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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.
Know before you go
Cape Town is the first South African city, which was founded after the arrival of the first Dutch settlers in 1652, however the area was discovered as early as 1488 when the Portuguese settlers came and decided to move on in their exploration.
The main indigenous people of the area at the time of the first settlers were the Khoikhoi tribe.
No more than a few hours after former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11th of February 1990 he gave a speech at Cape Town city Hall balcony. This is largely regarded as the start of a new democracy for South Africa.
Cape Town is arguably the most popular South African destination in terms of tourism and tourists from all over the world flock to the city on a daily basis all year round.
When to go
Compared to Europe winters in Cape Town are mild, however compared to the rest of the country particularly the East Coast it can become bitterly cold. Winter runs from around June until the middle of August or beginning of September.
Depending on what you’re looking to do it’s largely regarded that the best time to visit is from September until February where days are a lot longer and weather is hot and dry as opposed to the wet and cold conditions of winter. However world class restaurants, heaters and log fires ensure that winter spirits are always high even on the coldest nights.
What to pack
In summer time there will be days and days of great weather so it’s advised to pack according to this and be prepared for long endless days on the beach. Pack shorts, swimming costumes, sunscreen and towels these are all advisable items for summer. Weather in Cape Town can however turn for the worst even in summer.
Be prepared for all weather conditions, rain can be expected on occasion in summer and Cape Town’s proximity to the mountains and cold Atlantic Ocean makes for cold winds most year round. In winter be prepared for rain and wind, although that doesn’t mean you won’t be spoilt by sunny days most of the time through summer.
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Safari / Holiday Styles
Get on a hop on hop off bus and see all the best sites of the town with helpful guides from camps bay to table mountain, Cape Town is a great destination for city based adventures.
Visit the amazing winelands not far from the city in the neighboring Stellenbosch area.
Cape Town has some of the best and most beautiful beaches on the planet and many of them are also leading surf destinations as well, pack a wetsuit if you plan on surfing the temperature of the water packs an icy punch.
Cape Town also has many leading golf courses in and around the city, which boast amazing views of some of the mountain ranges in the area.
Cape Town and surrounds is also a great place for wildlife holidays of all kinds including whale and dolphin watching especially in nearby towns such as Hermanus or Lamberts Bay.
Cape Town also has world class fishing spots not far from the City Centre; some of these are situated in the Southern Peninsula near Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.
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