Home to Cape Cadogan and More Quarters, Cape Town is like a world in one city. Absolutely breathtaking scenery, adventure, theatre, nightlife, restaurants, people, beaches, culture and more make it easy to understand why millions of visitors flock to the region every year. Many, in fact, choose to never leave!
As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town has a number of important historical buildings, many of which are still in use today and open to visitors. The city’s architecture is a testament to the many and varied influences on South Africa’s unique history and a dream for any architecture enthusiasts.
Some of the popular Cape attractions include:
- Table Mountain: South Africa’s best-known landmark, but what many don’t know is that it is also a hiker’s paradise with numerous trails, amazing views and fascinating natural flora and fauna.
- Chapman’s Peak Drive: Winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593m), which is the southerly extension of Constantiaberg and is a great hike for the energetically inclined.
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
- Robben Island: A World Heritage Site 9km offshore from Cape Town. It was dubbed “Robben” (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time. Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island.
- Muizenberg Beach: One of the more popular beaches for swimmers and surfers, as the water is warmer than on the Atlantic Seaboard.
- Winelands: There are 18 official wine routes in and around Cape Town, and two brandy routes, which are among the most scenic in the world, featuring many historic wine estates that date back centuries.