Focus on Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Town's name originated from the term 'Cape of Good Hope'. From the time of the first recorded discovery of the Cape of Good Hope, seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain from as far as 200 km away.

Unquestionably one of the world's most famous landmarks, the 1 086 m high Table Mountain provides the city of Cape Town with a dramatic setting of unrivalled beauty.

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, fleamarkets, theatres and glitzy casinos and nightclubs, Cape Town appeals to everyone.

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.

Cape Town offers a myriad Things to Do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.

The top attractions in Cape Town are:

Table Mountain National Park
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 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.

The Hoerikwaggo Table Mountain Trail offers you a luxury three-day, guided, portered, catered, hiking experience that links the cultural history of Cape Town city with the natural heritage of Table Mountain.

Enjoy some of the many Hikes on Table Mountain

Victoria & Alfred 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.

Robben Island
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.

Winelands & Wine Routes
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
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.

Museums
Cape Town offers you an astonishing variety of museums- from the Bo-Kaap Museum exhibiting the style of life of a Cape Muslim family of the late 19th century to the Old Town House with a outstanding collection of Dutch and Finnish old masters.

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