Remarkable history and nature are highlights of this South Africa port
Nature and Wildlife
Nature’s majesty is on display here, making it one of the top Cape Town attractions. Highlights include the views from Table Mountain – accessible via the Aerial Cableway – and beaching at Cape Point or along the extensive coast. Stroll through the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, home to more than 4,700 species of indigenous flora, or relax in The Company’s Garden, the former vegetable garden of the Dutch East India Company that is now a beautiful park. And don’t forget to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach!
History and Culture
Take a peek into the past at the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest surviving building, or at the House of Parliament, dating back to 1884. For a poignant reminder of the apartheid era, head to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Experience South Africa’s diverse and vibrant culture with a visit to some of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods, such as the colorful Bo-Kaap, a district settled by former slaves in the 19th century. The quaint village of Kalk Bay is also worth a visit, established by the Dutch East India Co. in 1742.
Shopping and Entertainment
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is always a popular attraction for travelers, thanks to a variety of stores, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Wheel of Excellence, and a variety of bars and restaurants. And if you’re interested in shopping it would be easy to spend an entire day on Long Street, wandering its designer boutiques, bookshops, antique shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
Wining and Dining
Wine lovers should consider driving inland to the Winelands of the Western Cape, home to award-winning wineries along some of the world’s finest and most beautiful wine routes. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is one of the best, and only about a 45-minute drive from Cape Town. For dining in town, Africa Café is a great place to taste a range of African cuisines, in a communal, family-style feast. Aubergine, housed in a 19th-century home, offers upscale dining that blends South African and Continental cuisines. Adventurous diners might want to try Planet Restaurant, serving fare such as smoked crocodile, cured ostrich, and springbok.
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