Exploring Cape Town, South Africa

Exploring Cape Town, South Africa

Even if you have limited time, Cape Town offers cosmopolitan culture, historical interest, and a breathtaking landscape.

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The view over the City Bowl from Signal Hill.

The Mother City

With a history that stretches back to 1652, evidence of the early beginnings of South Africa’s founding city are scattered throughout its centre, like the stonewalled Castle of Good Hope, pretty Victorian buildings lining buzzing Long Street, cobblestoned Greenmarket Square, and the original Company Gardens. Just outside the centre, there are awe-inspiring landscapes and pocket-friendly activities, like cruising along Chapman’s Peak, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives.

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Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives.

Windblown Cape Point, where the freshest air from Antarctica makes its first landfall, is a perfect driving destination at the southern tip of the peninsula. Take in the views over Rooikrans (“red cliffs”), or be adventurous and kayak past them. Along the way admire the ‘country life’ in places like Noordhoek and Kommetjie, where you can meander past horse paddocks and dig your heels into pristine white sandy beaches, or have lunch in Constantia, South Africa’s oldest winelands, at places like Steenberg or Constantia Glen high up in the hills among the climbing vines.  When you head back to town, be sure to watch the sunset over Table Bay in style onboard the Tigger Too, a 55 foot luxury catamaran cruiser.

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The white sandy beaches of Kommetjie

Cape Town has no shortage of luxurious places to lay your weary head at night, like the ‘modern vintage’ Mount Nelson Hotel, set in pink against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain in bustling downtown, or the futuristic Crystal Towers with its panoramic views from Table Mountain to the harbour, or the iconic Cape Grace on her own private quay in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

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The Cape Grace Hotel has an enviable position in Cape Town’s working harbour.

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