Cape Town is famous for so many things, but the most outstanding and unforgettable feature is its extraordinary natural beauty. Cape Town is one of few places in the world where mountains dip straight into the sea and there is no mountain more dramatic, more enticing or more dominant over a city than Table Mountain.
You can't get lost on a Cape Town holiday because the mountain is there to guide you. Stand on the roof terrace of The Three Boutique Hotel and see the mountain's many faces; sometimes crisp and clear, sometimes overflowing with its table cloth of cloud - always present, always powerful. Table Mountain Cableway is a mere 5-minutes from our Cape Town accommodation (we can book your ticket for you) or just lie on a sunbed in our roof garden and watch the cable car going up and down while you sip a sundowner.
The ocean is no less of a force in Cape Town, surrounding the Cape Peninsula on three sides and reminding you that this is the farthest south-west you can go in Africa. Such is the natural drama of Cape Town that most tourist sights have something to do with natural spectacles and the rich history of the Cape.
Activity Booking Service
Whatever your choice of activities during your holiday in Cape Town, Pieter and the team will gladly assist with itineraries, tickets, restaurant and theatre bookings and give advice on where to go, what to do and how to get the most out of your Cape Town vacation. The Three Boutique Hotel Concierge Service includes a shuttle bus for local pickups and drop-offs and an after dinner pick up service to save you from drinking and driving.
Our Top 10 Recommended Cape Town Sights
1. Table Mountain:
Table Mountain is part of every view from our Cape Town bed and breakfast. Although it towers over us, you can climb it in 2½ hours on the Platteklip Gorge path, or take the rotating cable car and arrive at the top in 4 minutes. Queues can be quite long in high season, so let us book your ticket via their website. Did you know the cable car is free on your birthday? So if we're lucky enough to host you on your birthday, please let us know, so that we can arrange a free trip up the mountain for you.
2. V&A Waterfront:
Most people spend some at the V&A Waterfront during a visit to Cape Town, as it is a one-stop-shop for wining, dining, boat trips, shopping and milling around in a bustling harbour. There are some great boat rides into the bay, around the harbour or along the canals.
3. Township Tour:
Find out how dignity can survive poverty and meet the people of the township who are happy to share a few moments of their life with you. The tour helps to put your life into perspective. There are many operators and we will book you on a township tour that we personally recommend.
4. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens:
These wonderful gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain are about 15-mins south of Cape Town city centre. It's a place of peace and tranquility and one of the most visited sights in Cape Town. There are two cafes and a restaurant, curio shops and room to walk for hours and for children to run around.
5. Cape Point:
Cape Point is a spectacular sight and the drive through the park to the end of the African continent is beautiful, with several roads leading down to beaches and hiking paths. This isn't the southern-most point of Africa, nor the place where two oceans meet (these accolades go to Cape Agulhas about 2-hours east). But you do often see a line in the water, where the warmer water of False Bay meets the colder water of the South Atlantic. It's a lovely full day trip if you take in the coastal villages and stop at Boulder's Beach penguins. Make sure to ask us what to do if you meet a baboon!
6. Boulder's Beach Penguins:
Not only can you follow the boardwalk to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach (close to Simon's Town), but you can sunbathe and swim with them in the shallow, wind-protected coves on either side of the reserve. Don't miss them, they are soo cute.
7. Robben Island:
The high speed catamaran departs from the Clocktower Precinct of V&A Waterfront for a tour of Nelson Mandela's island prison. It gets interesting when the guide and former inmate tells you about prison life, but the rest of the tour can be a bit dull and the island has been badly mismanaged. Things are changing, so ask us what we think. Tickets must be booked in advance online - let us do it for you.
8. Chapman's Peak Drive:
This toll road leading from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, is truly one of the world's most spectacular roads. It is cut into the side of a cliff and there are plenty of picnic and viewing spots to stop and take photographs. It's a scenic must-see.
9. Camps Bay:
Just a quick drive over the Kloof Nek ridge of Table Mountain from our Cape Town boutique hotel and you witness a sight for sore eyes; a stunningly long, white sandy beach lined by palm-trees with street café's spilling onto the pavement. Camps Bay is beautiful and so are the people who hang out here. It's a great place to sit at a café and do some people watching.
10. Sports & Adventure:
Shark Encounters - a cage dive with a great white shark is a close encounter you will never forget.
Whale Watching - from about July to October Southern Right Whales are often seen along the False Bay Coast - keep your eyes open as you drive the coast or take a whale watching boat from Simon's Town or Hermanus.
Seal Island trip - Seal Island off Hout Bay is a breeding colony for Cape Fur seals and makes fascinating viewing.
Golf - there are some really superb golf courses in and around Cape Town and we can help you book your tee-off times.
Horseride - canter through the surf of Noordhoek beach for advanced or beginners.
Paraglide, abseil, surf the waves or the sand dunes, there is a Cape Town adventure for everyone.