Cape Town, in the south-western corner of the African continent, straddles a peninsula of sandy beaches and scenic bays.
Cape Town lies at the southwestern tip of Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. The South African city is famed for its exquisite natural beauty, its views of the harbour and the flat-topped Table Mountain. Endearingly called the ‘Mother City’ by locals, Cape Town has a vibrant spirit of multicultural roots and a heritage rich in diversity. One of three capital cities of South Africa, Cape Town is internationally recognised as being one of the most spectacular travel destinations, and is typically voted by travellers as being one of the ‘best places in the world to visit’, in international newspapers and magazines.Read more ↓
Towering over the city is the instantly recognisable landmark Table Mountain. Part the Cape Floristic Region, about 2200 species of plants can be found on the mountain. Hike to the kilometer-high summit or catch the Table Mountain Cableway for panoramic views of the city and ocean. On either side of Table Mountain are Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, which provide equally magnificent trails and views.
The coastal city is a prime beach destination, with Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches being some of the most popular and trendy. A favourite local pastime is to spend a relaxed day on the weekend lying languidly in the sun on Camps Bay Beach and then enjoy “sundowner” drinks in one of the restaurants that overlook the sea. The Sea Point promenade is a long stretch which is favoured by walkers, runners and cyclists, who are invigorated by the inspiring seascape. It leads to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which is the most-visited tourist attraction in Cape Town. The shopping mall is set in the old harbour and has all of the most fashionable international and local outlets, with established restaurants of South African cuisine lining the outside docks. The huge Cape Wheel, which is reminiscent of the London Eye, is not to be missed, and will give you 360-degree views of the harbour, mountains and city centre. While there, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to appreciate the marine life of the Cape; and catch the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for eighteen years in his fight for freedom.
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a beautiful garden in which to explore the flora of Cape Town and enjoy a picnic under the trees. If you are visiting during the summer (November to April), you can attend one of the weekly concerts which feature local and international artists.
Cape Town is a city of connection and is a pinnacle of transformation. Tourists will not just see the beauty of the natural world but will feel the local pride and love felt for this city and will inevitably be drawn to its vivid and colourful life force.
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