What to do in Cape Town in one day

09:00 – MannaBay Hotel

09:30 – Table Mountain National Park

10:30 – Baked Bistro

11:00 – Hout Bay

12:30 – Lunch at Bay Harbour Market Hout Bay

14:00 – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

16:00 – The Creamery Cafe Salt River

17:00 – Cape Town City Centre / Greenmarket Square

18:30 – Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

19:30 – Dinner at The Hussar Grill

21:00 – Performance at The Fugard Theatre

22:30 – Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre

23:59 – Fiction Bar

 

We mapped out your day trip in Cape Town

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Cape Town

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Cape Town, the third most populated city in South Africa, is known for its expansive harbor. The city was originally founded by the Dutch East India Company to supply ships sailing to India. It quickly developed into an economical and cultural center for the Cape Colony, as such you’ll likely find European, East Indian, and African influences throughout the city’s architecture and food choices. During your Cape Town day trips, you’ll find that there is something for everyone in here – dense neighborhoods filled with shops and museums, or sandy beaches and water activities. Watch a cricket game or hike on the nearby Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and Devil’s Peak

Greenmarket Square is great for browsing jewelry, pottery, and more. Visit the District Six Museum for a glimpse into a stained chapter in the city’s history. Catch a sporting event – football, cricket, swimming, and rugby are very popular in the city

Cape Town is a hodgepodge of world cuisines. You’ll likely encounter at least one Braai, or barbecue, so take part. Be sure to also sample some koeksisters – fried sweetened pastries and of course a Gatsby, a sandwich served with fries

Cape Town inhabitants speak Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa, with English being the most understood. Say “Good morning” in Africaans, “Goeie môre” (Pronounced: who ee mor re a). “Thank you” is “Dankie” (pronounced: daN key). “Yes is “Ja” (Pronounced: yaw) and “No” is “Nee” (pronounced: he en)

Cape Town enjoys warm weather- mild, wet winters and dry, warm summers. Winter here is June until August with average temperatures between the 50s to mid-60s, and total rainfall around 20.3 inches. Summers, December to March, expect average temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees

Take a taxi for 200 to 400 South African Rand or bus (or airport shuttle) for 23 South African Rand. The trips take about a 20 minutes (up to an hour during rush hour). Buses run every 30 minutes from 4:45 am to 10:15 pm

Choose from buses, the Integrated Rapid Transit, or taxis. Taxis are either metered or minibus. Metered taxis must be called to a specific location, so don’t be surprised if you find hailing a cab doesn’t work at all

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