What are the five best things to see and do in Cape Town?

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Janelle Schroeder

Cape Town, with its warm sunny days and stunning, mountain-spiked geography, is full of things to see and do, from seeing historic sights to taking part in outdoor adventure activities. These are the ones that will leave you with a well-rounded feel for the city:
 
1. Visit Table Mountain. You can’t come to Cape Town without seeing its centerpiece, the dramatic, flat-topped Table Mountain. Besides, leaving without a trip to the top would make the locals cringe. The round-trip cableway is the fastest and safest way to do that for those who aren’t up for the all-day hike required to reach the summit. Those in the know visit the mountain at sunset (preferably with a bottle of local chenin blanc) to take in the spectacular natural show.
 
2. Drive around the peninsula. A tour of the Cape Peninsula delivers views of beautiful beaches and mountains. Start from the city and head east to Muizenberg, then south to Simon’s Town and Cape Point. From there, go over to Chapman’s Peak and into Hout Bay before heading back to the city. The views are nothing short of legendary.
 
3. Take a sunset cruise.
It may sound mundane, but climbing aboard a boat for a sunset cruise is the best way to see Cape Town. There are several companies that provide tours at sunset, which typically last around 90 minutes and leave from the V&A Waterfront. The boat you choose is a personal preference but we recommend the Tigresse, Africa’s largest sailing catamaran.
 
4. Swim with great white sharks. Jump into a metal cage in the chilly ocean off the coast of Cape Town and find yourself just inches away from the great whites that swim these waters. While the boats leave daily from neighboring Gansbaai, tour operators are happy to play chauffeur to and from Cape Town. Swimming close to these magnificent creatures is not for the faint of heart, but it’s an exhilarating and fascinating experience you won’t forget.  
 
5. Go wine tasting. World famous Stellenbosch, South Africa’s answer to Napa Valley, is just a quick drive from Cape Town's city center. Join one of the local tours to taste the area’s award-winning chenin blancs, or better yet, hire a private driver for the day and create your own.

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