Let’s be honest, most of us have a bucket list with endless things we’d like to do, places we’d like to visit, or people we’d like to meet. The question is, how many of us actually pursue these dreams to make them a reality? We have compiled a list of our favourite reasons why Cape Town should be on your bucket list. Let us take you on a journey through the Mother City.
1. Landscapes Dreams Are Made Of
What Cape Town bucket list would be complete without famous natural landmark Table Mountain, a mountain with a flat surface that makes it look like a table. You can take a cableway to the top to enjoy a glorious sunset with a 360° view overlooking the city and surrounding areas. Alternatively, you can drive up Signal Hill for a breathtaking African sunset.
Another spectacular attraction is Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost Tip Of Africa and the official point at which the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Chapman’s Peak Drive is not to be missed – a scenic route linking Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
2. Take A Walk Down Memory Lane
Cape Town has a rich and diverse history with many interesting stories and sightings from years gone by. The most iconic historical attraction that finds its way onto many people’s bucket lists is Robben Island. Take a boat cruise to the island to take a walk down memory lane and visit Mandela’s prison cell.
The world’s first human heart transplant also took place in Cape Town, performed by Christiaan Barnard and a whole museum has been constructed in honour of this medical breakthrough. Other interesting museums to visit while in Cape Town include:
• The Springbok Rugby Museum
• The District Six Museum
• The South African Jewish Museum
• The Cape Town Diamond Museum
3. A Foodie Heaven
Photo: Jim Sher/ Flickr
Cape Town is seen as one of the Gourmet Capitals of the world, offering you delicious dishes to satisfy any traveller’s appetite. Unleash your inner foodie and cross off some delicious eats and treats from your bucket list.
Truth Coffee Shop, a steampunk café, is a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike and has been voted best coffee shop in the world. Food Markets are very popular in Cape Town – selling anything from traditional to organic food items. Get those gastric juices flowing!
4. Wine Estates Galore
What is good food without some fine wine? Cape Town and the surrounding areas boast over 600 wine estates, offering you a wide variety of quality wines to pick from. Visitors can indulge in fun wine tasting tours or try food and wine pairings. If you have a sweet tooth you can try champagne paired with decadent nougat and other tasty treats.
Feeling adventurous? Get a more hands-on experience and pick your own grapes, stomp them and brew your very own wine! Now that is a bucket list experience that will make any trip to Cape Town memorable.
5. Endless Art
Photo: Werner Bayer/ Flickr
Cape Town’s art scene is alive with artifacts and art from then till now.
Whether you prefer a more classic take on art or modern and abstract art, the Mother City will captivate you. From funky murals found on old buildings to art galleries; Cape Town offers you an abundance of art.
Here are some places to tick off your list while in Cape Town:
• Woodstock is a vibey suburb where any hipster will feel at home with countless galleries, eccentric shops and restaurants. The Woodstock Exchange and The Old Biscuit Mill are two arty spots you have to check out.
• As for galleries, the Worldart Gallery, Iziko South African National Gallery, and The Cape Gallery are a few of the most well-known galleries to add to your bucket list.
Cape Town was voted the World Design Capital in 2014 and prides itself on preserving old art and creating and designing new art. Feast your eyes on all things bright and beautiful!
6. A Cultural Hotspot
Art also plays a big part in any culture and Cape Town reflects the true South African rainbow nation. The Bo-Kaap is a colourful residential area of the city known for its brightly coloured houses. The community is known as ’Cape Malays’ and is descendants from slaves brought to South Africa by European settlers during the 16th and 17th century. Take a cultural cooking tour in the Bo-Kaap needs a place on everyone’s Cape Town bucket list.
And before leaving Cape Town you have to experience a South African ‘braai’ (barbecue/roast) at least once!
7. Entertainment Activities For Young And Old
Photo: Damien du Toit/ Flickr
Night owls, mall-rats and beach bums, Cape Town will leave you spoilt for choice with amazing activities to keep you entertained and your bucket list full. For a relaxed day:
• Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens for a picnic and summer concert.
• Explore the beautiful V & A Waterfront – filled with a variety of shops and restaurants.
• Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and learn more about our extraordinary sea life.
• Travel down to Boulders Beach and meet a colony of African “Jack-ass” penguins.
• Let your hair down and experience Cape Town’s nightlife along the famous Long Street.
8. Adventure Around Every Corner
Photo: David Berkowitz / Flickr
Adrenaline and adventure junkies, Cape Town has countless adventure activities lined up especially for you!
• Lions Head Hike: Perfect for beginner hikers offering a beautiful view of the city below.
• Abseil off Table Mountain or paraglide over Signal Hill.
• Visit Ratanga Junction Entertainment Park and unleash your inner adrenaline junkie.
• Go surfing in Muizenberg: One of the best spots to catch some waves in Cape Town.
• Book a safari and see the famous Big Five! Make sure to use an ethical tour operator.
9. Feeling Sporty?
The city of Cape Town is perfect for those who follow an active and sporty lifestyle. Annual sporting events include the Two Oceans Marathon, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, and the Cape Epic.
If you’re not up to participating yourself, but still want to nurture your love for sport, watch a rugby, cricket or football/soccer game at Newlands Stadium, Sahara Park, or the Cape Town Stadium. You can even take a cycling wine tour and discover the natural beauty of Cape Town’s outdoors.
10. Diversity Is The Name Of The Game
By now you would’ve realised that Cape Town is more than just a city, it is a place where you can simply be yourself and discover and live your passion. Cape Town represents diversity in every colour, shape and size and embraces all people from all walks of life to share in the fun and sunshine.
Although one would not think it to be true, some areas in Cape Town are still developing and in need of great support. There are many opportunities to give back to these communities, take a look at these Healthcare, Community Development, Childcare, Teaching, Sports and Surfing, and Women’s Empowerment projects in Cape Town. These projects have been specially designed to uplift and empower the local communities.
Cape Town gives you more than enough reasons to add it to your bucket list. Discover the rainbow nation and get ready for a journey like no other! For other amazing activities and volunteer opportunities in South Africa and the rest of Africa, click here!
Explore the happy sights and sounds of Cape Town and other incredible locations with one of GVI’s international, award-winning volunteering programmes and internships! Choose from over 150 community development, animal care, teaching, women’s empowerment and conservation projects worldwide!