The choice is yours - unfortunately you won't be able to do everything in one day !
Rising 1087 meters above sea level, this is probably the best known landmark in South Africa. A rotating cable car takes you to the table top where you have amazing views of the city and surrounding coast lines.
A vast network of paths are maintained on Table Mountain allowing you the opportunity to stretch your legs while up there.
And for those who think they have done everything in Cape Town has to offer, the Hoerikwaggo Trail offers hiking from Cape Town through to Cape Point. A number of 2 day trail options, covering portions of this route, are available to choose from.
|Castle of Good Hope
Built by the early Dutch settlers between 1666 and 1679, this is the oldest European structure in South Africa. It served the dual purpose of acting as a maritime replenishment station, and serving to protect the Dutch interests against possible English and French invasions of the Cape.
Today the Castle is custodian to some valuable collections of old Cape furniture, Silverware and Artwork.
Daily tours are available to the public.
Although not in the 'city' as such, Kirstenbosch can be included in a city tour and remains a truly special place to visit. Set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is recognized as one of the “Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World”. It covers an area of 528 Ha, most of which comprises wild indigenous flora but it is the lower central area of landscaped garden which attracts the many visitors each year.
If you are in Cape Town during the summer months between December and April, a fantastic way to spend a Sunday evening is sitting on the lawns of Kirstenbosch enjoying some local music as the sun sets behind the mountain.
First planted by the Dutch East India Company in 1652, the gardens provided valuable fresh food to early settlers and to the many sailors who docked in Cape Town on their travels. As the Cape developed and more farms were established, the 'company gardens' were no longer needed in their role as food provider, and they eventually opened to the public in 1898.
Today they continue to provide a peaceful haven for the many workers in the city centre.
South Africa’s most visited tourist destination, the Waterfront took Cape Towns historic working harbour and transformed into an entertainment paradise. With theatres, music, the Two Oceans Aquarium, boat cruises, helicopter flips, restaurants, hotels and more than 400 shops, the Waterfront will have something for everyone. Even for those who are not shopaholics this is a fun, interesting and picturesque place to visit.
Robben Island is infamous for the historic maximum security prison in which Nelson Mandela and other political activists spent many years of their lives under the old South African apartheid government. Today it is a popular tourist destination with daily tours departing from the V & A Waterfront. Robben Island is a declared World Heritage Site and is home to a colony of African penguins and a variety of other marine bird life.
In 1591, when British admiral George Raymond first visited Robben Island, he commented " there can be no other island in all the world as full of fowl and seal as this. It is astounding." Early seafarers also got into a routine of leaving thin and sickly sheep on the island to 'fatten up' for later voyagers, who would then exchange them for their thin animals.