Cape Town is consistently voted one of the top travel destinations in the world and it’s easy to see why! A vibrant, creative city surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains and winelands with world class cuisine, diverse cultures and a captivating history to explore.
The world famous Table Mountain anchors the city while the surrounding ocean sets the scene for breathtaking sunsets and provides a cool refreshing breeze. Incredible restaurants with world renowned chefs are regularly popping up in new and interesting neighbourhoods.
Table Mountain & Lion’s Head
For the more active traveler a hike up one of these two mountains is not to be missed. Spot the the Cape Dassie or King Protea, take in panoramic views and feel one with nature. Forgot your walking shoes? The cable car is quick and easy and takes you where you want to be.
Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno. These stunning
beaches dot Cape Town’s shoreline and are the place to be on a hot summer’s day. Each has it’s charm while Camp’s Bay has the added bonus of restaurants and cocktail bars right across the street.
Blouberg is great for kitesurfing as well as an excellent view of Table Mountain. And Muizenberg is a great spot
for surf lessons and posing for a picture by the colourful beach houses.
Cape Town was recently voted number 1 on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Food Cities in the world. The Test Kitchen in Woodstock is one of the top restaurants in the world. And newcomers like Ash on Shortmarket Street are earning high praise. Wander along Bree and Kloof Street and try and grab a table at either Kloof Street House, Black Sheep or Chef’s Warehouse or make a booking to avoid being disappointed.
The V&A Waterfront is Africa’s most visited tourist destination. Much more than just a shopping centre, it’s a working harbour with various delights. Hop on a sunset cruise, explore the Watershed for local design and craft or luxury goods or catch a dinner and a show.
Marine wildlife such as whales, seals and dolphins can often be spotted from land or viewed up close by boat.Visit Boulder’s Beach to see penguins in their colonies. Thrill seekers can cage dive with Great White sharks.Further out of Cape Town you can spot the Big Five, in addition in its immediate surrounding there are also ostrich farms and cheetah sanctuaries to be visited.
World class wines
Constantia is the closest to Cape Town centre and is home to South Africa’s oldest wine farm. Stellenbosch is wine country and you could spend a week there and still not visit each one. Franschhoek is a charming village established by French Huguenot refugees in the 17th and 18th centuries. Wine lovers are absolutely spoilt for choice, teetotalers aren’t left, out most farms have a restaurant and the scenery is simply gorgeous.
The Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1486 was the first European to reach this area. In the late 16th century, Portuguese, French, Danish, Dutch and English but mainly Portuguese ships regularly stopped over in Table Bay en route to the Indies. Cape Town was colonized by the Dutch and many interesting remnants such as The Castle and the Company’s Gardens show their influence on the Cape.
Unesco declared Robben Island in the Western Cape a World Heritage Site in 1999. Robben Island is located in Table Bay, some 6km west of Bloubergbeach in Cape Town. It has been used as prison and a place where people were isolated, banished and exiled to for nearly 400 years. Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters were imprison on the Island during Apartheid.