Guest post by Peter Smith.
Cape Town, or the so-called ‘Tavern of the Seas’ is located on the beautiful coast of Table Bay, at the southernmost tip of South Africa, and it is the legislative capital and second most populous city in the country. The city’s multicultural harmony is often overlooked by the exquisite Table Mountain; thankfully, it is surrounded by the most appealing wonders of nature. Cape Town is unique, mysterious, busy, and ultimately, packed with the most spectacular hidden attractions. Often called ‘The Mother City’, traveling to this beautiful South African metropolis will leave you speechless.
Cape Town & Table Mountain
Begin your memorable trip through Cape Town with the summit of Table Mountain in the Table Mountain National Park. If you’re not feeling up for hiking trails, which can be demanding and rather challenging at times, you can always take enjoy an aerial trip with the cable car. Enjoy spectacular views from above, relish the splendid panorama of Cape Town, and just relax. Table Mountain rises majestically above the clouds, and as you go up on with the cable car, you’ll get a glimpse of the most unreal landscape. Don’t forget your camera!
Visit Robben Island
After exploring Table Mountain and its abundant fauna and flora, it’s time to move on to Robben Island. This place has a really important role in South Africa’s history. The island served as a maximum security prison for political prisoners before the fall of apartheid and was closed in 1996. The former president of South Africa and acknowledged pacifist and peace-fighter, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned on the island for 18 years. Right now, the prison is a museum and can be visited by tourists from around the world. To get there, you have to take the ferry; it’s a 30 minutes drive from the coast.
The Cape of Good Hope
Continue your South African adventure with the Cape of Good Hope, a beautiful place where historical sites blends smoothly with the all-natural surroundings. Allow the breathtaking sceneries to make you feel that you’re standing on the edge of the world, and from the Cape Point promontory take a hike uphill (or by the Flying Dutchman Funicular) to reach the 1860s lighthouse.
Visit the District Six Museum which serves as a homage to the forcibly evicted multiracial residents, and get to know them a little bit better. Their moving stories will open your eyes to the troubled history of the city and its residents. Such experiences are upsetting but rewarding because they help the people understand Cape Town’s history.
Wander through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Gaze at the superb species of flowers at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. South Africa’s main flora is centered here, and the multitude of plants and flowers provides a rhapsody for the eyes as well as for the nose. If you’re visiting somewhere between November and May, you can also attend numerous live performances and open concerts. There’s also a conservatory in the garden where tourists can admire plants from various habitats, including karoo, savanna or fynbos. On the outside, visitors will stumble upon a plants specific to the Cape region, namely proteas collections.
Incredibly popular among visitors, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are also an excellent hiking spot. There are many mountain slopes available, which will take walkers on different mysterious paths up the mountain. There’s a famous trail you might want to consider – Skeleton Gorge. It will take you straight to Table Mountain’s summit.
Fabulous activities to try out while in Cape Town
Cape Town is an ideal travel spot. It has excellent hiking regions, beautiful beaches and endless entertainment facilities. Swimming with the sharks, snorkeling with the corals, horse riding, paragliding from Lion’s Head, exploring the museums and enjoying delicious South African food, are activities you just can’t miss out on while in the city.
Meet the people, know more about their culture, and explore their fascinating customs & traditions. Don’t forget about your loved ones, and stop by Greenmarket Square to purchase memorable South African souvenirs. Cape Town is spectacular in every sense of the word. The sights are brilliant, the people are warm and welcoming, and the attractions will keep constantly awake your curiosity.
By Peter Smith and CapePortfolios.com!