Cape Town, South Africa

Over 800,000 people visit Cape Town each year

Why Cape Town?

There’s nowhere on earth quite like Cape Town. Home to some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes Cape Town is a melting pot of diverse cultures and the epicenter of complex history. you are a sports fanatic, an outdoor enthusiast, an epicurean, a history guru, or an adventure-seeker, Cape Town has something for absolutely everyone.

Breathtaking natural beauty

It’s no secret that Cape Town is home to some of the most impressive and gorgeous natural wonders. These include the iconic Table Mountain, the expansive Cape Point Nature Reserve, Lion’s Head and its panoramic views, calming Newlands Forest, not-for-the-faint-hearted Devil’s Peak, vibing Camps Bay beach, endless tidal pools perfect for sheltered dips, the ideal walking and running spot – Sea Point promenade, lush and green Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and so so much more.

Rich culture & history

From Robben Island and the District Six Museum to the Bo Kaap, literary festivals, Iziko Slave Lodge, Zietz Mocca Museum of Contemporary Art, and more, Cape Town offers a diverse variety of cultural and historic places to visit and learn about the incredibly rich history of South Africa.

Incredible diversity

South Africa celebrates cultural diversity, reflecting its complex history and the convergence of various ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. The rainbow nation is home to a kaleidoscope of traditions, customs, and lifestyles. The country’s cultural landscape is shaped by indigenous African traditions, colonial influences, and the legacy of apartheid, which has contributed to the resilience and creativity of its people.


With its 11 official languages, including Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English, communication becomes a vibrant mosaic of voices. Despite the multilingual landscape, English acts as a common thread, contributing to a sense of national cohesion while preserving the vibrancy of South Africa’s linguistic tapestry.

Affordable travel

Compared to other destinations, Cape Town offers an affordable travel solution – especially for those coming from Europe, the UK, or North America. You can enjoy world-class activities, dining and accommodation at a fraction of the cost when compared to costs back home. Transport is cheap and reliable, and you can use excellent domestic flights to explore the rest of South Africa on a budget.

Endless activities

In Cape Town, sports are a vibrant part of community life. Soccer, rugby, and cricket are widely enjoyed, with local teams garnering passionate support. Beyond traditional sports, Cape Town offers a playground for adventure enthusiasts, with activities like surfing, windsurfing, hiking, abseiling, cycling
and more.

The friendliest locals

South Africans are renowned for their warm and welcoming hospitality, creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere for both locals and visitors. The nation’s cultural diversity is mirrored in the open-minded and inclusive nature of its people.

A flavorful feast

Cape Town’s food scene is a vibrant blend of diverse flavors, with fresh seafood and aromatic Cape Malay dishes taking the spotlight. From trendy waterfront eateries to local markets, the city offers a culinary adventure. Pairing these delights with world-class wines from nearby vineyards adds to the experience.

This is Cape Town

We invited past VACorps participant and writer Andrew Zaleski to describe the style, vibe and majesty of Cape Town.

Andrew Zaleski

Washington DC, USA


If you’ve learned to follow the lead of Capetonians, you’ll know exactly when to begin your hike up Lion’s Head. At around 4 in the afternoon the ascent begins with two, three people spread across a dusty brown path that winds upward until you’re walking one behind the other, straining your legs forward, continually readjusting the backpack straps riding down your shoulders. You’ll reach the chain-rope, and because everyone else is bruising the soft, fleshy parts of their hands’ insides to make a vertical climb upward—and avoiding an additional ten minutes to this hike—you’ll do it too (and thank yourself for it later on).

It’s windy at the peak. The twenty of you who made this hike have spread out on the flat rocks at the top of Lion’s Head, and as you gaze off into the distance, you slowly, involuntarily draw a line from Robben Island, to Green Point Stadium, up Signal Hill and back out into the Atlantic Ocean, just in time to catch the sun on the horizon kiss the tips of the waves. You set your backpack down, zip it open, and pull out a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, a hunk of ciabatta bread, and a block of cheddar. And with an intense sigh of satisfaction, you dangle your legs over one of the rocky edges and count down the minutes until the sun disappears completely and the moon rises. That’s when you know—this ain’t your mother’s wine and cheese party. This is Cape Town, and if you’ve ever visualized Kanye West’s song “The Good Life,” at this moment you’re letting him know that you’re gonna let him finish, but, quite frankly, you just won’t care.

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