Exploring Cape Town
Cape Town has been called the 'Monaco of Africa'... and it's not hard to see why, with its beautiful beaches, its high cliffs and its reputation as the playground for the rich and famous. Cape Town's beauty is not only physical, however: it is also historical, and is just waiting to be explored.
You can hike up the mountain( www.sanparks.org.za ), or you could take the cable car. Either way, the view from the top is a must-see for all visitors to the Western Cape's most famous city!
Kirstenbosch Gardens, deemed the most beautiful garden in Africa, is well worth a visit! Aside from its sheer beauty, it provides Cape Town and its visitors with wonderful walks, guided tours and a lovely lunch and concert venue.
For a tour of one of Cape Town's well-known literary and musical districts, visit District Six and the District Six Museum. This famous spot gave us Alex la Guma, Richard Rive and the jazz maestro Abdullah Ibrahim.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Robben Island — where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years — is well worth a visit. The barren nature of this island is a humbling reminder of the strength of character of those imprisoned there for so long.
For retail therapy, restaurants and an all-round wonderful view of the Cape Town waterfront, the V&A Waterfront centre is the place to go. You can watch a movie, eat a meal, take a boat ride out into the harbour, or just sit in a coffee shop and do some people-watching. Of course, you can also spend a good deal of time in the shops too!
The Greenmarket Square Flea Market is a Cape Town institution, and the source of well-priced and interesting shopping opportunities. You can shop, or take a well-earned break at one of the cafes and restaurants around the square.
Two Oceans Aquarium
Houses of Parliament and Gardens
The South African Houses of Parliament and The Company's Gardens are also worth a visit. Visitors can walk the gardens, see the squirrels and statues, or go on a guided tour which runs daily from the visitors centre.