Cape Town is a remarkable and vibrant city, blending a rich heritage of European, Asian and African influences. Nestled in the shadows of Table Mountain, in a protected bay on the spectacular Cape Peninsula, it also occupies one of the most beautiful settings in the world.
The City itself is a fusion of old and new. The V&A Waterfront shopping and entertainment area, including the excellent Two Oceans Aquarium and the departure point for the the Robben Island Museum, is still a working port, whilst the City Bowl incorporates both the business district alongside many historical buildings, museums and gardens.
A trip up to the top of Table Mountain in the aerial cableway (closed for annual maintenance from 20 July – 16 August 09) or a helicopter ride will help you gain a geographical perspective, although it is best to avoid a day when the ‘Tablecloth’ descends, covering the top of the mountain in a rolling white mist!
The Cape Peninsula provides many opportunities for excellent days out, including the beaches such as those at family-friendly Hout Bay, at the base of the breathtaking Chapmans Peak Drive. The road, carved in to the rock, winds its way towards Cape Point, the stunning tip of the Peninsula’s mountain chain. Alternatively you can choose to share your beach with the Penguins at Boulders Bay or opt for sophisticated Camps Bay .
Inland on the Peninsula you can explore the Constantia Winelands , with some excellent vineyards and restaurants. The world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has trails through the indigenous plants and is host to concerts on Sunday evenings in Summer, when guests are welcome to bring a picnic.
Whilst we provide information about the Winelands in a separate section, it is also possible to visit on a day-trip when you are based in Cape Town.
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