What to do in Cape Town

The Cape Town Active Blog is getting a lot of international website visitors. They might plan to come to Cape Town and visit our awesome city. So I thought it might be a good idea to give an overview of books about Cape Town.

A click on the books title will lead you to Amazon for more info and yes, it is an affiliate link.

Books for to be Cape Town visitors, to be Cape Town locals and Capetonians 😉
Lonely Planet Cape Town (City Travel Guide)

Cape-Town-City-Guide-Lonely-PlanetOver 700 hours of on-the-road research, three expert authors, 32 detailed maps

Unparalleled wines and wineries coverage – find out which of Cape Town’s 200 wineries is worth a visit, and how to identify a good drop once you get there.

Get off the tourist trail – discover the Cape Town that only the locals know, with interviews, tips and advice from locals in the know.

Read more Lonely Planet Cape Town on Amazon

Frommer’s Cape Town Day by Day

Cape-Town-Day-by-DayShort and punchy city guide to Cape Town and the Winelands, showing travellers the region in the most effective way.

Aimed at sophisticated travellers who are looking for a very accessible read to make the most of their stay, special-interest tours allow travellers to get a good idea of the geography instantly before exploring it, giving people some surprising choices for what to see and do that they might not have thought to consider normally.

Read more about Frommer’s Cape Town Day by Day on Amazon


Cape Town (City Guide)

Cape-Town-City-GuideThis book covers all the city neighborhoods that visitors will want to visit, including the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Bo Kaap and the Cape Peninsula, and includes advice on how to arrange a visit to the townships.

A section on excursions covers the Cape Winelands and the famous Garden Route Shore.

The book includes a detailed history chapter covering South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy, as well as fascinating essays on The Arts, Food and Drink, and the national passion for Sport. Full colour mapping and photography throughout.

Read more about the Cape Town (City Guide) on Amazon

Cape Town: The Making of a City

Cape-Town-The-Making-of-a-CityThis social history of Cape Town under Dutch and British rule traces the changing character of the city and portrays the varied lives and experiences of its inhabitants black and white, rich and poor, slave and free, Christian and Muslim.

The story told in these pages is both immensely readable and endlessly interesting, and is sure to remain for long the definitive history of the city.

The volume is illustrated throughout with a wealth of paintings, maps and photographs.

The book is written for the general reader as well as academics.

Read more about Cape Town: The Making of a City on Amazon

The South African Pet Friendly Directory

The definitve guide to holiday accommdation in South Africa that welcomes you and your pets.

The South African Pet Friendly Directory – Read more on Amazon

Cape Town on Foot: A Walk Through Town and History

Cape-Town-on-Foot-A-Walk-Through-Town-and-HistorySmall enough to slip into a pocket, this guide provides the essential information for an enjoyable walk through Cape Town. Part One gives helpful advice and tips on such matters as how to cross Cape Town streets, security, weather, and when and where to part with your money.

It then leads the reader, assisted by a map and sketches, on a walk through the historic city centre. Part Two gives a concise general history of the Cape up to the British occupations.

Learn more on Amazon about Cape Town on Foot: A Walk Through Town and History


It’s Your Turn

What do you think? Do you know more good books about Cape Town? What you recommend to visitors on what to do in Cape Town?

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