Cape Town has been hailed by many as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but the city is still grappling the hard knock the tourism and hospitality industries have taken ever since the devastating drought in the province.

However, the Mother City and the Western Cape at large happen to house some of the country’s top tourist attractions, making the region too irresistible not to be visited.

Here’s a pick of some tourist favourites:

The V&A Waterfront 

 

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The V&A Waterfront is Cape Town’s most popular attraction, and received more than 24 000 000 visitors in 2017. With enough different activities to keep each member of the family happy, it’s no wonder so many choose this as the place to while the day away.

Popular attractions at the V&A Waterfront include the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Cape Wheel and an array of restaurants with world-class cuisine on offer.

Table Mountain National Park

The beauty of Table Mountain National Park is a quintessential feature of the Cape – the nature in the Western Cape is unparalleled, and the Park gives those who visit it the opportunity to see it up-close and personal.

Last year, the Park received more than 3 000 000 visitors, both local and international.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

 

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A trip up Table Mountain in a cable car is the best way to see Cape Town in all its splendor, and is a wonderful experience to tick off your Mother City bucket-list.

In 2017, more than a million people visited the Cableway, an increase of 5.3% in visitor numbers.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

 

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The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are hailed as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world, and sit on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The gardens are famous for their summer concerts, open-air movie nights, and beautiful picnic spots.

Last year, the gardens received more than 968 000 visitors.

Robben Island

 

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Robben Island is a historical landmark and National Heritage site a way out from the Cape Town port in the waters of Table Bay, and the name is Dutch for “Seal Island”.

To date, three former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa, including Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma.

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Article written by

Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.