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Heritage Day in Cape Town

Cooped up inside for as long as we have been, it’s easy to miss nature, people, and places. But Cape Tonians in particular pine after the beauty of Cape Town attractions. From the bustling city centre to the picturesque wine farms in the valleys. Table Mountain, in particular, is a constant presence, and it’s safe to say that it and the Mother City’s surrounding historical and natural wonders play a key role in our uniquely Cape Tonian heritage.

So after months of being confined indoors, there’s no better time to get out there and celebrate your heritage in the most Cape Tonian way. Reclaiming our beautiful city and all its fun and exciting attractions. With your City Pass, you can use your Heritage Day weekend to explore the Mother City’s hottest cultural and historical attractions, learning and experiencing our unique culture along the way.

Here are just a few of the top attractions we recommend.

Take in exceptional views from Table Mountain

Wherever you are in Cape Town you’re bound to have some kind of view of Table Mountain. Have you ever experienced the view of Cape Town from the Table Top? It’s a whole new way to explore the mountain we know and love, and every Cape Tonian has to stand on its peak as our ancestors did. Use your city pass to take the Cape Town Cable Car up to the top aèd take in the fantastic panoramic views of this beautiful city we call home.

Experience these exceptional views with the Tabel Mountain Aerial Cableway 

Fly over the Mother City by helicopter

Just when you think there’s no better place to catch the views of Cape Town, we can do you one better. Premium pass holders have the opportunity to see the Mother City as they’ve never seen her before with Cape Town Helicopters. It’s a bucket-list adventure to remember, with awe-inspiring views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And it’s certainly one way to broaden your horizons again after living exclusively indoors for so long.

Enjoy family fun at the Two Oceans Aquarium

We’ve certainly been biting at the bit to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium again, and we’re sure you have been too! The Aquarium is open for visitors again, and not only can you and the whole family pay a visit to your aquatic friends during the Heritage Day weekend, but you can enjoy a dinner with a difference to celebrate their reopening.

You can get your Two Oceans Aquarium Tickets here.

Deep Blue Dinner

On the 2nd of October, the Two Oceans Aquarium will be hosting their first “Deep Blue Dinner”, a chance to enjoy a 3-course meal in the underwater viewing rooms. It’s dinner and a show with a difference and goes towards supporting the aquarium, its staff, and the animals that call it home. It’s R320 per person, open to anyone over 12. Be sure to book in advance!

Explore the ancient Cape Town Castle

The city is painted in a rich and colourful history, so much so that we can boast of having the oldest building in South Africa right here in our city centre. And it’s a castle to boot! Well, sort of. The Castle of Good Hope is a bastion fort, and it’s considered a National Heritage Site. Join historians on one of the many Castle of Good Hope Tours to learn all about the Cape’s (and the castle’s) tumultuous past, with even a few ghost stories thrown in. It also tells a story of colonialism, segregation, and war, the roots of the Apartheid struggle we would rise up to overcome.

Taste uniquely Cape Town vintages at The Groot Constantia wine farm

Another ancient but considerably more picturesque (and tastier) heritage site right on our doorstep is the beautiful Groot Constantia wine farm, a historical site and the oldest wine estate in South Africa. Constantia wines were sought out the world over and even made appearances at the tables of Kings such as Louis Phillipe of France. Today you can enjoy these world-famous wines on the Groot Constantia Wine Tasting toursLearn all about the history of wine production in the Cape as you enjoy their most popular vintages.

Once you’ve finished sightseeing and indulging in some classic Constantia wine tasting you can always stop by the on-site restaurants for some delicious Heritage Day lunches.

Experience Cape Town heritage on foot with a Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

One of the best ways to experience Cape Town’s colourful culture and heritage is to walk the streets. Especially the streets of Bo-Kaap, which are quite literally colourful! Experience one of the many Bo-Kaap Walking tours to get a unique window into Cape Malay history and culture here in the Mother City. With opportunities to taste, see, and experience the culture first-hand. The cobblestone streets and colourful houses are great for photos, and you’ll find no shortage of hospitality and stories when you visit this world-famous district.

To join on a walking tour, you can find the guides at the City Sightseeing ticket office on Long Street.

Visit Cape Town’s many fantastic Museums

With a history like ours, it’s no surprise we are spoilt for choice with museums in Cape Town. Granted, not all of them are open as of yet, but with your City Pass, you have free access to more than a couple of the ones that are. Visit the SA Jewish Museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Museum near the stunning Company Gardens to learn all about the history of the Jewish people in Cape Town and across the world. Or be awed at the Norval Foundation, home to spectacular South African contemporary art and beautiful gardens. And no Heritage tour is complete without a visit to the District 6 Museum.  A powerful window into the history of District 6 and the people who lived there.

These are just a few of the fantastic attractions and activities you can enjoy over the Heritage weekend and beyond. We’re thrilled to see so many of our favourite attractions open again after the long break, and they’re more than ready to welcome you all back again. Here’s to a fun-filled Heritage Day weekend here in the Mother City.