Visiting Cape Town, South Africa but really crunched for time? Have no fear—we have the scoop on all the best sights to see and things to do in just 48 hours! Hikes, gardens, museums and more, you’ll have something to do every minute of your limited time in this charming South African city.
Visit the Cape Winelands
A quick, hour-ish drive from the capital are some of the most best local vineyards. The most well-known are Moreson, Haute Cabriere and La Petite. You can even hire a car from Cape Town to arrange your private tours as you please. Remember, never be too shy to inquire about student discounts whenever you’re traveling! Another option is to take the Franschhoek Wine Tram which will take you on a tour around various vineyards in the area. Stellenbosch is also a great region to visit with the best known vineyards of Kanonkop and Tokara.
Visit the Historical District Six Museum
This museum gives a great review of the history of the multi-racial area that was actually destroyed during Apartheid and its inhabitants were forcibly removed between 1960 and 1970. Many of the tours in the city begin with this special museum in order to explain the history of the area as well as the laws.
Explore the Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope (also known as Cape Point) offers some fantastic walks and breathtaking sceneries. Here, you can admire a wide variety of more than 250 species of native birds including cormorants and ostriches.
Discover the Two Oceans Aquarium
Take some time to explore both the Atlantic and Indian oceans’ aquatic beauty. At the Two Oceans Aquarium you can see over 3,000 creatures and 88 species on display. Get ready to go face to face with some penguins, jellyfish, and other creatures!
Catch the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
It’s a quick ride up to Table Mountain where you can view the entire city from various angles, although we suggest you stay at the top and admire the picturesque scenery from there. Feeling adventurous? You can also reach the peak by foot through strenuous, but absolutely beautiful trails, and view the city from whichever way you want!
Escape at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
These are the most unique botanical gardens in the world. The 52,800 sq km botanical gardens offer you free guided tours allowing you to see some of the most vibrant and colorful plants the country has to offer. You can also take a walk at the Tree Canopy Walkway (also known as the Boomslang), which is a timber and curvaceous steel bridge that rises through the trees, where you can have more spectacular views of the gardens.
Try the most unique tastes and flavors the city has to offer
Cape Town offers great tastes from across the entire continent. You can try different eats such as braaivleis (barbecue), amangina (chicken feet), Malay curries and many more! You can also try the African coffee if you need some energy or a dark chocolate mousse for those with a sweet tooth!
New to Cape Town?
Exploring a completely new and foreign city can be very overwhelming, but once you talk to the locals and get a feel for the culture, you will feel right at home. Now that you most definitely feel the need to go to Cape Town, head on over to “just look” at some discounted flights.