A New Challenge for Your Cape Town Stay – The Big 7

A New Challenge for Your Cape Town Stay – The Big 7

Forget the Big Five, you can see those almost anywhere in South Africa. You simply must tick the Big 7 off your bucket list during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation.

In fact, there are two Big 7 hitlists along the coast of South Africa. The first involves sightings of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, great white shark and the southern right whale. With a bit of luck, you can see these at Addo Elephant Park in the neighbouring Eastern Cape Province.

Cape Town’s Big 7 is a lot easier to spot but no less desirable, and here it is:

  1. Robben Island

South Africa’s answer to Alcatraz was once a spot favoured by passing ships as a refuelling station on their way around the Cape. It soon turned into a maximum-security prison for the country’s most famous inmates, including Nelson Mandela.

Today, Robben Island is a World Heritage Site and plays host to fascinating tours to discover what really went on off the shores of Cape Town.

  1. V&A Waterfront

When you take your trip to Robben Island you’ll depart from this famous 123ha leisure destination, in the middle of Cape Town Harbour. Explore amazing shopping, dine on fine cuisine, catch a show or visit one of the many museums at the V&A. There’s enough to keep you busy here for the duration of your Cape Town stay.

  1. Table Mountain Cableway

Table Mountain is the most iconic feature of the city and no visit here is complete without ascending its lofty heights for panoramic views of your surroundings. You can walk to the summit, but it’s better to go by car.

The Table Mountain cableway is one of the most popular attractions in the city and ferries about 900 000 visitors up the slopes every year, so book early.

  1. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Believed to be one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, this verdant patch of green in the southern suburbs is a treat for those who want to explore the Cape’s amazing plant life. It’s great for picnics, the scene of amazing summer concerts and a tranquil treat for all who visit here.

Don’t miss a chance to wind along the Boomslang, an elevated walkway among the trees.

  1. Groot Constantia

Big in name and big in stature, Groot Constantia is where the Cape’s wonderful wine voyage began. This historic estate has been producing fine wines for over 300 years and still is. Take some time to explore these hallowed halls and appreciate their efforts with wine tastings and pairings.

  1. Cape Point

Although Cape Agulhas may be the southern tip of Africa, it certainly feels like you are standing at the edge of a continent when you look out over the jagged rocks and tempestuous waters at Cape Point.

A trip to the top of the lighthouse provides stunning views over these scenes while the restaurant serves up a meal with a view unlike any other in Africa.

  1. City Walk

Although this is last on this list, it should be one of the first things you do in Cape Town. Guided tours depart every morning from outside the Taj hotel and take in all the major sights of the city. You can also take the trek on your own if you make a note of the main points. It’s a fantastic way to get your bearings and experience a taste of what the city has to offer.

7 is Not Enough

Of course, these are just the tip of the inselberg when it comes to things to see in Cape Town. Book your self-catering accommodation with us and start planning your own itinerary of amazing things to take in during your trip.

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