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Responsible tourism and volunteering

South Africa offers a wealth of voluntourism and responsible tourism programmes – the best of which are governed by standards to ensure valuable, worthwhile exchanges.

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Responsible Tourism Cape Town

Cape Town has been recognised as one of the world’s best responsible tourism destinations. A sustainable city is a great place to inhabit and visit.

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Top 10

Historical Places in Cape Town

1Cape Town’s historic waterfront

Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has a fascinating history, is South Africa's top tourist destination and a working port.

2St George's Cathedral, Cape Town

Known as the 'people's cathedral', St George's has always been a haven for the oppressed. It is also the oldest Anglican cathedral in South Africa.

3Houses of Parliament, Cape Town

The South African Houses of Parliament in Cape Town have been witness to a large number of the major changes, upheavals and historic turnabouts of this country.

4Historic Robben Island, Cape Town

A trip out to Robben Island, famously once home to Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid heroes, might be the most memorable of all your South African experiences.

5Historic Long Street

Walk up historic Long Street, where you'll see Victorian architecture against a Table Mountain backdrop, and where you'll be tempted into quirky shops and sidewalk cafés.

6Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is the country's oldest intact colonial building, and it speaks volumes about colonial days from the mid-1600s.

7The Bo-Kaap Museum

The Bo-Kaap Museum lies at the heart of 1 of Cape Town's most colourful communities. Take a walk through the brightly coloured Bo-Kaap area and meet its people.

8District Six Museum

The displays and guides of the District Six Museum in central Cape Town tell the story of a vibrant community uprooted during the apartheid era.

9Cape Town's Iziko Museums

Dedicate a couple of days of your time to exploring the various fascinating Iziko Museums in Cape Town, from the Slave Lodge to Groot Constantia.

10Historic Cape Town Gardens

The Company's Garden in Cape Town is the prime park space in the centre of the Mother City, first established by Jan van Riebeeck, the 1st Dutch governor of the Cape.