Cape Town has long been a popular tourist spot thanks to its vast assortment of attractions. In 2010 alone, the city welcomed 1.5 million tourists and experienced an increase in the succeeding years. The reason for their thriving tourism becomes obvious as you explore the different sites that Cape Town has to offer. Here are just some of the things to do in Cape Town:
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Swimming with Sharks
Definitely a must during your Cape Town vacation, swimming with sharks lets you get up close and personal with these sea-hunters. The experience is perfectly safe since you’ll stay within a cage for protection. This activity is perfect for family vacations since even the kids can make use of the special underwater equipment offered by the service provider.
Seeing a single strawberry plant doesn’t have as much impact as seeing rows and rows of them planted, ripe for picking. Several farms in Cape Town let you pick the strawberries right off the plants and eat your own harvest. Note though that the activity is only available from October to December. If you’re not enjoying a Cape Town vacation during these months, there are other activities to look forward to!
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World of Birds
World of Birds is home to more than 3,000 birds, spanning hundreds of known species. The aviary is the largest of its kind in Africa and lets you walk through the sanctuary and get as close as the birds will allow.
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Inside are picnic areas and even a playground for children where you can eat and play just a few feet away from freely roaming birds. Wonderfully tame, the World of Birds is perfect for a family Cape Town vacation. Note that there’s an entrance fee for this attraction, but it is well worth it!
If you’re arriving as a couple looking for some peace and quiet, Beta Beach is the most accessible yet uncongested part of Cape Town. The huge boulder helps protect your privacy as you frolic in the clean waters or simply catch up on your tan. If you’re willing to travel a bit farther, there’s also Tietiesbaai or Smitswinkelbaai.
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Iziko Museum Planetarium
If museums are more your style, the Iziko Planetarium is the perfect place to be, offering educational shows and a walkthrough of Africa’s celestial formations. It’s usually a great place for children but even adults will find something to tickle their fancy in this huge sky playground. Note though that Iziko follows a strict schedule so it’s best to check their open-close dates before visiting.
Cape Town is practically a tourist city with a large number of businesses catering to foreigners. Hence, you won’t have a hard time finding cheap lodging and ready activities to make your stay memorable. In fact, aside from the activities mentioned above, you have the option of choosing from about 50 more attractions, all within the city.