The most unforgettable things to do in Cape Town
For a city break like no other, Cape Town offers a diverse landscape of mountains, beaches and city views that attracts adventure-loving travellers far and wide.
Thanks to its huge range of active things to do, the South African capital is as appealing to hikers and yogis as it is wine lovers and shoppers.
However you’re visiting the city, these are the most unforgettable adventures to experience in Cape Town…
See Cape Town from the sky on a heli ride
For the ultimate flying experience, hop on a helicopter to see the sparkling city from a bird’s eye view. A helicopter tour will take you to see majestic Table Mountain from all sides, allow you to soar over the stunning Atlantic coastline and point out incredible landmarks like the Twelve Apostles and Signal Hill.
Good Housekeeping Holidays’ exclusive 11-day South Africa tour includes a free helicopter ride over Cape Town. Alternatively, Viator offers a range of helicopter rides around the city.
Hike Lion’s Head under the full moon
Perhaps not as famous as her sister, Table Mountain, underrated Lion’s Head offers equally spectacular views of Cape Town, especially under the cloak of night. Once a month, Capetonians and visitors alike make the hour-long trek up Lion’s Head, guided only by the light of the moon. You might miss a few hours kip but the views of Cape Town’s lights twinkling beneath you will make it all seem worthwhile.
Abseil down Table Mountain
Experience Cape Town’s most iconic attraction in a completely different way with a whole new viewpoint by abseiling down Table Mountain. Daredevils can descend the side of a 1,000m high cliff face above Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard and the deep blue ocean below – it’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing.
Cruise along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive
Set on the striking Atlantic Coast in the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular ocean drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive, locally known as Chappies, starts at the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay, before winding up to Chapman’s Point, which has incredible views of the sandy bays and ocean below, until the road winds down to laid-back Noordhoek.