As a premier tourist destination, a day trip in and around Cape Town most definitely belongs on the bucket list for anyone wanting to soak up breathtaking scenery, iconic landmarks and beautiful beaches.

Once you’ve had just a taste of all that Cape Town has to offer, there’s no doubt that like millions of other visitors who’ve fallen head-over heels in love with this magical city, you’ll be back to scratch even deeper beneath the surface to discover the rest of the hidden gems waiting for exploration in this beautiful city.

Table Mountain Cape Town
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Table Mountain

An absolutely have to, can’t do without experience!  It’s impossible to visit Cape Town and not be taken aback by the beauty of this iconic mountain that enfolds the City Bowl so lovingly.

She is beautiful from below and above.  Unless you’re not great on heights, taking a joyride up the Table Mountain cableway to witness a breathtaking view that stretches right across to Robben Island and Bloubergstrand is way up there with unforgettable experiences in Cape Town.


Bo-Kaap, nestled beneath Signal Hill and on the edge of Cape Town city center, is a dazzling display of old-world cobblestone streets and architecture, lined by vividly colourful houses. This is a vibrant walk through history that visitors from around the globe add to their bucket list.

The residents of these quaint houses went all out to paint their homes every colour of the rainbow, but it’s easy to imagine that it was to give free reign to express their freedom with a long history of slavery and the fall of the Apartheid regime.

Bo-Kaap Cape Town
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Greenmarket Square Cape Town
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Greenmarket Square

Within walking distance of Bo-Kaap, Greenmarket Square is a bustling hub that offers an eclectic mix of street musicians, drummers and other forms of live artistic expression.

Lined by restaurants and coffee shops, this square is the very heart and soul of Cape Town, a place that brings international visitors a completely unique local shopping experience.  The energy that emanates from this square is an experience in and of itself, and one that won’t easily be forgotten.

Camps Bay & The Cape Peninsula

Round off your day with a walk along the trendy Camps Bay strip and settle in with cocktails to watch the world go by as the sun sets over this Azure Ocean and beautifully white beach.  

You cannot visit Cape Town and not visit Camps Bay! This is the gateway to the M6, which is the spectacular Coastal Road leading you right into the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’, as it is affectionately known by locals, and continuing all the way along the breathtaking scenic drive along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive to visit the Cape Of Good Hope.

Camps Bay Cape Town
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Kirstenbosch Cape Town
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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Hugging the eastern slope of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens comes as close to the Garden of Eden as is possible.

From a neglected overgrown farm in 1913, Kirstenbosch Gardens has become one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. Today it’s a lush, verdant garden that can easily draw you into spending a whole day walking through constantly changing scenes, from fynbos to Proteas and waterfalls splashing along the way.

A walk along the Tree Canopy Walkway gives spectacular views of the garden from high above the treetops.

If these must-sees aren’t enough for you, we’ll put together an entirely private and exclusive curated immersive tour that will take you to all the places you’d like to visit, especially those off the beaten track.

Experience all that makes Cape Town one of the most beautiful cities in the world on an intimate level with day trips around Cape Town never to be forgotten. Come Explore Cape Town with Explore Sideways.

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