Tourist attractions in Cape Town - what to see and do and places to stay in this world class destination..
What to See and Do in Cape Town - South Africa.
Cape Town Cape Town is known as 'The Mother City' of South Africa and is one of the most popular international tourist destinations to date with many attractions for visitors . Cape Town enjoys a setting which is only rivaled by Rio de Janeiro and nestles between Table Mountain and the blue waters of Table Bay, it is a modern, cosmopolitan city. Cape Town as a Tourist destination serves well as a gateway to the Western Cape and a starting point for tours of South Africa and countries to the north.
The modern history of South Africa began in 1652, when Dutch East India Company set up a replenishment station for ships en route to the far east. It was from here, that further developments took place. Within 30 years farms were being established in the Western Cape, augmented by the arrival of the French Huguenots a century later, who were given sanctuary here from religious persecution. With them came not only their faith, but the root stock and skills which established the Cape Winelands. Read more in our Cape Town Travel Guide.
V and A Waterfront, Cape Town
Table Mountain Cable Car
Cape Town Beach Huts
What to See and Do on the Cape Peninsula
Much of the Cape Peninsula is a green-mantled plateau of sandstone that reaches its most spectacular heights in the great bulk of Table Mountain. There are two distinctively-shaped features; Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, which stands sentry to either side of the mountain.The plateau's western rim is defined by a series of imposing buttresses known as the Twelve Apostles.
The shoreline is a pleasant combination of bay and white-sanded Cape beaches, high cliffs and secluded coves. The area has been declared a National Park and falls within the Cape Floral Region. Places to see are: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Chapman's Peak Drive, Long Beach, Scarborough and Boulders.
The world-reknowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the largest of South Africa's eight National Botanical Gardens and is considered one of the 'Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World. It contains a unique collection of southern African plants and includes many rare and endangered species. Kirstenbosch was the first major botanical garden in the world to be devoted to indigenous plants.
Penguin on Boulders Beach
To the north and east of Cape Town are the Cape Flats; a low, sandy flat land that once, not too long ago on the geophysical timetable, lay beneath the sea. The shifting dunes proved a formidable obstacle to early Dutch colonists on their way inland, but the sands were eventually stabilised and are now heavily populated. Alongside suburbia on the Cape flats thousands live in shacks. The majority of Cape Town's black people are migrants from the Eastern Cape (Transkei area), looking for a better life and a way of feeding their families back home.There has been progress - many of the shacks now have electricity.Tourism and volunteers contribute much to the economic and social development. Beyond Sir Lowry's pass lie hills, vineyards, orchards and lush pastures of the famed Cape Winelands.
Visit Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Simonstown.
Enormous aerial views across the Atlantic Ocean define Camps Bay as one of Cape Town's most desirable places to stay. Contained by an impressive amphitheatre shaped by the Twelve Apostles and Lion's Head, the upmarket suburb of Camps Bay spills down the slopes of Table Mountain towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The main road, Victoria Drive, is studded with trendy restaurants and bars lining the palm-fringed beachfront promenade. It’s a great people watching spot if you’re into checking out the rich and famous. At the end of a long summer day, locals and visitors shake off the beach sand while sipping sundowners at stylish sidewalk café's ...Find Accommodation in Camps Bay here..:
Fishing Trawlers in Hout Bay Harbour
Hout Bay used to be a quaint little harbour village that has grown into a large suburb of Cape Town but somehow manages to retain its historic atmosphere. Getting there from Cape Town City Centre is easy; drive to Camps Bay and travel on the scenic coastal road. You can also get there from Constantia Nek or via Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Famous for its fresh fish and the working harbour, it has a lively but laid-back vibe and has much to offer. It’s easy to while away a few hours at the harbour watching fisherman offloading the morning's catch or repairing boats and nets. For a glimpse into the traditional fishing industry’s origins and Strandloper culture, visit the Hout Bay Museum in St Andrews Road. Read more about Hout Bay...
Suggested Cape Town Tourist Attractions to See.
* Dutch-built Castle of Good Hope * Company’s Garden * District Six Museum * Houses of Parliament and the South African National Gallery * A boat trip to Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years in jail. * Table Mountain is a popular site for visitors and provides the majestic backdrop to the vibrant and friendly Mother City. It can be reached by an ultra-modern cableway. * Newlands is home to the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and the famous rugby stadium. * At Cape Point, part of the Cape Peninsula National Park, there are many drives, walks, picnic spots and a licensed restaurant. This is the point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The Chapman's Peak drive is recommended for wonderful scenery. * Hout Bay is well-known for its colourful working harbour. Seafood outlets, round-the-bay trips to the nearby seal island, and a famous harbour-front emporium attract many visitors. * The Wine Route outside Cape Town offers the chance to taste first-class wines in arguably the most beautiful winelands in the world. Superb accommodation is available in historic towns such as Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek, as well as on many estates and farms.