December 12

Cape Town in Pictures


By Marlin Clark on
December 12, 2023

Cape Town is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the world, and for good reason. In fact, many reasons! South Africa's oldest city truly is a unique setting, from its famous flat-topped Table Mountain hugged by towering city buildings, vineyards and the Atlantic Ocean. The enchanting mix of activities and attractions, pristine beaches, rich history, culture, fine dining, and plenty of wine farms make it one of the best holiday destinations for any kind of traveller. If you think you need any more convincing to visit Cape Town (although we doubt it!), here's a selection of our favourite photos to get you excited. We hope you're ready!


Beautiful day in Clifton Beach

Beautiful day in postcard-perfect Clifton Beach

Summer in Cape Town is an event on its own! The days are long and can be as lazy or action-packed as you'd like, and the holiday cheer is plentiful. During the South African summer, Clifton Beach is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Cape Town.


Visit the V&A Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: a place for all seasons

The beauty of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is that it has everything you need. It offers entertainment galore, from sunset cruises to plenty of high-end boutiques, so you can shop 'til you drop! There are also plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars to fuel up and quench your thirst. 


Bo-Kaap's colourful houses in Cape Town

Bo-Kaap's colourful houses make the perfect backdrop for some Instagram photos 

Take a short walk from the city centre, where at the base of Signal Hill, you'll see the bright, multi-hued houses dotting the cobblestone streets of the famous Bo-Kaap. Here, you can explore Cape Malay cooking and culture, and we highly recommend you pay Atlas, the local spice store, a visit. 


Paragliding off Signal Hill

Paragliding off Signal Hill

Oh, to feel like you're soaring through the sky like a bird! In Cape Town, you can experience the wonder of paragliding with an expert instructor from Lion's Head or Signal Hill. Your heart will overflow with joy as you soak in the stunning aerial view of the city below. 


Canopy walkway Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

 Boomslang canopy walkway in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Image Credit: Anne Sophie

Set against the back of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world, covering 528 hectares of estate, including a cultivated garden and a nature reserve. The Boomslang canopy walkway pictured here is one of the best ways to admire this flourishing botanical garden and its surrounding mountain ranges.


Cape Dutch Homestead

Cape Dutch Homestead, Image Credit: David Steele

Up for some vino? Constantia Valley is the closest wine route to the city. Within 30 minutes away, you can sip and savour wines from the country's oldest established wine farms and some of the newest. You'll be charmed not only by the wines but also by the stunning Cape Dutch architecture and picturesque setting.


African penguins on the sandy coast in sunset

African penguins waddle along Boulders Beach, Image Credit: Uryadnikov Sergey

Seeing the African penguin at Boulder's Beach is a unique experience that the whole family will love! And this penguin colony is entertaining and dapper in every way, which will undoubtedly make you smile from ear to ear! Their gift shop is also fully stocked with special gifts and souvenirs. 


Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town

Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town

Along the Atlantic Coast, you'll find one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, namely Chapman's Peak Drive. With 114 curves, flanked by rugged mountainside on the one side and the glittering Atlantic Ocean on the other side, it's the perfect spot to pull over for a sundowner! 


Muizenberg Beach  Cape Town

The iconic colourful beach houses in Muizenberg 

Whether you're a pro or amateur surfer, you'll love Muizenberg. It's known for being one of the top places to learn how to surf because of its consistent, gentle breaks. This town also received international attention from National Geographic when it was voted "One of the World's Best Surf Towns". There are also plenty of great cafés, shops and restaurants here.


Exploring Cape Point Cape Town

Exploring Cape Point's wilderness is a highlight on any Cape Town trip

Cape Point is one of the most wildly wonderful places. Picture scaling cliffs, carpets of fynbos, bays, beaches and rolling green valleys as far as the eye can see. And all of this is found a mere 60k from Cape Town's city centre! 


Green Point Park

Green Point Park is a green patch of heaven near the city

Known as the Soho of Cape Town, Green Point, along with its neighbouring Sea Point, is a super trendy seaside stretch with plenty of eateries, art galleries, and entertainment options. It's also a great place to break a sweat, with a stunning promenade and Green Point Park, perfect for a jog or leisurely walk.


Long Street in Cape Town

Long Street in Cape Town

Long Street is famous for its nightlife, with plenty of bars, clubs and late-night restaurants. However, there are also plenty of interesting stores and boutiques to explore during the day. 


Cape Town from above

Views from Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town's city, mountain ranges, and ocean

A list of Cape Town images will be incomplete without featuring our very own flat-topped Table Mountain! You can hike up the mountain or take the quick way up via the cable car and enjoy 360-degree views along the way. 


Scenic view of Table Mountain from Blouberg Strand

Scenic view of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand

Bloubergstrand is one of the best places to take photos of the iconic Table Mountain. In fact, the name means "blue mountain beach" because it appears blue from afar, set against a dramatic skyline. There are plenty of great restaurants and beaches here, especially at Big Bay.

Ready to Start Planning Your Cape Town Holiday?

Cape Town has so much to explore that it will keep you busy for days! And since it's our home, we know all the ins and outs of where to go, stay, dine, play – everything!

Contact our Rhino Africa Travel Experts today, and let's start planning your tailor-made holiday! 

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About the author 

Marlin Clark

Marlin was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Cape Town at the age of five. Growing up, he's always been fascinated with colours and shapes - the Lego blocks he was obsessed with as a kid are now repurposed as stationary holders on his desk. Marlin is inspired by all things beautiful, has a positive outlook on life, and is driven by a desire to make things that matter. In his spare time he enjoys expanding his knowledge on all things design-related, loves to travel, and find opportunities to improve his outdoor photography. He'll never pass up a good cup of coffee.

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