Cape Town Destinations
Cape Town is a buoyant melting pot of colour, creativity and cuisine. With its flat, larger-than-life mountain harbouring white sandy beaches, bountiful vineyards and a bustling waterfront at its base, it’s not hard to see why the Mother City is ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world.
Although Table Mountain is Cape Town’s crowning glory containing over 9,000 species of fynbos, the city won’t be outdone and is home to the Company’s Gardens, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Green Point Park. Enjoy the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive that hugs the Atlantic Coast, eventually reaching the fishing village of Hout Bay cradled by Mount Sentinel. Turquoise waves wash onto the palm-fringed beaches in Camps Bay, the city’s own “Little Miami” while granite boulders divide Clifton into four coves, drawing sun worshippers and beach bums.
The waters are chilly but the swells are strong, inviting surfers, kite surfers and body boarders. Simon’s Town’s Boulders Beach protects 3,000 penguins while a boat trip from the V&A Waterfront takes visitors to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Whether it’s the brightly coloured beach huts littering Muizenberg, the Victorian-style restorations of Green Point or the thrumming pubs and clubs of the CBD, Cape Town resonates with excitement and intrigue.
The V&A Waterfront. caters to every heart’s shopping desire with over 400 retail outlets featuring local and international brands.The numerous restaurants are sure to cater for all palates while the outdoor Amphitheater is alive with music, dance and theater.
Lying in the welcoming fold of Table Mountain, aptly taking the shape of a bowl, the City Bowl is considered the heart of Cape Town overrun by city-slicking commuters in the day and glass-clinking socialites at night.
Cradled between the city and the V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant is a cultural urban refuge. Its village-like charm is reflected in its cobbled streets lined with colourful and quaint semi-detached cottages that have been preserved from the 1760’s.
Clifton and Camps Bay
Cape Town’s own Millionaire’s Row is found in Camps Bay and Clifton. Mansions dot the slopes of Lion’s Head and Twelve Apostles, providing the backdrop for sands fringed with leaning palm trees and turquoise waters.
Touted as one of the Atlantic Seaboard’s most exclusive suburbs, Bantry bay’s deep turquoise waves beat against the rocks, spouting white spray at the feet of the suburbs fashionable apartments and contemporary houses
Seapoint & Greenpoint
Sea Point and Green Point are two of Cape Town’s most vibrant suburbs and it isn’t hard to see why with their chic restaurants, quirky cafes, buzzing nightlife and high-rise apartments
Folded in the protective embrace of Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel, the fishing village of Hout Bay can be found nestled in a valley at the end of the Atlantic Seaboard. Its bustling harbour is crammed with boats of all shapes and colours that bring in hauls of fresh tuna and snoek,
False Bay forms a long, swooping curve on the southern Cape coastline and is dotted with picturesque seaside hamlets, looming crags and cliffs, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
The leafy Southern Suburbs are home to Newlands, Claremont and the affluent Bishopscourt, as well as Constantia, which is South Africa's oldest wine producing region.
The luxury self-catering Villas and holiday homes on offer in Cape Town are an attractive alternative to guesthouses and hotels, especially for families and groups of travellers and can be found in some prime locations.
Simon’s Town is a prominent South African naval base. This is the sight at which the decommissioned SAS Assegaai museum is docked. The beaches here are not to be missed. Boulders Beach is home to a penguin colony where turquoise waters pale in comparison to the African penguins waddling about
Enclosed by an amphitheatre of mountains, Somerset West rests in the Helderberg Basin, between the bountiful Cape Winelands and False Bay’s curve of coastline.
Standing next to chic Green Point and flanked by the cold Atlantic Ocean, Mouille Point is one of Cape Town’s most affluent suburbs, dominated by high-end apartment blocks hugging the jagged coastline.
The steep sandstone cliffs of Chapman’s Peak – the southerly extension of the Constantiaberg mountain – plummet down into the cold Atlantic Ocean below, where the waves foam around its beaten edges.
The flat-topped Table Mountain is the Mother City’s guardian and its iconic landmark. As the south-easterly wind gathers strength, a tablecloth of clouds crowns the plateau and pours endlessly down its slopes.
Milnerton and Table View
Milnerton and Table View are among Cape Town’s most understated suburbs. The lagoons will delight water enthusiasts and birders alike, while the spectacular views of Table Mountain serve as a backdrop.
Set at the mouth of the Silvermine River, in the shadow of the Kalkbaaiberg, is the quaint coastal town of Fish Hoek. One of the original fishing villages along the Cape coast, the town has retained its former character and old-world charm.
Gordons Bay sits at the foot of the chiselled Hottentots Holland mountain range, in the wine-producing Helderberg region, around 50km from Cape Town. The harbour town is all about its waterfront and the veritable feast of water-based activities on offer.
Muizenberg leans against the mountain on the shores of False Bay. The eastern side of False Bay offers no protection to Muizenberg, leaving the swell to break directly on the beach creating the ideal conditions for surfers and kite surfers.
Noordhoek is perched on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, between Chapman’s Peak and the Cape Peninsula. This country suburb hugs the green southern slopes of the mountain and spills onto Long Beach’s white sands
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