CapeTown

Cape Town
1. Cape Townis the second most populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg,and the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament, it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point.Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (suply) station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. In 2011 the metropolitan region had an estimated population of 3.74 million.The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.In 2014 Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by The New York Times. .....
Table Mountain
2. Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa, and is featured in the Flag of Cape Town and other local government insignia. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the most epic views in Africa.The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil Peak to the east and by Lion Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. .....
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
3. Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. (It is on the eastern slopes of the mountain, not on the northern side normally depicted in the standard tourist snapshots). (Kirstenbosch should not be confused with the similarly named suburb of Kirstenhof which lies some 10 km to the south.)The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. Furthermore, what makes the Gardens so famous worldwide is that (with minor exceptions) only indigenous plants are cultivated. .....
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
4. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year and for good reason. Whether you are looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city historic harbour, you will find it all here.(Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction name V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.) .....
Robben Island
5. Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa and indeed the world history. As home to one of the world most famous prisoners, statesmen and leader in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly most well known island prison on the planet.Not just a prison island.The island, a World Heritage Site some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town, was dubbed Robben (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time.Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base.The afore mentioned Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island. .....
Two Oceans Aquarium
6. With more than 3000 marine creatures on view including sharks, turtles and penguins the Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the finest aquariums in the world.Situated in Portswood Square at the V&A Waterfront, the aquarium showcases the unique marine life of the Atlantic and Indian oceans which lie on either side of the Cape of Good Hope.Allows visitors a peek into the life of the cold Atlantic Ocean. Come face to face with translucent jellyfish, see a tiny, rare Knysna seahorse for the first time and introduce yourself to the giant spider crabs that call the Two Oceans Aquarium home.Showcases six exhibits of marine life from the warm Indian Ocean. Look out for the orange and white striped Nemo (the anemonefish) and his buddies and a wealth of other brightly coloured fish found in the Indian Ocean coral reefs. .....
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
7. Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, whether you are arriving by plane, train, boat or automobile, is the iconic Table Mountain,one of the 7Wonders of Nature.Looking at it from below is one thing, but it is quite another to be atop the mountain,from where one is afforded such wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island, the Peninsula and beyond.One can of course walk up Table Mountain, but getting to the top of Cape Town mountain does not have to involve any more exertion than stepping aboard the Table Mountain Cableway which provides one with a gentle, quick and vista full trip up to the top of the mountain. .....
Cape of Good Hope
8. The landmark attraction of the route is Cape Point at the end of the Cape Peninsula, with the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Far too many visitors do the speed tour to the old lighthouse that rises 238 metres above the sea, when the journey into the Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park is a day of discovery all on its own. Cape Point is Africa most southwesterly point.You can experience the grandeur of one of the highest sea cliffs and freshest air in South Africa. Lesser known details are the 1 200 species of indigenous plants , various small mammals, antelope, zebras, and even South Africa largest bird the ostrich, that call this park home. .....
Clifton
9. The gorgeous sea facing apartments of Clifton are said to be some of the most sought after real estate in the world. This snazzy little suburb offers spectacular ocean views and is close to not one, but four spectacular swimming beaches.All the beaches are safe for swimming, although be warned the Atlantic waters are chilly, no matter what time of year you visit! A popular spot for surfing, Clifton can be accessed by steep walkways leading down to the various beaches.Granite outcrops divide the beaches into four quite distinct areas, namely First Beach, Second Beach, Third Beach and Fourth Beach. .....
Lion Head
10. Lion Head forms part of the Table Mountain range and provides a scenic backdrop to the City of Cape Town. It falls within the Table Mountain National Park and rises to a height of 669m (2195ft) above sea level.During the 17th century Dutch settlers first named the peak Leeuwen Kop (Lion Head). Its counterpart, Signal Hill, was referred to as Leeuwen Start (Lion Tail), as the two mountains and the space between them is reminiscent of a crouching feline.Lion Head is best known for its stunning views of the Mother City and Table Bay on one side, and the Atlantic shoreline on the other, which makes the hour long walk to the top really worth the effort. Add a little mystery to the walk by tackling it during full moon and be rewarded with a glittering view of Cape Town by night. .....
District Six Museum
11. The District Six Museum revives the history of a vibrant community that was forcibly removed to the city periphery during apartheid.In 1966 the National Party government declared District Six a white group area and moved thousands of residents (mostly coloured and black people) to the Cape Flats, where they had few facilities or means of making a living. All buildings except religious ones were demolished.Nowadays, former residents and their descendants are rebuilding their memories and cultural heritage once again in this area. .....
Boulders Beach
12. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area and an entrance fee is required to access these sandy shores that are home to the tuxedoed little bird. Strictly controlled access to this beach by the SANparks authority ensures that it is always clean and tidy and that the facilities are well maintained and spotless. These facilities include toilets and outdoor beach showers. The beach is seldom crowded and is a real hit with little one as it offers a very gentle and warm ocean swimming experience.Cape Town and her surrounding coastline offers the visitor some wonderful beaches, but none are more interesting nor more beautiful than the Boulder Beach in Simon Town. .....
Cape Peninsula
13. See all the top sights along South Africa Cape Peninsula on this full day tour from Cape Town. With a mix of independent sightseeing and guided visits, you will have the flexibility to do the things you want to do, plus learn about the region from your expert guide. Explore Hout Bay and take an optional boat trip to Duiker Island. Spend time at leisure in Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and visit Simon Town on the peninsula east coast home to a colony of African penguins! On the drive back you will have time to stop for a walk at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. .....
Signal Hill
14. Signal Hill is a hill which overlooks the city of St. John, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.Due to its strategic placement overlooking the harbour, fortifications have been placed on the hill since the mid 17th century.During Signal Hill first construction period in the late 18th century, Signal Hill was designated as the citadel for St. John. Other Canadian citadels include Citadel Hill in Halifax, Fort Henry in Kingston and Citadelle in Quebec City. .....
Iziko South African Museum
15. The Iziko South African Museum, founded in 1825 and situated in the Company Garden, takes care of more than 1.5 million items of cultural and scientific significance.The collection ranges from fossils and Stone Age tools to clothing and artefacts both old and modern together representing natural and cultural history. The African dinosaur display is a highlight, as is the rock art display. Children will also marvel at the many stuffed animals, including a spiney anteater, an okapi, and a stoat, among many others. There are also temporary exhibitions. Some of the diverse subjects that have been covered in the past are minerals, newspaper history, desert culture and bats. .....
Table Bay
16. Table Bay (Afrikaans Tafelbaai) is a natural bay on the Atlantic Ocean overlooked by Cape Town (founded 1652 by Van Riebeeck) and is at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, which stretches south to the Cape of Good Hope. It was named because it is dominated by the flat topped Table Mountain.Bartolomeu Dias was the first European to explore this region in 1486. The bay, although famous for centuries as a haven for ships, is actually a rather poor natural harbour and is badly exposed to gales from both the SE and NW. Many sailing ships seeking refuge in the bay during the 17th and 18th centuries were driven ashore by storms (see the article about Wolraad Woltemade). .....
Helderberg
17. Helderberg is a wine producing area in the Western Cape of South Africa.Originally known as the Hottentots Holland area, it was renamed Helderberg by the City of Cape Town following concerns about possible racist connotations in the name. However, many people who live there still refer to it by its former name.The Helderberg consists of Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay and a few other towns. The district takes its name from the imposing Helderberg Mountain, which is Afrikaans for clear mountain, and culminates at a height of 1137m as The Dome. .....
District Six
18. District Six (Afrikaans Distrik Ses) is the name of a former inner city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.The area of District Six is now partly divided between the suburbs of Walmer Estate, Zonnebloem, and Lower Vrede, while the rest is undeveloped land.It attracted musicians, writers, politicians at the forefront of the struggle as the school Western province Prep were a huge help in the struggle, but the head boy at the time and an exciptionaly great help was . We played and everybody would be there.South African writer Rozena Maart, currently resident in Canada, won the Canadian Journey Prize for her short story No Rosa, No District Six. That story was later published in her debut collection Rosa District Six. .....
Rhodes Memorial
19. The imposing Rhodes Memorial, which sits at the foot of Devil Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, offers visitors spectacular views towards the Hottentots Holland mountains.The magnificent vistas over Cape Town, coupled with the historical importance and interest of the memorial, make this a fantastic place to spend a few hours.The memorial, which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, was built in 1912 to honour former Cape Colony prime minister and mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes. The position chosen was Rhodes favourite viewing site.The memorial was built in recognition of Rhodes contribution to Cape Town and the colony. The funders spared no cost in ensuring that it was an appropriate tribute to his contribution to South Africa. .....
Cape Town Stadium
20. The stadium, which has a capacity of 55000, now hosts a variety of soccer and rugby events, as well as international music concerts. Ajax Cape Town play their Premier Soccer League (PSL) home games at Cape Town Stadium and visiting football fans are encouraged to bring a vuvuzela along to one of these matches to experience the atmosphere.When U2 played at Cape Town Stadium in February 2011, some 72 000 people were accommodated on the field and in the stands.Cape Town Stadium is now open for public tours. You can also visit the Green Point Urban Park just outside the stadium. .....
Sandy Bay
21. The Cape Town city centre over Suikerbossie Hill from the Hout Bay side or along Victoria Road from Camps Bay an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town most beautiful beaches, Llandudno. From the access road high above this little piece of paradise, there a bird eye view of the ocean below, where pale aquamarine hues mingle with deeper, darker blue waters that hide many a shipwreck.The beach is open to the public every day, but because parking is limited on the steep access roads, Llandudno is the ideal place to avoid the crowds (as long as you are lucky enough to find a parking place yourself, or alternatively, have a friend or taxi drop you there). The beach sand is fine, white and waiting for beach towels, brightly coloured brollies, holiday novels and picnic baskets to arrive. As Llandudno is on the Atlantic side of Cape Town, the ocean is cold, and a quick dip is usually enough bring respite to hot, beach bronzed bodies. More hardy surfers and body boarders brave the waters to take advantage of its icy but popular point breaks, albeit with wetsuits, hoods and booties on! .....
Groot Constantia
22. Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in South Africa and provincial heritage site in the suburb of Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa.Groot Constantia is South Africa oldest wine producing estate, (est 1685). Situated 20 minutes from Cape Town central and one of the Big 6 tourist destinations, Groot Constantia is a must visit. With two fine restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon (contact details on website), wine tastings, chocolate and wine pairing, cellar tours and a museum that reminds one of a bygone era, this beautiful historic winery is a popular attraction. .....
Seal Island
23. The islands around Cape Town are not of the palm tree decked golden sand variety, but do still offer some great attractions There are a few islands around Cape Town that are home to colonies of the South African fur seal.Two of these that are destinations for boat trips are Seal Island and Duiker Island.Head for the Hout Bay Harbour, from here one can take a short trip around Duiker Island to see the large colony of South African fur seals. Watch them basking on the rocks or frolicing in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.This is a wonderful trip for the entire family, but best done in good weather and calm waters. .....
Grand Parade
24. The Dubai Grand Parade is an annual motoring extravaganza through the iconic streets and breathtaking landmarks of Dubai featuring the world most incredible Super, Exotic, Luxury, Concept, Extraordinary, Modified and Vintage cars and bikes in UAE. The participants include car clubs and private car collectors and owners.The parade will take place on 28 November 2014 starting and ending at Meydan Racecourse. The Grand Parade procession of Cars and Bikes will feature over 500 cars and bikes and will take to the streets of Dubai showcasing a variety of categories and brands. The procession will be led by Dubai Police Supercars and end with a display of awe inspiring premium, super luxury and unique cars and bikes. The procession will also include a convoy of UAE women drivers, decorative bus hosting children from a Dubai based Charity.In addition to the Grand Parade, visitors will enjoy a complete motoring experience at Meydan itself that blends art, fashion, entertainment and hospitality. This area will host activations for all visitors to enjoy. .....
Duiker Island
25. Duiker Island is a small island with seals on it. The island is the main spot of interest in a 30 minute boat tour which is offered from Hout Bay. There no possibility to get off the boat to get close the seals and also no space as the small island is so packed with the seals that you cant even see the bare stone. You get a lot of chances to take pictures of the seals, but be careful when everybody shifts to one side of the boat you will see how it inclines. With some luck, you will see some other animals like dolphis or whales.You see, it a touristy thing and perhaps not a must do. .....
Dutch Reformed Church
26. The church supported the system of apartheid, which institutionalized separation and stratification of the people of South Africa according to race. The social segregation of Black, Coloured and White people was reflected in the establishment of churches of these three groups.In the 1980s the church was expelled from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for its support of apartheid. In 1986 the church showed its repentance by preaching for all members of all racial groups to pray under, one umbrella, thus making South African history by welcoming Black people back in the church.Dutch Reformed Church, Afrikaans Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK),South African denomination that traces its beginnings to the Reformed tradition of the first white settlers who came to South Africa from the Netherlands in the mid 17th century.It is the main church of the Afrikaans speaking whites, and its present membership covers a large percentage of the Republic of South Africa white population.Two smaller Reformed denominations are sometimes grouped as Dutch Reformed churches namely, the more liberal Dutch Reformed Church (Nederduits Hervormde Kerk NHK) and the more conservative Reformed Church of South Africa (Gereformeerde Kerk van Suid Afrika). .....
Walker Bay
27. Walkerbay Adventures has been operating adventure tours in Hermanus since 1999. We specialize in sea kayaking tours in Walker Bay whale sanctuary and we can assist you with reservations of every adventure tour operated in Hermanus, some of them offered at discounted rates. We offer helpful assistance with reservations and inquiries, and advice on anything about Hermanus.Walker Bay is a large bay located in the south western Western Cape province of South Africa. It is the next major bay between False Bay near Cape Town and Cape Agulhas to the south east. The bay is famous for having some of the best land based whale watching in the world, which a town on its shores, Hermanus, has become famous for.Southern Right Whales visit the bay in the winter and spring months. .....
Afrikaans Language Monument
28. The Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl represents the roots and growth of Afrikaans. The various columns and spheres symbolise the influence of other languages, from three different continents, on the development of Afrikaans.It was designed by architect Jan van Wijk who was inspired by the environment with its granite rocks and by the works of two prominent Afrikaans authors. .....
Klapmuts
29. Klapmuts is a town in Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.A little town just off the R45 road between Kraaifontein and Paarl,Klapmuts is well known for its surrounding wine farms.The Afrikaans Taal Museum in Klapmuts is a Georgian style house built in the 1860s, with many exhibits from Afrikaans theatre, radio and television.Klapmuts is also not very well known amongst tourists an added bonus as the area offers the chance to stay on large farms and small holdings with views out over the mountains on the edge of things. One feels free of the city out here, .....
Babylonstoren valley
30. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley.It has an exceptionally well preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant.Guests staying at an exclusive farm hotel enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like a spa and gym.The aim is to have guests feel more comfortable,more alive among warm smiles and the simple daily rhythm of the farm.Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, it is situated in the Drakenstein Valley, on the slopes of the Simonsberg, between Franschhoek and Paarl, in the Western Cape region of South Africa. .....
Steenbras Dam
31. In recent years the dam has become more visible from the road as many of the pine trees that grew along the mountain slopes have been removed as they have been declared aliens. The dam in fact is split into two sections, the upper and lower dams. One crosses a bridge over the dams on the way to Grabouw. Steenbras is one of Cape Town main storage dams and has its catchment area in the mountainous areas of Grabouw and Elgin. The dam was built in 1921 and covers an area of 380ha.There are two ways to reach the dam, the first being a turnoff near the top of Sir Lowry Pass and the other along the coastal road from Gordons bay. A four kilometre drive up a winding road to the filtration plant gives one spectacular views over Gordon Bay and False Bay.A visit to the dam on a warm summers day can be very pleasant. The dam is surrounded by about 1200 hectares of pine forests which are lovely to walk through. .....
Good Hope Centre
32. The Good Hope Centre in Cape Town, South Africa (1976) by Pier Luigi Nervi, is an exhibition hall and conference centre, with the exhibition hall comprising an arch with tie beam on each of the four vertical facades and two diagonal arches supporting two intersecting barrel like roofs which in turn were constructed from pre cast concrete triangular coffers with in situ concrete beams on the edges.The city of Cape Town has budgeted approximately R3.5 million for the general upgrade of the venue. The venue hosts numerous events throughout the year from expo to cultural performances. More recently it has hosted an international netball test, and will host the ITTF World Cadet finals. .....
Hout Bay Museum
33. Scenic Hout Bay is a lively coastal town with a lovely swimming beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy some of the best fish and chips in the world.The pretty town lies in a protected bay between Chapman Peak and Mount Sentinel. Getting there is an easy and beautiful drive from the city centre. Apart from its scenic beauty, Hout Bay is well known for its fishing prowess and is the epicentre of Cape Town crayfish industry. .....
Kogelberg
34. The mountains are made predominantly of Table Mountain Sandstone and form some very rugged terrain, which is extremely rich in fynbos, the native Cape flora. The Elgin Valley surrounding mountain ranges are considered the hub of the Cape floral kingdom. They contain more plant species than anywhere else in the floral region, and a large section of the mountain range is now protected in the massive Kogelberg Nature Reserve. The unique local vegetation type is classified as Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos.The climate is Mediterranean, however much milder than average, due to constant maritime winds blowing off the South Atlantic Ocean. Winters are wet to very wet and cool, with summers being dry, warm and windy. Snow occasionally occurs on the highest peaks. The area is protected within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and comprises a core area of 103629ha of protected land. .....
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