Cape Town

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Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and is the capital of the Western Cape Province. It is fondly known as the Mother City. Cape Town has always been the most cosmopolitan city in Southern Africa because of its rich history, modern culture, and incredible tourist attractions.

Here are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town:

Boulders Beach

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Boulders Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town and is home to a colony of thousands of African penguins. It is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins. There are over 60 000 visitors that flock to Simon’s Town to photograph and watch the famous Boulders Beach Penguins. These African penguins are formerly known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive donkey-like braying sounds to communicate. The penguins are seen in Boulders Beach throughout the year.

Table Mountain

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The Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. It got its name for its uncanny resemblance to a table. The Table Mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is a great destination for nature-lovers and adventurous individuals. Tourists and locals can enjoy the activities like hiking, rock climbing, caving and mountain biking. It is also a home to large variety of unique flora and fauna. Visitors can take a casual walk on the top, explore the Cape’s unique fynbos vegetation and spot a variety of animals.

Going to and from the mountain is difficult because it is elevated 1,085 meters above sea level. The cable car transportation system has become the solution to the arduous walk and climbs to the top. This cable car transportation system offers visitors a five-minute ride to the summit. The cable cars hold around 65 people and revolve slowly to give the visitors the chance to see the spectacular panoramic view of the Cape Peninsula including the Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park.

Castle of Good Hope

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The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. It was built in the 1600s. The Castle formed part of a formidable defensive system at the Cape that discouraged attacks. It is shaped in a pentagon with five bastions and flaunts both elements of Medieval and English Renaissance architecture. The Castle of Good Hope arguably represents one of the best preserved 17th century DEIC architecture on the entire globe. The fortress was once the center of civilian, administrative and military life in the Cape. In 1936, the Castle was declared a historical monument, the first site in South Africa to be so protected. Today, the Castle houses the Castle Military Museum, the William Fehr Collection, and the ceremonial facilities for the traditional Cape Regiments. The Castle is also the home of the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment, a mechanized infantry unit.

Robben Island

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The Robben Island was used as a military base, a hospital for lepers and a prison for political prisoners in the span of three centuries. In 1999, the island was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since then, the island has become a popular destination for global tourists for its rich and wretched history. The Robben Island is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in South African history.

The V&A Waterfront

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While it is still technically a working harbor, the V&A Waterfront is more frequently thought of as a shopping destination making it as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town. This busy commercial harbor is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres, and movies. Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor, it covers a 123-hectare area and is divided up into five shopping districts: Victoria Wharf, the Watershed, The Alfred Mall and Pierhead, The Clock Tower, and Breakwater Point. Visitors will find everything from local designers to big international brands because there are more than 450 stores. The exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. This is why the V&A Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year.

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If You're Visiting Cape Town Take Some Time To Enjoy These 5 Beaches

Cape Town is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. The combination of exceptional natural beauty, fabulous dining opportunities and great nightlife, not to mention incredible value for money due to the weakness of the South African rand mean that international tourists flock to the city during both the stormy winter and balmy, Mediterranean-style summer.

It’s during summer that most of these visitors will be seen on some of the best beaches in the world – many of which are only minutes from the bustling city centre of this tourist mecca.

So if you’re planning on spending some of your vacation time in Cape Town what are the 5 beaches that should be on your relaxation radar?

#1 Clifton.

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Not actually one beach but rather four interlinked beaches Clifton has something for everyone. Each of the beaches has its own unique personality. With the fourth beach being where families play in the sun and the third beach the gathering spot for the toned and tanned body beautiful crowd. Pristine white sands and some of the most beautiful views in the world make Clifton a no brainer for those who love surf and sand. Beware, though – the Atlantic waters are frigid – swimming is best undertaken in short increments.

 

#2 Camps Bay.

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Under a kilometre from Clifton is Camps Bay beach. Miles of unspoilt white sand across the road from some of the city’s best restaurants this is a great place to take in some sun. easy access, no stairs and great refreshment opportunities at summer sidewalk seating only a few steps away make this a perfect spot for family fun.

 

#3 Llandudno.

1260The worst kept secret in Cape Town Llandudno is about 20 kilometres from Cape Town along one of the most scenic roads in the world. It’s not the largest beach, but locals swear by it as the place to simply chill out. Parking can be limited, but if you get there early it’s not much of a walk to the sand. Great for when the notorious Cape Town Southeaster makes other beaches uncomfortable. Some excellent waves as well for those of the surfing persuasion. Take some snacks and watch the sun go down in a fiery show that’s better than anything Hollywood could dream up.

 

#4 Boulders.

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Head for the other side of the Cape Peninsula and enjoy the seclusion and easy access to Boulders Beach. The great news is that now you’re on the edge of the Indian Ocean – and it’s warm and inviting. As a bonus, you can take in the antics of the resident African Penguins.

#5 Muizenberg.

huts_of_muizenberg_by_chopskyJust before you get to Boulders you can stop off or make a day of it at Muizenberg Beach. Friendly waves are ideal for those who want to learn to surf and the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Ideal for a long walk on golden sands. There’s more than enough space for everyone to really spread out and the kids will love the sandcastle building opportunities. Great restaurants nearby and refreshments are only a short distance away.

 

Cape Town has got everything that you need as far as beaches are concerned. It’s the perfect place to shrug off the tensions of modern life and just lay back and commune with Mother Nature.