The Mother City of Africa is sheltered by the magnificent Table Mountain. It’s everywhere! So is the imposing ocean that cradles the city on the other side. This lethal combination of nature is what makes the city so beautiful and alluring to visit. If you have 3 days in Cape Town, read on to find out our recommended things to do for your stopover.
The bus network is called “My City Bus” and is widespread in the city and with the introduction of Uber, taxi rides are plentiful. The best time to visit the city is between November to March as rainfall is minimum. The peak season starts in January, which is still a very hot season.
If you are concerned about safety, just be careful and aware of your surroundings. Do not keep flashing your valuables and avoid walking on empty streets, especially at night, suggests travel blogger and web developer, Monica.
3 Days in Cape Town Itinerary
Day 1 in Cape Town: Do the best things in the city
Best things to do in Cape Town
There is a multitude of activities for tourists visiting Cape Town. If you want to go sightseeing, plan your trip in the winter months. From hiking, surfing, diving to just lazing on the beach, Cape Town is brimming with options. The Green Point/V&A Waterfront has a festive feel to it and you can safely take a stroll in the promenade.
So, if you are touring with family do stay in this area, suggests our travel bloggers Alya and Campbell of the Stingy Nomads fame. The Sea Point has numerous parks like the Blue Train Park, Green Park Labyrinth and other places of tourist interest namely the Oceanarium.
The City Bowl area is for the party lovers and the beauty of Camps Bay is spell-bounding. The beautiful white beaches, luxury restaurants, some great surfing spots make it a haven for fanciful traveling. Just drive around the Cape Peninsula along the Chapman’s Peak Drive to get a spectacular view of the beaches, mountains, and the bustling yet cozy town. And for a shopping spree, Kloof Street is home to some trendy stuff that is value for money.
Day 2 in Cape Town: See the best sights in the city
Places to see in Cape Town
The Majestic Table Mountain cannot be ignored if you are in Cape Town. You can go hiking on the mountain or select a cable car ride. The Lion’s Head is another iconic mountain which you should visit, recommends our travel expert Elle Croft. Bo Kaap is a delightfully colorful neighborhood in Cape Town and the Constantia countryside is the best place to taste fine wine.
Some other places to visit are the Boulder’s beach, housing the largest penguin colony in Africa, and the Cape Point National Park, the home to the Cape of Good Hope. Make sure you do not miss the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the District 6 Museum in Downtown Cape Town area. Also, if you are fond of wildlife, visiting the game reserves around Cape Town is a good idea.
Day 3 in Cape Town: Join the tours
Best Tours to take in Cape Town
If you would like to take the Township tour, Monica suggests doing a tour of the Langa Township with Siviwe tours. Enroll yourself with the good tours available for sightseeing and hiking the Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Platteklip Gorge Hike tops the list for a morning hike to the top of the Table Mountain.
A tour around the Cape Peninsula is not-to-be-missed. As Monica says, you can choose between the different tours, some that cover the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Nature Reserve, and others that cover numerous sightseeing areas like Kirstenbosch Gardens, Signal Hill, Camp’s Bay, and Boulder’s Beach.
There are also combo tours available that cover the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands. In all the tours of the Cape Peninsula, there is one thing in common, yes… penguins!
Wine tasting in South Africa is comparatively cheaper. Tours like the Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour from Cape Town are undoubtedly rated as one of the finest experiences in the Cape Winelands region. Tours covering the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that go all the way up to the Table Mountain following Skeleton Gorge should also be on your wish list.
Other tips for your 2 days in Cape Town
Check out these tips for good restaurants and best places to stay in the city.
Best Places to stay in Cape Town
Stay in the city, rather than in the suburbs as it will save your commuting time and give you a better feel of the city, suggest the Stingynomads.
The City Bowl is for backpackers, solo, and business travelers. If you are on a budget, consider staying at the Long Street Backpackers or the 91 Loop Boutique Hotel. The Innscape On Castle is a good option in the mid-range and the Cape Town Lodge Hotel or the Taj Cape Town are the more upscale hotels in this region.
The V&A Waterfront is a safer option to stay for families and old travelers. Some budget hotels include the Awesome Backpackers and the Never@home Cape Town. The Wilton Lodge and the Fairmile On Main are the mid-pricing lodging options. And if you want to splurge in style, opt for the commodore Hotel or the Valentine apartment.
Are you on your honeymoon? Looking for a fanciful stay? Look for upscale hotels in the camps Bay area some options namely Primi Seacastle and the Modoco. The Lemon Tree Cottage and the Camps Bay apartment are some of the less expensive stays.
Places to Eat in Cape Town
Food is easily one of the highlights of visiting Cape Town. When booking a trip to Cape Town, do book a lunch reservation at the Test Kitchen, as Elle recommends. This restaurant figures in the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world and the meal is sure to leave you satiated.
Café Caprice at Camps Bay, is also a great pick for a sundowner with drinks, as she puts in. stay back for dinner at Camp’s Bay at the Roundhouse for some five-star food and drinks. Truth is one of the best cafes offering the best coffee in town.
Kloof Street House at Kloof Street is renowned for its South African Cuisine like Ostrich with local wines and cocktails. You could also visit Asoka for fusion food and Yourstruly to savor different kinds of cuisines, advises our blogger Monica.
Itineraries for more than 2 days in Cape Town
Looking for help to plan out your stay in Cape Town? Our expert bloggers have penned down some schedules which you can refer to and follow.
5-days in Cape Town
This 5-day schedule of Cape Town written by Monica is one of the most elaborate posts about things to do when visiting Cape Town. Monica is American expat writing about her travel expeditions, currently living in Germany.