Cape Town is South Africa's legislative capital and is on the lists of "the most beautiful cities in the world" and "the best beach towns in the world." This city at the foot of Table Mountain, with its natural beauty, climate and developed infrastructure is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations..
The Cape Town airport is 21km outside of the city. Using MyCiti buses you can get to the city center in about 20 minutes. Some hotels offer free or paid shuttle services, so you should check into what your hotel offers before you arrive. Renting a car in Cape Town isn't a terrible idea. The roads are relatively smooth and well-looked after but you have to drive on the left. As a result tourists usually prefer to have others drive the cars for them. For transportation within the city you can get around in taxis. For longer distances you can prearrange a fixed price with taxi drivers. Although tourists tend not to use them very often, for touristic spots outside of the city there are "minibus taxis" that you can use. These have reasonable rates but can be very crowded and the drivers can drive a little crazily at times. Other than taxis, MyCiti buses and the Metrorail commuter train are up to European standards. The train station in the center of the city is at the intersection of Adderly and Strand Avenues. Even though Cape Town is South Africa's safest city, it's still probably not a great idea to bring very expensive items onto public transportation.
From luxury hotels to hostels there is accommodation available to suit every budget. Some of the luxury hotels in the city are as follows: Kensington Place, Villa Zest Boutique Hotel, Cape Grace, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Dock House Boutique Hotel, Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express, One & Only Cape Town, Mandela Rhodes Place, The Table Bay Hotel, and the Four Rosmead. Some of the more averagely-priced hotels include the Blackheath Lodge, Derwent House Boutique Hotel, An African Villa, Upperbloem, Glen Boutique Hotel, and The Hyde All-Suite Hotel. For backpackers there are things like the Forty8 Backpackers, Atlantic Point Backpackers and Cape Town Backpackers.
Table Mountain, Victoria & Albert Waterfront (Harbor Front), Castle of Good Hope and the dungeons, Adderly Avenue, Trafalgar Square, Long Avenue, Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter), the African National Gallery (S.A. National Gallery), District 6 Museum, Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Devil's Peak, Chapman's Peak Drive highway, Robben Island and the island where Nelson Mandela was held, suburbs of the city (Langa, Khayelitsha, Masiphumelele, Imizamo Yethu, etc.), Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Groot Constantia and the Cape of Good Hope wildlife conservation area are all must-sees (and on the way to the Cape of Good Hope you should see Green Point, Sea Point, Hout Bay, Duiker Island, Fish Hoek, False Bay, Muizenberg and Simon's Town.) If you've extra time you should visit City Hall, Groete Kerk, Nico Malan Opera House and Theaters, Greenmarket Square, the Jewish Museum, the South African Museum and the South African Maritime Museum. Or outside the city there are famous wine centers of Stellenbosch and Paarl, or you should go to the southern-most tip of South Africa to Cape Agulhas and then see the Kap Felement houses in Tulbagh.
You can find some of everything in the most touristy part of the city along the V&A Waterfront. There's some shopping to be done on Sundays at the Green Point Market, or the shops on Long Street and Church Street and any shopping center all over the city. Some of the malls in the city include Canal Walk, Bayside Centre, Blue Route Mall, Longbeach Mall, Maynard Mall, Mainstream Centre, and N1 City. If you want to buy good wines, around the harbor there's Caroline's Fine Wines and Vaughan Johnson's Wine Shop.
There are millions of things to do in Cape Town, from horseback riding to rock climbing and from whale watching to Hot Air Balloons. For views of the city take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, truly one of the experiences of a lifetime. Those who like outdoor activities can think about hiking on Table Mountain, or those who really seek adrenaline might get a real rush from abseiling 112 meters down a rope from the top! Chapman's Peak Drive at Cape Peninsula is one of the most beautiful highways in the world. Other than the unequaled views on the road from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope, on the same road you can see African penguins, monkeys along the road, and beautiful little towns. While Cape Agulhas is officially the southernmost point of the continent and is also the meeting point of two oceans, The Cape of Good Hope will give you the feeling of being right on the precipice of the world. On one side the Atlantic, on another the Indian Ocean, the Antarctic straight ahead.... if you come in the right season you might get to see whales just ahead of you. If you have a lot of time on your hands, go out to Cape Agulhas and take some of the more amazing photos you'll ever get the opportunity to take. If you like surfing, you're in heaven! Cape Town is widely known as one of the best places in the world for surfing. Obviously you can go out and see seals lying lazily on the rocks, but wouldn't it be more exciting to go snorkeling with them? Or for those who are brave enough there's shark cage diving tours. If you're a diver in general you can join diving groups to see some of the unusual fish in the ocean. Of course you should make sure you don't come all the way to Africa without going on a safari to see "the Big Five" of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos! The Big Five safari is just a 2 hour drive from Cape Town. If you're traveling with children the Ratanga Junction Theme Park or the Aquarium are great places to visit, or if you happen to have come when the sea's warm then the beaches can be just lovely. To watch the beautiful sunset you should take a 1 and a half hour ferry ride across from the smoky Table Mountain and beautiful sea views, or just spend a lovely evening at the restaurants in the V&A Waterfront. Right after New Years the Kaapse Klose Minstrel Festival goes through January and features dancing and music on the streets with parades and is probably the biggest festival of the year in the city.