The Table Mountain National Park was demarcated as a protected zone in 1998. The Table Mountain is populated by a rare form of shrubland known as Fynbos. The South African National Park is also a part of UNESCO’s Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope are the two famous landmarks of the area. The park is home to a vibrant variety of wildlife, especially larger animals like leopards, black rhinoceros and bontebok.
Set in beautiful surroundings on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, this magnificent 538-hectare (1329.43 acre) garden features a rich diversity of indigenous South African plants. The lower portion of Kirstenbosch consists of large flowerbeds and expansive lawns while higher up the slopes, the cultivated garden gives way to natural forest and fynbos. At the main entrance, an impressive conservatory houses a wide variety of plants from other climatic regions of South Africa. There is a restaurant, an information desk and a great shop. Come summertime, the gardens host the annual, magical Sunset Concerts. The gardens also have their own Stone Cottage which can be hired for various events like lectures, meeting and such other events. The cottage can accommodate about 60 people and has a self-catering service.
This must-see, Atlantic Seaboard drive connects Hout Bay and Noordhoek. For a small toll fee, you can enjoy 9 kilometers of gorgeous views of Hout Bay, stunning mountain peaks, and beautiful landscape. Along the road, you will find many places to pull off and enjoy a picnic or sunset. As you climb the road at 593 meters, you reach an amazing point which is well worth a pause. Breathtaking 180-degree views are on full display as you drive around the many bends in the road. The road has been extensively repaired and connects Hout Bay to a number of other enjoyable attractions such as Simon's Town and Cape Point. It's the perfect drive to get away from the shops and hustle of Cape Town.
This is the oldest part of Cape Town's harbor, dating back to 1860. Although still a working harbor, it has transformed into one of Cape Town's prime attractions. Restaurants, bars and cafes abound, and if it's shopping you are after, then its 240 stores, of all descriptions, are sure to please you. The Two Oceans Aquarium is South Africa's largest, housing 300 marine species. Even if you are in Cape Town just for a brief duration, definitely consider giving this place a visit.
Originally founded in 1994 as a space where ex-residents could gather and meet, the District 6 Museum stands as a way to memorialize the tumultuous history of the district's residents. As part of the South African apartheid, more than 60,000 native residents were relocated to an area known as the Cape Flats. Today, the museum offers exhibitions depicting the history of this ward. Tours guided by an ex-resident of District 6 are available by calling in advance, or visitors can tour the streets on their own. A bookstore and coffee shop are also located on-site.
Camps Bay Beach is a broad stretch of palm tree-lined white sand bordering the bracing waters of the Atlantic ocean. Set at the foot of a spectacular series of mountain peaks, the Twelve Apostles, yet only 10 minutes from the city center by car, it is one of Cape Town's most popular beaches. It is not a sheltered beach, so if the wind is blowing it is advisable to head for Clifton, another breath-taking and more secluded beach just around the corner. The beachside road has a festive atmosphere with a good variety of cafes and restaurants offering great sea views.
Operating since 1946, Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris is one of the very first tour agencies in the city. Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris arranges of tours all around the country and is touted to be one of the best in the industry. Whether you want to plan a long vacation exploring the whole South Africa in 15 days or a weekend getaway to the famous Kruger Park, this agency offers several tours that will suite your taste. The friendly guides and impeccable service is sure to impress you and make your vacation with Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris a memorable one.
One of the most busy spots in the city is the Thibault Square. This is a European-style square situated in the heart of the city and is an address to some of the most awe-inspiring sky scrappers. The spacious area of the square makes it ideal for many cultural events and performances. Also, a number of eclectic restaurants and bars keep the square busy till wee hours of the night. Many shopping places also line this square, including the George Mall which is a short walk away from the Thibault Square.
The Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery is popular art hub nestled in the Green Point region. Operating since 2009, this gallery has gained a following in a short time period. Name after the ace photographer from Africa, Martin Osner, this gallery was started to commemorate 20 years of his photography. Apart from exhibiting Martin Osner’s works, the gallery also showcases quite other reputed photographers. If you are interested in buying any art from here, you can send in a picture of the place where you want to keep the artwork and the gallery will arrange an interior mock-up to give you a feel of how it will look.
Cape Town's International Convention Centre shines as a particularly strong venue for a wide range of events. From bridal expos, fabric festivals, business conventions, medical conferences, book fairs, World Economic Forums, the CTICC handles it all with ease. The facility houses a 10,000 square meter exhibition hall, two auditoriums that can seat over 2,000 people, 4 meeting rooms, 13 meeting suites and an exceptionally large kitchen facility, just to name a few. Check the center's website for further details.
The OVC Travel Office specializes in cheap flights, visa services, travel insurance, work holiday visas, a full range of day tours, overland tours, and southern Africa excursions. In Cape Town, OVC are probably best known for arranging the (seemingly obligatory these days) two-year working visa to the UK for young South Africans, and for ensuring that your trip goes off without a hitch. There is also a clean and relaxed hostel adjoining the OVC office.
This historic house, situated in Cape Town's City Center, was one of the first private residences to be opened to the public. Today iziko Koopmans-de Wet House is one of the six sites of the South African Cultural History Museum, and is well known for its unique wall paintings. The home also contains valuable collections of porcelain, glass, furniture and art works. The house was originally built in 1700 and its facade, a fine example of neoclassical architecture, dates back to the late 18th century. Check website for details.