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Table Mountain

Flat-topped Table Mountain, often draped in billowy cloud cover – or as the locals say, its “table cloth,” – looms large over Cape Town. Here, you can either do a daylong hike on one of many trails to the top, or enjoy an enthralling ride up in the revolving cable car with spectacular 360 degree views of the city, its beaches and coast line. Whether early in the morning, or in time for sundown, this is the best place to take in the full beauty of the Mother City. Access to the mountain is closed off during periods of heavy cloud cover and high winds, so if you wake up to clear, calm and sunny day, make sure to take advantage and head up to the mountain.

City and V&A Waterfront

Charming Cape Town is considered by many to be one of the world’s prettiest cities. Founded in 1652 by the Dutch as a resupply station, it is a smorgasbord of architectural diversity – from the old fort, to its Cape Dutch homesteads, colorful Cape Malay quarters and sensational cliff-hugging homes overlooking the beaches. While it is Africa’s oldest city, by every measure it is also one of it most modern and cutting- edge. Shopping and fine dining areas are abundant, and scattered throughout the city.
The best known commercial destination is the glitzy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront , or “V & A,,” shopping, dining and entertainment mecca located in the city’s harbor. Head out along the water to the tony white beaches of Clifton, Bakoven and Camps Bay. Make your way up towards Table Mountain, and explore the potpourri of neighborhoods that make up this bustling city. From its many commercial offerings, to its beautiful landmarks and large, open spaces, Cape Town is a rare urban treasure and scenic wonderland.

Robben Island

Robben Island, a small enclave just a few miles off Cape Town’s shores, is where the late President Nelson Mandela spent eighteen of his twenty-seven years in prison. Established in 1997 not only as a reminder of the struggle that led to a newly democratic South Africa, but as a symbol of reconciliation, it is now a World Heritage Site and one of Cape Town’s most visited attractions. Tours are still led by former political prisoners, and include the quarry where they did hard labor, the cramped, cotless cell where Mandela lived, and a bus ride around the small, storied island. Weather permitting, ferries to the island depart daily from the V&A Waterfront, and tours last 3.5 hours, including round trip transport.

Cape Town Beaches

Among its finer scenic virtues are Cape Town’s magnificent beaches. Enveloping the city are long stretches of blinding, white powdery sands and crystal turquoise waters. Miles of staggering coastal views are interrupted only by the massive boulders that protect the pristine shores from rough ocean winds, From the wide open beaches of Bloubergstrand, Muizenberg, Noordhoek and trendy Camps Bay, to jet-setting Clifton, Llandudno Beaches, and the hip, new water’s edge beach Clubs next to the V & A – there’s a view and a vibe to suit everyone. Take in the views, and soak up the sun, but if you’re in for a swim, be prepared for a big chill in these icy Atlantic waters.

Constantia

Constantia has the oldest working wine farm in the Southern Hemisphere, dating back to 1685. Even more than its long lineage, this wine region is known for producing one of the most famous and internationally-sought after wines in South Africa, Vins de Constans. Here you will find a nice mix of the old and the new: traditional Cape Dutch style estates, as well as newer, glossy wineries. Only a short ride away from Cape Town, and with a multitude of charming eateries – at wineries and in town – this area makes for the perfect country day getaway.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Established in 1913 to preserve South Africa’s unique flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is home to more than 22,000 indigenous plants, and is the unofficial capital of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, this peaceful retreat is yet another scenic Cape wonder, full of well-manicured greens, trails, and an amazing array of flowering shrubs and trees. Take your time exploring the sprawling grounds and conservatory, walking or hiking the lush paths set against a magnificent mountain backdrop, and enjoying the gardens at your leisure. If it is a nice, lazy day you are after, Kirstenbosch is is also a perfect place to relax: grab a blanket and sit on the lawn, perhaps with a picnic or refreshments from the on-site cafe, and be sure not to miss the outdoor concerts that take place on Sundays in the summer.



TOWNSHIPS


Created as living areas for non-white residents under South Africa’s old system of apartheid, the townships are still home to many of Cape Town’s residents. While these sprawling urban enclaves now contain basic amenities such as running water, electricity and new housing, they remain crowded and lacking in modern infrastructure, but with a unique cultural urban vibe. They remain a testament to the proud traditions that grew out of a troubled past – and are still a significant force shaping South African arts and culture today. A township visit is an opportunity to taste, see and experience the colorful and dramatic environment that continues to inspire the sons and daughters of the rainbow nation. Tour neighborhoods with the proud locals, learn about their past, hear about their hopes for the future, experience their vibrant culture, and see how the richness of pride, resilience, humor and optimism overcomes the most daunting of human conditions.

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