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Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL AND TOURING

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Cape Town Travel and Touring Attractions

"The Fairest Cape" at a Glance

Cape Town and the Fairest Cape - Cape Town South Africa is the gateway to a scenic and adventure paradise at the southern tip of Africa. This stunning region attracts visitors from around the world – and will redefine your perception of Africa! Cape Town's attractions include a trip by cableway to the top of Table Mountain, a wide variety of popular beaches, the V&A Waterfront - and Robben Island, former prison of Nelson Mandela.

Where two oceans meet - The Cape Peninsula was described by historic ocean explorers as "the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth". Cape Point marks the south western tip of the African continent, with some of the most breathtaking ocean and coastal scenery in the world.

The Cape Winelands - The heart of the Winelands is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and is internationally recognized as one of the finest wine producing regions, with the first vineyards dating back to 1658. The region provides stunning mountain scenery, wellness centers and spas, golf, hiking, historic Cape architecture and world-class restaurants.

Overberg, Hermanus and Whale Coast The Cape Overberg, South Africa
'Over the Mountain' - a scenic region at the tip of Africa with mountain ranges, whale watching and shark cage diving.
Honeymoon & safari destinations The top beaches in and around Cape Town
Beaches in the vicinity of Cape Town are superb and varied. Soft white sands, ample sunshine and unique ambiance.
Honeymoon & safari destinations Cape Winelands and Wine Routes near Cape Town South Africa
For the wine lover, there are six main wine regions. Many of the 300 wineries are open to the public for wine tasting.

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Quick Start Guide to Cape Town

The backdrop of Table Mountain dominates the city skyline of Cape Town. Mountain and ocean views definitely define this city and many hotels provide the option of rooms with a choice of ocean or mountain views.

Cape Town’s many attractions include its white sandy beaches, ample sunshine, the shops, taverns and restaurants of the Victorian and Alfred Waterfront and world class cuisine.

The city is a contrast of old and new, artistic and vibrant, with indoor entertainment, colorful flower vendors and street markets. Rich in culture and history, Cape Town is South Africa’s jewel. And each New Year, it’s home of the Cape Carnival.

Photos (Left):
Top: Harbor view of Cape Town
Center: Clifton and beaches (Cape Town)
Bottom: View of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand beach


Culture and Architecture

Cape Town’s appeal to international visitors includes its vibrant people - warm, inviting and always willing to share their culture, cuisine and country. The Cape still reflects the influences of the many nations that have staked a claim to her. Culture and History influences by Dutch, French and British are seen in the architecture of old mansions and historic monuments scattered throughout Cape Town and surrounds.

Cape Town's Top Attractions

Table Mountain

A trip by cableway to Table Mountain’s flat summit provides panoramic views across the ocean, along the shore and across the city. Three short trails along the top of the mountain are safe and easy going. Walk through misty wisps of cloud - Table Mountain’s “table cloth” - and enjoy the peaceful ambiance high above the city. Restaurant facilities are provided at the top – and several safe viewsites for great photo opportunities.

Longer hiking trails across the mountain top lead away from the busy cableway station and restaurant. For the more energetic, several hiking trails lead to the top of the 3500 foot (1,070m) mountain – and rock climbing provides a more strenuous option.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited tourist destination and provides entertainment for the whole family. Entertainment options include cinemas, an IMAX, the Two Oceans Aquarium and live entertainment. Other attractions include a large souvenir and craft market, boat trips around the harbor and helicopter flips.

It‘s a haven of shops, street entertainers, restaurants and taverns, situated on the edge of Cape Town’s historic harbor. The “V&A” is popular too with the locals – including the harbor seals! The original buildings have been restored and new ones built in Victorian style to keep the ambience of an old working harbor.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

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The Castle of Good Hope

Cape Town's Castle of Good Hope and activitiesPhotos by Castle of Good Hope

Cape Town's Castle of Good Hope, located in Buitenkant St, is South Africa’s oldest surviving colonial building. The star fort was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). It was located on the original coastline of Table Bay, but following significant land reclamation along the foreshore, the fort is now located more than a kilometer inland.

Tours are available at the Castle. Attractions include the famous William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and period furniture, as well as the Castle Military Museum.

The Cape Winelands

The Cape is internationally recognized as one of the finest wine producing regions of the world. Apart from the skill developed over centuries, winemakers attribute much of their success to sunny mountain slopes, cool sea breezes and fertile soil of the Cape.

Wine Farm

Dry summers and wet winters are ideal for tourists and the wine industry. Situated in the southern hemisphere, summer in the Cape corresponds with winter in the northern hemisphere, offering a further irresistible attraction to international visitors wishing to escape the winter season in Europe and the USA.

Apart from wine, the Cape Winelands has many fine hotels, resorts, health spas and golf courses - and offers a wide range of activities and tours, including biking tours.

Visitors will also find superb local wines for tasting and sale at the V&A Waterfront.

Adventure Activities

Cape Town is a destination to satiate the most ardent adventure seeker.

Shark Cage Diving

Adventure Activities include
Paragliding
Hiking mountain trails
Surfing and kite surfing
Shark Cage diving with Great White sharks
Abseiling or climbing the challenging cliffs of Table Mountain
A helicopter flight over rugged cliffs, shores and mountains
Snorkeling the clear waters and numerous wrecks of the western shoreline

The long list of adventure activities includes base jumping, surfing, kite surfing and mountain biking.

Family Adventures

A day trip of the Peninsula provides access to colonies of cape fur seals and African Penguins, always a delight to families and children. Boulders Beach (Cape Peninsula) is one of the few sites in the world where these shy little penguins can be viewed within touching distance from newly constructed boardwalks.

Rock pools along peninsula shores offer the discovery of brightly colored seaweeds and sea anemones at low tide.

In the winter season, whales seek the shelter of the cliffs and bays, tail-slapping, blowing and breaching to the appreciative audience lining the shores.

Visit the southern tip of the Peninsula, where the highlands drop off to the sea in a narrow wind-swept ridge of rock known as Cape Point (Cape Peninsula). Sheer cliffs on either side of the ridge are home to countless seabirds. Climb the paths to view-sites offering dramatic views to the south where two great oceans meet.


Cape Town Attractions

| Highlights of Cape Town | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Clifton Beaches | Cape Peninsula Attractions | Castle of Good Hope |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |Robben Island |
| Table Mountain | V&A Waterfront | Winelands and Wine Routes |

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10 More Things to do
in and around Cape Town

 1 Travel here (or back) by luxury train
 2 Experience Nelson Mandela's former prison - Robben Island
 3 Photograph the whales at Hermanus - land based whale watching
 4 Hike the many trails of the Cape Peninsula
 5 Enjoy theater, clubs and great dining
 6 Swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach or cage-dive with Great White Sharks within False Bay
 7 Tour Robben Island and learn about Nelson Mandela's fight for freedon from Apartheid and for democracy
 8 Take a scenic flight by hot air balloon or by helicopter
 9 See and be seen at Clifton Beach
10 Relax in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the Cape Peninsula

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