Cape Town became an international darling when it hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South African spectators captured the world’s imagination during televised soccer matches by blowing on vuvuzelas—long plastic horns that emit a sharp, loud note. The colorful vuvuzelas stood as a symbol of a vibrant city.
Encircled by mountains and the ocean, Cape Town is breathtakingly gorgeous. Over the centuries, Cape Town has developed a unique, cosmopolitan culture that includes indigenous Africans, Indonesians, and Europeans. In the mid-1800s, it removed racial qualifications for voting. By 1948, it was among South Africa’s most racially integrated cities. Colonial forces and apartheid suppressed these advances, but Cape Town’s multicultural tradition persisted—playing an important role in South Africa’s post-apartheid commitment to racial equality.
Spectators at the 2010 FIFA World Cup blow their vuvuzelas. Photo by Jason Bagley.
A City to Love
Cape Town has gained many honors as a top travel destination. It edged out London and Barcelona as the world’s leading festival destination in the 2020 World Travel Awards, and also received an honor for hosting Africa’s leading airport. Publications like The New York Times and Daily Telegraph have called it the world’s best place to visit.
Here at Ujuzi, we love Cape Town too. It has so much to offer that most of our travelers spend 4 to 5 days in the Cape Town area when visiting South Africa. Below, we’ve highlighted 10 of our favorite things to do in the Mother City.