Ethos of Cape Town

Cape Town is best known for offering attractions oriented towards nature/outdoors. In 2012, approximately 254,000 international visitors traveled to Cape Town.

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights - the epitome of summer in #CapeTown and it's the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

There’s nothing quite like spending a couple of nights at a camp site, enjoying the sun and sea; or head up into the mountains by day and a braai with friends and family after the sun goes down before crawling into your tent for a night of sleeping under the stars. #CapeTown has a number of fantastic camping sites where you can spend long days and nights relaxing in the summer.


Kogel Bay Resort is located just outside of Cape Town, nestled between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els. This 20km scenic route provides perfect whale watching opportunities, is surrounded by natural indigenous fynbos and is largely untouched by development. The resort is protected from the summer south-easter by high mountains and the white sandy beach forms part of the Kogel Berg Biosphere Reserve.

Fish Hoek Caravan park is not far from Cape Town City Centre and has sun, sand, sea and ice cream just a stone's throw away
For a full list of camping and braai spots in and around Cape Town and their contact details, visit the City of Cape Town’s website.

Cape Town is also the creative hub of South Africa, and offers a host of attractions for those who love a bit of artistic flair, from flower shows to jazz festivals to the latest in architecture, crafts, décor and film.

As from 2009, the Loeries, the annual national advertising industry awards, will be hosted in Cape Town, while the Design Indaba Expo – South Africa’s showcase of local design, where visitors can feast their eyes on the latest in architecture, crafts, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interiors, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design and visual media – has been a feature for some time.

The city's high number of museums and performing arts venues make it a particularly attractive destination for those interested in arts & culture. Or looking for something more adventurous, or just want to enjoy some fresh air? Explore some of the city's well-known outdoor attractions.


Table Mountain National Park is the most visited attraction in Cape Town. This park received 4,200,000 visitors in 2013, which averages to about 11,507 visitors a day! In contrast, the second most visited attraction, Castle of Good Hope, only received 140,888 visitors, or 386 visitors a day.

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa, and is featured in the Flag of Cape Town and other local government insignia. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the most epic views in Africa.

Then there is:
  • Camps Bay and Clifton beaches
  • Boulders Beach - penguin colony
  • Cape Point 
  • Cape Winelands - Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschoek, Wellington
  • Bo-Kaap - Cape Malay Quarter
  • V & A Waterfront
  • Chapman's Peak Drive
To mention just a few.

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