Surrounded by three oceans and cuddled by the landmark Table Mountain, Cape Town is the epitome of scenic beauty. The ‘Mother City’ is famous for its picturesque beauty and the excellent food scene. No wonder why travelers during their South Africa tour always choose to travel to Cape Town first.
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Explore the best of Cape Town in 5 days with the following itinerary guide.
Cape Town itinerary: Day 1
Once you arrive at the ‘Mother City’, start your exploration with V&A Waterfront, the oldest working harbor and shopping locale with many shops and restaurants. The architecture of the harbor is quite fascinating and popular with both tourists and locals. This converted warehouse is now the home of more than 150 vendors. Enjoy your day shopping and relish the view of Table Mountain from the Waterfront restaurant balcony by sipping a drink.
A visit to Robben Island
From V&A Waterfront, you’ll find the ferries that will take you to Robben Island. It’s a must-visit place if you are in Cape Town. Robben Island is the home to the prison where Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, spent 18 of his 27 years of political imprisonment. The place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, which represents the triumph of South Africans over apartheid.
Colourful neighbourhood Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town’s most colorful neighbourhood, is quite known to be Instagram-friendly. This small downtown, commonly known as Cape Malay Quarter, is famous for its colourful houses, multicultural makeup, and delicious ethnic food. Enjoy your dinner at a traditional Cape Malay restaurant after visiting Robben Island, and you will never regret it.
Cape Town itinerary: Day 2
Have you wondered why the mountain is named Table Mountain? A cloud layer is referred to as the table cloth, which covers the mountain, but unfortunately, the symbol isn’t always visible. If you hit on a clear day, don’t miss the chance to take a cable car ride to the top. Relish the scenic beauty of Cape Town —Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak, the town itself, and the Atlantic Ocean.
De Waterkant will be an excellent place to spend the evening after exploring Table mountain. This trendy neighbourhood, which mostly resembles NYC’s Greenwich Village, is perfect for strolling, window-shopping, and top-class dinner.
You can also visit the coolest neighbourhood in Cape Town. Once an old and rundown industrial area, the place recently flourished as a home to art galleries, breweries, and hip restaurants.
Cape Town itinerary: Day 3
Gansbaai, a little coastal town in Western Cape, is famous for being closer to Dyer Island, where great white sharks are found. But the town should be visited for its mesmerizing beauty. Spend the morning walking around the town, discovering the raw beauty of Cape Town.
Shark cage diving and Dune biking
The pivotal attraction of Gansbaai is, of course, the great white shark diving trips. The point to be noted, the shark cage diving is entirely weather-dependent. There are many companies to offer you trips with marine conservation facilities. But, if you are not into shark cage diving, you can opt for adventurous dune biking.
The southernmost point of South Africa
Spend your afternoon in the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, about an hour and a half trip from Gansbaai. Visit the lighthouse and the point where the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet.
Cape Town itinerary: Day 4
Meet the penguins
While you are in Cape Town, you might not want to miss the chance of meeting African Penguins. You must have heard the name of Boulders Beach, a picturesque beach colony of over 3000 endangered African Penguins. You can see them from a raised boardwalk, and if you are lucky enough, you can swim with them as well.
Cape of Good Hope
People often mistake it for the southernmost point of South Africa. Though it’s not, Cape of Good Hope is a pretty cool place to visit. It’s a nature reserve, a larger part of the Table Mountain National Park, where many wild animals can be seen. But the most popular thing to do here is hiking to the lighthouse of Cape Point.
Cape Town itinerary: Day 5
Sip wine at Stellenbosch
South Africa is known for its wine, and you must experience the sip of the finest wine when you have the opportunity. Head towards Stellenbosch, the best and prettiest wine region in South Africa, roughly an hour trip from Cape Town. Visit Waterford estate in Stellenbosch, which offers extraordinary ‘wine safari,’ including a ride out into the vineyards in a safari vehicle and wine tastings on a raised wooden platform out in the middle of the vines—unique experience of a lifetime.
Green Market square
Enjoy your last Cape Town evening in GreenMarket Square, a perfect place to find local handicrafts and souvenirs. Take the sweetest memories of Cape Town with you on the best deal.