Cape Town is an Instagrammer’s dream destination. It’s home to some of the world’s most breathtaking natural beauty and more than enough killer spots to keep your feed swoon-worthy for days.
Since moving down to Cape Town in 2014, I’ve taken my time exploring the city and its surrounds. But after working abroad for almost a year in 2016, I realised how little I had actually seen compared to the tourists that flock to our shores every year.
Here are some of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town that every first-time visitor (and local) should visit at least once!
Table of Contents
- 1. Table Mountain
- 2. Lions Head
- 3. Kloofs Corner
- 4. Cape Point
- 5. West Coast National Park
- 6. Canola Fields in Caledon
- 7. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- 8. Boulder’s Beach
- 9. Oudeschip Shipwreck
- 10. Wally’s Cave
- 11. Babylonstoren
- 12. Chapman’s Peak
- 13. St James Beach
- 14. Table Bay
- 15. Kasteelpoort
- 16. Bo Kaap
- 17. Maiden’s Cove
- 18. Clifton 2nd Beach
- 19. Woodstock
- 20. Signal Hill
1. Table Mountain
No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a gram on top of the city’s legendary mountain – or at least a shot of it in the background.
If you’re not up to the hike or afraid of heights, head to Blouberg Beach for sunset. It’s one of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town for that iconic skyline shot.
2. Lions Head
Another right of passage is hiking up Lion’s Head.
If you’re in town at the right time, I highly recommend joining the locals for the full moon hike. You’ll be in prime position for an epic sunset, and if you’re lucky, there will be a few paragliders in the sky as well. Combined with the iconic views of the city below, the two-hour hike is by far one of the best places for Instagram photos in Cape Town.
Just be sure to pack warm clothes for when the temperature drops and a torch to help you safely get down the mountain in the dark.
3. Kloofs Corner
Not in the mood for a two-hour trek up to Lion’s Head?
Take the lazy way out and hike up to Kloof’s Corner and explore one of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town. It’s a quick 20-minute walk and will give you a birds-eye view of Camps Bay below and Lion’s Head in the distance.
You get bonus points if you make it up here when the clouds are low!
4. Cape Point
Cape Point is worth the 30 to 40-minute drive. It boasts multiple day and overnight hikes that will satisfy any nature lover’s wanderlust.
If you only have a few hours here, make your way to the Dias Lookout. You’ll get super close to the point, and there are loads of photo opportunities on the way. But if you have some more time, explore the other trails or opt for one of the overnight hikes. The sheer number of photo options makes this one of the best Instagram spots in Cape Town.
Top tip: Get to Cape Point first thing in the morning. You’ll miss the busloads of tourists that start arriving around 10:00 a.m., and you’ll be able to get your shots without having to contend with the crowds.
5. West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park is one of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town. Sorta.
Technically it’s just outside of the city, but it still counts in my books.
If you can, plan your visit around the wildflowers in September. The park has a section called Postberg that is only open during this month, and it is Instagram heaven.
You’ll find white, purple, pink and yellow flowers blooming for as far as the eye can see. Plus there are a few zebra, gemsbok and tortoises to keep an eye out for as well.
Pack a picnic and spend a good few hours chilling at the beautiful Kraalbaai or climbing boulders like me.
6. Canola Fields in Caledon
Another springtime photo op that should not be missed in Cape Town is the canola fields in Caledon.
Located only an hour outside of the city, you’ll find huge fields of yellow flowers. Some will be on private property while others are easily accessed from the side of the road.
There are also a few nearby wine farms that have their own fields. Once you’re done getting your shots, you can head indoors for lunch or a tasting.
7. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
No matter what time of year you visit Kirstenbosch, you’ll always find dozens of Instagram photo spots around each corner.
From its famous Boomslang walkway to the massive enchanted forest tree, you can easily spend an entire day walking around and filling up multiple memory cards.
If you want that picture without the crowds, get here first thing in the morning. You’ll have the walkway all to yourself, and you won’t have to wait for people to get out of your shot.
8. Boulder’s Beach
One of the first places I take my friends visiting Cape Town is Boulder’s Beach.
I mean, who doesn’t want to spend a few hours taking photos of penguins and swimming with them in the ocean?
Entrance is only R 50 for South African residents and gets you access to a private beach. If you don’t want to pay to go inside, the penguins often waddle out into the parking lot, but you’ll be missing out on a ton of cuteness and Insta-worthy shots.
9. Oudeschip Shipwreck
The Sandy Bay Shipwreck Trail is hands down one of my favourite hikes in Cape Town.
The hike begins at Sandy Bay, the city’s unofficial nudist beach. Although, I saw more surfers than exhibitionists the last time I was here.
If you want to make it to the shipwreck, you’ll need to plan your hike with the low tide. Life of Mike has a super detailed blog post about how to get there without getting lost.
But even if you just admire the ship from afar, it still makes for epic photos and deserves a spot on any “most Instagrammable places in Cape Town” list.
10. Wally’s Cave
So I have a thing with caves. There is something about them that makes me feel like an adventurous pirate staking out a place to hide my buried treasure.
Wally’s Cave is one of my favourite Instagram spots in Cape Town. It makes for a place to watch the sunset or a rest stop on the way to the top of Lion’s Head.
Please note: Wally’s Cave is closed to hikers at the moment. Please check out the Lion’s Head Instagram page for updates on when the trail will be open again to the public.
Babylonstoren is a wine farm located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.
But besides its award-winning fermented grapes, it is also one of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town thanks to its garden.
The most popular part is its giant cacti maze.
If you want the best light and to avoid the harsh shadows, plan to arrive here in the late afternoon. There is an R20.00 entrance fee, and the wine tasting is under R 50.00 if you want to get a little day drunk beforehand.
12. Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives.
But it’s also home to a hidden cave (perfect for sunset missions).
There are loads of Instagram-worthy spots on the way, giving you plenty of opportunities to snag some killer photos for your feed.
I highly recommend packing a picnic, heading down to the cave and watching the day go out in style.
Safety tip: It can get REALLY windy at Chapman’s Peak. Do not head down to the cave or get close to the edge of the cliff if the wind is strong. We have enough rock art in South Africa and are good without your contribution.
13. St James Beach
Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg are filled with some of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town.
Whether you want to capture some shots of surfers tackling the waves or get in a few lifestyle shots at the harbour, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
One of my favourites is the colourful beach houses of St James Beach.
If you wake up in time for sunrise, you’ll most likely run into a dozen Instagrammer early birds on the beach planning their perfect shot.
14. Table Bay
Another epic way to take in Cape Town’s views is to hire a kayak and paddle your way to Table Bay.
But the best part is that you won’t just have the natural beauty to admire, you’ll have a chance to get up close to Cape Town’s marine life.
Dolphins, whales and sunfish are frequently spotted close to the bay especially first thing in the morning.
If your phone isn’t waterproof, keep it in a dry bag while you’re paddling or bring a GoPro.
There are quite a few companies offering kayaking tours in the bay at the moment. I recommend Atlantic Outlook. It’s run by one of South Africa’s biggest Instagrammers, Ben Brown, and the tour lasts for two hours.
Kasteelpoort is the famous “surfboard rock”.
I know, I know it LOOKS terrifying.
But it is safer than it looks.
It’s not the easiest hike up Table Mountain, but the views are 100% worth it.
Once you’re up there, you can make your way to the cable car station or carry on towards the Tranquility Tracks.
BONUS: Your glutes will amazing by the time you hike back down, but they might require an ice pack.
16. Bo Kaap
The colourful Bo Kaap neighbourhood is a must-visit for first-time visitors to Cape Town. Situated on a hill in the city centre, the Cape Malay people have decorated their houses in vibrant colours of pink, yellow, blue and orange.
There’s also a local who has an Insta-worthy power blue convertible that’s usually parked outside one of the houses on the main road.
If you do come to take photos here, please be respectful of the locals. It is their homes, and they don’t appreciate tourists taking pictures of them or going onto their property.
17. Maiden’s Cove
Maiden’s Cove is another top spot to watch the sunset in Cape Town. The tidal pools are beautiful, and you can get some stunning reflection photos when the water is still.
It’s also one of the few places that you’re allowed to fly your drone in the city!
18. Clifton 2nd Beach
Can you even say you have Cape Towned if you haven’t spent a day at Clifton 2nd Beach?
It’s one of the most beautiful places in Cape Town and is full of Insta-worthy photo ops.
From the fire shows on the beach to the ridiculously good-looking sunsets, it’s hard for Clifton 2nd ever to disappoint.
Of course, Cape Town has many more Instagrammable locations. It’s almost impossible to run out of spots that deserve a spot on your feed, and that’s one of the reasons why I love this city so much.
Woodstock is an artsy neighbourhood a few minutes away from the CBD. It’s home to the famous Neighbourhood Goods Market and plenty of trendy coffee shops.
But around almost every corner, you can catch glimpses of the areas incredible street art.
The best way to see the artworks is to go on a guided tour. It’s not safe to wander around by yourself with a camera (you’ll scream tourist), but a guide can tell you the meaning behind each piece and take you to Woodstock’s best murals.
20. Signal Hill
Want an epic sunset spot in Cape Town without the hike? Drive up to Signal Hill.
It’s on the same road as Lion’s Head and offers spectacular views of the city below and Cape Town’s impressive mountain range.
What are your most Instagrammable places in Cape Town? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
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