Taking a cable car up to the top of the mountain to enjoy the impressive panoramic views is recommended. From here you can also see Robben Island, which once back at sea level makes a great excursion from Nelson Mandela Gateway in the V&A Waterfront. This former prison and is where Nelson Mandela spent much of his well-documented incarceration, with his former cell largely left as it was. Upon return, having been quite extensively redeveloped over the past 10 years, explore the waterfront which has evolved to become a rather lively draw for tourists with plenty of shops, restaurants and harbour.
Some of the city’s outlying regions also warrant exploration. Set within the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Peninsula is an area of rugged, mountainous beauty, with Cape Point at its southern tip. This was where soldiers once rounded Africa on their way to India and the Orient and its lighthouse and pointed tip are a spectacular and dramatic sight. Boulders Beach is also found within the cape, and is a beautifully sheltered beach comprised of inlets and – as its name suggests – granite boulders. The water temperature here can be a little warmer, and the colonies of noisy resident African penguins that waddle along the sands are a highlight.
Camps Bay is an affluent coastal suburb of the city and has a popular white sand beach fringes with palm trees, as well as trendy nightspots, making it a popular area. A collection of small coved beaches sheltered between the rugged boulders includes Glen’s Beach, which is also a good surf spot. Viewed from table mountain, the turquoise waters of Camps Bay look incredible.
Set at the very tip of the continent on the Atlantic Coast, Cape Town is sandwiched between the imposing Table Mountain on one side and the ocean on the other.