Top places to see during your Cape Town travel
Cape Town, the capital of the Western Cape in South Africa, is a beautiful city with plenty to offer. Unlike other big cities in the country, Cape Town is quiet and relaxed. If you are thinking of a winter escapade this season, Cape Town travel is well worth it. Not only are there fantastic sights to see but you will also enjoy Capetonian gastronomy and hospitality.
Things to see and do
A major city attraction, no one should step on Capetonian soil without climbing Table Mountain and exploring its nature reserves. You can take the cable car or even climb all the way.
Rising 1000 metres from the city, Table Mountain has become iconic giving the visitor a magnificent view of the city and the ferocious Atlantic Ocean. Get a glimpse of Robben Island and the Twelve Apostles from the top. Take the revolving cable car all the way up and enjoy the splendid views from different angles.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
There are about 22,000 plant species in Southern Africa. Showcasing about 9,000 native species of plants, strolling through the Gardens is a great way to learn of the diversity and vastness of flora in the country. The conservatory houses a huge collection of desert plants.
Victoria and Albert (V&A) Waterfront
Walking tours starting from the V&A Waterfront will take you to malls, shops, and restaurants. If you have kids, take them to the Aquarium where a shark tank is on display. From there, get on a boat and cruise towards Table Bay.
Make Robben Island a part of your Cape Town travel. Take the ferry on the V&A waterfront and head to the island. Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president and well-known political activist, was held as a prisoner there. It served as his prison cell for 27 years. The guides on your tour are former political prisoners so you'll get a first hand recount of how things were during that period in South African history. Afterwards, a bus will take you around the island to see the leper colony, ancient churches, and a few WWII remnants.
An extra tour
The Western Cape is also known for its good wines that are exported all over the world. Try to include Groot Constantia in your Cape Town travel itinerary. Visit the vineyard and do a wine tour. You'll also get to see old Cape architecture in addition to sampling great food and wine. If you're still up to it, include other vineyards in the area such as Buitenverwachtig.