Your Ultimate Cape Town Bucket List: Top 10 Can’t-Miss Experiences

It’s no secret that the beauty of South Africa’s Mother City holds a special place in our hearts here at Go Touch Down Travel and Tours. With World Tourism Day close at hand, we’re shining a spotlight on this sensational destination, bringing you your top 10, can’t-miss Cape Town experiences.

Head out of the city

Be it an obligatory whirl through the fabulous wine route, becoming a beach bum on our stunning beaches, exploring the beauty of the Garden Route from a steam train, or touring  the prison on Robben island that once housed Nelson Mandela, there’s more to this province than just the city.

Soak in the art

The Zeitz-MOCAA museum offers the world’s largest collection of African contemporary art,  and the building is a work of art as well. Located in the V&A’s Silo district, this is a must-see for art lovers. You can also take a street art tour through the trendy Woodstock suburb. First Thursdays  mark a City of Cape Town initiative whereby galleries, restaurants and shops stay open extra late, allowing you to enjoy even more of Cape Town’s exceptional creativity.

Take to the skies

See the iconic peak of Table Mountain from a totally different perspective – the eagle eye of a helicopter or microlight. There’s a plethora of exceptional vistas to take in from this breathtaking vantage point.

Eat it up!

Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures,  and that inevitably means great food. Learn more about the savory Indian-influenced cuisine of the Cape Malay culture – you can even take a cooking course – or sample the ‘Gatsby’, a take on the South African Bunny Chow (stuffed loaf) that can be packed with chips, steak, atchar, and more.

See the city

Get a quick overview of Cape Town’s  many historical, cultural and significant spots on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour.

Go military

Explore the nearby town of Simon’s Town, home of South Africa’s largest naval base. You can even jump on an authentic submarine to have a look around. Be sure to snap a selfie with the penguins on Boulders Beach.

Head to the gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens attracts international acclaim for a reason…  it showcases a stunning range of local flora and fauna, all within easy reach of the city limits. There’s also the Boomslang – a treetop walkway – for you to enjoy.

Get into the adventure

Cape Town is not only a destination for culture buffs. It also offers a myriad of heart-pounding such as paragliding, abseiling, shark cage diving… the list goes on and on.

Shop ‘til you drop

Shopping opportunities abound, from high-end boutiques to quaint antiques. Sample artisanal food and drink at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, head to the ever-popular V&A, or just explore the backstreets for that fabulous deal.

Party all night

If club culture is your flavour, be sure to head to Long Street. Packed with clubs, pubs, bars and everything else, it’s the heart of the city’s copious nightlife, and the perfect place to party until dawn.