Explore Cape Town in 24 Hours
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Every year thousands of visitors head to the beautiful country of South Africa, and we can’t blame them. If you’re one of the lucky ones who bags a flight to this fascinating country, you’ll probably find yourself spending some time in the Mother City.
But what exactly can you do in Cape Town?
In a city with an incredibly rich historical past, perched between a beautiful setting of steep mountain slopes and the shores of Table Bay, Cape Town is a place like no other. Here are our top recommendations for how to spend 24 hours in Cape Town.
Learn about history on Robben Island
If you are particularly interested in learning about the history of the places you visit, we definitely recommend checking out Robben Island. Cape Town was founded back in the 17th century, and the island stands as a reminder of South Africa’s troubled history.
Robben Island has served multiple purposes in South African history. It’s been a military base, a home for a leper colony, a mental institution, and most notably, a prison. It was where Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former South African president, was held captive.
Today, the island houses a museum that is rich with historical details about the island’s history, offering tours of the island led by former inmates of the prison, giving firsthand accounts of their own experiences.
Definitely an attraction for the history-lover, Robben Island is the perfect place to go to if you’ve got a few hours to spare.
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Get a bird’s eye view of the city
If you’ve only got one day in Cape Town, there’s no better way to start it than heading to the city’s most iconic attraction. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway allows for insane 360 degree views of the harbour, city, Robben Island, and the surrounding mountains.
The views at the top are absolutely incredible, so after you’ve taken enough photos for your Instagram story, make sure to take it all in and really soak in the experience. Trips up the mountain start at 8:30, so it’s the perfect opportunity to start the day off with incredible vibes.
If you’re hungry, head to the Table Mountain Cafe for a quick bite at one of their outside tables overlooking Clifton and Camp’s Bay. They offer options like continental breakfasts and cooked buffets to keep you fueled during the day.
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Hike to the Top of Table Mountain
If you are more adventurous and love being one with nature, we suggest skipping the cableway ride and opting for a hiking route up Table Mountain. Most hikes up the mountain can be done in about four hours, so you can get in a hike with a gorgeous view while also exploring a few other of the city’s main attractions.
Some of the most popular trails include Platteklip Gorge, India Venster, Skeleton Gorge, and Diagonal/Kasteelspoort. Once you reach the top of Table Mountain, there are multiple free guided walks that anyone is able to join.
These walks depart daily every hour until 3pm and are usually not too long. They are ideal for learning some interesting facts about the mountain and where the best scenic spots are.
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Sample South African wines
Cape Town is filled with activities for nearly everyone: the traveller, the nature lover, the fitness guru, and especially the wine enthusiasts. Home to some of the most stunning wine estates, we highly suggest stopping at one of them for a quick wine tasting, full of incredible views and lots of delicious drinks.
Constantia Valley, 10.5 miles south of central Cape Town, is the region where it all began. With oak-lined streets, historical mansions, and miles and miles of vineyards, this area is home to Groot Constantia, the oldest vineyard.
Explore the beautiful property and enjoy the history of the vineyard while sipping on crisp, flavourful wine. If you are simply interested in sightseeing, you can explore the valley for free.
Just outside Cape Town, there are numerous other wine regions to explore, just a short drive away.
Enjoy a robust range of reds at Rust en Vrede, a Stellenbosch estate ranked among the best in the country. Or if you’re feeling more low key, visit Mullineux Family Wines, a small winery that produces award-winning Syrahs, which are available at their Riebeek Kasteel tasting room.
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Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is acclaimed as one of the best botanic gardens in the world. Founded in 1913 with the original purpose of preserving the country’s indigenous flora, it now contains over 7,000 species of plants from southern Africa.
It’s a favourite among locals and visitors for a reason, with plenty of activities to enjoy. Take in the panoramic views from the canopy walkway, explore the shady trails, enjoy a picnic on the lawn, or hike up Skeleton Gorge.
In addition to the Botanical Society Conservatory, Kirstenbosch includes a medicinal garden, a Protea garden, a cycad amphitheatre, a fragrance garden, a braille trail, and over 2,500 species of plants from the Cape Peninsula.
One thing is for certain, you won’t regret visiting Kirstenbosch and experiencing the array of nature and beauty home to South Africa.
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Visit a local favourite spot for a bite to eat
If you are one who appreciates a good drink to go with a delicious meal, you are sure to have a great time experiencing South African BBQ, known locally as a braai. To experience a true braai you need to be invited to a local’s house, but if you can’t snag an invitation, don’t worry, Cape Town has a vibrant restaurant scene.
There is an abundance of restaurants offering delicious food, including both local and international specialities. For a fun vibe and delicious meat dishes, head over to the Bombay Bicycle Club. Belly of the Beast is another place serving up great food.
If you are not a meat lover, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan restaurants to enjoy. One notable restaurant is Spirit Cafe, an inviting spot with vegan/vegetarian options made with mainly fresh local farm products.
Even though Cape Town is right on the water, it can be difficult to find a great seafood place that isn’t super touristy or overpriced. Seabreeze is rated one of the best choices for high-quality seafood in an equally great location. It’s located on Bree Street, one of the main areas for bars and restaurants in the centre of the city.
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The next time you find yourself planning a trip to Cape Town, don’t forget these great ideas for exploring the Mother City. Or if you think you’ll stay a little longer, why don’t you think about teaching English in South Africa?
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by Everything TEFL Ltd but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that Everything TEFL Ltd securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to Everything TEFL Ltd collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think Everything TEFL Ltd has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the Everything TEFL Ltd processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.