46. Cape Town  SOUTH AFRICA   | Total Sights: 15+ | Nickname: The Mother City

 

 

 

 

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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Cape Town

South Africa  Cape Town's most distinctive feature is without doubt its stunning setting: the legislative capital of South Africa lies at the foot of the flat-topped Table Mountain, sheltered by a bay with long sandy beaches (and always icy waters) of the Atlantic Ocean in the southernmost corner of the African continent.

You can either hike up to the top of the iconic Table Mountain on various routes or take the rotating cableway for the most breathtaking views.

 Apart from the scenic location, Cape Town is known for its appealing year-round climate, very friendly people and reasonable prices.  

 Despite being a popular tourist destination the city is battling against some of the highest crime rates on earth. Public Transport exists, but isn't as well developed as in most other cities in our top 50.

As for sights, apart from the Table Mountain there is not much else.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

5.30/10

9/10 [6th]

5.25/10

5.5/10

3.25/10 [146th]

6.5/10

5.5/10

9.5/10

8/10

6.75/10

5.5/10

7/10 [3.7 mio.]

180.90

B. Best Things to Do in Cape Town

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 5.30/10.

TABLE MOUNTAIN  9
Mountain and National Park  (1,084 m with cableway, Natural World Heritage Site since 2004)

Best Things to do in Cape Town | Best Cities | Cape Town | Table Mountain

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Signal Hill and Lion's Head  6
Hill

Best Thing to do in Cape Town

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront  5
Waterfront

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Castle of Good Hope  5
Castle

Best Things to do in Cape Town | Best Cities | Cape Town | Castle of Good Hope

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden  5
Botanical Garden

Best Things to do in Cape Town | Best Cities | Cape Town | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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City Hall  4
City Hall

South African Parliament  4
Parliament Building

Two Oceans Aquarium  4
Aquarium  (2 million liter tank, 10 m tunnel, opened 1995)

Greenmarket Square  4
Square

Slave Lodge Museum  4
Museum

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights in Cape Town

-The Heart of Cape Town Museum  4

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Cape Town

ROBBEN ISLAND (World Heritage Site since 1999, 6.9 km from Cape Town)  6

Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point, 69 km from Cape Town)   5

Groot Constantia (Wine Estate, 17 km from Cape Town)  4

Cape Whale Coast (120 km from Cape Town)  4

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Cape Town (including close-by excursions)


 TABLE MOUNTAIN (with cableway)  9
 ROBBEN ISLAND (6.9 km from Cape Town)  6
Signal Hill and Lion's Head  6
 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront  5
 Castle of Good Hope  5
 Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden  5
 City Hall  4
 South African Parliament  4
 Two Oceans Aquarium  4
 Greenmarket Square  4



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