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Your super 7-day Cape Town itinerary featuring the most remarkable highlights

Cape Town is a fun city with much to see and do. You have to pick activities for your 7-day itinerary carefully. This extended and locally-curated itinerary planning guide can help you make the most of limited time in the Mother City.

Tips for your 7-day itinerary

There are many unmissable activities in Cape Town. Therefore, when planning your 7-day visit, identify activities that you would enjoy instead of simply picking what’s popular.

The beautiful Cape Town has it all. It often fetches a top spot on the world’s list of best cities to visit. Remember to pick the best time to visit Cape Town when booking your travel itinerary.

Hot tip for foodies

If you want to secure a booking at one of Cape’s award-winning restaurants, booking online early. Restaurants such as The Test Kitchen, and others in award-winning chef Luke Dale Roberts’ portfolio are booked up months in advance.

Wolfgat in Paternoster was awarded ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the World Restaurant Awards early in 2019. Paternoster is a West Coast town about an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town.

Experience the best of Cape Town in a week

When you have 7 days in Cape Town, you will never be able to see and do it all. Nevertheless, you can experience some of the highlights while on your holiday or honeymoon.

Your Cape Town itinerary needs the flexibility to accommodate the temperamental Western Cape weather. Make hay while the sun shines. If you wake up to a glorious day, get up and go! Make your way to the Table Mountain Cableway or the nearest beach. On the other hand, wine tasting and shopping are not weather-dependant activities.

Cape Town Table Mountain Atlantic Ocean
Aerial view of Table Mountain

Day 1

Start early to visit Table Mountain. Take the Table Mountain Cableway for a no-sweat option. Fit, outdoorsy people can opt for a hiking trail to ascent the mother of a mountain.

Enjoy lunch at one of the popular Kloof Street eateries. Experience the Cape Town energy. We recommend Café Paradiso or Manna Epicure. Here you will get a view towards the city, mountain and harbour.

After lunch, head down to the Iziko South African Museum. A very interesting collection awaits. The Planetarium is right next door. If art is your thing, head down to Woodstock and browse the Goodman Gallery. Find out more about the history of the Cape at the District Six Museum.

It has been a long day with a lot to take in. Head back to where your luxury apartment and retire early. You have a busy day ahead!

Day 2

Spend the second day shopping at the V&A Waterfront. There are loads to do. It is a great venue for kids too. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Take a break to find beautiful gemstones at the Scratch Patch. Have lunch before you embark on a historic journey of South Africa’s rainbow nation. Take the ferry to Robben Island.

Upon your return, experience dazzling city lights and mountain magic. Take a romantic ride on The Cape Wheel. You will enjoy the city, mountain and harbour views.

Day 3

Hop on the City Sightseeing bus at the V&A Waterfront. See everything from Table Mountain to Camps Bay and Kirstenbosch. Stop for lunch en route. The bus has 30 hop-on and hop-off spots. The Classic ticket is a one-day pass with three tour loops.

End off yet another busy day relaxing at your self-catering apartment when you stay at the V&A Waterfront.

Day 4

Adventure and activity are on the menu. Start early with an adrenaline-charged helicopter flip over Cape Town. If you are an adventurer looking for more, Cape Town answers your call.

Tandem paragliding or Scootours are fun activities for busy souls. Water babies will love the chance to surf, windsurf, kitesurf, surf ski, snorkel with seals and scuba dive. Take your pick of these exciting activities.

If you have not had enough, consider taking a moonlight hike up Lion’s Head. Memories of this extra special walk will remain with you.

Day 5

Take a break for a fun beach holiday. Many of Cape Town’s glorious beaches enjoy Blue Flag status. Do you want to sunbathe or brave the cold Atlantic Ocean waters? We recommend Camps Bay beach or any of the four Clifton beaches. Support beach vendors for easy eats and treats.

End your relaxing day with sundowners at one of Camps Bay’s many sunset spots. Have a fun dinner at an excellent restaurant. Try any of the Camps Bay restaurants in The Kove collection. A short drive from Camps Bay will take you to The Lawns at the Roundhouse. This eatery is in the forest overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 6

It is time to take a Cape Winelands tour. Decide in advance which area you want to discover. The Cape Winelands is around 45 minutes from the city. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Somerset West and Paarl are great options. There are plenty of wineries for wine tasting. Most of them have easy lunchtime menus and offer picnic spots. Combine wine tasting with some wildlife.

Somerset West (near Stellenbosch) is home to Cheetah Outreach. Paarl is closest to Drakenstein Lion Park and Butterfly World Zoo. En route to Franschhoek, Babylonstoren is a magic place for gardeners and nature lovers.

Day 7

Get an early start and spend your last day in Cape Town touring the laid-back Cape Peninsula. Drive from the Atlantic Seaboard all the way South. Take the famous Chapman’s Peak drive en route to Noordhoek. Continue on to Cape Point and then to the historic Simon’s Town. Welcome to the Indian Ocean. Discover the naval museum and meet the African Penguin Colony at Boulder’s Beach. Stop at Kalk Bay to discover interesting little shops, bars and restaurants. Kalk Bay has a working fisherman’s harbour.

Round off your day of exploring. Go for a final wine tasting at any one of the famous Constantia wineries. Groot Constantia is the oldest winery in the Cape. Steenberg, Buitenverwachting and Beau Constantia also deserve a mention. Buy a bottle of wine here to savour with your final sunset in Cape Town. Head to Signal Hill for the most splendid views.

Getting around Cape Town

Your transport options are plentiful and include:

  • Uber
  • Rikkis Taxi
  • Bolt
  • Rent a car for self-drive (right-hand steering)
  • Take the MyCiti Bus to the sights
  • Appoint a tour guide
  • Book group bus/mini-bus tours

Where to stay in Cape Town

Cherry-pick one of the best tourist spots. You do not want to spend too much time travelling on your tight itinerary.

The Views - Swimming pool deck
The Views - Luxury villa in Camps Bay

We recommend booking a luxury rental in the following central Atlantic Seaboard areas:

  • Camps Bay
  • Clifton
  • Bantry Bay
  • Sea Point
  • Fresnaye
  • Green Point
  • De Waterkant
  • V&A Waterfront

What are you waiting for? Book a beach villa by contacting Cape Town Villas. Your holiday itinerary is all sorted. Enjoy some downtime and a 1-week itinerary you will never forget!

Stay in luxury during your 7-day visit

Our villa experts have intimate knowledge about every property in our portfolio and will ensure your accommodation is a perfect fit to your unique needs.

Phone us on +27 21 201 1495 and ask to speak to one of our friendly experts.