The Best Things To Do While In Cape Town

As many of our programmes in South Africa are based in or close to Cape Town, we thought it wise to let you know what we love to do while we’re there. We are no strangers to this beautiful country, having been there many times over the last few years! It has it all; wildlife, nightlife, long stretches of stunning coastline, mountains and an amazing vibe!

Table Mountain

The most iconic landmark in South Africa has to be Table Mountain. With its towering presence that can be seen from all over the city, it offers some of the best views when you reach the top.

The most popular and definitely the easiest way to explore the mountain is by the aerial cableway. Open most days, a return ticket costs around £15 (buy in advance online) and saves a lot of time!

If you are more adventurous, you can hike up one of the many different routes and take in the ever-changing scenery below! The safest and most recommended way is to ascend in a group and also with a guide. Some of the routes are a lot harder than others and the directions are not always clear; make sure you plan yours in advance.

The weather conditions around the mountain can change very quickly, so make sure you carry plenty of water and some warmer clothing with you.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Another of our favourite places to visit on our travels is the V&A Waterfront that is located in the harbour and has the famous Table Mountain as its backdrop.

There are plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, museums, markets, a cinema and even a comedy club. The hustle and bustle make this lively spot a perfect place to sit back and relax while watching the boats come in and out of the harbour.

The Two Oceans Aquarium has a great penguin and jellyfish section and is ideal for learning about the diversity of the oceans around.

To finish the day, why not hop aboard the ferris wheel where you can watch the sunset and get amazing 360-degree views across Cape Town.


Cape Town offers some of the best nightlife across all of our programmes where there are plenty of places to hang out with other travellers and party into the early hours.

Long Street is well known for its long stretch of fun backpackers bars and close by is Bree Street which is full of hip bars and casual places to grab something to eat.

If you are after a more relaxing night, then you should head down to Camps Bay, also known as sunset strip to have a drink and watch the sun go down.

Please remember, although you should have lots of fun, its important to remain safe. Always take a licenced taxi and don’t walk far alone.

Like the sound of Cape Town? Why not come and see it for yourself! Have a look at our large range of volunteering opportunities across South Africa and enjoy this breath-taking city.