The town has a number of notable cultural points of interest.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, constructed on prime of a part of the docks of the Port of Cape City , is now one of many metropolis's hottest purchasing venues, with a number of hundred outlets and the Two Oceans Aquarium. A part of the V&A's appeal, as it's regionally recognized, is that the Port continues to function and guests can watch ships enter and depart.
The V&A additionally hosts the Nelson Mandela Gateway, by means of which ferries depart for Robben Island.
It's potential to take a ferry from the V&A to Hout Bay, Simon's City and the Cape Fur Seal colonies on Seal and Duiker Islands. A number of corporations supply excursions of the Cape Flats, a principally Colored township, and Khayelitsha, a principally black township. Additionally it is attainable to sleep in a single day in Cape City's townships. There are a number of B&B's the place you'll be able to spend a protected and actual African night time.
Cape City can also be famous for its architectural heritage, with the very best density of Cape Dutch type buildings on the earth. Cape Dutch fashion, which mixes the architectural traditions of France, the Netherlands, and Germany, is most seen in Constantia, the previous authorities buildings within the Central Enterprise District, and alongside Lengthy Road.
The annual Cape City Minstrel Carnival, additionally recognized by its Afrikaans identify of Kaapse Klopse, is a big minstrel pageant held yearly on January 2 or "Tweede Nuwe Jaar" - Second New Yr. Competing groups of minstrels parade in brightly colored costumes, both carrying vibrant umbrellas or enjoying an array of musical devices.
The Artscape Theatre Centre is the primary performing arts venue in Cape City .
Cape City's transport system hyperlinks it to the remainder of South Africa; it serves because the gateway to different locations inside the province. The Cape Winelands and particularly the cities of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are widespread day journeys from the town for sightseeing and wine tasting.
Whale watching is well-liked: Southern Proper Whales might be discovered off the coast in the course of the breeding season (July to November) and Bryde's Whales may be seen any time of the yr. The close by city of Hermanus is understood for its Whale Pageant, however whales may also be seen in False Bay.
Heaviside's dolphins are endemic to the world and may be seen from the coast north of Cape City ; dusky dolphins stay alongside the identical coast and may sometimes be seen from the ferry to Robben Island.
1.5 million vacationers visited in Cape City throughout 2004, bringing in a complete of R10 billion in income.
The preferred areas for guests to remain embrace Camps Bay, Sea Level, V & A Waterfront, Hout Bay, Rondebosch, Hermanus, Constantia, Metropolis Bowl, Somerset West and Newlands.