The iconic city of Cape Town lies on the slopes of Table Mountain at the south-western tip of Africa. It is a stunning city, set amid breathtaking scenery, and is a coming-together of diverse cultures, cuisines and landscapes. There is nowhere quite like Cape Town, it has become a unique centre of style, charisma, charm and adventure. There is so much to do in Cape Town and its gorgeous surrounds, however a few outstanding highlights are featured below:-
- the magnificent Cape Peninsula, famous for its stunning scenery, flora, fauna and the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town has over 300 kilometres of coastline, including two of the largest bays in South Africa – Table Bay and False Bay, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, tidal pools, rocky and sandy shores, coastal dunes, estuaries and more!
- Visiting the quirky penguins at Boulders Beach, between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, is a unique experience. The colony, which lives in the middle of a residential area, is one of the few sites where African penguins can be observed at close range, as they wander freely in a protected natural environment.
- Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora. Take a ride in the funicular to view the lighthouse completed in 1859 and take in the breathtaking views from the top.
- the beautiful Winelands with their fine wine, food, architecture, crafts and villages set amongst towering mountains. Wine lovers travel far and wide to experience Groot Constantia – the oldest wine estate, set right in the heart of Cape Town. Groot Constantia has been producing wine of outstanding quality since 1685.
- the stylish V&A Waterfront in the harbour offers great entertainment, food and world-class shopping. Enjoy a leisurely lunch whilst watching the boats enter and leave the harbour, you may even spot a seal sunning itself!
- Table Mountain offers magnificent scenery, an exhilarating cable car ride up the mountain, hikes, adventure sports and unique flora.
- Kirstenbosch Gardens is a favourite among locals and tourists alike for many reasons – picnics on the lawns, hikes up the Skeleton Gorge or enjoying a glass of famous South African wine while taking in a summer sunset concert.
- Unique cultural diversity and history, a cosmopolitan blend of Asia, Europe and Africa.
- A sophisticated city with great hotels and restaurants, museums, art and shopping.
Pulling yourself away from the magnificent mountain and the charm of the Cape Peninsula is a real challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and wine estates of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Nearby Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location and also a base from which to organise shark cage diving. Further on you can explore the delights of the Garden Route with jaw-dropping scenery along the coast and over mountain passes.
Cape Town is an extremely beautiful part of the world and no matter what type of traveller you are you will find many points of interest here.