Western Cape, South Africa
Cape Town, affectionately known as the Mother City by locals, certainly needs no introduction. As one of the most popular and beautiful holiday destinations in the world (as voted by various travel authorities internationally), Cape Town is the busiest tourism hotspot on the entire African continent. It is instantly recognisable by it’s most famous natural feature, Table Mountain, as a backdrop to the city centre. Situated close to the most south-western tip of Africa, Cape Town has a rich history spanning back to the late 15th century when it was initially named the Cape of Storms due to strong winds and rough seas when European explorers were in search of the Indian Spice Route.
The real history of Cape Town, as a colony, started when Jan van Riebeeck was sent in 1652 to establish a refreshment station on this strategic position for the sailors and fleet of ships passing by the tip of Africa. Remains of the first fort (or “castle” as it is locally known) can still be viewed in the city. As the city fast approaches its 400th year of existence, there is an intriguing mix of history, culture but also a strong growth in modern technology found here.
For the tourist, Cape Town offers an extensive list of sights, activities and encounters to be discovered. From the cable railway to the top of Table Mountain (which offers incredible views of the greater Cape Town area), to the tasting of the world-renowned Cape wine in the Constantia region, to coming up close to the African Jackass Penguin at Boulders Beach – just to name a few – you certainly need a few days to experience and explore this wonderful city.
The Mother City is also renowned for its wonderful eateries and restaurants found all over town. Tasting local cuisine is highly recommended and you will be welcomed by friendly hosts at any of these establishments. A recent development proving extremely popular is the craft beer breweries producing award-winning beers with unique character and taste. Be sure to have a draught at a local pub or restaurant to taste for yourself!
Want to spend time outdoors? You can choose from multiple hiking trails, surfing at Muizenberg, cycle around the city, visit world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, take a trip to the Cape of Good Hope, embark on a boat trip for the V&A Waterfront and many more.
Not the outdoor type? No problem! The City has various museums, interesting local shops and markets, multiple shopping malls including the flagship V&A Wharf at the Waterfront, various theatres with local (and international) performances or restaurants and pubs galore.
Looking for a party? You are at the right place! Cape Town has top-class social venues, cocktail bars and clubs all around the city. But perhaps the most famous location of all is Long Street in the city centre, known for its awesome nightlife and home to an entire strip of restaurants, pubs and clubs that are bustling into the early morning hours.
With so much on offer, it might be hard to choose where to go and what to do. Do not fret, The Mzansi Experience has listed some of the most appealing things to do, and places to stay to fit your pocket. Also check with your local travel desk at your accommodation for more suggestions if needed.
91 Loop Backpackers
A boutique hostel nestled in the heart of central Cape Town. We have transformed a run down building into something that is now chic and happening with rooms ranging from privates to dorms and our very own unique pod experience. We have a 24 hour front desk, on site tour operator, great free wifi, The Honey Badger bar & restaurant,
A Sunflower Stop
A Sunflower Stop luxury backpackers is nestled beneath the picturesque Signal Hill. Our friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and neat, clean accommodation have made regulars of many of our guests from around the world. 15 minutes from all the highlights of The Mother City A Sunflower Stop is situated in a prime location
Nowhere else does the best city in the world show so many sides of itself. During the Apartheid years Obs was one of the few areas that managed to cling onto its ‘grey-ness’, everyone belonged! Bohemian Lofts is based in the centre of this little universe.Obs is truly Bohemian, from students and trade union officials, tourists and artists to festivals and events.
Green Elephant Backpackers
Green Elephant Backpackers Hostel in Observatory, Cape Town has been seeing to guests needs since 1994! Over this time, we have had many people work with us. Here are the permanent staff currently working at the Green Elephant who all have loads of experience ranging from 3 to 18 years.
Homebase Cape Town
We are called HomeBase simply because we are your only home base when in Cape Town! We are situated on the top three floors of a seven-storey building on the corner of Strand Street & Long Street. Our home has individually themed rooms furnished in vintage and modern style and airy dorms well designed for groups and friends.
Once In Cape Town
When walking through the doors of Once in Cape Town, which is situated on the Mother City’s trendy Kloof Street, you quickly realise that this place is something special!As a contemporary hostel, Once in Cape Town offers discerning budget travellers the best aspects of a lively backpackers lodge and a reliable 3-star hotel.
Never@Home Cape Town
Situated on the vibrant Green Point “strip”, Never@Home is surrounded by trendy restaurants and bars, overlook the Cape Town Stadium and in walking distance of the famous V & A Waterfront and Cape Town CBD. Easy access to public transport provides guests with rapid access to Long Street , Table Mountain and some of the best beaches Cape Town has to offer.
Wish U Were Here
Wish U Were Here is located in the urban heart of Woodstock, 5.5 km from the Cape Town city centre. Free WiFi and private parking is available on site.The rooms at Wish U Were Here are individually decorated in a chic style and feature a balcony with a city view. Each room includes a clothes rack, towels and linen.
Cape Town Township Tours
|We specialize in doing walking tours in Langa Township (oldest township in Cape Town), our tours are very educational, eye-opening, and accommodate both adults and Children, duration of the tour is about 2,5 hours of walking tour in Langa Township. Visitors get to understand about Township culture, history, social issues include education, health, welfare and township lifestyle. A visit to a township is a must for anyone with a desire to get to know the real South Africa flaws and all. Read More|
Constantia Nek Ziplining
|Ziplining Constantia is ideally situated and accessible from all major transport route including the Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus. This privately owned property “Silvermist Estate” has a number of facilities including a restaurant – conference facilities and other team building options as well to cater for groups or individual bookings. Ziplining Constantia is one of Africas longest and highest Zipline tours based in Cape Town. All part of the latest experience. Read More|
Figure of 8 Tunnel Tour
|We are well known for special interest excursions which include Tunnel Tours below the City, Historical City walking tours, Ghost and evening walks, Wildlife walking tours, Snorkeling kelp forests, Foraging excursions, Table Mountain Walks, Sandboarding, Corporate events, Easy Bicycle Tours, Kite Buggying led by experienced, knowledgeable and registered tour guides. We cater for the individual and small groups for flexibility of itinerary and to minimise the impact on often fragile environments. Read More|
|Experience a full day of adventure with a 65 meter waterfall abseil, canyoning (also known as kloofing) with jumps from 3 to 22 meters high and a beautiful hike. The day is spent in the Kogelberg biosphere reserve which is characterised by exciting adventures, beautiful scenery, towering cliffs and rock pools perfect for adrenaline junkies. After a safety briefing you enter into the Steenbras River Gorge and start the 45 minute hike through beautiful fynbos to the first cliff jumping pools. Read More|
Kiff Kombi Tours
|Wind back the clock to a time when Africa was best explored in a VW Kombi. Opening its doors in early 2017, Kiff Kombi Tours aim was to create an alternative Cape Town tour for visitors wanting something different. It has hit the ground running by already being named in the Top 10 Tours in Cape Town. Our iconic Kombi, named Veronica, is a young spirit and still up for any adventures you seek. We’re here to take you on an alternative Cape Town tour where you’ll make some friends. Read More|
Scootours Cape Town
|Jump on a Monster Mountain® Scooter and Free Wheel into the City Below! Scootours® offer a Unique way to Experience Cape Town’s Table Mountain and its breath-taking views in a fun and active way.This 5-km track will take you on an adventurous off-road track down the side of Signal Hill into Bo Kaap. The Experience continues as you are transported to Table Mountain for your run down a single track off this world-famous land mark! Scooters are non-motorised and eco-friendly. Read More|
The Rockwell Dinner Theatre
This exciting dinner-and-show experience was launched in June 2012 and was formerly housed at Richard's Supper Stage in Sea Point, Cape Town. Now playing at the wonderfully exciting theatre venue, The Rockwell Dinner Theatre, which is situated at the prestigious Rockwell All-Suite Hotel & Apartments in Prestwich Street, Green Point. 'Kaapse Stories' at the The Rockwell Dinner Theatre is the perfect experience for guests of all ages and a myriad of celebrations.Read More
|Discover safely the warm atmosphere of the townships during the evening thanks to this Township Evening Tour. What the locals call “Cape Flats”, the townships, represent a 20km ring around the city. Meet the friendly residents of Langa and Khayelitsha. Your local and experienced guide will lead you during a memorable evening for a tour between authenticity and kindness. It is a unique opportunity to exchange with them to better understand another facet of Cape Town. Read More|
|On the Whale Route tour we go searching along our coastline to view the Southern Right Whales that visit our shores each year with the town of Hermanus rated as offering the best land-based whale watching in the world. For such large animals, they are sometimes hard to find! With this guided tour, you'll be able to see these fantastic creatures in their natural habitat and watch as they wow you with their splendour. Highlights includes Land Based and optional boat whale watching. Read More|
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For your convenience, and to keep your travels within your budget, we have three different ticket types available:
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Travel in any format, in any direction and any part of our route for the duration of your Mzansi Travel Pass. Options include 4 days, 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. Tickets are valid for the amount of days purchased after action (booking of first leg of your journey). Please note, compulsory overnight stops apply.