Cape Town

 

Cape Town’s name originated form the term ‘Cape of Good Hope’ when Bartholomew Diaz and other seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain, like an inn that promised hospitality and prosperity. The presence of Table Mountain in all its splendour still invokes this kind of emotion. Cape Town is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant character being derived from Khoisan and other African tribes from the North, and Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers.

Bustling and beautiful, the cosmopolitan nature of Cape Town means that one never tires of the multitude of experiences it has to offer. From pristine coastlines and a magnificent countryside offering a unique flora kingdom, to the many shopping malls, restaurants, jazz cafes, flea markets, theatres and glitzy casinos and nightclubs, Cape Town appeals to the nature-lover and the night crawler! Take a cable car up Table Mountain, or watch the unsurpassed beauty of a sunset at Signal Hill. Visit Canal Walk at Century City for a unique shopping experience, or be captivated and enthralled at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town’s larger-than-life theme park.

ATTRACTIONS
Tourist Attractions
Cape Town has been voted one of the top international destinations in the world and is filled with natural beauty and a rich variety of stimulating activities. The top six national attractions in South Africa are all located in Cape Town and appear at the top of every visitor’s itinerary all year round.

Table Mountain
South Africa’s world-renowned icon, the beloved Table Mountain, was given National Park status in May 1998.

Table Mountain offers something for everyone – magnificent views, cable car rides, hiking, serious rock climbing, cross country running, fascinating botany, birding and for the more adventurous, abseiling and paragliding. Visitors are treated to an unforgettable experience during the ride to the top of Table Mountain aboard a modern cable car with a revolving floor. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway operates 365 days a year, depending on weather conditions. The summit of Cape Town’s world-famous landmark is 1086 m above sea level.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has established itself as a leading world-class waterfront. The unique working harbour with scenic views of Table Mountain combined with entertainment options like shopping, street musicians, museums, an aquarium, boat trips and cinemas promises to make any visit an unforgettable experience.

An exciting new stage in the development of the V&A Waterfront is the Clock Tower Development which offers a “one-stop” destination for visitors to the Waterfront, boasting a range of South African themed restaurants, the likes of which have not yet been seen in Cape Town.

Robben Island
Robben Island is one of South Africa’s four World Heritage sites. This barren windswept island was the prison home of former President Nelson Mandela for many years. Here you can experience the view that kept Nelson Mandela’s dream of freedom for his country alive. Ferry trips are undertaken to the island. The boat trip between Cape Town and Robben Island provides opportunity to see a wide spectrum of seabirds and marine mammals including Cape Fur seals, Southern Right whales and Dusky and Heaviside Dolphins.

The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides.

Winelands / Wine Routes
South Africa and the Western Cape produces some of the world’s best wines. The first wines in South Africa were produced at Steenberg in 1659 and Groot Constantia is the oldest productive wine estate in the country.

Cape Town was recently inducted as the newest member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Visitors can choose from various wine routes in and around Cape Town to pursue the delights of tasting the wines and understanding the wine making process.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. Situated on the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s magnificent Table Mountain, the estate covers 528 hectares and includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve.

The developed garden of 36 hectares displays collections of southern African plants and includes many rare and endangered species. Theme gardens include the Fynbos Walk, Braille Trail and Fragrance Garden. Kirstenbosch is often used as a venue for outdoor events.

Cape Point
The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point form part of the Cape Peninsula National Park, and are managed by the South African National Parks. Visitors can enjoy the 7 750 hectares reserve of indigenous flora and fauna and over 150 species of bird and can also travel with the only funicular in Africa, to the viewing platform of 678 metres above the sea.

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