Cape Town, or South Africa’s “Mother City”, is a spectacular city and a top tourist destination for locals and international travellers alike. Cape Town is well known for Table Mountain. In 2012 Table Mountain was voted as one of the world’s seven wonders of nature. Let’s take a look at what Cape Town has to offer and why it is such a popular city.
When you fly to Cape Town, the city’s international airport will be your gate into this wonderful city.
Being the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town contains many wonderful attractions and beautiful architectural buildings. These buildings can easily be seen in the city centre all the way to Simon’s Town, where history still has firm roots.
The Castle of Good Hope is a great first stop if you’re interested in the history of South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it is the oldest colonial building in South Africa. The five-star building acted as a prison in the Second Boer War (1899 – 1902). The five points were all given names. Standing south from the castle and looking north, the points were named Leerdam, to the west, Buuren, Katzenellenbogen, Nassau and Oranje clockwise from it. In 1969 the castle was declared as a national monument and on April 2000 a provincial heritage site. The Castle of Good Hope currently houses the Castle Military Museum. Fly to Cape Town to visit the Castle of Good Hope and see the wonderful rich historical architecture in the city centre.
If you love wine and enjoy wine tours, you won’t ever run out of wine tours and cellars to visit. In and around Cape Town you will find numerous wine cellars. Groot Constantia and the Constantia Valley is the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere. Going west from Cape Town, you will find the Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Paarl and the Breede River Valley. These places are well known as the most prominent wine-making regions in South Africa, with well-known cellars producing some of the world’s best wines. These wines are sold locally as well as exported throughout the world.
There is many activities and events that are held throughout the year held in the numerous wine regions. One of the well known events is the Wacky Wine Weekend held in Robertson and surrounding wine farms in the middle of the year, the Solms-Delta Oesfees (harvest festival) and the Breedekloof Soetes & Sop Festival (Sweet & Soup). Fly to Cape Town and rent a car to experience these wonderful events.
Going south-west from Cape Town one will find Cape Point at the end of the Cape Peninsula. From here you will take breathtaking view of the legendary Cape of Good Hope.
High sea cliffs, fresh air and about 1 200 species of indigenous plants is an experience for every nature lover. You will also be able to see various small mammals, antelope, zebras and the ostrich, all located in the Table Mountain National Park.
Cape Point also boasts with history and many shipwrecks. The Lusitania struck Bellow rock in 1911, the Thomas T Tucker is located near Olifantsbos and a Cape Town trawler, named Phyllisia, that went down 1968 as well as the Nolloth, a Dutch trawler.
If you’re a Muslim, then Antonie’s Gat is great place to pray. Even today, you will witness Muslim worshippers are seen praying on the cliffs of Cape Point to honour the holy man that lived there.
Cape Town is a very big playground for those that love to experience the outdoors. The city boasts with a plethora of outdoor activities.
Kayaking is a great way to experience Cape Town’s bays and beaches. Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Glencairn, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg is just a few of the wonderful places where kayakers can experience kayaking while enjoying the beauty that Cape Town has to offer.
If surfing is your thing, than you will most definitely have to visit Muizenberg, ideal for beginner surfers. Hout Bay, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Glencairn and Kalk Bay offer some great break points, reef breaks, barrels and wonderful waves.
The Cape Peninsula Surf Report will provide you with information when and where the best surfing spots will be. You can always tune your radio to KFM, one of Cape Town’s main radio stations and listen to KFM Breakfast to get the latest daily surf reports. Alternatively you can follow Deon Bing on Twitter, KFM’s surf forecaster.
During the months of October to March, Muizenberg, Kommetjie, Hout Bay and Scarborough are ideal for kite-surfing, windsurfing and land-sailing. The long and hot summer days provides ideal wind conditions and stunning beach views.
Cape Town offers some great scuba diving spots. The coastal villages of Hout Bay, Kommetjie, Simon’s Town, Glencairn, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay are great places for scuba divers. Divers can also experience wrecks and reefs, but boats and local diving operations can reach these spots.
Shark Cage diving is a wonderful experience for inexperienced divers. This allows divers to witness one the world’s majestic creatures, the Great White Shark.
Boating & Fishing
Boat cruises from Hout Bay Harbour offers trips to Duiker Island and False Bay Harbour offers trips to Seal Island, where one will enjoy a closer and personal experience with the Cape Fur Seals. Simon’s Town offer boat cruises for those that are looking for a leisurely way to see sharks, seals, whales and dolphins. These boat trips depart from Cape Point itself.
Qualified and experienced skippers and crew offers wonderful fishing excursions from Hout Bay and Simon’s Town. Offshore fish species are the Yellowfin tuna, Longfin tuna, Mako and the Dorado. Inshore fishing allows one to catch some Yellowtail, Cape Snoek, Hooking Cape Salmon and Kob.
To get the best views, hiking in Cape Town is definitely a must. Cape Town offers great hiking spots such as Silvermine Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Kalk Bay Caves, Peers Cave and Elsies Peak. While hiking you will experience and learn about the fynbos, bird-life and ecosphere.
Overnight hiking trails are also available for those that really do love to hike and experience the beauty that Cape Town has to offer.
Numerous biking trails can be found in and around Cape Town. Hosting the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Cape Epic, the city is big on biking.
Cape Town and surrounding regions offers some great MTB trails. Many cellars offer some great trails. This is a great for MTB and wine lovers to experience some of the Western Cape’s greatest wines and beautiful scenery.
Clovelly Country Club, Steenberg and Westlake Golf Courses offer some great golfing options. These golf courses offer a wonderful experience for all levels of golf skills. This is another way to take in the wonderful mountain views and winelands.
Simon’s Town Country Club has a great links experience and a true hidden gem where you will have to dodge penguins that makes the course there home. You can also spot some whales.
Cape Town has numerous shopping malls. The V&A Waterfront is a popular place for locals and tourist alike. It’s situated next to Cape Town Harbour and close to the city centre. The waterfront offers a great shopping experience, various and wonderful restaurants. After some shopping you can enjoy the Two Oceans Aquarium. Visitors can also opt for boat cruises from a few hours to a day. One can even take a boat cruise to Robben Eiland and experience this historical landmark where Nelson Mandela was held captive from almost 27 years during the Apartheid era.
Canal Walk Shopping Centre, the third largest shopping centre in South Africa, was built around a canal and form part of a mixed-use development known as Century City. This includes office blocks, residential areas and the Ratanga Junction theme park.
Other shopping malls include Cavendish Square in Claremont, Bayside Mall in Table View, Somerset Mall in Somerset West, Gardens Shopping Centre in Gardens, Constantia Village in Constantia, Tyger Valley Cenre in Bellville and Willowbridge in Tygervalley, to name a few.
Named as one of the worlds New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012 the mountain is popular for locals and tourists alike. If you are visiting Cape Town, a trip up the mountain is a must-do.
You can reach the top of Table Mountain by one of the one-hour walking routes or by means of cable car. The views at the top of the mountain are superb and. Visit Table Mountain Café to enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast or a snack lunch. If you are adventurous, you can take the three-hour trail to the top of the highest point of the mountain, Maclear’s Beacon. When you fly to Cape Town, the mountain will look majestic and wonderful through the airplane’s window.
During the summer months you can indulge in a late afternoon ride to the top for sundowners. Keep in mind that it can be get quite chilly, even on sunny days, and it is recommended that you take some extra warm clothes with you.
If you are living in South Africa, it is definitely recommended that you book a flight and fly to Cape Town for a weekend to go up to Table Mountain, if you haven’t done it at all.
Fly to Cape Town
Going to Cape Town is very easy. If you’re not living near Cape Town to drive, you can opt to book a flight to Cape Town. By searching and comparing flights, you can fly to Cape Town at affordable prices.
This is just some of the activities and attractions that Cape Town has to offer. Book a flight and fly to Cape Town to experience this wonderful and popular city. Here at at Flywise, we can guarantee that Cape Town will be a wonderful experience.
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