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Cape Town has a lot to offer, from spectacular scenery that includes mountains soaring above palm-fringed beaches and rolling fields of vineyards to gourmet restaurants, fine museums and a rich cultural heritage
Cape Town's magic lies in its diversity. In the space of one day you could get a bird's-eye view of the city by taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain (designated one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature), swim with penguins at Boulders Beach (or, more daringly, with great white sharks in a cage), taste wines at a centuries-old estate, eat at some of the country's best restaurants and watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean with a chilled cocktail at a beachside bar.
Cape Town's the kind of place that you plan to visit for a week and end up living in – that's the kind of allure it has. There's no city that I've been to that has the Mother City's mix of natural beauty and urban coolness.
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Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities in Cape Town. The city is famed for its outdoor attractions but it also has loads of things to do that don't involve beaches or mountains.
History buffs can visit Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island and the District Six Museum; foodies can experience local cuisine by taking a Cape Malay cooking class in the Bo-Kaap; culture connoisseurs can explore the National Art Gallery; and shoppers can splash out on designer goods at the V&A Waterfront, the city's most scenic shopping mall, situated in the harbour.
An added bonus is that a lot of the city's attractions are free: take your pick from dozens of beaches (Llandudno, Clifton and Camps Bay are some of the most popular), or go mountain biking or hiking in one of the city's green spaces such as Newlands Forest or Table Mountain National Park. If you are interested in plants, Cape Town forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which comprises just 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to 20% of the continent's flora. Learn more about indigenous plants at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
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