Cape Town is at the heart of South Africa and is one of the most visited places on the continent. Its rich history combined with its scenic spots make it an even more interesting place to visit. Here are things to do in Cape Town if it is your first time there.
Catch a cable car
If you are near Table Mountain, you can catch a cable car that extends up to 112 metres down. It is considered one of the world’s highest commercial abseils. This is not for the faint of heart though. Once you are up there, you will have a clear view of the City Bowl. If you don’t want to take the cable car, you can go trekking and appreciate the beauty of nature even more. Opt for the longer distance, Hoerikwaggo Trail, for more adventure.
Swim with the sharks
South Africa’s waters are teeming with sharks. There are over 98 species of sharks in the country. Of this number, 40 live in waters around Cape Town. Shark cage diving is becoming more popular. You are dropped in an area where there are sharks, but you are caged so you are protected against shark attacks. It is a booming industry due to the number of people who are willing to take the challenge. Just don’t forget that sharks are really powerful when they attack.
South African food is definitely out of this world. It has some of the best dishes as they are an infusion of various tastes from many countries. Go for beef fillet with oxtail or the crayfish risotto. Whether you are into meaty dishes or you’re a vegan, you can find lots of options in Cape Town. Some restaurants even feature world-class chefs.
Take a walk down memory lane
If it is your first time in Cape Town and you want to know more about the country’s rich history, head to the District Six Museum. It is a must-visit site especially if you want to know more about the apartheid era in the country, which ended in 1990. It is an award-winning museum that showcases the time when Blacks were forced out of the area as the district was considered just for White people.
You can also visit the National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Iziko Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge. Going to all these places will tell you a lot about South Africa and what the people have endured over the years. You will have a better understanding of what the country is now and how the slaves have changed the way they are treated today. The Iziko Slave Lodge, for instance, is really historical as it was built to house over 9,000 slaves and people who were considered mentally ill.
Even if you are just in Cape Town for a few days, you will learn a lot from its rich history and appreciate its natural beauty, and you will be convinced to come back for more.