You don't have to go far to take in the natural and dramatic beauty of the city, with its enviable environment of ocean and mountains.
It's easy to appreciate Cape Town's natural beauty with a hike or cable car up to Table Mountain, and see a raft of indigenous plant species at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. You also can get close to wildlife. Boulders Beach is famed for its African penguins; Seal Island has a noisy colony of fur seals; and you can dive with sharks further afield in Gansbaai. Hikers can get their boots on, or whizz on a mountain bike, to Cape Point, and head to the top of Lion's Head.
And if you're feeling lazy? Well, you can always hop onto the Cape Wheel, where a slow rotation will give you an eyeful of all these great panoramas and more.