Backed by iconic Table Mountain, and surrounded by gorgeous beaches, nature has given Cape Town one of the world's best-looking locations. There's the Aquila game reserve nearby for wildlife-watching, cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, cutting-edge culture and fashion, and nearby wine towns to tour – so what are you waiting for? Explore the best of Cape Town with our three-day itinerary.
Day 1: Cape Town crawl
Perhaps the best way to start getting to know Cape Town is from the top of Table Mountain. It’s best to ride the cable car here when the sky is clear, or else your view will be of clouds! Head to the V&A waterfront, with its swish collection of boutiques, restaurants and popular aquarium, and pick up the hop-on hop-off bus to get from A to B. Long Street’s party vibe is another downtown magnet, where souvenirs are sourced from across Africa and game restaurants serve the weird and wonderful tastes of warthog and springbok.
Day 2: Hit the beach
See the surfers catch mighty waves at Camps Bay, behind Table Mountain, or learn the basics with a surfing lesson at Big Bay. Other good beaches for swimming and surfing include the yachties’ favorite Clifton and family-friendly Hout Bay. If you want to see whales breaching the water head to Hermanus, where the whales swimming past are visible from the shore’s cliff-top path, especially between August and November.
Day 3: African wildlife
You have to see Africa’s wildlife while you’re in Cape Town, and the Aquila Game Reserve is the place to do it. Horseback, Jeep and quad-bike safari tours highlight the famous elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and mountain leopard sightings, but you’ll also see wildebeest, zebras and giraffes. This private game reserve offers an educational experience, and on-site resort facilities like the superior restaurant and swimming pools ensure a comfortable safari.