Cape Town has a variety of activities to offer from beautiful beaches, mountains, stunning gardens and it popular harbor. These attractions along with its Mediterranean climate make it one of the most popular cities to visit in South Africa and Africa in general.


Guest post by Stacey Gilkes


What’s the best time to visit Cape Town?

Since Cape Town is in the Southern hemisphere, its summer months are from October to April. This is when it will be nice, warm and dry, ideal for a Cape Town trip. The peak time for tourists tends to be around December time so if you book your trip in the later months such as March to May you are more likely to avoid the crowds.

Best Time To Visit Cape Town
Camps Bay, Author: David Stanley, Photo source: Flickr


What’s good to know about Cape Town?

Cape Town is famous for its harbor along and well known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. The iconic Table Mountain flat-topped summit reaches just over 1000m in height, with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s head on either side forming the “City Bowl”. To the south is a mountainous spine jutting into the Atlantic which forms Cape Point, which has been said is where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet. This point varies between the south and southwestern Cape coast.

Nobel Square on the V&A waterfront features the four South African Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, F.W. de Klerk. Three former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become Presidents of South Africa the most recent being Jacob Zuma who succeeded Nelson Mandela and Kgalema Motlanthe.

View of Cape Town from Robben Island
View of Cape Town from Robben Island, Author: Stacey Gilkes


One Day in Cape Town Itinerary:

Top things to do in Cape Town, South Africa


A Quick History Lesson

The first thing you should check out is Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he was behind bars, along with other political prisoners. Book the 9am tour and get out there nice and early. Learn and understand a bit of the South African history, and see how these prisoners lived on the island.

Prisons on Robben Island
Learning about the history of Robben Island, Author: Stacey Gilkes


Lunch on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The tour will take about 4 hours so by the time you get back you will be hungry. Grab a quick lunch on the V&A Waterfront at Willoughby & Co or Den Anker, make sure you try some fish and chips! There are lots of options along the waterfront if seafood is not your thing. Take a quick walk along the waterfront after lunch and continue exploring. Then from here it’s time to grab a cab.

Cape Town Waterfront
Looking back towards Cape Town’s waterfront, Author: Stacey Gilkes


Bird’s Eye View of Cape Town

It’s about a 30 minute drive to Table Mountain from the V&A waterfront. Grab your tickets for the cable car, and wait in line for an awesome 5 minute ride up the mountain. Grab any spot near a window on the cable car, the whole thing rotates the entire way up the mountain so you get 360 degree views. Go outside and take in the aerial views of the stunning Cape Town. After lots of photos and selfies you can choose from three different hikes at the top of Table Mountain to take in the flora and wildlife around there area. You can also grab a guided walk around Table Mountain where you can learn a bit more about the mountain and the Cableway. If hiking is not quite your thing then grab some drinks at the restaurant and relax.

Table Mountain View Cape Town
Looking out over Cape Town, with the stadium and Robben Island in the distance, Author: Stacey Gilkes


Sample South African Wines

You cannot visit South Africa without tasting some wines, so go down to Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar for dinner. They have loads of different wines available by the glass. If wine isn’t your thing then head to Ferryman’s Tavern where you can find plenty of beers to choose from and live entertainment.


Some extra tips for visiting Cape Town?

Be aware of your surroundings, the areas above are quite safe due to the amount of tourists around but you can never be too careful. Crimes are usually opportunistic, so do not leave handbags open or cell phones in your back pocket. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry so you don’t draw attention to yourself.


Top Things To do in Cape Town
Sea Point and Lion’s Head, Author: David Stanley, Photo source: Flickr


Enjoy every moment, Cape Town has such a cool vibe it’s hard not to love this city.


Guest post by Stacey Gilkes


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Stacey Gilkes
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Stacey is a personal trainer from the small island of Barbados. She studied Chemistry at the University of the West Indies. She built her own personal training business which allows her to pursue her other passion, travel. Within the last couple of years she has been to South Africa, Peru, New Zealand and Iceland with many more places on her bucket list! Follow her travels at!

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