Cape Town Tourist Attractions

Cape Town (in Afrikaans Kaapstad), situated at the southwestern tip of the African continent, is for many people one of the world's most beautiful cities, thanks mainly to its magnificent setting against the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain.

Table Mountain

The symbol of Cape Town, Table Mountain rises to a height of 1087 m, just south of the city center. A cable way takes sightseers up the mountain, or for the more adventurous there are hiking trails.

City Center

Green Point Common

Green Point Common, on the north side of Cape Town, west of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, is an extensive open space with a variety of sports facilities, including a golf course. It lies within the Green Point district at the foot of Signal Hill.

Green Point Lighthouse

Green Point Lighthouse (1824) is the oldest lighthouse in South Africa.

Cape Medical Museum

The Cape Medical Museum depicts both western and traditional medicinal practices. Early-20th C reconstructions of a consulting room, dispensary, dentist's room, operating theater and hospital ward can be viewed.
Address: Portswood Road, Green Point, South Africa

Fort Wynard

Fort Wynyard, built in 1861 by R. H. Wynyard is a naval museum specializing in the history of South African coastal defense.

Herring Bequest Institute

The Herring Bequest Institute has a fine collection of furniture, porcelain, musical instruments and books.

Signal Hill (Noon Gun)

From Signal Hill (350m/1150ft), to the west of the city center, there is a good view of the city and Table Bay. It is worth driving up after dark to see the shimmering sea of lights that is Cape Town at night. The approach to the hill is from the south by way of Signal Hill Street, which branches off Kloof Nek Road.
Every day (except Sunday) at noon a cannon (actuated by an electronic impulse from the Observatory) fires a single shot. In earlier days this "noon gun" served to give the exact time to ships anchored in the bay.


Rust-en-Vreugd, is a mansion in Cape Dutch-style built in 1778 with a magnificent façade. It houses a section of the William Fehr Collection including watercolors, African paintings and antiques.
Address: 78 Buitenkant Street, South Africa

St Mary's Catholic Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral is the oldest Roman Catholic church in South Africa.

South African Air Force Museum

The South African Air Force Museum illustrates the history of the South African Air Force from the 1920s to the recent past, with the main emphasis on the two world wars. The museum has flight simulators for visitors to experience plus aeronautical artifacts and actual aircraft.
Address: Box 100580, Ysterplaat, Western Cape 7425, South Africa


In the Observatory district is South Africa's oldest observatory, which dates from 1821. Since the construction of the South African Astronomical Observatory in the Karoo, the Cape Town Observatory has been used only by amateur astronomers.

Mostert's Mill

Mostert's Mill is a windmill dating from 1792 which is still in working order.
Address: Box 512, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape 7701, South Africa

Irma Stern Museum

In the pleasant suburb of Rosebank is the house in which Irma Stern, an artist of German origin, lived from 1928 until her death in 1966. It is now a museum with over 200 of her works as well as antiques and other objets d'art.
Address: Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town, Western Cape 7700, South Africa

Groot Schuur Estate

The Groote Schuur Estate is the official residence of the State President. It stands on the site of the 17th C granary, which later gave place to a grand country house. When this was burned down in 1896 Rhodes commissioned the celebrated architect Sir Herbert Baker to build a new house in Cape Dutch style.

University of Cape Town

On the Groote Schuur estate is the campus of the University of Cape Town. The name Groote Schuur comes from a granary (schuur) built here in 1657. The site was acquired in 1891 by Cecil Rhodes, who left it to the state.
The University buildings are picturesquely situated below Table Mountain and Devil's Peak. The University, founded in 1918, developed out of the South African College established in 1829. It has some 15,000 students.


The Woolsack is the house built by Cecil Rhodes for Rudyard Kipling, who was a friend of his; the architect was Sir Herbert Baker. The writer and his family spent the summer months here from 1900 to 1907.

Josephine Mill

The Josephine Mill (1818) is Cape Town's only surviving and operational watermill. Its original owner named the mill after Crown Princess Josephine of Sweden.
The three-storey national monument with a towering chimney and large waterwheel is used as a gallery and meeting space.
Address: 13 Boundary Road, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape 7700, South Africa

South African Rugby Museum

Near the Josephine Mill, the largest rugby museum in the world houses a valuable collection of mementos dating back to 1891.

Gold of Africa Museum

The Gold of Africa Museum is housed in the Martin Melck House, which was built in 1783. The interior of the house has been restored to capture the original floors, windows, and walls.
The exhibits feature a collection of treasures from the gold-rich African kingdoms that are not as well known as the gold of Egypt. Each piece holds historic legend, and ritual symbolism.
Address: 96 Strand Street, Cape Town, Western Cape 8001, South Africa

Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Kogelberg Nature Reserve is located south-east of Cape Town and is noted for its remote and unspoiled wilderness. The reserve has mountain peaks, valleys and over 1,600 plant species. There are also three sections of indigenous forest - Louwsbos, Platbos and Oudebos.

Long Street

Long Street is a principal street in Cape Town, located in the City Bowl quarter. It is one of Cape Town's oldest streets and features a number of restored Victorian buildings. This busy and colourful street is home to restaurants, shops, and galleries.

Heart of Cape Town Museum

The Groote Schuur Hospital, established in 1932, which became world-famed in December 1967, when Christiaan Barnard (b. 1922 in Beaufort West), a surgeon working in the hospital from 1958 to 1983, performed the world's first heart transplant.
Address: Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape 7925, South Africa


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