Cape Town, South Africa
Few places in the world possess the beauty and style of the historic and culturally vibrant city of Cape Town.
The city shelters beneath the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain, which is flanked by the landmarks of Devils Peak, Lions Head and Signal Hill. Possibly every visit to Cape Town should commence with a journey in the revolving cable car up to the summit of Table Mountain – the breathtaking views across the region are a superb way to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings.
On the eastern side of Table Mountain sits the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Devoted almost exclusively to indigenous plants, these gardens are amongst the most beautiful in the world. The Sunday afternoon music concerts held here have become a Cape Town institution and are well worth a visit.
The city itself offers a host of sights and activities, including wonderful Art Deco and Victorian architecture, interesting museums, great shopping, superb restaurants, live music (Jazz is a specialty), theaters and nightclubs.
For a deeper insight into the past, present and future of South Africa take a guided tour of the Cape Flats townships and Robben Island. The ferry for Robben Island departs from the Victoria & Albert Waterfront and once on the island an ex-prisoner will guide you around this infamous prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.Visit the spectacular Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and enjoy awesome scenery, fantastic walks and deserted beaches.
As part of this day trip, stop off at Boulders Beach and meet the colony of 3000 African penguins.A short journey out either side of the city center will take you along pristine coastlines where you can relax on white sand beaches or, in season, catch sightings of Southern right and humpback whales.
Just a one hour drive inland will take you to the Western Cape Winelands where you can visit charming vineyards for cellar tours and wine tasting.