Do you know that South Africa has three capitals? Pretoria is the executive capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital and Cape Town is the legislative capital.
Government and legislation aside, Cape Town is also the fun capital of the country. The city has been blessed by nature and is home to warm and friendly people. While most tourists spend only a couple of days in Cape Town, there is so much to do in and around the city that you can easily spend a week soaking in the sights and enjoying the activities.
Here are the top ten things to do in Cape Town:
You cannot visit Cape Town and not go to the Table Mountain. The plateau stands majestically and provides this beautiful city and even more beautiful backdrop. If you have the energy to walk for a few hours, it makes for a great day hike. However, if you would rather relax and enjoy the views, book yourself on the cable car and have a hearty meal at the top.
Cape of Good Hope:
The peninsular headland, which is also part the Table Mountain National Park, provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the South-Western-most point of the African continent. The region is well known for fynbos, a plant species, unique to this area and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. While to observe plant life, do keep your eyes open, you might be able to spot a few ostriches pecking around.
This tiny island has an area of less than seven square kilometres. Yet, it is often mentioned in history books. It is here that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. If Africa’s modern history interest you, it is a must visit site.
Chapman’s Peak Drive:
Rated amongst one of the best drives in the world, the Chapman’s peak drive flanks the Atlantic Oceans and offers some of the best sunset view-points. Rent a car and carry along a picnic basket to stir up the romance in your soul.
V & A Waterfront:
If your trip is incomplete without shopping, the V&A Waterfront is the place for you. Shop a little, enjoy some live music and then head to one of the al-fresco restaurants for a candle lit dinner. It is big city life at its best!
Want to see penguins but cannot make it to Antarctica? Well, head to Simon’s Town near Cape Town. The Boulders Beach at this town is home to hundreds of penguins that aren’t scared of humans. Get too close and you might even get pecked!
About 50 kilometers from Cape Town is the town of Stellenbosch, which produces some really fine wine. The town is home to many vineyards that are happy to take you to the cellars, explain the wine making process and let you sample a few wines. Remember to buy a few bottles to impress people back home!
Ever seen whales, really close? If you haven’t, make sure that you visit Hermanus from August to November. The area is one of the best spots in the world to sight the Southern Right whales. If you are lucky, you might even see a mama with its baby!
If an adrenalin rush is what you seek, what’s better than diving with the great white sharks? Get into a cage and then get really close to the ‘Jaws’. Your heartbeat will surely stop for a bit when you see the shark’s eye! This activity is inviting a lot of environmental concern these days as it does impact the shark’s natural feeding habits and it would be best to use your discretion before you sign up for it.
If you are travelling with kids, fruit picking is one of the best activities to relax and enjoy some family time. The valley of Ceres is known for it cherry farms, where you can enjoy fresh produce… right of the tree, straight into your tummy.
Cape Town has something for everyone…for honeymooners, adventure seekers, solo travellers and families!
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Author: Sonia Sahni
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