The beautiful “Mother City” welcomes and embraces everyone who wants to experience her. Cape Town is warm, wise, and beautiful. She possesses a personality to match every visitor and their mood. She is the Gateway to Africa, the Crossroads of the Sea. Established in1652 by the Dutch East India Company as a replenishment station, Cape Town has developed into a melting pot of nationalities and varied influences.
How you enjoy Cape Town and how you will remember her all depends on your experience. There are so many options, Table Mountain, Long Street, Robben Island, the pristine beaches, the scenic drives, restaurants and night clubs. You are guaranteed to fall in love with her.
Cape Town has been described in many ways and means different things to many different people, but remains as firm and welcoming as the sand stone of Table Mountain. If you want to experience the many joys that this city has to give. We advise you to start early, stay up late and go to everything and do everything.
What to see and do
The most south-westerly point of Africa. Views are spectacular from the highest sea cliffs in the world. Cape Point has something to entertain everyone; history,whale & dolphin watching, baboons and buck, hiking, swimming or just a lazy funicular ride the top to take in the view.
SurfingThe warmer waters and long wave breaks of Muizenberg attract many surfers. Surfers dot the turquoise water and the beach stretches forever.
Khayelitsha, meaning “new home” in IsiXhosa is a partially informal township with both shacks and brick houses. Drive down the main road and see how much business can be done out of a shack. There are hairdressers, shops called spazas and furniture vendors. Many residents have joined community craft centres as a means to improve their lives.
The biggest attraction in Khayelitsha is ‘Lookout Hill’, the highest sand dune on the Cape Flats, with views of the Flats and Table Mountain in the distance. For an alternative beach experience, visit Monwabisi (the one who makes people happy) and Mnandi (enjoyable) Beaches on the weekend when families from the townships gather with picnic baskets in hand.
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This is a beautiful suburb and commercial area with a corporate feel and some fairly creative architecture. It has the largest mall in South Africa, the Canal Walk shopping center, for the chic shopaholic or fashionista in you. And it is also where the entertainment park Ratanga junction is found.
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Milnerton is favoured by young families. It is close to the family friendly Ratanga Junction, Century city, which is home to the famous canal walk mall. The beaches are beautiful and are always decorated with laughter and picnic baskets on hot days; they are also the spots from which thousands of pictures of Table Mountain have been taken. Whale watching is possible, mostly in the spring time; the Southern Right Whale is the most commonly spotted.
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Much of the Observatory that we see today was a muddy estuary formed by rivers, with, elephant, buffalo, hippo, jackals, antelope, zebras, lions and leopards once dominant in the area. Today we see a vibrant area full of young local and international students thanks to the close proximity of the University of Cape Town. You’re more likely to find locals than tourists in the bars, clubs and restaurants on Lower man Road in obz. Observatory is a haven for alternative lifestyle junkies, hippies and the like. If you visit during the festive season, find out about the observatory festival of arts at your nearest information desk, artists both well known and bubbling under show off their different talents, in music, painting, movie making etc.
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Sea Point is in a good location between the city and the Atlantic Seaboard beaches. Each has sophisticated eateries, trendy clubs and is close to the V&A Waterfront.
Sea Point has a bustling main road with many restaurants, a promenade and an Olympic-sized sea-water swimming pool. Towards Clifton across the President Hotel there is a plaque commemorating Charles Darwin on his rock formation observations.
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The oldest part of Cape Town, City Bowl has the most spectacular city centre location in the world. It lies at the foot of Table Mountain. The city bowl has some of the most curiosity inducing and historically significant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. Amble and get wonderfully lost around Bo-Kaap, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and Gardens. The historical sights and restaurants will keep you entertained for many hours.
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Long Street is in the middle of the city and close to all the action. It boasts trendy shops that sell exotic trinkets, African art, make your own jewelery stores, find the hippy in you stores, small boutique stores, restaurants and clubs. This is where all the entertainment is. At night the street comes alive with all night party goers. You will discover sleek, and not so sleek clubs, pubs and restaurants. Whatever you find, you will be guaranteed an interesting night.
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Green Point is very popular with young professionals and has a big gay and lesbian community. The 2010 FIFA World Cup Stadium was also built here.
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Woodstock used to be a small farming village known as Papendorp, which is probably where it gets its acquired village atmosphere from. On Saturdays visit the Old Biscuit Mill for the neighbourhood goods market. This is where traders get together for a selection of gourmet and fine foods, beautiful paintings, vintage clothing and so much more. You can also just walk around the neighbourhood and admire the old Victorian semi detached houses from days of old. Woodstock train station means you can be away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, with the convenience of experiencing it whenever you want.
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Table View is mainly a residential area. The beaches offer great water and extreme sports they are also a favourite with kite surfers, wind surfers and surfers. Everywhere in Table view you have a wonderful view of the famous and beautiful Table Mountain.
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This suburb was once a holiday destination for Cape Town's elite, it is now on its way to being restored to its former brilliance. It is a trendy surfing destination where swimming is safe and the surf is good. The water temperatures are higher than Cape Town and surrounding areas because of the warm Mozambique current. Zandvlei Estuary is a good place for a picnic and a game of cricket.
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Out in the Cape Peninsula, Simon’s Town or Simonstown is home to the South African navy. Visit this town and appreciate Victorian architecture, sailor’s pubs, crisp white uniforms and a bustling waterfront. Cape Point and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach are close by. Shark cage diving tours run from the harbor.
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