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Cape Town, The Mother City

Posted on Monday, 07th Jul 2014

If you visit only one place in South Africa, make it Cape Town. Whether you're partaking of the Capetonian inclination for alfresco fine dining (the so-called "Mother City" is home to many of the country's best restaurants) or sipping wine atop Table Mountain, you sense—correctly—that this is South Africa's most urbane, civilized city.
 


Camps Bay Beach

Cape Town is the second largest-city in South Africa and ranks amongst the most beautiful in the world. With its larger-than-life mountain overlooking the City Bowl, harbour, white beaches and Robben Island beyond, this is a tourists' playground of note.

With a population of 3.7-million, Cape Town is South Africa’s second most populous city, a quintessential melting pot of creativity, cuisine and colour.


Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the gourmet capitals of the world and a mix of Malay, Dutch, French, Portuguese and African flavour is reflected in Cape Town’s stylish restaurant menus, where locally produced wines complement popular seafood and curry dishes.

Discover wines at source in the famous Cape Winelands by taking a day tour on one of six wine routes, and explore the historically rich adjacent towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

As the meeting point of many cultures, Cape Town is dotted with mosques, kramats, churches, synagogues and temples, while its architecture reveals examples of art deco, Cape Dutch and Malay engineering.

Cape Town’s beaches are a huge drawcard during the hot summer months, while winter surf conditions are more favourable for all surf-related disciplines – including extreme wave riding at Dungeons, off Hout Bay.


Abseiling, Table Mountain

 

The city’s leisure-loving lifestyle and mountainous backdrop have given rise to myriad leisure pursuits: hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, abseiling, helicopter flips and skydiving.

A top attractions itinerary for the Mother City ought to include a trip up the aerial cableway to the top of Table Mountain, a New7Wonder of Nature; a boat trip to Robben Island, where world-renowned humanitarian Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years; a tour of the Winelands in Durbanville or Stellenbosch; a sightseeing trip along Chapman’s Peak Drive; a relaxing afternoon at the V&A Waterfront, a drive to Simon’s Town, where a breeding colony of African penguins lives on Boulders Beach; sunset cocktails in Camps Bay, evening festivity in Long Street or do a township tour .


Boulders Beach, Cape Town

Best time to visit:

During Cape Town's hot, dry summer months from late October to March/April, temperatures reach their peak and this is regarded as the best beach weather. This is the best time to visit Cape Town with plenty of blue sky and sunshine – a great time to spread your towel on the white sands of Cape Town’s popular beaches such as Camps Bay and Clifton.

How to get there:

Cape Town is a popular long-haul destination and there are daily flights into Cape Town International Airport from numerous overseas destinations. The Mother City is well-serviced by two hour domestic flights from Johannesburg.

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