Table Mountain >>
Table Mountain Ariel Cableway is part of The Table Mountain National Park and therefore has beautiful indigenous flowers, plants and trees, that can be seen from the cable car or on a guided plateau walk. The walks starts daily at 10am and 12pm from the upper cable station and are free of charge. You will also find a self-service restaurant and “Shop at the Top” curio shop where you will find interesting souvenirs and gifts from Cape Town, situated in the original Stone Cottage. Enjoy magnificent views of the Atlantic seaboard, Lion’s Head and the Mother City. The Cableway is open daily, weather permitting. Weatherline: 021-424 8181.
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The Castle of Good Hope >>
The Castle of Good Hope was built by the VOC between 1666 and 1679. It is the oldest building in South Africa that Jan Van Riebeeck built upon his arrival to act as a replenishment station for ships passing the coast around the Cape. The castle was declared a National Monument in 1936. It was also used as the local head quarters for the South African Army in the Western Cape. Today it houses the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for the traditional Cape Regiments. You will also find a collection of antique furniture, ceramics and paintings belonging to William Fehr. Tours are available and you have a feel of what the holding cells and dungeons were like in those days as it has had extensive restorations in the 1980’s. The Castle is open daily from 9am – 4pm.
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Bo-Kaap >>
Bo-Kaap is situated in the heart of Cape Town and is walking distance from the V&A Waterfront and just minutes away from Camp’s Bay and Table Mountain. Bo-Kaap is a unique historical village with several Mosques and colourful houses and buildings and attractive architecture. You will find the oldest Dutch house in the area, the National Monument strip, cobble stones streets and Shrines of Saints and political exiles.
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The V&A Waterfront >>
The V&A Waterfront is situated at Cape Town’s harbour. It houses 400 stores, art and craft markets, where you will find exclusive South African clothing and shoe stores, souvenirs, hand crafted ornaments, book stores and kiosks with a variety of interesting gift ideas. It also has 70 restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, as well as 17 cinemas and 7 hotels.
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The Two Oceans Aquarium >>
The Two Oceans Aquarium has over 3000 living animals including fish, invertebrates, reptiles and birds. If you dare, then dive with the sharks or feed the fish in the Kelp Forest. Experience copper helmet diving or just enjoy the exquisite views at the Shoreline Café while having a bite to eat. There are also conference and function facilities available. The Aquarium is open Mondays – Sundays from 9:30am – 6pm
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Robben Island and Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island >>
Robben Island is situated 12 km away from the Cape’s coastline. It was first inhabited thousands of years ago by Stone Age people. Since the end of the 17th century, the island has been used to isolate certain people, mainly prisoners. In the 20th century it became infamous as a gaol for political prisoners under apartheid. Notable amongst these were Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Tokyo Sexwale and Govan Mbeki. Today the island is visited by tourists from all around the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. The land is owned by the State except for the islands’ church.

The Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island is an interactive, multimedia exhibition found at the Waterfront which will orientate you as to what you will be experiencing on the island. It also houses the ticket office, information office and museum shop. Open Mondays – Sundays from 9am – 6pm and ferries to the island leave every hour from 9am – 3pm. Bookings should be made in advance and is also weather permitting.
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Chapman’s Peak Drive >>
Chapman’s Peak is the name of a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula about 15km south of Cape Town. The top of Chapman’s Peak consists of flat sedimentary rocks related to those that form Table Mountain. The base of the mountain, however, consists of Cape Granite and the two formations meet at a geological unconformity that is world famous amongst earth scientists. Chapman’s Peak Drive is a spectacular road that hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Between 1915 and 1922 the road was regarded as a major feat of engineering. It was closed in the 1990’s for re-engineering to protect motorists from falling rocks, which was a common problem until then. It is now open again for motorists to enjoy the scenic and most relaxing drive around the Cape Peninsula. There is an old, abandoned manganese mine on the north western slopes of the peak. The remains of a jetty from which the ore used to be shipped is directly below the workings.
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Hout Bay >>
The working harbour was built in 1930 and still continue to operate but many more activities has been added to just fishing. There are daily trips on several charters to Duiker Island where you can view the seal colony. You will find a number of fine restaurants and the ever popular “fish and chips” take–aways. Mariner’s Wharf, South Africa’s oldest waterfront emporium boasts beautiful nautical shops and an excellent restaurant. Fresh fish and seafood can be purchased at various food outlets as well as crafts on sale either from a shop or from the piers. There is now also a harbour tour that includes the history and workings of the harbour done by a tour guide. This vibrant fishing village is surrounded by mountains and is an extremely popular tourist destination. There are plenty of horse riding, cycling, walking, running and hiking routes as well as a museum that depicts the history of this lovely place and is well worth a visit.

The enormous and colourful “World of Birds” has attracted people from all over the world and houses a vast number of birds and other small animals including squirrels, monkeys and tortoises. The number of whales visiting the bay increases every year and is fast becoming one of the most popular places to view these giant mammals.
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Cape Point >>
Situated on the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Point has plenty of fascinating historic and natural places to discover. There is a stone replica of the cross erected by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who came ashore in 1497 en route to India. There is also a lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula, the most powerful lighthouse in South Africa that was originally built 238 meters above sea level, but due to fog and low-lying clouds, it was obscured most of the time and then was moved to 87 meters above sea level. You can take a ride up to the original lighthouse with the Flying Dutchman funicular or even take a steep walk if you’re willing. The Two Oceans Restaurant offers a mouth watering menu of local seafood and it can be enjoyed while watching the waves crashing beneath you as well as taking in sweeping views of False Bay. Alternatively, get light meals from the Deli for a picnic. Then to keep the memories alive, stroll through the Cape Point Logo Store, Cape Point Parks Shop or Lighthouse Five. On the way you will also find the Cape Point Ostrich Farm where you can experience a ride on the worlds’ largest bird. There is also the largest variety of ostrich leather products in the peninsula and a wide choice of plain, decorated and carved ostrich eggshells.
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Simon’s Town >>
Simon’s Town is a naval base and a village located on the shores of False Bay. For more than twenty years it has been an important naval base and harbour, first for the Royal navy and now the South African Navy. The land rises steeply from near the water’s edge and the picturesque village is boxed in along the shoreline by the heights above. Simon’s Town is now in effect a suburb of greater Cape Town. It is a terminus of a railway line that runs south from the central business district of Cape Town. In places, the railway line hugs the steep eastern shore of False Bay quite spectacularly and in bad weather, the foam from some heavy swells fly up and wet the trains. One of the best beaches on the Cape Peninsula, Boulders Beach, is located a few kilometres south from Simon’s Town. Here small, secluded coves with white sandy beaches and calm, safe, warm, shallow waters are interspersed between huge rounded boulders of Cape Granite that forms low cliffs and small caves. There has been a colony of African Penguins at Boulders Beach since 1985. There are only three penguin populations in South Africa, be sure to see this one.
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Kirstenbosch Gardens >>
Kirstenbosch Gardens occupies 40 hectares of land on the lower eastern slopes of Table Mountain. More than enough to keep you busy for an entire day, but in actuality the estate occupies 532 hectares of land. The land beyond the Kirstenbosch Gardens forms a nature reserve that extends to Maclear’s Beacon (the highest point of Table Mountain). The gardens has over 600 000 visitors annually from all over the world. There are over 9000 plants in these gardens and a vast majority of them are indigenous. You will find Fynbos, Ericas, Proteas, Aloes Cape Reeds and many different plants and trees. In the natural amphitheatre there is the oldest living plant collection. The pond in the main lawn is home to Egyptian Geese, ducks and Guinea Fowl; they are also fed by the natural spring. There are also common bird species, as well as endemic birds and even raptors. Before you leave, take a stroll though the fragrance garden and take a look at the collection of medicinal plants. There is also a restaurant, tearoom and gardening shop on your way out.
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Grand West Casino >>
Grand West constantly offers unparalleled gaming entertainment; with 2500 slot machines and 70 tables. If you are in the mood for entertainment, head over to the Grand Arena or Roxy Revue Club for live shows and concerts or dance the night away at Hanover Street Nightclub. Cinema Starz has all the latest and hottest big screen releases. You can even bring your kids along as there is heaps of entertainment for them too. Take them to the state of the art games arcade, ten pin bowling, go-kart racing or even the Olympic sized ice rink. There is even a crèche for the smaller kids. There are restaurants to suit everyone and many to choose from. There is Indian cuisine at Bukhara, Italian at Bella Gina, Seafood at Cape Town Fish Market, Wang Thai for Thai lovers and plenty more take aways too.
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Canal Walk >>
Canal Walk is Africa’s most exciting shopping and leisure destination catering for both the domestic and international markets. It is situated 10 minutes away from both the Cape Town City Centre and the Cape Town International Airport. Canal Walk attracts thousands of local and international visitors every year with its spectacular architecture, spacious malls and unparalleled array of unique retail opportunities. With 400 stores representing leading local and global brands, Canal Walk offers the most comprehensive and compelling lifestyle shopping experience in South Africa, including the widest selection of speciality stores in the southern hemisphere. There are also 30 restaurants and coffee shops, 17 cinemas, entertainment centre, science centre, Place of Play for the kids and plenty more. Canal Walk is open 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm.
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Constantia Wine Farms >>
South Africa’s oldest wine estate is found in Constantia and is known these days for its red wines, although its chardonnay has just been honoured in France. There is a lot more to Groot Constantia, though, than just its 86 hectares of vines. It has the finest surviving example of Cape Dutch architecture in the country and has two excellent restaurant, Jonkershuis, serving traditional Cape Malay dishes and Simon’s.

The Manor House now houses a cultural history museum, which portrays the early at Groot Constantia, with a superb collection of Cape furniture, porcelain and maritime art. Most of the furniture was made in the Cape. These farms are great to end off a visit to Cape Town.
 

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