Cape Town is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is famous not only for its beauty, but by the many attractions found in the area. The world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, dominant Table Mountain, and the spectacular scenery of Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak Drive are a few of the not to miss activities in the city. From the white sand of some of the finest beaches, to the many historical areas of interest, Cape Town blends sophistication with African charm.
Cape Town is also the gateway to the Cape Winelands, home to many world-renowned wines, as well as the Whale Route and magnificent Garden Route.
The skyline of the city is dominated by Table Mountain, whose flat surface extends for almost 3km. A cable car trip to the summit is a must, where views of the surrounds are simply breathtaking as Table Mountain towers over the city’s shoreline below. Expansive vistas across Table Bay, False Bay and the Winelands provide spectacular photography opportunities.
Along the False Bay coastline travelling through the seaside resorts of Muizenburg, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simonstown you will arrive at the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – home to a thriving colony of some 700 jackass penguins. Further on at the south-western tip of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve lies Cape Point. The Reserve, extending along 40km of coastline, houses a fynbos rich plateau alive with small animal species and abundant bird life. Taking a funicular to the summit, you can enjoy tremendous views over the ocean and coastline below. Departing the nature reserve your route now takes you over the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the picturesque harbor of Hout Bay bustling with its brightly colored fishing trawlers and local fisherman.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The world renowned Kirstenbosch, beautifully situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, is dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous plants of Southern Africa. This wonderfully natural setting houses a remarkable display of plant species, in particular the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest and richest of all the world’s six plant kingdoms.
Set on the Cape peninsular, Cape Town is almost surrounded by the ocean and prides itself on having simply stunning beaches. Along the rugged coastline, many beautiful bays of fine white sand and crisp clear water; Camps Bay, Clifton, Lundudno and Muizenberg to name a few, are the perfect destination for some rest and relaxation.
Culture and History
Cape Town is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant cultures such as the Khoisan, other African tribes from the North, and European influences. South Africa has also had a colourful past. Robben Island and The District Six Museum are interesting looks at the apartheid era, while the South African Museum and the Castle of Good Hope – South Africa’s oldest building are all of interest. Bo-Kaap or the Malay Quarter, one of the oldest residential suburbs and most closely identified with the Malay culture is characterized by narrow, cobblestone streets with a colorful array of flat-roofed houses dating from the 18th century.
The Cape Winelands are renowned for their beauty and some of the finest wines in the world. Experience the spectacular scenery of the encircling mountain ranges and rich, fertile valleys which are home to a wonderful array of award winning Winery’s. The picturesque, historical university town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands, offers the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture, while the quaint village of Franschoek is just charming.
The coastal town of Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay near the Southern most tip of Africa. Magnificent mountains watch over the town which is home to the Southern Right Whale. Here, the whales arrive from the Antarctic and the sights are special, offering some of the best land based whale watching in the world (June to November). The harbour was declared a national monument in 1972. Breathtaking walks along the cliff path stretching all along the coast of Hermanus add to the attraction.
The Garden Route
The Garden Route holds visitors spellbound with its abundance of mountain passes, indigenous forests, rivers, birdlife, lagoons, lakes and beaches. Many of the country’s premier coastal resorts are to be found here. Knysna is a visual splendor with the Knysna ‘heads’ guarding the sea entrance to its large tidal lagoon surrounded by lush forests. The Wilderness area is a lovely array of lakes, and the up-market resort of Plettenberg bay is just along the coast nearby to the incredibly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. The famous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train runs through incredibly coastal scenery between Knysna and George. This region boasts some of the country’s best hiking trails and offers many adventure opportunities. Golf is also an integral part of the Garden Route, with several holiday and championship golf courses from which to choose, in beautiful natural surroundings.
The nearby town of Oudtshoorn is a stark contrast to the lush coast as it is part of the semi-arid Karoo. This is the ostrich capital of the world, and it attracts hordes of visitors every year. Other items of interest in the area include The Cango Caves, the Cango wildlife ranch, along with spectacular scenery.
Hi Joan - We have arrived home safely - with just a little jet lag. Your guidance and expertise in planning this trip was invaluable. The trip exceeded all of my expectations!! I would not have changed anything. It would be difficult to pick out the best part of the trip - in that each day was so special. Rob and Heath were exceptional and a great part in making the trip so special. Londolozi was amazing. I'm not sure who we have to thank for our special Anniversary treat of lunch in the tree house; but thank you, thank you, thank you!! It still brings tears to my eyes thinking of the it!! We started the trip by saying "if" we go back to Africa only for it to be quickly changed to "when" we go back to Africa. So until next time, I thank you again for making this such a special experience!!
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Our trip was just perfect - spent three days touring Cape Town and surroundings with our guide, George Meyer, who was fantastic. Other than our pick-up time, nothing was set in stone, and George allowed each day to unfold as it happened. We got to see everything on our list - and then some. From there we headed to MalaMala for a couple days safari, which were amazing - the accommodations at Rattray's were beautiful, and we saw more wildlife than we were expecting. Our safari guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and perfectly suited for our group. All details were taken care of by Redfoot/Rex, including being met at the Johannesburg airport, which was a huge help on our way home! Can't say enough about Rex, George, and MalaMala. Loved the trip!!