Things to do other than golf
1. Table mountain
Take a cable car & ride up to the Table Mountain for spectacular views of the city. Located at a height of 1085 meters you are afforded spectacualr views of Robben Island, the city & beyond. There are various walks on the top plus a restaurant & a coffee shop. The weather here changes quickly & dress accordingly (mainly factor for colder weather). The first trip is at 8:30 am & the last trip down is at 1800 hrs. Best time to go is between 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs when the queues are the thinnest. Return fare was 200 ZAR as of July 2012.
2. VA waterfront
Named after Queen Victoria & her son Alfred (they opened the harbor in 1860) this is a SA’s most visited destination. It is set against the backdrop of the Table Mountain & a working harbour. It has shops, restaurants, bars. Activities include helicopter trips, boat charters & a number of museums & galleries. You can take a FERRY TO ROBBEN ISLAND from the Nelson Mandela gateway.
3. Robben Island
Take a boat trip to Robben Island. Its where Ex president Nelson Mandela was jailed & is a world heritage site. Ferries depart from Nelson Mandela gateway at the VA waterfront. The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. Ferries depart at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting & the fare as of July 2012 was 230 ZAR.
4. Cape point
The southern most tip of the Cape peninsula ( approx 60 kms from the city ). Check out the lookput point over the sea. There is a train (funicular) that runs from the car park area to the upper lighthouse which provides you with fantastic views over the Cape of Good hope. Cape Point is located a little north of the Cape of Good Hope.
5. Cape of Good hope
Located close to Cape point albiet at a lower level. Diverse topography with mountain tops, beaches & open sea. Has a very wide range of 250 birds including penguin colonies. Spot antelopes & zebras here. It is also a whale watching spot between June & November. Its 65 kms from Capetown city center.
6. Boulders Beach
Penguin watching spot & is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town. A colony of Jackass African Penguins (they are called that because of the hilarious braying call/sound they make) settled there in 1982 & has grown now to a large 3000 strong community. Also known as Boulders Bay.