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3 days in Cape Town Central

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3 days in Cape Town Central
Cape Town's climate and spectacular scenery make it so inviting, that 3 days seem scarecely enough. Here are some Cape Town highlights that you'll not want to miss, but be warned -- you might just wish to stay longer! Note that the second and third day require driving or transportation outside the city, so plan accordingly.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa's most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, the V&A offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging tourism and leisure, retail shopping and exclusive entertainment. Its prime positioning boasts panoramic views of the ocean... More

The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa's most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, the V&A offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging tourism and leisure, retail shopping and exclusive entertainment. Its prime positioning boasts panoramic views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. The amphitheatre stage hosts a range of free summer entertainment for the whole family, while there are 80 eateries to choose from. Be sure to visit the activities available which include the Cape Wheel, Two Oceans Aquarium and the Springbok Experience rugby museum. With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Robben Island
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Robben Island

If interested in prisons this is a "must do" trip when in Cape Town, however the sea can have heavy swells and the 30 - 40 minute ride might be... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Cape Town Mountain’s cable cars are a popular way to see some panoramic views.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

Cape Town is one of the world's best  cities and Table Mountain helps put it there and must visit even if you go by cable car. There are many routes... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. The 528 hectares estate includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve. The developed garden displays collections of southern African plants including many rare and endangered species. There are also visitor facilities in the... More

Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. The 528 hectares estate includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve. The developed garden displays collections of southern African plants including many rare and endangered species. There are also visitor facilities in the garden including restaurants, a nursery, a gift shop, a bookshop and a permanent Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibition. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Groot Constantia
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Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest wine producing estate, (est: 1685). Situated 20 minutes from Cape Town central and one of the Big 6 tourist destinations, Groot Constantia is a must visit. With two fine restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon's (contact details on website), wine tastings, chocolate and wine pairing, cellar tours and a museum that reminds one of a bygone era, this... More

Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest wine producing estate, (est: 1685). Situated 20 minutes from Cape Town central and one of the Big 6 tourist destinations, Groot Constantia is a must visit. With two fine restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon's (contact details on website), wine tastings, chocolate and wine pairing, cellar tours and a museum that reminds one of a bygone era, this beautiful historic winery is a popular attraction. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch

Hiking trails and art galleries abound in Stellenbosch, but it's wine that takes center stage. More than 100 wine cellars, most open to the public, surround the oak-lined South African town, and tasting tours operate daily. Winter brings a four-day festival celebrating the local vintages. The historic town center houses the trading-post style shop Oom Samie se Winkel, the Neo-Gothic... More

Hiking trails and art galleries abound in Stellenbosch, but it's wine that takes center stage. More than 100 wine cellars, most open to the public, surround the oak-lined South African town, and tasting tours operate daily. Winter brings a four-day festival celebrating the local vintages. The historic town center houses the trading-post style shop Oom Samie se Winkel, the Neo-Gothic Moederkerk church, and museums dedicated to toys, military memorabilia, autos and early life on the Cape. Less

Day 3
Muizenberg
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Muizenberg

Though the beach is still popular, the elegant splendor that once graced this seaside resort community barely shows through the paved-over streets, fast-food eateries and shopping centers.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near Simon's Town. Here exists a protected colony of African penguins which can be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Hout Bay
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Hout Bay

Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles is a range of mountain peaks that runs along the Cape Peninsula south of Cape Town. They form the backdrop of a scenic drive along the coast.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Greenmarket Square
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Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square is one of Cape town's oldest markets, full of crafts, jewelry, clothing and curios at a great value.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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