Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you visit only one place in South Africa it really should be Cape Town. The “Mother City” is home to many of the country’s top attractions, unique natural landscapes, restaurants and more.

Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s oldest, most instantly recognised landmark. In fact, it’s much older even than the Andes, the Himalayas, the Rockies and the Alps. If you’re pressed for time or less inclined to tackle the mountainous slopes on foot take the aerial cableway. Once at the top the views are breathtaking.

See Mandela’s former prison cell

Robben Island was once a symbol of political oppression. Its most famous prisoner was of course Nelson Mandela. Visits are by organised ferry tours. Your trip will include the minute cell in which Mandela spent his nights for 18 of the 27 years of his imprisonment.

Visit the home of South Africa’s first vines

Groot Constantia dates back to 1685. One of its dessert wines was a favourite with the likes of Napoleon, Bismarck, and Jane Austen. In addition to wine tasting, you can also visit the manor museum, the original Cape Dutch house itself, and the wine museum.

Take a drive along Chapmans Peak

This is one of the few places on earth where cliffs plunge directly into the sea. Hire a car and take a slow, meandering drive along the craggy coastline. Chapman’s Peak provides some of the best scenic views in the Cape. The route is approximately 9kms long and there are numerous rest and lookout spots along the way.

Treat yourself to a uniquely African dining experience

For an authentic taste of African cuisine dine at Gold Restaurant. Start with a facilitated pre-dinner djembe drumming session followed by a 14 course menu. It includes award winning African and Cape Malay cuisine. You’ll get to sample Game Sosaties (meat on a skewer), Boeber dessert, Namibian boerewors (sausage), Congolese Morog (rural plant dish), and more. Live entertainment includes tall Mali puppets dancing gracefully between tables and lively African singing.

The true heart of Cape Town

The true heart of the city lies in its vibrant multiculturism. There’s so much to see and do that it’s a shame to single out only 5 activities. Stay at least 10 days or longer. Only then will you begin to experience all that Cape Town has to offer.



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