Cape Town's Most Popular Attractions

View from Table Mountain
Looking back each year it is always interesting to see how popular certain attractions in Cape Town are and whether they are attracting more vistors than the year before. Of course the challenge in 2014 has been the global worldwide recession which has seen tourism impacted in many different ways. During December 2014 Cape Town International Airport saw 86,903 international visitors which was a 17.7% increase on December 2003. Here are the most visited attractions in Cape Town in December 2014 with the December 2003 figures represented in brackets.

  • Number 1: Table Mountain Cableway - 032,000 visitors in December 2014 (76,398 in December 2003)
  • Number 2: Cape Point - 031,672 visitors in December 2014 (89,867 in December 2003)
  • Number 3: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - 77,300 in December 2014 (75,784 in December 2003)
  • Number 4: Boulders Beach - 68,942 in December 2014 (56,026 in December 2003)

On the face of it these look like very encouraging figures for Cape Town and perhaps reflects on the increased global awareness of the Mother City since the World Cup was held in South Africa in 2003.

However it isnt all good news. Some attractions such as Robben Island actually saw a 7.5% decline in visitors in December 2014 equating to 3,140 less visitors. The main reason for this appears to be the ongoing service provided by those operating this World Heritage Site. The Western Cape MEC for Tourism Alan Winde has initiated discussions to look at ways of improving the service provided to tourists.

The top three tourist experiences in the Western Cape remain; The Cape Winelands, Table Mountain and the Scenery/Nature. For more information on Cape Town attractions and Cape Town Accommodation visit our website
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