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Cape Town: Attractions For All

Posted on November 5, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


No matter where your interests as a tourist lie, Cape Town caters to all your needs. If you are an adventure person, there are all kind of activities for you, under water or outside it. If you like being in the wild, you could pitch in the South Africa Safari in your trip here. If amusement park amuses you, there is the Ratanga Junction Theme Park to bring you joy with all its rides. For those who enjoy their calm, quiet moments, there are beaches and a lot many of them.

The best thing about a trip to Cairo is that you do not need to make that difficult choice between sea or mountain, wild life or marine life, calm and quiet moments or sports and other activities. This is the place for one and all.

1.Table Mountain

Standing 1,086 meters high, Table Mountain makes for a canvas for the amazingly panoramic Cape Town, especially pretty when viewed from the mountain’s top. The way up there is through a cable car, and if you are the sporty kinds, you would want to use your foot on your way back. There are rescue teams up there, though of course, you need be careful on a route, that is, well, very obviously mountainous, with a fickle-minded weather God. You should definitely check and get your basic right before you are up for the adventure and make sure you have all that’s required in a mountaineering kit. Follow the guide. Do not hover around the edges. You might fall. For a more detailed information, you could visit sites like www.higadventure.co.zawww.tablemountain.com to name a few.

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2. V & A waterfront

Acronym for Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this is a harbor-cum-tourist spot. The place is a nexus of cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, shops with local handicrafts, performing arts and so on and so forth. You could sit back and relax at one of the eating joints here, amidst the Victorian style builds that serve as commercial centers, go shopping in Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, get hold of local handicrafts in the Red Shed Craft workshop, or hop in to a boat or a yacht for a cruise.

A must visit here is the Two Ocean Aquarium among other centers.

v and a waterfront

3. Two Ocean Aquarium

This is an under water nature reserve, bringing to you a chance to stand along the over 3000 marine life. You could even dive in with them. A major point of attraction is feeding the predator tanks at 3 pm everyday.

4.Robben island

You could take the ferry from the Clock Tower precinct to get to Robben Island, 12 kilometers away.  The Getaway from which the ferry leaves is rightly called Nelson Mandela getaway. This is also a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Other than being a beautiful island, this place has a landmark imprint on the history of South Africa, in context of apartheid. Mandela, along with others, was imprisoned here for their effort to drive away apartheid. The island also has a museum to tell the story of their struggles. Now of course, it’s the penguins and seals who have established their colonies here.  You would need to keep a day aside for this, at least the first half.

robben island

5.Camps Bay and other Beaches

With just the right kind of climate, beaches in Cape Town have tourists flocking towards them throughout the year.  The white sand and the blue sea, with ample of sunshine, make Camps Bay a heavenly place to be in. Belonging to the Atlantic seaboard, the Clifton suburb has four beaches.

Deserted and serene are the Noordhoek and Kommetjie beach. It’s better to be there in groups.

The Muizenbeg beach, Kalk bay, St. James and Fish Hoek belong to the warmer False Bay. Colonies of penguins are your host at bays in Boulders. What’s more, they have no issues posing for you provided you are nice with them.

Kommetjie beach

6.Museums

If you are among those who want to know the city better, in a depth, there are a number of museums in and around the city. The South African National Gallery is a junction of national and international art, holding exhibitions that are world class. The South African Museum deserves a couple of hours too. Among other artworks, it has Lydenburg heads dated 500BC.

The Jewish Museum tell the story of Jews who migrated here and houses masterpieces like a stain glass window with the Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Analyzing racism of Germany and comparing it to that of Africa is the Holocaust centre, telling the story of Nazi oppression in Germany through various media.

A little away from the city are the Museums of Bo-Kaap, Gold of Africa Museum and Castle of Good Hope.  The Bo-Kaap Museum of the 18th century shows the influence of Dutch on the architecture of the city. This is actually a Muslim house that belonged to Turkish scholar, Abu Bakr Effendi. With numerous exhibitions, the Gold of Africa Museum talks of history of gold in Africa. The castle of good hope, shaped as a star, headquartered the apartheid government’s military in 1948. It is a stage for cultural events and art exhibitions. The Willian Fehr collection here showcases Cape art and culture. The Koopmans De Wet House, built in 18th century, showcases Dutch-Cape style of architecture and house fine craftsmanship of Cape.

7.Gardens

Open public spaces and gardens are lifeline of the city. Cape Town is not behind when it comes to this. The Company Gardens established in 1652 by the Dutch for the production of fruit and vegetables to be supplied to the ships. Some landmarks of the city located here are the St George cathedral (since over a 100 years), the houses of Parliament on the eastern side, the South African National gallery and the South African Museum to name a few. There’s a planetarium here as well. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens spread over 528 hectares matches the world standards. It is a sort of a culture center with bookshop, eating-joints, theme-based gardens such as the fragrance garden and an amphitheatre.

Botanical Gardens

8.Century City

This mall has many claims to fame. It is supposed to be the second largest mall in the southern hemisphere. The famous Ratanga Junction, a theme park, with all that goes into one, attracts young and adults alike. It houses a Science centre, the Itaka Island serving as the habitat for birds, among many other amusements.

9. Vineyards

Wine yards of Cape Town are touch to the feast of scenic beauty like wines are to a good feast.

Less than an hour from this city are stretches of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and other vineyards, to take you on a high. There are the museums and memorials here offer interesting stories of these places.

These vineyards produce world class wines and wine tasting makes the trips of tourists here just worth it. Groot Constantia, since 1865 thrives as the wine industry of South Africa.

It wouldn’t do much harm to get onto the Brandy route such as Paarl here. If fine, classy dining is what you seek, these are the places worth exploring in Cape Town.

10.Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

A part of Cape Peninsula Park, the reserve has a rich landscape, plant and animal life. The well known Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Point are part of this reserve. The reserve is home to unique species of flora and fauna, such as The Cape Fynbos/fine bush and more than thousands of such species. Its location is apt for biodiversity to flourish. Situated at the meeting point of two oceans, with a rich soil and strong winds, it is just favourable to flourish as a reserve.

Some of the unique species of fauna found here are the Chacma Baboon, a wide variety of birds such as Fish Eagle, antelopes etc.

11.South Africa Safari

For an adventure in the wild, plan your itinerary with the South Africa Safari in mind. There’s the Kruger National Park in the country’s northern region. Morning and evening visits could ensure you a sight of cheetahs and other wild animals. Other than this, there are private reserves in the savanna or in the deserts with animals like Impala and Kudu to be found here.

Taking a tour of the city’s outskirts would also be a good idea, with visits to Kayalitsha, Langa and other black dominated areas.

custom safari south africa

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