Cape Town is the second largest and southern most city in South Africa and capital of the Western Cape province. It is one of the most beautiful cities in world. Cape town is surrounded with the Table Mountain providing a backdrop to the city and mountains, beaches and wineries lining the landscape.And it's not just the scenery which has made Cape Town such a popular travel destination in recent years. The friendly people in Cape Town are the reason for much of the tourist in the city.Cape Town has become a cultural melting pot of British, Dutch,French & German settlers.
Cape Town has been divided into 8 main areas
Boulders Beach is a sheltered sandy beach with large granite boulders that forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The real pulling point however is the population of penguins that wander the beach and paths.
Chapman's Peak Drive
The Chapman's Peak Drive is amongst the most beautiful coastal drives anywhere in the world and certainly can compete with Big Sur in Napa California and the Great Ocean Road in Australia.The Chapman's Peak Drive itself is just about 9 kilometres long and is located southwest of Cape Town. It connects the two coastal communities of Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
District Six Museum
The District Six Museum handles the history of District Six, an area near the centre of Cape Town.The museum showcases information about the area and the people who used to live there and the director of the museum is a former resident.
Green Point Market
Green Point Market takes place every Sunday. It's a giant open flea market near to the Green Point Stadium. There are numerous stalls selling everything from African jewelery, musical instruments, pottery, sculptures, and some great homemade gadgets, made by the creative whizzes from the local townships. The Market is a great place to see while in Cape town.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world and covers a large area southeast of Cape Town, at the back of the Table Mountain. The well-kept gardens will easily occupy half a day, especially if you stay for lunch or a drink as well.
Robben Island, located just off the coast from Cape Town, is famous for being where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held during the apartheid period. Some of the tour guides were themselves political prisoners so they have plenty of insight about what went on there.
Providing a stunning flat-topped backdrop to the city, Table Mountain is surrounded by steep cliffs and flanked by Lion's Head to the west and Devil's Peak to the east. The summit can be accessed either via a cable car or a two-hour hike for the more adventurous, and offers unparalled views of the city and the coastline.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town is so called due to the two oceans the Atlantic and the Indian meeting at the southern most tip of Southern Africa. This attraction has an exciting Predator Exhibit with ragged-tooth sharks, rays and loggerhead turtles. The aquarium also showcases over three thousand sea creatures such as giant spider crabs and crayfish, eels, jelly fish, penguins, an interesting frog display and many different fish. If you’ve got young children, The Two Oceans Aquarium is a great place for them to learn about the environment and all of the above-mentioned animals.
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is located on the northern side of Cape Town and is both the harbour of Cape Town as well as a touristic place to wander around, do some shopping and visit restaurants and bars. It feels a bit crowded sometimes, especially on weekends, but it's a nice place to spend an afternoon.
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival
The Kaapse Klopse or the Minstrel Carnival is an annual festival held in Cape Town. It begins on New Years Day and continues into January as thousands of people take to the streets dressed as minstrels in bright colours, spinning umbrellas and playing instruments.