CAPE TOWN & THE WESTERN CAPE

Cape Town at Night


The Western Cape lies along the edge of the Indian Ocean reaching up the Atlantic coast to the Kalahari Desert. At its heart, where the two oceans meet, is Cape Town, a magnet to tourists. The area surrounding the city is as steeped in wine as Bordeaux - then there is the coast itself a delightful playground of rocky headlands and golden beaches, where whales and surfers share the waves.

There are many landmarks that are instantly identifiable as the Cape - that big rock that embraces the city, Robben Island and the penguins on Boulders beach. The Cape Doctor that pumps during the summer - bringing relief from the blistering heat and draping the table-top with a white fluffy cloth, the rolling vineyards heavy with fruit and the palette of colour when the spring flowers show their faces, tea at the Nellie, sunset concerts in Kirstenbosch , watching the sunset from Camps Bay, rugby at Newlands and the flower sellers on Adderley street.

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa. It's rich colonial history has endowed the city with some distinctive old buildings in the Cape Dutch and early Victorian style A host of museums on a wide range of the usual subjects like natural history, cultural history complement the smaller ones like the District Six museum, a doll museum and a police museum. And, of course the Robben Island museum followed by a ferry trip and a tour of the island itself where you’ll get to see Nelson Mandela's old cell.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront set amid spectacular scenery the old docklands of Cape Town have developed into South Africa's most visited tourist destination. A world class shopping and entertainment complex where buskers line the walkways, tugs and ocean liners vie for space in the harbour and happy holiday makers throng the shops and restaurants.

Table Mountain is a UNESCO world heritage site and named one of the new 7 wonders of nature “Often described as magical and mystical, with spectacular views from the top Table Mountain is the definitive symbol of Cape Town. It dominates all photographs of the Mother City and is a part of everyday life even if you never set foot on its hallowed slopes.