Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor, and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. It is the second-most populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg. Cape Town is like the gem of South Africa.
Cape Town's summer (Dec-Apr) is warm, dry, and then a peak travel time. Winter (Jul–Aug) is usually chilly and wet. You choose your favorable time to travel. Summer is more fun. You get to enjoy the beaches and the hikes. The most common languages in Cape Town are English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa. Afrikaans is the most widely spoken home language among Capetonians. Afrikaans is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa. The currency used in the city is the South African Rand. The currency rate to USD is 1 ZAR is equals 0.0725981 USD.
Here are the top things you should not miss when you're in this magical city :
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch is an important botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of ten National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes and administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. You pay the entry fee for access.
- Maclear's Beacon | Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. Good for hikes, with friends or even alone.
- Robben Island | It's a former prison with a museum. Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa. It takes its name from the Dutch word for seals, hence the Dutch/Afrikaans name Robbeneiland, which translates to Seal Island.
- V&A Waterfront | A harbor-side commercial and residential hub. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is situated on the Atlantic shore, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Adrian van der Vyver designed the complex.The Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year.
- Boulders Beach. A sandy cove with resident penguin ???? colony. It is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.The beach is always clean and safe, It is rarely crowded, and kids will be delighted by the stunning rockpools. The local inhabitants—African penguins in their thousands— are the very very main reason thousands of people visit. It is also known as the Boulders Bay. Definitely a must visit. Enjoy the white sandy beach with warm waters and swim with penguins.
- Muizenberg Beach| popular beach with colourful huts. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy.
- Cape of Good Hope | The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. A common misconception is that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa. This misconception was based on the misbelief that the Cape was the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Guides are there to explain more about it.
- Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum | formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former racially segregated area, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is a historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area. If you're photogenic don't forget to carry your camera. Perfect spot for beautiful pictures.
- Chapman's Peak| is the name of a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in Cape Town, South Africa. Scenic mountain with a dramatic, meandering road.
- Two Oceans Aquarium | It is an aquarium located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. aquarium was opened on the 13 November 1995 and comprises several exhibition galleries with large viewing windows. The aquarium is named for its location, where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.
- Table Mountain National Park | Massive Table Mountain National Park stretches from north of Cape Town down the Cape Peninsula to Africa’s southwestern extremity, the Cape of Good Hope. Iconic, flat-topped Table Mountain is its centerpiece. The mountain’s 1,086m summit affords sweeping views of Cape Town and Table Bay, and is reachable by cableway, bicycle, automobile or on foot. The park is also among the world’s richest floral region.
- Table Mountain Aerial Cableway | Cable car to mountain top with cabins holding up to 65 people & rotating floors for 360° views
- Lion's Head | A prominent mountain overlooking the city. Situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion's Head peaks at 669 metres above sea level. The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park.
- The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa | It is a contemporary art museum located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. The museum opened on September 22, 2017
- Cape Point Vineyards | Rustic mountainside restaurant with international menu, cool modern interior and terrace with views.
- Babylonstoren| A refined hotel on a 17th century farm. Serene quarters, some with hot tubs, in an elegant hotel with dining, a spa & an outdoor pool. Enjoy a staycation with a lover or family and friends.
- Vergelegen Wine Estate |Renowned wine estate with sunset vineyard or cellar tours, themed gardens and upscale restaurant. As you know, South Africa is popularly known to be a wine harbour with some of the best wines in the world. There are also other wine vineyards around cape Town, Vergelegen is among the common known one.
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