Cape Town is famous for being one of the greatest cities in the world.

The Mother City is not only appreciated for its stunning natural beauty but also its rich heritage and diverse cultural attractions.

With its colourful streets, spectacular coastlines, culinary hotspots and legendary hiking trails, Cape Town is a must-see destination for just about any traveller. Discover more cultural attractions, adventure activities, grand hotels and seaside getaways in Cape Town.

To highlight the fantastic places to visit in this exciting city, we have created a list of the best images showcasing why Cape Town needs to be on your bucket list!

Cape Point

Surrounded by great oceans and ancient mountains, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope is the most south-western point of the African continent.

View from Cape Point
Travellers exploring the tip of Africa from Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope

Located within the Table Mountain National Park, this Natural World Heritage site is home to some of the richest and most diverse plant life on the planet and is known to boast some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in South Africa.

Boulder’s Beach

Situated along the coastal neighbourhood of Simon’s Town, Boulder’s Beach has been home to a colony of African jackass penguins since 1985. The beach is protected from the wind by ancient granite boulder’s, making it the ideal place for swimming, tanning, beach picnics and penguin watching!

Penguins at Boulders Beach Cape Town
Two penguins from the native penguin colony on Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town.

Learn more about African Penguins before visiting Boulder’s Beach, read our collection about Interesting Facts about Penguins.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

View of Table Mountain from the pool of the Belmond Mount Nelson
Sip bubbly by the pool of one of Cape Town’s most luxurious hotels, the Belmond Mount Nelson.

Nestled on the slopes of the historical Table Mountain, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is well-loved for its elegant flair, timeless appeal and rich history.

A favourite hotel for travellers and locals alike, this iconic blush pink hotel is an attraction in itself. Visit the Planet Bar for cocktails and canapes or indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea where over 40 teas are carefully selected and paired with incredibly delicious delicacies.


Explore the colourful neighbourhood and multicultural history of the Bo-Kaap, formally known as the Malay Quarter.

View of the Bo Kaap in Cape Town
The colourful and nostalgic streets of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town’s CBD.

Located on the foot of Signal Hill, the Bo-Kaap dates back to the 1760s, when numerous houses were built and leased to the previously enslaved. The houses were painted in bright colours as an expression of the owner’s freedom. Discover the history of the area in the oldest building which currently houses the Bo-Kaap Museum.

Lion’s Head

Arguably one of the most popular hiking trails in Cape Town, Lion’s Head calls travellers from across the globe who love hiking to the top of this famous mountain.

Girl looking at view of Cape Town city from the top of Lions Head
Image Cape Town from Lion’s Head mountain. Travellers and nature-lovers can climb to the top of the mountain.

Popular amongst locals, international travellers, nature lovers, trail runners, hiking clubs and fitness freaks, Lion’s head offers spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful city of Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Home to over 7,000 plant species and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is one of the most pristine and diverse gardens in the world.

Group of people walking on the Boomslang at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
‘The Boomslang’ is an exciting canopy walk through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens that showcases stunning views of the city.

Well known for its indigenous natural beauty, Kirstenbosch is the perfect location for an outdoor picnic, lazy Sunday or afternoon spent discovering South Africa’s endemic plant forms. Explore the fragrance and medicinal gardens, visit the garden’s historic birdbath, or walk across the treetop canopy walkway offering a bird’s eye view of the magnificent trees and garden below.

Table Mountain

The flat-topped ancient mountain overlooking Cape Town is a significant attraction for those travelling through the Mother City.

Table Mountain Cape Town
Beautiful view of Table Mountain from Lion’s Head.

Using the Table Mountain Aerial cableway is one of the most popular ways to reach the famous mountain, offering 360-degree views of the city.

Another popular route is to hike up the mountain is on foot. There are several hiking trails that lead to the summit of the mountain, we highly recommend embarking on a guided tour for this. Once you’ve reached the top of the mountain, there is a kiosk to grab a snack as well as a pathway to explore the top of Table Mountain.

Kalk Bay

The neighbourhood of Kalk Bay was named the Coolest Neighbourhood in the World by Forbes in 2018.

Kalk Bay train station sign
The quirky seaside neighbourhood, Kalk Bay is famous for its harbour, boutique stores, seas views and general vibe.

This quirky and creative village is an escape from the bustling city life but still has an atmosphere of its own. There are vintage stores and art galleries, hidden streets that lead to antique shops and palm readers as well as a working harbour that offers some of the best fish and chips in town, there’s no wonder why this seaside village is popular amongst the locals.

We hope that you enjoyed these amazing pictures of Cape Town showing you why the Mother City should be on your travel bucket list! If you need help booking a vacation to Cape Town, contact African Travel Canvas and we’ll plan a fantastic trip for you!

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