Unique Cape Town
Exploring spectacular CAPE TOWN, the oldest town in South Africa, is a must on any visit to South Africa. Take a journey with us into the heart of the Mother City with its dramatic scenic beauty, historic vineyards, magnificent beaches, enthralling history and exhilarating activities that have come to define this beautiful corner of South Africa. Cape Point, City Walk, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island Museum, Table Mountain Cableway and V&A Waterfront are the iconic destinations that form the core of the true Cape Town experience.
Cape Point Tour
Cape Point Tour offers the very best of the Cape’s natural and historical heritage. It lies at the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise.
The moment you enter Groot Constantia wine estate you’ll realise you’re in for a pretty unique experience. This is the South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate, established by Simon van der Stel in 1685 and is today a certified national monument. What awaits you is a captivating culmination of South African heritage, delectable dining, and, of course, an award-winning selection of spectacular wines, all available for tasting. The dramatic oak-lined avenue takes you directly into the Historical core of the estate, where you’ll find the 17th century Manor House, arguably the finest surviving example of Cape Dutch architecture in South Africa.
Rising up as a surreal backdrop to all of Cape Town is the extraordinary Table Mountain, and, for good reason, it’s among the most popular attractions in the world. It was recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. And while it’s massively impressive from pretty much anywhere in the City Bowl, it’s not until you reach Table Mountain’s summit that you can truly appreciate its stature, and the incredible city of Cape Town that bustles far below.
There are few experiences more spectacular than being whisked directly up the mountain face via the state-of-the-art Table Mountain Cableway. It’s a 5 minute ride that you won’t want to end, as the rotating cable cars deliver 360 degree panoramic views of the increasingly distant city, and a dramatic perspective of the intricate, complex rock-face just metres away.
Kirstenbosch is South Africa’s world-famous national botanical garden, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, and home to more than 22 000 indigenous plants, was established in 1913 to protect the immense floral wealth of the Cape. Located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, botanical wonderland is magnificent in any season. Paved paths make walking around a pleasure, and plaques and signboards provide information on the trees and plants. There is a free daily walking tour. The glass-topped conservatory is home to numerous plants – including an enormous baobab tree – from different South African habitats.
Robben Island There are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island, and a trip to the former prison serves as a jarring reminder of country’s troubled political past. At the same time, however, it reveals itself as a powerful symbol for the triumph of the human spirit, and offers fascinating insight into the reconciliation and resilience that played such a key role in the development of a new South Africa.
From the moment you arrive at the humble island, just a short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you’ll feel the impact of this World Heritage Site, and guided by a former inmate on the island, you’ll receive unparalleled insight into the significant role that each of the island’s inmates collectively played throughout apartheid.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town's working harbour is South Africa's most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment, the V&A Waterfront has a diverse offering of local and international brands that guarantees something for everyone, irrespective of taste or budget. More than 80 eateries bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisine in settings ranging from the water’s edge to feeling the sand under your feet.
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