Cape Town

Cape Town, with Table Mountain as its backdrop, is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and has an abundance of natural heritage riches. Cape Town offers many day-trip opportunities. Spend time exploring Table Mountain, either on foot or via the cableway, or head south by car, and visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, established in 1913 to cultivate South Africa’s indigenous plants. Or visit one of Constantia’s many wine estates. Groot Constantia Estate produces excellent wines, and cellar tours are conducted daily. At Muizenberg, stop at the fascinating Casa Labia Museum for a glimpse at the elegance of a bygone era. Further on at Simonstown visit the colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. Continue south into Cape Point, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park. Occupying the entire southern portion of the Cape Peninsula, the reserve offers many beautiful views of the Cape of Good Hope and False Bay.

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Take a guided tour to Robben Island and view the many historic sites, such as the cell of former President Nelson Mandela, the lime quarry and the historic lighthouse. Remember to book in advance! The Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront is an experience not to be missed.

Explore central Cape Town’s art, music and literature on foot. For visual arts, visit the William Fehr collection at the Castle of Good Hope (1676) and the South African National Gallery. Museums include the South African Museum, which has a planetarium, the South African Holocaust Foundation, Slave Lodge and the Barbier-Mueller Gold of Africa Museum, which is housed in the beautifully restored Martin Melck House. Historic buildings include Koopmans De Wet House (1701) and the mosques and cottages of the Bo-Kaap.

For those who enjoy shopping, the piazza atmosphere and distinctive charm of The Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, with its new extention, The Square, offers something unique for everyone. Wrap up the day at The Grand Café & Beach, which affords guests a feet-in-the-sand dining experience in a historic warehouse with a display of huge chandeliers and eclectic interiors offering the international and local traveller a free-spirited beach Café culture while the restaurant’s Grand Gallery Boadicea offers a new lifestyle shopping destination.