Parks & Sights
Be Stunned by the Most Iconic Sights & Parks of the Cape Peninsula
The Company's Garden
Walking distance. Situated in the centre of the city, adjacent to the South African parliament, The Company’s Garden allows access to key cultural attractions like the SA Museum, the National Art Gallery, as well as the Company’s Garden Café and Restaurant. This large botanical garden features a historical city park, rose garden, fishpond, an aviary, and numerous trees of botanical and historical significance.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch, with its 36 hectares of cultivated garden, is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. This Botanical Garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora, as it grows only indigenous South African plants. On a lazy summer’s day, take along a picnic lunch, blanket, and a few good friends to while away the time chatting beneath indigenous trees. On Sundays, during the summer months from December to March, musical sunset concerts are held on the lawns.
Green Point Urban Park
Opened at the end of January 2011, it‘s a vibrant ‘people’s park’. From here you have stunning views of the Cape Town Stadium as well as Signal Hill. The park includes a fitness park for cycling, outdoor training and gym, a learning park for functions, seminars and arts training, a play park, a park for events, concerts, exhibitions and markets, an adventure park, a heritage park, and a biodiversity nursery.
Table Mountain National Park
One of South Africa’s most famous landmarks and recently voted one of The New 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Take in the 360-degree view of Robben Island, the Foreshore, the City Bowl & Table Bay. Please note that Table Mountain is weather-dependent, so the cable car doesn’t run when it’s too windy, and you don’t want to make the trip up when the tablecloth is heavy as it spoils the view. Go as soon as it´s clear and open – or hike up and down in the wind!
This imposing Memorial, which sits at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, offers visitors spectacular views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. It was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, and was built in 1912 to honour former Cape Colony prime minister and mining magnate, Cecil John Rhodes. The magnificent vistas over Cape Town, coupled with the historical importance and interest of the memorial, make this a fantastic place to spend a few hours. Directly behind the memorial, on an elevated terrace, you will find the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant. It is renowned for its cakes and desserts, freshly prepared on the premises.
Cape Point National Park
Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are undoubtedly two of South Africa’s most magnificent tourist attractions, known especially for their spectacular vistas.
Recognised as a World Heritage Site, the Cape Point Nature Reserve is 7750 hectares of wild coves, shimmering tidal pools, fynbos-covered valleys, and diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to 250 bird species and 1100 indigenous plants.
West Coast National Park
The pristine wetlands and landscapes offer exceptional birdlife and white beaches surrounding the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon – ideal for children to swim & play in as it’s much warmer than the ocean. During the spring, the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-coloured flowers, and in the Postberg Reserve, many antelopes can be viewed in a setting as unique as it is idyllic. From August to November, whale watching from Tsaarsbank (overlooking the Atlantic Ocean) is a popular activity.