Cape Town is famous for the harbour, which now boasts the popular V&A Waterfront. The area is also well-known for its natural surroundings and variety of plant species. Let’s not forget about Table Mountain, the flat top mountain that forms the famous backdrop overlooking the beautiful City. Many also refer to Cape Town as the ‘Mother City’ being a fond nickname used today.
Great places to visit in Cape Town:
Robben Island can be found in Table Bay a few kilometres off the west coast of Bloubergstrand. The name actually means ‘Seal Island’ in Dutch and consists mainly of flat land that is only a few metres above sea level. There have been many people who were imprisoned on the Island over the years, including former President Nelson Mandela. He was held prisoner for 18 years of his 27 year sentence on the island before the apartheid regime fell. The Island is now a South African National Heritage site and is a very popular tourist attraction.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The aquarium is located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and is home to a tremendous variety of sea life. Within the aquarium you will be able to walk through galleries and displays of jellyfish, sea horses, sharks and many more exciting displays. You can even dive in the, I&J exhibition tank, as long as you are certified, to swim amongst all the beautiful sea creatures. Everybody can also have a chance to view the animals getting fed; penguins, sting rays and sharks at various times of the day. The Two Oceans Aquarium has hosted many different functions such as themed events like Cape Town themed Murder Mystery Dinners.
District Six Museum
The district Six Museum is located in the former area of, District Six in Cape Town. The museum has a large collection of historical memorabilia such as books, artefacts, photographs and recordings that come from that time. The local community who resided in District Six during the apartheid area were forcibly removed and relocated as the area was declared a ‘white area’ by the government. The buildings were totally destroyed with exception to religious establishments. The aim of the museum is to re-capture the culture and memories of that time.
The distinctive mountain is located between Signal Hill and the majestic Table Mountain and forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Lion’s Head has spectacular views of the Atlantic Seaboard as well as of the City itself. Many have hiked up the mountain during the Full Moon, a popular walk to the top that takes about an hour to complete. Adrenaline junkies, like paragliders like to launch themselves off the mountains slopes and the sunrise walks up, offer a beautiful view of Cape Town in the fresh morning light.
Table Mountain is a sandstone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats. The top is approx. 3 km wide and at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, rises to 1085 m. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops play home to a number of plants and animals. The mountain is home to approx. 1470 species of plants, – more than the British Isles! Complimenting this vast array of fynbos variety, the panoramatic 360-degree views from the summit are nothing less than spectacular – deservedly world-famous! Visitors can privilege themselves with a trip up the mountain with the cablecar which runs approx. from 8:30 am to 8 pm with tickets ranging from R35 to R95.
If you’ve chosen the mountain rather than the sea and want to get up in a hurry, the cable car is the first choice and the easy way up to the upper cable station which is situated at 1067 m. The summit is marked by Maclear’s Beacon at 1086. Even in clear, warm weather take sweater or windbreaker, as it tends to be cool at that altitude. The revolving cable car gives stunning, vertiginous views over Cape Town and its surroundings. Once on top, viewing decks that literally ‘hang’ visitors over the edge of the mountain offer wonderful photographic opportunities.