The beat of the Mother City

Cape Town is a vibrant melting pot of colour, creativity and cuisine. With its flat, larger-than-life mountain (voted one of the New7Wonders of Nature, no less!) harbouring white sandy beaches, bountiful vineyards and a bustling waterfront at its base, it’s not hard to see why the Mother City is repeatedly ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world.

Although Table Mountain is often considered Cape Town’s crowning glory, containing over 9,000 species of fynbos within its floral kingdom, the city itself certainly won’t be outdone. It is home to the Company’s Gardens, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Green Point Park which act as mini Central Parks within city limits. Visitors can enjoy the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive as it hugs the Atlantic Coast, before eventually reaching the fishing village of Hout Bay cradled by Mount Sentinel. Turquoise waves wash onto the palm-fringed beaches in Clifton and 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 bodyboarders alike. Simons Town’s Boulders Beach protects 3,000 penguins while a boat trip from the V&A Waterfront takes visitors to Robben Island where Struggle stalwart and hero, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned. Whether it’s the brightly coloured beach huts littering Muizenberg, the Victorian-style restorations of Seapoint & Greenpoint or the thrumming pubs and clubs of the City Bowl, Cape Town is a city resonating with excitement, allure and intrigue.

Highlights

  • Table Mountain National Park contains over 9,000 species of fynbos
  • Cosmopolitan, white sandy beaches such as Camps Bay and Clifton attract for sunbathing, sundowners and surfing
  • Swim with penguins at Boulders Beach or take a boat to Robben Island where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years
  • The V&A Waterfront is a retail mecca with shops, restaurants and entertainment galore
  • Remarkable landscapes include the Company’s Gardens, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park
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