Cape Town has an extremely rich history and culture to explore whilst you’re on holiday here. Whether you want to relax on the glorious sandy beaches or you want to soak up the culture and history, there’ll be a number of attractions and activities to take part in.
All of our stunning Cape Town beach villas are the perfect base for you to explore and enjoy this unique city, seek out new adventures and discover the beauty of Cape Town.
There are so many different things to do in Cape Town on holiday, but these are some of the most popular holiday attractions our beautiful city has to offer.
A natural World Heritage Site and a Natural New 7 Wonder of the World, Table Mountain is a haven of majestic mountains that plunge into the crystal blue sea, fringed with the bleached white sands of the Cape Peninsula.
Stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south, this magnificent mountain chain is home to the world’s smallest yet most diverse floral kingdom, The Cape Floristic Region, making it the perfect adventure for nature enthusiasts! With a number of hiking routes for different ability levels and beautiful forest paths, enjoy the pristine picnic and day-visit spots.
Robben Island, or in Afrikaans, Robbeneiland is an island in Table Bay, just off the west coast of Cape Town. Dutch for Seal Island, this flat and oval shaped island is only a few metres above sea level.
Nobel Laureate and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was famously imprisoned here for 18 years of his 27 year sentence before the fall of apartheid. Ex-president Kgalema Motlanthe was also imprisoned here for 10 years as a political prisoner, as well as current president Jacob Zuma.
Robben Island is an essential stop for anyone interested in South Africa’s rich history and culture, offering a wealth of knowledge and education.
Also known as Lion’s Rump, Signal Hill is a landmark flat-topped hill, next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. Its critically endangered eco-system occurs nowhere else in the world, and together with Lion’s Head, makes the shape of a sphinx. It provides a lovely hiking for intrepid explorers and nature-lovers alike.
Just a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium, and situated in the heart of Cape Town’s harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers an extensive collection of retail stores and entertainment. With a food court with over 80 different options, you’ll be spoilt for choice with an abundance of international cuisine.
The vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere blends seamlessly with the glorious mountain views, fresh sea breeze and ocean vistas. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Mall is the place to go for some well-earned retail therapy.
Ratanga Junction Theme Park is the perfect family day out, with 23 rides for the entire family to enjoy and more than 30 attractions. From kids’ and family-friendly rides to thrill rides for adrenaline junkies, there’s plenty of entertainment for everyone.
The theme park is only open at certain times of the year, so if you’re a fan of theme parks, make sure to check whether Ratanga Junction will be open during your South African beach holiday.
Shark cage diving
Cape Town is one of the best places to get up and close with the world’s most ferocious predator, the great white shark. There are numerous shark diving operators throughout Cape Town, providing the perfect activity for people looking for serious thrills. This once in a lifetime experience cannot be missed.
The Winelands area of South Africa, including Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek, is just situated outside Cape Town. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or an enthusiastic foodie, there are regular day tours around the Winelands for you to enjoy. Get pleasure from the luxury of exploring South Africa’s world famous vineyards and finding a few of your favourite bottles.
Cape Point is a nature reserve situated in Table Mountain National Park, and a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature lover’s paradise with over 250 species of birds, and an abundance of buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra.
Seeing African penguins on Boulders Bay should be an essential part of your holiday. Also known as the ‘Jackass Penguin’ for its donkey-like bray, Boulders Beach’s wind-sheltered and safe environment helps the penguins to thrive.
A steam train day trip run by Atlantic Rail is a completely different way to enjoy the landscape, whether you’re with friends, family or on your own. Relax as you look out over the South African landscape from a wooden-bodied vintage coach dating as far back as 1922. There’s even a lounge car with full bar service, just remember to bring your money!
An open-air, double-decker bus is the perfect way to see Cape Town in the long, hot summer days and balmy evenings. From September to May, there’s a scenic night time tour of the city, so you can really make the most of the fair weather we enjoy in South Africa.
Aquila has it all: Adventure, wildlife education and luxury accommodation. With a great emphasis on education, you can experience meeting captive bed cheetahs in a safe environment. Aquila is passionate about ensuring cheetah survival throughout the world.