|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 - today one of the world's most famous landmarks
Cape Town is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting
pot with a diverse and vibrant character. Here you will find a mix
of cultures, landscapes, fauna & flora, architecture, lifestyles,
customs and scenery.
Cape Town offers a myriad of Things to Do and places to see, whatever
your tastes, inclinations or budget.
Table Mountain National Park
Magnificent views, cable car rides, hiking, serious rock climbing,
cross country running, fascinating botany, birding and for the more
adventurous, abseiling and paragliding. Or just enjoy some of the
many Hikes on Table Mountain
A stop at Cape Point gives the visitor the opportunity to boast
of having been at the most southern point of the Cape Peninsula.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The most visited attraction in Cape Town with its assortment of
shopping, eating, entertainment and sightseeing facilities, all
set within a working harbour.
Cape Town also has many markets and impressive shopping centres
and malls - such as the impressive 400-outlet Canal Walk Century
City. For adrenaline-pumping entertainment, theres Ratanga
Junction, a 30-attraction theme park with and the glitzy Grand West
Casino & Entertainment World. Dontforget to explore the
Whilst in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront visit the Two Oceans
AquariumTwo Oceans Aquarium to experience the undersea world as
only the divers normally do.
Take an emotional journey to the former prison of Robben Island,
where Nelson Mandela and many other anti-apartheid activists spent
many of their adult years. An absolute must on any journey to the
Theres a beach to suit every mood in Cape Town: Clifton for
those who want to see and be seen, Sandy Bay for the nudists, Muizenberg
with its colourful bathing boxes for a good swim in warmer waters,
Kommektjie for watersports, Fishhoek a quaint seaside village,
Houtbay a colourful fishing harbour and craft market, Kalk
Bay for antique hunters and Boulders Beach at Simons
Town is home to a colony of Jackass penguins.
And to top it, Cape Town offers excellent surfing spots.
The Cape Fortress
The oldest surviving building in South Africa is the Castle of Good
Hope - the pentagonal fortress built by personnel of the Dutch East
India Company back in the 1660s-70s.
Or visit the South African Museum - the oldest museum in sub-Saharan
Africa - as well as various other museums in and around Cape Town.
Guided township tours are extremely popular with international tourists
whowant to get to know the real Cape Town. In Guguletu
and Langa expect to be overwhelmed by hospitality, informal roadside
traders, rowdy taverns servinglocal beer and toe-tapping jazz.
A day in Cape Town might end with a classical concert at sundown
in one of the worlds great botanical gardens Kirstenbosch,
a repositoryfor many rare fynbos species and a wealth of indigenous
plants, trees and flowers.
The narrow finger of land of the Cape Peninsula with its many beautiful
valleys, mountain peaks, bays and beaches offers the visitor a number
of parks and nature reserves with many destinations.
Cape Town city centre is known to many as the party capital of Africa,
down just a few streets in the Mother City there are hundreds of
bars, restaurants and clubs just waiting to be explored through
to the wee hours of the morning. Cape Town is also known as a pink
city, offering a warm welcome to the gay and lesbian community.