Cape Town

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Cape Town

African Riviera

Head to the Atlantic Seaboard for some sun - in style. Clean white sand and fashionable bikini-clad loungers bask on Clifton's Beaches (Nos.1 and 2 are preferred by the young and beautiful). Walking distance away lies Camps Bay with its South Beach vibe and strip of trendy bars and restaurants.

10-minute drive from city center,
Tags: beach | family | things to do | outdoors

Civair Helicopter Flights

Soak up spectacular aerial views of the peninsula on a 20-minute helicopter trip from the V&A Waterfront over Clifton and Camps Bay.

V&A Waterfront, Quay 5; Shop 008b, 011-27-21-418-5336,
Tags: smart splurge | views | things to do

Company's Gardens

Open-air concerts are frequently held here under the tall palms, but strolling through the lush botanical garden on any day provides a fantastic reprieve from the oft-stuffy city streets.

south of City Bowl,
Tags: family | things to do | park

District Six Museum

Trace the history of the 60,000 Cape Muslims who were tragically displaced when their nearby neighborhood was bulldozed in '66 during some of the harshest apartheid days.

25A Buitenkant St., 011-27-21-466-7200,
Tags: things to do | culture | history

Gary's Surf School

Learn to ride kahuna-worthy waves on the colorful, hut-dotted shores of Beach Road, Muizenburg (a beachside suburb of Cape Town).

34 Beach Rd., 011-27-21-788-9839,
Tags: sports and adventure | water sports | things to do | outdoors

Robben Island

Head to the pokey where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years. Tour guides, many of them former inmates themselves, will lead you around the jail and island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

25-minute catamaran ride from Jetty 1 on the V & A Waterfront, 011-27-21-419-1300,
Tags: family | things to do | history | tour

Shark Diving

Jaws addicts can see the real thing from a boat (South Africa is the only place in the world where great whites breach the water) or, for the more daring, from an underwater cage.

Shark Watch South Africa, Kleinbaai; Marine Dynamics, 011- 27-28-384-1005,
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | adventure

Table Mountain Cableway

Ride a cable-car up to the Table's summit for the best views of the city, coast, and surrounding vineyards. For the best visibility, ascend before 9am (skip the trek if the mountain top is cloaked in clouds).

Tafelberg Rd., 011-27-21-424-8181,
Tags: views | things to do | outdoors

Township Tour

Cross the great economic divide and see how the other half lives in the cluster of underbelly communities, including Langa, the oldest township in South Africa. Led by a neighborhood resident, tours allow a glimpse of the local industry and shebeens (local dive bars).

One City Tours, 011-27-21-387-5351
Tags: things to do | history | tour

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